Beating Anxiety: how mindfulness affects the worrying brain

Far from being the latest advance in big-gym yoga, mindfulness has been an ancient bedrock of mental health since there was such a thing as mental health. It is perhaps the most historically ubiquitous and thorough-going practice used in combating anxiety and increasing emotional well-being. This being the case, I am fascinated that mindfulness had… Continue reading Beating Anxiety: how mindfulness affects the worrying brain

The Noble Line: a psychology of ancestry and the quest for roots

Something I’ve been thinking about lately is the notion of what I call "the Noble Line,” i.e. the psychology of ancestry. It used to be that growing up a person had a sense of family roots – roots not limited to one’s immediate parents or grandparents, but roots extending back for generations. When a man… Continue reading The Noble Line: a psychology of ancestry and the quest for roots

Taming the Emotional Tsunami: Self-Analysis vs. Self-Awareness

What is one to do when emotional pain comes on strong and unexpected? Many people regularly experience a chaotic mixture of pain and pleasure, joy and despair, that makes them ask what the hell is going on? Why do I feel great one moment and completely blitzed by painful emotions the next, and for seemingly… Continue reading Taming the Emotional Tsunami: Self-Analysis vs. Self-Awareness