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

*** My body is my meditation Mindfulness and complex trauma ✵✵✵ for a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page. Support Everything Matters: Beyond Meds. Make a donation with PayPal  

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. ...

The hungry ghosts know. Listen.

Somatic mysticism, diet and returning to my ancestry.... I like using “somatic mysticism” to explain my experience because I feel everything deeply in my body. I can feel my cells doing their work quite often and I feel all manner of metabolic movement and I feel far more than I can even begin to really... Continue Reading →

Pandemic blues. Can’t wait to get back to “normal.” Really?

Back to normal? This is the world I know....thank god others are waking up to the destruction humanity has wrought. The air is clean, the animals are returning to places they've not been for decades. I've been in isolation for over a decade with no appropriate medical care. This is my third pandemic as well. The AIDS pandemic...I worked at the beginning when young men were dying like flies. And the pandemic of murder by psychiatric meds. Going on everyday and denied by most. This is my life in isolation. I haven't been pretending the world isn't falling apart. Maybe others will join us now...those of us who are paying attention. Let it be.

~~ don’t chase and don’t run away from feelings ~~ (and yoga teacher training update)

first! thanks to those of you who have made donations towards my yoga teacher training. I'm now officially enrolled. I'm excited. It's the first ongoing commitment I have made (outside of my home) in 10 years. I was explicit about my limitations and they remained enthusiastic about my participation. I will continue taking donations. I've paid for one third of the $3000 tuition fee. I have until June to finish paying in monthly installments. Any help will continue to be much appreciated. ***and now some regularly scheduled odds and ends for your perusal:

A little bit of everything…

Coming to love our "negative" feelings is part of the deal when we're healing. The parts we like the least must be incorporated. You've got to love those babies too. The problems start when we deny of those types of feelings. That's when they get ugly. No feelings are bad. Feelings are neutral. feeling them is not acting on them. We must feel them if we hope to ever come into flow. ...

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. ...

Mindfulness / Meditation and Complex Trauma: The Rewards and the Risks

What media hype and those selling mindfulness don’t tell you is that mindfulness is a process that can radically transform you, and it’s not always safe, nor is it easy or straightforward. We make it safer by being aware of the risks and learning to listen to our own bodies about when it is or isn’t okay for us. No one else actually knows.

The numinous frontier…

Emanations. *** ...our entire society loves to dissociate because it's painful to be here not knowing what the heck is going on. Dissociation is a legitimate coping mechanism but coming to consciousness requires understanding when we do it -- at the very least. And heck yeah, I feel like an alien too...most of us do...hence... Continue Reading →

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