Unproductive, and Proud of It

As the days shorten, I’ve been working to keep my head above water. Although my spirits often feel liberated and expansive, the state of mind is unstable. My psyche is over-ballasted, and foundering comes easily. It doesn’t help to live … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Instruction: A Trigger for Flashbacks of Abuse?

Why can’t mindfulness and I just get along? It’s perverse: here’s this healthy practice endorsed by scientists and mystics alike. Since I respect both, you’d think I’d find it easy to join the fad. But I balk. I find myself … Continue reading

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Love Thy Enemy

Is ‘love’ a noun or a verb? This isn’t a grammatical question, since the word can function as both. But in personal experience, does love feel like a noun, a substance given, or like a verb, an act performed? If … Continue reading

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Think, Feel, Act?

Here’s a question: Does opinion matter? Of course! We all act as if our own judgments have value and as if the judgments of others have import. I believe my political views are correct, my social appraisals accurate, and my … Continue reading

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Live Free or Die?

We suffer for our ideas. Here are some of the concepts that can make me miserable: “I haven’t lived up to my potential;” “I don’t have enough friends;” “I’ll be alone in old age;” “No one takes me seriously.” These … Continue reading

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New Direction

You may have noticed my posts have been slow in coming lately. The good news is I’ve decided to pursue a new career direction: using acupuncture for mental health issues. Acupuncture has been a mainstay of my recovery. By itself … Continue reading

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