Safe in Jane Austen’s Arms

Thanks to everyone who offered an opinion about whether A Mind Divided stays or goes.  Honestly, I wasn’t fishing for compliments, but holy crow!  They just kept jumping out of the water!  If I thought my ego was gassy before… well…all I can say is somebody better light a candle.

I’m still pondering.  But I also want to keep showing up in a significant way.

As my therapist and I started working through Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manuel for PTSD and Substance Abuse, she suggested I use my art journal to create a sense of safety.  So, this:


While I don’t have the dual diagnosis this book targets, we substitute food for drugs and alcohol sometimes.  I’ve been told Binge Eating Disorder is a completely different mechanism than addiction (that wacky, clever brain!), but sometimes it’s useful to look at how I eat to numb and distract.  Bipolar disorder, Binge eating disorder, trauma, anxiety—they all twirl together in a Regency Allemande.

This actually feels very much like my brain—chaotic, lively, jumbled—with the brooding Mr. Darcy circling the perimeter.  There are worse things than being a Jane Austen novel.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Kanigan
    Jan 05, 2017 @ 17:47:37

    Compliments? Facts. You pull us along in your wake. Wake up!


  2. Sawsan
    Jan 05, 2017 @ 19:45:45

    I wouldn’t call them compliments.
    It’s light reflected off of you 😉


  3. Robert@65
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 19:43:21

    what a beautiful metaphor of your brain. So, I take it your pondering if you will keep your blog going? Hmmmm. Sometimes we have to close a door so that new one’s can pop up……..


  4. Robert@65
    Feb 12, 2017 @ 19:44:35

    I will show this to my spouse – she will appreciate it too…..never before have we understood why that kind of dancing existed – but its to help the blind see you.


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