Many of you are involved in our 40 days of healing program, Despite producing a book that has landed on the “ Best Seller “ list Healing Trauma with Yoga, the Universe in its divine wisdom and a continued sense of humor has put me a spot to take my own healing journey to the next level. In late 2019, someone close to me was ripped away from me by cancer. This loss reopened some wounds that I mistakingly thought were HEALED and forced me onto another accelerated path to healing.
Life is stressful when work, fatigue, poor diet, and excess caffeine and alcohol are added in the mix, things get even more stressful. When you are stressed, tired – your body and your brain suffer. You may get a " cortisol ( stress ) belly and your decision making suffers. Not only this but your blood pressure, sugar levels and anxiety levels soar. All systems of your body get taxed from stress- The respiratory, circulatory, digestive and all systems start to feel the effects of stress. One of the best ways to combat stress is to meditate. Meditation gives your brain and body a chance to rest and heal. Meditation is like a " time out " and a chance to rebuild and recharge.
We don’t need to look too far to see that as a society, we are suffering – mass shootings, homelessness, addiction, suicides – all causes of trauma. Trauma is often the root cause of physical and mental suffering. Unless the root of the problem is dealt with, dealing with the symptoms is time wasted. And yet, it is often hard to differentiate a symptom from the causal problem. We all know that untreated trauma, whether it occurs in childhood or later in life, leads to mental health issues – anxiety, depression, mood, personality, and psychotic disorders. It also leads to physical issues.
Summer is amongst us and in full bloom. It usually signifies a happy season for most of us. As children Summer meant no school, longer daylight hours and more time to just enjoy youth. As an adult, it usually means vacations, barbeques, and delicious seasonal foods. I remember as a child looking forward to the last day of school because it meant that boating with my family on the Long Island Sound was coming-up.
A year ago I went back to school, not just any school, but Harvard. My first week of four that I would end up spending there in 2018 was a program called Women’s Leadership Program. There were 68 of us from all over the world.