Befriending fear

The practice of being with all that arises within. Fear here can be translated to "anxiety," which is the clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety "disorder." Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and fear and/or anxiety often referred to in Buddhism as such. Normal. There are techniques to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they're very intense or not. -- And boy does protracted psych drug withdrawal open the floodgates of fear and terror and trauma, like nothing else. It’s not like anything natural that occurs before drug damage as those of us gravely impacted discover. But even with this sort of iatrogenic damage I’ve found that the best solution is to treat it like all the rest. I’ve decided that in the end, it’s the same thing as though on steroids. … [click on title to read and view more]

How antidepressants (and benzos) ruined my life: Luke Montagu

The UK Times Magazine today publishes a long article describing CEP founder Luke Montagu’s terrible experience with antidepressants and sleeping pills: "When he was first prescribed these drugs at 19, Montagu was not depressed and had never been diagnosed with depression. He was a student at New York University, and had recently undergone a general anaesthetic for a sinus operation that left him with headaches and feeling, as he puts it, “not myself”. Without carrying out any tests, a British GP announced that he had a “chemical imbalance of the limbic system” and prescribed Prozac. Montagu, “impressionable and in awe of doctors”, swallowed them unquestioningly … [click on title to read and view more]

Wasp medicine

I got attacked by a wasps colony today. I am alive, in one piece and while I went into clear shock there was no anaphylactic activity whatsoever. Amazing. I'm still kind of in a weird zone, but I am well. (with about 10 stings that HURT) Oddly, I feel very sad right now...but it's like a weird grounding sadness. There is something lovely about it I cannot quite grasp. I think it's a response to what was essentially a trauma. Through the whole thing I felt a sense of being one with life...the wasp stings were inoculations of a kind I cannot completely understand but it was all okay even as my body shook and cried and went through what it had to go through as the animal body that it is. … [click on title to read and view more]

Psychiatric drugs and mitochondrial damage

The fact is that the iatrogenic damage caused by the psychiatric drugs is among other things mitochondrial damage. Damage to every single living cell in our body. That is why it's such a broad spectrum sort of illness. … [click on title to read and view more]

We are dead stars, looking back up at the sky. Says NASA astronomer

Every atom in our bodies was fused in an ancient star. NASA astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller explains how the iron in our blood connects us to one of the most violent acts in the universe—a supernova explosion—and what the universe might look like when all the stars die out. … [click on title to read and view more]

Come into the full potential of our humanity: neuroplasticity, complete with cool infographic

I now have the distinct sense that healing for me is also transforming me into more than I ever was. This is certainly not simple "recovery." We can individuate like what Jung talks about and fully come into the full potential of our humanity. It's a rather astonishing and all to often not discovered process. It is something virtually never discussed in mainstream psychiatry or psychology. It involves the body and the mind and the spirit. It is a profoundly holistic journey in which everything we do matters. For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity. … [click on title to read and view more]

F*ck That: A Guided Meditation

If you're offended by expletives you may not want to do this meditation...otherwise please have fun with it. In spite of (or perhaps, also because of) the language, it's a calming and lovely short meditation and it's funny too. Meditation collections are included below the video. … [click on title to read and view more]

Be madmen, drunks, and bastards… (merton)

What it is to be true to ourselves...that is, what is sometimes and perhaps often involved as we muddle through. Yes, that initially painful process we must all forge through should we wish to really live. It's a different adventure for every one of us. We are a kaleidoscope of the living universe...each one of us an aspect, aperture and/or lens...all of us necessary and important and best when we dare to be who we are in every moment which I've found to be a delightful and ever changing thing that cannot be defined. … [click on title to read and view more]

Shades of awakening: when what gets labeled psychotic or hypersensitive is really about becoming conscious

THIS IS HAPPENING's day 3...I've listened to a few of the interviews...they're all really good and this is truly an important and cutting edge can still listen for free now and there is an option to buy the whole series. It’s so exciting to see the huge positive response as we bring together these cutting edge thought leaders for 3 days of informative and inspirational interviews covering a range of topics on spiritual emergency, consciousness, and de-stigmatizing mental illness. … [click on title to read and view more]

Zuzu ganoush and Sourdough Spelt Flatbread

I made a variation of this delightful creation (the zuzu ganoush, not the bread) by Lindsay Wilson, Madhupa Maypop. I put in mint, basil and parsley from the garden and added some hemp seeds in addition to the tahini…it was GOOD. thank you Lindsay!

Eating wholesome whole real food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet

And you can find more Foodie posts and recipes here.

Lindsay Kolasa

Zuzu ganoush galore Zuzu ganoush galore

I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before considering the many ways I have tweaked my hummus recipe.  I finally took a swing at changing up the traditional eggplant baba ganoush recipe by using zucchini instead (hence, zuzu ganoush).

It turned out super tasty.

I also made simple sourdough spelt flatbread to go with it.  I normally don’t eat many grains.  However, when I do, it’s either soaked, sprouted, or fermented (soured).  Each of these traditional processes denature anti-nutrients such as phytates and enzyme inhibitors.  Both of these play a role in irritating the digestive tract and/or blocking availability of important nutrients from the grain as it moves through the digestive tract.

I typically eye-ball recipes, but I’ll try to recount what I did as best as possible.  People end up tweaking recipes anyway (at least I do), so hold this lightly and taste…

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