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Breathing and Emotional Regulation

This practice uses the breath to help ground, center, calm, and regualte your energy. The process is simple, and effective. It can be done any time, even if you have only a minute to spare. Process: Experience your breath: Breathe slowly in and out. Notice the body expanding and contracting. Feel the cooling in-breath and […]

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Hurts so good?

How a fixation on pain avoidance may have eroded our coping skills—and what we can do about it. Here in the USA, we have an unalienable right to the “pursuit of happiness.” Our founding fathers said so. But maybe we’ve been pursuing happiness just a little too much. Maybe we conflate happiness with avoidance of […]

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A Long Spine Will Set You Free

One of the most common physical reactions to fear, disappointment, sadness or upset is a spontaneous shrinking of the back. The spine actually becomes shorter as the neck and lower back tighten to protect against alarming emotions or physical dangers. Only when the spine is long and supple can we live with ease, confidence and […]

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Giving thanks amid sorrow or fear

Worried about the future? Having trouble processing loss? Giving thanks may seem impossible in the “dark night of the soul.” Here’s some help. It’s easy to feel grateful when things are going the way we want—that is, if we don’t fall into the trap of taking those things for granted. But oh, it’s so hard […]

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Sickening politics…and 6 steps to urgent self-care

Maybe you’re angry. Maybe you’re anxious. Maybe you’re feeling hopeless or just terribly sad. Whatever reactions this strange election is sparking in you, don’t let them wreck your health. Here’s a positive way to cope. You probably know that prolonged stress can make you physically sick–raising your blood pressure, accelerating your heart rate, impeding your sleep, and […]

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