by Karen Maezen Miller
In the early summer of 1997, my husband and I found ourselves in the backyard of an empty house on a quiet street in Sierra Madre, a suburb of Los Angeles. The backyard was Southern California’s oldest private Japanese garden, an oasis of ponds and pines that had stood mostly intact since 1916...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Some years ago, I got attracted to do Zen meditation after reading a book. At the beginning, I meditated at home, later in a Zen Center. Zen meditation has changed my perception about life. I have found compassion, gratitude and simplicity, and I am deeply grateful for that experience. Karen Maezen Miller's article describes beautiful principles that will detangle the complexities of your life and make it easier.
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanic healing is strictly on the spiritual level - at its essence it is not mental, emotional, or physical. But in the paradigm of the shamanic worldview, the spirit of something, anything, anyone, from human to ant to galaxy and beyond, is considered to be fundamental and core. As a result, shamanic spiritual healing can have profound ripple effects on other aspects of self. When a therapist uses shamanism in conjunction with more generally practiced psychological healing, the results are often quite spectacular. Persistent mental and emotional pathologies that had stubbornly remained under conventional therapy can melt away with the assistance of helping compassionate spirits.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: So worth the 30 minutes. “Mindfulness is picking out the truth from all of the noise.” Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz (love his excitement), author of You Are Not Your Brain share’s a quarter century worth of research in neuroplasticity in this conference. Viewers are given a practical understanding of how the brain works, along with a four-step solution on how utilizing mindfulness can help rewire the brain. Listen to his passionate voice in saying we need a "cultural change" regarding the mind/brain. We do!!!... so watch on! PS - Dr. Schwartz states that he meditates one hour per day.
by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT
When I first started to work as an art therapist with individuals diagnosed with cancer, I came upon the classic, Love, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie Siegel. For those of you who are not familiar with his early work with cancer patients, Siegel initiated a specialized form of therapy based on creating an atmosphere of “carefrontation” that emphasized safety, courage, self-efficacy, compassion and love as key factors in health and well being...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Cathy Malchiodi is an internationally recognised art therapist, writer and speaker. She has written several books on art therapy that are viewed as standard texts for art therapy practice. Cathy has just finished editing a new book, due out in October, 'Art Therapy and Health Care' with Guilford Publications.
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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of "The Mindful Child", has designed a way to bring mindfulness techniques to children which improves their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She explains a simple way of explaining mindfulness to children, "Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness, to yourself, other people, and the world around you." She takes seven concepts of mindfulness and applies them to the ABC's of attention, balance and compassion. Stopping, focusing, and choosing fall under attention categories. Quieting and seeing go with balance. Caring and connection go with compassion.
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As we approach Remembrance Day on November 11th, we take time to reflect on the sacrifice of several generations of men and women warriors in war. Importantly, we also turn our thoughts to those who need our compassion and help to recover from the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds of war. 'Theatre of War' is one such healing project...
by James R. Doty, MD
One day several months ago, I was leaving a lawyer’s office where I was engaged in a matter where a donation I have made to a non-profit was misappropriated for activities unrelated to my intent. I was quite chagrined and frankly disappointed. I had trusted the individuals who had solicited the donation and it had obviously been misplaced...
Editor's Note from Diane Renz: Our greatest suffering is our disconnection from our inherent goodness and from each other. This is no longer some marginalized spiritual belief, but measurable within our brains and biology. That is the power of science today, to bridge ancient wisdom to our modern daily lives. These lives moving faster and the speed spinning us into levels of stress that keep us in fear states of protection, continuing the sense of separation from our true evolutionary wiring for survival which is based in our original default of compassion, care, kindness, and collaboration...
by Tracee Dunblazier, GC-C, CCDC
Today, I claim forgiveness.
I claim forgiveness for myself and my heart to all those who could not be who I wanted them to be. To those who have shown me anger and unkindness. To those who could not understand me or extend compassion...
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