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It is scary.

It is scary to press the publish button. It is scary to think about being truthful to myself, and doing myself the honour of trying my best to heal my heart. It’s uncomfortable, the degree to which I have adapted myself over a lifetime to serve the needs of others. It is heartbreaking to realize […]

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The Need For Accessible, Affordable Mental HealthCare For ALL.

Last summer I had a difficult experience. The integration and understanding of this important piece needs to be processed separately, and I will do that at another time. I need to get these experiences out, but some of them are so hard to go through on my own. I begin the exercise of trying to […]

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The start of trouble

I still find it amazing that the mind can divide things up for us, and box them away, never to be thought of again.  All my life I have avoided unpleasantness, and my mind has aided me greatly in this regard by immediately dismissing anything that was upsetting, unpleasant or painful.  I can barely recall […]

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DID under Pressure

In some ways, art imitates life so perfectly, there is little more that needs to be said.  I have always loved music, and how it communicates feelings and ideas I do not always have the ability to personally express.  Some songs provide a perfect resonance match for situations I don’t have words to explain. This […]

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What an integration experience might look like from the outside.

When I consider the process of integration, I must look at it from the perspective of each different structure. I am also aware of the process on a psychological and emotional level which seems to be the parent of the other structures, or its organizer. Each structure was created at a place and time to […]

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Just WRITE About It.

Dear Gerri, We know you like to think you are always in complete control, but let’s face it, you are definitely not in control. You want to be the best version of yourself at all times, but this is simply not possible. That would be perfection and even you, working at your very best, cannot […]

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This time it will be different

I have notebooks all over the house filled with writing. Frustrated thoughts, helpful ideas, paranoid delusions all share the space of the unedited manifestations of my mind. I am filled with an unease when I review these entries. I don’t remember the certainty with which I wrote about ideas that don’t seem like my own. […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

This morning I received notices for what sound like two really fun events happening in our town on Saturday night. One is dinner, dance and celebration of the winter carnival. It’s a week of mostly outdoor events that encourage participation, trying new things, social time and some much needed outdoor time in what is truly […]