Shock and Awe: The Call to Adventure, The Hero Self

Image Credit: Before someone named it cyclothymia, I thought it was just an awareness of the seasons and life cycles of nature. In my blood I feel the frenetic energy of summer and the call to hybernation in winter, the preparation for the darkness in fall and the spike of seedling energy in theContinue reading “Shock and Awe: The Call to Adventure, The Hero Self”

The Merge: Holding Two Apparently Opposing Views As Equally Valid

Alright. Let’s unpack this shit. This is a subject I am passionate about. It seems to me that many people decide, as Anakin Skywalker decided, that if you are not with us, you are against us. We are in the days of the empire vs. the rebellion. Frankly, when have we not been? Since thisContinue reading “The Merge: Holding Two Apparently Opposing Views As Equally Valid”

Show, Don’t Tell

It’s becoming a practice to listen to people’s stories and see what they have endured through the power of mere belief, of belief in someone within who is bigger than the person without. This man smoked crack every morning for ten years and went to prison twice and now he has a Doctorate in ClinicalContinue reading “Show, Don’t Tell”

Addiction and the Red Road

I come from the kind who say sobriety is for quitters. Technically yeah, it is. But when one is raised to be strong, to be a go getter, to never quit, there is a pretty simple mechanism in the brain that hates me for wanting to quit drinking. I like to call her Ego. ThereContinue reading “Addiction and the Red Road”

Trust as a Radical Act of Self-Love

I have trust issues. I don’t know anyone without trust issues. I know very few people who are the kind to trust first. Personally, I don’t remember the last time I fully trusted anyone. This is the story I’m working with around trust. On the last day of rehab at Summit Eating Disorders and OutreachContinue reading “Trust as a Radical Act of Self-Love”