Adverse Childhood Experiences

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and why should you be aware of them? Simply stated they are traumatic experiences that we have as children. Everyone has some traumatic experience growing up, the loss of a family member, the death of a pet, something. So what? Read more

breathing

Did you know that the yogin (neuter form of yogi) say that if you control the motion of your lungs, then you can control your heart? What does that mean for me, you say? Why would I want to control my heart? I don’t want to be messing with my heart! Read more

how to breathe better

“There is no neurotic individual who is capable of exhaling in one breath, deeply and evenly. The patients have developed all conceivable practices which prevent deep expiration.” ….Wilhelm Reich, Psychiatrist
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Again with the idea: what you don’t know can’t hurt you? This seems to be proving itself wrong time and again for those interested in personal growth. I remember my teacher explaining to us that three important things were preventing us from succeeding in our personal and spiritual growth: our karma, our ignorance, and our fear.
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David Wood presented an excellent series of articles touching on the subject of what has come to be called “moral injury.” He explains that many of our combat veterans suffer from this. It is the pain that results from damage to a person’s moral foundation. Moral injury, like PTSD which Wood notes is different, is probably experienced by more than just combat service personnel.  This condition has probably existed for as long as men and women have done harm to each other for some ideology, jealousy, anger or greed. Can meditation help one rise above this condition?
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Wise Mind Hypnosis on Long Island

I was recently working with a client who proclaims her life is a proverbial “shit show.”  A single, working parent with two teenage children.  Late one night she calls me on the phone frantically about the demands of life and how she gets no free time to herself. She goes on to describe how she does not get any time alone in her home.  The irony of her story is that she fears to be alone.  Yes, there is a big difference between having some alone time and being alone. She is an active person by nature, a real doer who likes to jump into action to fix problems.  
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What is belief ? Dictionaries like one on Google define belief as an ‘acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.’ Or another definition is ‘trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.’ The way words are used tells the tale. Now this may disturb some who have never given any critical thought to the differences that might exist between the words, the ideas – belief, truth and faith. It starts getting into the weeds of how we as human beings use language and think. This brings up a question like whether or not the sky is blue, or whether the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Generally, we ‘believe’ these things are true because our senses seem to say so, but science informs us that these perceptions are not true.
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