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    Rainbowone,

    Thanks for joining!

    This study was inspired by my dissertation research. Participants in my dissertation study shared experiences of learning to become aware of their body’s signals and cues over time, and to use these signals to manage their health more effectively.

    My dissertation is available here.

    Regarding your question, I am aware of Zuleikha’s work, but I would love to hear more about it. I’m looking forward to chatting with you further about this!

    #dissertation #illnessjourneys


    annie
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    I have registered for your study upon discovering it today in order to  access the program information and study parameters, and to follow the progression and data from your work.

    I’m curious to know more about the genesis of the investigation.  My academic preparation and research in psychology, neuroscience and the arts (especially movement)  was enhanced by the teachers in my dance lineage, Anna Halprin and Zuleikha (storydancer.org and TakeAMinute TM.)  I wonder if you are acquainted with their bodies of work in atunement, body listeing, movement, and self-care.

    ~ Debra Rose Giannini, MA      debra.giannini@goddard.edu  (503) 358-9088

                  

     


    rainbowone
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    In reply to: Introduction to Week 1

    I don’t have a sleep disorder than I know of, but I’m a big-time night owl as well. My natural rhythms for sleeping and eating are off from what the typical social and work schedule allows. I’ve often wondered what it would be like if were able to schedule my routine around what feels right instead of what’s expected.
     
    I’m a slow waker as well! I usually feel a little dizzy when I first wake up. Even on mornings that I have to get up to an early alarm, I find that when I have a chance to lay awake for 30-45 minutes after my alarm before I get up, my body feels better throughout the whole day! I have less pain and my digestion is more regular.
    #sleepdigestionconnection #rhythmscheduleshift #slowwaker


    Rachel Carriere
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    In reply to: Acceptance

    This is very helpful to me.  Sometimes I felt like when I said “I have Lyme” that I was identifying myself with the illness.  That is not what I wish to do.  Your perspective of separating your body from the behavior of the illness is great.  It helps me to have that perspective in order to be kinder to my body.  It’s doing the best that it can given the situation.  It’s the illness that I am battling against, not my body.  Thanks for reminding me about the Healing Trauma CD.  Yes, my body is my oldest friend.

    #mybodymyfriend  #bekindertomybody #healingtrauma


    findjoyagain
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    It’s easy to come up with things in life for which you are grateful when everything is going okay. When you’re experiencing equilibrium and homeostasis, thoughts of blessings just bubble up and practically write themselves into your gratitude journal. But what about those times when your pain level is inching ever closer to the top of the 1-10 scale, or it just seems like everything in your life is falling apart?
     
    Do you feel better physically when you acknowledge those things for which you are grateful? Does being thankful have an impact on your sense of well-being?
     
    #gratitude #gratitudejournal #wellbeing #blessings #grateful #thankful


    Gail Moser
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    In reply to: Acceptance

    Very recently, I have come to a fresh perspective about what acceptance means to me. There is a phrase in Belleruth Naparstek’s Healing Trauma CD, Affirmations: “[More and more, I understand that]…my body is my friend, my oldest ally, and my steadiest companion.” I have been listening to the Healing Trauma affirmations on and off for two years now. When I first I heard the affirmation about my body being my friend and ally, I thought “No! My body has actually betrayed me.” However, I would say the affirmation to myself anyway.
     
    Are you familiar with the theory of cognitive dissonance? As humans we prefer internal consistency, and when we perform an action that is contradictory to our beliefs, ideas, or values we experience a lack of consistency, or dissonance. This makes us psychologically uncomfortable and we are motivated to try to reduce this discomfort. While I repeated the affirmation that my body was my steadiest companion, what I experienced was cognitive dissonance; over time my psyche began to resolve the conflict between the affirmation and my belief. The affirmation eventually became true for me. Thinking about my body and my illnesses is a little different now.
     
    When my son was young I remember learning the concept of separating the child from the behavior. In other words, when the child had performed some negative behavior you were to remember that the child was not the behavior – it was perfectly normal to love the child and hate the behavior. You could say to your child, “I love you, but I don’t like your behavior”, so the child wouldn’t think that your anger with their actions meant that you didn’t love them anymore.
     
    Using this concept I have re-framed the way I see my body now: I accept my body but I don’t like its behavior (the chronic illnesses). I don’t confuse my illnesses with my body, they are two separate things. This allows me to see that my body is genetically predisposed to having certain issues (such as a faulty central nervous system or digestive system) which is not its fault, and it has no way for it (or me) to reverse. If I were born with a hole in my heart or only one arm, I would not try to live as though these conditions didn’t exist; I would (have to) accept them. I would most likely not appreciate the symptoms and complications they would cause and wouldn’t necessarily accept those things, but I would accept my body’s limitations.
     
    For me at least, this is the crux of acceptance. As it is much easier for me to love my child than to love his negative behavior, it is much easier for me to accept my body with its certain built-in flaws than to accept the symptoms and illnesses caused by those flaws. I manage my illness; I accept my body and its limitations. My body is my friend, my oldest ally, and my steadiest companion, and together we will see each other through to the end.
     

     
    #acceptance #personalgrowth #affirmations #cognitivedissonance #healingtrauma #mybodyismyfriend #journeyofselfgrowth


    Gail Moser
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    Rikugien3
    Today I planned to write about how I have experienced personal growth by listening to my body and accepting my chronic illnesses. But I can’t write that because it would be a lie.
     
    I have a wavering commitment to accepting my chronic illnesses. There are times when I am totally down with everything and will even admit to others that I have them. When I do share this information I feel like I have grown in my journey, and I feel proud of myself for being in that place. But there are other times when I feel “I am not going out like that!” and rail against what is happening to me. I go back and forth on accepting my illnesses.
     
    How does hearing what your body is saying help you to accept what you are experiencing? What constitutes “acceptance” for you? What, in turn, comes about as a result of acceptance?
     
    #acceptance #personalgrowth #self-growth


    Gail Moser
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    In reply to: Transformation

    I have sought counseling with therapists at different stages of my life, and they have used many different modalities. But I started having some breakthroughs on my own a couple of years ago. I had chronic pain in my neck but I hadn’t been able to connect it to anything. At the same time I was using meditation, prayer, visualization, and setting my intention to bring resolution to some of the emotional issues that had plagued me for most of my life.
     
    As I was driving to work from a doctor appointment, memories of forgotten trauma came flooding back to me. I was on the freeway, becoming blinded by tears. After a bit I took an exit that led to the ocean (lucky me, I lived in California then). I had a pen and a legal pad in the car and I wrote and wrote and wrote about all of the memories, thoughts, feelings, and visuals that were enveloping me. I was having a kind of detached vision of the past. When I finished I drove back to work and slipped into the rhythm of the office as if nothing had happened.
     
    When I got home I sat in the dark in stunned silence for hours. I knew I had uncovered the cause of much of my physical symptoms, distress, and pain. My occipital neuropathy – my “pain in the neck” – was directly related to this trauma. I involuntarily tensed my muscles (“armoring”), and held my breath constantly because of this trauma. I began employing many techniques to rid myself of the tension and emotional pain that I had stuffed deep down inside, including guided imagery and affirmations from a CD for healing trauma.
     
    To make a long story short I turned a corner that day. Just knowing the origin of the muscle tension and spasms, and being able to face and evaluate the cause allowed me to be more objective about it. That was when I was finally able to separate myself from it, and eventually eliminate the pain in the areas of my body that I identified with it. This for me was a transformation.
     
    I wasn’t familiar with the term “emotional decoupling” – thank you to Rachel for introducing it to me in her post from last Thursday – but that is exactly what happened for me, and I believe it has been a key component of my healing process. For me this was a critical area of personal growth that I got to through body listening.
     

     
    #transformation #trauma #emotionaldecoupling #breakthrough
     


    Gail Moser


    Have you experienced a physical or emotional change that seemed to come in a flash? Has listening to your body brought you insights or visions that have had a life-altering effect?
     
    Or has your transformation been a more gradual process? Does intuition play a part?
     
    #transformation #flashofinsight #newvision #process
     


    Gail Moser
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    In reply to: Re-framing

    Zepplin, I agree with you about making plans especially since you know your illness is progressing. I think there is a big difference between preparing mentally, and catastrophizing about one’s situation. This puts me in mind of the “emotional decoupling” Rachel mentioned in her post last week – she used mindfulness to separate herself from her pain and analyze it in a nonjudgmental way. It sounds like you might be doing something similar, analyzing your illness objectively so you can be prepared and make informed decisions.
     
    I’m still chewing on “the obstacle can be the path itself”. That’s very thought-provoking.
     
    #catastrophizing #emotionaldecoupling #beinginthemoment #pathvsobstacle


    Gail Moser
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