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Why Do We Freeze and Lose Our Voice During Trauma?

People often ask why a victim didn’t just leave a situation, or why they didn’t speak up, right away—or why the victim’s story wasn’t cohesive. So, let’s talk about Tonic Immobility and Broca’s Area, and I’ll keep it (relatively) brief, so the next time you come across these statements from people, you can whip this […]

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Why Tell Your Story?

I’m what’s called a late adopter—someone who is very slow (umm…resistant) to new trends and developments. I had a cell phone that was billed by the minute, and roughly the size of a newborn baby, way longer than necessary. But, at least there is one area in life where I am an early adopter: having […]

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Instant and Consistent Mindfulness

Recently, I have noticed people being very hard on themselves. They want to see immediate, tangible progress, in their lives, and if they don’t perceive it happening, they get discouraged. I believe this has roots in a couple collective beliefs.   First, we have been conditioned to receive instant gratification and instant results. While lovely […]

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Removing the Mental Health Stigma

Can we please remove the stigma around mental health? Perhaps, when we do, we could more comfortably see the interconnection between our minds and spirits, and our physical health and disease. Many perceive that connecting these elements means “blaming the victim” for their physical health. Which infers that we are, consciously or subconsciously, blaming people […]

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A Wake Up Call

“The man walking in front of us,” my cousin whispered, “was held at this camp.” It was the summer before my senior year in college and my parents and I were visiting my family in Germany. I had read the book, The Hiding Place, years earlier, and was deeply fascinated by the Holocaust. It struck […]

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IT

Fear tells us to worry that if IT happened in the past, IT could happen in the future. Fear tells us to worry that even if IT has never happened, that IT could happen at any time. Fear tells us to worry that if IT has happened to someone else, IT could happen to us. Love […]

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Blame is a Distraction

We are connected. Our interdependence means that the actions of each individual does, indeed, affect others and the world around us, whether we like it or not. This awareness can lead us to take personal accountability. But, within that, it can also be tempting to blame those who are not operating from the same ideas, […]

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