6 guiding questions to understand the link between mental health and activism

Earlier this month I was interviewed by Jeannine Etter of KPFA’s UpFront for mental health awareness month to talk about the connection between mental health and activism. In thinking about how to talk about this connection, I was reminded of a moment from the first week of my graduate program in counseling psychology, when I …

Calling all dreamers, artists, idealists, healers, leaders, and educators

https://youtu.be/mzj9N6Zjblk Calling all dreamers! Calling all healers! This will be a short post. I want to save the world. If you’re reading my stuff, you probably want to do that too. I have an idea for how we can do it, but we need to move a lot faster than our busy 21st-century consumer capitalist …

Personal growth for social change: You can’t change people without changing yourself

Photo by Boudewijn Huysmans on Unsplash Last week I wrote about how you can’t change the world without changing people. For those of you who were itching to start proselytizing about your vision for social change, today I’m taking the lesson one step further, into the realm of personal growth. You can’t change people without …

The personal is political: You can’t change the world without changing people

Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash In 2012, my hope for the future of the world died. And yet, in that same year, the seeds of a new hope were also planted. On the Berkeley campus, I attended a talk by Aric McBay, Derrick Jensen, and Lierre Keith, the authors of Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the …

Responsibility, power, and privilege

Photo by Christian Buehner on Unsplash When I first started dipping my toes into the personal development world, one of the things that didn’t sit right with the social justice warrior in me was the emphasis on personal responsibility. In the capitalism-can-do-no-wrong world of traditional personal development, personal responsibility is a bootstraps ethos. No matter …

Talking about spirituality is like dancing about architecture

Photo by Hans Vivek on Unsplash As a white, left-brained, cisgender, heterosexual, middle-class, college-educated, able-bodied man born in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century, and raised by an atheist step-dad, the circumstances of my socialization were ideal for sewing doubt into my consciousness for anything spiritual, new-age, or “woo-woo.” That is perhaps why …