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Weekly Theme: the Sacral Chakra

Weekly Theme: the Sacral Chakra

“Ultimately, to acknowledge the life of the body, and to affirm our solidarity with this physical form, is to acknowledge our existence as one of the earths animals”  – David Abram Aristotle once wrote that the human soul is a rational soul. He observed how plants...

Body and Psyche: Healing the Divide

Body and Psyche: Healing the Divide

Well, we made it! Starting this week Barn Life programs are officially on campus! I thought it an interesting experiment as we connected through such physical distance. Our last theme, I believe, reflected our best efforts under the strain of social distancing....

Inner Alchemy Week 4: the Rubedo

Inner Alchemy Week 4: the Rubedo

Well, in our series of transformation, we have come to week 4, the rubedo. We have spent time exploring stages and experiences of suffering and healing with an alchemical eye. Growth is difficult. To shift the patterns of our relationships, our moods, and our deepest...

A New Relationship With Fear

A New Relationship With Fear

Here at Barn Life Recovery, we receive a lot of inquiries from folks dealing with anxiety. And a couple weeks ago, a blog of ours laid out some strategies for dealing with anxiety and we’d like to pick that thread back up. A recent piece in O, The Oprah Magazine...

Weekly Theme: Suicide and the Soul

Weekly Theme: Suicide and the Soul

Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love… Life always says Yes and No simultaneously. Death (I implore you to believe) is the true Yea-sayer. It stands before eternity...

Weekly Theme: Giant Narcissus

Weekly Theme: Giant Narcissus

Early in my depth-psychological studies, I was drawn to the artwork of John William Waterhouse. His paintings capture the great drama of many mythic and fairytale images. I’d sit in a sort of meditation looking at the orchestra of expression. This amplification...

National Mental Health Awareness Month

National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and it couldn’t come at a better time. In some parts of the country, shelter-in-place orders are being lifted and some folks aren’t happy about it. In other parts, the orders are being extended and people aren’t happy...

Marriage to the Self

Marriage to the Self

I wish I knew the beauty Of leaves Falling To whom are we beautiful As we go? A Parable There once lives a king, long before our histories. He sat at the center of a thriving united kingdom. His subjects were joyful. His lands were ripe, green and beautiful. One day...

Some Facts About Anxiety

Some Facts About Anxiety

As we’ve mentioned in a few recent blogs, anxiety is now a constant companion during the current pandemic. While those already suffering from mental health conditions are at particular risk, learning to cope with it has become a necessity for all of us. With this in...

The Common Threads of Life

The Common Threads of Life

Existential Angst During the Pandemic Dr. James Hillman once said that our modern culture worships two gods above the rest: economy and psychology. Today, individuals revolve like constellating planets around these two universal structures. Less common are the words...