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Trauma

The Inner Landscape of the Children Who Survived Typhoon Haiyan

William Spear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Spear

The similarities are striking - we've been in this place before. The past echoes in my brain and I feel as if I am sitting in my living room the day after Christmas in 2004.

Veteran's Day: It's Never Really Over

Sonia Taitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sonia Taitz

Dachau's liberation story is not hypothetical to me. What this soldier saw when he opened the gates of Dachau was a sea of corpses, emaciated, tossed one atop the other in obscene piles. A few skeletons emerged alive, however, and one of them was my own father.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

How Pema Chodron Saved My Life

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Divorce, death, job loss, moving, it was a monumentally, ridiculously traumatic time. Life is bitter and life is sweet. It's painful and it's scary -- and it's the only way to know that we can fly.

Did Trauma Cause My Diabetes?

Dan Fleshler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Fleshler

By now, I understand that the trauma of mourning contributed to a process that was probably primed to happen anyway. Maybe my pancreas was already getting ravaged before my grandfather died and before any symptoms appeared.

Absolute Cooperation With the Inevitable

Tara Brach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Aligning with what is here is a way of practicing presence. It allows us to respond to our world with creativity and compassion.

Suzanne Manafort: Bringing Mindful Yoga Therapy to Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

My definition of yoga is more about the way I live my life now than what I do on my mat. I try to live my life as my practice.

Crash Course

Adam C. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one in ten deaths worldwide are due to injuries, which now kill more than 5 million people each day -- more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

5 Lessons I Learned From Surviving Cancer And Divorce

Dr. Andra Brosh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Dr. Andra Brosh

I never had the intention or goal of being a "survivor." I only wanted to siphon what I could out of the devastation and disillusionment I was experiencing.

7 Tips For Surviving A Major Life Change

Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D. | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.

You can have your pity party, but only for a day or two, and then you have to move on. If you spend too much time in that place of anger or pity or blame, you end up not being able to adapt to your change. It keeps you in a place of helplessness.

Restoring Yoga To Its South Asian Roots

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Roopa Singh, founder of South Asian-American Perspectives on Yoga in America (SAAPYA), and a business owner of Brooklyn-based health and wellness center Third Root.

Blue Jasmine, the Samson Complex, and the Trauma of Knowing

Naomi Kehati Bronner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Naomi Kehati Bronner

Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's recent movie, is an arresting and disturbing meditation on the devastating cost of not knowing, of averting the gaze from the blurring, even blinding, blaze of one's reality.

The Courage to Surrender: How Yoga Supports Veterans in the Return Home

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Lilly Bechtel, who has been volunteering in correctional facilities since 2005. In 2010, Lilly became certified in a trauma-...

Yoga: Peace and Justice for Urban Youth

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

The more I learn about chronic stress and trauma the more I see their tentacles everywhere, affecting school performance and dropout rates, crime, violence and public health. I see bringing yoga to youth as a revolutionary act.

When Hope Hurts

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

After loss or trauma, most of us wish that tomorrow would look the same as yesterday did before all of these difficulties. If we are lucky, we give up hope and say the words that open us to resilience and creativity: "This is awful,and I don't think it will change. What now?"

Resiliency Lessons from Abraham

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Abraham experienced multiple traumas that included suffering and pain and sorrow. As we are all his children, then that means that we must accept that our lives will also include pain and suffering and sorrow. To be Jewish means to suffer and to stay Jewish is to be resilient. We are not let in on God's master plan.

The Peaks and the Valleys

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

When shaping that wild and precious life, it's good to remember that there's so much to see out here in the light -- nature, beauty, the blue sky, the trees, music, art, sex, laughing, good food.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.