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Unseen Damages of Ambition and Achievement

A story on how high-functioning patterns may affect your physical and mental health. Kala is a high-functioning person, accomplishes a lot, thriving career, and a lot of energy to do what needs to be done. Yet, Kala knows that, deep inside, something feels a little off. She doesn’t know what it is? But, she can […]

Healing from Abuse: Body-Centered Approaches

A story about recovering from abuse through processing with the body.   Misty grew up in a abusive household with violence, isolation, and neglect. She ran away and had to figure life out ‘on her own’. Today, she has a stable job, a few friends, and many challenges here and there, especially socially, but she […]

Unprocessed Trauma: Understanding its Impact on Mental Health

4 potential effects when we do not metabolise traumatising experiences.   Emotional Disregulation: Unprocessed trauma often leads to heightened anxiety, depression, anger, or numbness. A struggle to cope with small stressors and navigating intense emotional swings. Trauma does not disappear, rather the way we relate, respond, and react to it changes. Physical Symptoms: Trauma can […]

Being Apolitical and Spiritual is a Form of Bypassing

While some may believe that staying out of politics and focusing solely on spirituality is a path to peace, this approach is a form of bypassing. What are ways we can find more praxis between spirituality and politics? Spiritual bypassing occurs when people use spiritual beliefs or practices to avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, traumas, […]

7 Insights of Ancestral Wisdom for Modern Challenges

Our ancestors are familiar with warfare, genocide, destruction, resilience, famine, pandemics, planting, recovery, regeneration, and beyond. Our ancestors beyond human form have witnessed extinctions. Who are we but an amalgamation of those who came before and those to come after? Modernity has coerced us into the perspective that we are a lone body, individualised being, […]

Difference Between Talk Therapy and Somatic Therapy

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Here are some key differences between talk therapies and somatic therapies to help you decide and find the right therapist.   Talk Therapy: Definition: Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, involves speaking with a licensed therapist to explore thoughts, feelings, and behavioural patterns. It has a wide variety of approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy […]

From Severe Anxiety to Deep Embodied Presence

I grew up with debilitating severe anxiety and selective mutism. Leading to intense and isolating difficulty in social dynamics, trouble at work, and frequent panic attacks. Multiple talk therapists later, I was still in the same state. Dancing made me feel liberated and so connected. However, it did not reach the root issues. One day […]

Oppressed and Oppressor Come From The Same Root

Spirituality often amplifies notions of love. However, when faced with extreme arrogance, horrifying brutality, and violent uprisings that do much harm – how then do you show love? Here are two perspectives from ancient living lineages in opposite ends of the globe. The monastic Zen Buddhist traditions from Vietnam, and the Shipibo peoples from deep […]

How do we rest amidst chaos?

It is said that we have an average of 60,000 thoughts per day. Of which, most are detrimental or useless. Why can’t we easily find a peaceful mind? Why is it so noisy in our heads? Why do we go into mental loops, especially around judgement? Why is it so hard to relax? Well, these […]

Migratory Routes & Ceremonial Roots Of Cacao To Southeast Asia

Cacao cultivation and chocolate production originated in Mesoamerica during the early BCE era, and for the Olmecs, Mayans, Aztecs, and other Mesoamerican civilizations, cacao (or kakawa). Mesoamerica to Southeast Asia Much of the existing literature on the global spread of cacao focuses primarily on its path between South and Central America, Europe, and North America. […]