Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
(It really can be that simple.)
First up: clinic news.
I will be out of the office the week of April 4-8, taking some time with my family for Spring Break. Don't hesitate to contact me, I will have phone and Internet access for much of the trip, but I do ask for a 24-48 hour response time in order to practice presence with my people.
- Yoga for Anxiety, a new workshop for Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way, WA. Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 2:30pm-4:30pm. As always the first hour will be informal lecture format, with lots of time for questions, and the second hour will be a gentle and restorative yoga practice, absolutely suitable for beginners. This is one of my favorite topics and formats to teach. Register here ($35 in advance, $40 at the door) or contact me with any questions.
My intention is to finish the newsletter with some kind of simple recommendation, something to carry into your month, a reinforcement if you will, most often inspired by a theme or interaction from the clinic. Several times in the past month I've had patients share some variation of the idea that they felt shame: shame for not "knowing better," shame over where they were in life, shame after verbalizing something long held in...through the years I've heard so many variations of shame and each time I'm provided with an important reminder.
There is no true healing while shame is present. And, as I've said before, no pharmaceutical or supplement is going to solve a health problem when shame lies at the root cause.
Thankfully, three of the most potent antidotes to shame are empathy, compassion, and vulnerability. I like to think these are foundational to PranaVis Medicine.
Years ago, I came across the work of Dr. Brené Brown, PhD a researcher who studies shame, vulnerability, and wholehearted living. Many of you are already familiar with her books and TED talks, but just in case, my offering this month isher original talk for TED. Back in 2010 when this lecture was recorded, she was prepared for an audience of 400. Instead, it has been watched by over 25 million.
Well worth the 20 minutes, I promise.
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