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mindfulness stress trauma

How Mindfulness Reduces Stress & Heals Trauma

If you’re unsure about seeing a therapist because you don’t particularly feel comfortable talking about yourself, OR if you’ve tried therapies and they haven’t helped as much as you hoped, then beginning a practice of mindfulness may be the thing that finally shifts you into greater peace and self-empowerment. However, there is more to mindfulness …

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presence mindfulness

What Presence Teaches Us

These days, we are all about manifestation – and I get it. With so much information and opportunity all around us, naturally we want to be able to create the life we dream about. From more income, to the perfect home or car, to the relationship of our dreams. But what about when you’ve survived …

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brain changes trauma

The Brain On Trauma

Developmental trauma and its effect on the brain. Trauma changes the body permanently. In this blog, I’m very generally reviewing a study which shows how childhood trauma affects brain development and the nervous system. There is so much amazing scientific information in this study – but it is definitely a complex read. I don’t want …

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meditation changes brain

Harvard Study Finds Meditation Changes DNA

In 2008, a study was published on the effects of meditation, specifically: the first compelling evidence that the Relaxation Response (RR) – the physiological response to meditation, yoga, tai chi, Qi Gong or repetitive prayer – affects our genes. Scientists analyzed blood samples, and concluded that 2209 genes were expressed differently (turned on or off) …

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biochemistry of trauma

The brain that changes itself

Want a good starting point for mindfulness? Begin with the belief that you CAN change your habitual responses to stress. The Brain that Changes Itself, a book by Norman Doidge, M.D., proves just this. About the Book… THE BRAIN CAN CHANGE ITSELF. It is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its own structure …

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