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The biggest problem in mental health treatment

The biggest problem in mental health treatment is the idea that anybody need be treated at all. What people really need is a safe space to be who and what they are. Once people are in a safe place they simply need to be supported in trusting their own process. …

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It’s an all-or-nothing game this

The immediate now taking my breath away — so precious, so ordinary. Natural vigilance: perfect attunement with everything right now. What was I so afraid of? I took a very dangerous route to freedom because I had to. Not everyone makes it. It’s an all-or-nothing game this. …

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Is there choice involved in “letting go?”

I have found I can’t *choose* to “let go.” With developing awareness through mindfulness, I have however, seen how attachment is a problem and things have radically shifted with that awareness. It’s never been about choice for me — as attractive and seductive as that idea might be, I’ve found that I have no choice at all. With awareness, and in surrender, however, I am able to act and feel with more and more equanimity.

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Surrender more. Seek less.

I’ve personally found that trying to change myself actually gets in the way of healing. I am (mostly) okay with acknowledging I am not in control. Sometimes life hands you a crisis where the only way out is coming to accept that reality. For me, what happened to me on psychiatric drugs was one of those situations. In that realization too, there is grace. With grace comes deep healing. …

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no one source of truth or light (multiple musings)

I get information and data about the living whole in every moment of my mindful existence. Sometimes I utilize systems, ideologies, religions, metaphor and/or myth, poetry, art of all kinds and science too. All manner of creativity and human productivity are expressions of the collective whole and thus a source of information and greater connection. […]

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Sometimes things get weird

By Jen Peer Rich Sometimes our weirdest behaviors are actually the unspeakable expressions of grieving, healing and transformation happening inside. Energy always finds a way out. Waking up is full of recognitions that hurt. It’s sad to realize we’ve been victimized. It’s heartbreaking to realize we have been stretched into such painful dimensions by outside […]