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Carolyn Hobbs's picture

The Power Of Conscious Choice

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Anxiety woke me abruptly at five o’clock this morning. The frantic voice in my head sounded my alarms, chanting, “You don’t have enough time to do everything!” My adrenals jumped into fight/flight mode, instantly waking me all the way up. But luckily, after 35 years as a body-centered therapist, I knew better than to stay focused on this all-too-familiar-chant. I quickly shifted into asking, “Where do I feel anxiety in my body?” It appeared as a tight knot in my belly. From years of experience, I sent five deep breaths directly into the center of the knot and watched it soften and dissolve into spacious peacefulness.

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Emma French's picture

Cry Me A River – Communing With Your Tender Heart

Eye with tear.

In the blog before last I talked about focussing on the positive in order to have more peaceful circumstances show up in your life. But it’s no good trying to push unhappy thoughts and feelings under the carpet either, because they’ll just seep, and they’ll fester, and they’ll come back to bite you on the bum. In order to cultivate the space for happier new ones to appear, the old thoughts and feelings need to have somewhere else to go: “releasing carbon dioxide”, as my friend Joshua calls it.

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Dr. Danielle Dowling's picture

Do These 7 Things To Feel More Empowered Today

Yoga

We love to bandy the term ‘empowered’ about, don’t we?

We see it in on the cover of self-help books, our yoga teacher breathes it in our ear during Sukhasana, and it fills the taglines of one million life coaches, the world over.

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Starla Fitch MD's picture

The Worry Tree

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Doesn’t it feel like we always have a bit more on our plate as fall approaches?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like, suddenly, some of my patients appear out of the woodwork to schedule surgeries and exams.

Maybe it’s because they’ve already met their deductibles for the year, or maybe they have a bit more time free now that the kids are back in school.

Trouble is, other patients are already on the schedule and there’s often little room to accommodate the new requests.

Patients often grumble when they can’t be seen right away.

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Amy Scher's picture

If Robin Williams Was Your Dad: A True Story

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 “Take your goddamn meds.”

That’s exactly what one of my most favorite authors wrote on her blog after Robin Williams’ death. It was a genuine effort to make sure no one feels shame in taking the prescription drugs that many people do; just to get through the day, and maybe even, to stay alive.

But, it stopped me a little in my tracks. Okay, a lot.

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Eric Nelson's picture

Patients Require Compassion, Not Just Competence, From Doctors

True story: A man who severely cut his hand while using a table saw ran screaming into the emergency room of a local hospital. The attending doctor asked that he be given a dose of morphine to calm him down. When he continued screaming, he was given a second dose. And then another. And then another. Realizing that the drug was having absolutely no effect, the doctor put his hands on the man’s shoulders, looked him in the eye and said, “You’re going to be just fine.” Immediately the man relaxed and fell asleep.

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Amy Ahlers's picture

The Most Important Question To Ask When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed Or Anxious!

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Dear Darling One,

Maybe there is an area of your life where you're feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed? Maybe it's worries about your finances, health, career, kids, or relationships that are keeping you up at night. (I so get it!)

Or maybe you just completed a fabulous project or had an unexpected life transition and you're asking yourself "now what?"

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Steve Sisgold's picture

Conscious And Unconscious Regression: Discovering And Reliving Earlier Experiences That May Influence How You Behave Today

Regression

In a psychological context going back to early or past behavior is termed regression.  Originally Sigmund Freud classified regression as a defense mechanism for coping with stress; where one reverts to earlier, more childlike patterns of behavior to cope.

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Hiro Boga's picture

Refugees: Remembering 9/11

9/11

I woke up, that September morning, with a stiff neck and a sore right hip from sleeping on the couch in my cousin Dinaz’s living room. My fifty-two-year-old body, unaccustomed to narrow, hard mattresses and the slope of couch cushions, ached. Dinaz’s apartment in midtown Manhattan was air conditioned and so cold that I wrapped a blanket around my shoulders even though it was still summer and in the high nineties outside. I opened the blinds and blinked against the dazzle of sun. Fourteen stories below, the street was a narrow canyon shadowed by tall buildings.

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Hiro Boga's picture

Paper Cranes

On August 6th, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. An estimated 140,000 people died in the aftermath. Today, the city of Hiroshima leads the movement for world peace. I am proud to be named for this city, which has transformed a legacy of unimaginable suffering into the ongoing work of peace-making. This is my tribute to Hiroshima; to those who died in the world’s first nuclear holocaust, and to those who live there today.

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