Becoming our truest selves with one another

Below I've collected a few status updates from the Beyond Meds Facebook page in the last few days. I've cut and pasted them here and then added links to posts that discuss the status update more in depth.  *** The body needs to speak too. Suppressing physical symptoms by any means possible can be the... Continue Reading →

There is a drive to not only survive but to thrive: coming back from trauma

What gets called mental illness, is, in large part, a reaction to trauma. It’s quite simple really. When we start listening to people’s stories of pain rather than numbing them out and effectively silencing them with neurotoxic drugs we will start healing them. Until then people will remain broken. One of the most basic needs for a wounded human being to heal is to be seen. Recognized. Validated. Yes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.

An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy. … [click on title to read and view more]

All That You Have Is Your Soul

Let life guide you...find your soul. A Saturday Mellow post... … [click on title to read and view more]

2015 Yale Symposium – Dr. David Healy: video about dangers of psych drugs

Wonderful! I’ve only listened to a bit because I have a meeting in a few minutes but this is Dr. David Healy at Yale speaking about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and the denial about that fact in the medical establishment. … [click on title to read and view more]

How do you inhabit your vulnerability?

Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without, vulnerability is not a choice, vulnerability is the underlying, ever present and abiding under-current of our natural state. To run from vulnerability is to run from the essence of our nature; the attempt to be invulnerable is the vain attempt to become something we are not and most especially, to close off our understanding of the grief of others. More seriously, in refusing our vulnerability we refuse to ask for the help needed at every turn of our existence and immobilize the essential, tidal and conversational foundations of our identity. … [click on title to read and view more]

Are you at the end of your rope?

This is a very brief but wonderful meditation and emotional release. I highly recommend it. -- little excerpt (While) feeling so frustrated with all the trying and "efforting" that we put into things, I'd like us to go a little deeper and explore what the real underpinning is of all of that push to try to be in control of things. So in this moment can you allow yourself to just feel how much you just want to 'effort;, in fact it happens a lot, all day long... … [click on the title to read and view more]

Why it’s Crucial for Women to Heal the Mother Wound

"A common objection to facing the mother wound is to “Let the past be in the past.” However, we never truly “escape” or bury the past. It lives in the present as the obstacles and challenges that we face every day. If we avoid dealing with the pain associated with one of THE most primary... Continue Reading →

Icarus Project: Mad Maps, lifesaving tools for folks facing emotional distress

The Icarus Project is hard at work turning out new, lifesaving tools for folks facing emotional distress to heal ourselves and our communities (Mad Maps). We’re deepening our racial justice efforts and strengthening local leadership, all while broadening our grassroots fundraising strategies. We need the participation of people like YOU to sustain our movement at this critical, inspiring time! … [click on the title to read and view more]

The wounded healer: revisiting the archetype

The Wounded Healer is initiated into the art of healing through some form of personal hardship--anything from an actual physical injury or illness to the loss of all one's earthly possessions. Regardless of the shape of the wound, the challenge inherent in this initiation process is that one is unable to turn to others for help beyond a certain degree of support. Only the initiate can ultimately heal the wound; if it is an illness or accident, it will frequently be one for which there is no conventional cure. … [click on the title to read and view more]

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