Archive | August, 2019

What’s love got to do with it? Can spirituality transform politics?

This issue of The MOON explores love as a political force and asks if it can transform our toxic politics. We’re speaking here about brotherly love, not romantic love; and we’re also using the word as a verb, a conviction; not an emotional state. Although there are doubtless other contemporary political leaders who are motivated by love—Tulsi Gabbard comes to mind—Marianne Williamson has made it the basis of her platform. […]

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Addiction MOON Shine

“When you’re missing a piece of yourself, aching, gut-wrenching emptiness begins to take over. Until you find the link that completes your very soul, the feeling will never go away. Most people find a way to fill this void: material possessions, a string of relationships, affairs, food…I bare my soul, with words, for all to see.” – Jennifer Salaiz “You got the vote of your high school Most likely to […]

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Beyond the dark night of the soul | An interview with Paula Norris Mestayer

Paula Norris Mestayer has been a practicing psychotherapist for 40 years. The founder of Springfield Wellness Center, in Springfield, Louisiana, she has specialized in the treatment of addiction and “other brain disorders” since 2000, when her own teenage daughter got into trouble with drugs and Norris Mestayer accompanied her to a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. There, the physician’s treatment was an intravenous infusion of something he called NTR—Neurotransmitter Restoration Therapy. […]

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Wendy Taylor Carlisle | Addiction poems

Getting to the Fifth The woman who was not going to talk about her past, spoke to the woman who did not judge. That good, sad woman, the hard one, whose past was scars and fires, disfiguring, smoldering. The woman who figured speaking must be better than the old silence, the days with their vomit and combat, what that women says now, reveals ache and shock. Then, the woman who […]

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