I miss you.

A plea to reach out and get help if you‘re having suicidal thoughts.

Yesterday I was working out and “Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin Park jumped onto my Spotify mix.

“When this began
I had nothing to say
And I get lost in the nothingness inside of me
(I was confused)
And I let it all out to find
That I’m not the only person with these things in mind”

I immediately broke down into tears.

Yes, in the middle of my workout, I began to cry.

I was taken back to the time four years ago when we lost two powerful voices to suicide — Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, the lead…


“I praise what is truly alive, what longs to be burned to death…”
— Goethe, The Holy Longing

The concept of “being on the path” comes up often in many spiritual circles, and trust me, I’ve been in plenty of those circles.

When we hear the phrase, we envision tree-lined paths with flowers blooming sporadically along it and bunny rabbits crossing the path at intermittent times as we stroll into the setting sun in the far-off distance.

And that’s part of the problem.

Being on a spiritual path has nothing to do with flowers and bunny rabbits.

I’ll jump straight…


A post-workout routine to ensure that you’re truly getting the most out of your workouts.

Much of the focus on our physical routines — workouts, gyms sessions, yoga classes — is on how the work is affecting us on the outside. There is so much content out there about how to do specific workouts so your body can look a certain way on the outside. And don’t get me wrong, these workouts and routines have plenty of merit and can be very beneficial.

But here are a few caveats:

1. Your body and your external appearance are going to change. It’s one of life’s stark and harsh realities. I was always quite confident about my…


Have you ever laughed so hard that you cried?

Or cried so hard that you ended up laughing?

Have you ever embarked on a new adventure in your life and felt the rush of excitement and utter terror at the same time.

What’s up with that??

These are the moments when you truly living your life. And truly living means feeling EVERYTHING.

Then what’s the deal with your article title Mike? Doesn’t feeling everything mean you’re living a FULL life?

Yes, it does, hold that thought, we’ll get there…

Truly living DOES mean opening yourself up so much that you…


Another way to look at your hero's journey

I’ve always been infatuated with the subject of identity.

What really defines who you are as a person?

Do you draw your identity from your family of origin, your job, or even your relationship?

Or do you base the foundations of who you are on where you went to school, where you live, the people you hang out with or how much money you have in the bank?

Identity is a mysterious beast. She’s ever-changing and always evolving and can be hard to define.

But if you’re interested in uncovering who you truly are as an individual, one good lens…


One of the most revealing things my former meditation teacher ever said was that enlightenment is not an instantaneously achieved state. Enlightenment does not suddenly befall us, where one day we are unenlightened and the next suddenly, boom, we are the Buddha!

Rather, she said, enlightenment is a process of stringing together all of your small experiences of enlightenment until there is no more illusion, there is just your experience of being awake.

It was quite a revealing insight, for a number of reasons:

First of all, when you have a moment of clarity and insight, a moment of being…


If 20/20 is perfect vision, what has this year taught you to see clearly?

2020 will likely go down in history as one of the most challenging we have faced as a world in the past century. I recently read an article in the NY Times about how 2020 will be remembered alongside years like 1865, 1945, 1968 and 2001 — tumultuous, challenging, world changing years that changed the course of history.

And if we’re not seeing properly through the challenging times as a collective (and I do mean THROUGH), we are going to react to the trauma of the…


In order to move forward and change, you must first admit failure. GenX, I think it’s time we come to the realization…to date, we’ve failed.

I thought we were going to make an impact, we were going to channel our youthful rage into change…but so far we haven’t, we’ve failed.

I’m not a fan of the Baby Boom Generation, never have been.

I’ve always thought baby boomers were self-centered and self-serving, doing everything for their own pleasure. A narcissistic generation, consuming for the sake of consumption, centering everything around their own ambitions.

And as GenX’ers we were raging against that…


I’ve been studying shadows lately.

No, not actual shadows that emanate out in front of our bodies when the angle of the sun is just right, but our internal shadows that are ruling our lives in so many unconscious ways.

You see, I’ve been digging into the masculine archetypes — The King, The Lover, The Magician and the Warrior — and learning how each archetype has a shadow manifestation when the fullness of that archetype is not embodied.

Carl Jung devoted a good portion of his work to the shadow, impressing upon us the absolute necessity of dealing with our…


A friend of mine asked me yesterday, in the context of my story on the anger of Gen X, if I thought this was our moment, our chance to break out beyond the ‘X’ and actually leave a unique signature on this country and world? Or will greatness skip ‘X’ and ‘Y’ putting all eyes on ‘Z’ to be the next ‘great generation’?

It was a great question, and got me thinking.

This IS our moment. It’s ALL of our moments. It’s not a generational moment, it’s a human moment.

First, let me say this:

I’m really not qualified to…

Mike Patterson

Part writer, part philosopher, part businessperson, mostly clueless. Lover of surfing, meditation, yoga, cooking, and other journeys of the heart.

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