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This Easter has me thinking a lot.  I don’t normally share that I am a Christian but felt that it was time to step out as we discuss connection.  I want to connect with those in the Christian community still driven by fear.  Fear of other, fear of war, fear of death, fear of exclusion.  Fear is the real enemy that separates us from connection.  The real message of Easter is to let go of fear and brave connection.

In the final chapter in our exploration of connection we actually discuss disconnection. Specifically anticipatory grief or the grief we begin experiencing knowing a disconnection is coming. Death, divorce and other forms of disconnection begin affecting us way before we actually experience them and preparing for that event can help us cross the bridge more easily. It will not save us from the pain, but it will insure we meet the loss with eyes wide open and learn what it has to offer. This episode has a personal meaning for me and we discuss how I am crossing this bridge too.

In part 2 of our series on connection I speak with author, Johann Hari. His new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions” is a deep dive into the healing power of connection. We discuss depression, grief, mental health and healing.

Here are the links to more of Johan Hari’s brilliant work:

His Ted Talk on addiction:

His Author Page on Amazon where you can get “Lost Connections” or his prior book “Chasing the Scream”:

Or, you can learn more about his work on connection and depression, read reviews and be part of the discussion at:

This week we begin a series of episodes on trauma and connection. How trauma can change our ability to regulate emotion and connect with others and what we can do about that. Connection seems to be key, but how do we learn to connect when connection feels unsafe? We begin this series with the discussion of how the nervous system is shaped by trauma and how that affects our ability to connect.
After over half a year we are back. Working with you to study and learn to overcome trauma. The new format will focus on all aspects of trauma and the power of mindfulness to overcome it and help us regulate through is. We begin the new beginning at the beginning, with an exercise in grounding in our own breath.
Belongingness is one of the fundamental tools in our recovery. Feeling connected to others in healthy ways is at the root of our recovery from trauma and addictions. Before we can really trust that space of belonging, however, we must begin to believe in ourselves. Often the trauma and resulting addictions have left us with a sense that we have no value, no worth and no right to set boundaries whether they are physical or emotional. The Self Esteem Workbook is one I often recommend to clients to begin building that sense of self value. The belief that you have value and the right to have your physical and emotional boundaries respected is fundamental to your recovery. Pathway to Hope Webiste

In part 2 of my podcasts about sexual assault I interview Laura Reagan, LCSW. Laura specializes in trauma and sexual assault and is a fantastic therapist in the Annapolis area. We talk about blaming the victim and changing attitudes in this episode of Mindful Recovery. Here are Laura’s Website and her podcast Therapy Chat
The Holidays can be a real challenge when we’re struggling with trauma and addictions.  The constant barrage of images of what family “should” be and what “holidays” should look like just throws out there that we are not that.  Avoiding expectations and choosing our family wisely are only two of the suggestions I make this week.  In this episode I suggest some concrete things we need to be doing to get through the holidays without relapse.
Michael Weinberger tells a powerful story of trauma, mental illness, addiction and recovery which culminated in the development of his own app for recovery. Join me in my interview of Michael as we follow him through his journey to recovery and discuss the development of his app and program called “A Plan For Living”. Michael’s contacts are: [email protected] twitter: Blog: Resources:

Sexual assault is an issue much in the news lately.  We cover what it is, the effects it has and hold accountable those who would excuse it in this episode of Mindful Recovery.  This week’s episode is a call to listeners to stand against such behavior. Here is a link to a webinar you might find useful explaining how mindfulness can be used to overcome anxiety and depression. Here is a link to my Huffington Post Blog where you can find many of my writings about sexual assault, working with survivors and the beauty I see in our brokenness.
Today we speak with Adena Bank Lees,LCSW who specializes in the treatment of trauma and sexual abuse.  She has written two books, the latest of which is a book on covert sexual abuse or the use of a child as an emotional surrogate for the missing spouse.  This form of trauma can be very impacting and is often at the root of addiction. Links from the episode: Peacebuilders Adena’s Website Adena’s book “12 Healing Steps…” on Create Space and on Amazon
In the last few episodes we have discussed the ways the child gets hurt and looking honestly at the places that hurt child still resides in us.  Meeting that child’s needs is something we grew up unaccustomed to.  Today, we look at the child within and it’s need for play and joy.  Reconnecting with the joyous child inside us becomes the focus of our recovery from addictions and trauma in this episode. Click here for the video of “The Mirror”
This week we dig into those childhood places where we are broken. The ones we have been trying to numb. In this mindfulness exercise we try and show that child the compassion it has always needed in an effort to reconnect with our own healing sense of worthiness. In this way we can begin moving into healthy connection.