Rupi Kaur: Reclaiming the Body as Home

It takes monsters to steal souls and fighters to reclaim them.  This home [my body] is what I came into this world with.  It was the first home.  It will be the last home.  You can’t take it.                                                                                    Rupi Kaur I found Rupi Kaur recently and I’m loving her.   She illustrates, writes and performs spoken…

The Purpose of Life: Be Yourself

Photo credit: Rebel Recovery I found my truth on a teabag today….. “The purpose of life is to know yourself and love yourself and trust yourself and be yourself.” Sending you peace and strength on your journey to you. A.  

Lead with your heart.

Photo credit: Rebel Recovery When you’re trying to find your way through the woods, and when you’re not: lead with your heart. I often write what I need to speak, hear and know; I create the images I need to see.  These words and the image help me today. I hope you feel better seeing…

Love is Grounding

Photo: A view from where I’m house sitting in a city.  I love the ivy growing on the wall.  The house has a lovely feel to it — it’s full of books!  Photo credit:  Rebel Recovery I’ve been feeling quite dissociated the past couple of days.  Out of my head in ways, like all of…

I’m a Published Author!

Photo: The path to the pond.  Photo credit: Rebel Recovery. …and you can be too. I’m proud to share that I’ve been published in the online magazine,  “Rebelle Society.“ Listening to myself, deeply, and writing my truths helps me heal. Sharing my writing, my truths, helps me heal too — it may mean I am…

Mom’s Dead. Not Sure if Anyone Told You.

Photo credit: Revel Recovery I saw the words in the title of this post captioning a Facebook post for ‘She Recovers‘ recently.  The words — the level of mother-child estrangement in them — made me catch my breath.  They are the title of an essay written by Rebekah Christofi.  And that essay may be the…

Thank you

Thank you God (goddesses, universe, all of you….).  My heart filled with gratitude instantly this morning when I looked up from my computer and saw the view outside my window. Yours, A.

On the Necessity of being ‘Selfish’

I’ve been contemplating the word ‘selfish,’ lately. A ‘bad’ word when I grew up in my family. A label that was applied to me very strongly (to put it mildly), implicitly or explicitly, often when I tried to look out for myself, or do what I wanted, or go to where I wanted to be….

Amanda Lindhout: When One of Us Heals, All of Us Can Heal

Photo: Amanda Lindhout; File: portraitofAmandaLindhoutbyStevenCarty.jpg I stumbled upon an article in The Huffington Post about Amanda Lindhout recently, that gave me pause and made me think. In 2008 when she was 26 years old, Amanda, a Canadian and a beginner journalist, was captured in Somalia by teenaged Islamist insurgents. She was held hostage for 15…

We are Brave

photo credit: the author We, those who choose to heal, to break the patterns of our past, of our parents and their parents before them, are brave.  Don’t ever forget how brave you are. With love, A.      

Healing, One Trigger at a Time

Photo credit: author – the last of the ice on the pond, hopefully A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a dissociative disorder — Dissociative Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified) (DDNOS).  Dissociative disorders exist along a continuum, with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) at the most extreme end and DDNOS…