This too Shall Pass

I've always enjoyed the multitude of metaphors that directly connect nature with emotion. Previously, I wrote about the Calmness in the Storm as it pertains to the emotional dichotomy of the fear during difficulties with the calmness that occurs during times of reflection. A few weeks ago, I had a moment of reflection. The day was... Continue Reading →

Growing Pains

I have found that I am growing. Some days I wake up feeling conflicted and anxious. Other days, I wake up feeling refreshed. In these moments, I hit a high reflecting on my progressions. But when I sit too long, I feel heavy. I have become more comfortable escaping my comfort zone. Maybe this is... Continue Reading →

Reflection Fuels Growth 

I spent time reflecting on a bonfire as music played in the background and day slowly faded into night. My heart was heavy as I reflected on many moments throughout my past. This time has truly brought out the depth within me that I sometimes try to suppress. I have enabled myself to look back... Continue Reading →

Black Lives Matter

Hi- As today is dedicated to honoring the Black Lives Matter movement, I decided to provide some links that have been beneficial in my ability to have a greater understanding regarding the perpetuation of oppression towards black individuals in America. Now is the time to play a part in the eradication of this vicious cycle. ... Continue Reading →

Easter Sunday

I’ve always found peace in the rain and its many pleasures clearing the old tension, washing away one sin, and heightening the emotional release of Mother Earth. As the wind blows across the trees and the gentle sways become rough, my heart resonates with the strength of emotion and the restoration that comes along with... Continue Reading →

Calmness in the Storm

They say emotions come in waves. Sometimes they rush in with no warning and, shortly after, escape back into the sea for a quick bit as you become engulfed in daily distraction. At this time, the Moon's gravity can be equated to God's love as He is pulling us towards Him. Just like the moon,... Continue Reading →

Interpersonal Relationships: Emotions

As I am taking a psychology class on theories of personality, One individual that stood out to me was Carl Rogers. He was a firm believer in communicating all feelings to avoid build-up, which results in an inappropriate relay of emotion once one has reached an overwhelming level. Doing so involves risk but can result... Continue Reading →

What I learned from a good “bro-hug”

This post is a recommended read! As someone who is majoring in psychology, I have taken classes that focus specifically on gender differences as a result of societal expectations and how harmful these expectations can be. I absolutely love creating an atmosphere that openly discusses the impact that “masculinity” can have on the way a man decides to portray emotion. Cheers to eliminating the perpetuation of toxic masculinity. 

John Eli

I wasn’t too keen on the exercise that I found myself participating in. To begin with, this was a new set of men that I had just acquainted myself with a few weeks prior. But there I found myself, staring eye to eye with a guy that I barely even knew. At that moment, all I knew is that I wanted to hug him…. and that simple desire brought me more shame than I had felt in a long time.

The exercise wasn’t the least bit complex. In fact, I didn’t expect it to trigger the emotions that it did. Yet at that moment, I felt safe and grateful, and I wanted to hug him…. and I wasn’t sure how to feel about that.

I had run across information about Everyman (a group that helps destigmatize men’s emotional processes and vulnerability) earlier that year on Instagram. Throughout my life, I…

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