Living & Breathing

Courting the Moon: Allowing Yourself Downtime

The Moon from Tarot of Trees © Dana Driscoll When I do Tarot, the Moon card shows up a lot. It’s a card about our unconscious, and the subtle, rich integration process that accompanies the long slow journey into ourselves. Inevitably I resist it.read more…

Denying the Battle: Retraining Your Brain Away from Habitual Anger and Depression

Some emotional pathways get hardened and ingrained in us, until they have enough power that they can’t be resisted once they start. The only way to stop them is to give them up completely–to learn to recognize the signposts and map entire new pathways around them.read more…

Newer Ideas on Motivation (Intrinsic vs Extrinsic)

This post on Study Hacks takes a look at the classic theories of extrinsic motivation vs. intrinsic, and updates in the field, and it got me thinking. If you’re not familiar with this terminology, roughly, intrinsic motivation is doing something for the sake of it, and extrinsic is doing it for what it will give […]read more…

Curating Yourself: When Old Blog Posts Weigh You Down

Certain problems with blogging have become apparent to me lately: 1) The casual format encourages random dumping of stuff rather than sifting and curating and development of ideas into cohesive, finished pieces. Like books. The more I read and learn, the less patience I have to sort through people’s process. Or my own for that […]read more…

On Not Saving the World (and 2012)

It’s not about saving the world. Duh. It’s about being in the world. According to my psychic friend, the 2012 thing is like this: we are all being pulled like a magnet toward awakening and being more conscious/happy. IE letting go of negative energy states and being pulled into higher ones. It’s happening to us, […]read more…

Maximizers vs Satisficers: Can You Be Happy With Good Enough?

Maximizers are always looking for the best of each thing. Satisficers decide on a good thing and are happy with it. They don’t go for “the perfect thing”, they go for “good enough for me”. A maximizer is like a perfectionist, someone who needs to be assured that their every purchase or decision was the […]read more…

Ink on My Hands

My dad’s hands were often stained with grease from working on the car. My mom’s hands were usually stained from her dye vats. Lately my hands are often stained with ink and paint from making art. I find it an oddly comforting reminder of my lineage. I am leaving shortly to visit my grandmother, who […]read more…

you can’t muscle God

I found this scan of a collage postcard I made for my brother in January of 2004, one of my favorites: The word balloon reads: The Kingdom of God does not come if you watch for it. Nor will anyone be able to say, “It is here” or “It is there”. For the Kingdom of […]read more…

where you stand

You cannot find the path to where you want to go without first telling the truth about where you stand now. Because the path from where you actually are to where you want to go is not the same as the path from where you are pretending to be to where you want to go. […]read more…

incompleteness

To be alive is to be in a constant state of incompleteness. Contrast rocks. They don’t need anything to keep being rocks. They can be floating in space for millions of years, and they will still be rocks. They are static. Living beings however, must change, constantly, in order to keep being alive. Our physical […]read more…