I wanted to say a few words about meditation for those who are maybe just starting. I’m a long-time meditator and then in the last 7 years or so it’s been something I needed to stay alive. Quite literally. I have a deep appreciation for the contemplative life. … [click on title to read the rest]
I got up this morning wanting to go to a yoga class which I’ve recently been able to do on occasion. Still, the condition of my autonomic nervous system has different ideas sometimes. Even yoga can be too much and a full yoga class in the community quite often is.
I decided to find something appropriate on youtube instead. I often do my own routines and don’t absolutely need a class or a youtube video either, but I like finding new routines and new teachers. It really helps me stretch and grow. It also often helps to slow me down when I might otherwise rush through postures on my own. … [click on title to read the rest]
The biggest problem in our society now for those who get diagnosed with any sort of “psychosis,” is that they are most often met by professionals that do not even believe that healing can occur, let alone deep transformative growth. Deep transformative growth, could be the norm, if those claiming to be healers actually knew what was involved in the individuation journey. Meeting the dark underbelly of the psyche as those of us who have been labeled psychotic at one time or another is a calling and an act of heroism. One that is rarely encouraged in society. … [click on title to read the rest]
What we can do that takes best care of us is to trust Life completely. Our part is to stay right here, with the breath, paying close attention and moving in the direction Life guides us. In that way, we can learn all there is where we are and be ready to be somewhere else when that learning is complete. … [click on title to read the rest]
Tara Brach’s work has been an inspiring influence for many years. This explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence—in relating inwardly and in communicating with others—that awakens and frees our hearts. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
‘I had always previously thought that it was possible to change my attitude to any situation. With the illness, I realised that there was a stage where you couldn’t. You could have a good attitude either side of the experience, but not while you were in it. This was when the illness was deep in the brain, there was no way out until it passed and you just had to allow the experience to be what it was and if it was darkness then it was just darkness.’
I was having to assimilate the idea of illness and suffering as a gift – what looked like suffering on the physical and psychological levels could often have a transforming effect on the deeper spiritual levels, that may not be apparent to the casual observer.’ … [click on title for the rest of the post]
So, we turn to one another to find a way through the darkest times of our lives. I’ve had many mentors that helped me get through the toughest times…men and women both who went before me. And now, through this blog, and also in some long-standing relationships I developed in the trenches, I give back to those still in the hardest phases.
We see those ahead of us heal, we start healing and in turn we offer hope to those still fighting to survive. Peer support never meant so much to me. And this is seriously grassroots stuff…no institutionalization…it’s grassroots and it’s organic…it arose out of a vacuum of need. There was nothing there and we simply together created it and it is sustained in that way too. It’s really quite a wondrous thing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]