Defining Moments For Therapists
If therapy is a relational process, it takes a person on the therapist’s end. The goal of the project is to capture the therapist’s evolving sense of self as it is shaped by our experiences as active participants in a creative interaction.
The essays in this book are first-person accounts, by eleven therapists, of some “Aha!” moments when they got to understand themselves better, and to understand better why they do what they do.
Publication date: April 18, 2013
The book will be available for sale: - as a regular book, on Amazon,… Continue reading →
Thank you for joining the Moment of Silence on Friday, Dec. 21 at 9:30am ET. Please invite your friends to take part.
- Memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy
Please join in a national moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook victims called for by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. At 9:30 a.m. EST, spend several minutes reflecting quietly on this terrible tragedy and take a five minute pause from all online activity.
By Dr. Lynn Anjali Somerstein, RYT
What’s better- yoga at home or in class? I think they both work. It’s lovely to follow the teacher’s sequences and be with your yoga friends—but an integral part of developing understanding of yourself and of yoga is establishing a home practice, tailor made for you and easily available, at home or away. All you need is motivation–that’s the hard part.
I love yoga, and if I was a really inspired yogini, instead of my occasionally reluctant self, I would always be motivated to practice asana, meditation and pranayama, but I… Continue reading →
By Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT
The hardware store on Third Avenue has a sign in the window that says, “Sharpen your knives for the holidays.”
Many of us are lucky enough to have joyful holiday celebrations, with loving family, friends, people who are positive, and that’s wonderful—but unfortunately not the universal experience; there’s a down side to many celebrations—not everyone is your friend, and some of those unfriendly people sharpening their knives for the holidays want you to be their turkey.
For example, food is love, right? Well, sometimes it is, when your friend cooks you something special and you… Continue reading →
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Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey are among the most enthusiastic endorsers of the value of meditation, but doing it — actually learning how to clear your mind — may be a little more difficult than simply turning off a TV. Indeed, simply defining meditation can be a bit of a challenge. Related
In Sitting Still, a Bench Press for the Brain (May 10, 2012) Special Section
According to a 2007 study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, meditation… Continue reading →
Matthew has written a lovely book, Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, and also has his own studio, called Mind/Body Solutions
Matthew Sanford was in an auto accident when he was 13. He was in a coma for 3 days, and when he woke up he found out he couldn’t walk. He worked hard with his doctors and physical therapists but felt that he could go farther, and eventually he began yoga training and is now a teacher. I took a workshop with him a few years ago, and his teaching is… Continue reading →