We can come home again (Joanna Macy)

In the first movement, our infancy as a species, we felt no separation from the natural world around us. Trees, rocks, and plants surrounded us with a living presence as intimate and pulsing as our own bodies. In that primal intimacy, which anthropologists call "participation mystique," we were as one with our world as a... Continue Reading →

SUGAR: infographic and general info

The New York Times a while back covered the toxicity of our favorite "food." Diet matters and it's about time the mainstream media starting attending to this fact. There are many things in the standard American diet that harm. Sugar is as good a place as any to start learning about this issue that we might start making moves towards improving the quality of food that we put into our bodies and thus heal our whole beings. (info and infographic included)

The pain of heartbreak and mourning

The pain of mourning and heartbreak is neurologically similar to being submitted to torture. There seems to be only one way to end that agony. Neuroscience calls it an "evolutionary jump" and Jungians call it the process of Individuation. The good news is, if you love, your heart should be broken at some point in your life. If not, your love may remain the innocent love of a child. Ginette Paris will demonstrate how neuroscience agrees with the basic tenants of depth psychology and will discuss how the process of Individuation begins with heartbreak.

Freedom: when there’s nothing there to grab hold of….

Human beings have a drive for security and safety, which is often what fuels the spiritual search. This very drive for security and safety is what causes so much misery and confusion. Freedom is a state of complete and absolute insecurity and not knowing. There is no security in freedom, at least not in the... Continue Reading →

For the geeks among us: Belief and choice…

For the geeks among us who like to tinker with the nature of reality... We choose what to believe based on our beliefs and then our beliefs are limited by the choices we've made. Sound self-limiting? It is! This structure is considered to be the foundation of paradigms, and you are probably painfully aware of how difficult it is to change these. As for the annoying characteristic mentioned above --- it's called stubbornness, and other less polite words.

For a New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave what you had outgrown....

Saturday mellow

All the wild horses Tethered with tears in their eyes May no man's touch ever tame May no man's reigns ever chain you And may no man's weight ever defrayed your soul And as for the clouds Just let them roll...

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs – Second Edition – Free Download

The second edition has expanded Resources, scores of new collaborators and Advisors, new topics, more detail on the reducing and coming off process, and additional ideas for harm reduction and staying on medications. The Guide is Creative Commons copyright BY-NC-ND, meaning you have advance permission to copy, print, link, publish and share as much as you want (a special printer ready version is here, with instructions here). Thousands of people worldwide have used this Guide to help themselves and people they know become more empowered around medications, including coming off. Hundreds of professionals and mental health agency staff have been downloading the free guide, to fill gaps in their own knowledge and give to their clients. Now the Guide in its second edition is even better, incorporating reader feedback and new ideas. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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