I’ve been doing a lot more art this year. I like to sketch and color. Recent studies looking at the effect of art on mental health show that letting your inner child make art like picking up a crayon and coloring can help fight negative thoughts, improve focus, soothe traumatic stress in the nervous system, and even aid in the fight against cancer. Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. Consider taking a “time out” from the holiday hysteria and let yourself play.
In my blog on Monday, I wrote about healing trauma. Peter Levine elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings and heal trauma from the inside out. Read More
Terrorist attacks in Paris, the flight of Middle Eastern refugees, racial and gender violence, ongoing ethnic cleansing: this list is too long. These violent and destructive collective realities are pulsing through our nervous systems directly and indirectly. No one is immune if they are breathing. Read More