A Chat With Mystic Mag

There is a lot about today’s (possibly too) connected world to lament. Kids spend too much time on their phones. Social media is making us more politically divisive. It is all too easy for each of us to feel less-than because we are comparing ourselves to our filtered Instagram friends (who only ever reveal photographs…

Just Jump

If you’re thinking about launching your own business or private practice or writing that book or script or…insert your dream here…Just. Jump.

Healthism

1) (Healthism is) the belief system that sees health as the property and responsibility of the individual and ranks the personal pursuit of health above anything else. 2) It (healthism) ignores the impact of poverty, oppression, war, violence, luck, historical atrocities, abuse, and the environment (which includes traffic pollution, clean water, etc.). 3) It protects…

Death by Opportunity

I have two competing impulses. They fight with each other like siblings that are close enough in age that they should theoretically get along…but they just don’t. One impulse is to slow down. That part of me is the part of me that wants to stay sane. It’s the part of me that wants to…

Is It Enough, Yet?

Sooo. my dog wakes me up this morning. Not with sweet wimperings at my door. Ooooh no. With loud, angry, boastful barks. Confused, I look at my phone to check for the time. What?!? It’s 9:08am?!?!? Holy shit, how did I sleep in that long? My foggy and slightly panicked eyeballs notice a text. It’s…

Beef Stick

Disclaimer: This post references sexual violence and has derogatory language. Proceed with discernment. I had the most bizarre dream last night. In the dream, I am inside a semi-empty space. There are windows. A door. It sort of looks like the entryway to those buildings that have multiple floors. Maybe it’s a lobby for a…

Radical Re-humanization

Pain Is Not Inherently Problematic As a health educator, and a wellness coach, I spend a lot of time sharing strategies one can employ to reduce unnecessary suffering. Do you feel tense, tight, and overly charged up? Try moving your body to loosen the hold those unnecessarily dark thoughts seem to be having on you….

When Life Hands You a Pumpkin

Sometimes, life throws some combination of lemons, rotten tomatoes, and poopie diapers your way. Sometimes, it rains…then pours…then hails. And as you sit there with a tomato-stained T-shirt and the sting of lemon juice meeting an old scratch you didn’t even realize you still had… feeling cold, downtrodden and…let’s face it…a little pissed off…you can’t…

About That Whole Balance Thing…

I’ve been thinking about this whole idea of “balance.” I don’t know if it can actually be done. Or if it can…I don’t know that it’s something that can be sustained. I don’t know if I have any clinical psychological disorders to speak of…but I can tell you this…I’m neurotic. It’s a fun word, when…

To Hell With Waiting for January 1st

I’ve heard some version of the phrase “f**k 2020!” probably a billion times. I’m not even being hyperbolic. Between conversations with friends, social media, the news….yeah. Billion sounds about right. I get it. Trust me. I’m over it, too. This year has brought with it a monumental number of changes. Most of them have inspired…

What Do You Stand FOR?

I don’t know about you…but I’m getting a bit of “Anti” fatigue. Like a bunch of toddlers, we seem to be exceptionally adept at saying “no!” with a satisfyingly pouty face to those things we detest and want no part of. And it’s leaking into nearly every category of our lives. It’s almost like we…