PTSD versus a post traumatic response

So the second half of the title of this post refers to what I'm calling a post-traumatic response. I think that many so-called mental illnesses are the result of a post traumatic response. Because they do not all have the hallmark signs of PTSD, as currently clinically described, it's worth making it clear that I absolutely think that what is labeled schizophrenia, bipolar, depression and other forms of anxiety, are often indeed also post traumatic responses. The reason I'm making a distinction is only because of the current clinical understanding of PTSD which is limited to ONE form of post traumatic response at this time which is characterized by extreme forms of anxiety.

The High Price of Materialism

When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that "the good life" is "the goods life," they not only use up Earth's limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others.

The solitude of suffering

There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering. ― John O'Donohue from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom And yet, this experience John... Continue Reading →

Radical Acceptance: Our willingness to become still and pay attention to our experience, whatever it may be

‎The particular sensations, emotions or thoughts that arise when we practice mindfulness are not so important. It is our willingness to become still and pay attention to our experience, whatever it may be, that plants the seeds of Radical Acceptance. With time we develop the capacity to relate to our passing experience, whether in meditation... Continue Reading →

Check out the new drop-down menus (above)

At the very top of the page I've instituted a drop-down menu to navigate what is now a quite extensive archive and resource. I've already added to and changed them since I first mentioned them a couple of days ago. I will continue to make the archives as accessible as possible by attending to them... Continue Reading →

How meditation can reshape our brains (and revisiting neuroplasticity)

brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.

Compassion is a kind of fire

Compassion is a kind of fire ... it disturbs, it surprises, it ignites, it burns, it sears, and it warms. Compassion incinerates denial; it especially warms and melts cold hearts, cold structures, frozen minds, and self-satisfied lifestyles. Those who are touched by compassion have their lives turned upside down. That is not necessarily a bad... Continue Reading →

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