Monthly Archives: February 2015

The age of loneliness is killing us – George Monbiot

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/age-of-loneliness-killing-us Powerful piece by George Monbiot in the Guardian on how cultural structures, norms and values are eroding our sense of personhood, belonging, interconnection, and denying us the one essential condition if we are to thrive – love. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Shel Silverstein on validation

The Little Boy and the Old Man ‘Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.” Said the old man, “I do that too.” The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.” “I do that too,” laughed the old man. … Continue reading

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The Rupture of the Mother Line & the Cost of Becoming Real – Bethany Webster

http://womboflight.com/2014/12/21/the-rupture-of-the-mother-line-and-the-cost-of-becoming-real/ Fascinating article by Bethany on the mother-daughter relationship, its deeper potential and meanings, and the wounds inflicted by our culture. She explores the feminine journey into realness and wholeness, with mother as initiator or wounded saboteur – and how … Continue reading

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Pema Chödrön on Fear

‘Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Happiness: Sarah van Gelder

http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/how-america-lost-track-of-the-good-life-and-where-to-find-it-now Thanks to Brent Dean Robbins and the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 on Facebook for the link to this interesting article in Yes Magazine, on the subject of how we have lost our way as cultures, and what … Continue reading

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Laura Delano on grieving for ‘all we lose to being labeled “mentally ill”’

”It is an important, meaningful, entirely valid experience to feel grief and despair at the thought of all we lose to being labeled “mentally ill” and put on psychotropic drugs. In fact, feeling these feelings – including anger and rage … Continue reading

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Brian Thorne on what therapy is…

‘Counselling and therapy are about relationship, about depth, about extraordinary intimacy. But to what end? So that a person who is suffering can find hope, alleviation of their pain, a sense of meaning and of value, a way forward from … Continue reading

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