We were made for these times

I read this vignette many years ago, and the feeling-tone of it has brought me inner strength many times. The title sings inside my heart like the chorus line of a great song. I share it with you with big blessings. We Were Made For These Times by Clarissa Pinkola Estes My friends, do not … More We were made for these times

Own your power – Sassy Sunday 8 of 52

Hey Friend! Did you ever hear about the priest in the long black robe who walked into the “wrong” hospital room and spoke the last rights to the “wrong” person, and that person died? I don’t have evidence to tell you if this has actually has happened but I do know that when doctors tell … More Own your power – Sassy Sunday 8 of 52

The lyrics to these Beatles songs play in my mind sometimes

Do you ever have a song come to your mind when you think of a particular person, or maybe even an event in your life? That happens to me quite frequently, and lately, when I’ve thought about the various aspects of Joy-Based Living, a couple of these songs rose up inside of me: While my … More The lyrics to these Beatles songs play in my mind sometimes

Transmute powerlessness into healthy power, joy and love when recovering from CPTSR CPTSD and codependency

If you’re dealing with COMPLEX Post Traumatic Stress I want you to know you’re not alone. Quick recap of acronyms: COMPLEX PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) refers to a person who is overwhelmed by emotional sensations, as compared to the visual memories that overwhelm people with “regular” PTSD.  Judith Herman coined CPTSD in 1995, … More Transmute powerlessness into healthy power, joy and love when recovering from CPTSR CPTSD and codependency

How to honor your spirituality as you heal and as you grow – the light in your eyes matters.

Quick note: I’ll address trauma and how it relates to this topic at the end of this post. #CPTSR #CPTSD #codependency I’ve seen a growing trend where really popular motivational interviewers are combining SCIENCE with psychology and coaching. But they’re completely skipping the conversation about the immeasurable, mysterious topic of spirituality. I call BS. I … More How to honor your spirituality as you heal and as you grow – the light in your eyes matters.

Embracing Trauma: From surviving to surfing. Ride the tide, there is ecstasy on the other side!

I grew up in Miami, a city where swimming is a regular past-time and where surviving undercurrents in the Atlantic Ocean is a regular part of swimming lessons. When overwhelming emotions take over, they can feel like an undercurrent, a riptide. That’s what trauma is – overwhelming sensations that make you feel paralyzed. If you … More Embracing Trauma: From surviving to surfing. Ride the tide, there is ecstasy on the other side!

Do haters slow you down or affect your mood? Use your superpower to WIN – with LOVE. #cptsr #cptsd #codependency

Do haters influence how you feel about yourself, about others or even about life itself? Do haters slow you down, suffocate your energy or stop you from doing what you love? Don’t give them that power. Fortify yourself. Use the experience as an opportunity to amplify your SUPERPOWER: Your bold, brash unconditional ACCEPTANCE. Acceptance of them … More Do haters slow you down or affect your mood? Use your superpower to WIN – with LOVE. #cptsr #cptsd #codependency

Affirmations for dealing with people who overwhelm you #cptsr #cptsd #codependency

When you regularly feel confused, overwhelmed, disconnected-from-self, or a bit too crazy after spending time with the same person – consider the idea that it’s not you – maybe, just maybe – it’s them. (Search terms: cognitive dissonance and double-binds).  Maybe said person is doing it on purpose, maybe she’s not. Maybe he’s got mental … More Affirmations for dealing with people who overwhelm you #cptsr #cptsd #codependency

3 Rivers of Well-Being, a short vignette

The river of compassion, the river of transformation and the river of life… enjoy each one, bask in them all… Much love, Happy D! Find your copy of SANCTUARY here: https://joybasedliving.com/ Watch a video introduction to creating your own SANCTUARY conversation here: https://joybasedliving.com/bloomingmisfits/  

Permission to Feel – Permission to Fly #CPTSR #CPTSD #codependency

Thrilled to share this… hope it helps you on your journey! Get your copy of SANCTUARY here: https://joybasedliving.com/ Watch a video introduction to creating your own SANCTUARY support meeting here: https://joybasedliving.com/bloomingmisfits/