Good Grief! A human rite of passage with us all the time

broken heart

Grief is one of the common human experiences that tragically often gets pathologized. Let us consider healthy ways of being with this sort of natural and organic pain. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Has the rug been pulled out? (again)

orange

I am in a bit of a flare in my healing process. My nervous system got challenged beyond what it was ready for when I attempted Bikram yoga. No, not all yoga is alike, and Bikram, I discovered is the military boot camp style of yogas, oh my. That is another story, but take it as […]

MDs that can help are not always available

design

This was inspired by a tweet stream in response to someone asking about finding an MD to help with drug withdrawal…unfortunately they’re simply not always available and we have to deal with that reality. Pretending it’s not the case helps no one and can be dangerous. I’ve reposted the tweets below and then cut and pasted various supporting […]

A horrifying journey through the medical system

elizabeth

A story of iatrogenic injury caused by SSRIs and other psych meds presented at TEDMED. It’s important that these stories be told at these mainstream venues. Spread this one around your networks. There will be people who will recognize themselves and perhaps also find the courage to escape this sort of situation that happens to 1000s everyday all over the country and the world. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The newly mindful Anderson Cooper (he drinks the kool-aid)

anderson

Anderson Cooper went to this retreat having never meditated. I found the clip quite enjoyable and if you’re new to meditation it might be quite informative too.

On a “mindfulness” retreat, Anderson Cooper puts down the microphone and learns to love silence, as well as life without a cell phone. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Everyone suffers

suffer

A response to a reader on Facebook who was considering with me the nature of suffering:

You know, everyone suffers. I frankly had to stop myself from assuming that I had it worse than the person I was next to. We really don’t know. I started to practice realizing I don’t know what others have suffered. I started realizing that competing for having suffered more than everyone else was a losing battle…especially for me…and yeah, it does lend itself to just having a bad time. We really do have to accept ourselves before others will accept us. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Ancestral Healing

shamans_dream[1]

What Jung calls “participation mystique,” is the deep enmeshment that can happen in intimate relationships when an individual doesn’t do the inner-work to heal their unconscious pain. The wounds get passed through the generations, metastasizing through our relationships and literally shaping our children’s lives. The sickness will stay in the family tree until someone in the outer branches has enough support and awareness to face and move through that ancient grief. … [click on title to read and view more]

Meditate

Knott's

Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at the bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What do you believe?

bubbles

People find it quite easy to have beliefs and to hold on to them and to let their whole world be a product of their belief system. They also find it quite easy to attack those who disagree. The harder, more courageous thing, which the hero and the heroine, the warrior, and the mystic do, is continually to look one’s beliefs straight in the face, honestly and clearly, and then step beyond them. That requires a lot of heart and kindness. It requires being able to touch and know completely, to the core, your own experience, without harshness, without making any judgment. … [click on title to read and view more]

Feeling broken?

black rose

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 9,911 other followers