People use drugs, legal & illegal, because…

People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors …

Brief and lovely gentle yoga (good for the challenged nervous system too)

I got up this morning wanting to go to a yoga class which I've recently been able to do on occasion. Still, the condition of my autonomic nervous system has different ideas sometimes. Even yoga can be too much and a full yoga class in the community quite often is. I decided to find something appropriate on youtube instead. I often do my own routines and don't absolutely need a class or a youtube video either, but I like finding new routines and new teachers. It really helps me stretch and grow. It also often helps to slow me down when I might otherwise rush through postures on my own. … [click on title to read the rest]

The psychotherapeutic community needs to tolerate diversity, dissonance, divergence

One of my favorite therapist tweeters did a string of tweets I just had to share yesterday. And that's right "everybody" does not need therapy, in direct contradiction to that party phrase. There are as many healing paths are their are individuals. And every person ideally finds a combination of things that work for them. Because we're profoundly varied as well as holistic beings and everything matters. … [click on title to read the rest]

Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TED

The biggest problem in our society now for those who get diagnosed with any sort of “psychosis,” is that they are most often met by professionals that do not even believe that healing can occur, let alone deep transformative growth. Deep transformative growth, could be the norm, if those claiming to be healers actually knew what was involved in the individuation journey. Meeting the dark underbelly of the psyche as those of us who have been labeled psychotic at one time or another is a calling and an act of heroism. One that is rarely encouraged in society. …

Love and Delusion

by Kristine Kaoverii Weber And I’ve been around the love-drenched yoga counterculture for a long time. So I feel okay about making this gross generalization: love is a murky and sometimes abused concept in our yoga world. And there’s a tendency to equate spirituality with cheeriness, long lingering hugs, positivity and (my personal fave) non-judgment. … [click on title to read the rest]

DSM‘s Somatoform Disorders: millions more might be diagnosed

On Dr. David Healy's website from yesterday there is an article about the very problematic Somatic Symptom Disorder category in the DSM 5. I've written about this before because it's of particular interest to many folks who've suffered iatrogenic damage from psychiatric drugs. Psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes are sometimes devastating physically crippling illnesses that can last months and years. We have all faced being told our issues are psychiatric. We have routinely suffered from little or no care from our health care providers. We have had to take care of each other completely out of the system. Remaining in the care of doctors has often been dangerous. Somatic Symptom Disorder category further institutionalizes this dangerous trend. … [click on title to read the rest]

Let life guide you

What we can do that takes best care of us is to trust Life completely. Our part is to stay right here, with the breath, paying close attention and moving in the direction Life guides us. In that way, we can learn all there is where we are and be ready to be somewhere else when that learning is complete. … [click on title to read the rest]

Relaxing, Healing Meditation

Baylissa Frederick is the author of Recovery and Renewal: Your Essential Guide to Overcoming Dependency and Withdrawal from Sleeping Pills, Other 'Benzo' Tranquillisers and Antidepressants She is a benzo survivor and is one of the many lovely people who has helped me greatly over the years. I wrote about the lovely cycle of peers helping one another recently. … [click on title to read the rest]

Serious emotional side-effects of antidepressants reported by more than 50% (media release)

Results: Eight of the 20 adverse effects studied were reported by over half the participants; most frequently Sexual Difficulties (62%) and Feeling Emotionally Numb (60%). Percentages for other effects included: Feeling Not Like Myself - 52%, Reduction In Positive Feelings - 42%, Caring Less About Others - 39%, Suicidality - 39% and Withdrawal Effects - 55%. Total Adverse Effect scores were related to younger age, lower education and income, and type of antidepressant, but not to level of depression prior to taking antidepressants. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Evolving toward Unconditional Love

Tara Brach's work has been an inspiring influence for many years. This explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence—in relating inwardly and in communicating with others—that awakens and frees our hearts. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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