Underlying our glitzy modern consumer culture there is a deep spiritual undernourishment and malaise that manifests all kinds of symptoms: nervous disorders, loneliness, alienation, purposelessness. . . . So blanking out, running away, burying our heads in sand or videotape will take us nowhere in the long run. If we really want to solve our... Continue Reading →
Why are the strengths and abilities of those who are sensitive called “mental illness?”
I'd like to know why these adaptive and ultimately healthy qualities of many of the most creative leaders or people in the world is considered an illness? Why? Perhaps it's time to view the adaptability of these creative people as the healthy ones. I find the argument that these features are illness just plain ridiculous.... Continue Reading →
Have faith in yourself
An act of meditation is actually an act of faith - of faith in your spirit, in your own potential. Faith is the basis of meditation. Not of faith in something outside you - a metaphysical buddha, an unattainable ideal, or someone else's words. The faith is in yourself, in your own "buddha-nature." You too... Continue Reading →
Why I dance: moving the body is a wonderful and therapeutic thing, a celebration of living
Dancing is yet another way to heal the mind/body. This is a beautiful video which shows people delighting in dancing whether they are professionals or just having fun. I have found dancing in my living room all by myself to be exactly what I've needed before. Dancing, like yoga and other forms of exercise too, helps one get closer to their body. Knowing your body is important for your entire well-being.
DSM does more harm than good
Paula Caplan has an opinion piece in the Washington Post today on the DSM. It's worth a read. The argument is that a diagnosis from the DSM can derail people's lives. I unfortunately also know this to be true for myself and far too many people I know. Below is an excerpt: Psychiatry’s bible, the... Continue Reading →
A mindful nation: a US congressman argues for widespread adoption of mindfulness practice
Sharing this article since it's clear the benefit of mindfulness practice is starting to strike people of all sorts. It's something that can be done regardless of religious belief. Now we have a US Congressman talking about its potential benefits for everyone. From the Guardian by Ed Halliwell: Mindfulness: the altered state of America "A... Continue Reading →
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity... Continue Reading →
Army warns against benzos and antipsychotics in PTSD: they can “intensify symptoms and lead to addiction”
I've written at length about the iatrogenic PTSD a lot of the people I network with exhibit once withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. In my experience in the withdrawal boards online the drugs that we see causing these issues most often are antidepressants and benzodiazepines, but people withdrawing from antipsychotics are simply much less represented in... Continue Reading →
Anti-Depressants May Be Doing More Harm Than Good (ya think?)
From Medical News Today, for anyone reading this blog who has yet to be convinced that psychiatric drugs are neurotoxic and cause harm especially when used long-term. There is a video with the study's author at the bottom of this post. I wonder if the fact that some significant minority of people become completely disabled for various lengths of time when withdrawing from these drugs will ever hit the media? They really only cover some of the vast array of possible problems while on them as well in this article....
We are made for Light
I've never regretted my journey to drug freedom and now beyond, because even though I am sick I now have access to a joy I never had on drugs. I have access to the full spectrum of the emotions that make us human and it took that access to heal on a foundational level. And... Continue Reading →
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