5 Tips for Healing after Childhood Adversity

1. Reframe Vulnerabilities Those of us who experienced abuse, grief, or neglect during childhood feel different from those who didn’t. We are more easily hurt, which leads to withdrawal or rage. We feel less confident in ourselves, which leads to … Continue reading

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Announcing: Peace, Love and Childhood Adversity

Please visit my new blog: Peace, Love and Childhood Adversity, hosted by PsychCentral.com. The essays will explore the central topic of recovering from childhood hardship from many directions, all in service of one healing message: vulnerabilities traceable to such history can, with the right … Continue reading

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THE END

If anyone has been wondering about my welfare, rest assured that I am alive and well. Now six weeks after the surgery, the incision has finally healed and my energy is returning toward normal. The procedure seems to have worked, … Continue reading

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Ahimsa

Fourteen years ago my mind broke, though I prefer to say it broke open. In my nearly five hundred WillSpirit essays, I’ve often discussed that mental shattering. As its fourteenth anniversary approaches, I find myself living the consequences in the … Continue reading

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Sweet Favors

Of late, poetry has been occupying me more than blogging, a shift which started with some intense work around an application for a writing fellowship. In my entire life there’ve only been a few times I have applied myself with … Continue reading

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Branching Awareness

Ideas multiply. Sometime back I tried my hand at explaining Relational Frame Theory, the grounding philosophy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Although the subtleties of the theory escaped me, it was easy to grasp that word associations proliferate rapidly. The … Continue reading

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How Dare I?

In writing about a so-called Cosmic Mind, am I saying anything new? Not really. Consider what these essays aim to establish: the plausibility of a mind-like awareness that coexists and coincides with material reality. My hope is to reassure receptive … Continue reading

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Losing Heart, and Finding It

If the universe cares about us, it does so in ways we don’t understand. This isn’t a flaw in the cosmos. The difficulty lies in our misinterpretation of both our selves and our surroundings, what the Eastern traditions call maya, … Continue reading

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Letter from the Brink of Sanity

How to tell a story that has no beginning and no end? A tale that was ongoing before you were born and continues to this day? Choose an episode that pressed your first footprints on some new path. Like the … Continue reading

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Living in the Present

It might be happening. Again. The urge to write WillSpirit posts is building. Partly because a couple of friends have encouraged me to keep it going. Partly because my outlook is changing, and this venue has always helped me sort … Continue reading

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