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Crazy or Weird

These are labels that get thrown around carelessly. Full disclosure - I have done this to. I do however try to be mindful with my use of language, knowing the power of words and how they can impact others and myself. I have been called this on and off throughout my life. Crazy Weird Now let's get this straight. Seriously. I feel like I need to say this on behalf of all of us who are stepping outside of the comfort zones of what is 'normal'. What is normal anyway?! I am reminded of the quote that says, 'It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” If Crazy and Weird means: Shaking stress out of my body when it arises because something has moved me or triggered me... Or Laughing out loudly in utter joy Then crying tears of sadness Then back to a sense of calmness Allowing emotions to flow through me... Or Talking openly about subjects that are shrouded in shame... Or Sounding on the side of the road because someone beeped a horn and it shocked me so I needed to release the stress by moving the energy with the use of my voice... Or Expressing the pain and anguish of a family system and family history that has been passed down from generation to generation because others in the family system are unable to express it for one reason or another... Then well..you could say I am weird or crazy. But where does this leave us all? In a society that wants to box us in so tightly. Where does this leave us with our authentic raw expression, aliveness and sanity? Gabor Mate renowned expert on addiction, stress and trauma talks about the Myth of Normal and speaks about how we are all on a continuum of mental distress and 'Crazy' is a culturally constructed paradigm. Good news is that I see so many people collectively supporting each other in the creation of a new paradigm. I feel like we need a new word that means - well adjusted to a sick society. Any ideas?


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Emma Spiegler

 

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