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Meditation and Liberation | Nirali Shah | Madness Radio

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 23:54

Is mindfulness meditation about calming the mind and accepting things as they are? Or is it a force for social change and challenging oppression? Can meditation help us become intimate with our wild, primal and untamed creative force? Nirali Shah, certified UCLA mindfulness facilitator and teacher at Spirit Rock, has spent thousands of hours meditating, as well as serving in one of the largest slum communities of Asia. She currently teaches with technology companies such as Google as well as academic institutions and non-profits, with a focus on re-wilding the self.

http://www.niralis.com

https://www.spiritrock.org/InstructorDetails?calendarinstructorid=177996

Audiobook: Coming Off Psychiatric Medications Harm Reduction Guide | Madness Radio

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 00:42

Now available as an audiobook!  Based in more than 10 years work in the peer support movement,The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s 52-page guide is used internationally by individuals, families, professionals, and organizations to support reducing and coming off psychiatric drugs. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, and much more. Audiobook read by Guide author Will Hall.

A ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti- medication, but supporting people where they are at to make their own decisions. Written by Will Hall, with a 55-member health professional Advisory Board, more than 50 collaborators involved in developing and editing, and now available in 14 languages.

The Guide and this audiobook are Creative Commons copyright and you have advance permission to link, copy, broadcast, and distribute. (Text version here: www.willhall.net/comingoffmeds).

Download the Audiobook here (rt/cntrl-click save as).

Borderlands Acupuncture | Herman Garcia – Ryan Bemis | Madness Radio

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 06:21

Are psychiatric treatments, experts, and medications the best way for traumatized communities to heal their mental health problems? Could indigenous practices, including traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, offer a different way forward — through grassroots community development?

Herman Garcia is the Vice President and Ryan Bemis Founder of Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare, which offers practical skills training to local healers in the violence-stricken communities of Ciudad Juarez and Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico. Joined by health promotors Maria de Jesus, Sister Maria de Rosario Cordova, and Gloria of the Rahrami indigenous group, they discuss supporting communities harmed by the War on Drugs, severe poverty, and inequality.

http://bit.ly/2gu2MPN

www.freedom-center.org/files/FreedomCenteracupuncture_brochure.pdf

www.freedom-center.org/files/TrainingGazetteAcupuncture3-06Newspaper.pdf

http://bit.ly/2d4UmfF http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/valley-sorrows

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rar%C3%A1muri_people

www.crossroadsacupuncture.com http://latinalista.com/new-headline/acupuncture-for-healing-in-border-communities

http://acutakehealth.com/ear-acupuncture-for-the-masses

https://crossroadsacupuncture.com/2015/10/24/ear-acupuncture-and-humanitarian-aid/