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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...

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

A New Set of Problems Social distancing is helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and without an antidote or vaccine, it’s currently one of our only tools to combat the disease. However, it is also presenting a new set of problems. A recent article by PBS highlights...

Our Program During Challenging Times

Our Program During Challenging Times

These are very challenging times. We know that in the midst of all that is unfolding in the outer world, and how our inner world is responding, the work in our program can feel like a lot right now. However, as one of our faculty colleagues has shared, we could look...

Campbell, Jung, and the Heroic Archetype

Campbell, Jung, and the Heroic Archetype

Heroism and the Psychological Life At the start of this week, I want to break down the role of heroism in our psychological life. I suspect, we have all, to one degree or another, heard of the hero’s journey. Joseph Campbell introduced it first in his famous book, The...

Rilke and the Soul in Reflection

Rilke and the Soul in Reflection

Writing Through to the Other Side By far and away, my absolute favorite poet is Rainer Maria Rilke, whose life’s work is a dedication to the voice of the soul. His laborious, sometimes tormented progression through maturation mirrors The Lady and the Unicorn...