Psychologist Edith Eger Expounds on How To Be or Not To Be a Survivor of Trauma

Psychologist Edith Eger Expounds on How To Be or Not To Be a Survivor of Trauma

It's been a tremendously empowering and emotionally stirring week of Sounds True's The Healing Summit. At the start, Peter Levine, PhD, coached listeners on how to "tune in and drop into" the body–through the gentle presence, compassionate awareness and rhythmic movement of Somatic Experiencing–in order to dislodge the "tremendous compression of survival energy" locked into the physical form by … [Read more...]

Memoirist Reveals How to Recover A Sense of Self After Stroke, To Find Truth Through Trauma

Memoirist Reveals How to Recover A Sense of Self After Stroke, To Find Truth Through Trauma

Trauma is never simply a single, isolated event. Its impact occurs in cascading waves that ripple out in multiple directions at disparate periods in time. Present trauma builds upon trauma from our past–the experiences are distinct, yet not separate. While an initial traumatic event might have already happened once, its impact and repercussions will be felt anew again and again, until we can learn … [Read more...]

Volunteers for Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Conn. Provide Respite and Personalized Attention to Patients

Volunteering for CT Regional Hospice is a Gift That Keeps on Giving

One of the greatest gifts we can give to both our fellow human beings–and to ourselves–is to volunteer our time in service to others. Greek philosopher Aristotle is quoted as stating that the essence of life is “to serve others and do good.” Not only does serving others through volunteer work seem to imbue our lives with extra meaning, purpose and direction; it also fosters optimism and greater … [Read more...]

Technology Offers Survivors the Tools to Redefine LivingWith Cancer

Cynthia Malaran rewrites script on living with breast cancer

Being diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening health condition–like cancer–can understandably cause great uncertainty, anxiety and fear. Despite the prevalence of those feelings in cancer patients, a recent study by Pfizer found that a 76 percent of those surveyed believe that a positive outlook is essential to living with the disease. Research suggests that actively cultivating a positive … [Read more...]

If I Toss the Obligatory To-Dos, Do I Free Myself to Peacefully Flourish?

The Zen of Doodling

For most of my adulthood, it’s felt as if I’ve been waltzing between an addictive race to accomplishment and the exhausted paralysis of perfectionism. It’s not surprising, really, that there are so many of us stuck in this precarious pas de deux. The frantic rhythm of modern society seems to thrive off this fear of not measuring up and its most reliable partner–an addiction to busyness. In a … [Read more...]

Gaining Second Chances And New Beginnings Going Back to Yoga Basics

Live Your Happy

Is it just me...or do any of you still get a little nervous in the moments before a first class taught by a new-to-you teacher? Perhaps living with chronic pain and a neurological movement disorder makes me especially wary of being led in a movement practice by someone unknown. Or maybe I've just gotten so comfy guiding my own practice at home. Yet I know a crucial facet of being an impactful … [Read more...]

BBC Radio Food Show Talks Turmeric, Cancer and Food as Medicine

Kill Your Cold With Super Spicy Veggie Soup

Long-time readers of the Mind-Body Shift blog know that I am a huge fan of turmeric, and I'm certainly not the only one touting its benefits. The deep orange rhizome related to ginger and known colloquially as "The Golden Root," turmeric contains a bioactive compound called curcumin, which has been used medicinally throughout Asia for hundreds–if not thousands–of years. I've personally experienced … [Read more...]

What She Let Go Of Set Her Free For New Year 2018

What She Let Go Of Set Her Free For New Year 2018

Every January, I share a piece of writing meant to imbue myself and others with curiosity, hope, enthusiasm and wonder for the great potential that lies in the days, weeks and months of the new year ahead. I've found inspiration for the upcoming year by reflecting on my accomplishments for the meaningful changes I made the previous year; the focus on gratitude has been key. I've written about … [Read more...]

Real Talk on Rediscovering Your Sense of Self With Relapsing MS

Megan White Discovers the Cans of Chronic Disease

Getting through seemingly simple, everyday tasks can feel downright impossible when facing flare-ups of disease affecting the central nervous system. Battling the bottomless pit of fatigue, it might take an hour just to drag yourself from of the warm womb of your bedsheets. When balance is questionable at best, it might be your greatest accomplishment of the day to move from the bed to the couch. … [Read more...]

Combat the Consumerism of Cyber Monday With Compassion This Giving Tuesday

#AARDAGIVINGTUESDAY

The season of giving kicks off today with #GivingTuesday, an annual philanthropic movement powered by community collaboration and driven by social media campaigns. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City to celebrate compassionate service and to encourage individuals to connect and … [Read more...]