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Day 13 Readings I found helpful

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by SB, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. SB

    SB Peer Supporter

    • Mindbody Prescription
    • Divided Mind
    • Abigail Steidley
      • I was living life with “don’t go there” as my mantra. Now, I live my life with quite the opposite mantra: GO THERE NOW!
      • Treat [your mind] like you would a young child – lovingly, with compassion, but don’t take it seriously. If you believed everything your three-year-old told you, your life would look much different.
      • [Pain is] the steam escaping from the pot right before it boils over. [Beep, beep GO THERE (to the emotional stuff) NOW!]
    • The metaphor that Dr. Richard O'Connor uses is that of an impala who thinks there's a cheetah behind every rock. The flight or fight response is never at rest . . . and the poor impala's health is soon destroyed.
    • We are not designed to be in a state of fear or anger on a continual basis. These emotions have as their purpose mobilizing our energies to fight, flee or freeze. Unaddressed, inner conflicts can put us in a state of chronic crisis level arousal. This is harmful for anyone and for some people will lead to the experience of physical pain. We are simply not meant to be in a state of frustrated partial emergency mobilization. We cannot handle it for long and yet we can find ourselves there. The less conscious we are of the pivotal role of conflict, the harder it is to free ourselves. - http://www.arlenring.com/chronicbackpain.php
    • When you find yourself in worry or you are in a complaining mode --catch yourself and begin to redirect out of these patterns with - “Wouldn't it be nice if I had this all figured out or Wouldn't it be nice if my body was open and free? What if right now I did feel healthy and vital then what would I be doing, what would I be thinking?” - Monte Hueflte (Thinking Clean)
    • Do I want to make things better? All the time. But do I want to maximize “betterness”? No thanks. I don’t mind leaving some water in the cloth, some drips in the glass, some money on the table. I like knowing there’s headroom. And once in a while it’s a fun challenge to chip away at that headroom. But that’s not for maximization’s sake – it’s for curiosity’s sake. “Can we do it?” is a lot more interesting to me than “we must do it because that’s what you’re supposed to do.” http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3434-a-loose-rant-on-maximization
    • she had a very strong dose of the “shoulds” (as Dr. Sarno often refers to Freud’s superego or conscience) http://www.unlearnyourpain.com/blog/psychological-aspects-of-mbs/
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  2. CMA

    CMA Peer Supporter

    Thank you sbrodson...will review them..
  3. Stella

    Stella Well known member

    Great stuff.
  4. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    I love Abigail Steidley's work and the last one of these is so true. Our bodies are trying to tell us something by creating the pain. Our symptoms are a desperate plea for us to look inward and investigate our emotions. Understanding this is one of the first keys to recovering. So many people with TMS reject the theory outright because they say they "are not anger people." But that is what our bodies are trying to get us to recognize.

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