During the pressurized years

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During the pressurized years, she was in effect bottled, labeled, and capped — she started a relief fund in the name of Sanity. She collected rare humor, kind words, large-breasted hugs, a variety of pats on the back, and above all the wisdom to know it would eventually pass. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Rocks in my Pockets: a crazy quest for sanity

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“Rocks In My Pockets” is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving five women of the filmmaker’s family, including herself, and their battles with depression and suicide. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. The film is packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and a twisted sense of humor. It is an animated tale full of art, women, strange daring stories, Latvian accents, history, nature, adventure and more. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Lincoln’s Depression | Joshua Wolf Shenk | Madness Radio

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Celebrated US President Abraham Lincoln also suffered from life-threatening depression. Did he view his “melancholy” as a treatable illness, as a punishment from God — or as a source of his gifts? How did Lincoln’s extraordinary leadership abilities arise from his struggle with extreme pain?

Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, explores the famous President’s battle with despair, suicide, and intense sorrow, and discusses what people with depression – and the medical establishment empowered to treat them – can learn from Lincoln’s suffering. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Healing the body/mind with the willingness to feel

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What is split off, not felt, remains the same. When it is felt, it changes. Most people don’t know this. They think that by not permitting the feeling of their negative ways they make themselves good. On the contrary, that keeps these negatives static, the same from year to year. A few moments of feeling it in your body allows it to change. If there is in you something bad or sick or unsound, let in inwardly be, and breath. That’s the only way it can evolve and change into the form it needs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Beyond the world of opposites

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Quite often my healing journey seems to be the bringing together of opposites. The resolution of paradox and the burning away of conditioning. These things are thematic. Here are a few quotes that are (at least in my mind) somehow related to this process. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Let life guide you

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The more I travel on this healing journey, the clearer it becomes that I am learning to let life-force guide me and thus heal me too. Becoming who I am completely means losing my conditioned self and letting life-force move me into oneness with all. This too is what Carl Jung might call the individuation process. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Confront abuse by believing. Yes, start by believing

Start-by-Believing

Yes, thank you…go watch this short video (there is no embedding option and it’s worth watching) Video: Confront abuse by believing.

From the video page:

Pam Rubin, a women’s trauma counsellor and lawyer, explains why we need to start confronting abuse by believing its victims. “We don’t immediately jump to ‘What were you saying, doing, wearing? Are You suffering from mental illness?’” … [click on title to read and view more]

Wu Dang Ba Gua Zhang — movement meditation to music

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Saturday mellow-Wu Dang Ba Gua Zhang — Tan Shan Kui from WuDang Taoist Traditional Kung Fu Academy … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Mutiny of the Soul || Charles Eisenstein

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By Charles Eisenstein — Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are an essential part of a process of metamorphosis that is unfolding on the planet today, and highly significant for the light they shed on the transition from an old world to a new. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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