This has certainly been my experience as meditation and mindfulness both are foundational in my healing practices. Body based practices are critically important for me as well and often neglected in clinical circles it seems. In my experience it’s necessary in that many with trauma histories need to have a sense of embodiment before it’s possible to really be in the present and mindful of that which is happening now. It seems doing both more traditional meditation and body oriented mindfulness practices helps create that capacity. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
As you wander through this world, you might become aware of the most alive sadness filling your heart. This is not the sadness of the mind, where something is felt to be missing, but is a reflection of how precious it is to have a human body, senses to make love with everything around you, arms to touch and hold another, and words to speak kindness. Just this is none other than a wild miracle. … [click on title to read and view more]
The longer I am psych drug free the more amazing my connection to all things becomes apparent. Not just the seasons, but the cycles of the moon, the weather, sun flares and everything in my environment matters. Yes! Everything matters. We are deeply holistic critters and we are part of all of life and the universe.
I’m so glad to now understand this wondrous process so that I might choose to ride the waves rather than suppress them or otherwise try to run away from my very nature. There may be a time and place to hide from and/or slow down the process, but that, too, should be a choice. For me now, drug free, all these shifts and changes provide data — information — that I might continue to learn to live well and my healing continues to amaze and humble me. It is through this amazing life that I am healed and changed. Life is energy and love that gives us all we need if we are open to receiving it. … [click on title to read and view more]
By Russell Baugher
Three weeks ago, I was taking shortcuts to increase my energy because I wanted more from life, and two weeks ago—I crashed. I was enjoying one cup of coffee each morning and sugar-infused edibles throughout the day, but I realized after seven days that I just can’t handle stimulants and, to a lesser extent, sugar while in psych drug withdrawal. It’s tough, too, because my caffeinated thoughts are unequivocally precise, and swift. … [click on title to read and view more]
By Brent Potter PhD
The diagnosis Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) strikes fear and loathing in the hearts of most mental health providers. It is unquestionably one of the most stigmatizing and overused diagnoses in existence. Often diagnosing someone with this label is a clinical punch in the gut to the client and also a means of communicating warning to other clinicians. It is the 21st century version of the scarlet letter. … [click on title to read and view more]
Saturday Mellow music…Jerry Katz ended the interview we did together the other day with this song. It’s really lovely and so appropriate for what the interview was about, so I wanted to share it here. And to be clear much of the interview was about becoming free of pharma and psychiatry and why that is difficult for anyone who would like a life free of psych meds once they’ve been on them. . … [click on title to read and view more]
By Ron Unger
If human beings were meant to be entirely stable entities, then “stabilizing” them would be an entirely good thing; a target for mental health treatment that all could agree on. But it’s way more complex than that: healthy humans are constantly moving and changing. They have a complex mix of stability and instability that is hard to pin down.
All this relates to one of my favorite subjects, the intersection of creativity and madness.
It is a curious fact that people seen as “psychotic” or “schizophrenic” may show sometimes more creativity, and sometimes less creativity, than “normals.” … [click on title to read and view more]
For a track by track breakdown in text (so you can find what you’re interested in the audio) visit Nonduality Radio
Jerry Katz says: We talk about the possibility of living without psychiatric medications, the implications, and Monica’s personal story of withdrawal from meds.
Many thanks to Jerry. … [click on title to read and view more]
As individuals on the spiritual journey we may continually meet with steps not described by anyone else, for our journey is unique to us. It is inconceivable that all along we merely fit into the footsteps of those ahead; no one’s foot print will be a perfect match – we must be under no illusion in this matter. Our experiences and milestones will strike us as different. Sometimes we are lucky to even find any similarity, or enough to tell us we are still on the path. … [click on title to read and view more]
After suffering abuse as a child Rachel began to hear voices while a teenager and went to a psychiatrist for help. Years of hospital and drug treatment followed. However Rachel only recovered once she rejected psychiatry and began to embrace her ‘symptoms’ as a meaningful response to childhood trauma. … [click on title to read more]