It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer in possession of a blog, must be in want of publishing a book 🙂 I went the self publishing route and did it. My guide to healing love addiction is now available on Amazon.
In 2020 (it was a strange year), I did a digital at-home shamanic (!!!) retreat with Blue Morpho and Hamilton Souther (see more here). I wrote a draft about my experience afterwards but for some reason did not publish it. Here it is.
Ram Dass, aka Richard Alpert, was not just a Buddhist, a Hindu and a mystic, he was also a child psychologist. I love his perspective on the question that has forever bugged me – why do almost all of us lack self-love and why does it start so early in our lives? Ram Dass explains in this video and shares a reframing technique on how “to love oneself more.”
My former employer, a large charity supporting those struggling with addiction, mental health issues et al, released a book of poetry written by their service users and staff.
Some poems did not make a cut and they needed more, I submitted my poems and they were included. Two of these were written when I struggled with mental health and two as I healed myself with plant medicines. I’ll link them here.
Next time you are in Waterstones, grab a copy. All proceeds go to a good cause – helping those struggling with addiction and mental health. Light and love.
Remember A Year To Live challenge? Last Friday was the last day of my experiment. I “died.” It is time to draw the results.
Overall, it was a very illuminating challenge and I highly recommend it. Most of the things I learned were the things I already knew but I put them to practice more. Live here and now. Don’t leave anything important to tomorrow if you can do it now. Money is an excuse, you can find money, don’t let money stop you. You don’t have enough time on negative or ignorant people, you won’t save or fix them, leave them alone. Meditate daily. Eat what you want (but take care of your body) and feed others.
My goals were simple and I achieved most of them, or rather Universe made them happen. I must put a X next to the Spain one as well as a friend invited me to travel there in January out of the blue. Now I just have to find a job to be able to afford it.
I was patient, I was brave, I didn’t take no for an answer. And the most important objective of my experiment – this year I really felt alive. I hope to be able to continue to live with this newly found attitude.
You don’t need to take shrooms or travel to Spain to live fully. There are plenty of small and/or free things you can do right now to enrich your life. It is more of a mindset shift rather than anything else. I hope you find your way.