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Bulletins from the front lines of inner war and peace
Let me start by stating what I am not.
I am not a licensed therapist or psychologist. I don’t work in the mental health field and don’t pretend to be an expert in it. And while I practice meditation and mindfulness on a daily basis, I am not a master yogi and have not received formal training in any particular spiritual discipline or religion aside from the twelve years of education I received in Catholic school.
I come to the realm of awakening and men’s mental health from the perspective of someone who bumbled blindly for years through the land of the black beast before finding my way out. I first fell into the pit of clinical depression in my early twenties when I was fresh out of college and finding my place in the world. My second bout with the beast, in my forties as I was going through a bitter divorce, taught me the lessons the first one didn’t.
Through a lot of reading and inner work, I got to a place of lasting peace and joy without the help of medications, and I’ve been there for more than fifteen years. I’d like to share what I’ve learned to help others find peace too and let them know that the joy they are seeking is within them right now, and getting there may be simpler than they think.
Oh, and here are a few other salient facts about me if you care to know:
I live in Pennsylvania and am the father of three awesome sons. I have been continuously employed in the field of corporate communications and public relations for more than thirty years. I love to hike, fish, and spend as much time outdoors as I can. I own a sweet but crazy German Shorthair Pointer by the name of Cassie. I am an HSP, not the easiest thing for a man to be in this world. (If you’ve never heard of HSPs, check out the writings of Elaine Arun – you might be one too).
My passion is writing. My fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Elephant Journal, the Sewanee Review, Red River Review, A New Song, and other literary journals. My first book, The Long Walk Home: How I Lost My Job as a Corporate Remora Fish and Rediscovered My Life’s Purpose, is forthcoming from Blydyn Square Press in 2021.