There are some great resources on the web, or in book or audio formats to help you on your journey. Here are a few I recommend:
Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett, PhD ~ Combines personal experience and professional expertise to as a guide to developing emotional intelligent.
Anthony Chene Productions - A series of fascinating documentaries on experiences of persons who, due to illness or accidents, have had medically confirmed ceasing of brain activity or heart beat, who upon recovery, relay life changing experiences. Documentaries include discussions by noted scientists and others on the nature of consciousness, the fundamental impact of thought on life experience, and the profound benefits of practices based on focus and attention.
Ted Talks ~ So many good ones, not enough room to list. A few all time favorites -
Jackson Katz - Violence Against Women - It's a Man's Issue
Eleanor Langdon - The Voices in My Head
Nora McInery - We Don't Move on from Grief, We Move Forward With It
Amy Cuddy - Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are
Jill Bolte Taylor - My Stroke of Insight
Elizabeth Gilbert - Your Elusive Creative Genius
The Body Keeps the Score By Bessel van der Kolk, MD ~ Not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand the importance of the body in psychotherapy. Much revered.
Phone Apps ~ That aid in meditation, relaxation, sleep, anxiety, ad infinitum. Among the best are-
The Grief Recovery Handbook By James and Friedman~ The cadillac of books on grief in all its forms.
The Sexual Healing Journey By Wendy Maltz ~ Many of my clients have grown immensely using this book as a tool in psychotherapy.
Dr. Kristin Neff ~ A research pioneer in the invaluable connection between Self-Compassion and healing of any kind.
Pema Chodron ~ One of my heroes in the Buddhist world. She brings the wisdom and practice of ancient teachers into the present, with grounded and practical lessons for moving beyond emotional pain, reactivity, and troubled relationships through the courageous practice of awareness, self-compassion, and acceptance. Among my favorites are "Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change" and "Getting Unstuck," especially in CD format.
Jack Kornfield ~ Another hero in the Buddhist world.
The Power of Vulnerability ~ I can not say enough good about this audio workshop by Dr. Brené Brown. All of the worked amassed in her talk is solidly based in grounded research. It follows two speeches that Dr. Brown made for Ted Talks on shame and vulnerability, both of which I recommend highly. These talks, in particular, highlight the common experience of fear and freedom that arise when we allow ourselves to be genuine.
The Power of Vulnerability ~ The book (especially in CD) of Dr. Brené Brown's grounded research on shame, vulnerability, and healing.
The Book of Awakening ~ Mark Nepo, poet and philosopher, provides inspiration for every day of the year.
Prince Ea ~ A spoken word poet, he is free to hear on YouTube. A client asked me to listen to "Everybody Dies But Not Everybody Lives."
Jim Carey ~ His commencement speech at Maharishi University talks about the power of mindfulness and, and is available on YouTube.
Forgive for Good ~ I had the great good fortune of taking a course during my doctoral program with Fred Luskin, PhD. His work has been published in numerous journals, and he has lectured and taught his methodology internationally. What I realized during this course is that we in the west have grave misconceptions about what forgiveness really is. I also learned that it is possible to mend a relationship even if the other person has died.
The Voices in My Head ~ A remarkable and empowering story of a woman's journey through schizophrenia, and revisioning of her condition that led her to Intervoice: The International Hearing Voices Network.
Crucial Conversations ~ A pragmatic and affirming book / cd by Authors K. Patterson, J. Grenny, R. McMillan, & A. Switzler, with practical steps to deal with difficult communications. The following website was developed after publication of the book, for continued learning and support for this valuable and timely topic.
Outrageous Openness ~ A simple book with practical inspirations for making a deeper connection with oneself, by Tosha Silver.
Christiane Northrup, MD ~ Doctor Northrup is a best-selling author, lecturer, and physician who writes especially for women, but her suggestions for physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual health apply to everyone. She is grounded in medical science, and has courageously expanded her practice to challenge long-standing cultural myths about health, aging, women's bodies, relationships to self and others, etc.
Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan ~ An oldie but goodie. This book by Richard Hittleman was first printed in 1969, long before the yoga craze hit. With all the variations that have arisen, and confusion about what yoga actually is, this little book is in alignment with the teachings of Patanjali from 400 CE. It is a great book for beginners, as well as those who may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by all the current hype about yoga. I think of it as a "back to basics" or return to yoga as a tool for physical and emotional health.
Jeremy Taylor ~ Dr. Taylor was a visiting professor in my doctoral program, and I was fortunate to take a course with him. Dreams really are more than indigestion or non-sensical ramblings of the brain. Often times people seek to find meaning to dreams and are led far afield by uninformed misinterpretations. Dr. Taylor has worked with dreams for over 40 years. From him I learned that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness, including "bad dreams" or "nightmares." His work is reflective of Carl Jung's teachings, and provides a tool for understanding the inner life.
EMPOWERING MOVIES FOR ADOLESCENTS, OR ANYONE WHO'S EVER BEEN AN ADOLESCENT
... to be continued.