What happened to my brain and nervous system as a result of long-time psych drug use was that it’s capacity to feel shrunk –literally. I’m now growing new capacities…encouraging new neuropathways and pruning less than ideal ones. I can feel this happening. Really. Anyone can do this given the right circumstances…support and resources are needed. This is why I do the work I do. We are hurting people with neurotoxic drugs that impede growth and healing. At best all they do is suppress and control. …
We are, in large part, and among many other things, an expression of the ecosystem of our bodies which include bacteria, virus, fungi and other parasites. Successful “detoxification” is really largely about bringing these microorganisms and the rest of our being into balance since most of them cannot be gotten rid of entirely in any case. In many instances we don’t want to get rid of them as in the right amount they serve a good function. We are all made up of these things in different ratios by design, really.
Our bodies are incredibly knowing animals that we’ve systematically learned to ignore, shut down and ultimately poison. Healing is about letting the wisdom of the body re-emerge. … and
“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” – Akira Kurosawa … (reflections and links…click through for more)
Most of my deep meditations still happen while lying down. This remains necessary because the somatic experience remains far too intense to otherwise tolerate sitting. In order to profoundly allow and experience the healing process (by relaxing deeply into it) the body must be horizontal and completely and progressively more relaxed. This allows the nervous… Continue Reading →
I’ve been doing a lot of heart opening work with the heart chakra. This youtube video is really beautiful. It’s string music and I can feel it very powerfully in my heart center. Healing what is often referred to as the “energetic body” has been a very powerful thing for me. I don’t have to understand everything. In fact surrendering to my healing process requires letting go of knowing pretty much anything. Give it a try if the idea resonates with you. … [click on title to read and view more]
Your body tells you when you’ve moved out of harmony…you need only start listening. There is no hurry, however. Take your time. Learn to pause and listen. Find your own natural rhythm. Slow down, breathe, listen, tune yourself back into gaia’s heart.
If you’re offended by expletives you may not want to do this meditation…otherwise please have fun with it. In spite of (or perhaps, also because of) the language, it’s a calming and lovely short meditation and it’s funny too. Meditation collections are included below the video. … [click on title to read and view more]
I tend to use the word meditation for all my contemplative adventures when I speak of them on this blog…simply for lack of a better way to explain my process. Here Richard Rudd speaks to the different sorts of ways our inner experience can be experienced. I found his definition of contemplation helpful because I often feel like meditation HAPPENS to me…and here it seems perhaps he would call that contemplation. Contemplation is physical too. This is what I liked about what he talks about. In contemplation we can change our body and transform in some very literal ways in body/mind and spirit. This is something I experience daily. I believe this is in keeping with epigenetics too. It has everything to do with healing from trauma. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Choose an important area of your life where you have difficulty or conflict. Bring to mind the key beliefs you hold about the situation, the people, the institution, the circumstance. “They are….”, “I am….”, “It is….. “, etc. After you have brought the beliefs to mind, question them. Are they completely true? Are they one-sided? Who made up this story? What if some of the opposite was also true? What is our experience if we let these thoughts and beliefs go? … [click on the title to read and view more]
In mental health circles the health of the body is often neglected. The body is too often considered secondary, if at all, when people become over-involved in things of the mind. And of course our culture has split the body/mind when in fact they function as one. Becoming aware of my poor neglected body has been critically important in my healing process. … [click on title for the rest of the post]