By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. via The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma and published in NYMAG
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Join Bessel at Hollyhock for Trauma, Body, and the Brain: Restoring the Capacity for Rhythm and Play on August 14-19, 2016.
Most of us have poured out our hearts in angry, accusatory, plaintive, or sad letters after people have betrayed or abandoned us. Doing so almost always makes us feel better, even if we never send them. When you write to yourself, you don’t have to worry about other people’s judgment — you just listen to your own thoughts and let their flow take over. Later, when you reread what you wrote, you often discover surprising truths.
As functioning members of society, we’re supposed to be “cool” in our day-to-day interactions and subordinate our feelings to the task at hand. When we talk with someone with whom we don’t feel completely safe, our social editor jumps in on full alert and our guard is up. Writing is different. If you ask your editor to leave you alone for a while, things will come out that you had no idea were there. You are free to go into a sort of a trance state in which your pen (or keyboard) seems to channel whatever bubbles up from inside. You can connect those self-observing and narrative parts of your brain without worrying about the reception you’ll get. Continue reading Why You Should Write a Letter to Yourself Tonight
By Jill Purce, www.healingvoice.com
Feature Image Source: Carlotta Mastrojanni on Vimeo
As so often happens, science is now telling us what we’ve known all along. The science of epigenetics, which is now enthralling most of the life sciences, tells us about the non-genetic inheritance of past traumas. As I know from my Healing the Family and Ancestors work, the patterns caused by traumas and separations within families, pass down through many generations until those affected by them are finally able to dissolve them. This is something we can all do and the effect is nothing short of miraculous – all members of the family feel good – even if they weren’t at the workshop, and the patterns no longer have to continue on to our children or descendants. Instead of our continuing to wonder why we are doing things that bear no relation to our life as we knew it, magical events manifest from left field, transforming and bringing joy and blissful new reasons for being alive.
Below is an interview I did last week about the way I do family constellations, as magical sonorous shamanic sessions.
Continue reading Healing the Family and Ancestors
According to the Centre d’etudes ethniques des universities montrealaises, 40.4% of Canadians pray or meditate on their own weekly. Yet many people still find meditation to be a challenging and elusive practice. Lisa Wimberger’s goal is to make meditative practices accessible and easy, while still being effective and impactful.
Lisa Wimberger has innovated modern meditation utilizing the latest research in neuroscience as an answer to bring deep healing to victims of trauma. Based on thirty years of experience in various forms of meditation, Wimberger developed NeurosculptingⓇ as a way to heal herself from seizures where conventional medicine had failed.
Continue reading NeurosculptingⓇ with Lisa Wimberger
Image & Content Source: Eoinn Finn, Touching the Stove: Yes, Yoga can Hurt! | elephant journal
When it comes to yoga, my strategy is simple: “No pain…no pain!”
Yet this past April I voluntarily entered the zone of pain under hot lights at a West Oakland photography studio.
My goal was to take 260 photos that visually depict common alignment mistakes in 50 different yoga asanas for our Blissology Yoga Teacher Training manual.
I decided to touch the stove and found out it is hot. Really hot!
It’s not just theoretical—yoga can hurt.
A few years ago now many of us in the yoga community got our Mula Bandhas* in a knot over William J. Broad’s article “Yoga can wreck your Body” in The New York Times. To many, that was like an avid sports fan crying foul on his or her home team instead of cheering them on.
I wasn’t shocked at all. I have always maintained that improperly performed yoga can hurt you more than most nasty UFC jujitsu submission holds.
Like a lot of yoga teachers, I spend a lot of time teaching people how to do the poses with safe joint alignment. I thought about how great it would be if the students had a visual resource of these mistakes that they could refer to during our training and in the months and years following. Continue reading Touching the Stove: Yes, Yoga can Hurt!
by Hollyhock presenter Craig Weiner, DC
Tapping…EFT…Emotional Freedom Techniques…perhaps a friend told you about it or you saw it demonstrated on Dr Oz, or saw a film clip of a pitcher doing it in the dugout or viewed the BBC report this past year on the emerging efficacy and research on this healing phenomenon. Whether you have heard of it or not, its worldwide use is skyrocketing and the increasing body of published research continues to grow alongside its use. Supporters have included luminaries such as Candace Pert, PhD., Bruce Lipton, PhD., and Deepak Chopra, MD
What is it? What is it used for and can you learn to do it for yourself? Continue reading “Tapping Into a Renewed Life” by Craig Weiner