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 …

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”

Photo by Robin Jonathan Deutsch on Unsplash Cornel West is one of my favorite public figures because of his unique ability to embody both a deeply rooted brotherly love for anyone he encounters alongside a fiery righteous indignation at all examples of injustice in the world. As far as I’m concerned, the moment we are …

What’s self-love got to do with it?

Last week for Valentine’s Day I wrote about four guideposts on the path to a more nourishing kind of love, the first of which was self-love. As someone who has battled depression, shame, and low self-esteem, I’m no stranger to the impatient eye rolls that the concept of self-love is often met with. However, since I understand eye-rolls to be an expression of sarcasm and sarcasm to be an expression of fear, I take inspiration from Joseph Campbell, who said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” So today I’d like to talk about what self-love means, and why it’s important to our ability to love in general.