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Let Us Grieve First

Robert Slayton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Slayton

So give us a brief time to cry, to grieve. Something really bad happened. Let us work through our emotions. Then after that, spit in the eye of fate and the madmen, be proud of our cities and our nationality, and gain revenge in normality.

The Boston Bombings: Coping With Trauma

John Tsilimparis | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Emotional and psychological trauma is the direct result of very unusually stressful events that tend to fracture our sense of safety and security. These events, like the tragic bombings in Boston this week, leave us feeling vulnerable and scared.

Heroes Run Together

Julia McGovern | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Julia McGovern

Let us stay united. Because next year the cheers will be louder. Next year even more of the world's everyday heroes will come together to overcome those 26.2 miles. And together we can overcome this tragedy.

What Marathon Runners Can Teach Us About Coping With Suffering

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Having run two marathons in the past, I know firsthand the dedication and inner fortitude it requires to train for and complete a marathon. What marathon runners know about suffering can help us all learn how to cope with this tragedy and rise above it.

Time to Listen to Veterans Tell Their Truths

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Leila Levinson

We are 12 adults preparing for a play. We are veterans and family members of veterans. The audience will be civilians. Just as children learn through play, so is our play teaching us, transforming us.

What Can You and I Learn From the Boston Marathon?

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

While I'd like to think that I'd never intentionally hurt anyone, I know I have done so, more than I'll ever know. I believe that if each of us follow Martin Richard's plea -- "no more hurting people" -- at a whole new level, the world will be a safer place.

Giving Comfort: The Heros in Our Midst

Lama Surya Das | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

Obviously, we live in violent, anxious, fragmented times. If we can't disarm our heart and root out the seeds of anger, hatred, fear and greed, we will inevitably have more senseless killing in front of us. If we don't pull together, we'll be pulled apart.

We're All Innocent Bystanders: Healing After The Marathon

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Valdes Greenwood

We are all innocent bystanders to tragedy now. Americans live in era of terrible violence, which finds us in our movie theaters and our schools and our streets full of joyful citizens. Those who do such terrible deeds seem to have forgotten what it means to be human. But we don't have to.

Yoga: Freedom Behind the Wall

Rob Schware | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Many of the women thought yoga was just for the thin, or the super-athletic, or suburban housewives. Once they realize yoga is available to everyone, they get excited.

Forever Impression

Kim Goldman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
Kim Goldman

Nothing says "Good Morning" like a discussion on murder, I think to myself as I look out into a sea of faces, just blankly staring back at me. Deep breaths, I can do this.

Passover and Trauma

Rodger Kamenetz | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Rodger Kamenetz

What makes trauma trauma rather than simply pain or suffering -- is this element of utter despair and the feeling of the absence of God in that moment.

Yoga: How We Serve Veterans and People With Substance Abuse

Rob Schware | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with John Morgan, an Army veteran in recovery from alcohol abuse. John's yoga service began on Veterans Day 2012 at a treatment center in eastern Connecticut for veterans, active duty personnel, and dependents.

How Optimism Saved My Life (and My Sanity)

Kirsten Palladino | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Palladino

Life is a bounty of smooth and rough patches, and I'm quite certain that it's better this way, than always being easy with no challenges.

Yoga: Incarcerated Veterans Taking Healing Into Their Own Hands

Rob Schware | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

"A period of decompression and re-socialization before returning to society after active duty is needed. The program we've created will provide that by offering yoga to address healing the trauma related to combat."

WATCH: Tapping for Vets and Others Who Have Experienced Horrors

Brad Yates | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

One of the greatest things being done with tapping right now is its use with vets. There have been many great successes in relieving the PTSD our troops so often bring home with them.

Soul Patch

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

When my son got in the car with me after practice, I gingerly brought up the subject of the incident and he retold the story from the point of view of someone who could not believe the kid was stupid enough to do what he did. There was no victim present in front of me.

In Defense Of Flight Attendants

Helen Davey | Posted 05.12.2013 | Travel
Helen Davey

Please, TSA, re-consider this new policy that was put in place without consulting airline employees. It can have far-reaching and very damaging emotional effects.

When To Let Go Of A Toxic Person

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Spirituality is not about becoming the person that you are supposed to be, or about doing the "spiritual" thing. To be spiritual is to compassionately welcome your truth -- what you actually feel -- whether you like that truth or not.

Yoga: How We Serve Diverse Sexual and Gender Identity-based Cultures

Rob Schware | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Jacoby Ballard, who began teaching yoga in 2000, and has been teaching Queer and Trans Yoga and Yoga for all Genders since 2006 at both the Third Root Community Health Center and the New York City LGBT Community Center.

Gentle Reminder: How My Tragic Loss Helped Me Re-focus on Living and Thriving Again

Beryl Ayn Young | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
Beryl Ayn Young

In therapy, I discovered just how healing art was for my soul. The brand new DSLR camera I was gifted as an early baby gift, I instead picked up and used as my place to to process my emotions and to reflect on who I was and who I'd become since losing our baby.

A Scientific Indictment of Animal Research and Testing

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

"What are the alternatives to using animals in medical research?" This is a legitimate question I am often asked, and now, due to scientific innovatio...

Breaking the Silence in the House of God

Marlise Karlin | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Marlise Karlin

The sound of four deaf men who decided they couldn't live their lives in silence any more, will ring louder in your ears than if they were shouting.

5 Things Standing Between You and a Healthy Relationship

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Ironically, our relationship future can be closely tied to our relationship past. That's because we learn what intimacy is from our early relationships and are drawn, consciously or unconsciously, to what we know.

Where Do We Find Peace and Freedom? An Interview With Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Tara Brach embodies and emphasizes that beneath the turbulence of our minds and hearts is a loving awareness that as we learn to tap into over and again can reveal a source of resiliency, peace and genuine happiness.

The Art of Losing

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Khanh Ho

Perhaps I was destined to grow into an expert -- an expert of loss. Perhaps that is why I even managed to lose, at such a tender age, something that another human being found unforgettable, so much so, that she kept it to her breast.