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Megan Happe-Cook
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down." - Lily Tomlin
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down." - Lily Tomlin

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"The potato will return, on Modern Marvels"

“The Lotus opens. Movement from earth, through water, from fire to air. Out and in beyond life and death now, beyond inner and outer, sense and non-sense, meaning and futility, male and female, being and non-being, Light and darkness, void and full. Beyond all duality, or non-duality, beyond and beyond. Disincarnation. I breathe again.”
- R.D. Laing

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"The study results showed a 36 minute increase on total minutes of nighttime sleep in the three minute slow-stroke back massage group as compared with the control group."

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Nice boom boom boom of cognitive-emotional-physical trauma spirals, both down and up.  Helps pinpoint one of the benefits of meditation - distinguishing physical sensations from emotional sensations.

From Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy by Pat Ogden

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Just got an email from Stanford saying the free courses are available:

Technology Entrepreneurship
A Crash Course on Creativity
Mobile Health Without Borders
Graph Partitioning and Expanders
Designing a New Learning Environment
Startup Boards: Advanced Entrepreneurship

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Fantastic!  Horrifying... 
A recut Mrs. Doubtfire trailer pitching it as a dark and murderous thriller? Terrifying...

Consilience:  In science and history, consilience refers to the principle that evidence from independent, unrelated sources can "converge" to strong conclusions

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"Massage therapy and other bodywork such as Reiki, or Tui Na, can not only relax tensed muscles and ease the physical pain, they can trigger the body’s relaxation response, breaking the cycle of fight or flight.

Massage therapy is an excellent addition to an overall treatment plan for sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress disorder. Once a person is able to relax through massage, circulation improves, sleep patterns can return to normal, and a more relaxed patient is more open to other modalities such as talk therapy that can help them resolve the issues at the root of his or her PTSD."

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If you've ever experience profound grief (I have!) it may come as no surprise to you that grief is more complicated than the "five stages" model implies. Here's a great article that goes into the complexities and discusses some of the research that's been done on the grieving process.

<snip> The resulting picture was more complex than the five stages would suggest. The researchers found that acceptance was the strongest emotion throughout, while disbelief was very low. The second strongest emotion throughout was yearning, and depression was more evident than anger at every stage. Also, emotions did not replace each other in some form of orderly sequence; the highest point of any of those emotions did follow the correct sequence, but a person in the third stage, for example, would still experience acceptance most strongly, not anger... <snip>

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"I use this four-level hierarchy to explain the differences between apathy, sympathy, empathy and compassion.

Apathy = I don't care. You are unimportant to me.

Sympathy = I see you and I am feel sorry about your plight. This can feel like one-up/one-down. The person I "feel sympathy for" may feel pitied -- which doesn't feel good. But this is a step up from apathy. I might donate money or express concern from sympathy.

Empathy = I feel what you feel. This is a peer-to-peer experience. When you are sad, I feel the sadness in my body/mind/heart. This has a genuine caring texture to the person who is suffering. But you might feel like you are riding the emotional rollercoaster of emotions. You and I might feel unsafe and distance ourselves if feeling another's pain becomes too much.

Compassion = I feel what you feel and it doesn't overwhelm my circuits. My wisdom circuits remain active and I modulate my emotional state. I see a larger picture. I act skillfully to relieve suffering where I can, or to sit with people who just need accompaniment in their pain (or their joy)."
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