Mental health is a fundamental right; the future of humanity depends on it.
The Divine Reset
In the vast tapestry of spiritual practices that grace our world, Yoruba spiritual cleansing stands out as a vibrant thread, weaving together elements of nature, tradition, and divine wisdom. Rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba people of West Africa, this ancient practice offers a profound journey of renewal and connection, guiding practitioners towards inner harmony and alignment with the cosmos. In this comprehensive exploration, we delve deep into the essence of Yoruba spiritual cleansing, uncovering its rituals, purposes, and significance in the modern world.
Why Troubled Children Have an Increased Trauma In Society
As a former "troubled child" I learned two things normal communication even in the 90s was difficult for me. One, I learned no one listens. Two, if I have a meltdown I will be restrained. Most troubled children like myself when restrained by professionals who wouldn't listen to me traumatized me enough but being able to not move embraced with a professional gripping my hands. That was beyond traumatizing. I didn't know this was still a common practice until I overheard one of my peers who is a major in Psychology interning at some nonprofit agency that's similar to the 90s verse of Latch Key.
I Grew Up with Trauma/Racism
Add agism, and some others. ~~~~ I grew up in a town close to three reservations. My dad died when I was 10 years old and we moved out of the city, and didn’t return to the reservation that my mother grew up in. We were living about 1 hour from her childhood home.
Four Personality Types
Personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions. During personality classification, you might have heard people talking about extroverts and introverts. Extroversion and introversion are two of the most common personality types in society. According to psychologists, in addition to these, two less common personality types also exist, known as ambiverts and omniverts. Whenever some person asks a question about your personality type, it might be possible that you face difficulty in answering. But there is no need to worry if you cannot differentiate between the four personality types.
Little Blue Pills
The bottle is filled to the brim. I’ve never seen this many pills in a single bottle before. They crowd together like a field of tiny blue flowers, overlapping, blending together. “So it’s finally come to this,” I think, extracting a single capsule and letting out a deep exhalation before swallowing it down. It strikes me as fitting that the oldest SSRI is a lovely shade of bright blue. Taking blue pills to kill my blues. It oughta be a country song.
To Whom It Does Not Concern: An Open Letter Regarding Janet Jackson Appreciation Day (#JJAD)
For the sixth year in a row, we, the fanbase of Janet Jackson – from hereon referred to as #JanFam – will be honoring our Empress, Blueprint, Queen Muva, and all-around fave of your faves, Janet Damita Jo Jackson, with Janet Jackson Appreciation Day, a day-long tribute to her five-decade long (and counting!) career as a singer, dancer, actress, activist, and trailblazer.
Most Writers Write. Here's Why I Haven't - Again
I’ve been here before. More than once. More than twice, actually. More than … okay, who’s counting? I know everyone and their mothers are tired of the “I’m ready to write again!” song and dance I’ve been doing for ages. To be fair, I’m pretty damn tired of it, too. After my big “here we go again” announcement in 2021 (2022 for Vocal readers), I thought I’d finally cleared out enough wreckage to keep this fire blazing and get these words flowing.
I live in this world but not of it
This is my first article of the year, 2024 in this community. I have announced my intentions and aspirations for this year for Vocal. One of them was to publish at least one writing consistently. So here I am.
- Top Story - February 2024
Grief never stops. She simply camouflages herself in different forms, daring you to challenge facing it, day after day. Sometimes sexy and alluring, we all enjoy a moment of self soothing, allowing what feels like release to wash over us-out of us, through tears, wails, cries, steps, stomps, dulled screams into feather fluffed pillows. Shameless, near infantile, reverting back primitively or perhaps to a state of childlike sorrow. Unable to express verbally the issue at hand, and coos and cuddles only go so far for so long. Lets face it, what are we as adults besides big kids playing pretend with our words, and having no one to patiently coddle us when we unexplainably sob.
The Tapestry of Mortality
Someday, each of us will face the inevitable reality of our own mortality. It's a universal truth that, despite our varying beliefs and perspectives, binds us all together. The contemplation of death often leads us to question the nature of existence and whether the pursuit of a longer life is a worthy endeavor. These musings prompt us to reflect on the very essence of life itself.
The Enigmatic Dance of Belief
Hey there, Mind Field enthusiasts! Vanessa? Nah, just kidding. It's your guide through the twists and turns of the mind, Michael. Bet you didn't see that coming, did you? Well, you know how humans are—we love a good surprise, even if it involves a little white lie. Speaking of which, that Vanessa stunt? Yeah, total fabrication. But hey, deception is part of the human experience, right? We're drawn to things that may not be entirely true because, well, proving something beyond a shadow of a doubt is no walk in the park. Instead, we navigate the maze of belief, relying on faith and confidence intervals to make sense of our world.
Eternal: My Experience as A Selena (Quintanilla) Fan
(Photo by selenaqofficial) In April 2022, I attended a 25th anniversary screening of Selena, the iconic biopic based on the life of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla (Perez).