You can't get more "primal" than that.....!
So, I wish myself a Very Happy Anniversary....these two 'dates' turned out to be two of the most important in my life.....
More To Come.....
Visiting from Michele's. Congrats on so many years smoke free. I myself am on year 6 and it feels great.
What an interesting process! And to give birth to a play, how wonderful! Congrats on giving up smoking, I hear it's more addictive than heroin...
Oh, and hi, Michele sent me :-)
I read the book he wrote about or for children. It really helped me as a mother not to try to stop my kids tears. When they would cry I would praise them....that's good...get it all out... till it was over. I'm a little more reserved in my own therapy but I do it just the same. I recently did some sand tray therapy. That was fun! and more recently (like monday) focusing. Maybe I'll write more about it some day. You know, I never plan what to write. It just stars happening and I follow the ones that have energy.
I'm glad you found a way to quit--I hear it's so hard. I'm glad I could never figure out how to inhale--with my addictive personality, I'd have been a goner for sure!
Naomi, I know what you mean about quitting. I quit when I was 38, after having smoked since I was age 15, at least 2 packs per day and sometimes more. I have forgotten the date, but it was 1977. Hurray for us both!!
About the bruise: I should have explained that it is really less than 1" across. I did a close-up photo of it, and it looks worse than it really is. He has a very low pain threshold, though....LOL
In February it'll have been nine years for me.
As for that primal scream, Mrs. P pulled it on me yesterday... only it wasn't a soundproof room and it wasn't very therapeutic for me. I'm sure she felt better.
Here via Michele today.
Congratulations on the huge accomplishment of kicking that terrible addiction!
You sound like such an interesting, creative, intuitive, thoughtful person, Ooloth.
Congrats on quitting smoking. I need to talk to you about that because it's something I want to do but don't know where to start!
Here via Michele! Have a wonderful evening.
here from michele
Wow..that was an interesting post. Not quite sure what I think of the primal therapy, but I'm so glad you stopped smoking. Congrats!
Naomi... as you know, I am thrilled that you stopped smoking. And the primal therapy thing is fascinating. I knew a lot of people in the 70s who did it. And remember tranquility tanks? I always wanted to do that but never got a chance to.
I did do a few EST sessions (when it was called "The Forum") and should do a blog post about that. What a racket. But I did get some good things out of it, and my ex-husband actually stopped drinking through EST.
I envy your soundproof room. I need one of those. ;)
I have never heard of primal therapy before. Very interesting!! I love the idea for the play you had. I'll bet it was really funny! You are so creative Naomi!
Congratulations on both anniversaries dear!! Give yourself a HUGE pat on the back!!
wow! sounds like fate- that two such important/life-changing events happened simultaneously. and on my birthday too (the 13th). congrats and it is definitaly something worth celebrating! i tend to write songs when i'm in pain- so most of my songs are melancholy, but oh well!!!! i'll have to check back for your follow-up post.
I am so proud of you for stopping smoking, and for continuing to be a non-smoker. That is so very difficult.
Here's to many more smoke free years.
Primal therapy sounds like it was indeed helpful to you then and now. I don't know very much about it but is sounds fascinating and I am all for things that make people feel better emotional or physically.
Congrats on all those years of not smoking! Mine has only been 15 months so sometimes I do still think about it but it goes further and further away and lord knows I am stronger in the gym...my lungs feel so different!
Happy Anniversaries for both of these big events Naomi!
Wow. I need to come borrow your sound proof room right about now, don't you agree?
I'm so glad you found this outlet that let you restore yourself. Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest difference....getting primal makes all the sense in the world to me. Congrats on your annversaries!
Hi, I am here because Michele sent me, but I've been before.
Congratulations to you on kicking that awful addiction. I too kicked it.
As for the Primal Scream, I am one of those "I'll reserve judgement" kinda gals. :) Glad it worked for you tho. And congrats on your play.
Congratulations on getting rid of the smoking all those years ago. So many don't and pay dearly.
I had heard about 'Primal Therapy'.
Happy Anniversaries' when it comes up.
Congratulations of your anniversaries :0) I learnt all about Primal Scream therapy during my psychology degree. I know it can be an extrememly painful process but also very cleansing and rewarding. I have watched videos of people undergoing the therapy at the institute and they can be quite harrowing for the viewer. I am so glad that it helped you adn your basement room sounds wonderful! I wnat one!! I practice this on a much smaller scale. I have to be so 'together' in my life that sometimes on my own I just have to let it all out. This year in particular.
aah - you stopped smoking, goodonya! Good story too, perhaps it explains why I haven't been able to... interesting theories, whatever works I say...
I've always thought it better to express emotions than to bottle them up, wish I'd actually found a way to do it ...
Happy anniversaries! what important dates in your life. Hadn't heard about this therapy but I remember Lennon's "Mommy" lyrics...
Happy Anniversary to you, Naomi. And congrats on being smoke-free. So now you've not smoked for more years than you did. I'm sure your lungs are happy.
Wow, quitting smoking and primal therapy at the same time. That's a lot to take on. Congratulations on your anniversaries. I'm so glad you succeeded and happy for you that a work of art came out of it. I love that actress by the way. She's such a hoot! Thanks for sharing.
Interesting post and link between your two events-- giving up something destructive and replacing it with something positive. You did well. I never smoked but my father did and it was hard for him to give it up but he did it in his 50s. It is a hard thing to do from what I have seen with his experience and read about others. Congratulations.
Happy Anniversary! Quitting smoking is such a huge accomplishment, and staying quit is even bigger!! Kudos to you my friend! (I quite two years agos myself!)
Sending you a big hug!!
I'll saaaaaay it again! YOU are one of THE most fascinating people I have ever not met! But let me tell ya -- if I EVER get anywhere NEAR L.A. -- I'm gonna HAVE to look you up!
I was trying to figure out WHAT could have happend to you in your life to give you ALL THAT PAIN until I got to the part about going back to BEFORE you were even you yet! That, of course, made it all perfectly clear! LOL! Honestly ... I can't even imagine EVER being able to "relax" enough to enjoy your little padded cell... but I would LOOOOOOVE to try!!!
Naomi... is there ANYthing that you have NOT done in life? I want you to do a post about the things you have NOT done -- but still want to! Please? oh yes... I want to enjoy all the rest of the unwritten blogs about the things you HAVE done too -- but I just want to know - what HAVEN'T you done? Would it fill a Thursday Thirteen? Or would it fill a 100 Things About Me? Or can you think of ANYTHING at all??? Just wondering!
Oh! And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! (jeez I'm so stupid!)
Happy anniversary, you beautiful soul! How interesting that 1 thing that was taking your life ended right before the thing that saved your life. Dec.3 will be 3 years for me, but if seems like forever.
I could totally see a movie written on the sperm/egg thing. I mean, it could go back to pre-conception & into other lifetimes and/or the gap between lifetimes.
Congrats on your anniversary! I've never smoked and think it's a nasty habit. So here's a big yay!
I've never heard of primal therapy. It kinda sounds like rebirthing. It sounds extreme but I'm glad it helped!
I had to laugh when I saw Melli's comments (doncha just love that crazy girl!) but I agree - a post on what you *haven't* done would be interesting :-)
Four weeks off the wicked weed for me, after 30 yrs smoking. Going cold turkey and it's hell, but I'm gonna give it my best shot. What a lot of successful quitters on your blogroll!
Happy anniversaries, my darling Naomi.
i engage in primal therapy every day. You should see the monkeys I talk to.
Happy Anniversary dear Naomi - I think your piece on quitting smoking is how I first found your blog. I remember primal therapy - I know how much I love not smoking and how much I appreciate you and your support during my quit. Take care. Hugs......
Hallo Naomi and Happy Anniversary. I would say congratulations for the smoke free years. I once smoke before but quit after 2 months of using it.
What an interesting post. The whole primal therapy thing does make sense.
Thanks for checking on me!
Happy anniversaries. :)
I don't know anyone who has really quit smoking who doesn't think it was one of the best decisions they ever made.
Hmm. Thinking about your one-act. That's a play I'd love to read or see.
I can't believe you know the date you quit. I don't remember. Course my brains fuzzy from all the drugs they've had me on from my surgery. Which went well.
Primal Therapy sounds interesting. I've heard of it, but, hadn't really researched it.
Congrats on both!
Congratulations my dear Naomi. It's very important quit the cigarette, stopped smoking! Good for your health! And what an interesting the "Primal Therapy! I remember you told that you have a sound proof padded room underneath your house for this purpose. It's amazing!
Congratulations also for the "The Start Of The Blues".
Many hugs my dear Naomi!
Congratulations! That surely was a very big accomplishment. Thanks for sharing what primal therapy is. Can recommend this to some of my friends but am not sure if they offer this here in my country.
Wow! Really interesing stuff in this post. I've of course heard of primal scream therapy, but never had contact with anyone who used it! Congrats on quitting smoking and sticking with it for all these years :)
Naomi, you have so much fortitude and life experience. I am always amazed at what you've seen and done.
Happy belated anniversaries. I applaud your courage, determination and longevity! I'm glad primal therapy worked for you, but I'm sure it was an incredible emotional journey.
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