• Live under the New Rules,  My Thoughts on the World

    Mental Health Diagnosis? Hardly

    Someone told me their mental health diagnosis. Except I didn’t hear it at such. And my response was “Oh, sweetie, I am so sorry”. Though I may not have said those actual words. I did say it energetically: that was my feeling. See, when someone tells me their mental health “diagnosis” I don’t see it as a mental health diagnosis at all. I have done so much work on my own “mental health diagnosis”, and I am now swimming so deep in the waters of Spirituality that “mental health diagnosis” gets translated for me into “this is the crisis that the Universe has decided to throw at me at this…

  • Working with Stuff

    Holding Beliefs for Others… and When Not To

    My realisation went like this: “I am not going to carry beliefs for them* any more. I am done. No more.” *Them being “men”. Men in general. I am not altogether clear on what this meant, so I’m going to try to find clarity by writing about it here. “Holding Beliefs for Others” Holding Beliefs for other people can be a wonderful practice, if done consciously. Like when I hold a belief for my friend. It works like this: When she’s having trouble believing good things for herself, I hold that belief for her. I say “I believe you are amazing, and you are capable of awesome things in this…

  • Live under the New Rules,  My Thoughts on the World

    There must be more than “getting by”

    Allow me to say a few things. Actually, this is my blog, and my computer, so I can say whatever I want. Ha! I forgot. I want to believe there is more than “getting by”. I want to believe it is possible to live life to make our dreams come true. Listen, I am very, very poor. I know that. How poor? Well. I’ve been living my whole adult life in between half of the “poverty line” and a third. Yes, a third of the “poverty line”. Which is to say, I’ve been very, very poor. AND I want to believe there is more than “getting by” It’s easy to…

  • Live under the New Rules

    This Russell Brand Revolution

    Russell Brand has come out in favour of a Revolution. And the world seems to be paying attention. Mostly because it’s Russell Brand. I want to explain what Brand means when he talks about this “revolution of consciousness” because he’s being a bit naughty (ha!) and not telling you anything about how to get there. This “revolution of consciousness”? You get it through spiritual practice The whole “Working with your Stuff” process? Owning your emotions and your dramas and working with them? Leads you to the new consciousness. Yoga, mindfulness, meditation… all lead you to the new consciousness. Brand says that the “revolution of consciousness is a decision” and “decisions…

  • My Thoughts on the World,  Political

    On Intersectionality & Privilege: Part 5

    The “Really Personal” (read: spiritual) As you may have read, the whole “privilege” meme kinda started from the publication of Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (pdf link). In it she writes about her experience coming to terms with the realisation that, as a white woman, she has “advantages” that people of colour do not have. Most people read that text as a political exploration of racism. I don’t see the text as “political” so much as “personal”… A personal account of the experience of realising that some people are perceived to have less worth than her. Here’s when I go all hippie woo woo. The realisation that “some people…