Me Too

If you have spent time on social media over the last week or so, I know you’ve seen the Me Too posts that are an attempt to make the public more aware of the millions of women and girls who have been and are currently being sexually assaulted, harassed and abused. Rightfully so as another case of sexual harassment and assault against women has come to light via the national news. If you want to know more about Me Too, click here. Our country has a problem understanding sexual assault, how it affects individuals, and many have a problem reporting…

Mindfulness and Child Abuse

Mindfulness is a wonderful coping strategy for everyone! It is an essential life skill for individuals with anxiety, panic, addictions, eating disorders, chronic depression, chronic autoimmune diseases like lupus or chronic fatigue, for care givers, for those living with someone who is abusive, addicted or seriously mentally ill. With mindfulness, which produces a higher level of reality based awareness, we can find the answers we need to guide our lives. The strength is built into your mind/body/spirit system, and mindfulness helps you tap into that strength. Mindfulness meditation and other consciousness raising activities help you and I create our own…

Abuse Is a Bad Word

There is nothing mindful about abuse. However, it is a terrible problem in our country and often goes unreported, especially when family members don’t recognize the behaviors as abusive. I felt it necessary to write this article. There are Internet resources listed at the end along with 3 books that I have found very helpful. I don’t know the percentage of people who come into my office living in abuse or needing to work through past abuse. The ratio is astoundingly high. When I worked in substance abuse residential care, the percentage was probably 99%. Physical abuse and verbal abuse…