Self-Care Practices

Awareness: The Key to Coping with Your Mind (

One of the results of the global shift in consciousness we are going through is that many of us are now aware of our thoughts. The constant narration in our heads, that we feed by giving it our attention can be considered untrained awareness. If we choose to, we can develop our faculty of thought into its higher form that we call awareness, by acute and persistent observation of our own thought processes in a disassociated manner. Attention is the key, it is very, very valuable. Our energy...

Reminder: Practicing Resilience in Community recordings available

The past week has been painful, overwhelming, and many other emotions, as the Twin Cities, Minnesota, National, and global communities grapple with the murder of George Floyd, ongoing police brutality, the protests, the uprising, and the institutional, systemic, and interpersonal racism that has been an ongoing trauma for many of our communities. Many of us are working to navigate the balance between engagement, the need for rest and renewal, and care for the community in these moments.

5 Habits to Have If You Want to Be Exceptionally Healthy (

We all know someone who is always healthy. Even when there are epidemics and pandemics, they skirt around catching anything. What is going on here? Are they superhuman? No, they’re usually just like everyone else. However, they have certain lifestyle habits that help them become some of the healthiest people alive. Here’s how they can keep their overall health at the pinnacle of what it can be. They get enough quality sleep. They eat food rich in prana. They meditate. They move their bodies.

The Nourish&Flourish Project (McKenna Garrison)

The Nourish&Flourish Project is here to offer inspiration that may help guide you on your self-care journey, whatever that may look like. Self Care and Covid-19: Getting Ready for the Marathon - Intentional planning goes a long way to staying mentally healthy in a crisis. You’ve likely heard this phrase before as you’ve begun any number of ambitious tasks: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” Rarely has this sentiment been more fitting than it is in light of the worldwide effort to stop...

Take Care of You in Troubled Times

Self-care strategies work. In my book, “Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Freedom”, I share 35 different strategies, as one-size- doesn’t -fit-all! Today, I’ve got 5 simple tips to share that will help you relax and find your emotional balance. The #1 Most Important Thing to Add to Your Self-Care Routine Limit how much media you consume and how often. I’ve said this for years and now it is absolutely critical. Checking the latest news over and over again is like taking a jackhammer to our nervous...

Listen to These Uplifting Songs to Stay Optimistic and Positive Right Now (

The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” streams through the speakers at Montefiore Nyack Hospital whenever a Covid-19 patient gets discharged, the New York Times recently reported. At other local hospitals, Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” serves as the celebratory track. Researchers have found many benefits of turning to music to reduce stress, boost our mood , and help us increase our resilience, so it comes as no surprise that so many people are turning to music during this emotional time.

Caught the Coronavirus Blues? Research Shows that Music Medicine is a Powerful Antidote (

English acoustic-physics pioneer, John Stuart Reid, explains how Music Medicine can banish the blues (and fear) associated with the corona virus, while boosting our immune system to help vanquish any pathogen. The simple antidote for low spirits and fear, which Nature provided for us, is music. Not just any music, but music that calms us and brings us joy. Nature’s “music” for our ancient ancestors was provided in a variety of ways, such as psithurism (the sound of the wind in the trees and...

A Guide to Glide Through the Great Awakening – Spread Hope Not Fear (

What’s happening right now is the greatest awakening we’ve ever seen. Whether you are a light worker or just waking up to the whole consciousness thing, there is something for everyone to learn. It’s an emotional time, one that needs to be honored with kindness and compassion. People are grieving. They are grieving their loved ones and what was. Let yourself be where you are . Allow yourself to be in it. Feel what you feel and let your emotions move through you. It’s the way to the other...

How to Heal Emotional Trauma (

Understanding Emotional Wounds We tend to think of an emotional wound as the original traumatic experience – as the “thing” that happened to us, but the wound is actually the dis-empowering belief that we developed as a result of the traumatic experience. In the search for emotional security, our natural response to any traumatic event is to make sense of it. We “make sense”of things by creating beliefs. Beliefs that we develop in response to traumatic experiences are Traumatic Beliefs.

Soul Writing – Creativity in a Time of Crisis (

I’m a Soul Writing coach. I see writing as a spiritual practice. When we connect to our authentic voice and transform our feelings and imaginative dreams, visions and fantasies into words on the page, something magical happens. By expressing the experiences of our inner worlds and our authentic self, whatever the voice inside us wants to say, we move into alignment with ourselves and give ourselves permission to speak. When we do that with love and let go of judgment, it can be a liberating...

9 Ways to Access Your Inner Strength During Traumatic Times (

A traumatic experience is anything that severely threatens your emotional, psychological or physical well-being. Right now in the world, that would be the COVID-19 epidemic. Not only are many of us losing our jobs while being forced into isolation with scarce resources, but our very survival is being challenged. That’s a lot to deal with! Trauma is essentially what happens when we feel totally powerless, and are frozen internally into that state of being. But here’s the liberating truth:...

Why We Need Self-Compassion Now More than Ever (

Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff.have been exploring self-compassion —the science behind its many benefits, the unconscious reasons why we don't allow ourselves to experience it fully, and practices to start bringing it to our aid during emotionally challenging moments. In this final video , Sounds True founder and CEO Tami Simon joins Kristin and Chris in conversation on " How Self-Compassion Changes Everything ." With them, you'll explore: Why we can meditate for years and still...

Free resources for cultivating mindfulness & restoring calm (Sounds True)

Resilience in Challenging Times A care package for the Sounds True community In response to the growing uncertainty and heightened stress during this unprecedented time, we have created this special digital care package to help you navigate the coming days with mindfulness, compassion, and presence. Please share and enjoy these free resources—we can all use some support! We will be regularly updating this page with new offerings. If you’d like to receive email notifications, please sign up...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter March 2020

Hi Folks, The March edition of the Surviving Spirit Newsletter is posted at the website - To sign up for an e-mail copy, please write to me @ or sign up @ Website via Contact Us. PDF - Thanks! Michael. Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy Hope, Healing & Help for Trauma, Abuse &...

Ecotherapy and Social Prescribing for Better Mental Health (

How many times have you noticed that your mood improves when you’re outdoors, surrounded by nature? How often have you wrestled with a difficult issue, only to find that the pieces seem to fall into place while you’re taking a walk or sitting on a beach? Many of us instinctively know, and can back up from experience, that being out in nature is good for our mental health. As awareness grows of the need for holistic health solutions, it seems that the medical and scientific establishments are...

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