Addiction and the Wounded Animus

Addiction and the Wounded Animus

I’m an all or nothing type of a girl, I used to say. Addictive tendencies and obsessive qualities have been a central part of my life. I felt its presence, like something was wrong from the age of about 14 – puberty awoke the hungry serpent. I metamorphosed from...
We Are Not Our Survival Strategies

We Are Not Our Survival Strategies

How do we become aware of the survival strategies and coping skills that we have become so attached to? How can we let go of the unconscious survival strategies that have their roots in ancestral trauma and prevent us from living our fullest, most creative lives? Let...
Scent and Identity

Scent and Identity

by Florian Birkmayer, MD   A friend recently sent me this very sad and touching article from the NY Times about people who have lost their sense of smell due to Covid-19. Smell doesn’t just tell us whether food may be spoiled or conversely makes us enjoy its...
Turning Terror Into Healing

Turning Terror Into Healing

Statue of Yamantaka, Vanquisher of Death (wikipedia)   by Florian Birkmayer, MD Many of us were disturbed but not surprised by the events of January 6, 2021, a day of domestic terrorism, exposing for all to see the dangers of a fascist-in-all-but-uniform...
Ongoing Lessons for the Wounded Healer

Ongoing Lessons for the Wounded Healer

I want to share an experience that I am currently integrating and that has helped me to carry on healing the mother wound that I carry and see the importance of preparation and protection when sitting or holding space for people with stories that resonate with one’s...