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T.H.I.N.K.

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T.H.I.N.K.

Often, when we are hurting, our tendency is to lash out, at those who hurt us, or simply at anyone or anything who is a convenient target. I was reminded of the THINK acronym recently when there was some unhappy behavior going on in my normally supportive neighborhood Facebook page. One of our administrators took the opportunity to remind us all of the standards for the group, and as I was trying to recall what the words involved with this ...

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The Cloud Effect, or Its Always Something

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The Cloud Effect, or Its Always Something

Years ago, a client and I came up with a concept we named the cloud effect. We had worked hard together to help her get through a pair of daunting tasks, flying on an airplane and having surgery. Both times, the preparation worked well, and both times an unexpected challenge arose, involving clouds. We concluded that no matter how carefully one prepares and anticipates, it is likely that something unexpected will occur. We also noted that the more preparation that ...

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More information from the body: Running, pain, and the power of belief

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More information from the body: Running, pain, and the power of belief

This post is from the blog I am keeping as I train for a triathlon.  I include it here as it illustrates the body mind connection and the wisdom that comes from listening to the body.

As is often the case, places of struggle have a great deal to teach us, if we are willing to listen. I’m challenged to bring my curiosity to this place and be willing to notice and learn, even as part of my reaction is to ...

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Another healing opportunity

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I had to cancel all my appointments today. Not because my candidate lost, which she did. That’s happened many times over the course of my voting career, and while I’m disappointed, that’s not what has me surfing intense waves of grief, terror and sadness from the depths of my being. I fear for my beloved country.

I’m a family physician turned trauma therapist, and much of my professional time during the last 30 years has been spent working with individuals to ...

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Body Awareness and Healing, Part II

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Body Awareness and Healing—Part II

In Part I, I wrote of the many physical responses I experienced during the time immediately following the fall in which I broke my ankle.  In this part, I will explore the emotions experienced during this same period.  While I write about these aspects of my experience separately, they are very much intertwined:  Emotions occur in response to somatic experiences and vice-versa.

Even as I was falling, my emotions were responding, evidenced by the stream of colorful ...

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Body Awareness and Healing-Part I

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Working with clients after injury, illness or surgery is something I really enjoy.   I find that assisting them with re-connecting with the affected body part and processing emotions related to their experiences facilitates and accelerates the healing process.

This summer, I’m revisiting this experience myself.  I took a fall last week and broke my ankle.  This event has provided a great opportunity to notice my responses, physical, mental and emotional.  In this first part, I’m exploring the somatic (body) responses.  Next ...

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