From The Pandemic To Our Mental Health: Why Breaking Down Is Waking Up

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The history of humankind is like a maze; a collection of pathways, designed to lead us from a beginning to an end goal, with the journey entailing much retracing of steps, the occasional dead end, and from time to time that sense that we’ve all been here before — after all, aren’t those who don’t know their history doomed to repeat it?

Fittingly, the word maze derives its roots from the 13th century Middle English word mæs, which refers to delirium or delusion.

As the novel coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the world — disrupting capitalism’s hitherto ceaseless gears of production…


Life’s Crises From An Expanded Worldview

I once heard a Rabbi tell the story of how lobsters shed their shells. He explained how the crustacean finds a place under a rock and discards its outer protection. The old shell no longer fits, but in order for the lobster to understand that a change is required, it first needs to begin to feel uncomfortable.

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski’s parable of the uncomfortable lobster helps us to understand how true personal growth often follows adversity. Just like lobsters, the price of this growth is a willingness to experience a certain level of discomfort and periods of vulnerability. …


How We Suffer Because We Don’t Understand What Our Mind & Body Are Trying To Show Us

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Several years ago the renowned Canadian trauma and addiction specialist Dr Gabor Maté read out the following passage at the Breath Of Life Conference in London, England.

The problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard. They are specifically yours, designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. The part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. Without something pricking you in the side, saying, “Look here! This way!” You are not going to go in the right direction. The…


Why society must begin to collectively take responsibility for the trauma it causes.

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A society incapable of acknowledging and taking responsibility for the harm being caused by the way in which it is structured and run, locates mental illness in people instead of in itself.

On a hot summer’s night in 1969 cult leader Charles Manson ordered members of the Manson Family to drive to a house in Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills and to kill everyone inside.

The murder of film director Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant at the time, and her friends, went on to become one of the 20th century’s most infamous crimes.

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James Scurry

Sky News Producer & Chief Sub Editor, Psychotherapist in training, Co-Founder of Mental Health Initiative SafelyHeldSpaces.org 🖋Writing in a personal capacity

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