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Help Support This Healing Initiative October 4, 2010


Stories of suicide, addiction and depression are frequent in mainstream media. Unfortunately, these stories rarely discuss anything beyond the suicide method or a claim that the person is now in “treatment.” This tiptoeing around tough topics and shallow coverage (which is often judgmental) only perpetuates the stigmas. It’s time we broke free from this cycle.

This film (see the trailer below) is part of a dynamic healing initiative that seeks to open the discussion about depression and suicide and explore opportunities for true healing. I ask that you help me create this necessary initiative.

Your financial support will help to finish production of the film (e.g. editing), create the website and social media initiatives and outline a curriculum that can be integrated into college health courses and medical schools.

There are two ways to donate:  1) Use the handy tool above and pay securely through PayPal. Just select the amount you would like to donate and then click “Give.”  or  2) If you would prefer to send a check, please email me and I will give you all the info that you need.

As an important contributor to the completion of this project, you will receive:

  • $5 – $25: Online recognition on “Contributors” page (listed in order of donation amount). Selected name on the “In Honor Of” board (optional– this is an online page honoring those who have passed from suicide- listed in alphabetical order)*.
  • $30 – $200: All of above + DVD of the film*
  • $250 – $750: All of above + Thank you credit in film (your name appears in this credit).
  • $1,000 – $2,000:  All of above + “In Honor of” credit at begining of film (credit honoring an individual of your choosing who has passed from suicide)

* Please note that I will be contacting you for all necessary info (confirm your name– and if you want it placed on the “Contributors” page, your address to send DVD, name for “In Honor Of,” etc.) via your email used for PayPal. After 3 unsuccessful attempts at contacting you, I will just place your name on the relevant page/credit.

I am also in search of two Executive Producers for the film. Please email me if you are interested and/or have questions about this opportunity (aimee@wellnessgossip.com).

Other ways to help: Pass this page to your contacts, Tweet this page, Post to Facebook, Click the “Add to site” link on the donation tool above to embed on your own blog or website… Other ideas?? Email me and let’s discuss 🙂

And yes, please keep sending in your titles for the film. Whoever provides the selected title will receive a credit in the film!

I will be updating you all as we progress. The goal is to pitch the film in mid-February 2011 and hit the festivals in early summer 2011. Online initiatives will likely begin in May 2011.

I cannot express to you how much your support means to me– even if happy thoughts and emails are all you can offer at this time. Truly, the amazing emails that I have received have kept me motivated to bring this initiative to completion. And we’re almost there!!!

Much love and gratitude,



Dalai Lama Lecture Tonight: “What Life Is All About” August 8, 2010

The lectures are happening in Delhi, so the times are a bit odd for us:

Start time of the first lecture is Sunday, August 8 at 11:00 PM CST. Watch the lecture live.

There will be another lecture on “Ethics for the New Millennium” Tuesday, August 10th at 3:30 AM CST.

OK, there’s no way I’ll be awake to watch any of those! Lectures will likely be posted soon at the website.


Swami Veda Bharati Lecture August 5, 2010

Filed under: Complementary Therapies,Healthy Mind,Spiritual Wellness — aprasek @ 4:46 pm

I attended Swami Veda Bharati’s lecture last night at the U of MN (pic above is of Swami Veda… and me getting dragged up on stage). The lecture was fantastic. I wish I could have filmed it to share with you all.

Ahh, but no worries, Swami Veda has a YouTube Channel! Check out a lecture he did about 3 years ago at the U of MN.


Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention July 9, 2010

Filed under: Healthy Mind,Take Action! — aprasek @ 7:07 am

Wow, I’ve been MIA for a while, eh? Bout time I got back to bloggin. I miss it and feel like I’m out of the health loop!

Here’s one adventure that kept me busy last week:

I participated in AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for suicide prevention. Which reminds me, I’m still a little short at reaching my fundraising goal… so, if you’d like to donate to an AMAZING organization, just click here. Thanks so very much 🙂

Gettin ready to walk!

The walk was held in Boston this year and the path didn’t disappoint– check out some fabulous destinations along our 20 mile trek:

Where everybody knows your name...

Cheering section at Fenway!

Name this hockey player (the statue behind us)...

The finish line!

Suicide prevention is a cause that is very close to my heart. I’ll always work for this cause and the more common experiences of suicidal thoughts and/or depression that many of us have faced. On that note, be sure to check out my previous post for my current project addressing these issues.

Some other highlights on my Boston trip…

Back Bay Yoga Studio. This place was awesome! Seriously, if you’re ever in Boston, take advantage of some yoga classes at this studio. They offer all sorts of styles and levels and the teachers are fantastic.

Old Town Trolley Tour: I know, this sounds odd. But seriously, this was the best way to get around and learn about the city! And the conductors were so knowledgeable and entertaining. Totally worth it.

We also stayed at a hostel in Boston… or shall I say hostile– not sure I’d really recommend the place. No air-conditioning, one [nasty] bathroom per floor and, strangely, it was also a residence for women who were dealing with some serious mental health issues. I honestly felt like we time warped to the 60’s and landed at the state mental hospital…yikes. Anyway, it was was a perfect transition to head off to Salem for a witch hunt!

I’m a total ghost-hunter wannabe, but too freaked out to actually “hunt” for the ghosts, I just like to hear the stories (and then sleep with the lights on for the next few nights).

Cemetery next to the witches memorial.

The unlucky ones...

You bet we took pictures at the Pirate museum... but didn't pay to go in.

So, that’s my Boston trip in a nutshell! Please share your own Boston faves if you have them (must-see destinations, healthy places to visit, crazy stories, etc. ).

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer! And have a fabulous weekend 🙂


My Documentary About Healing… June 20, 2010

Filed under: Complementary Therapies,Healthy Mind,My favorite things! — aprasek @ 3:28 pm

Ten years ago, I was in a sort of catatonic shock from my dad’s death. I thought my life had been destroyed– most of our possessions were repossessed or sold, we were kicked out of our home and I no longer had a dad. I was just turning 18 and I had no idea how to handle any of it. Cue downward spiral…

Now I sit here– ironically on father’s day– with the trailer for my documentary about this journey. The film follows some of my struggles and successes, but most importantly, it brings attention to the small everyday practices that we can implement in our lives to find true healing.

On this father’s day, I can honestly say, “Thank you dad.” You’ve still been with me these last 10 years, teaching me some really challenging lessons. This documentary stems from everything you were, everything we shared and everything you’ve taught me these last 28 years. What a blessing. And by the way, thanks for all the signs lately… I needed them.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

We have all experienced suffering in our lives. And we have all longed for healing and relief from these times of struggle. Desperate to find a cure for my own self-destruction and depression, I embarked on a journey to find true healing. I began by facing my greatest fear; investigating my dad’s death. Also, as many spiritual seekers do, I packed up my bags and jumped a plane to India. I traveled to Dharamsala to interview the most renowned spiritual leaders, scholars and Tibetan doctors about healing the mind. This is my story through that journey; a journey through a dark maze of suffering with just one goal at the end– happiness.

So, without further ado, here is the trailer for my doco that will be premiering in Spring 2011:

Oh yeah, and if you have a rich aunt or brother who wants to help fund a film, send them my way 🙂


I Have a Favor to Ask… May 17, 2010

After finishing my academic *stuff* on Wednesday, I was left with a strange void and question in my mind… “What now?!” The feeling was too much for me 🙂

So, I went back to my second home (my MAC) and stumbled across a contest for the OWN Network. I was stoked to see what the contest was for– the chance to win your own show! Having a show focused on complementary health and preventative health has always been my dream. It has been the goal that has guided me through my last 10 years of education and experiences. So, amidst my finals hangover, I applied for the show and threw together an audition video.

To my surprise, I’ve actually received some votes! But, I’ll need a lot more to move onto the second round. The five people with the most votes on July 3 will go on. So, I’ll need a group of people who are willing to vote 100+ times per day until July 3. I’m hoping our WG community can help do that 🙂

It only takes about 2 minutes to vote 100 times. People have told me that they just click on the vote button and hold down the enter key! It’s like rapid fire from then on!

If you believe in spreading the message of integrative health, then I would LOVE it if you’d vote for me and help to make this happen. Let’s create something awesome together!

Click here to watch the video and vote as much as you can.

And please send this on to your contacts and post on your social media sites!

Much love and many, many thanks guys 🙂


The Buddha March 29, 2010

Filed under: Healthy Mind — aprasek @ 11:02 am

This should be worth a watch:

Learn more from the PBS website and watch the piece April 7th, 8/7C on PBS.