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…

About Me: Update

I believe it’s important for people to be as honest with themselves as they can be about their personal difficulties and struggles.  Only truth lights the way home; ignorance or wilful denial is a sure way to drift off course.  I also believe it’s important to share the stories of our personal struggles with each…

This is what Healing Looks Like

I find SO much wisdom and inspiration in the following post from Danielle LaPorte.  “As we haul our psyche up the next peak of clarity….. we become unrecognizable while we’re reassembling our identities….. ugly terror and resentment in between our power moments….” I hope you find wisdom and inspiration in it, too.  Here is the…

Self Expression as Revolution

I made a discovery this weekend (via the Facebook page of the venerable Lidia Yuknavitch)  that’s inspired my healing and I wanted to share that here. Her name is Tanya Tagaq and she is an Inuk throat singer, sometimes called a punk rock Inuk throat singer.  I love her!  She’s not someone I would have…

We need to understand how to provide trauma-informed care

I’m sharing a link to this article titled “We need to understand how to provide trauma-informed care.”  It’s a very simple, short, well-written piece dealing with problems treating children who have a trauma history, in the care services. I think that everything the author writes about children could also be applied to adults with a…

The Impact of Adverse Experiences in Childhood on Overall Health as an Adult

I feel passionate about writing this post today, which is mainly about sharing another writer’s blog post.  Christine Cissy White (“Cissy”) has written a clear and compelling essay about something many adults who experienced childhood abuse already know: the fall-out from childhood trauma can cause a myriad of health problems in adults.  Cissy goes further:…

Repost: Lidia Yuknavitch: The Misfit’s Journey

“The Chronology of Water” is definitely going on my “to read” list!   Annie. The misfit’s journey: Writer Lidia Yuknavitch tells her story at TED2016 The misfit’s journey: Writer Lidia Yuknavitch tells her story at TED2016 Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May February 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm PST Writer Lidia Yuknavitch has a favorite word:…

Quick Thoughts

What I’m Reading:  I just had my mind blown by “The Wild Truth,” Carine McCandless’s response to her famous brother’s Chris’s story, “Into the Wild”.  Carine is brave and methodical in telling the truth about the domestic violence and dysfunction in her family that led her brother to venture off into the wilds of Alaska,…

The Book of Truths

Singer-songwriter  Craig Cardiff  passes around a “Book of Truths” during his concerts. This is a blank journal in which audience members are invited to write some personal truth about themselves, anonymously. Over the years Cardiff’s Book of Truths has become a loved and popular feature of his concerts.  He now has over 300 journals, inscribed…

Sacred Struggle

Trigger warning – the following contains reference to violence in childhood and describes a binge eating episode.  Please take care of yourself. ________________ During the weekend I struggled with some depression that had me flat on my back in bed for many hours.  I was upset and disappointed, because it caught me off guard as…