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Neurofeedback on Your Bookshelf: Two Great New Books

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 11.20.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is currently at number 12 on the New York Times list of bestselling science books. It discuss...

Yoga and Prison Rehabilitation Programs

Rob Schware | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Kathryn Thomas. Before training as a yoga instructor, Kathryn was a Naval Officer and Naval Aviator flying SH-60 helicopters...

13 (Non-Pharmaceutical) Ways to Deal With PTSD

Sezin Koehler | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Yes, my emotional apothecary for treating PTSD requires varying levels of self-work, self-care, and self-awareness, which starts off daunting (and painful) but eventually becomes indispensable.

A New Lens on Infertility (and the Art of Healing)

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 11.18.2014 | Women
Lee Daniel Kravetz

Artists expressing suffering through their work is nothing new. Some would say it's one of the art world's oldest traditions. Art therapy is also nothing new. But, recent years have seen an uptick in the number of exhibits combining the two in innovative and meaningful ways.

Newtown, 730 Days Later: Lessons Learned

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

For those who have suffered since Newtown and for those who predictably will suffer in the months to come, a few lessons learned in hindsight from one Newtown Resident.

Calm Body, Kind Mind: Serving Veterans Through Yoga

Rob Schware | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

Simple moments hit me the hardest: a couple of weeks ago a vet told me that he noticed it's easier for him to tie his shoes. It's something most people take for granted, but it makes his day just a little bit easier. That's huge.

Former Soldier Turned Zen Monk Teaches Vets to Use Mindfulness as Body Armor

Daisy J Lin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Daisy J Lin

You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die. That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.

Our Trauma Lives

Alison Dawson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Alison Dawson

But, we will not let it take us down. We will keep putting one foot in the other. We will dance through it. We will write through it. We will love each other through it. We will take the ugliness and transform it into something beautiful.

Prop. 47 Matters to Crime Victims

Heather Warnken | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Heather Warnken

As a criminal justice researcher, the debate over Proposition 47 is of great interest to me professionally. As a crime survivor, it's also deeply personal.

Yoga: How We Serve Orphaned and Abandoned Girls in India

Rob Schware | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Sylvia Jabaley, MPA, Program Coordinator for Homes of Hope India-US and co-founder of Yoga Village; and Kristin Cooper, Fo...

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

The Power of Presence

Ellen Magnis | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion
Ellen Magnis

To deepen and heal our relationships he guides us to say (to ourselves) as we sit with our loved ones, "Darling, I am here for you. Darling, I know you suffer, and I am here for you."

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Surviving Dangerous Work Through 'Soul Space'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What if, every day that you are at work, you face serious injury or death? Such work has many challenges, but often unexamined are the spiritual crises that dangerous work entails. It doesn't just threaten the body; it also threatens the soul.

Yoga for Warriors

Rob Schware | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

The day after 9/11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City.

Living in the Shadow of a Gun Crime: 14 Years Later

Sezin Koehler | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.

The Art of Mindfully Letting Go With Buddha's Four Noble Truths

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

By looking at these four central tenets of Buddhism we can better understand how micromanaging our circumstances can cause us to become agitated and restricted. Instead, when we learn to let go of our attachments we can transform our lives in an innovative way.

Pouring Salt on the Wound: Psychologists Identify the Effects of 'Institutional Betrayal'

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

The risk features involve power, privilege and prestige, the value placed on group membership, the prioritization of group loyalty, the impulse to protect an image, and an institutional sense of righteousness and entitlement.

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

I'm trying to figure out how best to honor my pregnancies -- all three -- and the body that housed them. They don't necessarily need to be emboldened in my postpartum size and I guess stretch marks of the soul are the stretch marks that aren't readily visible to anyone other than me.

Self-Care in Times of Suffering

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

There are times in life when things fall apart, when we lose something deeply important, something that makes us feel connected, grounded or safe. Som...

The Graying of Trauma: Revisiting Vietnam's POWs

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.

Yoga: Empowering the Underserved

Rob Schware | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Francie Winters, coordinator of Environmental Strategies at the Nye and Esmeralda Counties Coalition (NyECC) in Pahrump, Nev...

Hairballs, Happiness and Mantras

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Empowering also entails a responsibility to others to permit them the space to become who they are meant to be, not who I want them to be. And finally, "opening" creates a channel of connection to the people in my life. Where I once built walls, I now build bridges to hope.

Zumba: How I Got My Groove Back After Trauma

Tracy Strauss | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

Nervous, I stood in the back of the room so as to not be noticed making what I anticipated would be a fool of myself. I'd left my contact lenses at home so that I wouldn't be able to see myself in the mirror, but I could still make out the shape of my body in the distance.

Rescuing 'Victimhood' for Victims (Letting the Sharks Take Care of Themselves)

Christopher Murray | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Murray

Victim isn't a bad word. It shouldn't imply that someone is a loser, a weakling, a malingerer or a chronic sad sack. For most people, being a victim is a stage in response to experiencing something traumatic that had a victimizing impact on them.