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How to Mindfully Transform a Painful Memory

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

The mind has the marvelous capacity to relive the emotions connected to a memory over and over again, each time you recall it. By creating a healing memory, you ensure that whenever the original memory arises in your awareness, it won't cause you as much pain as it used to.

Can a Book End Addiction for Good?

Anna David | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

They recommend 12-step work, but they also point out the large role that trauma often plays in addiction development, trauma which is not worked through by using the steps.

How Cults Rewire the Brain

Michael D. Langone | Posted 11.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Michael D. Langone

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAre there phenomena within the cultic studies field that we might better understand if we considered brain research and theorizing? Two come to mind: (1) susceptibility to influence, (2) trauma.

The Transforming Power of Mindful Prayer

Tara Brach | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

When the pain is deep, the more fully we touch it, the more fully we release ourselves prayerfully into boundless, compassionate presence.

Portkeys to Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.18.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

As a wizard, Harry Potter encountered portkeys -- objects that transported him instantly to other places, obliterating the duration ordinarily required for travel from one location to another. Portkeys to trauma return us again and again to an experience of traumatization.

Jason Cherkis

These Are The Stories We Need To Hear: Gun Violence Victims Talk About Life After The News Stops | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

This story was first published in June. In light of Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., we're giving these Americans another ...

The Psychology of Success and Saber-Toothed Tigers

Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC

Those of us who have experienced trauma might have to work a little (or a lot) more mindfully to move through fear responses that seem to be completely rational to that hard-working reptilian brain.

'You Alone Can Do It, But You Can't Do It Alone'

Hopewell Rogers | Posted 11.12.2013 | Teen
Hopewell Rogers

I once watched a friend hyperventilate. In seconds, she'd gone from calm to blue. What brought it on? I'd made a comment that triggered a terrible memory.

Yoga: How We Serve Those in Uniform and Their Spouses

Rob Schware | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Susan Barber, who, for the past four years, has been working with military spouses in Wiesbaden, Germany. Many of these wome...

Yoga: How We Serve Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Africa

Rob Schware | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with George Acire (whose name means "I have passed through pain"). George teaches yoga at Mandala House in Gulu, Uganda. Mandala ...

Bad Times Mean Good Times Are Coming

Varda Epstein | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Varda Epstein

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen things are bad, I prefer to see them as they are. For, really, what good comes from following a trail you've been led to by self-invented lies of optimism?

To Be The Victim Or The Victor: Which Do You Choose?

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHow you perceive yourself influences more than you realize. It determines how you experience your life and more so, how you handle uncertainty and adversity.

WATCH: The Crash That Couldn't Break Me

Joshua Prager | Posted 10.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Joshua Prager

2013-08-29-pragerpull.jpgIt was not until last month -- 23 years later -- that I considered that my visions in the intensive care unit were related to the visions that had come upon me, off and on, in the years since.

Yoga: How We Serve Cancer Patients and Survivors

Rob Schware | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Susan Reeves, who co-founded with Pamela Ryan Yoga Bridge, a non-profit in North Dallas, Texas, that offers free yoga to can...

Why I'm Grateful For My Divorce

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.26.2013 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

My divorce was a nightmare and I wouldn't wish anyone the hell I went through, but you know what? It made me stronger. It made me stand up to my ex and state my desires.

'The Reason I Didn't Know I Was Depressed Was Because I Was Happy'

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 10.25.2013 | Fifty
Jennifer Boykin

So, as it turns out, I have depression. Well, actually, I 'HAD' depression, but now that I'm 'all better,' I can tell you about it. The reason I didn't know I was depressed was because I was happy. Or, at least, I felt like I 'should' be happy. After all, we're in our dream house now. I've never lived anywhere as beautiful as this.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapy in Practice

Rob Schware | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with David Emerson, who was a social worker for 10 years before going to graduate school to become a therapist -- a talk-based ps...

'This Is Not Your Parents' Empty Nest'

Mary Quigley | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Mary Quigley

The great migration to college begins this week. Bed, Bath and Beyond has been sacked and the booty loaded in the car, so heavily weighted down that the back bumper practically scrapes the ground. Move-in day dawns, inevitably hot and humid, with all the 'stuff' needing to be carried up at least three flights of stairs. That's the easy part.

Write for Your Life

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.14.2013 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

In 2009 I went through almost the entire list of life's most stressful events. To say I got hit by what felt like a tsunami of loss would not be an exaggeration. I was in so much pain, I could barely take a deep breath.

Integrating Yoga Into Personal Recovery and 12-Step Work

Rob Schware | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Laura Cobb, a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and alcoholic. Laura started drinking in her 30s after living in...

Newtown, Hartford and Across America: Searching for Heroes in The Sweetest Land

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

I would not presume to think that I can understand the experience of urban residents whose cities are under siege from chronic gun violence. But I d...

Not All Happy Couples Have Had Happy Childhoods

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Many of the couples we know who are living deeply fulfilling lives grew up in situations that were far from ideal, and some were downright wretched. So, you might ask, what then are the critical factors that determine the likelihood of relationship success?

Yoga: Hear the Rumble Coming

Rob Schware | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Mark Stefanowski, who completed his yoga teacher training and started teaching at a Harley Davidson repair shop in Longmont,...

Science Demonstrates Yoga's Capacity to Heal the Mind

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | New York
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

It is exciting to live in a globalized society, even as it is demanding. We have at our fingertips access to much of the knowledge that has ever been available on these subjects, both in distant past and immediate present. Yoga and psychology are tremendous complements to each other.


Myra Demeter | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

I am pretty religious about going to get my teeth cleaned every six months, although each time I go, it is a harrowing experience. The trauma I feel now stems from my childhood.