Slow medicine

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In our fast-paced world, we often look for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these “solutions” in fact may contribute to our problems. Most health challenges are in fact the result of an imbalance in our bodies and lives, and most quick-fix solutions actually exacerbate these imbalances. Slow Medicine teaches that to achieve and sustain good health, we need to become aware of each area of our lives and explore how to optimize our wellness, not only within each of these areas, but also through their harmonious integration. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Not knowing and living with confidence

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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]

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

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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]

You will love again the stranger who was your self

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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 […]

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

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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)

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

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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)

Attend and Befriend – Healing the Fear Body

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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]

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

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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]

Befriending fear

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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]

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

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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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