Your body and mind are one!


First, an explanation:

When you have a worrying, anxious mind, your body is anxious too. Your mind and body affect each other, moment by moment. Your body experiences your emotions, but it influences your emotions too.

This dynamic interplay between mind and body is a crucial new understanding of modern psychology. We now realize that being aware of your body can help you to rebalance your emotional life -- even help you to overcome the psychological legacy of trauma!  

And science shows the …

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Does 'greenness' support better health?

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Some years ago, a woman told me the secret of how she healed her depression. She said she'd improved her mood by caring for her houseplants! I remember her saying “I love my plants. They inspire me. They want to live!”  

Her doctor had wanted to prescribe antidepressant medication, but somehow this lady had discovered her own unique path to healing — caring for her plants. Eventually I lost touch with her, but as far as I know, she never did require medication. She had become an indoor garden…

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Not exercise!

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People who aren't familiar with yoga or qigong often think these are types of 'exercise' — activities for people who intend to improve or train their body.  

For example, people might exercise to get good at a physical skill, or they exercise to develop a strong body, or they want to be more physically attractive. So they exercise.

The exercise attitude has come down to us from the athleticism of ancient Greece (think the Olympics!). The exercise attitude dominates the modern world with its …

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What about sleeping pills?

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People should avoid using most types of ‘sleeping pill’ for any longer than 3-4 weeks. Sleep medications should be temporary.

That’s the standard instruction for best medical practice in most of Europe and North America. Official medical treatment guidelines recommend limited use only.

But, in reality, doctors and patients usually ignore this advice! More than half of patients use their prescribed sleeping pills for longer than 3-4 weeks, and 20% continue beyond a year.  

Patients say they …

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Why Sleeping Pills Fail!

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More than 15% of Women 50+ take sleeping pills regularly despite strong evidence they're risking cognitive decline, cancer, infection, and earlier mortality.

You may be wondering: What can possibly be wrong with a pill that helps me get more sleep?

Here’s the surprising answer: Sleeping pills don’t actually help you sleep!

The main problem with sleeping pills?

Probably most people think a sleeping pill is a pill that puts you to sleep.

Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. Pharmaceutical …

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Feeling dependent?

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It can be surprisingly difficult to stop using sleeping pills.

That’s why medical authorities in North America and Europe recommend that sleeping pills should be taken for no longer than 3-4 weeks.

England’s public health agency, Public Health England, classified sleeping pills as “medicines associated with a risk of dependence or withdrawal.”

The agency warned that such “prescribed medicines may cause withdrawal symptoms when stopped abruptly. These symptoms can be distressing for the per…

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Sleeping Pill Withdrawal - research study

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Here's research showing good news! Especially if you're one of the 15% of older women who feels dependent on sleeping pills.

The good news of this research is:  It's never too late!  A woman can decide to stop her sleeping pills, even if she's been taking them for years. Within 5 months, she will likely have found better sleep without pills, and a happier life too!

That’s the evidence presented in this well-designed study by a research team in Finland, in 2018. 

It's a study based on the wo…

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Childhood Maltreatment

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Recently I’ve noticed that many women scientists are investigating children's neglect & maltreatment. These scientists seem motivated by compassion, and they openly call for better prevention and treatment. They’re inviting us to fully understand the problem so that it can be changed. That motivation inspires their science.

Here’s more of their research findings:

About the Children

In science, child abuse/neglect is termed “adverse childhood experiences” [ACE], or “childhood maltreatment”. …

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Continuing Effects of Childhood Maltreatment

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Here's more from the science investigating childhood maltreatment. I respect all the feedback you've sent. This is a most important problem.

Some have written, recalling early abuse, loneliness. You say, “I just want to forget.”  

Some wonder about recovery. “It was so long ago, what can I do now?”

Note: Scientists & clinicians use various labels/definitions: child ‘abuse’, ’trauma’, ‘childhood maltreatment’, ’childhood adverse experiences’, etc.  For practical purposes, such labels are int…

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Self-Care for Recovery from Childhood Trauma

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As a human being, you have a remarkable capacity to heal and rebalance after trauma. This is your biological heritage, and it's also your psychological heritage. 

You can intentionally 'cultivate' this healing -- you can decide to grow and recover from past injury.


In this message, we look at a lifestyle attitude that psychologists call 'self-care'. [Definition below.]

Self-care is part of psychological health -- when people are psychologically healthy, they just naturally practi…

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