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Yoga has been shown to have many benefits on all levels of our being - physical, physiological, biochemical, psychological, and spiritual (West, p. 33). The research over the past decade or two has demonstrated what yogis have known for millennia - that yoga works. But how it works is something we have only begun to clarify somewhat recently. So, I’d love to share some of the ways that yoga helps us as well as what we know about how it does that.
As a therapist, I live in the world of feelings. Talking about feelings, thinking about feelings, and most importantly feeling feelings, helping others to do the same. In my work over the past 20 plus years as well as through observations within my personal experiences it is clear that knowing what to do with feelings is the exception not the norm. And we come by it honestly.
TRIGGER WARNING: This article and pages it links to contain information about sexual assault and related violence which may be triggering to survivors. You may consider creating a safe-enough space for yourself if/when you choose to engage with this material, perhaps reading it in smaller increments as needed.
Check out this article on grief by Jeremy Sycks, a NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner, NLP Trainer, and a Certified Life Coach specializing in Grief Coaching:
In this article, Sycks walks us through how to manage and grow through the pain of our grief. He writes:
"Resourceful stages of grieving is a way to be present in your current situation while creating resourceful states, communications, and behaviors to manage yourself throughout your grief."
He shares three helpful tips for working through grief as well. Check it out!
Tips from a Highly Sensitive Person
There is SO much energy whirling around us right now, and a lot of it is negative. That doesn’t mean the positive isn’t out there, but given the state of things right now, it may be harder to find. You may find yourself feeling drained or exhausted from all of the bad news or upset energy. This may be new for you or if you are highly sensitive, it may be more intense than usual but perhaps feels like business as usual.
As a highly sensitive person living in a world that is not, I have picked up some skills over the years to protect my energy and be selective around what I let in. I am noticing so many more people struggling with this than usual, so here are things to try that help me.
You know that gut-punching, heart-sinking “unh” sensation you have been feeling? It may be
Ambiguous Loss. Pauline Boss coined the term for this loss without the promise of anything that looks like resolution, loss without certainty. After listening to a podcast interview of Dr. Boss by Krista Tippett, I knew that was the “unh” I had been feeling.
Military Sexual Trauma or “MST” is all together too common. About one in four women seen at the VA report some form of military sexual trauma. While this does not include all women who have experienced MST, women are more likely to report this type of trauma. On the other hand, many men do not report MST; only 1 in 100 men disclose that they have experienced MST. Men tend to report less often as they are more likely to see MST as “hazing”, bullying, or physical abuse (https://www.sexualassault.army.mil/whatweknow_militarymen.aspx). Additionally, It is common for men feel too much shame to report sexual trauma feeling that it somehow makes them less of a man. That said, while women are at higher risk for MST, 40% of MST reports are made by men. So what exactly is Military Sexual Trauma?
This blog is for information only. Reading this blog or interacting with it is not medical advice and does not constitute a therapeutic relationship. This blog is not a substitute for mental health care. Please be sure to seek out mental health care as needed.