Mental illness, addiction & most chronic illness is linked to childhood loss & trauma (Gabor Maté)

Here Gabor Mate tells us the medical profession are the most difficult to speak to about what he's learned in his work because they don't recognize that so-called mental illness and most physical chronic illness is the result of childhood loss and trauma. We don't need anymore research he says. We know the cause of these issues. He points out that the barrier to the health professionals is that they've not cared for their own trauma. This is clearly true. Many professionals are afraid of their own darkness. This makes it impossible for them to correctly recognize issues in their patients and clients. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

More shamanic dancing and music (or if you want to be clinical, dance and sound therapy)

I have to say that dancing madly to whatever music calls me has been a far more effective trauma release practice than these more clinically oriented trauma release exercises. That said, we all respond to different methods of care. That is why I always talk about listening to our own internal guidance. We know. Our body knows. Better than anyone else. In the end the only compliance that matters is that which we give to our own deepest knowing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Adventures into the ordinary…

I had a personal twitter account for which the bio read: Adventures into the ordinary… That is because I came to understand what Jim Palmer is talking about below. Every moment is spiritual. Every moment is ordinary. The ecstatic, the mundane. The pleasurable, the painful. Same/same. I have found some measure of delight and freedom, both, in that realization. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Crazy: (not so mellow) Saturday

I remember when I lost my mind There was something so pleasant about that place. Even your emotions had an echo In so much space And when you're out there Without care, Yeah, I was out of touch But it wasn't because I didn't know enough I just knew too much Does that make me crazy? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Beyond Meds: top ten posts of the year and of all time. Good stuff to revisit or see for the first time

I'm very pleased to know this blog is being used as a resource as I've hoped it would be. The highest trafficked posts are collections which allow people to dive into the archives of the blog. They're listed beneath this years tops posts. They're also always readily available from the drop down menus at the very top of the blog. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

24 hours of happy!! CELEBRATE

Seriously, get happy! This is ONE video from the 24 hours of happy website. There appears to be 24 hours of separate videos that go along with this lovely and well, HAPPY, song. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

happiness musing

Happiness is a cultural input there. Is there any such thing as happiness? I would say, no. So, the quest for happiness is a cultural input, and that is the common desire that we know exists everywhere, in every part of the world. That is what we all want, and that want is the most important want in human beings everywhere. Happiness, if you want to use that word, is like any other sensation. The moment thought separates itself from what is called the sensation of happiness, the demand to keep that sensation going longer than its natural duration also occurs with it. So, any sensation, however extraordinary, however pleasant it may be, is rejected by the body. Keeping that sensation going longer than its duration of life is destroying the sensitivity of the sensory perceptions and sensitivity of this living organism. That is the battle that is going on there. If you do not know what happiness is, you will never be unhappy. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Happy Christmas, Merry Holidays, wondrous solstice…

An Australian friend sent this to me as a Christmas card a couple of years ago. I share it now with all of you. Have a wonderful holiday time and an even better New Year! … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Animal Communicator (let us reclaim our human inheritance)

This film is not just about animal communication, but about being more present to the abilities of being human, and more in relationship with the entirety of the world. If you're skeptical, just watch, it may change your mind. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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