Note to reader: I am using this space and place to post parts of a new slip-fiction novel series I am working on, Left Brain Right, the story of a young girl who hears voices. Left-Brain excerpts will be from her care-takers’ point of view or the point of view of the friends and family around her, while right-brain excerpts will describe how she sees the situation. I will not be posting the whole story, but I will be posting practical tips when dealing with someone, or one’s own self, as they are going through traumatic, or not so traumatic, experiences.

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How today’s story excerpt can help you:

Theme: Think about how the people in your life affect you. Do they lift you up, or bring you down?

Author’s Notes: Not everyone in our life is going to lift us up, nor can we ignore those who don’t.  And yes, ultimately we have control over our own power.  Yet, if we are around too many people who bring us down, it is too easy to lose site of our own power and be brought down to their level.   We need a nice balance of people in our life who always bring us up, those who are at our level, and those we can help rise.

In today’s story excerpt, Michelle’s therapist begins to ask he how the people in her life affect her.

Right Side and Left

Meditation Session 5: Mother
Spirit Time meets September 15th

Cue the floating flute music.
Dim lights already in check.
Eyes closed, down into the darkness
I go.

To think about
my relationship
my mother.

No mountain this time,
no peaceful dojo
straight into
my mother’s home.

I call it my mothers home
because I never felt
as though
it was mine.

My grandmother’s home

I look at her
and wonder

not on the outside
but from the inside out.

by alcohol.

the monsters.

will never
be like

Left Side

Progress Report: September 16th Compiled by Dr. Wong

Report of recent symptoms/behaviors:
Michelle’s rating scales of feeling sad and alone continue to be 5s. Feeling very sad and alone.

Session Note:

In today’s session, Michelle was supposed to bring a picture of her mother. She did not produce one. The mention of her mother made her nonverbal, so I tried another game – magic wand.

I asked Michell, “if you were given a magic wand, and could fix just one thing, or have just one thing, what would it be?” I gave Michelle a toy wand to hold as she thought. When she remained unresponsive, I gave her access to pencil and paper and she drew the following:
(picture of her with her grandmother).