Another Truth about Suicide

photo by Barry Weatherall via Unsplash So. Here we are. Today is Thursday. All day long. I began the day with rhinos knocking on the floor above me in the hotel room. There's no sleeping in here, though blessedly there *has* been sleep. Sleep helps the mind and body navigate through homelessness & the rest … Continue reading Another Truth about Suicide

The Insincerity of Spirituality and Authenticness

I used to practice with Peter Elbow calls methodological believing. For those of you who don't know his work, methodological believing is "the equally systematic, disciplined, and conscious attempt to believe everything no matter how unlikely or repellent it might seem – to find virtues are strengths we might otherwise miss." In some 'spiritual' circles, … Continue reading The Insincerity of Spirituality and Authenticness

The Trip Treatment by Michael Pollan

I am copying in its entirety this article to be published in the February 9, 2015,  New Yorker but released online yesterday. The link is here for reference and the New Yorker's art: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/trip-treatment. I'm enthralled by the article for a couple of reasons. First, the identical nature of experiences people have with me without ingesting foreign … Continue reading The Trip Treatment by Michael Pollan

Myths of Being an Empath

Talking about psychic-stuff is a challenge for me.  It's been overcomplicated, mysticized, romanticized, twisted, subverted, and glamorized over the course of millenia.  So much so that addressing issues related to what many considered psychic gifts is sacrosanct.   Weeeelllll, I think it's time to change that.  I have found that the myths perpetuated about psychic-stuff … Continue reading Myths of Being an Empath

PTSD and me

I used to be plagued by the standard symptoms of PTSD for years.  Despite knowing what was going on with me--my background as treatment provider made it impossible to not know--I didn't begin any kind of treatment until my early 30s.  I went to therapist after therapist looking for someone who would 'fit' me, 'get' … Continue reading PTSD and me