This practice, this life…

This practice is like walking in a heavy mist. It penetrates slowly, permeating every, every, everything, until it reaches the bone and then inside the marrow of the bone. All along the way, we have had glorious moments of, "Yes, I get it! I see--yes, yes!" And then we walk on, into the mist ahead. - Cheri Huber I found Cheri Huber's work very helpful many years ago now. I did a post a while back on her work with a theme that is also a favorite of mine: There is nothing wrong with you. ... [click on title to read the rest]

The violence of birth in modern medicine: often our first trauma

I'm sharing a wonderful short film with Laing narrating below. The dehumanization that happens during the birth of a baby to both mother and child has been compared to some of the traumas that happen in psychiatry too. The fact is a lot of medicine can be traumatic and coercive, both. To avoid birthing trauma for both mothers and our newborns we need to understand this and makes changes. I’ve often said we live in a culture of abuse. I’m not always explicit about what that means. Here is one glaring and mostly avoidable example of how we are out of touch with the nature of our being and impose abuse on ourselves and our children. Even the process of being brought into the world is often unnecessarily traumatic when it should be simply joyous. Birth with R.D. Laing (1978) … [click on title to read the rest]

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