A Midlife, Menopausal Mom Seeks Medicine in Magic Mushrooms

Treasure Beach, Jamaica, home to MycoMeditations, a psilocybin-assisted retreat. (Photo by Lizbeth Finn-Arnold)

There was a moment at the airport as I waited for my flight to Jamaica that I wondered have I lost my freaking mind?

I was riding solo this trip, reeling from an unholy midlife trinity: menopause, empty nest, and…

We must feed ourselves, not the negative thoughts that permeate our mind gardens

Monet’s Garden / Photo by Lizzie Finn

I love gardens full of flowers, fruits, or vegetables. But like most people, I can sometimes miss the beauty of my garden if I only focus on the pesky weeds that seem to torture me with their mere presence.

Weeds, I discovered, aren’t just invaders in my garden. Sometimes weeds…

How do you love and embrace the spookiness of Halloween when death is too real?

Paris Catacombs (October 2017) /Photo by Lizzie Finn

Halloween used to be my favorite holiday. It wasn’t just about getting candy. I liked being someone else, if only for a day.

When my kids were young, they picked out over-priced princess or power-ranger costumes at pop-up Halloween shops. But in our family, we pieced together our own costumes.

The happiest women are single and child-free, so where does that leave men?

Photo by Lizzie Finn

I always thought by modeling emotional caretaking and nurturing for my husband, eventually, he would return the favor.

We were together for 32 years. But I could not undo his programming from early childhood. I believe he tried to be a good husband and father (and often he succeeded), but…

Neither of us died, and yet I’m still grieving a devastating loss two years after the unexpected and tragic end of my long-term marriage

Photo by Lizzie Finn / July 9, 1994

When I look at the photo above, I don’t see a woman — I see a girl. She’s only 26, four years out of college, having worked only one real job in her life, and marrying the only boy she’s ever dated.

Even though it’s been ten years since her…

Just like that, I realized SATC took a dysfunctional, toxic relationship and sold it to us as a bullshit fairy tale romance.

I remember watching the series finale of Sex and the City in 2004 with a group of giddy women in our thirties (most of us married with children). We drank Cosmos and cheered when Carrie ended up with Mr. Big instead of the Russian.

To many, it was the perfect…

Be grateful your symptoms lasted for two days instead of lingering for years

Photo by Lizzie Finn

Millions of people have now either had COVID or had COVID-like symptoms after receiving the vaccine. And almost everyone I talk to agrees that those symptoms were pure hell.

Imagine having those same symptoms — debilitating pain, extreme fatigue, and foggy brain — beyond two days, or two weeks, two…

Lizzie Finn

I write, create, instruct. My curiosity is expansive — health, happiness, relationships, spirituality, TV/film, psychedelics, feminism, neuroscience, life.

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