TRAUMA'S LABYRINTH

FINDING WAYS OUT OF TRAUMA

A Meditation on Violence Against Women and Nature

A Meditation on Violence Against Women and Nature

“He says that woman speaks with nature. That she hears voices from under the earth. That wind blows in her ears and trees whisper to her. That the dead sing through her mouth and the cries of infants are clear to her. But for him this dialogue is over. He says he is not partContinue Reading

Imagining Suicide

Imagining Suicide

  Update, August 12, 2014: I feel deep sorrow for the apparent suicide of actor Robin Williams. The loss of such a prodigious talent, who has touched so many of us through his films, is hard to fathom. Sadly, his death is emblematic of the power of depression to blind even those with the seeminglyContinue Reading

“Unfinished Conversation: Healing From Suicide and Loss”

“Unfinished Conversation: Healing From Suicide and Loss”

Robert E. Lesoine’s best friend Larry took his life by suicide on October 15, 2005. Although Lesoine knew Larry was struggling with feelings of disappointment, dejection, and loss, along with the return of debilitating pain associated with a past injury, Lesoine did not see the intensity of Larry’s despair. In his grief, Lesoine, who practicesContinue Reading

“A Society That Could Heal…”

“A Society That Could Heal…”

“A society that could heal the dismembered world would recognize the inherent value of each person and of the plant, animal, and elemental life that makes up the earth’s living body; it would offer real protection, encourage free expression, and re-establish balance. Its underlying metaphor would be mystery, the sense of wonder at all thatContinue Reading

Too Stressed To Meditate?

Too Stressed To Meditate?

Buddhist psychology claims there are three primary feelings, or sensations, which meditation can help access: Pleasant, Painful, and Neutral. Arising from these primary feelings are our reactions to them, the so-called secondary emotions. For example, we feel desire or joy in reaction to pleasant feelings, anger or fear in response to painful feelings, and boredomContinue Reading

The Sensorimotor Approach To Storying Trauma

The Sensorimotor Approach To Storying Trauma

Far too often, getting on with ‘everyday life’ requires suppressing the impact of traumatic stress on body, mind, and spirit. This self-imposed desensitization to one’s own suffering also lessens how empathetic we are to others’ suffering, including to their stories of trauma. Much like the Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, and blog aggregates that keep usContinue Reading

Dismantling Altars

Dismantling Altars

Last fall I took a writing workshop with Dennis Slattery, PhD at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Among the writing “meditations” he had us do, one was called Dismantling the Altar. As Dr. Slattery wisely noted, we have a tendency to create altars, and other “as if” edifices. Although we create altars to support or even inspire us, they alsoContinue Reading

Maya Angelou On What It Takes To Truly Live

Maya Angelou On What It Takes To Truly Live

  In Remembrance of Dr. Maya Angelou April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014 “Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but theyContinue Reading