Emotional Healing

 

 
  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   The Link Between Physical Illness and Unhealed Trauma

We’ve known for a long while that unresolved emotional trauma can cause lifelong behavioural problems. Most notably, Dr. Gabor Maté has explained how addictions arise in people who’ve suffered wounds in the past, mostly during their childhood years, and how those wounds continue to manifest in negative ways throughout their lives.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Free Yourself From the Narcissist/Empath Pattern

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
~ Thomas Merton ~

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Our Addiction To Suffering

The Buddha said that suffering arises from craving — for instance, craving for more love, more possessions, more physical prowess or beauty. But sometimes I wonder if the truth is more akin to the reverse — that we crave our suffering. In other words, are we actually addicted to suffering?

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I’m a Therapist But I Won’t Fix You: 5 Questions That Can Help Us Help Ourselves

A woman perched on a grey sofa screams at her therapist. The room has a large window that looks out on blue sky and sunshine. “I’ve been coming here all these years and I’m still not okay. You’re the expert with all the training! Why haven’t you done a better job at helping me? You’re supposed to guide me toward what I need. I have entrusted myself to you. What is wrong with you? You’ve been wasting my time and money!”

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It’s OK to be Jealous, Angry and Insecure

“Yes, others have flaws, too.” I used to think. “But mine are different.” “Mine are heavier. My flaws are the kind of flaws one actually needs to hide, because they’ll disturb people.”

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Buddhism for the Brokenhearted

The fullness of her breasts, the sweet little freckles on her cheeks and her flashing smile enraptured me the moment I pulled into her driveway. Unfortunately, I was not there to pick her up for a hot date, I was there to pick up my two and four-year-old daughters. As a matter of fact, everything between her and I, except for the child support, was over.

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Reclaiming My Power From Big Pharma: A Journey of Healing Depression, PTSD, Ambien Addiction and Beyond

“Healing is resolving the separation between the journey of the body and the journey of the soul.”
~ Dr. Brit Cooper ~

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   An Open Letter from a Therapist
~ Therapy is a “come as you are” kinda deal. It’s a place where you can be real—let more of yourself roam free. You can be honest. There is no uniform. I don’t care what you look like. You don’t have to put on makeup. You don’t have to wash your hair. Arrive in your pajamas or your Burning Man tutu.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   The Work It Takes To Be Truly Vulnerable
Imagine, for a moment, that you wanted to get in better shape. You’d know what you’re in for right? More or less, the formula is to challenge your body in various ways that a) burn fat that isn’t serving you, b) build strength, and c) stress your muscles in order to produce growth. The results certainly won’t be immediate, but over time, we start to see where the grind is paying off. We engage with a stress point, knowing that a better version of ourselves is on the other side of the discomfort.

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  A New Take on Sewage: How to Harness the Superpowers of Poo and Pee for Better Ecological and Human Health  

The Genius That Is Virginia Woolf

I feel like we are all children in a way. We are thrown into this world, innocent, unblemished, and are forced to contend with the sheer magnitude and complexity of being. Even when we become adults, there remains that childlike innocence within us, and I feel as though it might be important to tap into that innate sense of wonder and curiosity so that we may live more happily and be more loving to others. It seems as though when we tap into the child within us, we are living more closely with nature, and this is a powerful thing.

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Re-Connect With Ancient Indian Holistic Wisdom to Treat the Root Cause of Pain  

It’s Not About You. 7 Tips and Quotes To Stop Taking It Personally

When something feels like an attack, it can be quite a challenge not to take it personally. It happens all day, every day. We all project our frustrations, feelings, challenges, or things we don’t like about ourselves outwardly. When we do that, we blame it on others. Thus, when someone is projecting their stuff onto us, it can be very hard not to take it personally because it can feel as though it is about us. However, it is not about us. It never is. It only seems that way. It’s a trick of the ego to make it all about us. Don’t fall for the trap!

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Re-Connect With Ancient Indian Holistic Wisdom to Treat the Root Cause of Pain  

How to be your own Source of Self-Esteem

I am 19 (and just one year into college) when a friend tells me I’m losing my hair.I laugh him off, then do a full inspection when I get home. I see some gaps, but it doesn’t seem that serious.A few weeks later, I go to the barber for a haircut—short on the sides, with a bit more on top—and he suggests I see a specialist.

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Re-Connect With Ancient Indian Holistic Wisdom to Treat the Root Cause of Pain  

Holding Space When Someone Is In Pain

I first heard the term “generous listening” almost ten years ago, when I took a workshop for doctors with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. She told us that most doctors don’t listen generously. They’re always in their heads, trying to fix someone, rushing to a diagnosis and treatment plan. Or they’re judging what the person is saying—“Do I like what this person is saying? Or do I not like it?” Or they’re comparing—“Am I smarter than this person? Or are they smarter than me?” Or they’re one-upping, thinking of other patients who are in even more pain or have even more dire straits than the person who’s talking. Or they’re interrupting, barely letting the patient get a word in edgewise.

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Learning to Love your “No.” 4 tips for Boundaries in Dating, Business and Life

I sometimes wonder how a world might look where we truly loved the word “no.” Would it be customary to send our exes a “thank you for not choosing me” note when we get married to the person who is right for us?

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How to Face Resentment and Other Challenging Emotions

Every time I walked into the kitchen, my blood would boil. The stains from years of cooking irritated the hell out of me. This wasn’t part of the deal. When my girlfriend and I rented this house, we were super excited. It was closer to our families, closer to work, and there was a backyard for the dogs to play in.

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Kick Your Autoimmune Disorder to the Curb With Yoga and Mindfulness

For Sheryl Utal, she never truly felt well. Throughout her childhood and into college, she struggled with muscle and joint pain, dry skin, constipation and fatigue. Doctors always told her to simply “toughen up” and dismissed her symptoms. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s — an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland — at the age of 25 — that the pieces of the puzzle finally began to fit together.

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Maintaining Healthy Boundaries When Being of Service

Being of service to others and the world can bring immense joy, inspiration and fulfillment. But, when offering service, maintaining healthy boundaries is essential if we are to remain aligned and in balance. It’s so easy to become exhausted, depleted or resentful through giving too much of ourselves. In this article we explore what it means to have healthy boundaries and how this enhances our lives and that of those around us.

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  Consciously Healing Our Toxic Emotions  

Why You Should Forgive Your Parents… and How To Do It!

On the surface, forgiving your parents (or anyone for that matter) may seem insignificant but forgiving your mother or father is actually the best thing you can do for the quality of your life. Even low-grade parental blame and resentment perpetuate a cycle of emotional pain and suffering that can negatively affect your adult relationships, finances, and overall wellbeing, ultimately preventing the love, abundance and happiness you desire and deserve.

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10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient

Over the past 25 years, I have been immersed in the mental health and addiction system as a patient, later as staff, as a Registered Nurse (RN), and eventually as a supervisor. My time in the mental health system officially began at age 17 when I was first hospitalised in a psychiatric unit. This preceded further hospitalisations, a number of treatment episodes for alcoholism/addiction, along with multiple stints of incarceration in jails. Eventually, through this experience, I was able to embrace recovery and ultimately gain employment at some of these same facilities in which I was treated.

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  Consciously Healing Our Toxic Emotions  

Consciously Healing Our Toxic Emotions

Toxic emotions are like weeds, that when left unattended, will fester and grow roots, eventually taking over the landscape of our internal garden. They upset the natural healthy balance of our personal ecosystem, causing disruptions, distortions and dis-ease. They influence and shape the way we feel about ourselves, and how we subsequently show up in relationships, which are often really entanglements in disguise.

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice

We live in a world where the theme of unworthiness shows up in all areas in life. As kids, we proudly show off our high marks and perfect behaviour knowing they will earn us praises and approval from adults, and as adults, we constantly judge and punish ourselves for our lack of wealth, success, relationships and others’ good opinions of us. In my healing and coaching practice, the most common story that is told over and over is the one of“I’m not good enough.”

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  Are You Awake? Or Just Informed?   6 Signs Someone In Your Life is a ‘Control Freak’ … and What To Do About It

We all know someone who is a “control freak.” He or she can’t seem to stop giving unsolicited advice or tell you what to do, and how to do it. At first, you might actually get along, but soon you realise that the attitude of “listen to me, I know better!” seems to permeate the majority of their interactions, and will ultimately end up pushing people away. Control freaks feel compelled to orchestrate and manipulate people and situations to make sure everything goes “their way,” and even if their intentions might be benign, it can cause a lot of pain.

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6 Ways Remaining Silent Can Ruin Your Life

In 1923 Rudyard Kipling addressed the Royal College of Surgeons in London. In that famous speech (which most physicians today really need to read)

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Fascinating New Study Shows How Emotions Are Mapped On The Human Body

Emotions coordinate our behaviour and physiological states during survival-salient events and pleasurable interactions. Even though we are often consciously aware of our current emotional state, such as anger or happiness, the mechanisms giving rise to these subjective sensations have remained largely unresolved. Brilliant research by Finnish scientists has mapped the areas of our body that are experiencing an increase or decrease in sensory activity when we experience a particular emotion.

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  The Shaman Within: Channeling Universal Life Force to Heal Your Body   The Shaman Within: Channeling Universal Life Force to Heal Your Body

We live in a sea of subtle energies. When we become conscious of them, we can learn to use them.

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  Dadirri: An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma   Dadirri: An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma

The Healing Power of Listening in Stillness

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Boundaries: Bust or Must?

“You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.” ~ Tony Gaskins
There isn’t a relationship in life that doesn’t require healthy boundaries for it to function happily. If you think about it, the whole of life is based on relationships. The flowers have a relationship with the soil, the sun has a relationship with the moon, we have a relationship with our bodies, our money, our significant other, our pets, even with the doorman at the building we live in and so on.

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  Emotional Energetic Healing: The Future of Medicine is Here  

Emotional Energetic Healing: The Future of Medicine is Here

“Everything is energy.” ~ Albert Einstein
Energy medicine is at once time-honoured and new. Whether using traditional forms like acupuncture, t’ai chi and reiki, or modern applications such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), magnetic, vibrational or music therapy, working with the human energetic system to create wellness is an esteemed practice that produces tangible results.

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  Emotions and Truth: Our Human Experience   Emotions and Truth: Our Human Experience

Emotions spontaneously arise each day despite our efforts to control them. They often surface without warning, whether we want them to or not. Fortunately, many of these emotions translate as pleasurable ones – feelings of joy, contentment and love. However, like it or not, there are times when less than desirable emotions come forth – anger, frustration or possibly fear. But experiencing these unpleasant emotions is not necessarily a bad thing.

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How to Heal Emotional Trauma

Why is it so difficult to heal emotional trauma? Maybe it is because we do not understand what our emotional wounds really are, and therefore we go about healing in ways that can never work. When I was young, I was in a horrifically abusive relationship for over a year. Even though I was able to eventually “get out” and save myself, it took me many years to figure out how to heal the deep emotional wounds.

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  The Language of Nature – The Trees Will Teach You Telepathy   The Language of Nature – The Trees Will Teach You Telepathy

Have you ever wondered what “telepathy” really means? Have you ever experienced it? Have you ever wanted to experience it? Well you can, and you should.

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Towards a Psychology of Hope

We all know that hope is a good thing, even an essential thing: there is no life without hope, or so the saying goes. Psychologists believe hope might be the most important feeling, state, or emotion we can experience. Their studies show that hope is key to good health, the best predictor of a meaningful existence, and an indicator of academic and athletic performance. Yet we tend to think of hope as something you either have or you don’t, something you’re born with, or born into, through perfect parenting or perfect circumstances.

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Worthiness – A Key to Emotional Healing

Did you know that virtually every emotional wound is intertwined with issues of worthiness? In fact, feelings of unworthiness keep us from creating the lives we most desire. In order to heal our emotional wounds and consciously create, we must conquer our fears of unworthiness, but in order to do this, we must first understand why we are programmed to feel unworthy.

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Healing Past Trauma

Did you know that every time you talk about an unhealed wound or trauma, you re-activate it in your emotional, spiritual and physical bodies? As you speak, or even think, about an old issue, you experience it as if it is happening right now. Since your subconscious mind does not know the difference between current experience and past memory, for all intents and purposes, the trauma or negative experience is happening now.

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Holiday Emotions – 11 Tips for Dealing with Family Triggers

As the holidays approach, many of us will find ourselves with family and good friends. What holds the promise for good times, however, often turns sour when our buttons get pushed. So, in the spirit of making the most of the holidays, keeping the energy flowing (if only with ourselves), and giving ourselves the greatest gift, let’s consider our options for how to work with the upsetting moments when someone else seems spoils the fun.

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Human Vulnerability

Humanity is about to receive some great lessons in human vulnerability. We are born perfectly vulnerable and when we die, dare to love, get sick, or suffer violence in its many forms, we return to the core feeling that makes us who and what we are.

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Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of Social Emotional Learning

Marc Brackett never liked school. “I was always bored,” he says, “ and I never felt like any of my teachers really cared. I can’t think of anybody that made me feel inspired.” It’s a surprising complaint coming from a 42-year-old Yale research scientist with a 27-page CV and nearly $4 million in career funding. But Brackett knows that many kids feel the way he does about school, and he wants to do a complete emotional makeover of the nation’s schools.

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Stop, Look and Listen: Healing a Society in Denial

Beliefs can become patterns if you hold them long enough. People don’t like to have their belief systems challenged as sometimes they are the very foundation used to “survive”, emotionally speaking. Today, something is obviously not working, yet we still struggle with the idea of confronting and releasing our old conditioning and beliefs, healing, and making real change.

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Ten signs you believe it is WRONG to be happy

We all want to live happy, fulfilled lives. Sometimes, however, it seems like we've become experts at avoiding happiness. If you are missing out on happiness, you may have subconscious beliefs that make it impossible to experience happiness. In fact, at some level you may simply believe happiness is wrong, or not for you. This belief leads to emotional deprivation. Emotional deprivation can become a psychological attachment, a pattern so familiar that it literally becomes a self-sabotaging a way of life. So how can you tell if this is the case?

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Worthiness – A Key to Emotional Healing

Did you know that virtually every emotional wound is intertwined with issues of worthiness? In fact, feelings of unworthiness keep us from creating the lives we most desire. In order to heal our emotional wounds and consciously create, we must conquer our fears of unworthiness, but in order to do this, we must first understand why we are programmed to feel unworthy.

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