Working Through Your Pain

exercise-sunsetBy Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

I’m not the type to brag about working out, because it feels self-centered. Look at me with my workout! I’m so much better than you! I don’t want to seem full of myself or make anyone feel bad about their lifestyle if they choose not to exercise.

Despite this, I rely on exercise as it boosts my confidence and helps my mental health. It feels good to physically work hard. For me, writing about it increases that feeling of satisfaction.

If I don’t safeguard my mental health, it quickly takes a nosedive. I get stuck in my head and overthink my life to the point that it makes me hate myself. I over-examine my relationships with friends and family, deciding nobody cares and I should stop trying to connect with anyone.

It is a terrible feeling to convince yourself you’re alone when all evidence points to the contrary. I’m actually lucky in that I do have friends and family who care enough to show some love. When I’m lost in my thoughts and wallowing in negativity, however, those reassuring sentiments don’t mean much. Continue reading

5 Facts About the History of Cannabis

By Wes Annac, Cannac

Cannabis is an ancient plant with a long history. From its history in ancient China to its use in India and many other places as a medicine and sacrament; there is no shortage of fascinating information about a plant that has long intrigued people.

Today, cannabis legalization is a source of controversy and fierce debate. This debate has been ongoing for roughly a hundred years, with people arguing that the plant is either benign, a devilish weed we should eradicate, or a savior of mankind.

Thankfully, many people today are taking a commonsense approach to cannabis. As we begin to accept and utilize it on a larger scale, we should be aware of its fascinating history and role in American politics.

Mankind’s historic relationship with cannabis and hemp is so rich that I couldn’t possibly cover it all here. What I can offer are 5 facts about this history in what could be the first of many articles in a series. When reading this, you’ll find that some people in the past were not only unfearful of marijuana but were surprisingly open to it. Continue reading

Go Easy on Yourself

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

To engage in openhearted rebellion means treating people with kindness and empathy, with the understanding that we are all in this together.

The idea is to live for and encourage love, compassion, and basic human decency as an effective rebellion against the horrific things hate is responsible for. This compassion extends to everyone regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or anything we have thoughtlessly let divide us.

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How Becoming a Teen Parent Changed My Life

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

When I was 16, I found out my girlfriend was pregnant.

I will never forget how it felt to get the news. We decided we would look at the pregnancy test together and, sure enough, it was positive. I’d never been more terrified. I crossed a line I had no business being anywhere near, and there were real consequences.

I was an immature teenager who didn’t know the first thing about parenting or the real world, and I was going to be a father. How would we tell our parents? What would the kids at school think? I can’t recall another time that I felt so lost and unprepared for what was happening.

We made our first prenatal appointment without our parents’ knowledge, hoping the doctor’s test would come back negative and we could avoid telling them about this little scare. We got a ride to the appointment from a friend, only to run into someone in my family who happened to work at that doctor’s office as a nurse.

You’ll never guess the patient she was assigned to.

I can still remember hearing my girlfriend’s name called, then hearing, “WESLEY!” I looked up to see my sister-in-law standing there holding a clipboard. I was busted. She took us back to a room where we told her everything. Then, she administered the test that confirmed the pregnancy.

After that, we knew it was time to come clean. We were having a baby, and we couldn’t hide it for long. We had to own up to it and prepare for our new life as young parents. Continue reading

Heightened Life Podcast – The Power of Love-Centered Living, and Music: with Wes Annac

I had a blast chatting with my friend Amanda Goins on her podcast, Heightened Life. We had a fun conversation that included our thoughts on simplicity, love, and of course, music. Check it out at the link below. If you enjoy it, share far and wide!

http://heightenedlife.buzzsprout.com/987382/3529624-the-power-of-love-centered-living-and-music-with-wes-annac

“My guest, Wes Annac, and myself, discuss ways that stripping away spiritual complications, and labels, and living a love-centered life has been freeing for us. As well as the impact that music has had in this journey of spiritual and personal evolution.”

While you’re here: I also had a chat this week with Harmony Lorraine Fronterhouse on her YouTube show, Tea Time With Harmony. If you like that video, subscribe to her channel (WildcraftWellness) and check out the other awesome interviews she’s done over there.

Tune In Tomorrow: Wes Annac on Heightened Life Podcast

Tomorrow, I’ll be on the Heightened Life podcast with Amanda Goins. Tune in for a great conversation!

“Music, has continually been one of the most powerful, and transformative aspects of my life. My first memories are filled with song. Join me tomorrow, for the premiere of a new podcast, with special guest Wes Annac, where we will be discussing living a love-centered lifestyle, the impact that music has had in our lives, and other fun topics. It’s going to be fun!

“If you have missed any of the previous podcasts, you can check them out here: http://heightenedlife.buzzsprout.com

“Have a great Monday!” ~ Amanda

While you’re here: I also had a chat this week with Harmony Lorraine Fronterhouse on her YouTube show, Tea Time With Harmony. If you like that video, subscribe to her channel (WildcraftWellness) and check out the other awesome interviews she’s done over there.

TEA TIME with Harmony | THE GREAT AWAKENING | Wes Annac | Episode 41

I had a lot of fun sipping tea and chatting with Harmony Lorraine Fronterhouse on her awesome YouTube show!! Check it out below for some fun conscious conversation. Be sure to have your tea ready! 🙂

If you like this show, subscribe to WildcraftWellness on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQYylizcJLBn3H8SsPbyJA

You can also find Harmony at her website: http://wildcraftwellness.net/

Check out Harmony’s book: Birthing a New Paradigm: A Journey of Ascension. Available now on Amazon!!

Featured image by Lorri Lang from Pixabay

Respect the Process

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

writers-block

Since I’m home all day and have a lot more time to write, I’ve been thinking about the kind of dedication and respect the craft demands. It does not seem to be a talent you can develop easily. Even if you have a knack for it, the journey from writing poorly to writing well is long and sometimes painful.

These days, I see the creative process in a different light than when I first started. I used to shudder at the thought of writer’s block, but now, I understand that writing is supposed to be hard. It is meant to make you struggle and strive for improvement.

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Staying Active at Home (Follow-Up)

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

This is a follow-up to my previous post, “Coronavirus: Tips for Coping If You’re Stuck at Home”.

I hope everyone at home is doing well. It can be unnerving to be stuck home unsure when you’ll return to work, and with every day that passes, it can get a little easier to go stir-crazy. If you feel anxious, depressed, or generally awful, you’re not alone.

I hope everyone still working is having an easy time, too. If you’re scared to go to the grocery store, imagine how the workers feel showing up every day knowing they could be exposed to this virus. Not to mention all the medical professionals, as well as the truckers traveling across the country to keep our stores stocked with the food and supplies we all need.

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Coronavirus: Tips for Coping If You’re Stuck at Home

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

home-stressed

If we thought the world was crazy before, this past week has shown us it could be much worse.

The coronavirus has cast a light on two important things we should think about. The first is that if we don’t take action proactively, a problem like this can quickly get out of hand. The second is that when an emergency like this takes place, it becomes surprisingly easy for people to come together in solidarity.

We see it all the time, because sadly, these days we’re met with tragedy after tragedy. Each time it happens, we come together to help each other and focus on those who are hit the hardest.

Here in America, even our politicians are attempting to operate from a place of compassion. Even they understand that these are hard times for all of us – not least of all those who work and struggle to get by under normal circumstances. Continue reading