Category Archives: Spirit

Further Thoughts about “stuck in misery”

Most of this was written on Saturday, March 20 in my journal.  I’ve modified it somewhat. I woke up at 3AM still struggling with the question of being “stuck in my misery.”  I thought things like I won’t go to … Continue reading

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Safe Places for Me

I have felt unsafe most of my life without realizing it.  Growing up, I felt safe in a book, and in the woods. Books and nature have remained places of safety for me.  Looking back, I realized I felt safe … Continue reading

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Accept the Reality of Who I Am?

This came from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations: It’s written by Claude AnShin Thomas, a Vietnam Veteran struggling with PTSD.  I realize I’ve been struggling with my PTSD, trying to heal it so I could finally “have a life.”  I keep … Continue reading

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An Anarchist Quaker’s Prayer to Soothe Anxiety

This came from Yes! Magazine.  I copied it into a document I call “Resource,” which I go to in times of trouble.  I’m doing really badly right now, and this seemed appropriate.  I wish I could manage to soothe myself, … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift

Recently I realized that the two worlds I shift between, the one where I’m stuck in depression, worthless, living a meaningless broken life, and the one where I haven’t wasted my suffering, and my work on myself benefits everyone — … Continue reading

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Navigating the Realms

I posted the Story of Persephone because it is such a beautiful description of the two worlds I navigate on a regular basis.  Except that for me the dark realm is most often painful and confusing, with times of depression, … Continue reading

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The Story of Persephone

My friend Elizabeth sent this to me, in the form of photographs of the pages.  It was hard to read, so I typed it up.  And then wanted to share it. In the world of the dead there is no … Continue reading

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“Stuck in Their Misery”

I got an email recently from someone who said I was “stuck in my misery.”  Feeling fortified by the knowledge that I hadn’t wasted my suffering, and knowing that our culture tends to blame people for their suffering, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Do Not Waste Your Suffering

My therapist sent me a link to a video of Dr. Eduardo Duran on “Healing the Soul Wound.” He is speaking to Native Americans who are part of a Family Service organization working to help their people heal from the … Continue reading

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I choose to trust…

Recently I’ve been going through a bad time.  Waking up in the morning feeling disconnected from everything and everybody.  Finally I remembered that when Trump was elected, I dealt with my despair by reciting “Peace, Love, Justice…” even though the … Continue reading

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