Happiness, activism and the gut

Happiness can coexist with despair. It really can. We need to stop having such narrow view of what happiness is. Being human is a rough ride ~ when we embrace the despair the happiness is a byproduct... The capitalistic marketing of happiness works like this: make everyone who feels anything other than happy believe that... Continue Reading →

Sharing our truth vs. TMI (too much information)

I do it for myself but equally and sometimes more importantly I share as a role model for vulnerable people who might not otherwise trust themselves to do what they need to do in a world where not only have our needs never been met but we've also been harmed repeatedly when we've gone the route that the establishment tells us to go. We are on our own and we can still heal. Sometimes, really, I share only for this reason and not so much for me at all. I know that people don't always like it and that I make people uncomfortable sometimes and that is my service to others who really need to see that we can do things in spite of those who do not and cannot understand us. ...

Trauma is inter-generational. Racism is a trauma that has been with us for many generations. #BlackLivesMatter

If you're dealing with the trauma in your life and you're denying racism you're not really dealing with trauma. Trauma is inter-generational among other things. What white people did to black people in enslaving, murdering and raping them is still in the bodies of every ancestor. That means the trauma of what we did to an entire population in this country is in the body if you're black and it's in the body if we're descended from the white people who raped, murdered and enslaved the black folk who are still being harmed. As white witnesses of white supremacist public policies it's in every white person who has privilege. Yes, it's in my body too. Own this shit and allow our beautiful black brothers and sisters to heal. Acknowledge that it's still happening and get started. #BlackLivesMatter

Defunding the police and mental health “care” …

Black people have it worse than white people do in the system...this is not a deflection from #BlackLivesMatter. Most mental health professionals are in denial and go along with the violence. We must be aware of these embedded patriarchal systems if we hope to protect the most vulnerable in our society. ...

Radical insights on the physical body

In a world where everything matters, there is no such thing as (just) "psychological". It's undersood in yoga, for example, that our "issues are in our tissues." Unfortunately westerners have totally forgotten this. Ayurveda/yoga is not much better when it comes to daily practice in the world, but the information is there if one needs to find it. I most certainly did...

The times demand that we be hot while keeping our cool

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. ...

The “Zyprexa Papers”

When I first started blogging in 2007 I was part of an early internet blogging scene that started before social media, in general took off. I hung out with critically oriented bloggers and one of the things we were all into was following the Zyprexa Chronicles on Philip Dawdy's blog (no longer in existence).  It is one of the works that  really got me inspired and on the road I'm still on today. Jim Gottstein is a fine lawyer, a fine human being and has done work that no one else could do. (like anyone following their true calling).  I was thrilled when I first heard that Jim Gottstein had completed his book on the entire process. Now everyone can read about the essentially critical work that Jim Gottstein brought to us all. Below I've cut and pasted an email I received from Jim. Please follow up. Zyprexa is particularly nasty yet many psych meds come to market and harm in very similar ways. 

Nothing Matters

By Georgi Y. Johnson What should we do when we feel as if nothing matters? A nondual look at the power of passion and its connection with boredom and the dense psychological sense of 'nothing'. Passion is a primal nondual quality inseparable from the ‘big bang’, or the creative impetus of the whole physical universe. This... Continue Reading →

On Stories and Madness, Magic and Meditation

By Leaflin Lore Winecoff Madness comes from over-identification with the stories generated by our minds. Our personal magic is the way that we choose to interact with these stories. Yogas chitta vritti nirodha: Yoga is liberation from the whirlpools of the mind. We've all got stories going on all the time on multi-levels - some... Continue Reading →

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