Breathing technique for quick relaxation/sleep


Below is a very simple but elegant breathing exercise shared by Dr. Weil.

I thought I’d share the video and then repost some additional links on sleeping and insomnia and how to reframe possible problems in that domain. … [click on title to view video and read post]

I no longer hide

butterfly on the butterfly bush by Monica Cassani

And so I no longer hide. I finally made the decision. And soon after, it was clear to see that 90% of the stress I’d carried through out the years was because I hid myself, pretended, smiled when I didn’t want to, silenced myself when my song was emerging from my very skin. I denied myself and so my world inside was a crumbling mess. I stopped hiding and was blown away by how easy it was to live. Living became natural again. And being me was no longer a problem. They don’t teach this stuff in schools but they should. They really, really should. Real living is about unhiding. That’s when everything starts to make sense. — S.C Lourie, Soul Notes of the Butterfly

Oh, yes. Learn to be who we are. Here is more from Beyond Meds … [click on title to read the rest]

Following the heart instead of following the crowd


Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance. ― Henri Bergson, Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, 1927

I think we all have this spiritual immune system buried beneath the layers and layers and layers of social conditioning. We need only start paying attention. Some of us have no choice, of course, and for that I am now profoundly grateful. … [click on title to read the rest]

Mental wellness: empowering ways to consider our difficult experiences


Part of coming to understand our profound capacities to heal and transform is to first know that it’s possible. I know 1000s of folks who’ve been able to discover this now. I have met them in mental health circles and chronic illness circles both. I’ve also met them among people who’ve never suffered in these ways but were lucky enough to be born into situations where they simply learned how to do it right from the beginning. Imagine that. We can create a world where we teach children how to profoundly take care of themselves and others. … [click on title to read the rest]



For me addiction is about having trouble letting go of ANYTHING that has ever been helpful. That includes people, food, experiences, substances of all kinds etc. I have no conventionally understood addictions right now, but I am deeply resonant with the concept of addiction. Our consumer oriented culture teaches us to cling to everything. Healing for me is learning to stop clinging. Completely. … [click on title to read the rest of the post]

Be the medicine the world needs you to be


“When we focus on the element of fire we are focusing on the quality of the relationship we have with our own spirit. As a transformational force, fire is the healer who is showing us how to engage in the art of release and sacrifice. The fire helps us to free our hearts to love what truly matters to us and free our lives from the patterns of thinking, speaking, and acting that drain our hearts of their natural fullness for all life. ” … [click on title to read more and listen to a podcast, too]

With infinite compassion and understanding my broken heart is healed…


This is incredibly beautiful and moving both. –In my soul resides a steadfast confidence, because in my heart I found a world full of warmth and light, where, with handkerchiefs of unconditional love my tears were being dried and with infinite understanding and compassion my broken heart was being healed.

There I could dress myself in self-confidence, walking on sandals of acceptance. Where I drank hope from a cup of pride, and ate a wealth of knowledge from plates gilded with truth, with cutlery made from my colored dreams, at a table dressed by Mother Nature. …[click on title to read and view the rest]

On therapy


Many therapists have not emancipated themselves from their training and think they are there to fix you. They are potentially dangerous. Trust yourself. If your therapist doesn’t encourage you to trust yourself, do not trust them.

I have certainly found meaningful support only from those who treat me as an equal. … [click on title to read more]

Crazywise the film


As you know, CRAZYWISE documents a major paradigm shift in the way Western culture defines and treats a mental health crisis. Our film is riding the wave of a rapidly growing community members demanding more choices for recovery. … [click on title to view post and watch video]

Story telling as means for transformative growth

what is your story question

I practice not attaching to belief…that includes the stories I make up to explain and interpret my life. So I stand by my first statement. I think that it’s all made-up, yes. That is what we do as human beings. This is not to delegitimize or minimize the importance of story-telling…in fact I think it underscores the importance. The reason I think knowing that we make up our stories is important is that it’s in reframing (retelling) our stories that we grow and transform…if we really believed our stories we might stay stuck in hell…(those of us who’ve been there anyway.)

“Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless.” — Salman Rushdie … [click on title to read the rest of the post]


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