Choosing Dharma over Drama. | elephant journal

Choosing Dharma over Drama. | elephant journal

If we are not dramatic at the whim and mercy of every little issue that emerges, then how do we exist?   This piece from elephant journal by Damien Bohler does an excellent job of portraying the goal of the journey as I’ve defined it for myself: to be ok when…

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Holidays Can be Hard: the Healing Journey

Holidays Can be Hard: the Healing Journey

Holidays – can be more than difficult for some of us. In fact this time of year can often be hell for those of us who come from families of drama/trauma and dysfunction. Understanding that we are not alone in this and finding a few strategies to navigate this season…

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MS, CFS, FM and other “Invisible Illness'”

MS, CFS, FM and other “Invisible Illness’”

As someone who has experienced long-term harm from my medical care that left me nearly completely bedridden, functioning only to the degree that is necessary and sometimes not even that for many, many years, I am an avid student of how we can reverse the harm caused by overuse of…

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Just Be “You”

Just Be “You”

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There Was A Reason

From the Empowering Solutions Facebook page archives…. There was a reason I struggled and suffered and it wasn’t because something was “wrong” with me but that I’d been conditioned from early on to tolerate the intolerable; to not resist, to surrender my power, to be compliant and obedient. My empowering…

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Karma’s Not A Bitch But A Teacher (Self – Sabotage)

Karma’s Not A Bitch But A Teacher (Self – Sabotage)

One of the things that we can often struggle with as survivors of bad things is the idea that somehow we deserve all the bad things; we haven’t yet “earned” our salvation. This can bleed silently into our days as we struggle with deeply ingrained feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and…

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They Knew All Along – Psychiatry’s Joke

They Knew All Along – Psychiatry’s Joke

A share from the archives at Madinamerica today. Please follow the links below to read this piece that once again confirms that the idea of the “chemical imbalance” is nothing more than a fairy tale. And while we of course can’t assume intent it would seem this is an effective…

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Diagnosis or Dynamics? Does Depression Really Have to be “For Life”?

Diagnosis or Dynamics? Does Depression Really Have to be “For Life”?

Diagnosis or Dynamics? There is a meme going around that says “Before diagnosing yourself as depressed make sure you’re not simply surrounded by assholes”. And while I don’t agree with calling people names or abusing those who abused us – this meme sort of says a lot about what we…

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Mental Illness or Mental Health?

Mental Illness or Mental Health?

In order for us to heal our lives and live in “mental health” we MUST stop seeking help from those who only know the model of “mental illness” and “managing symptoms”. One of my favorite theorists, Abraham Maslow said, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have…

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Getting UNComfortable With Chaos and Crisis

Getting UNComfortable With Chaos and Crisis

Very often as one starts traveling this path from there, where we’ve been, to where we want to be we can find ourselves stuck in patterns of what I call “chronic chaos”. This – chronic chaos – may be that place where “nothing ever seems to go right” or “why…

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