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Trauma

A Sexual Assault Survivor's Reflections on Birth

Sarah Beaulieu | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah Beaulieu

Before I got pregnant, it never occurred to me that labor and childbirth could re-trigger sexual trauma for me in such significant ways.

Grief and Healing: Will I Ever Recover?

Megan Devine | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

For me, any outside source or force asking me when I'll get better is going to be met with irritation. But if I do the asking, if I wonder -- myself -- what healing or recovery might look like, then it becomes a very different question.

Tips for a Safe Yoga Practice

Rob Schware | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Phil Rolfe, a physical therapist in Boulder, Colorado, who works at a clinic where he sees primarily spine patients. Boulde...

Twitter, Why the 'Trigger Warning' for Dylan Farrow's Open Letter?

Tracy Strauss | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Tracy Strauss

For certain, coming to terms with sexual abuse is difficult terrain, but it is one that is worth traversing. Knowing about terrible things, and grappling with them, gives us the ability to mobilize, to change our world. Only then do we have the opportunity to transcend our pain.

I Was Pregnant for Over a Year

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

On a Tuesday in mid-October, while sitting in my dermatologists waiting room, I noticed that I had to urinate for what seemed like the thousandth time that morning. And there it was. Blood.

Our Marriage Lives in a Shadow of a Medical Mystery

Julie Present | Posted 03.29.2014 | Divorce
Julie Present

Our story has a good ending. For now. We regard ourselves as lucky, and our marriage has become a symbol of healing, love, safety, and yet profound vulnerability.

Former Lawyer Brings Yoga to the Homeless and to Victims of Violence

Rob Schware | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Itzel Berrio, also known by her yoga community as Kamala. She was a lawyer for over a decade before becoming a registered 50...

The Simple Touch: Children of Syria Continue to Pay the Price for Conflict

World Vision | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
World Vision

There are words we are trained not to use as humanitarian communicators. "Traumatized" is one of them. It's a word with a very specific meaning applied in specific circumstances. But as I looked at this little boy standing with a plastic gun aimed at my head, I could think of no other word.

Yoga: Serving Those Who Serve

Rob Schware | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Olivia Kvitne, who started her service career in 2003 teaching low-cost private yoga sessions for people with disabilities w...

Yoga: Empowering First Responders and Children

Rob Schware | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Debby Kaminsky, a former advertising executive who decided in 2006 she wanted to sell the benefits of transformation. She to...

Learning From Life's Big Classroom: Taking Stock in 2014

Aviva A. Perlo | Posted 03.16.2014 | Crime
Aviva A. Perlo

Herein lies a personal story and some of what I learned from it. The story is not just mine. Unfortunately facing mortality applies to all of us.

The Sacred Art of Listening -- Nourishing Loving Relationships

Tara Brach | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Whether it's the communicating between different tribes or religions, ethnicities, racial groups or different generations, we need to listen. The more we understand, the less we fear -- the less we fear, the more we trust and the more we trust, the more love can flow.

Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What we each must come to realize is that it's not what happens to us in life that defines us, but in how we choose to respond to it that defines us.

Have You Been the News? When Private Pain Is a Public Spectacle.

Megan Devine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Megan Devine

We see too much suffering. We see too much suffering, forgetting that it is, in fact, suffering. It's not entertainment. It's not "news." It's pain.

Broken Lives and Open Hearts

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

This week will mark the 34th anniversary of the accident that resulted in my quadriplegia, and I have been reflecting about how life happens and then ...

Hanging Tough: How Flexibility and Support Can Transform Traumatized Students

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Eva was having meltdowns during class and spent most of her time in the guidance counselor's office in tears. Her mother had schizophrenia and Eva was beyond worried. So when I broached the idea of enrolling Eva in a memoir workshop, I was surprised when she said yes.

Vulnerable Children Really Need This Holiday Season

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

During the holiday season, people always ask me what these children really need to thrive. And I wish it were something we could find at a toy store.

Addressing Trauma's Impact on Learning Should Be Central to the Way Schools Are Run

Susan Cole | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Susan Cole

Schools that make trauma sensitivity central to their educational mission will benefit all students, whether they have experienced traumatic events or not, because everyone needs to feel safe and connected to the people around them.

Canadian Actress Cristina Rosato Is Really Shy?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Photo by Anthony J. Branco Cristina Rosato is getting ready for the season five premiere of Radio-Canada's "Trauma" in January in which she reprises ...

The Last Time I Saw Ben Wheeler

Christopher Murray | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

The last time I saw Ben Wheeler, he and his big brother Nate were eating chocolate-chip pancakes and being terribly silly. Nine months after the pancake breakfast, I got a strange voicemail: There had been another school shooting, this time in Connecticut.

Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence

Tara Brach | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything's racing, through school semesters, wrapping up work com...

Build Your 'R Factor' and Boost Your Longevity

Pamela Levin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Pamela Levin

Life is filled with constant change and uncertainty. But now that you are beginning to learn how to ride its wave, you can surf with the best, while being assured you are doing the best for your personal health and longevity.

Natalie's Kitchen -- One Year Later

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 02.07.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

The day had gone from being a routine December Friday in a historic and ornamented slice of CT, to a frenzy of standstill traffic, hovering helicopters palatable anxiety, and a swarm of media lining the narrow Sandy Hook sidewalks; the glow of holiday decorations all but obliterated by the harsh glare of their television lights.

When the Holidays Aren't Joyous: 5 Tips for Helping Children Cope With Loss

Bonnie Rubenstein | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Bonnie Rubenstein

For kids, the holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and excitement. However, for some children who have suffered a recent loss, the holidays can be especially hard.

Yoga Behind Bars

Rob Schware | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Natalie Cielle, who has taught over 250 classes to incarcerated youth and adults, and trained over 125 yoga teachers to tea...