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Love It or Leave It

03/03/2014
Love It or Leave It
Why don't presidents fight the wars? Why do they always send the poor? Why do they always send the poor? Why do they always send the poor?  - System of a Down We can all identify a few times, a few events in our lives, that have changed us. That have awakened us, startled our awareness, opened us to a view of things that was previously impossible. One of these times for me was a lecture—I can't even remember the context or subject—about the idea of "love it or leave it." The idea under contention was that if someone disrespected the flag, we had the right to...

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Rethinking Complexity

A Workplace Without Borders

03/01/2014
A Workplace Without Borders
Over time, people across the world have self-organized themselves in a variety of ways. There are tribes, villages, towns and cities. Then there are city-states, nation-states and even empires. All have cultures, even subcultures that make them distinctive and give them an identity. They have borders that create separation and avenues of commerce that promote their economies. Emerging now is a global village. A complex interdependent society, comprised of nations and ethnicities that span the world, draws upon a global intercultural workplace for organizational operations and social well-...

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Rethinking Complexity

A Workplace Without Borders, Part 1

03/01/2014
A Workplace Without Borders, Part 1
Over time, people across the world have self-organized themselves in a variety of ways. There are tribes, villages, towns and cities. Then there are city-states, nation-states and even empires. All have cultures, even subcultures that make them distinctive and give them an identity. They have borders that create separation and avenues of commerce that promote their economies. Emerging now is a global village. A complex interdependent society, comprised of nations and ethnicities that span the world, draws upon a global intercultural workplace for organizational operations and social well-...

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New Existentialists

Existential Roundup

02/28/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. This roundup starts with the wild wacky world of the brain. The Atlantic reports about a new study about how the brain views the process of music, specifically focusing on the neuroscience of jazz. What the researchers at Johns Hopkins have found is that jazz, with its emphasis on improvisation, activates the parts of the brain traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax—that the music...

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Mind-Body Medicine

MBM Student Lynne Shaner, Turning Toward Community for Strength

02/27/2014
School of Mind-BOdy Medicine PhD Student Lynne Shaner

 

In December of 2013 doctoral student Lynne Shaner had surgery on her eye to correct a condition called thyroid eye disease.  After surgery she developed a post-surgical eye infection that her physicians later described as “The Triangle of Death.” The words paint an alarming picture of her condition and Lynne recollects that "hearing those words felt surreal.”

After several CT scans, 3 MRI’s, and multiple rounds of intravenous antibiotics Lynne began feeling a deep despair, like there was no end in sight.  Rather than relying on her usual self-sufficient move forward attitude, Lynne knew she needed support and reached out to the communities that she has been cultivating, including the Saybrook School of Mind Body Medicine.

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New Existentialists

British Invasion of Memory

02/27/2014
British Invasion of Memory
Whether you remember or anticipate, you do it now. The past is no more. The future is not yet. --Fritz Perls Watching the remaining living Beatles reunite a few weeks ago to celebrate and remember the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964—the moment that marked the beginning of the British Invasion—I realized how much of who I am in the here-and-now has been permeated by that moment. Although it would be a whole 21 months more before I would actually see the light of day, I grew up in a world shaped by that British Invasion,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Reflections on My Saybrook Experience

02/27/2014
Reflections on My Saybrook Experience
When I left my job to start out on my own, after 4.5 years of working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in underserved communities in Ghana, I knew I wanted to work with people. My experience working in these communities brought me closer to people in a different way. I was slowly able to relate to what their needs were, and I found that they were open to sharing on the same. I came to learn about their capacity to appreciate the gifts of life even in the midst of little material possessions. As in many situations, some of the people were not even aware of their unique gifts. Usually...

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New Existentialists

The Self, Nature, and the Dance of I and Thou

02/26/2014
The Self, Nature, and the Dance of I and Thou
I have been thinking quite a lot lately about Abraham Maslow. I love to discuss with my students his theory of self-actualization and his hierarchy of needs. I often emphasize in class that like many stage or hierarchy models, the pyramid graphic may lend a false impression of uniform progression through—and prioritization of—each level of needs. I love the lively discussions, debates, and critiques that typically follow. These center around themes of wholeness, liberation, and meaning living inherent in Maslow’s ideas, as well as the possibility of gender bias in his...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Mind-Body Medicine in Our Lives: Char Conlin Uses her Mind-Body Skills at Motor-Vehicle Accident Scene

02/25/2014
Char Conlin

 

One of the many strengths of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine is applying what we learn academically to our professional and personal lives.  As a community -- including students, faculty, staff and our loved ones -- we continue to experience the full spectrum of life, from birth to death and all of the joys and sorrows in between, as we pursue our individual dreams.  As a group we have the capacity to learn from one another and also to connect, share, and possibly collaborate.

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New Existentialists

60 and

02/25/2014
60 and
In the next couple of weeks, I will turn 60 years old, and more than any other birthday, this one is bothering me. I have generally been one that eagerly anticipated previous birthday milestones. I used to tell people the 20s are the age of responsibility, 30s the age of accountability, 40s the age of credibility, and 50s the age believability. However, I never had an “ability” for 60. Part of my personality make up has been seeing the potential in people and situations. Over the years, that perspective served me well as I was able to help individuals and groups discover the...

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