Archive for February 2012

Compassion for Ourselves in the Face of Pain   2 comments

Noah Levine

Noah Levine (Photo credit: SharonaGott)

“…with practice we gain the ability to choose how to respond to pain.  Our instinctual tendency is to meet pain with aversion, try to push it away.  Reflect for a moment:  What is your first reaction to stubbing your toe?  Most of us tend to react either with aversion (trying to push the pain way) or denial (trying to pretend it isn’t there).  The experience of freedom comes when, through the radical approach of the Buddha, we begin to have the appropriate response to pain, which is not aversion, but compassion.”

~~ Noah Levine, Against the Stream

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I Promise…   1 comment

I’m going to spend more time here, really. . . I’ve been spending my time getting a blog up and going about my first love… Buddhist meditation and end-of-life care.

But that it’s my whole world.

For about 6 years, I suffered from daily, debilitating migraines.  It was only a half joke when I begged my friend to run me over with her Mommy-van.  I didn’t want my life to end, just the pain and the accompanying suffering.

I learned a lot about healing along the way.  Some from friends.  Some from specialists.  Some at school.  A lot from trial and error.

Spending much less time in pain gives me the ability to do things that bring great joy into my life.

I’d like to pass on some of the things I learned.

Now some of the things I will share are about migraines. . . that was a big part of the problem.  It was one of the pain issues I was dealing with at the time.  But there are deeper issues than just the symptom of a neurological problem like migraines and don’t let anyone tell you that a migraine is just a bad headache.  Whomever tells you that has obviously never had one.

So I will share info I learn about nutrition, share forms for tracking mood, pain, weather, etc. and give you tips like. . . track things.  One thing I have learned as a psychologist in a behavioral and medical environment is that when you are talking with most doctors, feelings don’t matter.  Intuition doesn’t matter.  What matters are numbers, trends, graphs. . . ie, data.

I’ll also share small things to help you through your day. . . for instance, I learned that I could still use my kindle or my kindle apps if I changed the setting to black pages and white type on those days that my pain was bad but not unbearable.  I will also share things that the books don’t talk about. . . like all auras are not visual… I can get really bad stuffy or runny noses as a warning sign that the migraine process has started.

And no blog about pain and health issues would be complete without a look at inflammation and how to manage it.

I hope you can take something positive away from what I have learned on my journey.  In helping others, we create meaning and purpose in life.  Viktor Frankl said that a person can deal with anything in life if [he] knows the “why”.  My purpose is in helping others suffer less and live more fully, more presently.

Peace, Jennifer

Posted February 28, 2012 by Namaste -- Seeking Peace in Uncategorized

Are you really what you eat?   Leave a comment

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4008/This-Is-Your-Body-on-Processed-Food.html

I really don’t think this is what I want to be!

Posted February 11, 2012 by Namaste -- Seeking Peace in Uncategorized

T’ai Chi for Parkinson’s health   Leave a comment

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/08/study-tai-chi-improves-balance-in-parkinsons-patients/

Posted February 10, 2012 by Namaste -- Seeking Peace in Uncategorized

Eating real whole food is important to our mental and physical wellbeing   Leave a comment

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Many people who withdraw from psychiatric drugs discover excessive food sensitivities…we’re forced to change the way we eat. It seems that it may be wise for everyone to think about what they’re putting in their bodies. More and more people are also discovering this the hard way (by getting sick one way of another).

The woman in the below video was triggered to action when one of her children had a reaction to food. Her talk is an important part of the picture. It’s a great introduction to the issue of what has happened to our national food supply.

In order to heal many of us need to radically change our diets. This video suggests that perhaps all of us in America should be concerned about our food supply and the health and wellbeing of our children as well as ourselves.

Some sorts of food allergies are not acute and…

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Posted February 6, 2012 by Namaste -- Seeking Peace in Uncategorized