The Meadows Blog

Friday, 27 January 2017 11:20

Shoulda Set Some Boundaries

By Caileigh Smith, MC, LAC

We often try to motivate ourselves through should statements:
“I should have done better.”
“I shouldn’t have said that.”
“I should only have one cookie.”

Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:35

Don’t Carry Shame into The New Year

By Caileigh Smith, MC, LAC

Have you ever sent the wrong text message to the exact wrong person? I have. In fact, I did it recently. I sent a message about a person TO THAT person—the horror! The consequence? Well, besides being cut from that person’s Christmas card list, I suffered a complete and utter shame attack.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:14

Do Addicts Have Too Much Empathy?

By Kevin McCauley, MD, Senior Fellow at The Meadows

I have this shocking statement I sometimes make in my lectures: “Heroin addicts are sweet people.”

I say this partly because I’m an addict myself and I tend to make hyperbolic statements for their emotional impact (not my best quality). But I also do it to push back against the tired trope that addiction can be reduced to a personality disorder. This is what I learned in medical school: put bluntly, addicts are sociopaths.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:45

A Meditation on Grief

Lara Rosenberg is the Trauma Yoga consultant at The Meadows. In this video, she leads a brief meditation on grief:

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:26

Four Ways to Practice Mindfulness Every Day

By Joyce Willis, MC, LPC, Therapist, The Meadows

What is mindfulness?

The great leaders of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield, tell us that mindfulness is the art of paying attention to what you are doing and what is going on around you in the present moment.

The Meadows has been facilitating its signature workshop, Survivors, for more than 30 years. Many people’s lives have been changed by the opportunity to confront the deep emotional impact of their childhood trauma.

In 1999, the leading cause of death was car accidents. Nearly twice as many people died in a car accident as died from a fatal drug overdose. By 2014, those numbers were reversed. There were almost 40 percent more deaths from drug overdoses than from car crashes. Most of today’s overdoses stem from prescription opioids and heroin, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 15:35

Regenerous! Workshop with Dr. Terry Eagan

Dr. Terry Eagan, a psychiatrist and Senior Fellow at The Meadows, is often asked by his clients and colleagues, “How can I positively impact this world when there are so many difficulties everywhere I turn – so much ill will and destruction, so much tragedy, so many people suffering seemingly insurmountable odds?”

By Nancy Greenlee, MAPC, LCPC

“I am hurt and I’m devastated. Being married to my husband is like doing yoga on one leg,” said a recent workshop participant. “I’m trying to hold things together, but I keep crashing down.”

Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:06

How to (Finally) Find Love in the New Year

By Tracy Harder, MSC, LAC, Workshop Therapist and Andrea Sauceda

Do you find yourself ending up in one painful, damaging, and disastrous relationship after another? Do you feel like a failure because you haven’t yet found true love?

 

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