Reading

Book: The Message

After Hannah left, many wonderful people gave me books. I resisted reading other’s experiences. I protected my experience. For me, the answers I needed in hope of healing were going to come directly from God, not someone else. However, I recognized God’s hand through many people. One of those moments was when I received this book. It’s not a book about suicide. It’s the true story of Lance Richard’s coma experience. It verified what I was experiencing and brought my family and I peace. Live Hannah’s Hope gives this book to many people who have lost a loved one to suicide.


Book:  The Body Keeps The Score

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy – and a way to reclaim lives.


Book: Stroke of Insight

The incredible true story of a Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s recovery from a rare stroke at a very young age.  As a 37-year-old Harvard trained brain scientist, she not only experienced the stroke but recorded it’s effect and then detailed her observations and recovery. A Fantastic book. If you want a scientific explanation of why you might be struggling with negativity or why living in the moment is more peaceful than math, this is your book. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn and how much hope it offers to the mentally ill. Great for anyone who is looking to experience more peace in their life.


 

Brene Brown 

Shame!  Shame?  Do you know how destructive shame is in your life? Can you identify it? It’s time to rid shame from your life. Guilt? Well, that’s good. Want to know why? Pick one of her many books or youtube videos and start learning why.


 

 

Blog: Much More Precious Than Gold

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Brittney is an extraordinarily brave young lady who decided to share her story in order to save a life.  She’s worth your time.


 

Book: The Ghost in My Brain

Book cover for The Ghost In My Brain.

Read The Ghost in My Brain by Clark Elliot’s, PhD. An amazing chronicle of his seemingly mild concussion and how after 8 long torturous years, he was finally healed.  Concussions are not as innocent as we once thought.  They may be the underlying cause of more cases of mental illness and suicide than once believed.  You don’t want to miss this book.  Published June 2015.


 

Habits of Happy People

Study – 30 days, one group had hour massages, the other group listened to uplifting music. Music people were happier and had more improvement.

  1. Happy people spend money on other people. Doesn’t have to be a lot.
  2. Happy people have deep, meaningful, in-person conversations. They connect.
  3. Happy people laugh.
  4. Happy people use music. Peaceful music is soothing to the soul.
  5. Happy people exercise.
  6. Happy people unplug and go outside at least 20 minutes a day.
  7. Happy people get enough sleep. 7-8 hours a night.
  8. Happy people are spiritual and develop their spirituality every day.
  9. Top activity – Happy people meditate every day. Studies show that meditation heals the brain like nothing else does.

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