by Derek Beres, Big Think Waking Times While the Tao Te Ching is not one of the world’s most discussed religious texts, at least relative to the amount of attention the Bible, Quran, and Buddhist and Hindu doctrines receive, Laozi’s slim volume of instructions has massively influenced how we think about Eastern philosophy. The basis of Taoism is embedded in his series of short and punchy ideas that are rooted in, at times, paradoxical thinking. Consider one of his most famous aphorisms: “The Tao does nothing, and yet nothing is left undone.” The ‘nothing’ is wu-wei, often translated as ‘non-action.’ One translation of Taoist ideas, Tao: … Continue reading HOW A FOURTH-CENTURY TAOIST CONCEPT IS TREATING ANXIETY

Thought-Provoking Illustrations Cleverly Visualize Themes of Modern Life

“Love: On – Brain: Off” By Emma Taggart In a modern world of information overload, social media addiction, and work burnouts, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. These are some of the concepts behind the work of German illustrator Sergio Ingravalle who creates witty, thought-provoking images that many find all too easy to relate to. Each minimalist illustration from the artist’s Mindshotsseries depicts complex themes with just a few shapes and lines, proving the artist has a natural talent for visual language. Ingravalle first found his love of illustration in 2010 while on a five-month trip from Sydney to Beijing. “During my travels, I met … Continue reading Thought-Provoking Illustrations Cleverly Visualize Themes of Modern Life


Physicians are killing themselves at a higher clip than even military veterans, but their careers depend on denying this sad fact by Eddie Kim It struck Pamela Wible at the funeral on Oct. 28, 2012, during an overcast afternoon in Eugene, Oregon. Her colleague from the hospital had shot himself in the head on Mount Pisgah, in the middle of the day. He was the third doctor from Eugene to die of suicide within that year. Yet nobody at the funeral spoke openly about suicide. In fact, they seemed to want to avoid the topic altogether. “These were doctors at the … Continue reading WHY IS THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY SO HELL-BENT ON COVERING UP DOCTORS’ SKYROCKETING SUICIDE RATES?

The Subjugation of Evil

Fudo Myoo, a wrathful subduer of evil forces in the esoteric Japanese pantheon | David Coleman / Alamy Stock Photo In the esoteric Japanese tradition, subduing the external evils of the world as well as the inner evils of one’s own mind is a central element of practice. A scholar explains why we shouldn’t dismiss it so quickly. By Eric Swanson In the Summer 2005 issue of Tricycle, the eminent scholar of religion Elaine Pagels spoke of how historical study can enrich spiritual life in the present: “Historical study should have the effect of making what is very familiar look different or even in … Continue reading The Subjugation of Evil

What is offensive?

Photo by Richard Kalvar/Magnum Quarrels over honour in duelling cultures can enlighten us today and demonstrate why some insults are intolerable by Clifton Mark writes about political theory, psychology, and other lifestyle-related topics. He lives in Toronto, ON. Edited by Nigel Warburton In 1717, Voltaire was arrested, some might say, for giving offence. He had published a ‘satirical’ verse that opens by calling the Duc d’Orleans, the then Regent of France, ‘an inhuman tyrant, famous for poison, atheism, and incest’. This pungent personal attack became so popular it was sung on the streets of Paris. In response, the Duc had Voltaire arrested … Continue reading What is offensive?

What It Means to Be Emotionally Safe in a Relationship

By John Amodeo, PhD Have you ever loved someone but didn’t feel internally relaxed with him or her? Have you experienced a longing to connect, but something kept disrupting the closeness you wanted? It’s frustrating to love someone but not experience the trust and safety that would allow the relationship to deepen. The intimacy we want may seem so close, yet sadly elusive. Feeling emotionally safe is an essential foundation for any intimate relationship. Although not easy to build, it creates the necessary climate for closeness. Some Elements of Emotional Safety Feeling emotionally safe means feeling internally relaxed with a person. … Continue reading What It Means to Be Emotionally Safe in a Relationship

Live Your Life for You, Not to Please Expectations

Conquer social pressure, or it will conquer you. by Gustavo Razzetti Do you sometimes feel you don’t love your life? Like, deep inside, something is missing? That’s because we are living someone else’s life. We allowed other people to influence or determine our choices — we are trying to please their expectations. Social pressure is deceiving — we all become prey without noticing it. Before we realize we lost control of our lives, we end envying how other people live. We can only see the greener grass — ours is never good enough. To regain the passion for the life we want, you … Continue reading Live Your Life for You, Not to Please Expectations

It Took Me Six Years to Realize My Anger Was Depression

Share on Pinterest Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, CRNP — Written by Christal Yuen Combined with anger, my depression found ways to convince me I was naturally a bad person. Feeling blue doesn’t ever stop for me. It’s a kind of constant that’s glue to my bones and has stayed around long enough that I know how to manage it when depression makes my body and mind too stiff to care. The downside of “managing it” is that I usually don’t know I’m deep in a depressive episode until my dark thoughts start to surface and repeat like a mantra. If I’m lucky, … Continue reading It Took Me Six Years to Realize My Anger Was Depression


image edited by Fernando Kaskais Fun fact: The open-mouth O-face is distinctly Western by Ian Lecklitner The face that someone makes when they climax depends on where in the world they come from (pun completely unavoidable): That’s one of the results of a particularly fascinating study published early this month. More specifically, researchers found that people from Western and East Asian cultures have different understandings of which facial expressions actually indicate the moment you blow your load. Westerners expect widened eyes and gaping mouths, while Easterners predict closed eyes and tight-lipped smiles. On the opposite side of the emotional spectrum, the researchers … Continue reading WHY ORGASM FACES DIFFER ACROSS CULTURES


by Kelly Brogan, MD, Guest Waking Times Hallucination (huh-loo-suh–ney-shuh n) : a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usually manifested as visual or auditory images. Psychiatry has built an entire infrastructure around the definition of normal. In my training, I learned clinical, diagnostic terms like “magical thinking” to pedantically dismiss any flourishes of wonderment, “delusions of reference” to coldly malign any experience of meaning or synchronicity, and even “grandiosity” if you might deign to think too much of yourself. When human behavior is medicalized, the … Continue reading WHO IS REALLY MENTALLY ILL?