I’d like to bring up two words we’re hearing a lot lately: EMPATHY and COMPASSION. On the surface they seem similar. But they are different and it’s imperative to know how as it seems in these last days before the 2020 election they are being used to polarize us more than ever.

Empathy is relating to someone else’s pain through your own hurt. This is why empathy is a popular tool when trying to gain someone’s approval. It’s saying “Oh yeah. I’ve been there sister/brother. I feel you.” It makes people feel better temporarily because it offers a point of…


I recently made a comment on Facebook (my first mistake) that sparked some curious responses. So I am doing what I do best. Not responding on Facebook in a comment, but writing an entire blog arguing my point. Because I still value critical thinking skills, especially in today’s age. Having an opinion and using logic and informed decisions to defend that opinion is crucial to understanding opinion can co-exist with respect. So, as I was taught so well as a public policy major, I present my case.

Here is the very comment I posted on Facebook: Are fitness leggings and…


I understand what is happening in America right now is deeply upsetting and uncomfortable for many of us. Good.

We need to get a little uncomfortable. Stop looking away. Read books and articles and study history. Watch films like The Hate U Give and When They See Us. This made me so upset and uncomfortable, I was tempted to turn it off. I didn’t. I’ve had friends say they’re “not sure they can handle that right now.” We need to be handling it. We — as in white people — and I’ll say it — particularly white men, as women…


Yup. It’s a tampon.

This was going to be a simple Facebook post expressing my disgust and admonition for whoever decided to dump a plastic tampon applicator and wrapper on the side of a trail in a state park in Topanga Canyon, a beautiful oasis just outside Los Angeles above Malibu. Also, my home. When I began to unravel my emotions around seeing this, I realized this simple image left me so unsettled that it would take much more writing to unpack my feelings and get to the real heart of why I was so upset. …


The best teacher of all.

Yesterday hurt. Bad. A sadness like I hadn’t felt in a while. A loneliness as strong as the days leading up to a 2016 suicide attempt. The grief felt familiar, yet different. I knew this would pass, eventually. I knew these were emotions that while mildly inconvenient, would not take me down like they had before.

I tend to hang my hat in warm, sunny climates over tundras. Gloomy moods often feel misplaced in cities where I’ve lived like Austin and particularly Los Angeles, where we barely get a chance to feel comfortable locked inside drowning our sorrows in a…


At What Cost Quarantine?

Sorry folks. Park’s closed.

Like many decisions we make, whether we shelter in place or simply reduce the size of our gatherings comes down to two things.

The first is risk and how much we are willing to tolerate. Risk averse? You are not leaving your home, no way no how. Risk tolerant? Sure, you’ll follow the rules. You’ll put your face mask or bandana on. You won’t gather in large groups. But you are still taking walks with friends at a safe distance. You are living your life the best you can with the limitations currently in place. I…


FOMO has never been problematic for me. I was more of a JOMO — the joy of missing out — kind of gal. While I am social and thrive off of the energy of others, I was never one to hang in gaggles of girls or posses of people. I prefer my home, an ice cold Boochcraft on my deck, snuggling with my kitty in the sunlight and a good book over a bar, thumping bass and loud conversations.

2020 had some momentum to it — I felt like I was finally coming out of a spiritual cave. The past…


During these strange times, I know many people are publishing recommendations of how to use this period of isolation to its full advantage. Maybe write that book you’ve always wanted to. Learn how to meditate. Try some new recipes. Clean the corners you’ve been ignoring. Bing-watch an old (or new) favorite. Catch up on reading. I have a myriad of ways to enjoy myself that I’ve been sharing on social media, but I thought I’d take a moment to also share my hopes for the future once we get through this pandemic. And we will get through it. Things will…


The real reasons people were fired up about the Super Bowl halftime show. And why we shouldn’t stop discussing it.

Two powerful women celebrating their heritage, bodies, and talent.

Unlike many Americans on the evening of Sunday, February 2nd, I was not watching the Super Bowl. I was on a flight back to Los Angeles from London, relegated to watching the halftime show post mortem on my iPhone from the back of a Lyft. I wish I could have seen the spectacular on the big screen. I was hooting and hollering at the awe-inspiring, jaw dropping skills of both Shakira and J.Lo. The physical stamina for a show of…


Why I’m leaving the spiritual healing communities in L.A. and everywhere.

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1998 I began a twenty-year search for the ultimate teacher — someone who would guide my way towards if not full enlightenment, at least a little more peace and joy in my life. I got more than I bargained for, racking up at least 4, possibly 5 people that at one point in my life may have been considered my ‘guru’ — all of them, by the way, men. More on that later.

While I wasn’t conscious that moving to Los Angeles…

Jennifer Galardi

Jennifer is a recovering health and wellness ‘expert’ whose work has appeared in publications including 24 Hr Life Magazine, Parents, Mind Body Green, & others.

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