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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!

anxious

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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Melanie Bates's picture

The Sucker Punch Of Anxiety, Depression & PTSD

The Scream

Years ago I ran screaming from Corporate America  after a scene eerily similar to that moment in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls when Ace walks into the room with all of the taxidermied animals on the wall and commences to freaking out before he utters, “…this is a lovely room of death.” I kid you not, I left my corporate job over “a lovely room of death.” (You can read the fuller story here, lest you think I jest.)

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Alicia Lawrence's picture

Little Changes To Help You Through Hard Times

Hard times

Hardships come upon us at unexpected times and places. They’ll come regardless of our schedules, our plans, our goals; they’re notorious for interrupting. Death, illness, financial strain, breakups – nobody can avoid these things forever.

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Gabrielle Bernstein's picture

How To Prevent Freaking Out? Free Meditation

Are you the type of person who needs to break down before you break through? For many years that was the case for me. Before I had Kundalini meditations and a greater connection to my energy, I had some epic freak-outs. Though I had many tools for managing my thoughts, I didn’t have great guidance on how to bust through the really tough times and save myself from a freak-out.

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Romila Mushtaq's picture

How To Use Forgiveness To Heal Your Heart, Health, And Spirit

Forgiveness Meditation

Letting go of the past was one of the hardest lessons I have had to learn, yet it is a practice I need to connect back to often. Are you starting to shift in your chair uncomfortably just thinking about forgiveness? When I discuss this stage of healing in lectures or with my individual clients, I hear deep sighs. Then I hear the response I used to give myself, "Yeah, but..."

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Steve Sisgold's picture

Horse Whispering For Life Enrichment

Horse Whispering
Interacting with Horses for Emotional, Mental and Physical Benefits.

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.  ~Winston Churchill

Horses are a big part of our life and have been for a very long time. According to Wikipedia humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC.

We bet on them. We compete on them. We police crowds and engage in warfare on them. We use them in beer commercials. We ride them as we gaze over a cliff at the ocean on vacation, and they pull us in a carriage through Central Park in New York city.

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