What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway?

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From a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over.

Here’s the revolution: What if grief is a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway? Grief and the love of life are twins, natural human skills that can be learned first by being on the receiving end and feeling worthy of them, later by practicing them when you run short of understanding. In a time like ours, grieving is a subversive act. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Today is earth day. Really EVERYDAY is earth day. Love our mother.

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Recycle, re-use, buy local, walk, ride a bike, take public transport.

Save our planet. It’s up to you and me.

There are no other causes as important as this one because without the earth, well, we won’t have to bother fighting for the rights of human beings anymore, will we?

This is it. This is the most critical issue of our time. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

‘Angels and demons’: the politics of psychoactive drugs

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Originally posted on Joanna Moncrieff:
The FIAT (Financial Incentives for Adherence Trial) study, published last year, highlights the paradoxical nature of our current attitude to the use mind-altering drugs. In this randomised controlled trial people with ‘psychotic disorders’ were paid £15 a time to take an injection of an ‘antipsychotic’ drug (1). The payment increased…

Yoga: variations on some traditional poses that allow the body to MOVE

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As my regular readers know, I’m all into moving the body in many different ways. In yoga too I’ve been practicing (some of the time) like the guy in this video is teaching. My favorite yoga class at the moment is one that allows dance and movement of all kinds. We are told at the beginning of the class to do whatever we want including ignoring the teacher entirely. It’s an incredibly healing and dynamic class where movement and sound (vocalization) are both encouraged. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Do antidepressants work?


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Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, psychiatrist and senior lecturer, University College London: speaks. Also lots of more info on antidepressants.

To refer to SSRIs as no better than placebo is misleading because while it’s technically true in clinical trials — SSRIs are also very different than placebos…they are NOT inert…they are very active and they make EVERYONE feel differently. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

A little non-dual Jesus for Easter

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What has always been basic to resurrection, or Easter, is crucifixion. If you want to resurrect, you must have crucifixion. Too many interpretations of the Crucifixion have failed to emphasize that. They emphasize the calamity of the event. And if you emphasize calamity, then you look for someone to blame. That is why people have […]

Limbic Kindling — hardwiring the brain for hypersensitivity

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This is a very interesting and important article. It’s in keeping with my posts on how the autonomic nervous system is impacted in psychiatric drug withdrawal and how that is similar in many different chronic illnesses. This piece goes into a deeper understanding of these issues. It’s very brief but encompasses much that is not explicitly discussed.

The author concludes that healing from these illnesses requires tending to the whole body/mind/spirit complex.

This is the greatest and most profound lesson this illness has taught me. Having and healing from these illnesses offer a penetrating look into the nature of humans as holistic beings that exist as part of the world and greater universe. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Bonfire Madigan Shive, singing and playing the anima and animus

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A Saturday Mellow post…that’s rather intense. Enjoy. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

A therapist who gets it speaks

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Jonathan Keyes speaks to the very serious issue of psychiatric drug withdrawal and specifically the society wide denial about the issue and the lack of support for those of us who brave the journey. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Wild dandelion and radicchio salad: #foodie friday

Wild dandelion and radicchio salad

I went out and harvested the “weeds” from my garden. Dandelion is good food and grows abundantly in my part of the world and many other parts too. I’ve been eating wild dandelion since I was a child.

The radicchio I bought at the grocery store.

I dressed the salad simply with olive oil and salt. Both the dandelion and the radicchio are bitter greens and so I like them dressed really simply like this. You can certainly add lemon or vinegar or any other salad dressing you like. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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