I will not have my computer for several days which I've arranged on purpose so that I might have a complete and total break from all things internet! Not sure exactly when I'll be back. Enjoy the spring! ******if you are on twitter there is now (again) a Beyond Meds account. It's fully automated and basically just a feed. (Yes, in essence, it's a bot!) So there will be pre-scheduled tweets from the archives during the time I am gone. Otherwise it also automatically tweets new posts from here as they are published. It's a good way to get updates if you don't like email subscriptions. Lastly if you've missed my prior posts about the new drop-down menus at the top of the page, I've made it much easier to navigate the archives. Just put your cursor over the titles at the very top of the page and menus will appear. I'm updating these all the time so additional articles are being made available from the archives on a regular basis. Check back from time to time.
"Fear, grief and despair are uncomfortable and are seen as signs of personal failure. In our culture we call them "negative" and think of them as "bad." I prefer to call these emotions "dark," because I like the image of a rich, fertile soil from which something unexpected can bloom. Also we keep them "in the dark" and tend not to speak about them. We privatize them and don't see the ways in which they are connected to the world. But the dark emotions are inevitable. They are part of the universal human experience and are certainly worthy of our attention. They bring us important information about ourselves and the world and can be vehicles of profound transformation."