Are you too hard on yourself? Do you exhaust yourself in a quest for perfection?
Living each day with a sense of pleasure and accepting imperfection is an art. We can learn to savor “perfect moments” rather than strive for a more perfect life. Join us on the path from perfectionism to balance and freedom!
The People House, 3035 W. 25th Ave. Denver. Sunday, April 22, 3-5 PM.
Cost: $25 Pre-registration is necessary. Call me or email to register or for more info. 720-460-0758 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join our Mind/Brain Explorations Meetup.
Increased sense of calm, clarity, focus and resilience in myself and my partner after 7 months of NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Brain Training are what motivated me to get certified to offer it to my clients. This is a moving testimonial to how it can help heal from a worse trauma than I’ve ever experienced-
Biofield Tuning is a relatively new method to promote deep healing discovered by Eileen Mckusick (biofieldtuning.com). She found that there is an electromagnetic field that extends about 5 feet out from our bodies, in either direction that stores our history. Due to experiences of trauma, that can occur as early as in the womb, our energetic patterns are disrupted.
As we strike a tuning fork and start combing the field in towards the body, to gradually arrive at the individual’s current age, we provide acoustical feedback to the body to restore it to coherence. She calls it recalibrating the body to wholeness, just as we tune instruments that get out of tune. We listen for places where the tone goes flat or sharp, or might be full of static, then we keep sounding the fork until the tone is clear and pure.
My clients are astounded at the forgotten stories that they realize they are still carrying energetically. In the days after a session, they report a sense of lightness, more joy, the ability to start speaking their truth, or a feeling of oneness and a deep spiritual connection.
Take a look at this lively, informative interview with the founder of Biofield Tuning, the profound new healing work that I do. I love sharing it with clients and see the deep releasing that happens, but I also love what it’s done in my own life over the last year that I’ve been experiencing it.
Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body by Peter A. Levine
Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often endure lifelong symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful “acting out” behaviors. Today, professionals and clients in both the bodywork and the psychotherapeutic fields nationwide are turning to Peter A. Levine’s breakthrough Somatic Experiencing® methods to actively overcome these challenges.
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited—that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start with You builds on the work of leading experts in post-traumatic stress, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score. Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Bessel van der Kolk MD
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states.
Does just thinking about that audition coming up get your heart racing? Here are some practical steps (besides lots of practice!) that will keep you in the Zone to ensure that you will do your best. First of all, realize that you do need a dose of anxiety to provide pizzazz to your performance and lift it above your daily practice.
Way before the audition date, learn basic relaxation skills that will help you manage stress. You might try yoga or meditation or something as simple as loading your phone with music that calms you.
Even easier and more basic, learn to breathe deeply and slowly. When you are too nervous, you breathe more shallowly. This is counterproductive to the strong breath you need for a rich, deep tone or to hold long notes, or even to introduce your piece and project your voice. Exhale fully and hold it a short time before starting the inhale. Hold it again before the exhale, making the exhalation slightly longer than the inhalation. As you exhale into deeper relaxation with each breath, say “Peace” to yourself.
Mentally rehearse each passage of your piece. Olympic athletes imagine themselves going through each motion that will bring them over the finish line and see their arms raised in glory.
Mentally rehearse your stage presence. See yourself taking nice deep breaths before walking on stage, taking a few moments to gather yourself and breath before greeting the faculty and then signaling to the pianist.
Carry yourself as if you are the chosen performer.“Fake it till you make it!” Watch Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk on Power Poses. Changing your posture doesn’t just make you feel and look more confident, but it gives you a surge of hormones to make it true!
Allow plenty of time to park, find the room, go to the bathroom and do your self-soothing techniques. Nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic and rushing to your appointment.
Take time to eat! Keep your blood sugar levels stable by having some protein. Don’t just grab a quick pastry. Anxiety is lot worse with blood sugar crashes.
Sleep! Get to bed early enough that even if you spend some time tossing and turning, you sleep as much as possible. Use your deep breathing skills to drift off and get restored for the next day.
Limit caffeine. This is not the time to go “cold turkey” on your morning cup of coffee, but don’t overdo it. Limit the ice tea and caffeinated sodas, too.
Dress comfortably. Yes, you want to look like a successful performer, that’s part of “faking it till you make it”, but it’s not the time to squeeze into something a little tight, or wear a complicated accessory that might slip off, or shoes that hurt your feet.
And finally, say a little mantra to yourself as you begin, like 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez did, right before winning the gold in Rio, “I’ve got this!” and know that you really do!
Technologies of the Self’s Smoking CessationProgram is very effective. If you are truly ready and motivated to quit smoking, you should be able to stop smoking with just one 2-hour session. Most people do. Research shows that hypnosis doubles the effectiveness of any other approach, so combining tools intensifies its power!
We will be meeting 3 times in my office. The first time is a Prepare to Quit Session. We will explore your smoking history and related issues, as well as why and when you smoke. You will set your QUIT DATE and go home with a list of recommendations to prepare for success.
Your Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy Session will then be individualized to fit your own particular motivations to quit smoking and what benefits you see that it will bring to your life. For some it’s to go backpacking in the mountains without being short of breath; for others it’s to prevent lung cancer, to have better smelling clothes or to avoid wrinkles. Whatever you tell me, I will use your own words to suggest them back to you, when you are in a deep state of relaxation and your subconscious mind is open to take in the desires of your conscious, rational, health-oriented mind. During your intense session, you will be guided through a number of techniques and visualizations to gain your freedom from cigarettes and start your new healthy lifestyle with easy, clear breathing.
The program is $375, which includes-
1) Preparing to Quit meeting (75 minutes)
2) the Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy session (2 hours)
3) a take-home reinforcement Stop-Smoking CD (20 minutes)
4) follow-up Reinforcement Session. (1 hour)
Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card.
Call 720-460-0758 to get started on your way to FREEDOM.