Many of us have been harmed by a true narcissistic. I’m not talking about a little mistake or misunderstanding here and there. I’m talking about being used as an emotional punching bag. Being manipulated and maligned. Being accused of the things, when it fact it’s they that are doing these things. Destroying your reputation. Being told that you are crazy… Continue readingThe Narcissism Spectrum: Where do you Want to be?
Maybe I’m the problem, maybe I’m the narcissist. It’s heartbreaking to hear people exiting toxic relationships say this. As they utter the words, they cast their eyes toward the floor and sigh. How did this happen, they ask? What caused someone who said they loved them, and who once treated them well, to turn habitually cruel and vindictive. All this… Continue readingNarcissism – The Secondhand Smoke of Mental Health
When you are in the addictive grip of a toxic relationship you may feel as if you are spiraling down in a cycle of painful emotions. When this happening with your intimate partner the feeling of being trapped and lost can be overwhelming. The fear and confusion can lead to crippling depression and anxiety. Toxic relationships can womb your soul.… Continue readingHow Leaving a Toxic Relationship can Lead you to your Soul’s Path
Boom, boom, boom! I awake with a jolt and see that it’s still dark outside. Boom, boom, boom. Again, the artillery, or bombs, or whatever they are pierce the air. The noise is bellicose deafening! Trying to get back to sleep, I curl up under my wool blanket, bracing against the high altitude chill. The boom returns, once, twice, three… Continue readingBurning the Old in Arequipa
Once of the things I loved about living in the Bay Area all those years was being able to delve into a literal feast of creative and spiritual practices with incredibly talented and inspiring folks as my guides and fellow travelers. One of the most transformational was ancient mythology and legends, and I was blessed to study with world class… Continue readingThe Call to the Heroine’s Journey
I was basically the walking dead. Seriously, I felt I had nothing to look forward to. I dragged myself through the work week making a grueling 1.5 hour commute each way. Then back home to a partner/boyfriend that was quick to criticize me and quick to anger. Pleasing him by being home enough was nearly impossible on top of the… Continue readingFrom Walking Dead to Rebirth
I wake up in the tiny, modern sun-filled studio apartment I’ve rented for my first month living in Medellin to the sound of traffic roaring. Welcome to South America. Glad I packed those earplugs! It’s Monday morning. I’m not on vacation. This is no time to book a tour. In fact I didn’t come to the city to see any… Continue readingA New Life Chapter
The taxi ride from the Medellin airport is beautiful. Honestly, I think the ride is worth the trip alone. Traveling the steep curving highway, you are greeted by deep green mountains, fields of tropical flowers, intrepid cyclists, and colorful birds. But the first thing you’ll notice is that the temperature outside is just about perfect – a Goldilocks like not-too-hot… Continue readingWhy I Moved to South America