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Jonathan Benz
New York City
Enjoying the journey...
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I've not been sleeping well for a few weeks. Last night was another such night. The sleep aides aren't really working. When they do work, I wake up the next morning groggy and irritable. Today I awoke itching for a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at
The incoming, unpredictable tides shift the sandy grains of my mind. One moment I'm feeling as if I can do this, and a few moments later it's as if the shutdown shutting me down. Such is my daily grind in... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at
The chest tightness triggers anxiety, and the anxiety increases the chest tightness. Spring allergies trigger asthma which triggers sneezing which triggers more anxiety and irrational fears of infection. And so it goes. Five weeks of stay-at-home and an extension through... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at
Some mornings reality rudely awakens my dreamscape, and the thought of facing the day is more than I can bear. I roll over to my other side in hopes that I can descend back into restful bliss and avoid earth's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at
The silence day and night is really only punctuated by the intermittent sound of sirens passing by on Sixth Avenue below. Normally the noise of traffic is so loud it penetrates the re-enforced windows of the apartment. But not the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at
Last week at this very moment I was in Miami Beach celebrating my 50th in the Florida sunshine feeling very little care in the world, other than to make the most of that moment. I am so grateful I did!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at
I’m turning 50 this Sunday. Like most, I’m saying, how the heck did this happen?!? A few months before my 49th birthday I got very excited that 50 was on its way. This excitement surged from deep within yelling, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at
I have not written in recent months. Truth be told, I really have not written much in recent years. It’s been a challenge to find my voice. I have lists I’ve made of quotes, inspiration, and wisdom—all waiting to be... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at
I begin this year with a new role that I'm quite excited to share about. I am now working with Origins Behavioral Healthcare as their Professional Relations Officer based in New York City. Origins has outstanding treatment options in tropical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at
“My sister will not seek treatment. What kinds of things can my family and I do or say that will help and not hurt?” This is the question that came to me this past spring at the Faith Communities and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at
A friend recently called saying that she had just learned her close friend had been sent to treatment by her husband. She was overwhelmed and had no idea her friend had been battling anxiety, depression, and too much drink. She... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at
“How do I navigate the troubled road of finding an appropriate therapist? I’ve had many bad ones." "I went therapist shopping recently. I went though five before I found the one I liked. Now I go weekly. It's one of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at
This spring I was keynote speaker at a conference in Chapel Hill, NC called “Cultivating Mental Health: Hope and Healing”. It was one of the highlights of my speaking career. The conference was filled with several hundred mental health professionals... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at
I marched in the March for Our Lives in NYC two weekends ago. It was an extraordinary experience and one of the most important things regarding civic engagement that I've felt I've ever done. You see, I know a young... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at
I must speak. I cannot stay quiet. As I said in my last post, I lost my voice for a little while due to grief. But my voice is coming back. I'm sure some would rather I stay silent. They'd... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at
My maternal grandmother died just over 5 months ago--on March 10--two days after my birthday. It was about 5:45 p.m. when the call came. I was looking forward to an enjoyable birthday weekend and saw my dad's number on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at
My maternal grandmother died late Friday afternoon peacefully, it appears, after lying down to nap. We called her Momo. This was her moniker of choice as she felt she was too young to be called 'grandma' when grandchildren started coming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at
Thanks for this feedback. You've always impressed me with how open you are to learn and discover more about life. I'm glad we still have connection even though we live hundreds a miles away. I look forward to hearing more from you as you step out. I believe you have much to say and the world indeed needs your voice.
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I saw Hamilton: An American Musical last night. There's a fantastic song called: "Who lives, Who dies, Who tells your story". It spoke to me as I've been contemplating personal story-telling the last few weeks. It's something I believe in,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at
I've been un-friending and un-following a lot recently, and it's not exactly as one might think. While I lean to the liberal end of the spectrum and am definitely not pro-Trump, I have tried to keep people in my social... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at
I recently was invited to share some thoughts on "gratitude during difficult times" at Marble Collegiate Church in NYC. Marble has a rich history in the USA, founded in 1628 as well as the congregation of the great preacher and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at
My Facebook feed was littered with a lot more political posts than usual this morning. One was an invitation to join an online prayer meeting to pray that Trump would win. A few posts later was a minister calling for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at
I've been following this wild and woolly campaign season fairly closely. I find myself getting completely caught up in it: feeling at times concerned, anxious, shocked, disgusted, frustrated, or any combination of the aforementioned. A few weeks ago I made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at
I'm proud to say that four generations of my family have been helping Haiti in one form or another since 1955. My first trip was over 30 years ago, and it tremendously impacted my worldview. I learned a few things:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at
I went into 2016 knowing intuitively the New Year would produce some big change in my life. I'm not sure how I knew, but I knew. I also anticipated that it would be something good. I knew change had to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at