Aboriginal psychotherapy perspectives

A truly beautiful, profound and enlightening video: Shirley Turcotte discusses the need for Aboriginal Psychotherapy perspectives in collaboration with Focusing Oriented Therapy when working with complex trauma. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Centering prayer: Christians meditate too

There are many forms of meditation and prayer to choose from. Some are completely secular and others are not. No one form is right for everyone and quite often individuals find that different forms are appropriate for them at different times of their lives. Most forms of meditation are highly adaptable regardless of one's beliefs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I do my thing and you do your thing…

I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, And you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful. If not, it can't be helped. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Stop forced (involuntary) treatment becoming the law of the land. Act now.

On Monday, the Senate is likely to vote on an urgent Medicare bill (HR 4302) that includes an unrelated program to fund forced psychiatric treatment (Title 224, Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program). A Medicare rule kicks in Tuesday, April 1, that cuts payments to doctors. The House passed HR 4302 on a voice vote with no debate last Thursday. The Senate could do the same Monday and the President could sign it before midnight. Call both Senators from your State IMMEDIATELY. (They will vote on this bill Monday.) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The House has passed a forced treatment law — speak up so that the Senate may stop this

The bill rushed through the House of Representatives by voice vote yesterday to patch Medicare regulations includes a highly controversial provision that has nothing to do with Medicare, and that would subject people in crisis to forced treatment. Studies have shown that such force causes trauma and drives people away from treatment, mental health advocates warned. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Suicide: Stay, because we need each other

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment." … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Awaken the inner shaman

What the Inner Shaman is and how we can access it through practice and surrender. Jose explores shamanic ways of seeing, relating to your body, and actualizing your potential. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

We do not know ourselves

Most of us, most of the time, are content to blindly skate on the thin ice, taking our life for granted. We choose patterns or strategies of behavior to try to control our world—in part, to help us avoid the anxious quiver in our being. We all have strategies that we’re familiar with, such as trying harder or seeking diversions. We use these to skate along, hoping to avoid having to feel the fears that we don’t want to address—such as the fears of loss of control, of failure, of being unworthy, of being alone, and so on. Rarely do we question our strategies; usually we just follow them blindly. But in following them we limit ourselves and define our own boundaries, and our life narrows down into a sense of vague dissatisfaction. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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