Here’s how I know we’re never stuck…..

…. it’s called, Experience Dependent Neuroplasticity This is how I know, based on the research, that we’re never stuck. Research consistently shows whatever we focus on for any period of time our brain learns and encodes. This is especially true if we’re linking thought with feelings and linger on body sensations. We’re doing this all […]

Dip In & Dip Out: Emotion Regulation and Meditation

  “It’s too much.”  Melony was moving back and forth in her chair, her nervous system rattled while furiously talking. I could feel the upset in the room. It did feel too much, not for me, but I could feel and see how it was too much for her. Like Melony, many of us get […]

Out of your experience, wisdom arises

It’s been extremely helpful to hear from people about their experience. I’d still  love to hear about your experience. I’m getting ready to do a “deep dive” training Meditation Skills for Trauma course. This won’t be just about “formal” meditation — but more importantly (in my opinion) how necessary meditation skills are for living everyday life. […]

Books that promote trauma healing

“I’m wise only in that I’ve used the tragedies of my life to become a person who can guide others. … That makes an ordinary person a wise person.” Leah Chyten invites us all to see our trauma in a new way using the horror of World War II, the Jewish diaspora, and Kabbalah. I […]

When relationships blow up [this is the research that helps me]

Sometimes it happens. Relationships blow up. We get triggered and make a mess of things. That certainly happened to me recently.  I didn’t mean for it to happen (we never do, generally). The trigger snuck up on me, hijacked me and threw my friend and I into disarray. What helps navigate the turmoil? More of […]

New Book Study Group – online

New Book Study Group – online

Thank you. It’s been remarkable to hear how people have resonated with my new book Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery. I’m still shaking my head in surprise while learning to breathe in the goodness (thanks for teaching me how to take it in a little bit more!) A few people have asked for […]

Embodied Attachment Introduction: Portland, Maine

Transform Stuck Patterns into Life Affirming Connections If I’m wired to connect how come I still feel empty and alone? One of the main reasons post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t resolve is due to the underlying, unresolved attachment issues. Our bodies, minds, and hearts are wired to connect. When connection(s) are broken, or betrayed, especially while […]

CALM Compassion Study @ Emory

For many, though, the hard part is receiving kindness or compassion. How many times do you flinch or winch when someone says something good to you? Or maybe they offer to do a simple good thing. Do you receive gratefully or push it away?   Years ago I was at a conference where Charles Raison, […]

H.E.A.L. Process [Rick Hanson]

In the last newsletter I wrote about the negativity bias. Today I want to expand on that, using Rick Hanson’s HEAL Process. I wanted to share some of what I learned from the Harvard Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy I spoke at two weekends ago. In order to learn we need to actively cultivate two […]

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