There was a time in my life when things were just so bad! In my mind I felt hopeless. I could not see a way out. I was stuck. I had been taught all my life, however, that we are special and that we humans are meant to overcome our difficulties in life; to learn … More The Sacred Questions and Self Awareness
So many thing I could list but for this year I am especially thankful for the release of my long held pain which I thank God for the help in healing, as well as all my wonderful friends and family for being so supportive through my long journey to recovery. Life can throw us some … More This year I am thankful for . . .
I am reading, for the second time, “When the Body Says No; Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection”. The connection between the emotions and the physical body play a more important role than many people realize. Dr. Mate recognizes and writes about this in very definite ways. The first time I read this book I was looking … More “When The Body Says No; Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection” by Gabor Mate, M.D. A Book Review
One of the words Patricia Evans talks about in her book “The Verbally Abusive Relationship” is the word “should”. To tell someone they “should” do this, or “should” do that, is a controlling way of communicating. Shoulding is of the ways we abuse ourselves and others. Shoulding suggests shame if you don’t do what you … More Is Someone Shoulding on you? Are You Shoulding on Yourself?
At this point in my journey I believe the most important thing we gain in this life is our relationships. This means connecting with others. Not only with other people, but with everything that exists. I know this probably sounds a little “woo woo” but I guess I am a little woo woo. Lol! To … More About Michele
I have noticed in the last couple of years that my belly thinks . . . or rather, I should say my belly feels. When I want to know how I am feeling, my awareness falls into my belly to see. When my awareness is in my brain in my head, I think, I don’t … More The Belly Brain: Exploring Emotions
I sat on the wooden steps of my back porch. Though the day was sunny and warm, the feeling of darkness inside me was consuming. The feeling was that of anger, fear, and hatred, but mostly hatred. I wondered if the darkness was the influence of some evil spirit, or if it was a part … More Conversation With Darkness
Deep in an inky black hole, in the heart of the sacred mountain of Memyselfandi, there lives a large, black, terrifying dragon. Many years ago, when the mountain town of Memyselfandi was born, a dragon emerged out of the depths of the mountain into to the light. Neighboring towns were frightened and annoyed by the possible damage the … More "The Dragon and Guardian of Memyselfandi" a metaphor of emotional healing by Michele Ballantyne
Deep in an inky black hole, in the heart of the sacred mountain of Memyselfandi, there lives a large, black, terrifying dragon. Many years ago, when the mountain town of Memyselfandi was born, a dragon emerged out of the depths of the mountain into to the light. Neighboring towns were frightened and annoyed by the possible damage the … More “The Dragon and Guardian of Memyselfandi” a metaphor of emotional healing by Michele Ballantyne