“Everyone here is a freak, just like me” — (Ecstatic Dance)

Organic trauma therapy: Ecstatic dance as profound mindfulness practice A few months ago someone at the end of one of our dances said, *Everyone here is a freak, just like me.*  The room broke up in laughter because, indeed, we’re all freaks just like him and we get to come together and celebrate that fact in... Continue Reading →

The awakened heart is a broken heart

There's grief in awakening. Grief at the loss of autonomy, grief at the loss of purpose and meaning. Grief at the loss of knowing and certainty, however deluded they were. There's grief over losing one's power, and one's familiar identity. There's so much loss in awakening. When it dawns that there's nothing we can keep, nothing can be retained beyond its prescribed time, and all that we know and love must pass, then a natural grief for all of it can come. And since this knowledge of loss is for all of it, for all time, then that ache of grief is an ever-present refrain, a broken heart, amidst the delight at the miracle and mystery of life. ...

A few of my favorite books about herbs…

My collection of Stephen Buhner's books. An incredibly rich and important resource for any herbalist and self-healing freaks of all sorts. I love these books.  Many of us with long term chronic illness will find that we have chronic infections of various kinds as well. I grew up on a steady diet of unnecessary pharmaceutical... Continue Reading →

Nature within us and without speaks to us always

That has been my experience. I've had to toss out everything I've been told and learn from the inside out of this body that nature gave me. Dismantle the conditioned self and come into our being with nature. Yes, Mother Nature, in the end, has been my only reliable teacher, parent, Guru, doctor, and friend. She is everywhere, always. We need only pay attention. She is always speaking to us., we need only learn to take heed. ...

Skepticism is a healthy process that aids discernment…

Let's not demonize the skeptic! While anything can be taken too far, skepticism is a must for healthy individuals in our dog-eat-dog world. I made this rather sarcastic observation recently: " I don't know what to do with myself. I guess I'll be a life coach." Nothing like somebody who couldn't figure out what  to... Continue Reading →

Being true to our experience and the trauma we are healing…

Knowing/allowing traumatized parts of the psyche to be expressed is important. What people have trouble with is finding a graceful way (and a safe place) to do that. It's a legitimate issue because there are few supportive environments to do the work needed. ...

A story about the body and coming to know the inner asshole too…

This isn't a story in the usual sense. this is about what is happening in my body and how it affects everything else.  It is what is happening. ...

Roots

Roots go deep down into the earth into the moist Darkness. It is in being rooted in the darkness that we can sustain and thrive in the light. Do not avoid the darkness sink your roots into it that the light might carry you further and more safely. There is much work to do in the dark.

Kundalini lowering (rooting)

Kundalini rising? Some of us open up to the all well before our bodies are fit to hold it. We need to, instead work on becoming grounded. Perhaps we can call it Kundalini Lowering. 😎 (edit and update: a reader suggested the term Kundalini Rooting rather than lowering. I think it's perfect...) It's taken me... Continue Reading →

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