Housekeeping…

I took the blog down for a week. The fact is I'm ambivalent about its presence on the internet at this point and actually have been for a long time. I didn't know how I would feel upon removing it and so I did it as a bit of an experiment. Many of you let... Continue Reading →

Saturday mellow

This isn't so mellow because the crowd goes crazy during this spectacular light show projected onto a building in Portugal. Be sure to open to fullscreen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZtSvSvsXxA

The death of mental illness

A beautiful post about Will's transformation and the insights he's gleaned about how those labeled with mental illness in our society are treated. I've watched and read Will since he started blogging. It's been great to watch his growth, healing and insights over the last couple of years. With his MD attached to his identity he's listened to in corners of the blogosphere where many of us are not. This is a very good thing.

A meditation to heal suffering

From Pema Chodron's website an explanation and description of Tonglen: In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves. In particular, to care about other people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish, mean —you name it— to have compassion and to... Continue Reading →

Meditation can be an emotional rollercoaster

About meditation being a cure-all that leads to only bliss: Meditation is an emotional rollercoaster A lot of people now come to meditation having read reports on the virtues of mindfulness. Last week there was one claiming it can ward off ageing, and one suggesting meditators make more rational decisions. A month ago mindfulness was... Continue Reading →

Do nothing

When you feel bad, it's natural to want to make changes as quickly as possible in the hope that if you can find the source of the problem fast enough, you will get quick relief. The problem with this approach is that you end up changing multiple variables and then end up not knowing what... Continue Reading →

Here I am, here I go: I’m done with pharma, drugs, and psychiatry

I no longer get health and mental health and psychiatry news delivered to me daily through google reader. I am much happier this way. Therefore I can no longer cover such topics in a timely fashion and don't intend to except maybe rarely since it may on occasion still strike me as fresh. Most of it just feels old to me and indeed most of the "news" that I cover I've known about for years. Mainstream media has a tough time keeping up it seems and does a better job of misinforming than informing...

Turn your mind into an ally

“Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put... Continue Reading →

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