Editor's Note: Sam Harris is an American author, neuroscientist and CEO of Project Reason. He received a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, and has a BA in philosophy from Stanford University. Here, he discusses meditation as a tool for personal evolution as opposed to a religious experience. As a teacher of Vedic Meditation, one of the things I tell my students is that meditation is for everyone, regardless of your religious (or secular) affiliations.
by Janet Lansbury
A couple of years ago I was driving my daughter home from high school, and she shared something from her Human Development class that day. The students were asked to draw an illustration of their emotional state. “And mom,” she said, “everyone drew pictures of stacks of books and things like that. I think I’m the only one who’s not stressed..."
Editor's Note: Beautiful steps to follow with the goal on less stressed kids in mind. Given the world we live in and all that we face daily these steps are incredibly helpful.
Family & Parenting
by Mary Phillips-Sandy
Q: WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDICINE?
A: It’s knowing what to do with stories. My group and I have developed many, many narrative practices and routines for teaching and clinical work. One is called the “parallel chart.” We give clinicians or students this instruction: Write the things about your care of a patient that do not belong in his or her chart. These parallel charts expose matters that open up in the care of an individual patient, even if they’re simply things like “I’m angry at this guy,” or “This woman makes me sad...”
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this short article, Mary Phillips-Sandy interviews Rita Charon, Director of the Narrative Medicine programme at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, about the use of story in medicine...
by Danielle Ofri
Toxic sock syndrome. That’s the first thing we noticed when we entered the hospital room. For those gentle readers who are not familiar with such sensory assault, toxic sock syndrome is the clinical term for the rank odor that accompanies damp, fetid feet that have seen more street time than shower time...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Doctor, Writer, Professor of Medicine - Danielle Ofri dispenses poetry to her patients and medical students to remind them that 'medicine (and life) consists of far more' than can be learned in school.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Helen Maffini
Keeping a journal is a great way of expressing emotions. The skill of using emotional literacy will be developed as well as better self awareness and self reflection...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Encouraging a child to write in a journal builds self-awareness and emotional literacy. Try these journal ideas with your children or students.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by David Pratt, LMT, BA
It is easy to assume Breema is just bodywork when we see photo- graphs of practitioner and recipient moving in perfect ease and balance. If you’ve already received a treatment, you probably know what a transformational effect it can have. However, Breema is more succinctly a practical teaching including bodywork, self-bodywork and nine universal principles, supporting recipients and students to have the experience of bringing mind, body and feelings into harmony...
Author's Note: “There’s not an artificial way of doing Breema that has to be over-come,” said Jon Schreiber, Director of the Breema Center, when I talked to him for this article. This new way of using the mind and body provides us with profound support to experience that freedom really is in this moment. Breema helps us again and again to move from complication to simplicity. When we have a taste of that, it is clear that this is what we have been searching for.
Massage & Bodywork
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Attention all yoga enthusiasts, teachers and students. Check out this awesome yoga girls of the world music video. Written, Performed, and Produced by: Jocelyn Kay Levy & Jacquelyn Richey.
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Does Reiki offer practical, energetic relief from stress? How does a Reiki session work? What are some additional benefits available from the practice of Reiki? In this program, Torrance CitiCable interviews Lucia Galante Johnson, CEO and founder of the Reiki Center in Torrance, CA. Lucia relates how Reiki transformed her life's work from the corporate world to creating a safe space to teach and share this traditional form of Japanese energy work. Lucia, associate practitioners and students share the flow of a session and provide insights into what the Reiki experience "is."
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