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dVerse — soup de jour

Born from Mother Chaos and Father Order Mother vivid, brash, capricious, and tormented Father drab, introverted, obsessed, and tormented Each ordered in their imbalances, each oblivious I acknowledge order whether I see it or like it or not, for The paradox of order is in chaos and the illusion of control. My hypervigilance is on… Continue reading dVerse — soup de jour

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — F — Frankincense

Amongst many cultures around the world the fragrance of this resin was believed to increase one’s spiritual connection and intuition. The Chinese called it “fanhunxiang” meaning “calling back the soul fragrance.” It is often used in meditation, since the scent is calming, grounding and pleasant to the senses. It helps one to become more present… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — F — Frankincense

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — D — using essential oils for depression

Nowadays, use of alternative and complementary therapies with mainstream medicine has gained momentum. Aromatherapy is one of the complementary therapies which use essential oils as the major therapeutic agents to treat several diseases. The essential or volatile oils are extracted from the flowers, barks, stem, leaves, roots, fruits and other parts of the plant by… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — D — using essential oils for depression

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #129 — addiction and the hero’s journey

Addiction and habit are shades cut from the same cloth. The brain in my brain is like a malleable lump of grey clay and thoughts form depressions in the clay that makes it easier for the same thoughts to roll along. When there is a habit, of thought or deed, it easily rolls along those… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #129 — addiction and the hero’s journey

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#FF — Corrugated Pain

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll Corrugated pain She'd been confined in the spartan quarters for at least a month, maybe longer. The dark room offered nothing but time to think about what she'd done. Lying on the lifeless prison-grade mattress day after day, the only comfort came from light wiggling its way through the… Continue reading #FF — Corrugated Pain

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dVerse — Madness — Possessed

Mr. Jones tells about his childhood friend, a boy who lived with his mother, stepfather and brothers and sisters. The boy and his sibs never knew who would be chosen to “ride along” with stepfather, but they all knew what it meant. Years later, the boy, who is now a man, still lives at home… Continue reading dVerse — Madness — Possessed

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dVerse — Sestina — Mists of Indigo

"Just Before Dawn" stumbling through realms of red doubting sight of morning's orange buoyed by kindness' bright yellow moments of respite in fields of green a will of iron drowning in regret's blue return again to mists of indigo a traveler, searching through indigo crystal hums with songs of red you, love, lying on wet… Continue reading dVerse — Sestina — Mists of Indigo

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Giggling in the Rainforest

image link Annie had been anxious and fearful for as long as she could remember. She was sure that some of it had to do with her chaotic upbringing that included abuse and neglect. As Annie grew into teenhood, then young adulthood, it seemed the anxiety and fear had become ingrained as bad habits. The… Continue reading Giggling in the Rainforest

#OctPoWriMo2017 · 3TC · Fandango's One Word Challenge (FOWC) · fiction · mental health · Word of the Day Challenge

Monochrome No More

"Canoe on the Lake," by Netta Everything in Mandy's house was green. The day she came across the raspberry sherbet-colored silkscreen print of the canoe, she was thrown into a tailspin. Should she go against her obsessive compulsion to have green everything and buy the print? Over the next two days, Mandy checked ebay six… Continue reading Monochrome No More

mental health · Mind Lovers Misery Menagerie · Uncategorized

#MLMM Photo Challenge #261 — Moonpills

Nekneeraj is the host of Mindlovemisery Menagerie's Photo Challenge.   Nekneeraj says: Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.  Alternatively, if you are an artist or photographer, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.  You have 1 week to complete this challenge.  Please credit the artist! When you’re done, TAG the… Continue reading #MLMM Photo Challenge #261 — Moonpills