Spring Cleanse: A Journey of Renewal
Sneak preview book excerpt from “You Were Not Born To Suffer” by Blake D. Bauer who will be presenting Unconditional Self Love, Qi Gong & Meditation at Hollyhock Aug 9-13, 2017.
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. – Jalaluddin Rumi
Wherever you are, please take a few slow, deep breaths into your
belly. Feel your whole body, from your feet all the way up to the
crown of your head, and then down to your fingertips. Please relax any tension you feel and let yourself be. Using each inhalation to open your body and create inner space, welcome everything you’re thinking, feeling and experiencing here in this moment. Please be present to your body and your breath.
Before any form of external commitment can begin or remain healthy, we have to commit to being true to ourselves completely. Until we commit to ourselves – to saying our deeper feelings, values, needs and aspirations matter now – our personal and professional commitments will always result in stress, confusion, struggle or heartache, especially our intimate relationships. If you’re currently having trouble committing to an intimate relationship, it’s important to be kind to yourself as you navigate your next steps. You are feeling this way for a reason. No one wants to feel insecure, fearful, owned, controlled or limited in a partnership. However, it is equally important to become aware of why you feel as you do. For this reason, it’s empowering to know that the main reason we struggle with commitment, whether we’re starting a new relationship or questioning an existing one, is because we still have not fully committed to ourselves, which ultimately entails learning to value and be true to ourselves in all our interactions. This is a major
challenge for all of us, but it’s the only road to lasting peace,
happiness and freedom – whether we’re seeking lasting
true love or not.
Continue reading Healthy Commitment to Self and Other
By Steven KH Aung, CM MD PhD OMD FAAFP / Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry / Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Extension, Rehabilitation Medicine / Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Dr. Aung will be presenting Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition at Hollyhock on Aug 11-14th
“No matter what the circumstances, no matter what kind of tragedy I am facing. I practice compassion. This gives me inner strength and happiness…I myself, you see, am the devoted servant of compassion. This is the way I really feel.” – The Dalai Lama(1)
A strategic retreat will often prove itself to be surprisingly necessary in the face of adversity. It provides us with an opportunity to re-group and gather our strength, while our health and well-being will also benefit from its employment. It also provides us with the ability to counter and overcome stress, as stress (distress) is one of the worst health epidemics known. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), stress is considered a major external/internal pathogen. In Western biomedicine, stress tends to be viewed as the primary factor behind psychosomatic disorders. A retreat is a vital step forward – toward taking control of your own health. Continue reading Aung Medical Qi Gong Retreat: Reinforcement of Practice
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
Feature Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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
Content & Feature Photo Via Junxion
“Here in Yellowknife, we’re over 2º warmer than we were in the 1940s. My patient population is already affected by the changing climate—the ice is more dangerous to travel on, so people fall through; caribou herds are dwindling; permafrost is heaving and making buildings less stable; and we spent the whole summer of 2014 cloaked in wildfire smoke.”
Climate change is here. And Dr. Courtney Howard’s patients are feeling the effects: “As you can imagine, change this rapid is stressful, particularly because many aboriginal people in the north still live very close to the land. It has real effects on culture and on people’s way of life.” Continue reading Social Change Institute Impact Bio: Dr. Courtney Howard