psych survivors, professionals and trauma healing

What happens when you go to an enthusiastic but frankly ignorant trauma oriented helper of some kind? what can happen for the most sensitive that trauma dynamics can be played out with the therapist and they have no idea what’s happening. Retraumatization at the hands of such folks is common. Some of us get lucky but many of us don’t find folks we can work with. This is okay and we need to learn to trust ourselves if that is the case.

Tobacco, addiction and healing

I never quit smoking and I don’t smoke anymore. What I did was start mindfully smoking. I started to feel every bit of the smoking process — both the deliciousness and the toxicity of the smoke as it entered my mouth,  into my lungs tingle in all my cells. I smoked every cigarette like it […]

Healing is not linear

Healing is not linear. (we hear that all the time, for good reason).  For me healing is like a spiral staircase with a good dose of yoyo all the way up…. So, when folks want to pathologize our healing process we can tell them, *healing* is a highly disordered process…in that the fact that it’s […]

Healing means owning oneself

Healing means owning oneself. I contain multitudes. I suppose more accurately healing is letting go of the self. No-self is the healthy human animal that dances with the all in open awareness. Our body knows. We are nothing. We are cogs in the human organism that is part of a bigger organism that is life. We […]

Emotional, physical, spiritual, trauma based healing

this is true of all illness or dis – ease of any kind. Emotional, physical, spiritual, trauma based or otherwise. I love these two paragraphs– it’s what I say over and over and over again in my work. We’re all different and our healing paths are all different. There are as many paths to wellness as there are human beings. …

All things: deep healing for trauma, body/mind and soul

As I continue to heal the wounding that brought me to my knees at this time last year, this poem arose to meet the anniversary of my near death. It is all a journey to heal the trauma held within the body that heals the mind and soul too. We are one holistic being and everything matters: