Monthly Archives: September 2012

Grief and Degrief, Part 3 – The Art of Holding Space: Degriefing from the Therapist’s Perspective

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“Grief is the most available, untapped emotional resource for personal transformation.” Holding space is one of those phrases that evokes furrowed brows and quizzical expressions from the uninitiated. Like comedian George Carlin‘s popularized use of such oxymorons as “jumbo shrimp” … Continue reading

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Grief and Degrief, Part 2 – Degriefing the Body & Mind with Psychosomatic Semantics

The language of our culture is full of sentiments acknowledging how we feel after a loss. The term “heartache” and the phrase “I’m so sad, it hurts” immediately come to mind. Grief is the body’s response to loss, and we … Continue reading

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Grief and Degrief, Part 1 – Finding the Way Back

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On the eleventh day of September, 2001, I awoke to a crisp northern New York state morning, the best of blue skies and an audible fall crunch in the air. I am New York City-born, so I remember those fall … Continue reading

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Revisiting Our Trauma

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Grief is the most available, untapped, emotional resource for personal transformation. –Lyn Prashant One of my favorite professional endeavors is teaching a class on the somatic aspects of grief. I present my Degriefing work at the University of California Berkeley, … Continue reading

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Free the Body of Sadness – Putting the Pieces Back Together After a Life-Changing Event

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Job loss, death, divorce, break-ups, financial strain, and the many challenges life presents are painful and tramautic. Sadness is stored within our bodies, sometime long after we think we’ve moved on. Addressing the issues in the tissues can in fact … Continue reading

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A Pilgrim in Your Body – Energy Healing and the Spiritual Process

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Whether you use energy work as part of your personal practice or as a healing modality in your work with others, it can evoke changes in consciousness and perspective that are best understood in the context of the human spiritual … Continue reading

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7 Common Habits of Unhappy People

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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” — Marcus Aurelius “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our … Continue reading

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Slowing Down – Patience a Trait That Pays Off

There are two things that are most likely to make people struggle with patience. The first is our genetic makeup. Some of us come from a gene pool that has a lot of calm, cool, and collected in it. Patience … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration

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  MOTIVATION You run the 5k to lose weight, stay in shape, raise money for cancer. Maybe to prove something. It’s on your bucket list. You made a bet. Only ten pounds to go. Achievement is thrilling. All fine reasons. … Continue reading

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Remedies from the Earth – Medicinal Muds and Healing Clays

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Mud is one of the oldest beauty treatments in the world. Not the kind washed into the street after a rainstorm, but the medicinal mud and healing clay varieties found in estuaries or harvested from underground veins. In fact, healing … Continue reading

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