This week I dug this post by Mark Sisson, ex-marathoner and current loud advocate of what he calls a Primal lifestyle. While his dietary recommendations only somewhat work for me, I really love his attitude, writing style and sense of humor, and keep returning to his blog for inspiration. Getting “high on life” may soundContinue reading “How to get high on life. No, seriously.”
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Thanksgiving week: How gratitude can change your life
It’s Thanksgiving this week. The holiday has always been a favorite for me, and not just because I love to eat. I also love the thoroughly secular opportunity that it gives Americans to express gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion that we’re not in contact with a lot of the time. Life is hard, and evenContinue reading “Thanksgiving week: How gratitude can change your life”
Working with Sexuality: The Line-Crosser
One of the main dangers, of course, of working with sexuality is that some people – in fact, many people – will try to take advantage of you. There is a tricky line to be walked between being open about the topic – and at times the presence – of sexuality in a healing context;Continue reading “Working with Sexuality: The Line-Crosser”
[Rerun] Trauma and streaming, or, why I was shaking this morning after falling down the stairs
Yes, this morning I fell down the stairs. I had put on comfy fuzzy socks, and was looking at my phone a little, and my foot slipped and I tumbled down a half-flight to the landing, bracing myself with my left hand. My forearm got bruised up and I’m still figuring out what’s going onContinue reading “[Rerun] Trauma and streaming, or, why I was shaking this morning after falling down the stairs”
The fitness industry’s war against your body
I have long been suspicious of the fitness industry, and in particular the more recent, particularly self-punishing styles of workout that have become so popular. For my own part, I believe in eating whole foods, indulging from time to time, and being as active as you can in a way that doesn’t cause injury. I’veContinue reading “The fitness industry’s war against your body”
Are emotions universal?
An interesting profile in Boston Magazine of Lisa Barrett, a psychologist who is working to challenge the long-held belief that there are six universal emotional facial expressions. The work of Paul Ekman, who first pioneered this field, is now being seen as too simplistic: [E]motion isn’t a simple reflex or a bodily state that’s hard-wiredContinue reading “Are emotions universal?”
People into BDSM no longer considered mentally ill. Well it’s about time.
As reported by The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, the makers of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly known as the DSM, has released its new edition (DSM-5). In previous editions, paraphilias – a catch-all term for “unusual” sexual desires falling under the umbrella of fetishes, BDSM, or kink – were basically consideredContinue reading “People into BDSM no longer considered mentally ill. Well it’s about time.”
Gone mad A rather brilliant, and frightening, description from the great Margaret Atwood.
Welcome, new readers, and thanks!
So, this little post kind of took off in the past couple of days, and in three days I’ve gotten more hits, I think, then I’d gotten previously total! So thank you all for visiting, and I hope a lot of you will stick around! I talk here about Rubenfeld Synergy Method – a talkContinue reading “Welcome, new readers, and thanks!”
A safe space to speak your truth: how do we cultivate safety?
Many of my readers will likely have heard the term “safe space.” This phrase is sometimes used as a term of art in therapeutic circles, referring to a place where people can speak freely and honestly without fear of judgment or ridicule, but it is also often used in communities organized around oppression – i.e.,Continue reading “A safe space to speak your truth: how do we cultivate safety?”