Category: Healing

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Intentionality and Friendship on the Path of Healing

“Thanks everyone. I had a really nice time with you guys today!” Steve’s eyes were bright, his voice high pitched and shining like a giddy child – a startling contrast to the sullen, wary visage I had encountered for the past three months of living with him as a “therapeutic housemate”. Moments later we entered the car to head home after a sunny and adventurous...

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Loving What Hurts

It’s Valentine’s day. Maybe you have a special someone to spend it with, or maybe you have some other relationship with the holiday. ¬†Even in the bliss of a fruitful amorous bond, you might face some struggle in figuring out how to love where it hurts. Maybe something about your partner bugs you in a way you cannot stop thinking about, or there is a...

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Rhythms of Change

Imagine a horse that desperately wants to swim like a fish, or a sloth that longs to move through the trees like a lemur. Sometimes I feel like that. These past two days I have been at prison abolition and reform events. I am meeting a lot of wonderful people and find myself enjoying a lot of forward-moving energy. I want to write, go to...

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How to Welcome the Unwelcome

These past several weeks have been hellish for me, on and off. I’ve been riddled with depression, self-doubt, and anxiety about starting this new venture. At first I didn’t really know why. The surface level stories were compelling: fallings out with several important women in my life (mentors and lovers) played a big part. But the deeper issues that were being raised were much more...

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The Quiet Desperation of Never Being Caught

[Originally Posted on Mad In America РNovember, 2013] I am sitting on a train right now, watching the rushes of orange foliage, on my way to teach a pilot workshop raising awareness about anti-oppressive mental health paradigms at NASCO, the national cooperative living conference. I hope to report on the experience next week, and before I do, I would first like to share something about...