Nature vs nurture, biological vs. psychological: how about both/and rather than either/or

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I see all aspects of being human as existing on spectrums of sorts. All these spectrums interact with each other so that experience is like a kaleidoscope perhaps…endlessly varied from human being to human being and even within the life of a solo human being…no moment is ever repeated…we are new in that way in every instant. … [click on title to view more]

No escape

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There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers […]

Waking the Still, Small Voice Within

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Learn why the body is such an important tool in spiritual practice, how to cultivate your awareness of the ‘felt sense’ to make important decisions in your life and how the power of your questions can dramatically open new possibilities. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What is a teacher? (or who is a therapist, counselor, etc)

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These are principles that can be carried to any and all “helping” relationships.

“The very establishment of a “spiritual teacher” and a “student”, as someone who knows and someone who doesn’t, makes direct, and open, useful, dialogue all but impossible. True learning only occurs when it becomes folk meeting “now, now, now” and sharing the truth of where they are, and what they have discovered, freely and openly w/o an agenda or template of how something “ought” to be. Everyone has something to teach… … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Saturday mellow: a guided vipassana meditation

Mulberry Tree, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh

This is a good guided meditation and is actually good for any level from beginner to advanced. I like to always keep in mind the concept of always being a beginner. Yes, the concept of zen mind, beginner’s mind… … [click on title to read and view more]

Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing

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I’ve continued pursuing experimentation with tibetan bowl sound healing. It’s really amazing to listen to the sounds and the woman in the below video is my best find so far.

This album is a wondrous collection of healing sounds and my favorite yet: Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing. It’s a highly professional production and the sound is superb and the six tracks seem to escort me on a journey through the psyche that creates healing each time I listen in deep meditation. … [click on title to read and view more]

Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation

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But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it. Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation. It is a vicious circle. Only self-realisation can break it. Go for it resolutely. … [click on title to read and view more]

This is who I am—take me or leave me

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Take time to listen to your dreams, to write them down. Take time to recognize that there are things going on within you that need to be felt, or said, or lived, or grieved. Pay attention to these things both in yourself and in the people in your life. Pay attention to the authentic self. … [click on title to read and view more]

Let’s talk about psychosis. Let’s especially learn from those who’ve been there.

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This report: Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia – A Valuable, and Free, Online Report which was featured on Beyond Meds the other day is getting a LOT of attention in the UK. This is very exciting. Many are still very afraid to have this very important conversation…the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people are at stake. … [click on title to read and view more]

When The Body Says No: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress- Disease Connection

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Illness and what creates illness with Gabor Maté. If you’ve been reading Beyond Meds for any length of time you’ll know that Gabor is one of my favorite human beings. He is an inspired brilliant man who is helping us change the healing climate on this planet. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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