Saying ‘Yes’ to Life

Saying ‘Yes’ to Life

Throughout “Stop Missing Your Life,” author Cory Muscara weaves snapshots from his early, six-month meditation retreat in Burma. Seeking guidance through physical and emotional discomfort, often Cory was offered this wisdom: “Be more present.” That forced him to...
FInding Self Meaning

FInding Self Meaning

I can’t remember a book self-identified as philosophy rising onto the US best seller list. It says something about Asian society that The Courage to be Disliked, an examination of Adlerian psychology, remained on the regional best-seller lists for over a year. The...
Connecting to Wellness

Connecting to Wellness

As infants, we associate isolation with hunger, discomfort, and disorientation. Those outcomes are so powerfully ingrained in the subconscious that we anticipate them when suddenly cut off from those we depend upon. That ache in the pit of the stomach, the tingling in...
The Sacred Feminism

The Sacred Feminism

For two years, I attended Saturday Torah study at the Reform congregation in Westlake Village, Adat Elohim. As we struggled through Genesis, a recent college graduate plead for her sisters, “What does this have to do with women?” I leaned over and whispered in her...
The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

The twentieth century was the age of commercialization. The century opened with industrialization that undermined agrarian independence and wrought destruction on a global scale. The tonic was the media revolution that eroded cultural disparities and gave the working...
ACTing Up?

ACTing Up?

Starting with Freud, psychiatry tried to convince us that happiness unfolds from understanding the cause of our unhappiness. Freud proposed sexual frustration in childhood, Eric Erickson focused on crises of socialization, psychopharmacology focuses on chemical...