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WILDFLOWERS’ MOVEMENT is a collaboration of giving and receiving mindful peer support, self-awareness, and radical wellness.Philosophy: Eco-Consciousness
Being eco-conscious of our own body, mind, and spirit is at the heart of being eco-conscious of our environment… And being eco-conscious of our environment is being eco-conscious of our body, mind, and spirit… for they are ONE in the same…
All are welcome. We believe a true community that embraces diversity is the solution.


The Wildflowers’ Movement is a collaborative space that utilizes the process of giving and receiving mindful support to practice self-awareness, cultivate radical wellness, and celebrate diversity.In vast meadows thriving with life, flowers bloom as a natural consequence of the environment. While perhaps of the same species, each blossom retains its own nature, and opens its colors to the sky as though in offering to the great cycle of existence.In the Wildflowers’ Movement, it is our philosophy that as individuals, we resemble the meadow flower. Though we are distinct as people we are not separate, that though our expressions of life fluctuate we can still become a part of the lustrous whole by recognizing our interconnectedness and inner beauty through self-awareness and community building.The Wildflowers’ Movement accepts and welcomes people with diverse histories and backgrounds, especially those who have experienced health issues firsthand. It is our contention that experience should not be formulated as a pathology of symptoms, but rather as a wide array of wealth and knowledge to be gleaned from our first hand encounters with life that have informed us in unique ways. It is through sharing our insights and understandings that we come to strengthen our community amid potentially alienating environments and circumstances, that we positively build on the self in the manner of spiritual alchemists who turn the lead of experience into the gold of realization and awareness.You are welcome to the group for whichever reason you feel you should be. No matter how alienated you are by the world around you, no matter how out of step or disconnected you might feel, you are not alone. We believe that true community which embraces diversity is the solution.

Self-acceptance is the key to recognizing who we truly are.Self-awareness is having a clear perception of our personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self-awareness allows us to understand other people, how they perceive us, our attitude and our responses to them in the moment.Self-consciousness, including super-consciousness, is the mental activity through which we feel a sense of being or existing as a unique and total individual. This notion comes out of reflexive philosophy and its derivatives that hold that the human faculty of consciousness, apparent to itself and having itself as its object, marks the primacy of consciousness in the definition of the human psyche. This sense of identity, this initial subjective stance, is established gradually, being linked with the general development of the human mind in its relationship to itself and the outside world.Self-awareness and self-consciousness, and super-consciousness are to be cultivated daily in order to maintain our self-acceptance.





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Wildflowers' Movement- Cherry tree in astral cluster photoshop by Sandra Cheng

There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread.– Mother Teresa

Wildflowers' Movement- Thich Nhat Hanh

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

Wildflowers' Movement- Jung

The key to all problems is the problem of consciousness. -Inscription inside an Egyptian temple


An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.



True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

-Helen Keller


The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything. Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

-Albert Einstein


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About

Wildflowers' Movement is the soulchild of Denise Maratos, who also describes "radical wellness", as in cultivating wellness from the roots up. She began the group in 2010, with a few loyal attendees who understood the importance of peer support. She has been the support group facilitator for many diverse groups of people. She had been working in the healthcare field before experiencing her own extraordinary experiences over 25 years ago. After being diagnosed with an array of psychiatric “disorders”, she survived the entanglement of the psychiatric system, and embarked upon a journey of healing and self-discovery. She identifies as a psychiatric survivor. She does not identify with any psychiatric label given to her. She identifies as a Wildflower.

Wildflowers' Movement- Denise Maratos

Denise Maratos, Founder & Leader of Wildflowers' Movement

Denise is a registered psychological associate in Beverly Hills, CA and conducts online therapy. She is a PhD candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, conducting research on extraordinary experiences, otherwise known as numinous experiences, often called “psychosis”, “schizophrenia”, “schizo-affective”, “dissociative”, etc. by the biomedical model. She is an Educator with a Ed.M. from Harvard University, and hopes her research informs the public about the fictional book called the DSM. She is on the executive committee of ISPS-US and she has been a speaker for several mental health advocacy conferences. If you wish to get in touch with her, please email her at: [email protected]. You may also view her website at Depth Emergence and see her profile at Psychology Today, Denise Maratos.


Wildflowers' Movement- Denise Maratos

Sandra Cheng, Co-Leader & Website designer of Wildflowers' Movement

Sandra Cheng is a primary support group facilitator who was working at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services with National Alliance of Mental Illness when she met Denise, who at the time was one of the trainers for UCLA Mindful Self-directed Recovery. Her lived experience with schizo-affective disorder as rediagnosed in 2002 and schizophrenia disorganized type (2000) after two psychiatric hospitalizations gives her invaluable insight to the work. She is also an artist who graduated with an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts in the animation department in 2005. "PedantPhilia", an award-winning short film was based on real life circumstances related to symptoms of her first psychotic break. She designs and maintains the websites for the Wildflowers' Movement and other organizations. If you wish to get in touch with Sandra, please email her at [email protected]



Wildflowers' Movement- Denise Maratos
Wildflowers' Movement- Steve Maraboli
Wildflowers' Movement- daisies image from pixabay

"I spent years and years trying to find a word or term to define myself with an occupation, profession, or job title until one day I looked at the way a flower grew, it had no notion it was a flower, all it needed to know was that it could keep growing towards the light. Grow towards the Light"

-unknownlightofjewels.com




Peer . Support & Mentoring

Peer support is a collaboration of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful.Peer mentoring or coaching is a service offered by an experienced peer to a peer that needs support and coaching through a difficult period, day or moment.Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding an other’s situation emphatically through shared experiences and perspectives. When people find affiliation with others they feel are ” like” them, they feel a connection. This connection, or affiliation, is a deep, holistic understanding based on mutual experience where people are able to “be” with each other without the constraints of traditional (therapist/client) relationships.

Peer to peer support is offered through the group as a whole. If you are interested in individual peer mentoring services, we do have peer mentors & coaches who are experienced and available to offer their services. The rates are negotiated between you and your peer mentor. For information, please email Peer Mentor.
Be sure to include your email, phone number, day and time preferences and your needs, so that we are able to recommend the appropriate peer mentor to you.

The Los Angeles Times (12/18/96) reported that an eight year study showed that peer-support alcoholism treatment was as effective as professional treatment. Many peers say it is even more effective than professional treatment.
There is hard evidence which establishes a link between participation in peer support groups and improvement in symptoms of physical and mental issues. Dr. Louis J. Medvene, UCLA

A study reported in Behavior Therapy (1985) compared a professional weight loss program with peer support groups and found those in the peer support groups lost equal amounts of weight for a fraction of the cost.



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Healing through the arts

“We heal by entertaining our psyche.” – Denise Maratos


Wildflowers' Movement- Mary Pat Gleason in "Stopping Traffic"

CRAZYWISE, Consciousness and CultureWhy Crazywise? Why Now?Most of us know someone affected by mental issues, whether through a family member, friend or our own personal experience. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from a mental health crisis in their lifetime. Most will occur before the age of 24. It’s no secret that the vast majority of these friends, neighbors and relatives will never find effective, lasting treatment. It’s a sobering fact that more than half of U.S. prisoners and a quarter of America’s homeless suffer from mental health issues.To counter this trend, survivor-led activists and advocates are emerging to challenge the current system. These movements include successful treatment approaches like Open Dialogue in Northern Finland. In addition to Open Dialogue, the film explores new organizations and programs including: Peer-to Peer counseling, the National Empowerment Center, Stand Up for Mental Health, the Hearing Voices Network, Patients Like Me and Mad Pride. These programs emphasize hope for recovery, acceptance, mentorship and relationships.It struck Phil that this was the same model of mentor-based relationships he’d witnessed and photographed in Africa, Asia and South America among indigenous cultures. He found some of these insights buried deep in the timeless shamanic traditions of remote indigenous cultures around the world.Few people are aware that alternative treatments exist due to a lack of mainstream media coverage. This film will present successful options that show how the mentally ill can recover without lifelong medication and stigmatization.


Wildflowers' Movement- Mary Pat Gleason in "Stopping Traffic"

Cutting OutAD4E (A Disorder for Everyone) presents a play by Viv Gordan Company, Cutting Out, which is also an act of rebellion and resistance.Part performance, part installation, part collective act of resistance, 'Cutting Out' tells the story of Viv's journey from abuse to activism in a co-created installation of paper dolls. Holding hands in solidarity, they bear witness to 11 million adult UK survivors of child sexual abuse.Following 'Cutting Out's hugely successful tour in Autumn 2021, AD4E, supported by Onlinevents, is proud to host an online showing and a Q&A session with Viv Gordon and her team.A panel discussion will take place following the play. Panel contributors confirmed so far are Dr Jacqui Dillon, Dr Akima Thomas OBE, Sophie Olson and Viv GordonWe hope to see you on May 12th, 2022 for this unmissable evening.
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Wildflowers' Movement- Mary Pat Gleason in "Stopping Traffic"

Stopping TrafficJoin us on April 13th, 2006 at 6.30 p.m. for a tour of Leigh McCloskey’s art discovering the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul and a performance by Mary Pat Gleason, as she explores her journey with health in STOPPING TRAFFIC$20/ticket, use Pay Pal at 310.457.5398, call Carla McCloskey to RSVP, or the Wildflowers’ Movement at 951.638.WELLat the OLANDAR FOUNDATION in Malibu, click here for directions




Humor - Wildflowers’ Movement

When Life Just Blows, by Robin Williams

Wildflowers' Movement- Fukitol from Robin Williams

STAND-UP COMEDY FOR OUR WELL-BEING

POSTED APRIL 30, 2014, AT CRAZYWISE BY PHIL BORGES, POST BY CRAZYWISE CO-DIRECTOR, KEVIN TOMLINSONOne of the most audacious and exciting forms of treatment for our health is laughter. David Granirer of Vancouver B.C. who lives with depression, is a counselor, stand up comic, keynote speaker on mental health and author (The Happy Neurotic, How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success). David founded “Stand Up for Mental Health“, an 8 week stand-up comedy program to people with mental illness as a way of building self-esteem and fighting public stigma.


Stand Up for Health
POSTED AT TED.COM, JUNE 2011, JOSHUA WALTERS
Just Crazy Enough

Wildflowers' Movement- Joshua Walters

Joshua Walters is a comedian, poet, educator and performer. He incorporates elements of spoken word and beatbox into his shows in a mash-up of comedy, intimate reflection and unpredictable antics. In the last two years, Walters has performed at theaters and universities throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East.


THE 12 WARNING SIGNS OF GOOD HEALTH(If several or more appear, you may rarely need to visit a doctor.)1. Regular flare-ups of a supportive network of friends and family.
2. Chronic positive expectations.
3. Repeated episodes of gratitude and generosity.
4. Increased appetite for physical activity.
5. Marked tendency to identify and express feelings.
6. Compulsion to contribute to society.
7. Lingering sensitivity to the feelings of others.
8. Habitual behavior related to seeking new challenges.
9. Craving for peak experiences.
10. Tendency to adapt to changing conditions.
11. Feelings of spiritual involvement.
12. Persistent sense of humor.
Adapted from a posting on a computer bulletin board in Waldport, Oregon, author unidentified. Reprinted in Whole Earth Review (Winter 1994), a compendium of brash thinking and lofty ideas.


Wildflowers' Movement- Quote by Dorothy Parker


A Parenting ClassA psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their small children. “You all have obsessions,” he observed.To the first mother he said, “You are obsessed with eating. You even named your daughter Candy.”He turned to the second mom. “Your obsession is money. Again, it manifests itself in your child’s name, Penny.”He turned to the third mom. “Your obsession is alcohol and your child’s name is Brandy.”At this point, the fourth mother got up, took her little boy by the hand and whispered, “‘Come on, Dick, this guy has no idea what he’s talking about. Let’s go pick up Peter and Willy from school and go get dinner.”


Hello, and Welcome to the Mental Health Hotline:Click Here to Listen to the Audio VersionIf you are obsessive-compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5 and 6.If you are paranoid, we know who you are and what you want. Stay on the line so we can trace your call.If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be transferred to the mother ship.If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a small voice will tell you which number to press.If you are manic-depressive, it doesn’t matter which number you press – no one will answer.If you are dyslexic, press 96969696969696.If you have a nervous disorder, please fidget with the hash key until a representative comes on line.If you have amnesia press 8 and state your name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number and your mother’s maiden name.If you have post-traumatic stress disorder, slowly and carefully press 000.If you have bi-polar disorder, please leave a message after the beep or before the beep. Or after the beep. Please wait for the beep.If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9.If you have low self esteem, please hang up. All our operators are too busy to talk to you.



Poetry - Wildflowers’ Movement

SPIRITUAL WARRIORLife offers us the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior.
A warrior is one who bravely goes into those dark areas within
themselves to ferret out the Truth of their being.
It takes great courage, stamina and endurance to
become a Spiritual Warrior.
The path is narrow, the terrain rough and rocky.
You will walk alone: through the dark caves,
up those steep climbs and through the dense thick forest.
You will meet your dark side. The faces of fear, deceit, and
sadness all await your arrival
No one can take this journey but you.
There comes a time, in each of our lives,
when we are given the choice to follow this path.
Should we decide to embark on this journey,
we can never turn back…. Our lives are changed forever
On this journey, there are many different places we can
choose to slip into and hide. But the path goes on.
The Spiritual Warrior stays the course, wounded at times,
exhausted and out of energy. Many times, the Warrior will
struggle back to their feet to take only a few steps before
falling again.
Rested, they forge on,
continuing the treacherous path.
The journey continues. The Spiritual Warrior
stays the course. Weakened, but never broken.
One day, the battle, loneliness and desperate fights are over.
The sun breaks through the clouds; the birds begin to sing
their sweet melodies. There is a change in the energy.
A deep change within the self.
The warrior has fought the courageous fight.
The battle of the dark night of the soul is won.
New energy now fills the Warrior.
A new path is now laid before them.
A gentler path filled with the inner-knowing
of one who has personal empowerment.
With their personal battle won, they are filled with joy.
A new awareness that they are one with the Spirit beams
as they go forth to show others the way.
They are not permitted to walk the path for others.
They can only love, guide and be a living example
of the Truth of their being.
-Anonymous– See more at: https://makeheaven.com


During this holiday season, many of us struggle with feelings of sadness and despair. We often feel left out of our families and emotions of loneliness or abandonment may be penetrating our minds. We may feel very alone. These feelings will pass.This poem is dedicated to those struggling with depression, grief, and/or sadness during this holiday season. May brighter days come and light your way…


WaitWait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Wait.
Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
By Galway Kinnell


The Dry SalvagesTo communicate with Mars, converse with spirits,
To report the behaviour of the sea monster,
Describe the horoscope, haruspicate or scry,
Observe disease in signatures, evoke
Biography from the wrinkles of the palm
And tragedy from fingers; release omens
By sortilege, or tea leaves, riddle the inevitable
With playing cards, fiddle with pentagrams
Or barbituric acids, or dissect
The recurrent image into pre-conscious terrors—
To explore the womb, or tomb, or dreams; all these are usual
Pastimes and drugs, and features of the press:
And always will be, some of them especially
When there is distress of nations and perplexity
Whether on the shores of Asia, or in the Edgware Road.
Men’s curiosity searches past and future
And clings to that dimension. But to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint—
No occupation either, but something given
And taken, in a lifetime’s death in love,
Ardour and selflessness and self-surrender.
For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts. These are only hints and guesses,
Hints followed by guesses; and the rest
Is prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action.
The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation.
Here the impossible union
Of spheres of existence is actual,
Here the past and future
Are conquered, and reconciled,
Where action were otherwise movement
Of that which is only moved
And has in it no source of movement—
Driven by daemonic, chthonic
Powers. And right action is freedom
From past and future also.
For most of us, this is the aim
Never here to be realised;
Who are only undefeated
Because we have gone on trying;
We, content at the last
If our temporal reversion nourish
(Not too far from the yew-tree)
The life of significant soil.
-T.S. Eliot said of Metaphysics


Resources - Wildflowers’ Movement

TitleAuthorYear 
The Myth of Mental IllnessThomas Szasz1984 
They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s NormalPaula Caplan1996 
Broken Brains or Wounded HeartsTy Colbert1996amazon
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in AmericaRobert Whitaker2010 
Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally IllRobert Whitaker2003 
Toxic PsychiatryPeter Breggin1994 
Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and CrimePeter Breggin2009 
A Way Out of MadnessDaniel Mackler and Matthew Morrissey2010 
Psychiatry: The Science of LiesThomas Szasz2008 
Brain Disabling Treatments in PsychiatryPeter R. Breggin2007 
The History Behind the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Persons with Intellectual Disability” Part 1A.S. Levitas & Anne Desnoyers Hurley2006 
“The History Behind the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Persons with Intellectual Disability” Part 2A.S. Levitas & Anne Desnoyers Hurley2006 
“Antipsychotics for Aggression Unrelated to A Psychiatric Diagnosis”A.S. Levitas, J. Turk, D. Bramble, & Anne Desnoyers Hurley2008 
“Drugs Offer No Benefit in Curbing Aggression, Study Finds”Benedict Carey2008 
Link to Depression in Kids on RisperidoneLiane Topham-Kindley2007 
“Psychiatrists, Children and Drug Industry’s Role"Gardiner Harris, Benedict Carey and Janet Roberts2007 
“FDA Proposes New Warnings About Suicidal Thinking, Behavior in Young Adults Who Take Antidepressant Medications”,Sandy Walsh2007 
“Are Meds to Blame for Cho’s Rampage?”Bob Unruh2007 
“Child’s Overdose Death Raises Questions”Denise Lavoie2007 
“Choosing the Right Antipsychotic”William Carpenter2007 
“International Warnings on Psychiatric Drugs Since 2004″The Citizens Commission on Human Rights2007 
"Activists Take on Eli Lilly Over Sale of Zyprexa”Evelyn Pringle2007 
“ADHD Drug Makers to Warn of Side Effects”CBS News/Associated Press2007 
“Debate Over Children and Psychiatric Drugs”Benedict Carey2007 
“FDA handling of Lilly drug needs probe: scientist”Reuters Staff2007 
“Girl fed fatal overdoses, court told”Maria Cramer and Raja Mishra2007 
“Parenting as Therapy for Child’s Mental Disorders”Benedict Carey2006 
“Proof is Scant on Psychiatric Drug Mix for Young”Gardiner Harris2006 
“ADHD drugs to carry new warnings about psychotic behavior”NewsTarget.com2006 
“Use of Antipsychotics by the Young Rose Fivefold”Benedict Carey2006 
“Anti-psychotic drug use in kids skyrockets”Lindsay Tanner2006 
“Pharmacoepidemiology and Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research”Benedetto Vitiello2005 
“Worsening Depression and Suicidality in Patients Being Treated with Antidepressants”U.S. Food and Drug Administration www.fda.gov2004 
“Review of Safety Assessment Methods Used in Pediatric Psychopharmacology”L L Greenhill, B Vitiello, M A Riddle, P Fisher, E Shockey, J S March, J Levine, J Fried, H Abikoff, J M Zito, J T McCracken, R L Findling, J Robinson, T B Cooper, M Davies, E Varipatis, M J Labellarte, L Scahill, J T Walkup, L Capasso, J Rosengarten2003 
“Parents Crusade Over Children’s Tragic Deaths from Psychiatric Drugs”Marla Filidei2002 
“Against Depression, a Sugar Pill is Hard to Beat”Shankar Vedantam2002 
“Psychopharmacology for Young Children: Clinical Needs and Research Opportunities”B Vitiello2001nih
“Critical Review of Tricyclic Antidepressant Use in Children and Adolescents”B Geller, D Reising, H L Leonard, M A Riddle, B T Walsh1999 
“Challenges to Pediatric Psychopharmacology”J G Simeon1997 
“Pharmacotherapy in mental retardation and autism”Benjamin L. Handen2019 
“CA Medications Error Panel Report”Panel members including Jackie Speier2007 
“An Assault on the Human Condition”Terry Messman2005 
“Regarding Allegations Made by the New York State Commission on the Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled”Frederick T. Zugibe2007 
“What Eli Lilly (Prozac) and Novartis (Ritalin) Would Rather You Didn’t Know”drugsandyourmind.com2004 

to be continued…



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WelcomeThis blog is intended to express the views and opinions of Wildflowers’ Movement Recovery Support group members. It is primarily a creative space and an invitation for friendly collaboration.Past blog posts have been articles expressing ideas of our current Wildflowers’ Movement members. They are meant to inspire people to be part of the Wildflowers’ recovery movement. If you are a member who has been to any of our Wildflowers’ Movement group meetings, please consider making comments about what it feels like to be with us. On the other hand, if you would simply like to participate here, we would love to support you and assist you in posting to this blog in any way you would like to be represented.
Please email us at [email protected] to get involved.

Wildflowers' Movement quote by Krishnamurti

The Most Eye Opening 10 Minutes Of Your Life

by Dr Gabor Maté

Who is Gabor Maté? A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.“Not the world, not what’s outside of us, but what we hold inside traps us. We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world.”#GaborMaté


Despair, Distress, Depression… are not Diseases… they are all indications that Human Consciousness needs to ChangeSince the passing of my one of my favorite comedians and actors Robin Williams, I am tired of hearing “depression” being called a “disease”. It is not a “disease”. Further, I am really tired of hearing some people referring to suicide so negatively. Through my personal experiences, and through my research studies, I have found that despair, distress, depression, and even suicide, are understandable psychological reactions to the stress and violent distortions of the modern world.So many of us have tried numerous methods to treat our downs, including our “despairs”, “distresses”, “depressions”, and “other issues”. Searching for the root issues such as recovering from anger, trauma, and grief are just a few examples. Those of us who have suffered from “distress” are usually highly aware and sensitive. Some of us are creatively gifted and intuitive. Thus, we find it difficult to feel “normal” in a society that places value on things that are leading humanity and the environment to destruction. We also find it difficult to connect with others on a personal level because we are disheartened by the amount of greed, cruelty, injustice, destruction, and abuse that goes on in this hostile world. Because of this awareness, we are simply so surprised that others are living in denial and have the ability to just ignore these issues and continue living in indifference.I agree with Deep Ecologists and with Dr. Stephan Harding as he says “I think if you don\’t get depressed, you need to see a therapist…I mean on this issue. There is something wrong with you if you are not profoundly saddened or depressed by the state of things at the moment. You need help to work out why you are not depressed. Not enough people are depressed…many people are in denial.” Dr Stephan Harding – Gaia Theory & Deep Ecology



When Johnny and Jane Come Marching HomeThis is an incredible project started by Dr. Paula J. Caplan Picture, a clinical and research psychologist, and an Associate at Harvard University’s DuBois Institute and a past Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of: The Myth of Women’s Masochism, They Say You're Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal, and ten other books. Her articles, essays, and op-eds have appeared in both scholarly and popular publications.

Wildflowers' Movement - Paula Caplan

Thank you for your interest in this work!Listening is “the art and practice of putting someone else’s speaking, thinking, feeling needs ahead of our own,” wrote Marc Wong in Thank You For Listening.The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project helps veterans heal – and reduces the too-common chasms between veterans and nonveterans – by having one nonveteran at a time simply listen to a veteran from any war. You can become involved by doing one or more sessions, by helping organize others to get involved, or both. Listeners are not therapists, and – except for speaking two sentences – they truly do nothing but listen. However, they do so with 100% of their attention and their whole hearts. Harvard University research has shown that veterans describe this as helpful, and the listeners say it is wonderfully transformative for them.This is about human connection through the often overlooked but astonishing power of listening. Regardless of the veteran’s politics and the listener’s politics, the sessions are healing.The three main steps you need to take are becoming familiar with the purpose and guidelines, finding a place to do the session, and finding a veteran who wants to do a session. For more information about how to get involved with the project, click here.When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home
“He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.”
– Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)


Wildflowers' Movement - holiday season

During this holiday season, many of us struggle with feelings of sadness and despair. We often feel left out of our families and emotions of loneliness or abandonment may be penetrating our minds. We may feel very alone. These feelings will pass.This poem is dedicated to those struggling with depression, grief, and/or sadness during this holiday season. May brighter days come and light your way…

WaitWait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Wait.
Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
By Galway Kinnell



Gatherings & Contact Us

Wildflowers' Movement - holiday season

Wildflowers' Movement meetings usually start with check ins & introductions, group guidelines, and end with affirmations
and goals.
At the heart of group, we may either have discussion after reading a health related article or choose a creative activity.

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If you are interested in becoming involved with our movement,
please contact us to receive a link to our next zoom meeting.


Wildflower's Movement logo and motto

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.-Martin Luther King, Jr.


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