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Trauma III

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Trauma III

Trauma III

Nova Scotia is a lovely, peaceful province, hanging off the eastern edge of Canada. Getting there is a deliberate and often challenging intention. It’s known for water views, lots of them, as well as whale watching, hiking, and picturesque cottages. While getting there is difficult, staying there is seductive and the stuff of dreams for hardier folks. With slightly under one million residents, it is small both in area and population, like a very large village made of many smaller ones. Its residents, including the indigenous Mi’kmaq people, have a long and proud heritage of both...

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Pandemic

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 2 comments

Pandemic

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”   FDR   These wise words from another time of International upheaval, threat, and loss, can still serve as a touchstone as we navigate a range of  events unprecedented in our lifetime. Up to this writing, 20,911 people worldwide have died from Covid-19, of 463,342 reported cases. The number of actual cases is no doubt much higher, even as the death toll mounts by the hour. There is universal agreement among public health experts that “Sheltering in Place” is the best way to slow the spread of the virus.  There is...

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Change

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Change

Change

“Change is the only constant in Life.” Heraclitus   I used to say that I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into my future. I was no fan of change. That was a fear-driven way of being in the world. It was also a symptom of a victim consciousness. I now see myself as the co-creator of my future, together with the higher powers that work with and for me to bring good things into my life. I have emphatically re-ordered my relationship with change. Having found and practiced another way of looking at the unfolding events in life, looking at them at least with equanimity and...

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Sorrow III

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Sorrow III

Sorrow III

“There’s a hole in the world tonight There’s a cloud of fear and sorrow There’s a hole in the world tonight Don’t let there be a hole in the world tomorrow” The Eagles     There’s only one appropriate topic this week for a site that focuses on healing Trauma. Yet, as I say that I know that for the families and communities victimized by the latest mass shootings in America, healing will be a long time in coming, if it comes at all. Indeed, America itself is grievously wounded and torn apart with no healing in sight. This is the fifth mass...

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Perfectionism

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Perfectionism

Perfectionism

     Judging ourselves and finding that we come up short is endemic in our high-powered, fast-paced world.  We say things to ourselves that we’d never consider saying to a loved one. “Well, I blew that.”  “What a jerk I am.”  “I am hopeless.” Harsh self-talk is an insidious and destructive side effect of perfectionism. What if you didn’t have to be perfect? I know. It doesn’t feel like a choice. Compulsions never do. Like a hamster on a wheel, you don’t know how to stop and get off, to give yourself a...

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Grief II

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Grief II

Grief II

Last year my life changed forever. I’ve joined that club no one wants to be in – one of my children died. My 36 year old son, Joseph, died of a brain aneurysm. In the first blog on Grief, I noted some skillful ways to help someone who is grieving. The depth of the pain when grieving the loss of a child, including an adult child, requires a degree of compassion and sensitivity that challenges even the most caring among us. Our communication tools can suddenly seem woefully inadequate.  I can try to help by relating what people have done that was meaningful to me in the most...

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Trauma

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 2 comments

Trauma

“Where a man has a certain fantasy, another man may lose his life, or, breach his spirit.” Carl Jung I begin with this quote from Carl Jung to demonstrate that Trauma is endemic in human society. The sense of the word “breach” as Jung uses it here is “rupture.”  The aspect of trauma that I’m discussing in this essay is where there is an identified victim or victims and a perpetrator (or perpetrators). Trauma can come from natural disasters, man-made disasters and many natural or everyday occurrences – a child swallowing a bee (natural), or...

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Addiction

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Addiction

Addiction

Addiction What happens to enslave us to a substance, a person, an activity, a behavior? It may begin with a desire or need to self-medicate, to alter one’s mood or consciousness toward pleasure. Like the attraction of the Ferris wheel, it’s glittery and exciting. It’s fun the first few times. Maybe it’s fun for quite a long time. It’s beautiful. Whether it’s gambling, drinking, drugs, sex. shopping, or a relationship – you’re having the time of your life. What happens when you can’t get off the spinning wheel? When it won’t stop. When it turns faster and faster and it seems like no one is in...

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