Embracing darkness and shadow that we might also be light and joy

Here’s the thing…in as much as we cannot abide the pain in others we are unawake to that pain within us…heal ourselves we heal the whole … people who studiously avoid the “negative” are missing out on their own healing…we don’t need to go look for it, but avoidance is denial. … those who need love most…are the ones we studiously avoid …the “difficult” people who’ve been hurt in ways we can’t abide…sometimes others find me to be that person…most readers of this blog perhaps have felt rejected in this way too at one time or another. 

healing through self-inquiry and mindfulness

I found the below video interesting because many of my (internal) “programs” got scrambled with the (pharmaceutically induced) brain injury. All sorts of the autonomic nervous system programs which control all of the functions in the body (all those mentioned in the video and more). Losing the “I” program (the sense of individual identity) — disengaging from… Continue Reading →

The soft animal of the body

By Will Meecham
Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, reminds me of how strongly both my physical and mental condition have been shaped by trauma. Spinal arthritis, abdominal pain, chronic muscle aches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and many other problems combine to form an inner ledger of the abuse, bereavement, and neglect of my childhood and the uproar, frustration, and terror of my adult experience. Why should this be? Why should trauma have such profound effects on body and mind? It’s useful to remember what it means to live as a human organism. There are many ways to explore this, but let’s try an outside-in approach. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Observe the self, heal yourself

The ego self is the unobserved self. If you do not find an objective standing point from which to look back at yourself, you will almost always be egocentric—identified with yourself instead of in relationship with yourself. Ego is not bad; it is just what takes over when you do not see truthfully and completely…. Continue Reading →

Dylan Tighe – “RECORD: Questioning A Scientific View of Mental Health” Play Features Madness Radio

Theatre-Maker and musician Dylan Tighe uses his own psychiatric history to probe some of the assumptions underpinning a scientific view of mental health. The play proposes artistic expression, and lived experience- as capable of offering insights into the mind (and heart) which science cannot penetrate. This alternative record of mental health centres around Dylan Tighe’s psychiatric records and personal research and includes songs from his debut album RECORD exploring his diagnosis and experience, along with a collage of sonic and musical sources, documentary, dramatic scenes and archive samples relating to the science behind the concept of “mental illness” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

DSM5 news roundup

I’m just putting together some links with some of the DSM5 coverage. It’s not an exhaustive list. There is LOTS of coverage right now. (I may add to this post over the weekend, check back) Allen Frances MD writes two blogs. He is a psychiatrist and former chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and currently professor… Continue Reading →

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