https://www.netflix.com/tudum/stutz i really enjoyed the documentary film stutz by jonah hill. if you are interested in psychotherapy and how it can assist in the healing process, i’d recommend checking it out. caveat: it is not for everyone. it’s a bit arcane, profound, and personal which is radical in our era of homogenized spectacle and pablum,… Continue reading review: stutz
6. How can I transcend my thoughts today?
6. How can I transcend my thoughts today? This is my focus. My teacher says: “I have a body and a mind, but I am not my body and my mind.” I believe this, or rather I know it. Just saying the phrase settles me. The whirling chaos in my mind, the narrative of pain,… Continue reading 6. How can I transcend my thoughts today?
How can I care for my body today?
I care for my body in a much different way than I did five years ago. Back then, I went to extremes. I got up at 5:30 am to squeeze in a 6 am cross-training class before my 7:19 am train to the city. Burpees, push-ups, squats, situps, planks, and things of that nature. After… Continue reading How can I care for my body today?
How can I enjoy nature today?
I did not grow up with an appreciation for nature. I was raised to view the body mind and spirit as separate and humans and nature as separate. In my adult life, I have begun to question and unlearn dualism. I feel fortunate to have come to this awareness, which continues to evolve. Today, whilst… Continue reading How can I enjoy nature today?
3. What support do I have TODAY? (Gratitude practice)
Gratitude is a biggie. I used to think of it as anodyne … something cheezy that Oprah tells us to “journal” about. The cynic in me thought gratitude was used to encourage people to be complacent … and accept their lot in life, for better or for worse. I was so unhappy and unhealthy when… Continue reading 3. What support do I have TODAY? (Gratitude practice)
Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?)
I wish to live freely, consciously, and with ease. I wish to live according to my own choices NOT according to unconscious childhood and cultural programming and reactivity. I value happiness, which I define as ease, health, humor, grace, love, sharing, compassion, creativity, effort, ambition … (moral ambition), and the will to uplift self and… Continue reading Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?)
When I first read the essay Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson I was consumed by it. I made a sheet with my favorite excerpts and kept it by my desk. I believe I may have also made copies of it and shared with friends. Recently I began re-reading it and I discovered that it… Continue reading Self Reliance
Practice and letting go
10 Questions: How Can I Heal?
1. What is healing? 2. Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?) 3. What support do I have TODAY? (Gratitude practice) 4. How can I enjoy nature today? 5. How can I care for my body today? 6. How can I transcend my thoughts today? 7. How can I change… Continue reading 10 Questions: How Can I Heal?
“Bessel van der Kolk: “Trauma is when we are not seen and known.” ― Gabor Maté, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture. i have been in a contraction for a few years now and didn’t see it. expand, contract, expand, contract. it can’t be all expansion all the time… Continue reading expansion