Returning to roots and well-being with food

I made eggplant Parmesan for the first time in at least 10 years. Reintroducing foods from my ancestry (I'm an immigrants daughter so it's not far removed) I ate this way growing up, along with speaking Italian in my American home. My healing has taken me full circle. In rediscovering the diet of the people... Continue Reading →

Everything matters: Beyond Meds ~ navigation menus etc.

The URL everyone knows and loves is back. Here is an updated navigation menu for saving and/or sharing. Navigating close to 6,000 posts gets complicated! 

Golden nuggets from the beyond…

The entire world is conventional. One can wear different costumes and the manifestations of dysfunction then vary...a lot. We live in paradox. In any case it seems the only thing left to do is rejoin humanity and ignore all stories and simply wander among my brothers and sisters. *** I've always been intense. When I... Continue Reading →

Getting healthy means coming to balance

I had multiple infections that responded to Lyme disease treatment. I never tested positive for Lyme and gave up on doctors after that. Healing (for me) didn't mean killing off all micro-organisms. It meant bringing balance by moving out excess of the ones making me sick and building up with other more expansive ones. These... Continue Reading →

Understanding

"understanding" is a problem...if one *believes* they understand they're likely deluded...the mystery can only be understood by allowing that which cannot be understood to prevail in every moment.    #noself *** evil? I understand evil. I've worked on the streets among the most vulnerable my entire career. Evil is neglect. That is all evil is.... Continue Reading →

healing is living ritual

my environment is my therapist...that includes all of nature, the man made world and all creatures great and small. when one pays attention to the context in which one finds oneself in, all that is needed to understand is right here, right now. Be. Do, don't do. Watch. ***

Life force wants our camaraderie…(some thoughts arising during quarantine)

Self-medicating?  everyone self medicates. A healing diet is a form of self-medication, so is listening to calming music, or going running and doing yoga.  And sure, so is downing a bottle of wine, smoking or doing any other substance for the purpose of easing ones emotional state. Self-medicating is totally normal.  Learning to do it skillfully is the intent of a harm reduction practice. We're creatures that survive by ingesting substances of all kinds...food and herbs included. Only thing wrong is that we've not been allowed be ourselves and learn to listen to our bodies. ...

Beginners mind

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Ego anonymous: a practice (my version of the 12 steps )

Ego Anonymous: 1. We admitted we were powerless — we have no ultimate control over anything and this body will die one day. We are fighting this fact in one way or another. This fight is insane because it’s in contradiction to reality. 2. Came to believe that Nature could restore us to sanity. 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to life-force as we understand it 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves 5 Shared our pain/trauma with life-force, ourselves, and with friends. 6. Were entirely ready to have life-force transform all our trauma. ...

Quarantine bites

thank you to Lee Hodges, Store Manager at Lowe's Home Improvement -- from Linked In. I was so pleased to see someone who isn't clearly in the world of mental health speaking up for folks. Lee Hodges said: I've seen a lot of nasty posts in regards to people making "non-essential" trips .. Do you... Continue Reading →

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