There is a temptation when we get older to close in within ourselves. Time leaves wounds and scars. Some work on healing them. Others pretend they’re not there. Eventually, however, we all experience pain, sadness and disappointment from life. When the walls of safety fall away, we’re left vulnerable and scared.

In an effort to prevent future suffering, we use things like denial and distraction to cope. We become cynical to ward off disappointment. We become hard and closed to prevent people from hurting us. We lose our sense of wonder and expect the worst because the fear of being let down seems intolerable.

What many of us don’t realize is that these coping mechanisms never truly heal us. They may temporarily abate feelings of fear or anger, but they prevent the very things we want most in life-to love and be loved. It’s being open, not closed that can suture a raw wound. When we have the courage to be wrong and when we’re open to learning new things, our whole world opens up. And the things that once seemed scary, are often not so scary anymore.

It’s why being open to discussing seemingly taboo and obviously evocative topics like the benefits of pornography, the economy or the real risks involved in mixing medication and alcohol are so important. It’s knowledge that removes the fear of the unknown. It’s understanding what’s true instead of avoiding what’s there that can help us make better choices in our lives. It’s participating in life, not closing in on it that will incite self-growth and ultimately the healing of our soul.

Developing Creativity and Innovation: Think More Abstractly
(The Creative Mind) – Need to solve a creative problem? Here’s why there’s value in thinking and creating in the abstract.

Mixing Meds and Alcohol: Just How Dangerous Is It?
(My Meds, My Self) – Mixing medication with alcohol obviously comes with its risks. And this posts shares a few here. But what do young people do when fraught with peer pressure and the discomfort of disclosing their medication use? Share your thoughts here.

Reducing Disaster’s Impact: A Simple Guide to Psychological First Aid
(Healing Together for Couples) – After a disaster, it’s always important to revisit safety plans with your family. This includes one for your psychological health. Read this in-depth guide discussing five ways a Psychological First Aid can reduce the emotional impact of a disaster and its consequences.

Good Porn, Bad Porn
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) – Is there such thing as good porn? Can pornography provide some type of benefit? The answer to these questions are explored in this intriguing post.

Next Economy, Buddhist Economy
(360 of Mindful Living) – What do you want for the economy? What do you want for yourself? This post reflects on the differences between the American Way and the Buddhist Way. Which one seems right for you?