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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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New Existentialists

“Pop” Existentialism: A Psychological Epitaph

02/24/2014
“Pop” Existentialism: A Psychological Epitaph
Existential thought comes in an amazing variety of forms, representing an array of views on many issues. From Kierkegaard’s radical faith to Nietzsche’s radical doubt, “existentialism” is surely a child of both pluralism and controversy. Existential forms of psychology are similarly diverse in nature, representing contrasting views on numerous topics. For example, Rollo May and Viktor Frankl are often mentioned together in introductory texts where existential psychology is covered, yet they disagreed quite vehemently on the role of advice in the psychotherapeutic...

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Rethinking Complexity

Listening to Find the Truth Within, A Corporate Leader's Story

02/23/2014
Listening to Find the Truth Within, A Corporate Leader's Story
Tom was born in the mid-sixties in a family of small self-made entrepreneurs. His destiny had to be to continue the family business, to potentially bring it to its next level of development. The family understood that for that to happen, Tom would have to complete engineering studies. This is where he would successfully learn how to become methodical, rational and technically capable. At that time, debates on the “crisis of modern science” were totally unknown to him. He assumed that with an engineer’s education, he would be ready to bring more scientific...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Dr. Stephen Porges, Expert on Heart Rate Variability, Provides Address in Venice, Italy on Evolutionary and Physiological Foundations of Social Engagement

02/21/2014
Stephen W. Porges (Researcher/Psychophysiology) and Sue Carter (Field Biologist)

 

School of MBM Chair Donald Moss attended the Biofeedback Federation of Europe annual meeting February 10-15 in Venice, Italy.  Here he reports on a keynote address by Dr. Stephen W. Porges in the BFE scientific meeting.

Stephen Porges is a leader in the scientific study of psychophysiology, especially of “heart rate variability” and the role of the vagal nervous system. His model is based in his innovative understanding of the evolution of the mammalian nervous system. Porges has also contributed to the practical applications of psychophysiology to treatment, including the treatment of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

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New Existentialists

Surrendering Our Obsession With Certainty: Overcoming the Disease of Dogmatism, Part One

02/21/2014
Surrendering Our Obsession With Certainty: Overcoming the Disease of Dogmatism, Part One
We all have certain things that bother us, that “get under our skin,” as we often say, things that can powerfully trigger and elicit the strongest of reactions from deep places within us that we perhaps don’t even know are there. Most of us likely have a favorite, irresistible soapbox, a particular axe to grind related to a value perspective, whether it involves a political, religious/spiritual, moral, sociocultural, or some other issue. You know that you are poised on that soapbox and passionately grinding that axe when you find yourself saying things like, “Don...

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