The below picture is what it feels like to be in my body. No kidding…the psychiatric drug brain injury opened me up to intense sensitivities and this piece of amazing artwork expresses what it’s like. We are not alone in this experience. Many people are being greatly challenged in similar fashion. Learning to interpret all these sensations can be overwhelming. I am grateful that people everywhere are getting clued into this reality. We need only pay attention. Then we not only start to learn about the mystery that we are living we also start to find one another. Awareness is key. It’s time to wake up. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives.
…It’s like, you just go out there every day and it’s a new world, and freshly, on the spot, you just notice when you close. Notice when your mind closes. Notice when your heart closes. Notice when you become unconscious. Notice when you become mindless. Or notice when you feel hard-hearted or where some kind of righteous indignation takes over and you become a fundamentalist about your view… I’m just saying, everyone is on their own with this. There is no code about this written anywhere. It’s like, what will it take for you to be less hard-hearted, less closed-minded, or less selfish at the end of each day of your life? But mostly at the end of your whole life…that you die more open-hearted and open-minded than you are today. … [click on title to read and view more]
Oh, yeah. As soon as I stopped thinking and believing that I’d “lost” most of my life to drugs, to iatrogenesis etc, was when I really started healing. There is joy in the darkness and there are answers in the confusion if you look. Life is amazing and it’s amazing whether you’re kicking and screaming and resisting it or if you’re embracing it and loving it. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The particular sensations, emotions or thoughts that arise when we practice mindfulness are not so important. It is our willingness to become still and pay attention to our experience, whatever it may be, that plants the seeds of Radical Acceptance. With time we develop the capacity to relate to our passing experience, whether in meditation… Continue Reading →
Beyond Meds is an excellent resource because it helps the reader to gain awareness of the natural and peer supports out there for recovery from mental health challenges. I have learned so much from reading Monica’s blog throughout the years. I have been able to connect with others and reduce a portion of my medication… Continue Reading →
“I know this may sound strange but so often what we are reacting to is not being able to tolerate what is happening in our own sensations, emotions and experiences. We react to get rid of the feeling, to push away the sensations, because they are associated with something intolerable, painful and uneasy.”
Learning about how to listen to the body takes time. Small things we can start paying attention to help. *** It’s best when we can taste our medicine which is one fundamentally critical difference from pharma. Herbs and food have taste that prepare the body for what is coming. And as we pay attention over… Continue Reading →
Soulwork is not a high road. It’s a deep fall into an unforgiving darkness that won’t let you go until you find the song that sings you home. – McCall Erickson
Love humbles by creating deep gratitude for a lesson learned and allows us to feel vulnerable and thus allows humility. Humiliation is cruel and tends to build pride in reactivity rather than humility.