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Not knowing and living with confidence

The more we engage with our lives without requiring reassurance, the more we realize that this is already the case at all times. We can never have objective confirmation that we are making the right choice. We don’t know who we are, what happens when we die, how to have the best relationship or be the best parents possible. No one has ever been able to prove just what it means to live the best life possible or how to do so. Basically, we’re just falling through space, making it up as we go. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Stimulate your vagus nerve and thus chill out: simple, natural, uninvasive methods

What was really fun is that Yasmina gave me a new really fast fix. I can feel pretty much the minute my body goes into an immune response now. And so last night when that happened, I filled up a bowl with ice cold water and dunked my head in the bowl. AWWW…an instant improvement in stress, anxiety and the immune response disappeared. LOVELY. Yes, it really did chill me out in more ways than one. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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You will love again the stranger who was your self

Love after love The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to […]

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Remaining with yourself must be the complete priority…

The nurturing of vigilance lies in this growing rootedness around not abandoning yourself, not moving away. Remaining with yourself must be the complete priority, otherwise the world is your master. You will run from and feel limited by external circumstances. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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“The biggest mistake I ever made was…going to see a psychiatrist” (Stevie Nicks)

(from the archives) — I’ve read other articles about Stevie Nicks and her harrowing journey on and off Klonopin. She speaks vaguely in an article I read a long time ago of hiding out at her brothers for two years after the detox. That period I’m in now when many of us are very ill and all we can do is work on letting our bodies heal from the insult that can be psychiatric “medicine.” … (click title to view and read)

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The healthy human being requires a healthy micro biome (gut) — for mental and physical well-being

Creating gut health has been critically important to my healing process and I’ve seen it be critically important to 1000s of others in both my chronic illness healing circles as well as my psych drug withdrawal circles. … (click title to view and read)

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Madness made me: “I made meaning, not in spite of my madness, but because of it”

Thanks to the reader on Facebook for sharing this nice short video documentary. Just 3 minutes of packed brilliance: “Down the end of the long polished corridor, Mary O’Hagan comes face to face with the condemning words written about her in her psychiatric files.” … (click title to view and read)

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Attend and Befriend – Healing the Fear Body

I just posted something like this the other day. Tara Brach is always so good it made sense to post yet another on the same theme. Remember fear and anxiety are simply clinical terms for manifestations of fear. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Some Wu Wei wisdom (non-doing as path to freedom)

The concept of non-doing has been a big part of my practice lately. It’s a way to always have exactly as much energy as we need. It is what happens when we find ourselves living in synch with nature. Paying attention in mindfulness helps one get a sense of this being a profound living reality of which we need only become aware. . … [click on title to read more]

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Radical uncertainty: a healing stance for all

By Ron Unger, LCSW — Unfortunately, the typical interaction between professionals and clients seen as psychotic in our current mental health system has characteristics which make a positive human relationship almost impossible. To start with, rather than starting from a place of equality, where two people negotiate to see each other and to define reality, the professional holds onto a position of assumed superiority and declares himself or herself as able to define both the other person and the overall nature of reality, without any need to reconcile that view with the viewpoint of the “psychotic” person. This makes sense within the standard paradigm, as once a person’s mental process is defined as “psychotic” it is understood to be determined by illness, and to be senseless, with nothing of any value to offer. Under such circumstances, true dialogue, in which the experience of the professional meets the full experience of the other, is impossible. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Befriending fear

The practice of being with all that arises within. Fear here can be translated to “anxiety,” which is the clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and fear and/or anxiety often referred to in Buddhism as such. Normal. There are techniques to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not. — And boy does protracted psych drug withdrawal open the floodgates of fear and terror and trauma, like nothing else. It’s not like anything natural that occurs before drug damage as those of us gravely impacted discover. But even with this sort of iatrogenic damage I’ve found that the best solution is to treat it like all the rest. I’ve decided that in the end, it’s the same thing as though on steroids. … [click on title to read and view more]

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How antidepressants (and benzos) ruined my life: Luke Montagu

The UK Times Magazine today publishes a long article describing CEP founder Luke Montagu’s terrible experience with antidepressants and sleeping pills: “When he was first prescribed these drugs at 19, Montagu was not depressed and had never been diagnosed with depression. He was a student at New York University, and had recently undergone a general anaesthetic for a sinus operation that left him with headaches and feeling, as he puts it, “not myself”. Without carrying out any tests, a British GP announced that he had a “chemical imbalance of the limbic system” and prescribed Prozac. Montagu, “impressionable and in awe of doctors”, swallowed them unquestioningly … [click on title to read and view more]

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Wasp medicine

I got attacked by a wasps colony today. I am alive, in one piece and while I went into clear shock there was no anaphylactic activity whatsoever. Amazing. I’m still kind of in a weird zone, but I am well. (with about 10 stings that HURT) Oddly, I feel very sad right now…but it’s like a weird grounding sadness. There is something lovely about it I cannot quite grasp. I think it’s a response to what was essentially a trauma. Through the whole thing I felt a sense of being one with life…the wasp stings were inoculations of a kind I cannot completely understand but it was all okay even as my body shook and cried and went through what it had to go through as the animal body that it is. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Psychiatric drugs and mitochondrial damage

The fact is that the iatrogenic damage caused by the psychiatric drugs is among other things mitochondrial damage. Damage to every single living cell in our body. That is why it’s such a broad spectrum sort of illness. … [click on title to read and view more]

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We are dead stars, looking back up at the sky. Says NASA astronomer

Every atom in our bodies was fused in an ancient star. NASA astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller explains how the iron in our blood connects us to one of the most violent acts in the universe—a supernova explosion—and what the universe might look like when all the stars die out. … [click on title to read and view more]

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Come into the full potential of our humanity: neuroplasticity, complete with cool infographic

I now have the distinct sense that healing for me is also transforming me into more than I ever was. This is certainly not simple “recovery.” We can individuate like what Jung talks about and fully come into the full potential of our humanity. It’s a rather astonishing and all to often not discovered process. It is something virtually never discussed in mainstream psychiatry or psychology. It involves the body and the mind and the spirit. It is a profoundly holistic journey in which everything we do matters. For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity. … [click on title to read and view more]

Illustration: Oscar Ramos Orozco

F*ck That: A Guided Meditation

If you’re offended by expletives you may not want to do this meditation…otherwise please have fun with it. In spite of (or perhaps, also because of) the language, it’s a calming and lovely short meditation and it’s funny too. Meditation collections are included below the video. … [click on title to read and view more]

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