Two Dangerous Weeks,Normalizing the Abnormal

Two Dangerous Weeks, Normalizing the Abnormal Patti Ashley, PhD January 7, 2021 Yesterday I watched the live coverage of the unthinkable violence that erupted at the Capital most of the afternoon and evening. I don’t usually watch that much news in one day. Even though I keep up with current events, I won’t stay tuned into the big box for...[ read more ]

How Collective Grief of COVID-19 May be Deepening Us

Grief is our biggest teacher. It deepens us. When we lose someone we love, we tend to wonder about many things. Questions arise, such as: Did I do enough for the person who died? What do I want to do now with my one precious life? Where do people go after they die? Will I ever get over the loss of my...[ read more ]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Overcoming Hopelessness in a World of Unrealistic Expectations

Renee Zellweger’s Academy Award-winning performance as Judy Garland in the film Judy eloquently portrayed the hopelessness hidden beneath the studied appearance of a seemingly bright and happy woman, a movie star who by all rights should have “had it all”. In her acceptance speech, Zellweger attributed the award to Garland, who “lives among the heroes who unite and define us”....[ read more ]

Reconciliation of the Heart

Current research has discovered that the heart is the regulatory organ, not the brain. In order to feel safe and secure, the head and the heart have to be in coherence. Stressful emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety create irregular and erratic heart beats, or what is known as an incoherent heart rhythm pattern, while positive emotions such as appreciation, care,...[ read more ]

Living With Loss: Depression Is Unresolved Grief

A little over three years ago my fiancé, Laurence Freedom, died of a sudden heart attack. Everything that I’d learned about grief from having lost my father the same way when I was eleven years old (and subsequently, becoming a therapist) didn’t seem to help. It just hurt like hell. Every part of my body, mind, and heart hurt. His...[ read more ]

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