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How to Combat Mask Anxiety Face masks can be anxiety-provoking. Here is how you can cope : Melissa Shepard MD

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The Most Effective Ways To Manage & Reduce Stress In Your Life : By Dr Will Cole

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The Vagus Nerve and your Health : By Dr. Arielle Schwartz

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4 Simple Ways Mindfulness Can Relieve Your Chronic Pain : By Paige Oldham

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Cultivating Compassion How to love yourself and others : By Thich Nhat Hanh, Artwork by Carrie Marill

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How To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve for Better Mental Health : By Debbie Hampton _ Best Bain Possible

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Talking To Our Kids About Death : By Generation Mindful

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Music - Kaya Project - body​.mind​.soul [Folktronica / Global Fusion]

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How Faux-Feelings Are Sabotaging Your Communication Efforts : By Teri Lynn - Films for Action

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Marianist Province releases names of vowed religious members credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors

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Today, Marianist Provincial Father Oscar Vasquez along with Assistant Provincial Brother Bernard Ploeger, announced the publication of a list of names of Province members found to have sexually abused a minor.

List of Marianist members found to have sexually abused a minor in the United States.
Warning: There is no mention of  International Work Assignments, therefore survivors like myself, are not truly given the recognition warranted. Also, the word Credible, only counts for the very small percentage of survivors who manage to get their perpetrators arrested and convicted.
It took me 17 Years to put Bernard J Hartman in Jail in Australia. 

Why some people can't resist crowds despite the pandemic Blame evolution for our compulsion to socialize even with the risk of COVID-19 : By Rebecca Renner

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34 Free Guided Meditation Resources for Difficult Times : By MARINA

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11 ways post-traumatic stress disorder can affect your body : By Matthew Wilson

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Everything You Should Know About Art Therapy Exercises : By Candace Osmond

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Understanding Neuroplasticity : By Rick Hanson

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What If You Pursued Contentment Rather Than Happiness? Contentment—the knowledge that things are OK exactly as they are, right now—is highly valued by many cultures: By Daniel Cordaro

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Jung's Theory of Psychic Dynamics: By Watch World

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Neuroplasticity - After watching this, your brain will not be the same : By Lara Boyd

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Artist Transforms Coffee Stains into Mischievous Little Monster Illustrations : By Emma Taggart

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We all have our own bias and our own learned perspectives.  When we share our views with other in an equal exchange, we may learn a new perspective and discover a new picture. What were once coffee stains are now works of art. The stains are now cute little monsters. Who's to say that all monsters are troublesome? Is this a bias or a learned perspective? Are there areas of though, behaviour or life that might be ready for transformation.
https://mymodernmet.com/coffee-monster-drawings-stefan-kuhnigk/

Worried about Crime? Let's Address Root Causes, Not Symptoms: By Films for Action

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" When we understand how human behavior is influenced by the environment - it then becomes a matter of creating a society that nurtures the development of prosocial behavior rather than anti-social behavior. " Films for Action
https://www.facebook.com/filmsforaction/videos/946775675768767/


The Body Remembers

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Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup : By Katrina Michie

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What Is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy? Here are seven principles for expressive trauma-informed practice. By Cathy Malchiodi

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Starry Starry Night / Guided Meditation : By Mairead Ashcroft Art of Life Counselling

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What To Do When Worry Keeps You Awake Behavioral sleep expert Jared Minkel explains four ways to quiet a racing mind and sleep more soundly : By Nicole Bayes-Fleming

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A Guided Meditation for Gathering Your Energy Sharon Salzberg shares this practice for strengthening your ability to concentrate so you can empower yourself to stop wasting energy and attention. By Sharon Salzberg

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Not Talking About Mental Health Is Literally Killing Men Our editor explains why we have to fix this silent crisis now : By Sean Evans

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Managing Conversations About Money : By Relationships Australia Victoria

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Talking to your partner about your finances can be hard and may bring up some strong emotions, resulting in avoiding conversations about money altogether. Being able to talk to your partner about your finances in healthy and respectful ways, however, is important, as research by Relationships Australia found that financial distress is the number one cause of separation and divorce in Australia.

https://www.relationshipsvictoria.com.au/assets/PDFs/Resources/Tip-Sheets/COVID19-Managing-Conversations-About-Money-Tip-Sheet-20080.pdf


𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐲𝐚 - 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐲 (Mix) 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰 / 𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘬𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢

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Anxiety - How to Help Your Anxious Brain Focus : By Debbie Hampton

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Here’s why planning a trip can help your mental health - Even during a pandemic, thinking about travel can make you happy : By Erica Jackson Curran

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My life with schizophrenia: 'I’m here to do my best and make the most of my life.' By Emer Harrington

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Music - Samaya - Medicina Shamanica (Mix) [Folktronica / Shamanic Downtempo]

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What Happy People Think About Luck - Your attitude toward luck might influence how happy you are: By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas

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Chakras Explained! The Complete Beginners Guide to the Seven Chakras : By Willemijn, A Little Spark of Joy

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Narcissism and Its Discontents | Ramani Durvasula | TEDxSedona

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The Quickest Way To Change How You Feel Is To Change How You Think : By Best Brain Possible

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Beyond Theory Podcast | S2 E11: Dr. Cathy Malchiodi on Healing the Mind With Imagination

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Music - Baptiste Sejourne & Kama Lila Sol - Kura Kura

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The reason Zoom calls drain your energy : By Manyu Jiang

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Most People Think This Is A Smart Habit, But It’s Actually Brain-Damaging : By Michael Simmons

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The Neuroscience of Addiction and Recovery : Debbie Hampton

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Coronavirus and Mental Health - 5 Ways to Reduce Stress : By Kerry McCarthy

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How Art Helps Your Mental Health, According To Experts By JR Thorpe

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Sacred Smoke & Symbolism of Smoke in different Traditions : By Jenny Smedley

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The Trauma Brain; Understanding Trauma & Codependency : By Kerryn Siems

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Grounding Techniques for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Using the Five Senses to Cope : By Matthew Tull, PhD

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Easter and the connection to the Full Moon. Plus a Moon Pie recipe to enjoy if you don't eat chocolate.

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https://www.almanac.com/news/everything-almanac-news/easter-motions-moon




Vegan Blueberry Pie www.radiantrachels.com

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How to Remain Emotionally Mature in a Crisis

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Step Inside the Circle - Adverse Childhood Experiences within the Prison Population

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How Might Our Home Isolation Affect or Pets : By Mairead Ashcroft

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Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog  is co-therapist in my Animal Assisted Psychotherapy team, Specialising in Adult survivors of Childhood Trauma. Life has changed enormously for her since community centres closed and group activities ceased due to Coronavirus restrictions. Not only has she temporarily stepped down as the Queen of the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre but she also has no private clients to meet and greet in our private practice. There are no more pats from school kids, and she has not been into the chemist, Bunnings or out for a cuppa for weeks.

Have you considered how the life changes due to COVID-19 might be affecting your fur child? Some of our smaller animals, mice, rats, rabbits, turtles and other little creatures might be experiencing some over handling or excessive noise if they are close to the T.V, computers or music. Cats will generally look after themselves but can show signs of stress and ultimately, physical illness when they are out of their routine. Like ca…

Taking care of yourself (or a loved one) when sexual abuse makes the headlines : By By Grace Jennings-Edquist and Sana Qadar

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A trauma psychologist weighs in on the risks of 'motivational' pressure during quarantine : By Annie Reneau

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Polyvagal Theory in Psychotherapy: Practical Applications for PTSD Treatment: By Dr. Arielle Schwartz

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lf-Regulation, and Expressive Arts Therapy The fundamentals of stabilization are found through the arts. By Cathy Malchiodi

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You may (or may not) have been aware that my blog posts slowed right down during November and were non existent during December.  September last year. This was due to me falling ill, being hospitalized for one full month, being in quarantine for twelve days during my hospital stay, followed by months of recovery, of which I am still undergoing. During the worst period of my illness I experienced a re-awakening of symptoms of Complex P.T.S.D. Frightening body felt memories  temporarily shattered my sense of self. It was as if I was a child again.
A massive part of my recovery has been to engage in creative processes and body focused interventions to enable self-regulation, bringing me back to Self. This article offers insights into how Creative Arts Processes offer safe methods of self exploration, amongst other positive healing and calming practices connecting the mind, body and spirit. Now as we enter times of social distancing and the possibility of isolation and quarantine, we mig…

40 days of mindfulness meditation leads to structural brain changes and improved quality of life : By Christian Rigg

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Social Comparisons may Fuel the Inner Critic : By Mairead Ashcroft

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The world is social distancing due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and most of our communication at the
moment is through text, video chat, Instagram and other social media. We are unsure how long social distancing will be in place but most of us agree that we are potentially saving lives in doing so.During this time, we may be tempted to become engrossed in other’s media lives and their seemingly interesting and stress free experience of social isolation or at worst quarantine. Lighthearted video’s and memes can create laughter, reducing stress by flooding us with endorphins and feel good hormones. We all want more of that. 

There may be, however, a danger of the opposite effect occurring when we choose to compare these
short snippets of other’s lives to our personal experiences of being. Hilarious pranks, argument free relationships, perfectly behaved children, bubbly personalities and endless fun may be the impression we are given in these well-lit and orchestrated presentations, but the …