In response to a request to elaborate on our post Millennial Problems: An Open Letter to My Generation I'm expanding upon some suggestions made for Millennial's (or anyone else) on how we can support ourselves in our goals of reaching greater self/spiritual fulfillment. I don't proclaim to have all the answers, and I'd love to hear further suggestions from readers on how you think we can further achieve the level of psycho-spiritual and martial success we seem to desire as a generation. The following are things that have worked for Aaron and me, and others we have met on the path to deeper self-actualization. As with everything we write in this blog take what you want and leave the rest, there's plenty to go around.Read More
Angry, peeved, irritable, annoyed, pissed off, ensconced, fuming, enraged, insulted. No matter how you refer to it it's an emotion that we all have to varying degrees. Some people own their anger, some wear it like a badge, some stuff it in places it doesn't belong, others throw it at people who don't deserve it.
Anger has gotten a bad wrap and I can understand why. Anger has toppled cities and decimated countries. But anger itself isn't the problem. It's identification with it that can be harmful. When we become angry we can sometimes allow the energy of it to run us instead of the other way around.Read More
Most of us have heard this famous quote at some point in our lives:
The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
(Of course it is commonly attributed to Anais Nin, however now a woman named Elizabeth Appell is claiming that she wrote the quote in 1979. We won't go into that, but just in case you're interested…)
Anyhow, back to the quote. If you've managed to somehow miss it among its printing on tshirts, journals, bookmarks, bumper stickers, Pinterest images, and the plethora of other places I'm sure it's been, then I bet you're pretty excited to see it right now. Why you ask? Because it absolutely touches on an integral and deep truth that at some point we must all come to know insides of ourselves. Vulnerability (and growth) are necessary.
How can we can ever expect to give or receive anything of real value if we do not open ourselves up? This doesn't just mean opening up to a safe person, which of course is nice. Truly opening up means going into a state of "allowing" for as many hours and minutes of the day as we can possibly tolerate it, because it is necessary for own growth.
Let me illustrate using myself as an example.Read More