Mental Illness as Rebellion Against Society

The most deadly criticism one could make of modern civilization is that apart from its man-made crises and catastrophes, is not humanly interesting. . . . In the end, such a civilization can produce only a mass man: incapable of spontaneous, self-directed activities: at best patient, docile, disciplined to monotonous work to an almost pathetic degree. . . . Ultimately such a society produces only two groups of men: the conditioners and the conditioned, the active and passive barbarians. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Russell Brand’s Story – Transformation Through Yoga

Russell Brand has been a delightful and inspiring man to watch grow and transform. Here Brand discusses how yoga helps him deal with his sex and substance addiction, and how yoga has changed the tempo of his life. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

It is not necessary for you to try too hard

It is not necessary for you to try too hard in this practice. All that is necessary is for your mind and body to be present like the moving grasses, the petals of a tulip, the currents and subcurrents of endless rivers.

If I can do it you can too — Really?

I'm not a big fan of the "if I can do it anyone can do it" squawk. All too often what fuels that idea is an incapacity to recognize one's own privileges. And then also, it's not just privilege, it's the fact that we're all endlessly diverse...and there is no telling what is different about another...everyone's path is unique. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Listen for the sound of the genuine in yourself

There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The body, ethics, trauma and violence (and) Nature and The Body

Mark Walsh does good stuff on embodiment.

The body, ethics, trauma and violence - how our bodies tells us what's right and wrong. and

Nature and The Body - how our bodies are connected to what we embody and who we are. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

News for email subscribers who use Gmail

Attention, Gmail users: Google is rolling out some changes to your inboxes that may affect how you receive emails from Beyond Meds. If you’ve got the new inbox, the emails will now show up in a tab called “Promotions.” To keep receiving Beyond Meds updates in your regular, or “Primary” inbox, simply drag one of my messages from your Promotions tab to the Primary tab, then click “Yes.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Neurotypical

I posted this a couple of years ago. At the time it was going to be shown in my town. Now it's being shown on PBS. I think it's well worth watching.

Tomorrow night, PBS Premiere: July 29, 2013 - or, if you're like me and don't have cable - streaming online July 30-Aug 28.

Anything that helps people rethink what "normal" means is good by me.

If someone is denying your experience walk away…

If someone is denying your experience walk away. I too am still learning this one, given I'm an activist and advocate with some unusual knowledge...knowledge I often wish I did not have. There is a point in some dialogues where it becomes clear that any more discussion is wasted breath and life-force. Time to walk. This point may happen very soon or it may happen after quite a lot of discussion. When communication ceases, walk away. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it?

Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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