“Everyone here is a freak, just like me” — (Ecstatic Dance)

A few months ago someone at the end of one of our dances said, *Everyone here is a freak, just like me.*  The room broke up in laughter because, indeed, we’re all freaks just like him and we get to come together and celebrate that fact in safety. There really are no words to express what happens there on that floor and yet, that is what I’m intending to do here today. Speak what happens on that magical dance floor. I warn you, I will fail. If you really want to know what goes on I highly recommend finding your local Ecstatic Dance scene and experiencing the wonder for yourself. …

Reflections on learning to FLY

Tom Petty said it first..the eternal now dictates that this is happening at all times!! (I dare say I DO HAVE WINGS!! (I still crash to the ground, however…finding that place where the eternal now is always WINGED) …

Mini meditations for your pleasure in contemplation…

I often think in brief statements and feel less and less inclined to go on and on about much in full-length articles. I still enjoy the full-length articles when they emerge, they just are not emerging as often. And so I offer the below. Nuggets of fun stuff to think about. …

Come into the full potential of our humanity: neuroplasticity, complete with cool infographic

I now have the distinct sense that healing for me is also transforming me into more than I ever was. This is certainly not simple “recovery.” We can individuate like what Jung talks about and fully come into the full potential of our humanity. It’s a rather astonishing and all to often not discovered process. It is something virtually never discussed in mainstream psychiatry or psychology. It involves the body and the mind and the spirit. It is a profoundly holistic journey in which everything we do matters. For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity. … [click on title to read and view more]

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Discoveries from Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity: enormous implications for anyone who has been labeled with a psychiatric illness — That’s us, the readers of this blog…going against paradigm and healing ourselves with openness and conscientiousness. These are qualities that can be contagious. Right now we operate in a society telling us we don’t know what we’re doing…or that what we are doing is “woo.” Just think what happens when people start understanding what is possible. Others will start to open up and see the possibilities too. This is why education and sharing our journeys are both critically important. None of what we do is unscientific by the way, it’s just that science doesn’t know how to measure what we’re doing…

Stress Proof Your Brain

Rick Hanson makes it easy to understand how neuroplasticity works and how we can use simple exercises to help heal our brains, minds, bodies and lives.
Hanson will:
Make clear the neuroscience of stress
Offer practical and proven methods for feeling less irritable, sad, and defensive
Present simple daily exercises to reprogram the brain to handle stress better
Explain how cultivating love and compassion for self and others combats anxiety
Share simple, brain-savvy ways to build resilience and inner strength