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Book Review: Taking the Mask Off: Destroying the Stigmatic Barriers of Mental Health and Addiction Using a Spiritual Solution by Cortland Pfeffer, Irwin Ozborne



This memoir was on my wish list as soon as I read that it was to be published. I follow the author’s blog and he has inspired me a lot, I got that soulful telepathic motivation to take and keep my own mask off… Frankly speaken, this book may not be on the spectre of the Four Agreements – well the author read and was inspired by that one too… but this book is another big bam revolutionary book not definitely for the chicken hearted. Truth be told, the authors did an incredible job especially with all the research in the book. And using his personal, amazing, and life impacting story – to all extent and with no reservation, gets me 5/5 PERIOD.

I don’t even know how to conventionally review this book… I mean I heard Oprah Winfrey on youtube say how her knees trembled when she went to interview Michael Jakson the Legend. She has interviwed thousands of celebrities yet she has never felt ‘nervous’ going to interview anyone. Gosh she herself is celebrity… This anecdote is just to say that of all the hundreds and hundreds of books I have read, I never felt so ‘Soul Strained and Soul Searched’ like I felt while reading this book… even reading the Four Agreements which I presented recently, didn’t move me to my marrows like this one… I related to different extents no doubt, but I sure do… I learn just so much… I agree to just so much…

229 Highlights | 231 Notes (This is from kindle – you can tell what I take out of this book)… I’ll share a few of my notes and then leave you with the encouragement to add this to your reading list for the season … you wouldn’t regret it – you’ll look at the New Year different – You’ll plan it differently and hopefully Live it Out Differently…

Highlight (Yellow) and Note | Location 989
If I can push people away from me, there is no chance they can get close to me and hurt me. If my emotional learning stems from fear and mistrust, I am not going to let random hospital staff into my life.
wow (My note)
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The Power of Empathy
does much (My note)
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they did everything with love. Ahh, there it is. The other motivating factor in life: love. As described by Jack Kornfield in A Wise Heart, “When you love anyone enough, they will share their secrets.”
true (My note)

Thank you Cortland Pfeffer, Irwin Ozborne…

About Cortland Pfeffer
Cortland Pfeffer spent years as a patient in psychiatric hospitals, treatment centers, and jails before becoming a registered nurse and working in the same facilities. Based on his experience, this story is told from both sides of the desk. It offers a unique and valuable perspective into mental health and addiction, revealing the problems with the psychiatric industry while also providing the solution – one that brings together science, spirituality, philosophy, and personal experience.

Posted in From Around!, Marie's Garden

Milk & More Musings from Me…

Almost a whole year before I could smile again  about milk
Almost a whole year before I could smile again about milk

Hello world, this is a saturday impromtu post, but I just felt the need to share some milk and more musings and from Me…

I recall a post on what a mere gallon of milk did to me, that was over two months ago and it was my first visit to this supermarket in the Nederlands. I had felt so bad then that I thought I wouldn’t ever want to go there again. Well, there were some other reasons too you know.

Anyway, this morning I was invited to come along once more. And guess what, I not only did, but I decided to make the most of that trip.

 Enjoying the air and the statutes

I even got to see a vessel from the Maersk Shipping line sail by, and this was oh so nostaligic. I have two dear cousins working with Maersk in Cameroon, I did a field trip on one of the vessels back then for my diploma in Shipping and Logisctics, and em I’ll be relocating home in August and all this are just signs you can say?

Well, look keenly to see the vessel on the sea :)
Well, look keenly to see the vessel on the sea 🙂

I am happy to have braved it, and to have gotten myself a gallon of milk. I have already drank a third of it, hoping it doesn’t add to my belly fat oh!

I hope I can get there by July?
I hope I can get there by July?

I saw these models in a shopping window and will very much wish to be dressed like this in the summer, but hmm, I really hope milk helps me loose the belly flabs left and not do the contrary.

Indeed it sometimes can be this enjoyable
Indeed it sometimes can be this enjoyable

Moods indeed make a difference. The first time I was in this same setting, there were no pictures taken, and instead nervous rides to the other shops and back to Belgium. Today, it was a blisfull though chilly ride.

I am most grateful for my friends especially those I have made out here in Belgium. My time out here draws to a hopeful end, and I am best to fill my mental suitcase with tripple as many appointments for any disappointment I may have had.

Hurray to Me and You? Have you ever had such funny experiences you may want to share in the comments?

P.S: To crown my afternoon of bliss, I went biking into the wild wild west (uh huh am sort of a mini pro now and can even bike with only one hand) and just had so much fun getting lost, crossing the canal, finding my way and getting lost all over again. Here are some sights:

On the ferry crossing to the otherside of...
On the ferry crossing to the otherside of…
I haven't even 3 opportunities of seeing live cukoos like these since coming to Belgium
I haven’t even had 3 opportunities of seeing live cukoos like these since coming to Belgium
No trespoassing, so about turn
No trespoassing, so about turn
Ok somebody's lost now
Ok, somebody’s lost now