Category: Addiction

Repairs and Fine Tuning 

Seems we are either bringing our cars or some instrument or item in need of repair into the shops or our bodies into the gyms or our doctor’s offices. Constantly we are in need of new parts, infusions, devices, other things to keep us moving and grooving.

This process begins early for most of us and continues until our final resting spot.

When do we stop? How much is enough? When do we pour it on?

At some point in this laborious process we stop along our paths deep breathe and decide. We decide when we have had enough repairs and or fine tunings and we make those big decisions.

Cancer has touched almost all of us in one way or another. I personally have lost both my beloved mother and my dear sister to the big bad C. Both of these precious hearts made decisions along their journey and at the end of their paths. Decisions about what would be enough or how much they wanted to be repaired.

It is interesting to me as it may be to you that given the choices we have in life, still sometimes we make decisions based solely on immediate gains. Or we make ill informed decisions or let others make decisions for us. Either way these are important decisions and perhaps we should take more time in thinking about them and share them with the people we love.

 And the wheel goes round and round and round.

Caterpillars Don’t Become Butterflies!

Let’s get busy than shall we….

Mitch Teemley

10298900_10203759279603307_7085417779304645126_nDid you know that caterpillars are not “transformed” into butterflies? In metamorphosis (the name of the process), a caterpillar is liquefied—nothing remains of its old nature. Only after the creature’s death can an entirely new creation, a butterfly, emerge!

But most people’s image of the process is more like Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in which the little caterpillar “makes a cocoon around himself the-very-hungry-caterpillar-480x270and goes to sleep, only to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!” (

The Very Dead Caterpillar would probably have sold fewer copies. But it would have been more accurate.

When I was a kid, I used to love going to La Mirada Creek and catching those pudgy little pre-frogs we called pollywogs (you may have called them tadpoles–I forgive you). AWAM072505_40I would bring them home and dump them into a tub, and…

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Philosophical Counselling?

Nobody said we should live in a Silo. At least it is my belief. Welcome philosophers alike. Please tells us how and what, all ears and open heart.


Philosophical Confessions

Counselling seems to have become the property of mental health practitioners. It immediately signals to a paradigm that is their reserved propriety. And yet, the study of the human mind, neither originates with them nor is it their exclusive domain of study. Philosophy in the Western tradition dating back to ancient Greek philosophers finds the birth of all notably intellectual endeavours. Aristotle is credited with having clearly delineated disciplines of study with accompanying methodological domains. Granted we have witnessed huge evolutionary progress in our understanding of the human psyche but this has been a collaborative enterprise, the insights of which can be catalogued amongst neuroscience, philosophy of mind, psychotherapy, psychology, social anthropology, sociology and various schools of thought and intellectual currents within each of these disciplines.

Counseling, consultancy, mentoring, these are all in the widest sense pedagogical activities. Guidance, advise, support and decision making strategies are not specific to mental…

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