• Ushering out the narrative of brokenness

    Leadership coach Amy O’Pry Massey said to my colleague Mags Thomson once, “We should remove the D from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because there’s nothing disordered about having an extreme stress response to trauma.” A. Fucking. Men. To pathologise or not to pathologise Now I’m the last person who wants to depathologise mental illness. I believe it’s real and I believe it’s something we need to continue having discussions about in terms of how we can best support all people to embrace wellness of mind, body, and soul. But I also want to have it on the record as saying: before we diagnose people, can’t we give them a chance…

  • Self – An Introductory Magical Concept

    Credit: NASA/JPL In astrology, the sun represents the Self (your personality and how you show up in the world). And the moon and the planets are representative of the other aspects of who you are.    For example, the moon signifies your emotions and internal world, Venus represents love, luxury, and beauty, and Mars: your sexuality, drive, and ambition.   In short: the solar system is a big ol’ macrocosmic metaphor for your personal life.   Your sense of Self (sun) will determine the quality of the other parts of your life that orbit it (planets, dwarf planets, and other small celestial bodies).   You might be wondering why any of…

  • Cultural v. Spiritual Definitions of Masculine and Feminine

    Biblical Definitions of Masculinity and Femininity Like most people who grew up in Fundamentalist Christianity, I grew up with a very rigid understanding of what the words ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ meant. They were primarily associated with gender roles within the marriage; ‘masculine’ being synonymous with male and ‘feminine’ being synonymous with female. It had to do with the sex of a person, genitalia, and a specific kind of physical appearance that conformed to each sex respectively.  In the book of 1 Peter 3:4 it says to women, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair or gold jewelry or fine clothes, but from the inner disposition…