Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fear Brain / Flower Brain

I was raised on fear: fear of falling, fear of drowning, fear of being snatched by a stranger luring me with candy. Fear of my father’s anger, fear of my mother’s rejection, fear of failing in school, fear of humiliation from classmates. Fear, fear, fear. Fear of being me–if I’m me, I won’t be loved;…

Our “Fourth Quadrant”

Two weeks ago, I attended a storytelling workshop, Retracing Our Steps (But I forgot the bread crumbs), given by Dr. Hetty Rodenburg, a medical doctor from New Zealand. Her own personal story was one of the most moving and inspirational stories that she shared that day. Years ago, she had signed up for a workshop…

Egg as Friend

Last week, ice-skating with a friend, I fell and hit my head. What an egg I got!  I’m a good skater and the fall was a big surprise. The next day, I felt light-headed and my vision was unfocused. My head was sore. I was ultra sensitive to light and had difficulty concentrating. I easily…

Monster Baby

This past Wednesday, I spoke in the Humanities class of my friend Dylan Eret at the community college where I teach. His class had been studying images of monsters as representations of culture and society. They had also been reading illness narratives–expressions of the individual as well as the social context in which they were…

Know Thyself. Heal Thyself.

Know Thyself. These two words have been said by many of the great sages, philosophers, and gurus. I want to modify this saying a bit for the purpose of this post. Know Thy Complete Self, strengths and talents as well as weaknesses–those messages we’ve learned about ourselves that diminish our confidence and power. When we understand…