PTSD: New research shows smaller brain areas regulating fear and anxiety

Recent combat veterans who are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder have significantly smaller volume in an area of the brain critical for regulating fear and anxiety responses, according to research led by scientists at Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center.   The finding, published Nov. 5, 2012, in the journal Archives of General [...]

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Welcoming a son home from combat duty – Judith Black

Judith Black is a storyteller in Massachusetts.  I first heard about Judith from a friend who was a finalist for the MASSMOUTH’s Big 2010 Mouth Off champion.   My friend was going to tell a 4 minute story in front of 350 people and 5 celebrity judges at the Boston Public Library on april 20, [...]

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Project Welcome Home Troops

Yesterday  my colleague Christine Travers-O’Brien who works at the VA in Fort Collins mentioned Project Welcome Home Troops which includes meditation and yoga into a healing program for vets.

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The Power of Breath – Malcolm Huxter

Malcolm Huxter is a meditator and a psychotherapist that lives in Australia.  His years of living in  Thai monastery inform his practice and the work he does with those he works with.    The power of the breath is used extensively, it seems, with the martial arts.  With Karate there is a quick in breath [...]

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Learning Concentration Practices

Metta Meditation/Loving Kindness Practice                       Becoming Safely Embodied:  A Concentration Practice There are classical phrases used in the practice, yet it’s important for you to find the right words and phrases that work for you.  If these classical phrases don’t work, adapt them.  Find something that you know resonates with you, maybe qualities of being that [...]

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Learning compassion practices can ease emotional burnout and distress – Tania Singer

Learning compassion practices can ease emotional burnout and distress – Tania Singer

SCIENCE 12 JULY 12 by OLIVIA SOLON Training people to be compassionate rather than empathic might help to solve problems such as depression, burnout and narcissism, according to Tania Singer at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Singer is an expert in social neuroscience and investigates the neuronal, hormonal and developmental foundations of human social [...]

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Committee of the Mind – Thanissaro Bhikku

by Thanissaro Bhikku There are many different ideas of “you” in your mind, each with its own agenda. Each of these “you’s” is a member of the committee of the mind. This is why the mind is less like a single mind and more like an unruly throng of people: lots of different voices, with [...]

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Excavating the Heart Through Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

 Photo: Deirdre Fay c2011   Noah Levine Excavating the Heart Through Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Re-blogged from the Huffington Post —  Posted: 04/25/2011 1:00 am When I first heard the Buddhist teachings on loving kindness, compassion and forgiveness, I was incredibly skeptical. Coming from a background of drugs and violence, I saw those heart qualities as [...]

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Transforming Anger and Resentment into Gratitude

    Bitterness, anger, and resentment can lie dormant inside us yet infiltrate our every moment. We often don’t see these disturbing thoughts and feelings especially when we’ve been living with them day after day after day.  We might try to suppress this or we can find ourselves exploding these feelings out into the world, not even intentionally. [...]

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Patrick Stewart shares about his childhood with domestic violence and combat stress

What a moving video captured during Patrick Stewart talking about his childhood experiences of violence against women. Then he shares what he learned later in life about his father’s PTSD and the effect on the family. He says now he works for Refugee (a safe house for women) for his mother and combat stress for [...]

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Remembering Self-Compassion

  The annual Networker Conference in Washington, DC  featured Tara Brach as the keynote speaker on Saturday morning.  To share her talk with you I wanted to pass on Tara speaking about Self Compassion, an incredibly important topic.  The more we practice self-compassion the more our hearts will ease.  

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