The Transpersonal Way

Healthy Spirituality/Transpersonal Psychology by Dorian Martin for Jennyoga Can spirituality be good for your health? The answer, according to many researchers, turns out to be, “Yes!” Transpersonal Psychology, an approach that emerged in the late 1960s, suggests that nurturing and developing spirituality and awareness can help individuals develop greater physical and mental health as well … Continue reading The Transpersonal Way

When Hearts Speak

By Dorian Martin for Jennyoga  Is it better to speak from the head or from the heart? Research suggests that the latter may offer some real benefits at the individual, familial and societal levels.  A Different Approach to Communicating Also known as Nonviolent Communication or Compassionate Communication, heart-based communication is grounded in the concept that … Continue reading When Hearts Speak

Reversing PTSD with Mindfulness

By Dorian Martin for Jennyoga The term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been in the nation’s vernacular for a while, thanks to movies such as American Sniper, Saving Private Ryan, Born on the Fourth of July, Forest Gump, The Deer Hunter and Coming Home. While these films’ focus on the mental and emotional health of … Continue reading Reversing PTSD with Mindfulness

Gratitude Leads To All Things Great

By Dorian Martin for Jennyoga The holiday season often is a time spent expressing gratitude. The season of thanks begins this week as families and friends gather together around the Thanksgiving table to express gratitude. They often cite blessings such as strong familial relationships, good friends, jobs, homes and a sumptuous meal. Many people continue … Continue reading Gratitude Leads To All Things Great

Age – It Matters What You Think!

By Dorian Martin for Jennyoga Western culture often doesn’t paint a pleasant picture of aging. Advertisements focus on incontinence, sexual dysfunction and plastic surgery while actresses are considered “over the hill” by the time they reach their 40s. And when older adults are featured in television shows or movies, their characters usually are used for … Continue reading Age – It Matters What You Think!

To My Best Friend – a poem by Christine Pfeffer

Jennifer Buergermeister

I don’t know how it feels to be you
and when you come to me seeking comfort
I promise I won’t act like I do
of if you shout at me in anger
rooted from the pain of so much we do in vain
I will step into your worn shoes
and be there to hear your heart speak out
As it seeks to try and understand why
Why so much pain in the world…in our hearts?
How can you help? How can I help?
How can WE help ease the sorrows that flow so effortlessly through the currents of our minds?
Drowning out the pleasing, the happy & the positivity
that yearns to reach out into the world
and lift the spirits of all who suffer
of all who store this dismay deep inside the soul…
Our soul…the collective soul
contained…not contained
here
on this planet…in our hearts
that…

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Love For Ever – Emuna Where Are You?

Jennifer Buergermeister

Timing is truly everything. In a world of chaos and order, some things just take time to develop and show up in our lives – the perfect job, the health you aspire to achieve, the love of your life finally arriving. I know it sounds cliche’ but it’s all about faith, or Emuna in Hebrew. It’s a feeling you hold inside without rhyme or reason as your soul speaks through your heart vibrating and signaling similar energy to make its way home.

Faith has its roots in the beginning, when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. Understanding the roots of your spirituality can bring you deeper faith and connection to not only the universe and each other, but to ourselves. Faith is a beautiful thing to hold. It can make a difference in how healthy we are mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

I suppose with faith naturally comes patience. If you…

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Hearts Burning on the Trail of Tears

Jennifer Buergermeister

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Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah. Leonard Cohen

In life, especially where love may grow, there is never effort without error and shortcoming. Vulnerability, the prerequisite to developing a relationship, is not owning victory or defeat when a relationship begins or ends. It’s about engaging. As Brene’ Brown said, “It’s being all in.”

Brown suggestsin her bookDaring Greatlyrelatingrequires “less thinking and more feeling.” Sometimes when you’re allowing yourself to become vulnerable it’s excruciating, not exquisite, and a scary thing for some of us to do. She calls it leaning in. Leaning into unpredictability helps us grow.

Let’s face it. We’re not perfect. We do not have it all figured out, especially if our brains get in the way…literally.

Brain organization is positively correlated to how we relate and form our relationships. Involvement with someone in a relationship…

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