journey of my original heart shadow light music

Music balances the intellectual with heart. Enjoy.


step three

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As a result of the science I’ve delved into, the therapy I’ve done with patients, and the suffering I’ve experienced in my life, I’ve developed the Thriving Strategies Framework. The hardest of the four strategies, I think, is love. It led me to ask this question: Can we really, genuinely, sincerely love some who cannot be there for us? I think the painful truth is that we can and do, even though for some of us, those folks will never be who we want them to be. But wanting people to be other than they are, perhaps, is not very loving either. Or, rather, insisting or needing them to be different isn’t loving maybe. I don’t have it all worked out. : ) But, this song, “Red and Black and Blue” is part of the journey to engaging with that issue.

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This song is about a magical being who is so sensitive, awake, and aware that she doesn’t quite belong in our current culture, a culture that is disconnecting, destructive, fragile, and unsustainable. Such a being needs our support and constancy. “Stay Always By Her Side” is an homage to her.

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About Donal

Integrated Expertise

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the best national program in his field
  • Therapist for 20 years, helping hundreds of individuals, couples, and groups learn to thrive
  • Published 20+ scientific articles related to sustainable well-being, anxiety, depression, and dysregulated behavior
  • Survived 13 years of personal suffering (3 years of child’s cancer, family implosion, and 7 years of wife’s disabling pain)
  • Member of cohousing community for 16 years
  • Studied with world experts in ecology, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture
  • Ran several political campaigns (back in the day)
  • 4 albums of original music and a new group of songs released in 2023

Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

As a scientist, Donal worked closely with Dr. Richard Davidson, named a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential Person and known for his neuroscience work with the Dalai Lama.

Co-inventor of Proven Wellbeing Program

Donal co-invented and scientifically validated a group-based program that helped hundreds of people thrive and increase their sustainable wellbeing.