Monday, November 28, 2016

Who was Carl Jung and why should we study him and his work?

This is an EXCELLENT article... And, so very RELEVANT to our time, right now. As well, to my work as a change-agent with clients. Especially lately I've been preoccupied with defining my role as a therapist, and I've been "trying on" the term "spiritual pragmatist" for size...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Wishes

Wishing all of our clients, friends and their families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2016

In the Wake of the Election... Taking Heart

We love this article and think it's important for anyone who is feeling more stressed now than ever to take a look at.

"What do you do when the bottom falls out? Take heart. 

Why? It takes heart to live in even ordinary times. By "taking heart," I mean several related things:

Sensing your heart and chest 
Finding encouragement in what is good both around you and inside you 
Resting in your own warmth, compassion, and kindness; resting in the caring for you from others; love flowing in and love flowing out 
Being courageous, whole-hearted and strong-hearted—going forward wisely even when anxious, knowing your own truth and as you can speaking it
When you take heart, you're more able to deal with challenges like aging, illness, trauma, or conflicts with others. You're also more able to take advantage of opportunities with confidence and grit."

CLICK HERE to read "Taking Heart"  by Rick Hanson.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Transcendental Meditation reduces stress and trauma in prisoners, fosters transformation

Here at Inner Passages we strive to focus on Integrative Healing and all accompanying parts of that. Sometimes, meditation can be a part of that healing process and good for the soul.

Today we are sharing an article from entitled 'Transcendental Meditation reduces stress and trauma in prisoners, fosters transformation' in which the article describes how meditation was able to help prisoners move past the stressors in their lives, caused by various forms of trauma, and begin the process of healing.

Take a look below to learn more about this incredible transformation!

"Prisoners have one of the highest rates of lifetime trauma of any segment of society, with recent surveys showing that 85% have been a victim of a crime-related event, such as robbery or home invasion, or physical or sexual abuse.

Trauma is associated with higher rates of recidivism (returning to prison) and mental and physical health conditions, including cardiovascular disease.

To try to find a remedy for the high rates of trauma among prisoners, an innovative study with Transcendental Meditation was implemented in a large group of Oregon male inmates. The results, published in The Permanente Journal online, found that after four months of practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, inmates at two Oregon prisons had significantly reduced trauma symptoms, including anxiety, depression, dissociation, and sleep disturbance, and a significant decrease in perceived stress compared to non-meditating controls. Within the TM group, a 47% reduction in total trauma symptoms was observed over the course of the four-month study."

Click here to continue reading the rest of the article.