Welcome the fear, the anxiety and thus transform it

life force

Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies as normal. A normal form of human suffering. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

“I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best”

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I had the good fortune of studying Walt Whitman as a student in college. I cannot say I understood what I was being presented with at the time, but I can say that he got into my cells even then, without my knowing, and now I can begin to appreciate the genius that he’s imparted to anyone who takes the time to feel into the magic of his words. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Selfless love and giving yourself away

gary:rich

I still like the words love and compassion unlike Gary (he says they’re overused, and I do agree with that)…I think they have many meanings and can be fluid. Words are always, at best, pointers. And you’ll see he ends up using the word anyway…because there really isn’t another. What he says love is…is being present to those around you. Yes. — Rich says, our life is not our own. That too is a wonderful way to consider love. We are here only for one another, really. — This moves into the idea of surrendering to life which is something I contemplate often now. — “Shut up the blah, blah, blah and love.” … [click on title to read and view more]

Food as medicine. Food sensitivities, too.

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Food and diet has been critically important to my healing journey. I intend to write more about food sensitivities as I move forward. I’m working on developing language around how they work as a liaison to the psyche. They are profound teachers that humble me again and again and teach me all manner of things about the nature of being human. I am finding more and more people who understand them in this way. What we are finding is that there is some spiritual significance in the very real (and sometimes potentially deadly) physical, biological and physiological reactions that so many people on the planet are experiencing with foods that used to be safe to eat. Of course there is also environmental significance to the phenomena. There is a lot of evidence that the very poor care of the food supply has made these issues worse for many people. This is why eating whole real food that has been sustainably farmed becomes so important for so many of us. It doesn’t completely get rid of the issues but it helps minimize them. Once again we see that everything matters and that it’s all connected. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

How to let altruism be your guide

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Consider the banality of goodness. — What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Depression (psych labels in general) reflect the dis-ease of civilization

Depression---what-is-it

“The health of the society and the health of its individuals are inextricably linked. To end the worldwide epidemic of depression, we must combine individual psychological therapies with new social and economic systems that respect the earth and more fairly distribute the worlds resources. Such models already exist. What we need is the political will to implement them. If we can do so, we will be able to create a more equitable culture that optimizes the mental and emotional health of each of its ciitizens.” … [click on title for full view]

No apologies for being sensitive to the earth and its suffering

planet earth

By Jen Peer Rich — If we took a mere 50% of our global weaponry and technology resources and applied them towards sustainability actions, we could live in a much different world. It’s possible to stop kicking the earth in the teeth with destructive behaviors. Why not address the suffering of our species and endless other species? But we don’t. We keep feeding the machinery of separation. And why? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Miracles happen: it gets better #foodie friday

Red Clover

So really, all the above feel like miracles to me. Every moment feels that way if I let it. And yeah, sometimes things still really suck, too. My nervous system is still healing and that is the way it is. Nonetheless, I can see the miracles now and when things are more on the painful side I know that the miracles are still there even though this body is having a hard time. It means I experience life with a sort of freedom I never had before. Life is amazing. And it’s amazing even when I’m feeling crappy. Because the wondrous nature of life is consistent even while it’s manifestations are ever-changing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption

the truth about drug

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Neuroplasticity demonstrated. This is very cool.

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This is really fascinating and very simply demonstrates how neuropathways work in neuroplasticity. We can heal our brains and change a whole lot of things about our mental health because of neuroplasticity. It’s good to understand something about it because it really allows for all sorts of great hope. And for me, since I started applying such methods to recovering from the iatrogenic brain injury incurred from psych drugs, I actually see it happening. Very exciting. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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