Comfort in Relationships, Death of Self Improvement?

Comfort in Relationships, Death of Self Improvement?

Friends, please bow your heads in a moment of silence. We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of many cool, active, and driven friends and acquaintances. They were bright and shining presences in our lives taken from us too soon. Though they may have left the land of the living, the memories they left us with will live on. The cause of death? A comfortable, non-challenging relationship. Disclaimer: This article does not imply a relationship automatically makes someone into a less interesting person. Many people in relationships and…

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO has lit the Internet on fire. In a news week with the FBI declining to recommend indictment for Hilary Clinton and horrific police shootings, a video game involving searching for fictional monsters on cell phones still manages to be a dominant topic. Nintendo’s stock jumped 10% after release. Thousands of statuses and tweets about the game flood the social networks. Incredible stories are already popping up, like a player that found a dead body while playing. Pokémon GO meetups worldwide are in the making. In a year or…

A Journaling Template for Relief and Self Awareness (Updated)

A Journaling Template for Relief and Self Awareness (Updated)

As the old cliche goes, know thyself. Self awareness ranks among the most important skills for reaching your full potential in life. It helps guide decisions, provide insight into personal conflicts, and clarifying our own thoughts. Living a life without self awareness is like a playthrough of Skyrim without a HUD or stat menus. You can try to fight dragons and participate in the Nordic Space Program without ever checking strengths and weaknesses in your build, but the experience becomes so much richer when you explore the intricacies of the system. Explore…

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

New Age Religion, or alternative spiritual practices, or “not Judeo-Christian,” is all the rage these days, particularly European pagan traditions and Wicca. Eastern religious traditions are getting plenty of love as well, including meditation. While there are many lifetime practitioners who were never swayed by hot trends into the tradition, the number of Americans who claim beliefs that can be considered New Age has grown exponentially in recent years. Just float over to your local bookstore, you’ll find books about applying Buddhist mindfulness practices to Google’s business model as well as using…

Optimism: Be a Light in the Darkness

Optimism: Be a Light in the Darkness

Optimism. Sounds like a dirty word. That bright-eyed, Kingdom Hearts nonsense doesn’t belong in the real world, right? Only a rose colored glasses-wearing fool would turn a blind eye to all of the problems and strife of the world. Pessimism is totally where it’s at. There are chemtrails, Illuminati, Donald Trump, Reptoids, an economy on the verge of collapse, and crappy localization of Nintendo 3DS RPGs to worry about! Surely, those glass-half-full people are just idiots with their heads in the sand. But what if they were onto something? Hell in…

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation. What mental image does the word conjure? Do you imagine the serenity of Buddhist monks? A Druid’s requisite for restoring their spell slots? Perhaps you pictured some New Age hipsters babbling about the benefits of sitting and breathing. Maybe you even imagined a Jedi’s solemn contemplation of the Force before Anakin and his personal legion of Clone Troopers busting in and wrecking up the place. Meditation has been practiced and portrayed many different ways over the centuries, and despite being over 3,000 years old (that’s just recorded history), it…

List Your Problems Away: Practical Application

List Your Problems Away: Practical Application

As the old adage goes, practice what you preach. Or, more aptly, practice what you earnestly suggest to others. Earlier this week I published a post promoting stress relief by listing out one’s problems and analyzing them one by one. Check it out if you haven’t read it yet. As fate would have it, some life situations arose to put me into a stressful mood of my own. It was the perfect time to personally test the words I had written. The day seemed innocuous enough, just another day at the…

List Your Problems Away

List Your Problems Away

That stack of bills piles up. You worry about your work performance. There are errands to run. Schedules must be juggled.  You’re falling behind on practice for [insert competitive game of your choice]. The con is this weekend and your Tracer cosplay is half finished at best, and you have no idea what pose you’re supposed to strike as her. Life feels like a Zerg rush coming at you from all directions, and your defenses are falling. But, what if I told you there was a way to corral the chaos…