Author: cougarhawk8

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Let me begin by saying I’m a firm believer in all things recovery related, whether they be self-help groups, counseling, spiritual/religious practices, etc.  I owe what successes I have on many of them.  Coming up on 32 years sober, clean, and free from the institutionalized biases of the mental health system, I find myself reflecting…




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We’ve all heard it before, time and again: the greatest power we possess is the power of Now.  But what does it really mean? To me, it’s quite simple, actually.  My greatest “enemy” is Time.  If I am stuck in my past, seeing my failures, shortcomings, losses and doubts, then I cannot move forward today.…




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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
Apr 16

Shhh…

I walk into a room full of people, and the first thing I notice is the noise.  Everyone is talking.  All at once.  Some are quite animated, expressing themselves with gestures, volume rising and falling with the ebb and flow of the tales they’re telling.  Others are barely whispering, mumbling in the shadows to themselves.…




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Is “crazy” still crazy when it becomes the new norm? Are “delusions” still delusional when we name them alternative “facts”? Is “denial” still a symptom of disorder when it becomes a tool to reduce an otherwise crippling anxiety? Is “mental illness” still an illness when the whole world has gone insane? These are the questions…




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When I was young, I was a “cutter,” meaning I frequently acted out my pain and frustration by cutting myself, carving into my own flesh with any sharp implements I could find.  It was one of those more disturbing symptoms of my distress, and one I could never adequately explain. Today I choose less obvious…




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Though most of my work is influenced by my empathic nature today, I very rarely write articles that expressly discuss being an empath in a self-destructive world.  I have reasons, of course, and some are quite logical, even.  😉  But the bottom line for me has been that there is simply so much available material…




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Suffering is real.  But how much of it is really necessary?… Now, before the victim within each of us cries out in protest that no one chooses to suffer, let me explain where I’m going with this. Pain is inevitable.  Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pain exist, and cannot be avoided if we choose to…




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  I glance down and note with interest the roots growing from my feet… Driving down into the Earth beneath. Reaching out… Seeking roots of nearby trees… Entangling… Embracing… The joy of shared awakening into a new Spring. (Thanks, Deniz, for including me in this fabulous community of writers, thinkers and influencers.  I look forward…