One of the things I enjoy most is reading or listening to books on psycho-emotional healing, on relationships and communication. In some ways it has surely been an effort to fix something about myself, and it has clearly turned out to be a way for me to discover and accept the real me that has been there all along.
While, yes, my approach tends to focus on how physical stress (lack of sleep, allergenic foods, infrequent meals) impacts the physical body (hormones, neurotransmitters and nutrients)…emotional stress is also a key instigator in the development of illness. Much of this “emotional stress” (or all of it), it turns out, we, ourselves, create.
This point is not simply another reason to be hard on ourselves, but instead, a key to transformation. If we choose to stand back, observe and be mindful of the choices we make in each moment that are actually keeping us where we don’t want to be…we can create freedom for ourselves, and others.
I would like to share the books that made the biggest difference for me in recent months in the hopes that they will help you as well. Some of them are available to download to you MP3 player at audible.com.
1. The Vortex by Jerry and Esther Hicks
2. Solemate by Lauren Mackler
3. The New Codependency by Melody Beattie
4. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
5. Getting the Love You Want by Halville Hendrix
6. Radical Self-Acceptance by Tara Brach
7. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion by Marshall Rosenberg
I would also like to acknowledge Landmark Education as the courses I have completed there have been life changing.
For those of you interested in working on a psycho-emotional level, I encourage you to not only read books and attend seminars, but to also work with a therapist. I have especially benefited from therapists who specialize in Gestalt therapy, EMDR and Core Energetics.
I wish for you all to rediscover your essence and to be empowered to live a life you love.
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Hey there Dr. Doni! I hope all is well with you – I remember when we worked together that last piece of figuring out myself and emotional stuff was so critical to dealing with my insomnia – remember when you provided all the help on the herbs etc…and had great advice – and I also think a big part of the problem for me was that I was getting in my own way with the sleep stuff. I remember you telling me sometimes this was the toughest part of the puzzle for most of us, to see how we can let go and trust. That sent me on a quest for information to find the answer – and that quest led me on a trip to Barnes and Noble one afternoon when I bought a great book I seemed drawn to. It was fantastic and I have been meaning to send it to you, in case your patients may have a need for a good book to read in tandem with the support you provide. It helps to educate the person about sleep (in a way that doesn’t stress you out!) and is a lot about cognitive restructuring. Here is the link if you wanted to check it out. Within 2 weeks I was sleeping ‘normally’ and I still refer to it when I go through periods where sleep is difficult, etc… http://www.amazon.com/Say-Good-Night-Insomnia-Drug-Free/dp/0805055487 Be well! Carin