91 years and still laughing and learning

An Interview with Juanda Lee De Shazer Recently I visited Juanda to interview her about how she has coped with her chronic pain all these years. At age 91, she has had chronic pain for more than half her life time. Here is part 1 of what we talked about. Juanda greeted me with a […]

On Journaling

Christina Baldwin has been teaching people how to journal for the past 30 plus years. Her interview on Sounds True makes interesting points about how helpful journaling can be to people who have been thrown out of their “life stories” through illness or a loss. In fact she says that almost all the people she […]

Sleep and chronic pain news

Sleep impairments are a stronger and more reliable predictor of pain than pain is of sleep impairments. Insomnia is an important topic for pain management and I found three good sources today. Check out the info graphic below and read on for tips and helpful info. Pain and sleep: a preventable cycle “When pain becomes […]

Playing with visual art

Does the phrase living in color appeal to your artistic heart? Perhaps you have dabbled in painting, collage, or other colorful endeavors in the past but have not done much lately? Would you like to do more artistic things, but don’t have the inspiration, or feel you “could never do that”? If you like to […]

Pain is in your brain- Video

I have followed Lorimer Moseley’s and his institute’s work for the past few years. He is a researcher in Australia. Here is a 24 minute talk that is both entertaining and quite interesting. He explains how the brain learns to be in chronic pain, showing that the meaning attributed by the brain determines how much […]

Stress and mindfulness- Video

Here is a great presentation about mindfulness and stress reduction. Shamash Alidina is a teacher of MBSR- Mindfuless based stress Reduction. He defines what mindfulness is, gives a number of helpful tips, and offers a fascinating brief video to “test” our attention.

The Sweet Spot: Book Review and video

The Sweet Spot is an excellent book that helped me to get going on  and actively work on my currentbig project. (The one that keeps me from posting more regularly). Christine is a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley, and while her book is easy and conversational to read, its content is based […]

EFT- energy tapping free resources

EFT or energy tapping is an alternative technique that has been gaining popularity. It is well worth taking a look at and see if it fits your style and personality. At minimum you could get some stress relief, but there are applications for pain as well. This upcoming conference offers FREE sessions for 24 hours after […]

Water is therapeutic

Do you swim? Spend time in or by the water? I have long felt that being near running water and hearing its sounds for several hours at a time can be deeply nourishing. That could be a tiny creek that runs over a few boulders- I am told there need to be air bubbles to […]

Book review: Move into Life

I am happy to introduce this book to you. I have spent a vacation week opening it at random, taking notes, talking about it to family and absorbing it’s message. This book combines three of my greatest interests: encouraging physical movement, flexibility of body, thinking and emotions, and information about neuroplasticity in this context. If […]