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Shaking and Dancing in the Ring of Fire

Shaking and Dancing in the Ring of Fire

My participation in the first Center for Mind-Body Medicine training workshop in Israel in 2004 marked the beginning of a personal and professional transformation that reverberates in me still. Today, the integration of mind-body skills with CBT (cognitive behavioral treatment), of which I am a therapist, supervisor and instructor, is central to all that I do. I use them in a variety of cultural settings: Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, secular, ultra-orthodox.
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Enduring Presence

Enduring Presence

It has been 20 plus years since my first encounter with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. In the early years I was part of the team that travelled to the refugee camps in Kosovo. We had the profound privilege of teaching our work to children, civilians, and professionals. All had suffered the traumas and anguish of war. I saw the transformations that resulted from our work; how enduring presence and teaching provided healing and growth. After “Soft Belly” breathing with a group of 40 people in a refugee camp, one man said that he hadn’t experienced a sense of safety and calm since the outbreak of the war in Kosovo until then. A young man in a small group I led felt free to cry for the first time after drawing a picture depicting the murder of his father in their home.
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Childbirth Education: Mind-Body Medicine and the Power of a Well Asked Question

Mind-Body Medicine and the Power of a Well Asked Question

I teach a one-day childbirth preparation course — an odd phenomenon in itself, especially when you think that people will spend a year or two planning a wedding that is a single day’s event versus the birth of your child and the impact that childbirth has on one’s life and all of eternity.

Recently a single woman attended with her boyfriend, the father of their unborn child. She was both unusual and brave, as she openly acknowledged that this was not a “committed” relationship. Yet, here they were, questioning, open, at odds, yet together.
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Contentment

Contentment

Recently, my husband and I were on an 800 mile cross country drive returning our oldest son to college. The Sunday before the drive I had slipped and fallen, resulting in an injury to my rotator cuff; I also had cystitis (an annoying and uncomfortable irritation of the bladder); and my husband was having an arthritic flare, his right wrist throbbing. A few days prior to that our home was flooded accidentally when a bathroom faucet overflowed; shorting out our electrical system and collapsing the kitchen ceiling. I also had a recent job promotion with enormous responsibilities. We actually left home 4 hours later than planned because I had to go to work to complete some important tasks.
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Bob Buckley

Bob - Photo by John Patterson

Today’s blog post is bitter-sweet. We are writing to let you know that Bob Buckley, our dear Mind-Body Medicine faculty member, has passed. Our deepest condolences go to Bob’s partner George and to his family.

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Raw Lunch with Rebecca Katz

Raw Lunch with Rebecca Katz

Certainly one of the greatest culinary challenges I’ve ever faced occurred last month, when my dear friend Food As Medicine Executive Chef and author (soon to publish her 4th cookbook) Rebecca Katz — aka, one of the most famous and sublime healthy chefs in the US — came to lunch at my house.

What to cook?

When I entertain friends and family, and I REALLY want things to go well, I use Rebecca’s recipes. Now what?

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Cooking In Community

Cooking in Community

I recently returned from my 4th annual Food as Medicine Conference (FAM), a training program for health professionals to effectively integrate nutrition into their practices. I like to think of this community as my professional family. The 4-day program includes cutting edge presentations given by leading Functional Medicine and Integrative doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, social and environmental activists as well as incredible lunches created by Culinary Director Rebecca Katz. Two years ago Rebecca formed a team of us Cooks on Call (COC), Culinary Nutrition Educators, who help translate the science of nutrition in the kitchen. It’s one thing when doctors tell their patients to eat kale but it’s a whole other ballgame when they can tell that patient 5 different ways to prepare it.

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Mustard Greens – The Eccentric Relative

Mustard-greens

Like a lovable yet eccentric Auntie you never know what you’re going to get with mustard greens. Sweet and spicy, potentially edgy and bitter, mustard greens can be unpredictable when it comes to flavor. As a result, many people approach the temperament of mustard greens with caution…or skip them over altogether. A member of the cruciferous family, these nutritional powerhouses can bring delight to the table and taste buds once you have insight as to how to work with them.

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TechnoStress in the Sauna

TechnoStress in the Sauna - Kathie Madonna Swift

The other day after my workout, I headed to the sauna to savor some quiet time to detox and unwind. Shortly after I got settled in to my warm cocoon and a meditative state, another woman came in to do the same, or so I thought. Wrapped in her terry cloth robe, she immediately reached into her pocket, pulled out her smartphone and began texting away.

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A Visit to South Africa

A Visit to South Africa

I’d read about the work of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, knew that he was on the board of directors of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and even read several articles and a book that he had written. Whatever impressions or ideas I’d formed were nothing compared to the pure presence of the Archbishop himself.
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