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Melissa Broder of So Sad Today finds solace in Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death and in her own creative process.
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Where I am is exactly where I need to be. I trust the timing of my life!
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Ralph Smart rocks!
From Alternet, by Johann Hari, author of ‘Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’
“Today, we have a criminal justice system that takes people who are addicted because they endured trauma, and we traumatize them more.
We routinely put them in prison cells with no support, and where rape is a running punch-line in the popular culture. (There’s even a current major Hollywood film – ‘Get Hard’ – based on the hilarity of this premise.) Dr Gabor Mate, one of the leading experts on this question, told me: “If I had to design a system that was intended to keep people addicted, I’d design exactly the system that we have right now.”
Dr Mate – after years of treating patients who became addicts after hellish abuse – has outlined an alternative. Imagine if we had taken the $1 trillion that has been spent so far on the failed drug war, and had spent it on the collapsing services designed to protect abused children instead. Every year there are 686,000 kids who have been identified as abused or neglected in the US – and the services for them are appalling. We are setting up a generation of new addicts – and then we will squander more money punishing them. If we spent the drug war money on turning this around, there would, this evidence suggests, be a genuine and substantial fall in addiction.
But the biggest change this evidence should trigger isn’t political – it is personal. In our everyday lives, we need to think about the addicts we work alongside, live alongside, and love. “When people are having problems,” Dr Robert Anda, another author of the ACE study, tells me, “it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with them, and start asking what happened to them.”
This is a really nice Q & A with only Liz speaking. Although I’ve not read her books, my cousin lovvves Eat Pray Love …
And the talks I’ve stumbled upon lately with her –I just love! She’s down to earth. There’s something so goofy and normal about her. As she says, she’s a sample of a 21st century (white) woman, educated in a certain way, brought up on a farm and had instilled certain norms within her . . .
I can identify, as a white woman, MN farming background, just on her particular winding path; that of an artist with enough privilege to take time off to express something purely for the passion of doing so. I hope to help encourage EVERYONE to get the help they need anywhere they can… And I am “into” extreme-self-care right now. My intent is to encourage extreme-self-care for ALL.
The LOVE, the understanding, the SUPPORT, the HEALING. You deserve it.
Insist upon it. Don’t stop until you find it. Self-Esteem. Autonomy. (whatever “it” is) . . . I believe it to be real “self love”, the love of your spirit to your spirit, conjoined with Spirit ~ the One the All. Where the spirit overpowers the ego. Or rather maybe, where the ego falls away.
Enjoy, as this talk goes on, to hear Liz “instinctively speak” her answers (it certainly seems she speaks mostly off-the-cuff)…
How she seems to “naturally” walk her own path, she mentions of past struggling here or there, but how she’s forged her own way and stayed on her point –here and now– you can see, feel, that she’s done a lot of “work.” Self work. I believe we’d all be way better off if we were devoted to self-work. Actualization of our Self, (in and to) the Highest Good, of course!
We may think that this blissful-looking type of living takes an huge amount of privilege. Education is a privilege. A loving peaceful supportive home & family is a privilege. Being able to wake up each day and work toward solutions is a great mindset to have. Enthusiasm opens doors… meditation opens doors… showing up and being GRATEFUL for every leetle last experience opens doors. I oft enjoy the space of peace and contemplation, as that door opened up to me . . .
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind, that Liz’s intent to be good for others is coming through, by the simple act of her showing up and being herself. I think that’s her ‘service’. I look really forward to reading her books! Ooooh, the new one on “marriage” . . . exciting. 🙂
Even though some people make it look easy, it only looks that way because they’ve practiced! They may have had to fight pretty hard to get where they are: that place that looks so easy to ‘be’. . .
Practice makes perfect!
. . . Practice being yourself . . .
We all have the right to be, or do the equivalent ~ to what someone we admire has done. It’s good to be inspired by others, and hopefully learn from their mistakes when possible. One can identify with them and let their stories inform the self. Resonance.
Who do you resonate with (certainly does not have to be someone ‘famous’ 😉 )
We likely have the responsibility! To inspire the world by bringing our self to the field! Liz is a woman who has done that: she’s showing up and doing what she loves. She’s clearly accepted that she’s an evolving human. Her showing up to something she loved made stuff. Made stuff happen. Some pretty big stuff.
If you still don’t know what you love, then your job is to keep asking. If you’re having to do something you hate, pray for a way to do what you love. Keep knocking. The Divine & your Higher Self will show you the way.
Be gentle and forgiving with yourself today.
This prayer comes to mind, adapt it, make your own, or find one you resonate with:
Dear Higher Self, God, Angels:
Please show me the way. One right step at a time . . . One small right action at a time.
Show me clearly and gently which doors are open to me, and where to walk through.
Please give me clear guidance to the opportunities that are in alignment with my Highest Good, so that I may give and receive the gifts life has to offer.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
~ Joseph Campbell
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