The Paradox of Sleep

How’d you sleep last night? Surely you got your 8 hours, and woke up refreshed, recharged, and ready to tackle the day head-on. No? Well you’re far from alone. Studies show that many people aren’t getting a healthy level of sleep. Sleep deficiency is exacerbated by the busy, stressful lives that are becoming commonplace in…

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Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal

Who would have thought that an iPod could hold the treatment for sufferers of post traumatic stress? I certainly didn’t, but research conducted at Duke University and the Durham, NC Medical Center suggests that guided imagery on an MP3 player can successfully treat symptoms resulting from military sexual trauma. No pharmaceuticals, no therapy, just a…

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Is Mindfulness Becoming a Mainstream Health Strategy?

“Live in the moment”… how often we’ve heard it . . . even said it ourselves, but how often do we really do it? “For those who know the benefits of mindfulness meditation, I can hear you saying, Finally!“ For most of us, “live in the moment” is a catchy, bumper-sticker line, but there’s a…

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Trauma Recovery with Tibetan Monks

How would you treat a Tibetan monk who experiences flashbacks of imprisonment and torture whenever he meditates? “…And the Tibetan monks, for one, present symptoms that might go under the radar of a standard psychiatric evaluation.” That can be a monumental challenge. Often practitioners overlook the less-than-obvious manifestations of trauma if they lack the tools…

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The Neuroscience of Human Relationships

Traditional neurology views the brain as a system by itself—the body’s control center. While this is true, the human brain cannot be understood in a vacuum. It’s a social organ that might best be studied through its connection with others. Our brains are linked socially in obvious ways, of course. Take blushing, for instance –…

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Victims, Resentment and Toxic Relationships (New Video)

Regardless of education, experience, or intelligence, many struggle with relationships. Though the research is clear that healthy relationships can be immune enhancing, being (and staying) in a loving, intimate relationship is one of the most challenging things we do. “…being (and staying) in a loving, intimate relationship is one of the most challenging things we…

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