How to make stress your friend: create the biology of courage

Reframing your experience can be critically important in the process of healing.. Here is a new way to consider stress. It's really very beautiful. Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. Kelly says we are built to be resilient. I believe that! Listen up. It's always good to reconsider what we've been told to believe.

What can we learn from baboons? (THIS IS IMPORTANT)

I just added the THIS IS IMPORTANT line in the title. The question "what can we learn from baboons?" is drawing very few of my readers. Sometimes titles on posts make or break whether traffic comes at all. This video is phenomenal. Its importance to our human culture cannot be underestimated. Please view it and share it. It's incredibly powerful as well. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You (relevant to anyone with PTSD as well as ordinary modern stress)

Thanks to technology, we live in a world that’s much more comfortable than ever before. But here’s the paradox: our tolerance for discomfort is at an all-time low. And as we wrestle with a sinking “discomfort threshold,” we increasingly find ourselves at the mercy of our primitive instincts and reactions that can perpetuate disease, dysfunction, and impair performance and decision making. … [click on title to read the rest]

Audios for free download (good for anxiety, insomnia and can assist meditation in general)

I posted these tracks for download in a long post on methods to deal with insomnia: Help for insomnia (and psych drug withdrawal triggered sleeplessness). Since they were buried at the bottom of that post I wanted to give better access to them because they're really very helpful to me and I know they've been helpful to a lot of other folks in withdrawal too. I have no doubt many people with normal stress and anxiety will find them lovely and helpful too. … [click on title to read the rest]

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