Somatic Experiencing, developed by Dr. Peter Levine, fully resolves stress, anxiety, panic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma
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Oprah Winfrey: “All the money and all the fame and all of the attention and the glamorous life and the success and all of that doesn’t mean one thing if you can’t control your own being.”
Dr Oz: “But let me pick up on something Oprah said that is so beautiful. For her, obesity became an excuse that she could hide behind. And there a lot of folks out there who are carrying extra weight around and use it as a shield to [avoid] deal[ing] with the deeper challenges. ”
-Larry King Live, CNN
A resilient Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is able to cycle through various activations (reactions to stimuli) and return to homoeostasis. Throughout the course of a single day there are typically hundreds of activations. One moment we can feel hopeful, the next moment angry, the next moment sad, the next moment titillated, etc., etc., etc… And that is a good thing.
We want to be able to feel! But, most of us believe that if we feel anything, then something is wrong and if we feel nothing, then everything is O.K. We also tend to think that joy and bliss are life’s ultimate goals and if we feel sadness, anger or frustration, then something [outside of us] needs to be fixed. We seem to give greater credence to our thoughts than we do to our bodily sensations and feelings. However, our body’s communication offers us the kind of guidance that would often times better serve us. I’ve come to believe that intuition is literally a ‘gut feeling’ and listening to that ‘little voice’ in the back of my head would mean that I’m crazy.
Seriously, we, as a society, have come to believe that the only thing that we need to survive is Continue reading →
In her 2009 interview with Larry King, Oprah stated,” I am embarrassed. I can’t believe I am still talking about weight. I can’t believe, of all the other things that I know how to do and all the other things I am so great at and all of the other accomplishments, I can’t believe I’m still talking about weight.”
In 1976, the formerly unsuccessful Motown singer, Charlene, seemed to strike a chord with her international chart topper with the lyric “I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.”
Perhaps the soundest advice comes from the ancient mystics: “Go within or go without.”
Somatic Experiencing’s founder, Dr. Peter A. Levine, believes that trauma occurs in the body and not in the event. The body is also the common denominator of all of our experiences, perceived and real. Specifically, the autonomic nervous system and lower brain react to thoughts and external stimuli with myopic focus to determine the welfare of the organism, as if to say, “Am I safe or am I unsafe?”
The lower brain (A.K.A. primal brain, primitive brain and reptilian brain) is the early detection warning system and I would take it even further to say that it is our Guardian Angel.
We can all identify with patterns in our lives that seem to be hard-wired and immutable. And that is why Oprah is every man and every woman, wealth, power and fame aside. Her authenticity, integrity, and transparency are nonpareil. She has invited us into her public persona and her personal journey as we have invited her into our living rooms.
But, if Oprah, of all people, is stuck in a pattern, regardless of her
dedication, discipline, power, will, resources and support, then aren’t we all paddling our canoes like hell in the dust of a dry creek bed?
I certainly don’t want to lose sight of the fact that there is hope, nonetheless. But, what is the missing link, then? Maybe we need to recognize that the common denominator of all of our experiences, perceived and real, is the body itself. What if there was a physiological
component that no amount of psychological or intellectual perusal could effectively impact? Could this be the key to unlock true, profound and long-lasting healing and personal transformation?
There is a very interesting 15 yearlong study by Dr. Eugene Gendlin
and Dr. Carl Rogers of The University of Chicago, Continue reading →
Why do I, as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, specializing in working with stress, anxiety, panic and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D), feel so compelled to blog about Oprah? And what exactly is The Oprah Syndrome?!
Well, I love Oprah. There, I said it. I’ve been a fan of hers for far longer than I care to admit. OK, since truth and transparency are integral to my well being, I’ll admit that I have watched her since her first season and she continues to be a mainstay on my DVR. I’ve been contemplating cutting the cord with my cable provider now that I have
Apple TV, Hulu+ and Netflix. But before I can make that leap, I have to
figure out how I can still enjoy Super Soul Sunday and Second Chances. Ok, I’ll probably miss Lisa Ling’s Our America, too.