Expansion and contraction

Today I’m very grateful for Shinzen Young. I woke with very contracted energy this morning and felt pretty distressed. I thought about how my energy contracts and expands a whole lot. When I thought about that I remembered that Shinzen Young’s youtube channel is called “expandcontract.” So I ventured over to his channel and found this dharma talk which was just exactly what I needed. Yes, guidance leads me to what I need pretty much always now. Guidance is showing me how to heal myself. … [click on title to read and view more]

Fall into winter: a time of contraction

I always have a significant dip in how I feel in the fall and winter too. I am struggling with that as well right now. I can assure you that we do contract with the seasons and that is why it’s often more difficult in the fall. I used to think it was a huge setback but I now see it as a natural rhythm. That doesn’t mean it’s not still difficult. It is.

Saturday mellow: a guided vipassana meditation

This is a good guided meditation and is actually good for any level from beginner to advanced. I like to always keep in mind the concept of always being a beginner. Yes, the concept of zen mind, beginner’s mind… … [click on title to read and view more]

Laughter and the cultivation of good humor are powerful medicine

This isn’t about positive thinking. It’s about how one deals with life in a much more general sense. The positive thinking movement is something I do not uncritically embrace. But learning how to approach life so that one feels better more often is a good thing. Embracing the whole spectrum of emotion is actually involved in this and that means allowing yourself to feel the dark stuff too. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Reframe your insomnia

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep is a very common complaint. Mindfulness can help but one must first radically revision the nature of the problem.

People tend to get into a negative feedback loop with insomnia: Not getting to sleep leads to worry, leads to further difficulty sleeping, leads to more worry, leads to…. What to do? One possibility is to start thinking about the night in a different way. This is a conceptual reframing, a profoundly different paradigm regarding the issue of sleep. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Humor and laughter for a better life

This isn’t about positive thinking. It’s about how one deals with life in a much more general sense. Positive thinking is something I do not uncritically embrace. But learning how to approach life so that one feels better more often is a good thing. Embracing the whole spectrum of emotion is actually involved in this as far as I’m concerned.

On another related note it has been said that laughter is the best medicine and I believe it. I have often noticed that laughter truly takes me away and alters my consciousness for the better. I also purposely watch a as many comedies, both sit coms and movies, for exactly this reason. I try to laugh as often as possible. I put EFFORT into finding ways to laugh and it’s part of my healing protocol. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Help for insomnia…

Perhaps one of the hardest parts of severe withdrawal syndrome and often a part of just about any and all withdrawal from psychiatric drugs is the insomnia most people face at one time or another. It can be so severe as to be quite dangerous. Learning to soothe and ease the body back into sleep or at the very least rest becomes an issue of survival.

All the below suggestions may be helpful to anyone dealing with insomnia from any source as well. … [click on title to read the rest]

Teachers who inspire…

I’ve put together a post with a list of teachers or otherwise inspirational people I often quote or refer to on Beyond Meds. Here below many of them are listed with a distinctive quote from their work and a link to the posts on this blog where more of their work is shared. This post […]

When things are most challenging, we have great opportunity to heal and become whole

I’ve often said that my situation is like being a monastic. And in that I find grace and gratitude in my circumstance. What a teaching it’s been to have come through all I’ve come through…It was only when I became drug free that I had access to the whole range of human emotions! For me it’s clear, there is only complete healing from a place in which I can do that.