Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze. What activity makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply, with the wind of the Spirit that blows where it wills? … [click on title for the rest of the post]
You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.
Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes don’t see as well and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. “But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight
There is something you know about me, something very personal, and there is something I know about every one of you and that’s very central to your concerns. There is something that we know about everyone we meet anywhere in the world, on the street, that is the very mainspring of whatever they do and whatever they put up with, and that is that all of us want to be happy. In this, we are all together. How we imagine our happiness, that differs from one another, but it’s already a lot that we have all in common, that we want to be happy. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
In the world of social services they refer to them as your ADLs. Activities of daily living. ADLs encompass more than care of self and home but I’m referring to those two things here as they are the most visible dysfunction quite often. If you’ve been part of the mental health system you’ll know that mental health professionals quite often check in with you to see how well you’re functioning but asking about your ADLs. And people who’ve been highly psychiatrized quite often know the acronym. ADL. What they don’t tell you and seem to not realize is that gross impairment in these things are quite often caused by the psychiatric pharmaceuticals that the folks in care are being prescribed. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I’m continuing to read The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defences of the Personal Spirit, by Donald Kalsched.
It’s such a wonderful source of insight and validation about the inner world of those traumatized that I want to share more from the introduction. I shared another part of the intro to the book in this post as well. Read that too if you’re interested.
There are many ways to heal from this fate and we see those who’ve had lives marred by trauma recovery in a myriad of ways, as it is wont for human beings to do. There are as many paths to wellness as there are human beings. Analysis, which is the stance of this book, is only one window and one way to go about healing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]