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A Stroke of Insight

In the summer 2010, my Dad had a stroke. I was on the phone with him when it happened.  Of course, I didn't know it at the time and he probably didn't either.  He began to repeat his words and…Read more
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Mental Feedback Loops

So, what is the source of stress?  This is something I asked myself quite a bit.  The question is motivated by the fact that in my case it was sometimes dependent on an obvious situation, but other times it's not…Read more
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I am

I am not my name. I am not my job. I am not the type of car I drive. I am not where I live. I am not what my spouse thinks of me. I am not what my family… Read more
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The Relaxation Response

I just read the Relaxation Response.  It was written decades ago (by Harvard trained cardiologist, Herbert Benson) and was one of the first books (in the West) to link psychological stress to physiological problems.  After first realizing that I…Read more
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Stress, Brainwaves and ....Sound?

The first thing I wanted to do after my experience with anxiety, was to read, and try to ground myself in some concrete knowledge that could help my understand what was going on in my mind.  Many of the mind…Read more
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Learning through Anxiety

In December of last year (2011) I experienced anxiety in one of the most powerful ways I had ever encountered. Of course, I had had worries before and anxiety about specific events (like I assume we all do) but this…Read more