A personal note to my readers

Someone just inquired again about contacting me personally for private correspondence. I post on Facebook every now and then about how I’m not able to do that since people often ask. Today I'm putting it here on the blog as well. I’m sorry, I continue to not be available for personal correspondence or phone calls. I don’t have consistent energy or reliable amounts of energy and it simply sets everyone up for disappointment. That said I most likely won’t return to such open correspondence ever. I was working up to 80 hours a week when I answered all my email and comments on the blog a few years ago…that’s simply not sustainable as all my work is done on a voluntary basis. The blogs readership has since grown considerably. So I’m sorry, it's simply not possible to answer everyone's inquiries. I’ve learned to make healthy boundaries for myself. I wish that there was meaningful support for everyone out there and in fact that is why I do this work so that more people will become aware of what is going on. I do understand all too well what it’s like to feel like we don’t have enough support. I will continue to work to create a world where such support is available in the ways that I can. … [click on title to read and view more]

Between Heaven and Earth – Full Qigong Practice Session

Yesterday I did two posts on trauma and learning to heal from that through body practices. I talk about yoga and ecstatic dance in those posts. Qigong is another practice that can help profoundly. I love that there is simply a huge multitude of methods to heal so that everyone can find what resonates and works for them personally. Of course that is a challenge for (some) professionals who always want to believe that what they have training in is what is appropriate for everyone. This is of course why the mental health system doesn't work so well. I take great delight in the incredibly diverse healing body/mind. I've been practicing Qigong from time to time lately and really love it too though I am very much a beginner still. It's an incredibly powerful energy mover and so I do have to take it slow and carefully simply because it impacts the autonomic nervous system so profoundly and that is what is most impacted by the iatrogenic injury I'm healing from (psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome). Psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome is among other things also an incredibly traumatic event and therefore a lot of methods that help heal trauma also help heal this medically induced iatrogenic injury. … [click on title to read and view more]

The Perils of the Unlived Life

The experience of the unlived life correlates to what Joseph Campbell calls “the refusal of the call.” Life calls us to participate in its process of continuous becoming, the perpetual cycle of death and rebirth, and if we shy away from this calling we find ourselves, in Campbell’s words, “walled in boredom, hard work, or ‘culture.’” … [click on title to read and view more]

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