Meditation and Trauma: Untangling the Tangle of Contemplative Dissociation

Trauma has relocated from an event to the nervous system itself, expanding the definition to include any event where our animal body is overwhelmed. This rethinking can be attributed to Somatic Experiencing (SE), a psychotherapeutic approach created by Peter Levine that conceptualizes trauma as occurring when survival responses (fight and flight) cannot be completed... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Saturday Mellow on Sunday

Florida State University women acapella group are seriously talented. Enjoy! … [click on title for the rest of the post]

If I had remained med compliant…

**take note I am speaking about my experience of having been gravely over-medicated. This is my experience. Not everyone has heinous experiences on psychiatric drugs. Because of my work first as a social worker serving many who took these meds and now this blog I do know that far too many people do have seriously negative and destructive experiences on psychopharmaceuticals and that is why I share my own experience that people might learn that there are alternatives that most of us have never been told about. I share my experience so that people might be alerted to the fact that they can make meaningful informed choices even if their psychiatrists and other mental health providers are not sharing such information. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What’s it like to have severe psych drug withdrawal syndrome? (or CFS/ME) updated

I'm sharing a link to a booklet that describes what CFS/ME is like to live with, because it is also what psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome is like for many people...EXACTLY. My life is still like this...still very very restrictive...but it's far better than it was...because I can get out of bed now and make it out of the house on occasion...I've compared ME and CFS to psych drug withdrawal many times...not that it helps most people understand the severity, but it does help some... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Why your critics aren’t the ones who count

We must “reserve a seat” for the critics and our own self-doubt. “Tell them, I see you, I hear you, but I’m going to do this anyway.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare

A very excellent and damning interview that was also heartbreaking (all over again) for me to listen to. I've seen more harm and pain and suffering caused by these drugs both in myself and in the 1000s of people who have chosen to share their experience with me. We need to stop this genocide. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The alchemy of anger

In today’s world, it’s not only our right to be angry, it’s our responsibility. The question is, do we act out of anger or love? That’s what makes the difference. The reason I feel it’s our responsibility to be angry is that anyone who looks at the world will recognize that we hurt innocent life, and bring more children into the world who will be injured. The anger comes from knowing we have the potential to do it another way and yet we don’t. Then we let go, and the anger becomes secondary. I do what I do because of my love, not my anger. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Our Need For a Sense Of Unity

Alan Watts and Terence McKenna talk about our need for a sense of unity as our global problems are getting worse and we have become enemies of our planet and each other. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

How long should I stay with uncomfortable feelings?

I think this is a very important thing to discuss. When is it okay NOT to be with what we are experiencing? Meditation is called a practice for a reason. It can be very hard and sometimes impossible at certain points in ones life before one has acquired a certain proficiency. Sometimes it's appropriate to NOT meditate. When I was in acute psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome the noise and chaos and pain and suffering was so immense that trying to deeply be with that ugliness for more than a few seconds at a time was more than I could bare. This is true for most people in acute phases of psych drug withdrawal. It's easy to imagine all sorts of other potential sorts of situations that might be similar. Distraction and dissociation when things are that grave and chaotic are simply a way to be merciful to oneself before more skill has been developed. When trauma is that severe it's also pure and simply about surviving. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

This is what you shall do…

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God ... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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