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Be Your Own Loving Parent

Be Your Own Loving Parent

Mother’s Day reminds us how parents and caregivers spend an extraordinary amount of time taking care of both the physical and emotional needs of others, especially children. The whole concept of loving ourselves is often ignored and our own personal needs and feelings are put on hold. It’s not typically a conscious act, but this type of self-neglect can have a negative effect on our health. Imagine how much better we would feel if we turned some of that same love and attention to ourselves, becoming our own loving parent. It’s the ultimate in self-care!

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EMDR, Trauma and Addiction

EMDR, Trauma and Addiction

The brain and the body are always adjusting to what is going on internally (perception) and externally (environment). Most of this incredible natural healing and coping occurs during sleep, especially during rapid eye movement (REM) between 1:00-4:00 AM. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, known as EMDR, is an integrative psychotherapy approach guided by the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model. It was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987, who discovered that this natural healing and coping process could successfully treat persons diagnosed with PTSD.

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Vibrating Health Through The Chakras (Part 3 of 3)

Vibrating Health Through The Chakras (Part 3 of 3)

Clearing the whirlpools of energetic vibration with movement is what purifies the chakra system. By releasing physical tension, you transform thought patterns or beliefs that hold this tension in place. Even 10 minutes of daily yoga, movement, or some type of contemplative practice increases stress resilience, reduces anxiety, and teaches how to refrain from engaging in the fight/flight/freeze response when triggered.

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Relationship Between Trauma and Chakra Energies (Part 2 of 3)

Relationship Between Trauma and Chakra Energies (Part 2 of 3)

The following is a brief overview that provides introductory information to help you appreciate the relationship between trauma and chakra energy. Imagine the seven chakra wheels as spinning vibrations of energy that contain certain physical, mental, and spiritual content. This article breaks down the function of each chakra, and the yoga pose that can energize or calm it down.

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Understanding Chakras (Part 1 of 3)

Understanding Chakras (Part 1 of 3)

Chakras are Prana or Energy that flows through the spinal column. When the chakra is cleared, Prana moves freely without obstruction. Yoga is a practice that unites the mindbody and breath where the purifying movements burn stored up tension. Emotions, whether you are conscious of them or not, motivate behaviors. Fear, safety, sadness, relief, anger, revenge, enjoyment and self expression, are all characteristics that tend to unknowingly reveal themselves when the emotions go underground.

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Healing Into Immortality.  A Tribute to Dr. Gerald Epstein

Healing Into Immortality. A Tribute to Dr. Gerald Epstein

In 1993, someone handed me a book titled “Healing Visualizations” by Dr. Gerald Epstein, and when I looked up the imagery for healing asthma, I was shocked as it was titled Exorcism. I wondered if becoming Linda Blair and having to spit out green phlegm was the answer to heal my own asthma. So naturally, I picked up the phone and called him and was surprised when he, the author and psychiatrist, answered the phone.

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Stressed or Anxious? When to Get Help.

Stressed or Anxious? When to Get Help.

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) reported in their 2017 Stress in America survey, that 36% of people said that stress makes them feel more nervous or anxious. It’s often difficult to determine the difference between stress and anxiety. Both can present symptoms such as sleepless nights, exhaustion, excessive worry, lack of focus, and irritability, as well as physical issues such as increased heart rate, headaches, etc. But there is a real difference between anxiety and stress. And often-times, one or the other can turn into a debilitating mental health issue that could require help from a therapist.

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Nurturing the Family Dynamic

Nurturing the Family Dynamic

Keeping our family in-tact can sometimes feel overwhelming. Worry about the future, discontent or divorce between parents, societal pressures, technology that changes the way we interact (social media, gaming, texting) and even a lack of self-worth (losing a sense of self) are all pressures that can affect the family. There’s a lot going on in our daily lives. So how can we, as family members and parents, nurture the family dynamic to withstand the tough days?

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Connection Between Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

Connection Between Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

If you’ve ever been in recovery for alcohol, drug or any type of substance abuse, you may have gone through some serious self reflection to help you figure out why you needed to quit in the first place. It is an incredibly important step during the recovery process, but often-times, the concept of mental health treatment is excluded from the addiction recovery process. So what’s the connection?

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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Resolutions can be a powerful way to create a clearer path for the New Year, but because we typically don’t take them seriously, we find ourselves repeating the very same patterns we talked about changing in the first place. We all do it (there is a reason why January-March is the busiest time of year for health clubs). The trick to sticking to resolutions is to establish authentic intention that causes a shift in thinking and enables us to implement new habits. Here’s how…

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