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

13 Steps for Self-Championing Yourself After Emotional Trauma, CPTSR, CPTSD or Severe Codependency

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

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!

Vulture Symbolism

“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