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Biographical Rhythm and Crisis: Getting Unstuck part 4

Change catches us off guard all the time, but it doesn't always sneak up on us from the outside. Some of the biggest impulses for change surprise us by coming from the inside. That can be hard to make sense of because we are so used to constantly needing to respond to the events, expectations and relationships of our lives--but it is true! External events, outer changes make sense in a certain way because they adhere to the laws of cause and effect. If we suffer a loss or are experiencing a lot of anxiety related to an upcoming event we could place our feelings into that context and gain some consolation. In other words we learn to say: I feel this way because that happened. We know that significant loss brings grief and disorientation. We also know that the anxiety of anticipation can easily exhaust us as we try to make sure that everything has been properly considered and prepared. Those are painful experiences but they can be rationally understood. What happens when a life change starts inside of us and th ...

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Biographical Rhythm and Crisis: Getting Unstuck part 4

Change catches us off guard all the time, but it doesn't always sneak up on us from the outside. Some of the biggest impulses for change surprise us by coming from the inside. That can be hard to make sense of because we are so used to constantly needing to respond to the events, expectations and relationships of our lives--but it is true! External events, outer changes make sense in a certain way because they adhere to the laws of cause and effect. If we suffer a loss or are experiencing a lot of anxiety related to an upcoming event we could place our feelings into that context and gain some consolation. In other words we learn to say: I feel this way because that happened. We know that significant loss brings grief and disorientation. We also know that the anxiety of anticipation can easily exhaust us as we try to make sure that everything has been properly considered and prepared. Those are painful experiences but they can be rationally understood. What happens when a life change starts inside of us and th ...

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Getting Unstuck, Part 1: How a Homeopathic Remedy Can Help

Been stuck recently?  Seems to be going around.  It’s not necessarily bad as long as it doesn’t become a way of life, though it usually does last longer than we feel comfortable with.  But it has its place.  Take breathing as an example.  There is that place in your breathing, where you have taken in a full breath, but not yet started to release the air.  Do you know that place?  And it feels like nothing is happening, but there is something happening—a change in activity is coming (from in-breathing to out-breathing).  And while the natural world around us these days is bursting into new activity, the human process for change seems to lag behind this time of year.  Why?  Well, when the winter comes and brings cold temperatures and long nights, we all naturally breathe in.  It feels really good to breathe in at that time.  Fall, the winter holidays, and the changing of the year bring an inwardness that feels really good.  It's ...

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Finding Gratitude

It is a normal part of the passing of the year to look forward to the coming year and what it will bring. That is probably best done, however, by building on the gratitude of what has come before. In looking back we need to realize that we are all gifted, all blessed. Though perhaps this past year helped you experience that our "blessings" are not always the good, easy, and pleasurable experiences. Of course, we all wish for as large a helping of those as we can get, but sometimes the most potent growth comes from wisdom born out of challenge. In the practice of medicine, that truth presents itself over and over again. In fact it is not an uncommon experience (when the moment is right and there is space for thoughtful sharing) that someone will express how he or she has come to a new place of being, a new place of insight, that was really only made possible through an illness, a loss, an unforeseen or unexpected change of events. Times of change are also potent periods of growth. This is more than a Polyanna- ...

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Can we consciously influence our health?

January 2013 Three Paragraph Newsletter   When you ask this question of a large group of people, you are certain to get a variety of answers. Some will say "yes, absolutely!" and will give you examples of how mindfulness exercises (like meditation), exercise, a healthy diet and good social connections all improve your health. And there are indeed many clinical studies which have shown this to be true. How we think, and what we decide to do can have a definite influence on who we are and how we live. But there will also be a group of people who will say "no, not if you are really sick," and can tell you that when you are having a gallbladder attack you can meditate are hard as you want, but what you really need is a surgeon. In a similar way, anyone who has experienced a major depression (which seems like it should be more accessible to our thinking than an inflamed gallbladder) can tell you that feeling better is not a matter of merely sitting down and deciding to feel "happier." It doesn't work like t ...

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