Letting go: the ecstasy of surrender

"Trust the moment. It might not be what you thought, but it is what is." Surrender is another way of saying accepting what is in this moment since there isn't much you can do with most of it. I have a collection of posts that consider this idea and practice here on Beyond Meds. I really like and resonate strongly with the concept of surrender. I'd say it's one of my central practices now. … [click on title to read more]

A person who has remained a person and not become a thing…

A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence - briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing - cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sanity. … [click on title to read more]

The tide is turning…yes, psychiatry must face reality

The tide has been turning for a while. I've watched great changes in the climate surrounding psychiatric care since I first started writing and editing Beyond Meds over 6 ½ years ago now. It's easy to despair since people continue to be harmed in great numbers, so it's also important to take note how much our work has helped change a good many people and the dialogue in the country and world. We must keep it up! … [click on title to read more]

To understand oneself profoundly, one needs balance

To understand oneself profoundly, one needs balance. That is, one cannot abandon the world, hoping to understand oneself, or be so tangled in the world that there is no occasion to comprehend oneself. There must be balance, neither renunciation nor acquiescence. ... [click on title to read more]

Service…finding yourself in others

The longer we try to get attention instead of giving it, the deeper our unhappiness. It makes us desperate to be loved, when we sorely need the medicine of being loving. [click on title to read more]

Full moon (last) night…equinox on the 22nd…energy shifts underway….

It’s a shame we’re not taught to contemplate the changes our bodies/minds/spirit go through with the change of seasons. It’s been a source of some of my deepest revelations to note that I too am part of these cycles. So lovely! Not SAD (seasonal affective disorder) It makes sense to me to embrace these changes and in so doing spend time contemplating and integrating the message of the seasons and the universe within my body/mind/soul. This is how all of creation speaks to us. This is one of the ways we get the information we need so that we might individuate. [click on title to read more]

Foodie friday news roundup: allergies, the true cost of “cheap” food and sugar addictive like drugs…

"The cost of feeding U.S. youth has declined by 19% since 1960, the cost to keep them healthy has risen by almost 150%." In other words there is an "Ugly Truth Behind Cheap Food" And then: "Sugar is actually a form of addiction. It's just as hard to get rid of the urge for sweet foods as of smoking" -- When I shared this on twitter and facebook yesterday people were telling me it's been a harder habit to break then both illicit drugs, alcohol and psych drug addictions. I think that is true for many folks [click on title to read more]

A poetic activation of the sacred heart: free teleseminar with gifted Rumi scholar

Free class on Rumi. Andrew Harvey is a delightful teacher I highly recommend. I will definitely be on the call when it's happening. rumi In this special call event, one of the world’s most respected and passionate Rumi scholars reveals the sacred significance of Rumi’s life and work, illuminating why his poems are penetrating the heart of the world as never before.... ...Although based in rigorous scholarship, this evening event will ultimately be a poetic activation of the sacred heart that illuminates your own spiritual transformation by showing what we all can learn from the words of a great seer and lover of life from eight centuries ago... ...Even if you are not able to attend live, do register so you can get access to the recording. And help us spread the word to Rumi lovers everywhere about this special online event. [click on title to read more]

Relationship as a means of escape vs as a vehicle for transformation

Relationship has true significance only when it is a process of self-revelation, when it is revealing oneself in the very action of relationship. But most of us do not want to be revealed in relationship. On the contrary, we use relationship as a means of covering up our own insufficiency, our own troubles, our own uncertainty. [click on title to read more]

The “Start Small, Listen to Your Body” Taper Plan (psychiatric drug withdrawal)

Generally when we start tapering, we all start with the expectation that we can hold our taper and our bodies to a calendar schedule. Unfortunately, bodies were invented long before calendars, and healing doesn't follow a numerical schedule. (Just try telling a broken bone that it has to heal exactly 10% every two weeks.) And what I see is that the people who do best with their tapers are the ones who listen to and follow their bodies' internal wisdom, rather than some external notion of a "correct taper" or some schedule given to them by someone outside. [click on title to read more]

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