Here are some interesting facts about the dandelion flower:
The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. ☀️ 🌙 ⭐️. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep. 😴
Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile.
The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves. 🦁
Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.
Dandelion seeds are often transported away by a gust of wind and they travel like tiny parachutes. Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin!
Animals such as birds, insects and butterflies consume nectar or seed of dandelion.🐦 🐛 🐜 🦋 🐝.
Dandelion flowers do not need to be pollinated to form seed.
Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
Dandelion can be used in the production of wine and root beer. Root of dandelion can be used as a substitute for coffee. 🍷 🍺
Dandelions have sunk their roots deep into history. They were well known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and have been used in Chinese traditional medicine for over a thousand years.
Dandelion is used in folk medicine to treat infections and liver disorders. Tea made of dandelion act as diuretic.
If you mow dandelions, they’ll grow shorter stalks to spite you.
Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide. 💪
A not so fun fact: Every year countries spend millions on lawn pesticides to have uniform lawns of non-native grasses, and we use 30% of the country’s water supply to keep them green.
Alcohol has caused extreme heartache and millions of death since prohibition was lifted in 1932. Yet it’s still glamorized and accepted as stress relief, coping skill, even displayed in fancy bottles out in the open in almost every movie. Fancy houses, offices are not complete without the conversation at the bar. Can you imagine if Marijuana or heroin were displayed that way? I’m not advocating that we do this- I’m simply stating the hypocrisy of how we treat different addicts.
I’ve explored this a few times in my blog, but don’t get me wrong. Other people in pain or who have ANY addiction are not the enemy, neither is the reversing of prohibition. I am an advocate for decriminalization of some drug offenses because I see it as a major setback in the progression of addiction recovery.
All I’m saying is how society and media and funny memes can guide our opinions just the the Netflix show “The Social Dilemma” clearly proved.
We all have stress relievers, but I think we forget that that’s how an addict STARTED, the same as us. They just couldn’t stop at one or two.
The following info is from Shatterproof which has great resources and info on addiction:
Substance Types and Effects: Alcohol
Though alcohol is legal and normalized in our daily lives, it’s important to remember that it’s a drug like any other. It impacts the body in specific ways, can harm your health, and people can develop an addiction to it.
How does alcohol affect the body?
Ethyl alcohol, which is created during the fermentation process, is what causes the intoxicating effects of beverages like beer, wine, and liquor.
The CDC defines excessive drinking as either binge drinking (4-5+ drinks during a single occasion) or heavy drinking (8-15+ drinks per week), and any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21. However, excessive drinking alone does not mean that a person has an alcohol use disorder.
How can risks be reduced when drinking alcohol?
Never use opioids or benzodiazepines while drinking alcohol—this mixing can increase the risk of fatal overdose
Practice moderation, either by choosing drinks with lower levels of alcohol by volume (ABV) or by reducing the number of total drinks you consume
Take breaks from alcohol, like Dry January, and use them as an opportunity to evaluate alcohol’s role in your life
Stay out of the driver’s seat when you’ve been drinking
What are the signs of an alcohol use disorder?
When someone is misusing alcohol, they might feel like they need to drink, rather than want to drink.
A person with an alcohol use disorder may find themselves drinking far more than their peers in social situations, or drinking heavily alone. Many people who’ve recovered say that they used to frequently blackout from alcohol use, finding themselves unable to remember what they said or did during the time that they were drunk. The situations can be wide-ranging, but the bottom line is this: Once alcohol is interfering with someone’s daily life, it’s time to seek treatment.
How can an alcohol use disorder be treated?
There are effective treatments for alcohol use disorder—and treatment is not limited to luxury rehabs or 28-day residential programs. In fact, effective treatment for alcohol use disorder can start in a primary care doctor’s office, where needs can be assessed and referrals can be made.
Treatments should always be individualized and based on each patient’s needs and goals. Effective treatments include behavioral therapy, support groups, and medications like naltrexoneanddisulfiram.
So then why isn’t there more support for harm reduction from recovery advocates?
I wasn’t always on favor of it until “suddenly” my son “became” a heroin user. Hetoin is horrible to break free from and now I know that a user isn’t just going to quit when out of clean needles. Harm reduction buys precious time – until they can and will get help.
A few years ago, in a small Antique shop in Idaho Falls, I picked up one of those books that somehow touches you in a way that puts the jagged pieces of your life together into a huge calming circle of archaic contentment.
This book is called “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb. It was part of Oprahs book club and it touches on everything from childhood rape to bullying, abortion and AIDS.
One of the reviews stated that:
Your entire life will flash before your eyes”.
This character came alive for me. She was raised in a poor dysfunctional family. She eventually weighed 250 lbs. She was beaten, used and made fun of in college then left with nothing but $500 from the truck driver who killed her mother.
She then took a cab to Cape Cod to kill herself underneath a beached whale! I mean talk about thinking YOU had dysfunction! After spending 7 years in a mental hospital, she implanted herself into the very same building as her college roommate’s old boyfriend and married him- thinking she had finally found happiness.
The 2 lines that stood out from the book are this:
The secret to life is to settle for the shape your life takes instead of always waiting & wishing for what MIGHT make you happy-like prince charming or thin thighs.
But then there’s a stark contrast of manifestation thoughts like “The Secret” teaches of making your life what you want.
If you can only visualize your own beauty-( or financial freedom, or peace) then you can make it real”…
Finding the balance between those two statements–Being happy where you’re at yet and/or making a life out of what you truly want…is the message I received from this book. This was the authors’ first book and wow! What talent.
Torie Jay White does a much better review than me, stating:
“He writes with this power that stripped his characters bare, stripped his readers bare, and then somehow brought us all up together, more clothed and more human.
Life is difficult, unpredictable, stressful, and uncertain so we must always check in with our body, with our spirit, and energy. Every morning as I sit down to meditate, while getting in a comfortable position, I always ask myself, “How are you feeling today Barb?” Then I ask my body what it needs to be resilient and cared for. When we “check in” with ourselves we’re establishing a deep friendship, a strong foundation, a great love that will sustain us all the way to the end. You are with you always so cultivate a worthy travel companion. This is courage. You are brave when you care deeply about your mental and physical well-being so that you can be all that you can be for others and our planet. You matter. Your life matters. 💚-barb Schmidt
You may have been told you are powerless. You may believe it. I’ve felt it, feel it sometimes still until I remember…..
It’s not true.
Nine ways to connect with your power
1.Your power is found in acceptance.
Accepting that “this” is your thing. A family member or loved one with a health condition or your own health condition that needs proper care.
2. Your power is found in taking responsibility. Response-ability
How am I “able” to “respond” in a manner that serves the health and wellbeing of self and others. What is my responsibility as a mother? A partner, a family member, friend? to support proper care, to provide care, to be caring.
3. Your power is found in education.
What is “this thing.” What am I up against? How is this properly treated/handled? How do I move barriers to healing and wellbeing? What is my part in creating, perpetuating an environment of wellness? What needs healing in me?
4. Your power is found in discernment.
Being curious about your perceptions, your beliefs, your actions and learning how to discern what may be conditioned, learned or untrue and finding a fresh perspective, action, belief to ground in.
5. Your power is found in choice.
How you respond to this thing is your choice. How you care for this thing is your choice. Choose powerfully. Choose with love.
6. Your power is found in action.
It might mean moving your body to move emotions, performing an act of self care or kindness or having an uncomfortable conversation or facing your thing head on and fully investing in healing & wellbeing.
7. Your power is found in emotional regulation.
Learning to regulate and practicing regulating your emotions and your nervous system makes way for your most powerful brain function, receptivity and authentic connection and communication.
8. Your power is found in sensing.
Being in your body and able to respond to instincts & intuition rather than reacting from fear and emotional dysregulation. Feeling into what is correct, safe, nourishing, nurturing in the moment.
9. Your power is found in healing.
Powerlessness is paralyzing, debilitating.
Sometimes, just the tiniest shift in perception, awareness, in your body, towards connection, towards clarity, towards nourishment, towards the earth or another being will restore your power.
When you tuck yourself into bed tonight, reflect on what went well today, and what didn’t go as you had planned and hoped for, learn whatever you need from the experiences to make new choices next time, and then leave everything else in this day.
You can not change anything that has happened, “don’t drive yourself crazy” while trying to sleep, leave it all here knowing tomorrow is a new day and you will have a clear mind.
Whisper to yourself, “I surrender this day” then fall asleep with a content, grateful heart. 😴- Barb Schmidt
Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another or the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one’s own expressed moral rules and principles. According to British political philosopher David Runciman– according to Wikipedia,
Why am I saying this? Because we are SO good at telling our addicted loved ones to take care of their selves and do things to get their bodies healthy again, yet what are we going? Possibly getting more stressed, more sick & more depressed.
We become so focused on the “goal” or our particular destination happiness, that we fail to live in the present.
Matt Kahn stated:
“I think one of the hang-ups is that we reserve gratitude for when life becomes the way we want it to be. We’re not grateful for the chance to experience the things that ensure we confront our limiting ideas and painful feelings. We are often caught in a standoff with life that says: I’ll be the most grateful when everything changes to my desired specifications”.
We rush around (maybe only in our scattered & frazzled mind) trying to make things happen so that WE can finally relax.
We might even enjoy and feel justified with a glass of wine to calm down.
Yes, although WE may not be the alcoholic and be immune to the allergy & obsession of addiction; it still may not be the best choice for our overall vibration.
How to facilitate a better vibrational state, so we are not ruminating on our problems, seems like a reasonable goal.
All of us must find our Place Of Peace.It’sa continual process, I believe. One that requires consistent daily habits, which I am quite inept at.
Today, its a rainy spring day, and after an emotional weekend of worry and indecisiveness, my goal for today was self care to find my place of peace. As I’m setting new goals, I find this live concert on You Tube on my apple TV.
What perfect background music to relax by than Jackson Browne? Why don’t I know this guy? Hope you enjoy this concert as I did. ( I guess I do know him- he’s the “Take it Easy” writer from the Eagles.
One of my challenges is setting goals with specifics such as time management & allocation. I’m working on it. Rituals such as described in Shelly Young’s article below will help.
I recently quoted her in my post the other day and she has some great self-care advice here, also.
A Loving Kindness Ritual
Every morning. Every single morning for the past six years, I light a candle, settle onto a cushion, close my eyes and say the loving kindness meditation/prayer, Metta. I say it several times.
Once for myself, in the spirit of giving a gift to myself, the gift of happiness, peace, kindness. In the spirit of generosity and love I say it outward, once for my children., once for my friends and family, once for anyone in particular in need of support, healing, blessing, my attention or affection or someone who has been a benevolent force in my life, shared time, energy, space, kindness support with me. Then once for all of us, the collective us, all of humanity, all beings in nature.
It is how I touch into that which is greater than myself, my place in the family of things, the collective of humanity, my role in the perpetuation of love and kindness. It grounds me in the now and sets the tone for the day. It is my work to be a force of love and extend that outward as well as inward. To be in service to the greater good.
I offer this meditation, this ritual to you as a way of priming your body, your heart, your nervous system, your brain for peace, a way of connecting into a greater force of love and wellbeing, a wish for all to be well, happy and peaceful. A chant if you will, for healing.
Try it for a week, a month, a season. See what it feels like in your body to say the words out loud, to extend the blessing outward and inward, to lean into the ritual as a resource for wellbeing and connecting to the family of things. See how it feels.
Start with yourself, be kind, generous and loving to yourself first then extend that love and kindness outward. Lay love over all that is.
May I be well happy and peaceful.
May no harm come to me.
May no difficulties come to me.
May I always meet with miraculous success.
May I also have the courage, patience and understanding to meet and overcome inevitable problems and failures.
May I always remember you are connected to a Presence that is never absent.
May I be held, may you be healed, may you be transformed.
I’m saying it with you. We can say it together.
If you want to join others who say Metta every Thursday 12:00-12:30 in community with my friends Rose + Jen go here.
In a previous post, I shared a guest piece from a relative of Dr. Benjamin Rush, who still holds the title “Father of American Psychiatry.” He lived from 1745-1813. So I decided to look him up.
Needless to say, I was a bit horrified at the methods of treatment for mentally ill people back then.
tranquilization through the imposition of physical restraints
food modification or deprivation
cold water treatments
prolonged shower baths.
Plus a strange blood draining method.
Read Letter B below:
Read that again….
FEAR, ACCOMPANIED with PAIN and a sense of SHAME has sometimes cured this disease.
Just like prison sometimes appears to cure someone of their traits. I’ve spoken about the correction system in regards to addiction many times in my blog. I’m adamant that if negative consequences cured addiction, no addict would ever lose more than one thing, or ever get arrested more than once because they would be so horrified and shocked at their own behavior they would just be magically cured.
Back then, little was known of mental illness so of course, the theories that were presented we’re taken as Bible. There were no “fact checkers.” Being the Monday morning quarterbacks that we are all experts at, its easy to scoff at Dr. Rush’s ideas of circulation & bleeding to cure the brain.
When you know better, you do better. I hope there is currently enough education being done around MAT treatment for inmates that better humanizes their need to have treatment like any other disorder. Many people can quit cold turkey and maintain sobriety, but I believe it’s because THEY chose it- not because they were forced.
The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. This treatment approach has been shown to:
Improve patient survival
Increase retention in treatment
Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders
Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment
Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant
Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone are the most common medications used to treat alcohol use disorder.
Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are used to treat opioid use disorders to short-acting opioids such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.
These MAT medications are safe to use for months, years, or even a lifetime. As with any medication, consult your doctor before discontinuing use!!!!!!!!!
Web MD lists 6 current “traditional” treatments for addiction that have proven successful:
6 Treatments For Addiction That Are Proven Successful By Corinna Underwood Reviewed by Dr. Carol Anderson, LMSW, ACSW on December 12, 2020 With several options available, you can find an addiction treatment option that best fits your individual needs. Addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Treatments may vary based on your needs. You can choose the treatment that works best for you based on the substance you're abusing, the level of care you need, your personal mental health needs, or what health care options you can afford. Here are some of the most common addiction treatments that have set patients on a successful path to recovery.
Detoxification Medically-assisted detox allows you to rid your body of addictive substances in a safe environment. This is beneficial because sometimes substance withdrawal can cause unpleasant or even life-threatening physical symptoms. Because detox does not treat the underlying behavioral causes of the addiction, it is typically used in combination with other therapies.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy According to American Addiction Centers, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a valuable treatment tool because it can be used for many different types of addiction including, but not limited to, food addiction, alcohol addiction, and prescription drug addiction. Not only can CBT help you recognize your unhealthy behavioral patterns, but it can also help you learn to identify triggers and develop coping skills. CBT can be combined with other therapeutic techniques as well.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) could help you recognize your negative thoughts and give you ways to combat feelings of self-defeat. The goal of REBT is to help you realize that the power of rational thinking lies within yourself and is not related to external situations or stressors.
Contingency ManagementContingency Management (CM) can be used to treat a wide variety of addictions including alcohol, narcotics, and tobacco. Contingency management therapy reinforces your positive behavior (ie maintaining sobriety) by giving you tangible rewards. This type of treatment has been used successfully to combat relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
12-Step Facilitation Twelve-step facilitation therapy ("12-step programs") can be used to treat alcohol and substance abuse. It is a form of group therapy that includes recognition that addiction has several negative consequences that can be social, emotional, spiritual and physical. This type of therapy begins with acceptance, then moves on to surrender to a higher power, then eventually transitions to involvement in consistent group meetings. Programs like the popular Alcoholics Anonymous use group meetings for discussion and mutual support.
Treatment with Medication Medication can play an important role in recovery when combined with behavioral therapies. Certain medications can be used to reduce cravings, improve mood, and decrease addictive behaviors. For example, the FDA recently approved lofexidine to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms in patients receiving treatment for opioid addiction. Medications like acamprosate can help reduce drinking behavior.
If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, you don’t need to fight the battle alone. Talk to a medical professional. There are successful treatments available that can help you overcome your addiction.
There are many other alternative treatments such as Ibogaine, vivitrol- not sure if that’s alternative- its pushed as pretty mainstream now- & also sublicade injections & subutox.. I won’t go into all of those here; because it’s been a rough day & my brain is loopy but its important to remember that NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL despite what any social media influencer tells you.
Let’s work together to find help for these struggling souls, including my son who’s still out there. Other struggling humans aren’t the enemy & other recovery providers shouldn’t be either.
Instead of a tranquilizer chair let’s find a LOVE chair!
Isn’t that what we all search for? Isn’t that our goal every single day- to feel some peace, some relief, some hope? A bit of excitement? We can find a little here and there with a yummy treat or a funny joke or the feeling of a hot tin slide on our behinds. Maybe this is all it’s about?
Today was a cold, blistery day as I met my daughter at the football field for my grandson’s 7 on 7 football games. Watching the vigor of children as they pursue their goal of “winning” was thought- provoking for me. I watch my grandsons play with “purpose.” I watch my little granddaughter as she fervently moves her little legs to keep up with the big kids.
She’s so vigilant in her goals. Rush here, rush there. Open the gate, close the gate. Run to the slide. Come back to mommies lap. Eat a cheddar cracker. Her happiness is found moment to moment with the foundation of safety to push her through the fears of a very tall & confusing world.
I love this post by a fellow blogger along with the 63 comments under it. I hope it lifts you up as much it did me.
True happiness is hidden in freedom of mind. We may look independent, but our mind is tied in many bonds. Sometimes we run towards social media for happiness and sometimes towards relatives. But, this happiness does not last. We all want to be happy, but real happiness comes only when we are spending time leisurely, we take small decisions in life and we are not under any kind of pressure, our mental Do not depend on anyone else for peace. But we connect our happiness with such things, which we do not insist on. Therefore, when difficulties arise, patience begins to be answered. Liberate yourself from mental slavery. No one else but ourselves can liberate our mind.
May we all find our freedom from mental slavery. May we discover & experience our own swoosh of a hot tin slide. May we taste the dry cheesy cracker as it meets our tongues in its own anticipation of being needed. May we find what keeps us at arms length from a true glimpse into the beauty of a moment. May we dare avert the gaze of sadness & disappointment & banish it away to the file of “I respect your effort but I choose HAPPINESS today.”
I pulled into my usual spot- the McDonald’s Drive through-line. I ordered my daily soda and pulled forward. As I searched for my wallet, I realized it wasn’t in its usual place because I had re-organized my car & work bags in anticipation of my daughter borrowing my car for a few weeks.
I desperately looked for some loose change to pay for my dollar soda. I found 35¢. I looked up. There were 2 cars ahead of me towards the pay window. Panic ensued. Should I pull out of line? Would they take 35¢ since I’m a “regular?” Of course, they wouldn’t.
Such a first-world problem, I know.
But it made me realize how we take for granted the simple privileges of having money, a car. All the things we NEED to function daily and get shizz done.
So when we get frustrated with our people with substance use disorder, for not paying a fine or not returning an important call; we have to almost look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
As one treatment center states:
"When drugs and alcohol come first, the rest of your needs can begin to fall away, and you can find yourself neglecting your basic needs for food, shelter, and relationships. For example, some will allow themselves to be homeless to ensure they can continue using drugs or alcohol".-abtrs
When we find ourselves becoming so incensed at the behavior of someone else who doesn’t value the things we do; it can be maddening. However, if we can see the effect these drugs have on their priorities, it’s easier to understand.
I learned this early on when I was preparing for my son’s return from his first rehab. I knew he would probably be staying with me at least a few days while finding a job etc. I hurriedly readied up a room ‘manly style’ & when I presented it to him with explanations that the bed wasn’t very comfy etc, he said, “Mom, do you think I care where I sleep?” I took it then as he was just grateful to be back and “cured” & the bed was a minor thing compared to the wonderful life he had to look forward to. But looking back- he meant “I don’t care where or how I sleep as long as my mental & physical obsession is satisfied each day.” He lasted 9 days before those cravings took over.
His brain was not healed in the least. Turns out that 6 weeks of subpar rehab isn’t enough & although he wanted to fix things; without his usual coping skills, he was left with a confused hijacked brain telling him to retreat & not be responsible.
A couple of months after that, when he was in full-on active addiction, I drug him- literally- into finish his bankruptcy proceedings that we had started while in rehab. Outside the office, he was in such withdrawals that he was sweating and cold and thrashing around in my back seat. I told him it would only take a minute & I practically pulled him out of the back seat.
He only had on one shoe.
Afterward it was laughable, but at the time, I was physically and mentally exhausted. And so was he. Who knew trying to keep from getting sick was so exhausting.
My experience at McDonald’s is just one of many times when I am grateful that I can pull out my wallet and drive my car and snuggle into my soft bed at night. My son doesn’t even have a bank account anymore. It’s heartbreaking that someone can fall so low but even worse, is the shame and desperation which this leads to. I won’t even go into the finagling that a simple task takes when one doesn’t have a mailing address, bank account, or even a car.
When my son still had these conveniences but was spiraling fast; he carried around his faded visa card that had a big crack in it. Of course, it finally broke and he still didn’t get it replaced until the account was finally stopped for continual negative balance. He would joke that all the fast food people knew him by his broken card. This gives a little insight into the chaos that swirled inside his head which surprisingly, the drugs fixed.
We just can’t quite understand it, but we all operate from this Internal state that I spoke a lot about in this blog.
As I study more of Gabor Mate’s work, the connection between the internal state of ADD and addiction becomes clear. Here’s one of his videos about pain and emotions.
My son, like all of us- just wants the loud buzzing in our heads to turn to a soft roar.
Addiction wants to take that buzzing & fill it with every insecurity possible.
It preaches freedom but guarantees slavery.
It whispers love but guarantees hate.
It splashes waves of euphoria onto a moving screen but keeps moving the screen away from you.
Addiction wants to take everything.
It wants panic.
It wants life. Any life. It wants bright, strong, committed, loyal, funny, driven, happy people.
It gloats and giggles when it leaves them in the dust like a used piece of bubble gum.
Addiction survives on hate, & stigma & shame.
It revels in families fighting & falling apart. It rejoices in little kids precious tears. It pretends to wipe them away with empty promises. But like an evil stepmother in a fairy tale, it vanishes the child to its own attic of shame, self doubt, & abandonment.
Addiction despises wands. Wands of love. Wands of prayer. Wands that fairy Godmothers hold dear. It hates the alchemist that can turn pain into power, coal into diamonds, & dull metal into Gold.
Be the wand it hates.
Be the love.
Be the fairy Godmother.
Be the carriage.
Be the prince.
Be anything that will hinder its evil path.
Contravene its power.
Hinder its lies.
Be anything that proves to your loved one that you are A CHOSEN one.
One who is chosen to not play a part in this evil scheme.
When the Sun is out to play, 17-Mile Drive transforms into an Oasis of beauty and escape. We can go back to the same place and experience everything differently. My son was 10 when we drove to 17-Mile Drive. It was raining. The Sky was crying all day and the Ocean grieving with it. So […]