Meditation. This simple. This difficult.

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Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives. It’s about seeing how we react to all these things. It’s seeing our emotions and thoughts just as they are right now, in this very moment, in this very room, on this very seat. It’s about not trying to make them go away, not trying to become better than we are, but just seeing clearly with precision and gentleness … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The body knows: trauma and the body

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I’ve posted several times now about Bessel van der Kolk’s work. Below are some quotes from his book ” The Body Keeps the Score,” that Laura K. Kerr selected. She is currently reading the book. I look forward to her writing on her thoughts about the book when she completes it. She writes wonderful posts on […]

Healing is many things synergistically coming together

The tree of life - Gustav Klimpt

Healing for me has been more about learning to live well than about finding the right healing method or technique. For me what that might be varies everyday, in fact. So that learning to listen to my body/mind/spirit complex is much more important than habitual and rote healing methods. Everything changes everyday for me. Nothing remains the same. Getting attached to what might be perceived as “healthy” habits by others can be detrimental for me. In the state of high dysregulation that the iatrogenic injury from psychiatric drugs caused what is helpful one day becomes unhelpful the next. Ah! What a lesson in listening. How important it becomes to practice non-attachment. The rug gets pulled from under the feet daily. Truly, it’s been an amazing opportunity (if also sometimes highly frustrating) in not attaching to anything. And thus it’s been a great teacher about the nature of reality which also changes in every instance. Nothing is permanent. All is transient. As I heal all this becomes simpler. But this particular healing process has had a very sharp and very long learning curve. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I shared at a NAMI meeting last night

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I went to a NAMI meeting tonight and my story came out (the guest speaker knew who I was and asked me to introduce myself — as the author of Beyond Meds — being the subject of the meeting was psych drug withdrawal) Telling my story in a NAMI gathering was a rather intense and scary thing. I would not have chosen to expose myself that way, but given that it happened it was very interesting. Those folks don’t want to hear my story. (at least the ones that were vocal) It seems to be very threatening to them. I told them that their story is valid and so is mine. Not either/or, but both can be true. That idea seems to make people’s head explode and people on both sides of the divide don’t like hearing that actually. Which is interesting in general. What I personally didn’t like about being in that position was that this group of people project all their terror — I must be wrong. I must be mentally ill — I left feeling empowered but I was also shaking. Visibly. So yeah, that was a trip … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Madness, Possession and Transformation: A Personal Narrative of Healing

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By Jon Keyes

In the early 90′s, I went through a profound experience of psychosis, a complete and radical change of my consciousness from a state of relatively normal perception and comprehension to a state of deeply unsettling confusion, anxiety with a persistent altered mind frame. Thoughts were easily jumbled. I alternated between periods of frenetic excitability and then spiraled into deep despair and hopelessness. Social interactions could often be torturous to the point where isolation often felt like a good answer. I felt like I was cracking, coming apart. On a deeper level, I believed something had happened to me, changed me; that something possessed me. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Hip Hop/Yoga Dance Workout

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As most of you know by now, I like mixing it up. Well, really, I NEED to mix it up. My body wants and needs something different everyday. I woke up a couple of days ago and wanted to dance but I also felt like I needed some yoga, so I did a search on youtube with yoga and dance in the search query. I got this lovely little short but intense workout and it was exactly what I needed. It’s really fun and very different from the usual sort of classes I take.

I’ve not been able to go to yoga or tai chi classes much lately because my stamina for the physical just isn’t there for classes. I don’t see this as a set back. I see it as my body very wisely allocating it’s energy. I’m doing a lot of really deep contemplative somatic work which is large internal but demands a lot of energy. Exercise remains critically important but I have to exercise smart. I have been doing small bursts of intense stuff and longer gentle slow walks, for example. I’m ready for this need to change any time, since that is how my healing goes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Open Letter to the Psychiatric Institute of Washington After the Death of My Friend

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By Will Hall

Dear Post-traumatic Disorders Program, Psychiatric Institute of Washington,

A close and dear friend is dead.

She was a patient at your hospital, and a few days ago she sent me this text:

“I left the trauma program after 48 hours. I was appalled at the environment, the terrible therapy and being treated like a prisoner. I went there looking for healing and support and found the experience even more traumatic. Western mental health systems are dehumanizing and insane.”

That was the last message I ever received from her. I got a call that my friend’s body was found in the river: she drowned herself. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

All mammals play. Human beings are mammals. We’ve forgotten play.

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I enjoyed this. I don’t know this guy or what he does beyond this video. I’m clear that we are all desperately in need of play in a world where children play on computers rather than outside. These are all different ways to get to know the body and have fun too. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Autoimmune Summit: may help anyone with chronic illness, including protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal

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A lot of people with protracted withdrawal issues are likely to have some sort of auto-immunity issue. It’s worth learning about auto-immune disease if you have chronic illness of any kind since mainstream doctors don’t even look for it quite often. This is a free online conference of sorts…it looks like a great way to get to know about this stuff if you don’t already. My healing protocols take into account auto-immune issues and much of what will be taught in this course informs my own healing process. IT’S FREE

There are some good doctors involved in this. Including one’s from whom I’ve learned a lot in my process. Beyond that I don’t really know more about this program than what I’m sharing. (just as a small disclaimer) I receive nothing for this post and share it only because I think it would be great for everyone to understand more about chronic illness and autoimmune disease. Both are far more common than most people realize and there are a lot of people who are sub-chronic in that with one more trigger they could get sick. We all need to tend to our health, always. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Yoga back bends: feels yummy on the autonomic nervous system

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I’m reposting this because I’ve been going through another backbend stage and I thought of this post from a while back. I like to help people see how easy yoga can be. You can start with something as simple as this and see where it takes you. Being a yogi is about listening to your body and learning from it and it really doesn’t matter if you can do really complicated poses or not. Start simple and see what happens. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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