A heck of a year for me…thoughts and Top 10 posts of 2018

**of note: I lost two people who were dear to me this year. Both posts celebrating their lives got a lot of attention because they were both very much beloved people. With love I dedicate this year to both Yasmina and Ian/Bill who both deeply inspired and infused me with their love and generosity. 

December 25th was  the anniversary of the day I was in ICU almost dead last year. I was fearing winter most of the year but it’s turned out far better than I expected.  I am alive today…following the love of life-force within me that continues to heal this body which remains challenged (but only in the eyes of those who do not understand sacred illness) … I AM. And I am continuing to heal and celebrate life in ways I didn’t know were possible.

This doesn’t mean life doesn’t remain difficult. It means that the joyous mystery of life seeps through everything when we start to have eyes to see.  Thank you dear readers. I continue to be motivated first and foremost for those I advocate for. I am one of those people too. I love all of us. Happy New Year and enjoy revisiting the year on this site below.

 

  1. Coming home (by Paul Woodward and Monica Cassani) and “How did this happen? You’re the most resourced person I know. “

  2. Mindfulness and Complex Trauma: The Rewards and the Risks

  3. Stimulate your vagus nerve and thus chill out: simple, natural, noninvasive methods

  4. In response to the NYTimes articles on antidepressant withdrawal

  5. Suicidal thoughts are treated like a crime: that’s why people don’t seek help.  and  When suicide ceases to be taboo there will be less suicide

  6. Survey on Antipsychotic Medication Withdrawal – Please Take And Share

  7. Stranger *** (story from inside the psych ward) – by Steven Morgan

  8. almost a year since almost dying. what is up?

  9. In memory, with love, Yasmina Ykelenstam of “Healing Histamine”

  10. Rest in peace my dear friend and comrade in madness…Ian Scheffel (formerly Bill Scheffel)

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