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The Body Trauma of Grief

By Dr. Nancy Gahles,DC, CCH, OIM

Grief is a physiological reaction to an event or events that you think should not have happened. The happening is one of loss.  Loss is usually deemed as something that wasn’t timely. “It should not have happened, not at this time, too soon, too late”, are some of the laments one might hold inside. It is the bond, the affection attributed to the person, animal, possession or state of being that has been lost that triggers grief.

The mental state, the suffering or distress we experience as a reaction to loss is a felt state.  It is felt in the body/mind. It is felt as pain in the musculoskeletal system as contractions, spasms, arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The sensation expressed as a feeling that “I will never be the same again”, “ I am crippled”, “I am vulnerable”.

In reactions to sudden loss the visceral experience has been described as “a punch in the stomach”, as though “someone stabbed me in the back”, o...

Compassion and Wisdom

are the two wings of a bird

Flying to Enlightenment

~The Buddha


 

2018 began with top industry contenders parlaying prevailing medical paradigm into enlightenment through wisdom.

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2018, a bastion in the vanguard of education for Integrative Medicine, led the way in February.

Wisdom traditions were widely represented and their well worn paths to enlightenment were revealed. Among those were homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbs, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, breath and body work, music, and Shin Jyutsu.

Wisdom traditions represent mankind’s deepest source of knowledge about Universal principles that govern harmonious, prosperous and sustainable existence. These principles are being revealed to us in a more consistent and meaningful way in this new age of consciousness that is born of compassion, compassionate listening and compassionate presence.

Wisdom traditions provide a conceptual framework for the develo...

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