|Two Versions of the same doll from a sketch in one of my journals|
7/4/16 I hope you are all subscribed to Brain Pickings www.brainpickings.org…a
regular Sunday blog by Maria Popova with lots of thoughtful ideas and images.
She has me thinking about my own mental health, as does the lecture last week
at our library on Brain Health by Dr Kristoffer Rhoads from UW. We create our
own reality…and we are responsible for what we create.
people with whom we feel safe—Vital to our mental health.
brain stem is activated when people are faced with the threat of annihilation
stress response, as in our media/political/corporate-run world now
|Sketches for three of the dolls on this page...I can't stop making things|
robs us of our sense of control over our lives and experiences
our brain function is less efficient and rich than it could be
are herded into pathways of fear, directed against the Imaginary Other
by press and politicians and powers
want to control what we do, how we vote,
decreasing standards we now accept as normal
challenge of recovery is to reestablish ownership of your body
your mind—of your self. This means feeling free to know what you know
to feel what you feel without becoming overwhelmed, enraged, ashamed
collapsed.” Van der Kolk
|One-armed Icon...I'm trying to think of a nobler name|
help us share positive feelings,
brother told me
many times he felt afraid
many times I felt afraid and demeaned
up female…and with an abusive partner
point is, cherish Your Self
this Living Planet
ALL who inhabit it.
The fireworks are exploding...people held out til this evening with the current ban
Fire and noise...what drives people to need this drama?
We have a lot of work to do in the next months and years
To follow up our Declaration of Independence from England
With resolve to nurture Interdependence with all our fellow citizens
Not give in to Anyone manipulating us into
fear and despair...