The Ultimate Team for a Teen

Individuals of all ages have an innate need to expand and grow. Teens have a super dose of growth energy. Accessing the inner drive to direct that energy increases their capacity to manifest remarkable things when assisted by a supportive team. Conversely, when external pressures suppress the inner drive the teen can feel restless, angry […]

Stress Remedy: The Green Pill

To stress or not to stress can be a choice. Unhealthy stress is feeling out of control, thus, thrusting your self into a fight-flight state. You can feel chased by tasks, time constraints and unmet goals. You can feel threatened by social rejection, embarrassment and ridicule. When your thinking is concentrated in desires, actions and duties, you […]

Depth and Breadth of Peace

While my blog posts splay over diverse and what may appear to be unrelated topics, all themes in fact are connected through the core heartbeat of peace — which I define as theharmonious synthesis of seeming contradictions. With all our individuality and uniqueness, as people of distinct ethnicities, cultures, ideologies, religions, nationalities, and so on, we […]

Generation Peace

The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, a friend of eight-year-old victim Martin Richard posted a picture of Richard holding a banner for peace, which read, “No more hurting people.”

Love Relationships Are a Pocket of Peace

An intimate relationship is a true home, as reflected in the famous expression, “Home is where the heart is.” While romantic relationships can span the spectrum — from the shallow trysts played out by Samantha in Sex and the City and James Bond in the 007 series, to the noble love emblemized by Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy […]

Fatal Obsession

My life seemed glamorous and promising: I was in my 20s, living in Paris and Normandy, spending my days training in ballet, modern dance, and jazz, and spending my evenings clubbing with VIP actors, models, and athletes. There was just one little problem: I was killing myself.

Taking a Shot at Peace

March 23, 2013 was the 10th anniversary of Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine. The award-winning documentary plunged deep below the surface, exploring reasons for the Columbine High School massacre of April 1999. Among other ways it stimulated thought, the film showed many angles of gun culture in America — a culture that, following the Sandy Hook shooting of […]

The Economics of Peace: Can We Be Fair (without Love)?

In July 2011, a lone-wolf terrorist murdered 93 people in Norway, in the interest of driving home an anti-immigration message. The killer, Norwegian native Anders Behring Breivik, was identified as a right-wing extremist with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. While Breivik’s action was severe and driven in part by mental illness, his feelings about immigration were in alignment with […]

College-Age Disease Calls for Attention

As a college student a few decades ago, I had never heard of eating disorders. I did know that chart-topping singer Karen Carpenter had died of a heart attack at about 30 years old, and that her death had something to do with her being skinny. I had no idea, however, that an eating disorder […]

A Loving Little Reminder for Valentine's Weekend

On Valentine’s Day, we may think of romance, flowers and chocolates. Yet our deepest, most permanent love may be in life itself. The opportunity to breathe and experience life is the foundation for all love that we may experience. Behind the face of your lover is the same energy of life that beats the heart […]