Don’t force it

Don’t force it

That was the reminder from my yoga instructor the other day. It was my first class in a while. It was the longest class with notoriously the toughest instructor. And her reminder to us was not to force it. As always, it’s a reminder for my yoga practice, and it’s a...
Hi I’m Lisa, and I’m a cult survivor

Hi I’m Lisa, and I’m a cult survivor

Those were the words I said. It felt good – and weird – to say them. I followed it with, “I’ve sat in many chairs in many rooms to introduce myself in the past, but I’ve never used those words before. ‘Hi, I’m Lisa, and I a cult survivor.’” I attended an ICSA...
Life is too short to not have it be good

Life is too short to not have it be good

I do firmly believe this. Life is too short to not have it be good, and it’s up to me to make it as good as I can. I’ve had my tough moments. I’ve been through “stuff.” I’ve been through enough stuff that I could stay with that stuff forever. We all could. But that...
Does the fear ever go away?

Does the fear ever go away?

That’s the question I was asked. “Does the fear ever go away?” It was an inquiry on my website from an ex-Moonie. I get them periodically. I love getting them. I devour them as soon as I notice they’re there, and then I reread them a few more times. My next step is...
I would never be with an alcoholic

I would never be with an alcoholic

That’s what I said to myself, all those years ago when I (practically) crawled into my first Al-Anon meeting. “I would never be with an alcoholic.” I was engaged to a man who drank. Whose drinking bothered me. Whose personality changed (in a not nice way) when he...