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Self Care During Therapy – Positive Energy Bubble

The Positive Energy Bubble Mediation is one of many self-care techniques you can use to during therapy to shore up your positive emotional responses against inward or outward feelings of fear and negativity.

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DBT Mindfulness for Daily Life: “How” Skills

Mindfulness skills can be applied to everyday life, used on an ordinary, everyday basis.

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DBT Mindfulness “What” Skills: Coloring Books for Adults

Mindfulness doesn’t need to be all sitting alone and trying to concentrate! Those of us who have very active minds and bodies sometimes need a focal point and a chance to engage our bodies and hearts in order to feel relaxed. That’s fine, no need to feel pressured to be a certain way!

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Does Oprah’s Daily Gratitude Journal Really Work?

 

Does Oprah’s Daily Gratitude Journal Really Work?

Let’s take a look at this idea of gratitude.  Gratitude can bring you perspective.  Cultivating an underlying foundation of gratitude can move you from negative energy to more positive energy. Focusing on the good aspects of your life can bring you contentment, while focusing on the negative aspects of your life can fell really bad.  Oprah says daily gratitude journaling changed her life.

Hmm..but being grateful all the time isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s easier to get caught up in a swirl of emotion. We’re all human and can be hijacked by our limbic systems! When someone is actively aggressive towards you, such as working to take your job or if you are physically attacked, it’s not easy to process this anger and aggression away with gratitude. I don’t think it’s possible to for humans to always feel grateful.

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Veterans Yoga Project®: Interview with Dr. Dan Libby

Veterans Yoga Project   Yoga for Emotional Healing PTSD

 

Photo courtesy of VYP, used with permission

Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) is a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping veterans gain access to the healing benefits of yoga with a program called Mindful Resilience. Thanks to the efforts of VYP, the Mindful Resilience yoga program is being used to help veterans and active-duty military personnel heal from the emotional, physical and psychological aspects of war trauma in mental health and addiction treatment programs in the United States and Canada. 

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Part two: Recovering from birth trauma

Last week, we discussed the story of Betty’s traumatic birth here. This week,  we’ll discuss Betty’s healing plan from a traumatic birth. Betty ‘s husband helped her find a therapist who specialized in trauma and perinatal mood disorders by using Google and looking through Psychology Today profiles.  Betty was fortunate in that she had babysitting assistance from her mother and mother-in-law. Betty also was able to take extend time off from work, as she had been steadily employed at the same company for many years, her work was well respected and she had an understanding supervisor. Not all woman have these options. Betty knew this and she was grateful for the foundation that she had in place.

Betty approached her first visit with her therapist with trepidation. Betty was cautious. Like many trauma survivors, she didn’t want to endlessly talk about her trauma, because, somehow, talking about the incident felt like it might be re-traumatizing to her.  But she was feeling bad and she was curious about the new trauma treatments called Somatic Experiencing® (SE) and EMDR.  She had researched EMDR and found there was 30 years of research supporting its efficacy, so she was hopeful.

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Mental Health: Veterans Yoga Project Healing PTSD

Mental Health: Veterans Yoga Project Healing PTSD

 

I wanted to share with my readers a very positive effort full of positive energy taking place in the world.

In 2017 in Hoboken, New Jersey, I first came into contact with the Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) organization. Tam Terry and Helene Graff, residents of Hoboken, arranged a fundraiser.  Stevens Institute of Technology graciously offered the use of the university’s Walker gymnasium. Dr. Nariman Farvardin, the President of Stevens, gave the opening remarks. One hundred and twenty  people from the Hoboken community came together to practice mindfulness and  yoga in an effort to raise money and to support our veterans in getting back feelings of wholeness in everyday civilian life.

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Gratitude feeds the white wolf 6 mindful nibbles a day!

Gratitude feeds the white wolf…6 mindful nibbles  a day!  

Almost all days, I habitually remind myself to stop, take a deep breath, close my eyes, drop my shoulders, open my heart chakra and breathe in the energy of gratitude.   

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Heartlife Holistic® Hobby Corner: Wildcrafting Dandelion Flowers

I wildcrafted dandelion flowers last week. I missed picking the dandelion flowers in my yard! I  kept meaning to pick them, but they all went to seed before I could get to them!

Dandelions have gotten a bad rap in modern times. How spraying  toxic chemicals onto greenery around your home where you and your family live, eat and play became a thing, I just don’t know. Chemical industry, anyone?  Makes my eyes red and itchy just thinking about it!

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Poetry: For My Mom: Memories of 295 Union Avenue

 

For My Mom: Memories of 295 Union Avenue

When I was 3 and very small, I remember napping in a quiet room.
The scent of lilacs entering my dreams along with the sound of steady, gentle rain…. 
The surrounding trees created a soft, energetic circle all around me,
and this was safe like home. 

When I was 4 and still so very small, I would wander the enormous majesty within our home fences…
Touching purple irises, finding praying mantis’ cocoons… 
I’d crouch in a cool cave made of dark branches and  
shake the white snow bushes, blinded by a veil of magical, tiny flower petals.
I watched in wonder as they settled like white snow drops on my hair and on the ground…

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