a while ago we talked about the lack of scripts for talking about mental illness (at least in “polite society”), and before that we had a conversation about how uncomfortable it can be to engage in peaceful communication. and now evan took up the topic the other day and asked how can we talk about… Continue reading spiritual language
a few semi random musings on parents … through my parents, a lot of challenges came my way. but through them, i also learned how to build the tools to overcome those challenges. for example, creativity was highly encouraged. parents irrevocably shape most of the way we view the world. some of that can be… Continue reading understanding parents
after reading this morning that BC philosopher and counsel to psychologists sydney banks had died, i thought i’d write a bit about him. alas, i cannot find in myself any interest in his work. he talked about the three principles of mind, thought and consciousness. if there’s a sydney banks fan among you out there,… Continue reading understanding understanding
will and willpower
while my blog was in hiatus, i was not entirely silent. conversations happened on twitter, for example this one regarding the concepts of “will” and “will power”, mostly with gassho. i was going to comment on some of these, also give you the tweets of what other people were saying. but perhaps it would be… Continue reading will and willpower
a script for mental illness
we need to find a way to talk about mental illness. how do we communicate our feelings and our experiences?
buddhist carnival, may 2009 – the mixed-bag-it’s-all-connected edition
may 15 – time for another buddhist carnival. if you want to see previous buddhist carnivals, go here. today there is no topic, really, just a criss-cross romp through the buddhasphere. another enlightenment machine … like the one you see depicted to the right. here are some explanations i have made an exciting new “thought… Continue reading buddhist carnival, may 2009 – the mixed-bag-it’s-all-connected edition
peaceful communication – problems and solutions
in the last few months, i have had much occasion to think about the concept of nonviolent or peaceful communication. there is the general idea of nonviolent communication, and then there is nonviolent communication as it has been much talked about lately, created by marshal rosenberg. in his definition, NVC is a way of relating… Continue reading peaceful communication – problems and solutions
mental health and mental illness in different cultures
the last few days, i have been thinking repeatedly about the ideas fellow vancouver blogger karen fung has brought up in her post on march 9. she muses about three topics, all of which fascinating. the one about mental health issues with immigrant populations is particularly intriguing, perhaps because for the past year, i’ve mostly… Continue reading mental health and mental illness in different cultures
is tweeting about omid reza misayafi a negative thing?
the other day, an interesting discussion took place on twitter. i tweeted a link to the death in prison of omid reza misayafi, the iranian blogger who had been sentenced to three years in prison for blogging in ways that the iranian government found threatening. one of my fellow tweeters found that this was a… Continue reading is tweeting about omid reza misayafi a negative thing?