A portrait of a face that falls somewhere between cubist and impressionist.

You aren’t going to want to hear this. You’re headstrong, stubborn, independent and determined. These are all qualities which will be useful later in life, but—you should hear me out. I write this because I know what happens next. I know what you were forced to do, how you suffered then and for so many […]

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A painting of two rocks with chyrstalline insides, approaching each other like amoeba.

In the past I’ve thought that peace and fulfillment in life would come when balance was achieved. We often speak of balancing our work and pleasure, or our service and personal time. For a long time, this balance in society could be seen as an either/or concept. A higher consciousness has revealed that this duality […]

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An abstract painting featuring yellow, purple and red blothces on a black background.

“Everyone recognizes the certainty [of his death], but lays it on one side, like other theoretical truths that are not applicable in practice, without taking it into his vivid consciousness.” (Schopenhauer) When Sigmund Freud arrived at the possibility of a “death instinct” in Beyond the Pleasure Principle he acknowledged that he had “unwillingly steered our […]

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Michelle Akin is a life coach who used to think she was no good. Thanks in large part to a 12-step program she realized that she is a product of her environment and is feeling less guilty about acting out. With the help of a supportive community she’s able to get by.

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A drawing of a woman with three faces.

“The Future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.” I read the above beautiful quote recently in the foreword of a book by Rainier Maria Rilke. It got me contemplating. I concluded that it is utterly true that my future enters me long before it transforms into my present […]

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Akiko Momose believes that most of our wounds are over a thousand years old. To heal them now, we must identify the ancient roots of our suffering and show ourselves mercy.

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