Intimacy with the Body: Energy Medicine Yoga

Lauren speaks with Tami about the effectiveness of combining energy medicine techniques with yoga, how these practices can release trauma, and on-the-spot techniques to calm the fight-or-flight response.

I’ve learned to do similar sorts of release work for myself with the combination of practices I utilize (and now that I’ve been following this sort of work for many years). The more one works with the body and mind in movement and meditation the more this sort of thing becomes intuitive and self-directed. The body speaks to us. Always. We need only to learn to listen. … [click on title to read and view more]

Shaking medicine

I am struck with gratitude sometimes at the mere thought of how many different things can aid us in healing. It’s a sad thing that modern medicine is clutched in a sort of poverty mentality so that it cannot even recognize some of our most profound vehicles of transformation. This is why I share as many different modes of therapeutic practice as I can find. We all respond and resonate to different combinations of things and in the end being healthy and whole is just about learning to live well and that means recognizing that which is helpful to us. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Balancing the Brain and the Power of Choice

This is a fascinating interview. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has a very secular way of understanding what others might call an awakening experience. I love visiting as many frames as possible to understand consciousness and reality. I find her experience and how she understands it instructive as well as inspiring. Many of you may remember her TED talk since I believe it’s one of the most viewed TED talks ever. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Freedom from Depression

Dr. Gordon talks about the actual research on antidepressants and their effectiveness, the importance of breaking the taboo around talking about our suicidal thoughts, and which mind-body practices are most powerful for helping people experiencing severe depression. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Inhabiting our bodies in meditation

Healing is about remembering what it is to be human — that we are one with nature and all that is. Then that primordial knowledge needs to be married with the modern experience. The synthesis of the two experiences is waking up. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Plant spirit medicine

What is the active ingredient in plant spirit medicine? Eliot Cowan tells us that the answer is friendship.
Shoot, it’s no surprise that Sounds True has interviewed Eliot Cowan of Plant Spirit Medicine: A Journey into the Healing Wisdom of Plants. Sounds True seems to be moving along with me rather synchronistically lately. I like every interview Tami Simon is doing. There are several on Beyond Meds now. See: Sounds True posts

I recently did a post that included some details of my experiments with plant medicine. Here it is on Mad in America. Eliot Cowan’s book had just been recommended to me by a friend and so I had also recommended it in that post. I’ve not bought it or read it yet. Clearly, I need to. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Body-Centered Inquiry

My healing trajectory continues and I am still facing very difficult periods of time as my brain heals from the iatrogenic injury. The healing process continues to be non-linear and erratic. What is different now is that I ride the waves with a grace that would have been unconceivable to me even 6 months ago. There is joy now even in the difficulties. This doesn’t mean I don’t cry and despair a bit even now…but now I do it with a sense of joy in knowing that I am healing and I am healing by letting my body/mind/spirit do what they all need to do. There is a freedom in giving oneself deep permission to feel it all. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Uplifting Energy: energy healing for body, mind and spirit

Donna Eden also healed herself from Multiple Sclerosis after western doctors told her she only had months to live. She works with a lot of people with auto-immune illnesses too. Psychiatric drug withdrawal often triggers serious auto-immune issues and they are often a part of the constellation of issues that people with protracted withdrawal have. I have dealt with several serious auto-immune issues some of which have healed completely and others I’m still working on.

When she had MS she also had severe food sensitivities to the point that she could only eat one food. Those all cleared up for her too. Many of us with protracted withdrawal issues also have such hypersensitivities. I do as well. Lately they’ve been starting to clear up for me as well.

She underscores that everyone heals differently (and we all experience energy differently) and that we need to, above and beyond all else, listen to ourselves and trust ourselves. Doesn’t that sound familiar? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

We not only get ill, we also get well

I’ve been inspired by Deena Metzger for many years now. I have often returned to some of her words that I’ve shared on this blog as I’ve gone through my process of listening to my illness so that I might grow and heal with it, rather than fighting it. In the interview with Tami Simon from Sounds True she goes deep into what this means for her and it’s deeply resonant with my own experience.

Among other things Deena speaks to the issue of iatrogenic illness. Medically induced injury, in other words. The issue that I and so many who read this blog face in a giant way through protracted withdrawal syndrome, a sometimes gravely disabling illness caused by the use and withdrawal of psychiatric drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Centering prayer: Christians meditate too

There are many forms of meditation and prayer to choose from. Some are completely secular and others are not. No one form is right for everyone and quite often individuals find that different forms are appropriate for them at different times of their lives. Most forms of meditation are highly adaptable regardless of one’s beliefs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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