By L.M. Browning
To Lose the Madness
Field Notes on Trauma, Loss, and Radical Authenticity
As featured in the TEDx Talk, “Writing on Life”
After the publication of her short memoir, To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity, Leslie was invited to attend the TEDx Conference at Yale University in 2018 where she gave a talk on the philosophy of Radical Authenticity and the process of transcendence trauma. After the TED Talk, Leslie went on to found the Radical Authenticity Community The organization is a community of storytellers who, by sharing our own journey through the practice of Radical Authenticity, help to “normalize” mental illness and help dispel the stigma surrounding it. Watch Leslie’s TED Talk, “Writing On Life” below.
Midnight ponderings &
Sit with the silence. There is something there waiting for you.
The way out of my grief lies, as-ever, through the mountains. Packing a bag, soon to set out, the map is set, the ticket is booked, and the boots lay at the ready
Dancing with the dust devils
across the land of dazzling desolation
I seize freedom by unearthing
the beauty in the vanishing
nature of all that is vital.
8,947 miles later, I know now why you refuse the say the names of those dead-to-you-yet-still-breathing—afraid as you are of the monsters are still under the bed—yet in the silence, you give them immortality…
Ride this life hard
we might outrun the sun
and not see the sight awaiting
in the bare daylight
I hear the voice of god in the hum of the neon sign at the rest stop, where the caravan of displaced desperadoes and expats post-up for the bottomless cup of coffee….
In this week’s episode Leslie M. Browning speaks with Joanna about: learning to move forward with traumatic experiences; healing is a journey; making meaning out of the loss; connected in vulnerability; the healing magic and beauty of the American Southwest; the solace and nurturance of the “wild silence”…
Be gentle long night, I don’t belong here. Thrown to the wolves, I shifted nocturnal.
In a land beyond the pervading dark,
in a state beyond the fever-pitch…
Out beyond the murkiness left by anger-tinted arguments, remember what you know in your heart and bring that truth close.
Red dust, sanguine from Sangre bleeding into the snowy roads that lead to the hidden mountain …
AUGUST 21-25, 2019
Los Angeles Tour 2019 • West Hollywood, CA
West Hollywood, CA. Private Residence. (By Invite Only.) If you would like to attend please reach out to info (at) homeboundpublications.com to reserve your ticket.
October 19-20, 2019
Boston Book Fest • Copley Square, Boston
Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire.
November 2, 2019
Independent Publishers of New England Conference | Hilton Inn, Marlborough, MA
Leslie will be speaking at the 8th Annual Independent Publishers and Authors of New England Conference on November 2nd.
Explore leslie’s award-winning offerings
The Castoff Children
“The Castoff Children is a lovely story of hope and the power of dreams and friendship….” —Tomm Moore, Director of the Academy Award nominated films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea