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It’s safe to say one of the main goals of therapy is to teach you how to help yourself so you don’t actually have to be in therapy, at least not for a moment longer than necessary. If you don't have a diagnosis which requires ongoing therapy, then ask yourself:
(A God in Therapy post) This New York Times' article went viral yesterday: A Drug to Cure Fear. But are yet more psychiatric drugs really the answer? A 19th century Jewish mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, said "no."
Enlightenment: the action or state of attaining or having attained spiritual knowledge or insight, so says the dictionary.
The concept of enlightenment today sometimes reflects the view that an awareness which frees a person from the cycle of rebirth, enlightenment is largely about non-attachment.
Attachment is prison, meditation and nothingness are the key to enlightenment.
Non-attachment is the highest state of being and total enlightenment.
Letting go is the way to go.
Practice enlightened mindfulness, not attachment.
And the famous:...
Trauma Can Change Us There is no doubt trauma changes us. When I (C.R.) was beginning graduate studies, my main focus was on what I call "legacy trauma." Personal interviews and experience has shown me that the children of those who are not spiritually and emotionally healed from traumatic experiences seem to be likely to pass down a legacy of trauma through the generations. This legacy affects every aspect of their children's and grandchildren's lives, from how they respond to positive or negative "news" to how they show their love for each other. I've seen this primarily with families of Holocaust survivors and this was to be my main research, but certainly other traumatic, national and personal events (my focus was on national, ethnic, etc.), from war in places like Sudan and Syria, to the Japanese earthquakes, to the Ring of Fire Tsunami, appears to leave survivors with a broad range of reactions, ranging from feelings of helplessness to developing suddenly acquired but abiding belief in God. But are there actual physiological changes that lead to a genetic legacy?
Just as some medical doctors aren’t in tune with the importance of recommending psychotherapeutic evaluations, some psychotherapists aren’t aware of the importance of recommending medical evaluations. Sadly, I would say this is often the case. Illnesses that should be treated medically can sometimes masquerade as emotional problems. For example, a condition such as mitral- valve prolapse (a common disorder where the valve between the heart's heart’s left upper chamber and the left lower chamber doesn't doesn’t close properly) can cause symptoms of anxiety, including heart palpitations.
C.R. writes: Is it me, or does fall feel like it's arriving earlier this year? Although fall doesn't technically begin until September 23 during the autumnal equinox, the last few weeks of August feel like a good-bye to all we love about summer: sun, long days, more time spent outdoors and overall, a more relaxed feeling.