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Bracketing thoughts and emotions V's Dissociating from thoughts and emotions or Being Consumed by thoughts and emotions - How to maintain emotional stability during times of adverse stress when your child is looking to you for safety and comfort. Mairead Ashcroft 28/11/15 .

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Whether we are parents or not, children are exposed to how we behave in any variety of situations, e.g. our language, how we behave in public, what we say to one another and how we express our emotions throughout our day, just to name a few. As we know, children are like little sponges, absorbing everything that their senses are exposed to.
Many people have the difficult task in life of caring for a sick child. Often for the common cold but sadly, sometimes for illnesses that are long term and sometimes life threatening or terminal. My heart goes out to the families of children who were taken far too soon. Fortunately, my children survived their illnesses and continue to live productive, happy lives. I wasn't so sure in those dark hospital days, that we would ever get here but 25 years later, here we are.
As a mother who had spent many, many years at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital with my twins who were both born with Kidney disease, I wish to share a particular in…

Music - Bernhoft - Walk With Me

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Old ways reap rewards: Elcho Island women return to traditional foods, look to start health retreat A group of Indigenous women on a remote island off Australia's northern coastline are working to start their own health retreat, after overcoming chronic disease by returning to the land and the ocean. Reporter: Nadia Daly

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(I have found it a bit of a shame that this report has had a visual focus on what might be seen as the less palatable Traditional food to the Western palate but none the less, I hope these 12 Elcho Island women have great success in spreading their knowledge of the benefits of the Traditional diet.)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-28/aboriginal-women-want-to-open-nt-community-health-retreat/6971012

Affluenza (1997) - I have shown snippets of this almost 20 year film before but I felt that as we enter the holiday season it is all the more important to remind myself to put the "Silly Season" into perspective.

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Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

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What is the most dangerous drug in the world? This sounds like a relatively simple question: Surely it’s the one most likely to kill you, right? As it turns out, it depends on a multitude of things, from the individual owner's risk to the wider risk to society – and perception plays a large part.

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Toxic parenting sets the stage for abusive adults and starts a cycle that is hard to escape. Thomas Fiffer offers 10 do's and don’ts to keep your parenting healthy and safe.

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Weapon Of Mass Instruction: Artist Creates A Tank That Delivers Free Books

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"Art and music are some of the ways through which people communicate with and about nature, be it through large-scale wind-powered installations or using technology to make planet-derived sounds."Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok)

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In times gone by, people from all cultures would gain their wisdom not only through lived experience but by appreciating the importance of being connected to nature. Art, music, sculpture and dance were inspired by the powerful beauty of nature. This short film demonstrates how we might reconnect to nature to encapsulate it's beauty and magic.The creation of this one of a kind installation, powered by sea waves, produces light and sound, created by the environment.

Peer Recovery focuses on the art of healing

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“We have a lot of artists who didn’t know they were artists, but as soon as they sell a few pieces, they get their Etsy account, start promoting and selling their artwork,” .....“Then, instead of saying, ‘I have nothing,’ they can say, ‘I’m an artist; I have a way to increase my income.”
http://www.modbee.com/living/helping-others/book-ofdreams/article45888035.html


Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/living/helping-others/book-of-dreams/article45888035.html#storylink=cpy

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessarily wrong or bad to be angry. Rather, it’s what we choose to do with that anger that determines whether it becomes a problem in our lives

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Let's change the story: Violence against women in Australia. This short animation might be an eye opener for many. I strongly encourage you to watch and share.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Beyond Blue - OCD is thought to develop from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. A number of factors may increase the risk of developing OCD, including family history, social factors and psychological factors.

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Link to the article - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety/types-of-anxiety/ocd
 This video is only an introduction but you can find a  series of 10 videos on understanding OCD treatment by Katie d'Ath, OCD treatment specialist on You Tube

Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity - Understanding brain activity that drives creativity could better improve art therapy, widely used as a treatment for mental illness.

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The Dharawal people of southern Sydney have known about the medicinal benefits of the local flora for millennia, but thanks to knowledge passed down the generations, the local community’s first indigenous PhD graduate in microbiology is using modern science to shine a new spotlight on the plant's potential.

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Music - Mari Boine - Idjagiedas [2006] FULL ALBUM (In the Hand of the Night)

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Stephen Fry on his experience of Bipolar Disorder "An Uppy-Downy, Mood-Swingy Kind of Guy"

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What's So Funny About Mental Illness? | Ruby Wax | TED Talks

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100 Art Therapy Exercises - The Updated And Improved List Paintbrush"The Healthiest Form of Projection is Art" (Fritz Perlz - Gestalt Therapist)

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How to cope with traumatic news - an illustrated guide The era of 24-hour news brings traumatic events directly into everyone's lives. Here's how that can affect people, especially children, and some strategies for coping. In light of the devastating tragedy in Paris today, I feel that this post is very relevant.

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Stress is something we all feel when we're challenged or overwhelmed, explains a new Ted Ed video created by Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University, Dr Sharon Horesh Bergquist​.

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The Breath Project - The 2 Minute Meditation

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Divining the brain - Andrew Newberg discusses what happens in our brains during prayer, meditation and mystical visions. Yet understanding the brain, argues the neuroscientist, does not close the book on the nature of religious experience.

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Compassion as a foundation of humanity : growing through life experience. Mairead Ashcroft 4/11/15

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Keeping a focus on one solitary person who may have created a difficult life situation or hurt you in some way can be difficult when you are stressed, overwhelmed and dealing with the effects of trauma. Like those who may express prejudices for race, religion, politics, gender and other possible differences in the human race, some may find comfort or a sense of safety by judging an entire group of humans by their experience of one, or a few, who may share similarities to the offender.

I have noticed this phenomenon as both the one expressing prejudice and the one being treated with prejudice in my long experience in having my childhood sexual offender finally jailed for his crimes against me and others. I have been spat upon, called a liar and ostracized by some peers. I believe that these people may have painted me as a threat to everything that they believed in because I brought into question the integrity of their religious beliefs. I have also had moments, early on in my 16 year jo…

As many traditional customs are lost across the globe, some remain strong for the people of the region. I hope you enjoy this offering from peoples of many tribes.

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Halloween in Irish Folklore

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Mental health experts launch 'world first' guidelines for PTSD

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For Day of the Dead, Families Turn to Nicho Art to Ease Grief

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