I quit everything cold turkey about nine months ago. Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs…the whole scene. I am a completely different person than I was nine months ago. I hadn’t planned for this level of transformation, but it’s like ol’ Thomas Jefferson said:

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.”

I don’t identify with being an addict. My therapist has assured me that I am not. When my second house burned down years ago, I took myself on a bender that allegedly sent an actor to rehab. When my first…


First of all, let’s get something straight: I am not here to tell you to go vegan. I believe we should all eat whatever works for us for wherever we are in life. Over the past 15 years my diet has ranged from meat & potatoes, to vegetarian, to vegan to raw. Currently, I am 95% vegan, raw & organic — I have made room in my life for my many friends who are hunters and want to share their elk stew with me, or farmer friends who are passionate about their homemade cheese. My diet has been as much…


I’m a firm believer that every human being on this planet is an artist. I’m also a firm believer that our creative potential is so powerful, that current life circumstances are evolved from an agenda to deter us from the knowledge of our inherent creative power. And that the blockage of that creative force is the cause of much physical and mental illness. I’m also firmly aware that this belief may put me in tin-foil hat land.

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A few years back, and long after I’d graduated from college, I took a biopsychology class at the local community college, for fun…


It’s a tale as old as time: Person works, sacrifices and succeeds in creating successful career path. Person excels at the top of their game. Person wonders if there is more to life than the 9–5. Person quits 9–5. Person finds joy and meaning in life.

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It happened to me in 2005. I’d been working in hotels for as long as I can remember. It was ALL I wanted to do. I started with an internship at a hotel catering department, moved to sales as an admin, then made my way to Sales Manager over the years while finishing my…


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My dad passed away last summer. Four days after his funeral, I received an angry text from a cousin whom I’d considered close right up until that text. I was a little confused that I hadn’t heard a peep from her when my dad was put into hospice, or when he died, or the weeks after his death. So when her name popped up on my phone, I was relieved to know that maybe she’d be in my neighborhood — we lived 90 minutes from each other — or that she was reaching out to see how I was doing…


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I first heard the term psychoneuroimmunology during my participation in a 30-day residential yoga teacher training program in Lenox, Massachusetts. The President of the Kripalu Center for Health and Wellness was giving a lecture on yoga and integrated functioning of the body and mind. As words like “dopamine serotonin beta blockers” and “bioneurology” were thrown around to a room full of seekers on a spiritual path, I wondered what on earth any of these things had to do with my stretching and meditation practice. …


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In 2008 I was having trouble communicating and feeling heard in a relationship with a family member and I had a therapist out that person as a narcissist. We’ll call that person “Jane”. I’d never heard that term used to describe anyone in a clinical sense and I was certain the therapist must have been taking a seminar on this new thing called narcissism and using it to label everyone. I was only familiar with the mythological story line of Narcissus and Jane had such low self esteem that she would never gaze at her reflection long enough to cause…


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“I can’t get my mind to shut off.”

If you have ever found yourself saying this, there is something seriously wrong with you.

This is obviously not true, but it’s always my first response when meeting with an anxious new meditation/yoga student. Saying this does a few things — it puts them a bit on the defensive and ignites a desire to prove me wrong and it breaks the ice of what can be a really confusing and intimidating time for people wanting to explore a meditative practice. NO ONE has a definitive answer on meditation and it is something…


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Four years ago this month I was living in a trailer on a farm in a small town outside of Boulder, Colorado. I hated it. Rather, I loved the trailer, hated the situation. I’d ended up in Colorado after leaving my home of Southern California following a wildfire in Santa Barbara which fried my house and possessions to a crisp. A year prior to that, a wildfire in Malibu had fried my house and my possessions to a crisp, prompting the move to Santa Barbara. I’d moved to Colorado in hopes of finding a slower pace of life to begin…

Lauren Flynn

Musician. Polymath. 3-time natural disaster survivor. Former pro-wrestler. Meditation and yoga teacher. Teetotaler. Change Agent. LaurenMakesMusics.com

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