Hope for those still in the darkness of protracted psych drug withdrawal or other chronic illness

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I have a friend who studies the neurology of awakening to the nature of reality and consciousness. He often has said to me that the brain remembers the good stuff. This is another way of thinking of neuroplasticity. If we get to a place where we accept and are okay with things just as they are, our brain likes that…it remembers and does all it can to get back there. In this way we can trust that if we do things to help us accept and find goodness in life, even now, in the darkness, our brain will, in effect continue to conspire to get to those glimmers of hope and joy we sometimes see and feel. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Los Angeles has increased its outpatient involuntary treatment program in spite of UN declaring force torture

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Even as we have access to more and more information that links that which gets labeled mental illness to trauma — treatment that exacerbates the trauma response continues to gain legal traction all over the country. This, of course, leads to the epidemic of harm and iatrogenic illness we’re watching happen. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Chanting mantra break…

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Time to relax, meditate and generally chill-out. Enjoy.

Listening to and making meditative music and sounds has been an important part of my healing journey… [click on title for the rest of the post]

Earth Trek: The Economics of the Future

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Time to think big.
“We have it within our reach–now–to achieve nearly every dream of mankind.” -Gene Roddenberry
A lesson in sustainable Star Trekonomics featuring Charles Eisenstein, George Carlin, Martin Luther King Jr. and a couple captains of the Enterprise… … [click on title for the rest of the post]

We don’t know what is right for another. I practice that in speech and deed.

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It is not a good idea to tell people what they need in the way of supplements and it can sometimes be dangerous…especially if folks are taking psychiatric medications and/or are in the process of withdrawal from psych drugs.

Supplements in a hypersensitized body (as many are after having been on psychiatric drugs) can be quite dangerous. It’s not okay to assume that something that worked well for you or someone you know is safe for someone you’ve never met here on this page (or anywhere else you might be likely to hand out such advice) You can share your experience here, but I ask you to refrain from directing people to what they should take and to refrain from thinking you know anything about what might be appropriate and safe for someone you do not know (or for that matter someone you do know, too as you won’t know their body) basically everyone needs to find their own sense of guidance and intuition. Your experience may help inform their experience but it’s rare that someone can safely simply copy what another has done and it’s not a good idea to tell folks what to do…pretty much ever. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

4 Ways Parents Teach Kids that Consent Doesn’t Matter

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We systematically learn to NOT trust ourselves in our culture right now. We can stop passing this to future generations by supporting our children in some of these ways. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

This blind man sees with his heart

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A Saturday mellow post that is also inspiring and lovely. Team captain Silvio Velo tells us why big hearts makes for better soccer than eyesight.

Psychiatric Drugs Send 90,000 to the ER Yearly

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Can you say iatrogenic injury? Never mind the many thousands of us who suffer protracted withdrawal issues causing disability that are completely denied by the medical establishment…most of us have to start hiding from doctors who want to give us more drugs rather than give our poor bodies the chance to heal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Why I think antidepressants cause more harm than good (The Lancet, by Peter Gøtzsche)

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Peter Gøtzsche responds to David Nutt et al in The Lancet Psychiatry (journal). This is an important conversation that’s happening in a public forum in the UK….I’m also sharing a video with Peter Gøtzsche below that I’ve shared before. He’s doing critically important work and making lots of people very uncomfortable. Those of us who’ve been gravely harmed are very appreciative that he’s speaking the truth where it most needs to be shared right now. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

If you could live your life without depression…

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If someone told me that I could live my life again free of depression provided I was willing to give up the gifts depression has given me–the depth of awareness, the expanded consciousness, the increased sensitivity, the awareness of limitation, the tenderness of love, the meaning of friendship, the appreciation of life, the joy of a passionate heart–I would say, ‘This is a Faustian bargain! Give me my depressions. Let the darkness descend. But do not take away the gifts that depression, with the help of some unseen hand, has dredged up from the deep ocean of my soul and strewn along the shores of my life. I can endure darkness if I must; but I cannot live without these gifts. I cannot live without my soul … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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