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Triumph over adversity

Why is it some people seem to triumph over adversity? In fact, some people seem to actually thrive on it. Right now I'm thinking about a man named Erik Weihenmayer who I met at an awards ceremony many years ago. Erik is blind but he climbed Everest; then he went on to teach blind children in India to do the same. He brings to mind others who have faced serious adversity: those who don't have use of their hands so they rely on their teeth instead to hold a pencil; those with limbs blasted off in war who return to inspire others.

Fear

Fear---the great unraveler. It's an irony that the very state of mind that is meant to protect us can also unhinge us. FDR, in his inaugural address, said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." It's a great idea, philosophically, but a bit cavalier for the person who awakens suddenly at three in the morning paralyzed by fear, their mind filled with worst-case scenarios.

I tend to take a back door approach to fear. Rather than trying to confront it head-on, I look for ways to set the stage so that it has less room to exist.

Shift your thinking

This is written for the many chronically ill people I've worked with throughout the course of my therapy practice. It's a form of tough love, with emphasis on the word "love" although it is also undeniably tough. You could call it a form of mental boot camp. It places the responsibility for the way you view your life circumstances directly on you. Your perspective on your situation is more important than how dire that situation is. And when you think about it, what's your alternative?

You are the healer

I posted the following on a now-defunct site so am re-posting it here on my home site.

Many times we hear people describe a particular person as a "great healer." But no one outside you actually heals you. They may point the way, or remove impediments, but ultimately it is you, with your behaviors and attitudes, who is the primary person in your healing process. Treatments, practitioners, medicines, diets, and herbs can only jump-start the process for you. Then you take over. You are the most essential element in your own healing.

Trusting yourself

I posted the following on a now-defunct site so am now re-posting here on my home site.

Recently we talked about breathing: inhalingandexhaling.
But what happens if you're afraid to let go, to fully exhale? what happens if you don't trust that you'll be able to survive without the armor or tension you've developed? In this case it's important to begin to develop a relationship with yourself. It's impossible to trust someone you don't know. You must become your own best friend, the person you'd turn to for advice, appreciation, counsel.

Take a deep breath

The next several posts were written over the past few years. The site they were on is now closed, so I've posted them on my own site.

We're all told, in every physical or spiritual program we may be involved with, that we must learn to breathe. Breathe deeply, we're instructed; inhale to lung capacity, then release fully. Obviously, we don't need to learn the basics of breathing or we wouldn't still be here. However, research shows that we can maximize our health through the intake of more oxygen.

Mind-body healing for caregivers

Following is an excerpt from a lecture I was invited to give to a group of healthcare practitioners and lay caregivers. This was in response to a self-help DVD my company, Synoptics Research LLC, had created. I've been asked to make it available via blog.

I'm here to talk to you today about the power of the mind in healing. As many of you already know, close to 40% of the population turns to complementary and/or alternative medicine when faced with health concerns. The percentage is even higher when you factor in those people who use a combination of alternative and conventional approaches.
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