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 […]

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]

If I had remained med compliant… (another IT GETS BETTER post)

Pills

This is a repost from a little over a year ago — And this time around I’m including it in the IT GETS BETTER series. In the time since this was written, I have, indeed, continued to heal at a much faster rate than prior. I am happy and filled with awe due to being able to deeply appreciate the mystery that is life. To be clear being “happy” in my mind is not about never being sad or overwhelmed or distressed. I embrace and celebrate the entire spectrum of human emotion. I’ve learned among other things that you cannot heal what you don’t feel. … [click on title to read and view more]

No escape

wisdeom

There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers […]

Waking the Still, Small Voice Within

body

Learn why the body is such an important tool in spiritual practice, how to cultivate your awareness of the ‘felt sense’ to make important decisions in your life and how the power of your questions can dramatically open new possibilities. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What is a teacher? (or who is a therapist, counselor, etc)

color design

These are principles that can be carried to any and all “helping” relationships.

“The very establishment of a “spiritual teacher” and a “student”, as someone who knows and someone who doesn’t, makes direct, and open, useful, dialogue all but impossible. True learning only occurs when it becomes folk meeting “now, now, now” and sharing the truth of where they are, and what they have discovered, freely and openly w/o an agenda or template of how something “ought” to be. Everyone has something to teach… … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 9,880 other followers