A painting of an extra colorfield field, desnly occupied with plants beings of the same variety.

Reading Time: 13 minutes When we meet the members of the Plant Kingdom as shamans, we see and/or describe it and its medicine differently than the West or the scientific world, for many, many reasons. Our shamanic interactions and relationships with the medicine produce distinct descriptions and terminology as well. When we explore the Plant Kingdom with the naked […]

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A woman smiling - black and white.

Reading Time: 14 minutes Sitting quietly this morning, as I listened to the universe for inspirational writing to share, I was taken back through my past, to my days of hard suffering. Up until my thirties I had always been under the control of ill health, diagnosed with fibromyalgia, hypermobility joint syndrome (HJS), Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and chronic fatigue. […]

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A painting of a young girl and grown lady.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Our fight-or-flight response is a gift that kept us alive early in our evolution, while we were living in the wild. When we heard a tiger growl, we either had to fight it or run away. The first thing that happens during this sympathetic (SNS) response is that the mind loses its connection to the […]

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A drawing of a young man who looks like her might have gone through something.

Reading Time: 8 minutes PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, can cause upsetting/unwanted physical and emotional reactions in people who have experienced a frightening or unexpected event. Combat veterans and first responders are high-risk professions regarding PTSD; that said, people from all walks of life can develop a post-traumatic response, one that does or doesn’t interfere with daily functioning Humans generally […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no soft way to put it into words when you have been sexually abused as a child, how that defined your sexuality and messed up your perception of friendship and intimacy. You can only become aware of it, accept it, hate it, hate everyone, use people, feel guilty about it, start the pattern […]

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Becoming Resilient

December 22, 2020

Two boys playing.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Resilient: A person able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Throughout our lives, we are all exposed to trials and unexpected events that will ultimately impact us. These adversities can be anything from daily struggles such as an alarm not going off or an argument with a friend. To life-altering events such as […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes They say time heals all wounds. Unfortunately, time also has a way of opening the deepest ones back up periodically. The Events that Define Us There are a handful of moments in our lives that change us in some way: e.g., the day you gain or lose someone you love, the day your beliefs about […]

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A blurry painting of a woman changing in what appears to be a locker room.

Reading Time: 8 minutes Working Together in Understanding the Inner You It’s quite something if you don’t want to nourish yourself anymore, if you deprive yourself from your daily needs. When you feel the inevitable need to control yourself in such extreme ways, if you starve yourself, something must be haunting you so deeply that you aren’t able to […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Disclaimer: These thoughts are based on my own experience and education in psychology I have received. They do not reflect the experiences or feelings of all trauma survivors. Control as a Trauma Response Growing up in an abusive home with all varieties of substance use, I was never short of trauma in my life. Few […]

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A bright painting of two nearly identifical girls.

Reading Time: 5 minutes I visited Budapest while studying abroad in Vienna and it brought home some ancestral recollections in my 5/8 Slavically Jewish memory. I came across a stylish neo-Renaissance house that was built on Andrassy Street, a picturesque boulevard not far from the Danube, in 1880. For decades the building served as a venue for pleasant social […]

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