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A Claustophobe Walks Into A Sensory Deprivation Tank – Guest Blog by Caryn Hatcher

A Claustophobe Walks Into A Sensory Deprivation Tank – Guest Blog by Caryn Hatcher

A Claustophobe Walks Into A Sensory Deprivation Tank – Guest Blog by Caryn HatcherStars, please! People utilize sensory deprivation tanks for various reasons including muscular pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration, addictions, and fatigue. The removal of multiple senses takes the mind to a different place. Whether that place is lateral or elevated, there is certainly more of a focus. Ever since Float Nashville opened its doors I have been tempted to try it, but apprehensive as well. I have constant…

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Anxiety in IKEA

Anxiety in IKEA

Anxiety in IKEA4 (80%) 1 vote I had travelled down to Memphis for some work and had noticed an IKEA at the side of the interstate. When I had lived in Renton, WA, I had grown used to having an IKEA to visit. Not needing any new ‘stuff’ perhaps it was because of nostalgia I made it a point to swing by. For many, there are different things that fascinate them about the store. For some, it is the simplistic…

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Fire

Fire

FireStars, please! Life to a large degree depends on perspective and one’s attitude. The same events that happen in one person’s life can be perceived as a drag or exciting. Working out and have someone scream “Everybody out, there is a fire!” while they wave their arms frantically seemed surreal to me. “Everybody out! Everybody out!” How was this happening? This was a building that I was in. What were the chances? Was it some weird sort of fire drill for…

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THE LIST OF 200 ALBUMS for 2017

THE LIST OF 200 ALBUMS for 2017

THE LIST OF 200 ALBUMS for 2017Stars, please! I decided to listen to one great album each day for 2017. I recruited some friends from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to suggest some titles. It got me to 200 of the 365 that I need. These are not ranked in order of greatness. Though I can find more suggestions through Rolling Stone, etc, I would rather hear your suggestions. Please feel free to post any additional titles in the comments below….

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Anxiety Challenge: Bed, Bath & Beyond

Anxiety Challenge: Bed, Bath & Beyond

Anxiety Challenge: Bed, Bath & BeyondStars, please! It has been some time since my last true escapade. I had been reading, musing, and interviewing people. It had been some time since I last actually tried to face down one of my own fears. The last had been going tandem skydiving. Though Bed, Bath, and Beyond is by no means as physically scary, in a lot of ways it does deal with another sort of fear for me. Social/mental anxiety of being in…

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Gun Show Musings

Gun Show Musings

Gun Show MusingsStars, please! Ever since I was a kid I would hear radio and TV jingles about Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show. Thirty years ago I visited it when I was hanging out with a friend. I had no idea what I was looking at back then. Thirty years later and I still only had the most rudimentary idea of what I was looking at now. Guns were not allowed in my house growing up. One could say it’s…

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Expanding of Consciousness with Deepak Chopra

Expanding of Consciousness with Deepak Chopra

Expanding of Consciousness with Deepak ChopraStars, please!   This past Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of hearing Deepak Chopra speak to an audience in Nashville.  Don’t worry, Gotham Chopra. I am not under the illusion that having read some articles and one of his books as well as being within 200 feet of the man, that somehow I know him better than you do. Apparently, unlike many of his adherents, I do not consider myself that enlightened. Deepak did…

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Skydiving

Skydiving

Skydiving5 (100%) 1 vote It seems surreal as I type this how much has transpired in the last six months. It began with learning how to fall from Brooks Wells in his dojo on a padded mat. Today I jumped out of an airplane at 14,000 feet. My first experience in skydiving was a tandem jump. Just reading what I just typed seems hardly believable to me. And yet in some ways that was exactly what this journey has been…

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Haunted Caverns

Haunted Caverns

Haunted Caverns4 (80%) 1 vote Many things could frighten me when I was a kid. In retrospect, sneaking downstairs to watch Altered States and The Howling unsupervised when I was six and seven years old was not a good idea. Most people enjoyed E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. I had nightmares. I went to my first haunted house when I was seven. It was something put together by the neighborhood kids. I went to a couple of others over the next five years. In…

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Overcoming Social Anxiety

Overcoming Social Anxiety

Overcoming Social Anxiety3.6 (72%) 5 votes Confession: I tend to get really nervous when I walk into various social situations. This is especially true if it is a mixer such as a cocktail party or simply a party in general. There is a natural urge to want to check and make certain that there are not sentient sheets of drywall embedded in the farthest corner of the world. In short, to a degree, I suffer from social anxiety. Tonight I…

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Musings on Vulcan

Musings on Vulcan

Musings on VulcanStars, please! “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” –James Anthony Froude On the hills overlooking downtown Birmingham, there stands the largest iron statue in the world. It is a statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of Fire and Forge, who stands on a 126 foot tower presumably inspecting his work. The tower has an observation deck with very good views of the city. Not surprisingly, all of this is in…

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Protest

Protest

ProtestStars, please! Whenever I run across a protest in real life, I tend to get a little nervous. Conflict tends to make me nervous. That being said, if we want to promote peace, we need to address conflict. On Friday, I drove to the main library in Nashville and noticed a small group of protesters in the rain. An hour later, as I was driving back, I noticed that their numbers had grown to around eighty or so people  and it…

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Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake CrescentStars, please! While I was out on the Olympic Peninsula, I snuck out to one of the most serene spots I have seen in my life. Lake Crescent is some thirty minutes outside of Port Angeles, WA. It boasts a fairly pristine view of nature with relatively little development on the lake. The water is clear and deep. I first journeyed to Lake Crescent some eight years ago at the recommendation of one of my clients. My client possesses…

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Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

Via FerrataStars, please! Behind the scenes of the Southern Highlands Reserve, there is a certain path which most do not traverse. One requires special permission to do so. It is the iron way or a via ferrata. As I understand it, Italian soldiers in World War I devised a path along the alps using steel and iron spikes driven along the rock face for increased safety. Soldiers would traverse along these walls along a path of ropes or steel cable and…

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A Drive In The Desert

A Drive In The Desert

A Drive In The DesertStars, please! Washington State constantly amazes me with its rich and diverse topography. In the space of the day one can easily travel from desert to snow-capped mountains to lush fields to rain forest to the ocean. My journey took me out into the Desert of Washington. Once past Cle Elum when heading east on I-90 the land truly begins to change. It is not nearly as forested  as it was before. Fields are definitely irrigated and what trees there…

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