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Illness and Injury



We often don’t think about our bodies until something goes wrong—and then we suddenly become aware of how crucial each individual part is to the functioning whole. Illness and injury usually take us by surprise, interrupting our plans and expectations of how our lives will play out, both in the short and the long term. While our bodies are miraculous self-healing machines, properly diagnosing and treating the physical problem can be a long, complicated process. Finding the money, access, or time for treatment can add immense levels of stress, and if there are any long-term adjustments needed in how we interact with the world around us, it can cause us to question our identities, capabilities, and assumptions about life. Our bodies, minds, and spirits can all be affected, and it’s important to care for all three together. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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Guidance on Healing - Physical and Spiritual

Eckhart discusses how spontaneous physical healing can occur when Presence arises.

The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery

In this vulnerable, insightful memoir, the New York Times columnist tells the story of his five-year struggle with a disease that officially doesn’t exist, exploring the limits of modern medicine, the stories that we unexpectedly fall into, and the secrets that only suffering reveals.

Illness and the Search for Meaning

In this interview, we discuss the essence of Jean Shinoda Bolen's new book, Close to the Bone. Her compassionate work guides individuals and their loved ones through the realm of life-threatening illness.

I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.

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Jeff Haller, Feldenkrais Method® with Dorothy, a Ballerina Recovering from a Lisfranc Dislocation

Dorothy had not regained her full stability, support, and leg lift following surgery for a Lisfranc dislocation and fracture of her navicular she suffered in rehearsal prior to a performance. It is worth watching this lesson through to the end to see how much she gains.

Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey

This is a book for any person who is living with a life-threatening illness and for anyone who is caring for and/or loves a person who is ill. Bolen affirms that the price of going into the scary places, of feeling like a piece of green meat on a hook, is high, but worth it. We have no choice.

Living in the Limbo of Chronic Illness

Last week was the one-year anniversary of the beginning of my husband’s health crisis. As I gaze at the permanent handicap placard and at him sleeping, once again, on the couch, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned this past year.

Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment.

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Kenneth Pelletier: Health and Your Whole Being (Excerpt) - Thinking Allowed W/ Jeffrey Mishlove

What constitutes a balanced lifestyle? How can diet, exercise and stress management combine to produce optimal states of health? Dr.

The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness

Why do some people find and sustain hope during difficult circumstances, while others do not? What can we learn from those who do, and how is their example applicable to our own lives? The Anatomy of Hope is a journey of inspiring discovery, spanning some thirty years of Dr.

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