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
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
Thanks to ALL of you who read and shared my recent post (7 Things Spiritual Teachers or Friends Should Never Say to Someone with CPTSR CPTSD or Severe Codependency) which went mini-viral which means people were really touched by it. One woman shared it on her Facebook wall along with the note: Please! Memorize this … More 13 Steps for Self-Championing Yourself After Emotional Trauma, CPTSR, CPTSD or Severe Codependency
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!
For the rebel and revolutionary in you. Don’t be Another Brick in the Wall. I remember hearing that song for the first time when I was 10 years old. I was sitting on a public bus, in Israel for the summer. That song made me feel like someone actually saw me and heard me, and … More Alan Watts and Pink Floyd
Healing Complex PTSD is basically a gentle yet firm practice of removing the blinders that keep you in a state of “hypervigilant focus” for survival, which keeps one scanning their environment for what could or might go wrong. Healing CPTSD is the removal of a fear-based outlook so one can enjoy the beauty, wonder, magic … More Jonathan Livingston Seagull vs CPTSD
A very dear student sent this to me after some intensive coaching. It is with her permission and blessing that I am sharing it with you. May it shed light on the dark places of your journey and grant you greater freedom in your soul. Love, Debbie My mom gave me the rain. My dad gave me … More My mom gave me the rain…
The voice of not-enough beats at my door. Begging begging begging me to do more. Go there, see that, get there, be that! Come on, girl, you don’t have much time, Go Go Go!!
“As in the psyche, so in the society.” – Debbie Happy Cohen Why are vultures relevant to Joy-Based Living? (It surprised me too!) On a walk with my dog Hiro near a ridge on Lookout Mountain, I had a clear realization: Joy-Based Living (JBL) is not about focusing on the positive. It’s about recognizing your belief in the negative, and … More Vulture Symbolism