Tame Your Brain!

Unlocking Whole Health Why tame your brain?  It is well documented that chronic stress is slowly but surely interfering with our body’s natural healing mechanisms – and our stress responses are directly connected to our brain’s activity.  How is it possible to tame/train our brains?  The latest neuroscience reveals that the brain is a powerful and adaptable organ.  […]

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I’m Falling Apart!

It was four years ago this Thanksgiving that my 5 year old granddaughter and I were playing when suddenly I exclaimed….. I’m falling apart !  This image was amusing to her and agonizing  for me.  I truly believed my body was breaking. It was great visiting family in California for Thanksgiving – but the warmth […]

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Stress – Friend or Foe?

 What if I told you that stress is not the enemy ?  There is well documented evidence that it is not the stressor itself that is harmful to our health, but rather our thoughts and beliefs about it.   “People are disturbed not by a thing,  but by their perception of a thing.”      […]

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Are You Lonely Tonight?

The hidden risk factor for your health Poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and obesity are important risk factors for your health. However there is a mountain of evidence revealing that people who lack supportive personal and social connections are actually at greater risk of developing disease than individuals who have a strong support system. […]

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Love Yourself First

Last week after a Chinese dinner, I opened my fortune cookie and read these words: Love yourself first and everything falls into line. In the past my first reaction would have been:  What?  Love yourself  first?  That sounds inconsiderate and selfish.  But instead, the words on that little strip of paper softened and soothed me […]

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Dropping In

In our day to day lives many of us report feeling busy, stressed, and overwhelmed . It seems that stress and busyness are viewed as proof that we’re productive, valuable people.  Yet chronic stress is slowly but surely interfering with our body’s natural healing mechanisms.  Stress activates the fight or flight response. This isn’t a problem if your body is in stress response […]

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Why Do We Notice the “Bad” Things More?

“Why do we notice bad things more than good things?” asked Susie (not her real name) I was immediately struck by the wisdom of this question asked by a young woman with intellectual challenges.  I have the privilege of providing grief support to people with developmental disabilities. Susie’s mother died recently, and Susie was telling […]

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Tuesdays with Janet

Six months after back surgery, my pain continued to rule my life. I had loved practicing yoga years before – but was instructed to stop yoga by my physical therapists.  I was finally given “permission” to try it again. Janet, a specialist in therapeutic yoga, had been highly recommended to me. I phoned her and […]

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The Party and the Piriformis

Recently I attended a festive holiday party and experienced a pain syndrome I thought was gone forever.  It was a large holiday party in a community venue featuring an impressive sit down dinner prepared by the hostess and her friends. There were about a hundred people to serve, and the second course was a lovely […]

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The Gift of Pain

It’s Thanksgiving – the time to focus on gratitude – and my opportunity to say how truly grateful I am for my experience with chronic pain. My road to recovery was paved with precious gifts. I connected with the safe haven that has always been within me. I discovered a deep internal source of comfort […]

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