Mental Health continues to be an issue that bounces in and out of our lives. When you consider that one in five of us will experience some sort of mental health issue in our life time we may hope to “win” the lottery and avoid the issue. But, look around you and notice four people you love, four people you are close to at work, and four people you socialize with each week. Now consider that you … or one of the four people in each of those close circles will experience mental health issues.
Given the prevalence of mental health issues it is very important to consider how you support yourself and how you are able to support those around you.
Today I spent an amazing three hours with Jennifer Garland the Program Director/Owner at the Mane Intent. It was awesome, first meeting with Jennifer to work on a few grounding and awareness exercises, and then out to the barn to meet the herd, followed by some very special one-on-one time with Sunny.
I have deep gratitude for the opportunity to have this amazing experience with all the gentle beings at the Mane Intent and I look forward to connecting again soon.
Research from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) indicates that meditation has a positive and regenerating effect on our brain.
“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.
Meditation gives us the opportunity to become grounded and to open up to the core of who we are. We often dance between being lost in the detail of our daily lives or being flighty and lost in a sense of spirit. Through meditation I believe we can keep “a foot in both worlds”. Through grounded awareness we can wake up to what is, while staying out of judgement and fear.
The link directs you to a free 8 week mindfulness meditation program including guided meditations, articles, and videos.
I am just back from London and completing the first year requirements of a 3 year training process in Somatic Experiencing. Trauma is so rampant in our society and it has the potential to reduce the full loving expression of our lives. The work is profound and healing on many levels.
“Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.”
Trauma activates a complicated process that has the potential to change our lives. Have you ever considered that your trauma may actually have an impact on your children and their children. Perhaps you are experiencing the results of your father’s trauma or your grandfather’s trauma.
This was a large study (17,000 people) done from 1995 to 1997, to determine the impact of childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study concluded that childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors had a profound impact on a person’s long term health and wellbeing.
Using ACE questionnaire scores the researchers were able to determine a higher incident of addictive behaviours, heart disease, liver disease, depression, intimate partner violence, unintended pregnancies, and Suicide attempts.
For more information and to check your personal ACE score check their web page
In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, they have launched a completely redesigned That’s Not Cool website to inform, inspire, and activate teens and adult allies to stand up to dating violence.
Share it with the teens in your life—whether they’re sons or daughters, siblings, students, friends, or neighbors.