The Health Consequences of Eating Disorders

This is part two in my five-part series on eating disorders I am writing for the CPTSD Foundation.  Eating disorders (EDs) are insidiously destroying some lives and greatly restricting others. However, eating in secret and feeling guilt are not the only consequences of having an eating disorder. There is a myriad of other health problems [...]

The Wisdom of Lao Tzu

I decided to write a short post using the wisdom of Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher who is thought to have lived in the 6th century BCE and founded the philosophy of Taoism. Lao Tzu also was the author of Tao-Te-Ching, a work exemplifying thought. There are those who believe that Lao [...]

Eating Disorders is A Hard Subject

I've noticed that there hasn't been much response to my piece about eating disorders. To be honest, EDs are a very tough subject to think about, let alone read. However, I've never been one for hiding my head in the sand so I decided (with the help of Athena Moberg from the CPTSD Foundation) to [...]

The Introduction to Eating Disorders

This piece is the first of five pieces I am writing for the CPTSD Foundation I'll be posting this month (February 2020) about eating disorders. The term eating disorders conjures in the minds of many pictures of boy crazy teenagers who want to slim down for a prom dress or something only women have. However, [...]

The Healing Effects on the Brain from Mindfulness, Prayer, and Meditation

Previous posts have focused on how mindfulness, prayer, and meditation can help complex trauma survivors climb from the pit of despair into the sunshine of healing. In this last piece, we shall examine the neuroscience behind mindfulness, prayer, and meditation plus tie up any loose ends. Changes in the Brain from Complex Trauma Childhood trauma [...]

The Physiology of Fear

Recently, I wrote a piece about maladaptive fear and someone asked me to explain the physiology of it. Although I am certainly not an expert, and no one fully understands the physiology of fear, I shall endeavor to do my best to explain it in detail. Please, forgive me if I get something wrong and [...]

Maladaptive Fear the Most Primitive Emotion

Fear is a necessary emotion that protects humans from harm by alerting us to danger and enabling us to respond through the fight/flight/freeze/fawn response. However, when fear becomes chronic it can disable people and cripple their lives. In this article, we shall examine fear, its source, and what can go terribly wrong when it is [...]

The Awesome Power of Meditation

When one thinks of meditation some will think of someone sitting cross-legged on the floor, with fingers in a funny position, repeating a simple word or sound such as “ommm”. However, meditation is much deeper and richer a practice than just the one practice encompassing many forms. This fourth article in the mindfulness, prayer, and [...]

Contemplative Quotes

Anyone who reads my blog knows I like to end my pieces with quotes.  So, today I decided to throw together some of my favorite quotes and sayings for you today. As you read through them, don’t just scan through, and then do something else. Instead, contemplate on what each quote is saying and try [...]

Acceptance Accelerates Healing

As I and many of my readers know, healing from dissociative identity disorder takes a long time. We struggle with so many issues that it takes time to wade through them even with an excellent therapist. God knows there are many things to accept in healing from a major mental health disorder. But perhaps the [...]

Mindfulness for Healing from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most of us who live with dissociative identity disorder also live with complex post-traumatic stress disorder so I felt this piece apt for this blog site. Mindfulness for Healing from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder All human beings have a tendency to relive trauma even decades after it has ended. Those living with the effects of [...]

Who Speaks for the Children?

This piece concentrates on how much we as a society (and yes, we survivors too) concentrate so much on our own problems that we forget the weakest among us, the children. It is time to ask ourselves the hard questions and find the hard answers to the harm our children are experiencing every day that [...]

A Beautiful Piece of Amber

I wrote this story for my therapist Paula when she retired. I read it to her and gave her a book of my writing with this story in it. I thought I'd share it with you. I realize I may have published this here before but I have many more followers than I did when [...]

Be Careful with Making Those New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

I don’t want to be a party pooper but making new year’s resolutions can be hazardous to your health. While all of us should set goals for the year ahead, setting unrealistic ones can cause stress and disappointment. So, how do you set a goal that is realistic but that doesn’t harm you? That’s what [...]

The Life-Limiting Process of Ruminating Thoughts

Living with the after-effects of childhood trauma is a daunting task. Healing can take decades and the scars remain for a lifetime. However, there are two human activities that make matters worse for those who wish to move on from an abusive childhood; ruminating. This article will examine ruminating thoughts to see what it entails [...]