The Mind-Body Connection: a 6-minute gentle self-care routine

My dear community, The body tells the truth Memories and emotions, buried in our bodies, can create painful tensions. We especially carry these tensions in the neck and upper back (between shoulder blades). Our body reacts with aches and pains. Yes, the body tells the...

How Do You Move Forward after Trauma?

My Dear Community, Recently, I spoke with a grieving woman who lost her child by suicide 19 months ago. She asked me, “How did you move forward after your son’s traumatic death? Talk therapy just does not work.” I paused, took a deep breath and began… Four years...

Self-loathing or Self-love?

My Dear Community, The words we allow and the words we speak to ourselves in our minds leads to self-loathing or self-love. Life or death. Self-loathing – the path to death April 20th approaches. And it’s the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. I remember the...

The Signs Are Always Here…….Come in Today!

The Signs Beckon The signs beckon me, calling my name. Come in Today! Store closing. 80% off. Everything must go. I’m a retail homing pigeon when there’s promise of a “deal.” (Guest Blogger, Jolene Weir, R.N) It always happens. It doesn’t matter what...

A Brand New Day: Recover and Rebuild After Loss

Trauma and Loss are a universal part of life. All we need to do is turn on the nightly news. Yet the violence, displacement and tragedy really isn’t happening to us, until it does. The destruction of our mobility with a fall, bike or auto accident. The natural...

Trauma on the Train

A week ago today, a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon in Portland, Oregon, the atmosphere inside the Max commuter train turned to a violent storm. A 35-year-old man began shouting racial slurs at two teenage girls. They had drawn his wrath because one was black and the...