Why your worst deeds don’t define you

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Almost everyone in prison is redeemable says Shaka Shengor. I agree. Our prison system is profoundly sickening and it’s a reflection of our culture at large. Traumatic and violent culture, people hurting and suffering without love and care from the time they’re little children. We see here that this man is just like everyone of us…in part, a product of where he found himself and becoming conscious allowed him to heal. We are all capable of such transformation. … [click on title to read and view more]

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love

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In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all…that in the middle of winter, I finally found that within me there lies an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger–something better, pushing right back. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Physical punishment (spanking etc) actually alters the brain

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Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain — not only in an “I’m traumatized” kind of way but also in an “I literally have less gray matter in my brain” kind of way.

“Exposing children to HCP (harsh corporal punishment) may have detrimental effects on trajectories of brain development,” one 2009 study concluded.

Harsh corporal punishment in the study was defined as at least one spanking a month for more than three years, frequently done with objects such as a belt or paddle. Researchers found children who were regularly spanked had less gray matter in certain areas of the prefrontal cortex that have been linked to depression, addiction and other mental health disorders, the study authors say. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

We accept a cultural value that annihilates the Earth (making us all sick and in denial)

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We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don’t change, we are going to our own extinction. This is precisely what addicts do. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Be brave

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Saturday mellow video: … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Let’s go back to our body and reconcile with it

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Breathing mindfully takes our mind back to our breath and, if we continue, to our whole body. We go back to our body and reconcile with it. We get to know what’s going on in our body, the wrongs we have done, the conflicts we’re having, and we’ll know what to do and what not to do in order to be on good terms with our body. With mindful breathing, we come to recognize our body as our home. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Salmon on a bed of parsley, garlic, burdock root and artichoke hearts #foodie friday

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I don’t tolerate fish oil in supplement form, nor any other Omega 3 supplement so I was thrilled to learn I do okay with flash frozen (right upon catch) salmon…(histamine intolerance has its challenges) and Omega 3 fatty acids are very important to heal the iatrogenically injured brain — anyway…this was breakfast a few days ago:

Piece of salmon on top of a bed of burdock root, garlic, parsley & artichoke hearts. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again…

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I love this quote in support of experiencing the full spectrum of our human emotional body/mind/spirit spectrum:

wrongYou cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again… So why bother in the first place? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Anti-DSM otherwise known as The Outlaw Catalog of Cagey Optimism

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Psychiatry and psychotherapy obsess on what’s wrong with people and give short shrift to what’s right. The manual of these professions is a 943-page textbook called the DSM-IV. It identifies scores of pathological states but no healthy ones.

Some time back, I began to complain about this fact, and asked readers to help me compile material for a proposed antidote, the Anti-DSM — a compendium of healthy, exalted, positive states of being. As their entries came in, we at the Beauty and Truth Laboratory were inspired to dream up some of our own. Below is part one of our initial attempt at creating an Anti-DSM-IV, or as we also like to call it, The Outlaw Catalog of Cagey Optimism. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Hope for those still in the darkness of protracted psych drug withdrawal or other chronic illness

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I have a friend who studies the neurology of awakening to the nature of reality and consciousness. He often has said to me that the brain remembers the good stuff. This is another way of thinking of neuroplasticity. If we get to a place where we accept and are okay with things just as they are, our brain likes that…it remembers and does all it can to get back there. In this way we can trust that if we do things to help us accept and find goodness in life, even now, in the darkness, our brain will, in effect continue to conspire to get to those glimmers of hope and joy we sometimes see and feel. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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