Aging Body, Golden Friend

As we age, the body begins to fail. For those who have suffered unusually severe stress, breakdowns may happen early. For instance, neck disease ended my surgical career at forty-one. Spinal problems had accumulated because of chronic muscle tension, careless … Continue reading

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Why?

All my talk of applying to writing programs might lead you to wonder if I’ve been writing more poetry than usual. I have, but rather than post every half-baked piece, my policy has been to exercise uncharacteristic restraint. But hey, … Continue reading

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Life is but a Dream

It only happens every year or two. A dream passes through me that I remember for a long time to come. In a narrow alley in some ancient, forgotten city, I am escaping. What chases me, I cannot say, but … Continue reading

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Agony & Ecstasy

The weekend retreat at the hot springs up in redwood country, mentioned last time, is one I’ve done before. Holotropic Breathwork is the brainchild of Stan Grof, a former researcher into altered consciousness. Using yogic breathing as a starting point, … Continue reading

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Sweet Sorrows

Sweet Sorrows Often a person who suffers a major setback later describes the once-bitter cup as a fount of unexpected rewards. The loss of a job leads to an enthralling new career. The dreadful illness guides a patient to fulfillment … Continue reading

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Deep Peace

What would good mental health look like? Would we be happy all the time? Would we be happy sometimes, neutral much of the time, and depressed or anxious just a little? Or would we be exactly as depressed, anxious, or … Continue reading

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