WisdomWithin’s newest podcast episode is ready for drop-in visitors! It’s been a great start – we are about one month in, and air about three episodes per week so far! We appreciate your time with us and all your helpful feedback! Please know, we remain a dedicated work in progress. Our newest release is Episode #12: the “How to Get Through a Panic Attack” episode, with a positive, honest look at real tools to use (or at least to consider), in the moment, that may help you (or help someone you care about), in working through panic symptoms. These tips can help folks who live with such symptoms as part of a chronic, ongoing health condition. As always, we always encourage anyone in urgent need to seek support from health professionals
Revving up our podcast production this week, now with Episode #11 – The “Self-Soothe” Episode, available across most podcast platforms! Your feedback is encouraged and welcome, either here on the website, via Twitter @KathleenSurline or @WisdomWithin, OR, for those who app, you can voice message us directly by downloading the Anchor app (where our podcast is produced), look up WisdomWithin, click “voice message” and add your voice to the conversation!
Another new WisdomWithin podcast episode to share! Our 10th! Totally self-produced (well, me and the dogs), which is obvious at times, lol. Still, hoping you will join us on our mission of support, sharing good information and awareness in mental health. Did you know, you can talk back to our podcast? If you download the anchor app, which is our production platform (although we are available just about everywhere), you can use the app to leave a voice message directly to the show, or even a regular old message, right here on our website! Comments, questions, ideas to share, interview subjects? Talk to us and let us know!
Hoping you will tune in, subscribe to, and share our WisdomWithin podcast, available now on your favorite podcast platforms! Our latest “Just the Facts” Episode on mood disorders delves into good information around two of the most common mental health diagnoses, Depression and Bipolar disorders, as well as treatment options and recovery considerations!
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Inviting you to the most recent episode of the WisdomWithin podcast: Intro #2 – The “Nuts & Bolts” Episode! Coming to multiple platforms soon! Enjoy here, via this link…
I know you haven’t heard much from me lately, but there’s good reason. Very excited to share what I’ve been working on… a podcast version of the WisdomWithin blog, same moniker, encouraging emotional/mental health awareness, education & support, promoting self advocacy, recovery and HOPE. Episodes will run about 30 min. The hope is in reaching people “where they are”, with support, resources and encouragement. This is our test drive, and the show will hopefully develop and improve organically (if not technically), as we go. We are, in general, just out to do good. 👍🏼 We hope to add invited remote participants in the future, who can speak on a range of topics from a range of experience. There may even come some guests who wish to remain anonymous. Hoping you’ll give us a listen and share with anyone you think we might encourage. Would love your feedback, input, suggestions, topic ideas guest ideas, your yays and your nays. Podcasting; apparently the future is now. The anchor link is live already, but should work in your favorite podcast platform within a few days. Apologies in advance for a couple of pregnant pauses between sections. Gotta learn to edit better. But this is a self taught endeavour, so I’m just gonna chuckle on through. Thanks all!
A swell of very good people are struggling at the end of a gut wrenching week.
First, I hope that you are taking time out, during and from the madness, to just take care of your self and be grateful for what is good. There is always good.
Then, as the maelstrom ensues, may we all calmly seek some sort of perspective; some outside-this-moment thought process, which I admit to presently struggling for myself.
Out of recent social discussion, in obvious current events, where folks were civil, but of obvious and diametrically opposed thought; finding myself overwhelmed by the need for looking bigger picture, comes the following …
I invite you to look at epigenetics.
Think, “epic” and “generational”. In your own line of humans; in our collective lines of humans. The concept that each generation is affected, effected, adapted by, ravaged by, some social, national, international event(s) of epic proportion. The effects of each are then handed down, for better or worse, through all the generations that follow. No wonder then, we all might feel in chaos.
Just in our young country’s time (and we are a very young country, fellow humans), revolution, evolution, Civil War, slavery, abolition, women’s suffrage, hurricanes, earthquakes, WWI, drought, prohibition, The Great Depression, WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, civil rights, equal rights, human rights, assassinations, Watergate, AIDS, Gulf War, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, market crash/recession, more hurricanes, wildfires, the opioid crisis, MeToo, Puerto Rico, internet and social media, Ford/Kavanaugh … clearly, you get the idea.
My point, dear people, and I do have one, is that each generation faces its own epigenesis; we either work through it, so that we can adapt and evolve, or we can be crushed by the chaos that consumes us.
Our internal, innate survivor, enables us to adapt and evolve, individually. What we choose to do with that evolution going forward, and how, is up to us, individually and collectively.
This all said, my offering of the moment, something that gives me a bit of hope in difficult times, something from the next generation, developed by my now grown son, (educated by all our tax dollars and his own epigenetics, poor lad), and now his own amazingly well-evolved work team … wherever U stand, TheVoteNeedsU …
Denial of truth doesn’t make something untrue.
How often, we hear the phrases, “he’s such a good man”, “it didn’t happen, “he wouldn’t do that”, and “I didn’t/wouldn’t do that”?
What perpetrator ever actually says “oh, yeah, I am that guy; I’m an abuser, I’m a rapist.”?
Generally, it’s one person’s word against another’s when it comes to abuse.
So, most often, we don’t speak.
Now, seemingly through every manner of media, survivors of abuse are met with groupthink denials of assault, pervasively based in, when we get right down to it, political affiliation. Assault victims are “all lying”, because a current nominee to the Supreme Court faces assault allegations.
Rest assured, there is just as pervasive a group reaction.
Our initial reactive mind in the face of such pervasive denial? Words alone can leave us feeling re-traumatized; even re-victimized. We may spend years rising above, recovering from abuse, from assault, from rape; rebuilding our lives. If you haven’t lived it, you can’t know. To have survived though, we have already learned about our reactive mind. We understand that these haunted, horrifying feelings resurfacing, by whatever trigger, but especially in the face of current events, are a natural response.
So how do we work past our natural reaction to group dismissal? Whether we have spoken our truth out loud, whether we reported or not, whether we were 35, or 24, or, 6 years old (or all three), we are still here. We are not negated.
Choosing conscious action, be it finding a support group or hitting a punching bag; writing… a journal, a blog; registering (and exercising our right) to vote; writing and calling elected officials; working, living, trying to maintain our gratitude for the good in life – we alone, determine our steps forward. Listening to our intuition, asserting our positive action, walking our own path, this is where our learning lies and how we continue to grow.
It is also where courage is needed.
The closer we get to speaking up, the louder our inner critic gets, with reasons to keep our mouth shut and our head down. That critic speaks from the past, not the present. That voice no longer serves us, no matter how persuasive.
None of my perpetrators ever questioned my politics.
I was 35. I was 24. I was 6.
I am still here.
I vote … and I am not alone.
Trending on twitter, #WhyIDidntReport, in response to the current barrage of commentary in media, in politics, in general conversation, around why a woman would wait decades to report sexual assault or rape.
The free press and social media have opened the floodgates for all manner of pundit and politico, to pass judgment on how or when an accuser should make an attack known. This, obviously, in relation to the accusation by a college professor against the current nominee for the Supreme Court, regarding a sexual assault alleged to have occurred when they were still in high school.
One of the frequent comments: the decades since the alleged incident, and why so long to report. This pervasive judgment, through ignorance alone, speaks volumes toward why victims struggle. It has also prompted all manner of women, and men, to tweet #WhyIDidntReport. Go; read some of the Twitter thread. Just pick a spot and read a few. These are human beings still struggling to speak, and some are speaking for the first time. It’s moving. It’s haunting. It’s heartbreaking. It’s liberating. It’s empowering.
Why I didn’t report?
1. I was 6. I didn’t know ANYTHING.
2. I was 23, alone in another state, visiting a high school friend. We had been been drinking. By the end of the night, an acquaintance had raped me. Yes, I said no, many times, before I passed out. The next day was my flight home. I told no one, until many years later. The first person I told … became my next abuser.
3. I was 35, outside the U.S., and sexually assaulted. I came home and said nothing… for years.
To those speaking truth to power, you matter, you inspire… and I believe you. #WhyIDidntReport #ItStillHappened