The art of contemplation

gene keys

I tend to use the word meditation for all my contemplative adventures when I speak of them on this blog…simply for lack of a better way to explain my process. Here Richard Rudd speaks to the different sorts of ways our inner experience can be experienced. I found his definition of contemplation helpful because I often feel like meditation HAPPENS to me…and here it seems perhaps he would call that contemplation. Contemplation is physical too. This is what I liked about what he talks about. In contemplation we can change our body and transform in some very literal ways in body/mind and spirit. This is something I experience daily. I believe this is in keeping with epigenetics too. It has everything to do with healing from trauma. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Becoming our truest selves with one another

green earth

Below I’ve collected a few status updates from the Beyond Meds Facebook page in the last few days. I’ve cut and pasted them here and then added links to posts that discuss the status update more in depth.  *** The body needs to speak too. Suppressing physical symptoms by any means possible can be the […]

There is a drive to not only survive but to thrive: coming back from trauma

flower in crack

What gets called mental illness, is, in large part, a reaction to trauma. It’s quite simple really. When we start listening to people’s stories of pain rather than numbing them out and effectively silencing them with neurotoxic drugs we will start healing them. Until then people will remain broken. One of the most basic needs for a wounded human being to heal is to be seen. Recognized. Validated. Yes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

God and nonduality…yes, no, maybe

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Nonduality is a place I’m comfortable learning to inhabit. It is a stance that allows for the great diversity which is the human experience. We are all in this mystery together, doing our thing. Surrendering to the mystery has been a large part of my healing process. — As a religious studies student both in college and in life the question of god/no god has always been one I have played with. I have found myself on all sides of the spectrum and everywhere in-between at various times. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.

"Grib skov" by Malene Thyssen - Own work

An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy. … [click on title to read and view more]

All That You Have Is Your Soul

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Let life guide you…find your soul.

A Saturday Mellow post… … [click on title to read and view more]

2015 Yale Symposium – Dr. David Healy: video about dangers of psych drugs

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Wonderful! I’ve only listened to a bit because I have a meeting in a few minutes but this is Dr. David Healy at Yale speaking about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and the denial about that fact in the medical establishment. … [click on title to read and view more]

How do you inhabit your vulnerability?

whyte

Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without, vulnerability is not a choice, vulnerability is the underlying, ever present and abiding under-current of our natural state. To run from vulnerability is to run from the essence of our nature; the attempt to be invulnerable is the vain attempt to become something we are not and most especially, to close off our understanding of the grief of others. More seriously, in refusing our vulnerability we refuse to ask for the help needed at every turn of our existence and immobilize the essential, tidal and conversational foundations of our identity. … [click on title to read and view more]

Are you at the end of your rope?

lavender

This is a very brief but wonderful meditation and emotional release. I highly recommend it. — little excerpt (While) feeling so frustrated with all the trying and “efforting” that we put into things, I’d like us to go a little deeper and explore what the real underpinning is of all of that push to try to be in control of things. So in this moment can you allow yourself to just feel how much you just want to ‘effort;, in fact it happens a lot, all day long… … [click on the title to read and view more]

Why it’s Crucial for Women to Heal the Mother Wound

ElizabethBauman

Originally posted on Womb Of Light:
What many people do not realize is that the core issue at the center of women’s empowerment is the mother wound. Difficulty and challenges between mothers and daughters are rampant and widespread but not openly spoken about. The taboo about speaking about the pain of the mother wound is…

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