Lady Gaga’s 2019 Grammy Acceptance Speech:

Lady Gaga's 2019 Grammy Acceptance Speech: "If I don't get another chance to say this, I just want to say I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that address mental health issues. They're so important. And a lot of artists ... a lot of artists deal with that. And we gotta take … Continue reading Lady Gaga’s 2019 Grammy Acceptance Speech:

WE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE PEOPLE

WE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE PEOPLE From a very young age, my Bipolar mind obsessed and ruminated with the power and relentlessness of an infinite number of John Henry's pounding their sledge-hammers mercilessly inside my head. Sleep, precious sleep, was my only reprieve. One particular rumination that inflicted its torture the most frequently and forcefully was … Continue reading WE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE PEOPLE

Suffering Does Not Isolate You. Suffering Is Your Bridge…

Suffering Does Not Isolate You. Suffering Is Your Bridge.... My experience has taught me that the MOST important time to help others is when we are struggling with our personal demons. No matter how small the gesture may be or how little we can do because of our pain. For years, even after I started … Continue reading Suffering Does Not Isolate You. Suffering Is Your Bridge…

Being “Perfect” and Shunning Vulnerability Comes With a Very High Price

Being "Perfect" and Shunning Vulnerability Comes With a Very High Price. Fear. "This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It is an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it." (AA Big Book, pg 67) Fear of failure, and the omnipresent possibility that I would … Continue reading Being “Perfect” and Shunning Vulnerability Comes With a Very High Price

Sometimes, it’s good to just laugh about the disasterous roller coaster rides of mania….

Living stable with Bipolar Disorder, a serious mental illness, is challenging, takes perseverance, and involved a tremendous amount of suffering, chaos, self-destruction, and infliction of pain on others in my past. Sometimes, it's good to just laugh about the disasterous roller coaster rides of mania I experienced....

IF MY SELF-HATRED HAD A FACE

IF MY SELF-HATRED HAD A FACE Fifty plus years ago, shortly after I came into this world, the seeds of self-hatred began to be sown into my psyche. No human being is born hating themselves or others. Hatred is "planted, nurtured, and cultivated" over time, flourishing into a gnarly, thorny underbrush that dominates the landscape … Continue reading IF MY SELF-HATRED HAD A FACE

“Anything can happen, child. ANYTHING can be.”

LISTEN TO THE MUSTN'TS Shel Silverstein "Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child, Listen to the DON'TS Listen to the SHOULDN'TS The IMPOSSIBLES, the WONT'S Listen to the NEVER HAVES Then listen close to me- Anything can happen, child, ANYTHING can be" The inverse is true too! In fact, one of the first Cognitive Distortions that this … Continue reading “Anything can happen, child. ANYTHING can be.”

TODAY MY SOFTNESS CAN DEFEND ITSELF

TODAY MY SOFTNESS CAN DEFEND ITSELF "I don't want to be hard. I just want my softness to know how to defend itself." -Lindsay Young, a poet from Long Island, New York When I read these words, they penetrated to my very core, penetrating the scarred surface of my soul and caressing it like a … Continue reading TODAY MY SOFTNESS CAN DEFEND ITSELF

Surrender and Willingness: Disarming the Juggernaut of Self Will

Surrender and Willingness: Disarming the Juggernaut of Self Will "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” What a critical and amazing Step towards spiritual healing and growth. Many talk about the accompanying principle being willingness, and AA's Step 3 does involves a … Continue reading Surrender and Willingness: Disarming the Juggernaut of Self Will

“It’s Likely That the Greatest Battle You Will Ever Face Will Be With Yourself”

"It's Likely That the Greatest Battle You Will Ever Face Will Be With Yourself" Accepting the truth of that statement came as easy to me as believing that a person needs oxygen to survive. Through birth and indoctrination (in what Attachment Therapist, Dan Gabberts, calls the "boot camp of childhood that trains us for the … Continue reading “It’s Likely That the Greatest Battle You Will Ever Face Will Be With Yourself”