Psychology

Is any personality not disordered?

Clinical psychologists demarcate 10 personality types as personality disorders. These are long-standing patterns of relating that cause impairment in one’s relationship to oneself and others. Each consists of a set of features, and when someone has a certain number of features, then they are said to have the disorder. To my knowledge, I’ve never been diagnosed with a personality disorder,…

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Spiritual Journey

The Meditator’s Performance-Enhancing Drug

Society is trying to wake up. And, it is using coffee to do so. You don’t have to be very perceptive to see that nearly everyone is addicted to caffeine. Unfortunately, this habit only leads to a pervasive fixation on speed, efficiency, and distraction. People race through their lives faster than ever before, neurotically ticking boxes off their to-do lists.…

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Spiritual Journey

Metaphor is Reality

The ocean of samsara is literal. It’s not a metaphor. The ocean is composed of many water molecules. The water stores information. It stores memory. It stores the memory of all of human existence. It stores the memory of samsara, the cycle of birth old age sickness and death. It reinforces this pattern and this cycle. The cycle is conditioned…

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travel

Traveling Alone: Experience & Tips

When people hear that I have been traveling since January, their first question is some variation of: “Have you been traveling alone this whole time?!” The answer is yes and no. Yes, in the sense that I did not depart with a travel companion, such as a spouse, partner, friend, or family member, who has accompanied me to all the…

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travel

Thai Island Paradise Retreat: Koh Mak

I am hesitant to write this blog in fear of tarnishing the tranquil perfection that is the Thai island of Koh Mak during the low season.Intermittent torrential downpours and cloudy days failed to discourage me and my two friends from enjoying the plentiful near-empty beaches, swim spots, and jungle treks available to us. It truly felt like our own private…

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