Filled with practical tools to alleviate stress, anxiety, fear, and sleeplessness.
In his role as the founder and executive director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), Dr. Gordon has created and implemented what may well be the world’s largest and most effective program for healing population-wide psychological trauma. He and 130 international faculty have brought this program to populations as diverse as refugees from wars in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa; firefighters and U.S. military personnel and their families; student/parent/teacher school shooting survivors; and Native American children – as well as stressed out professionals, stay-at-home mothers, inner-city children, and people struggling with mental and physical disorders and end of life challenges.
Dr. Gordon’s work is grounded in scientific evidence and timeless wisdom. Through his decades of first-hand experience, he understands that trauma will come to all of us sooner or later. That each of us has the capacity to understand and heal ourselves. And that the heartbreaking devastation that trauma causes can also open our hearts and minds to deeper understanding, enhanced meaning and purpose, and greater love.
In the compassionate, compelling pages of Transforming Trauma, he invites us on a step-by-step, evidence-based journey to heal the psychological and biological damage that trauma brings and to become the people whom we are meant to be.
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Table of Contents
1 An Invitation 17
2 The Biology of Trauma 27
3 Soft Belly: Quieting Mind, Body, and Spirit 40
4 Embracing Hope 55
5 Shaking and Dancing 66
6 All Emotions Are Innocent 80
7 Only Connect 97
8 Accessing Inner Guidance 106
9 Befriending Your Body 125
10 The Trauma-Healing Diet 140
11 The Wisdom of the Body 166
12 Taming Trauma's Triggers 183
13 Make Love, Not War 195
14 Nature Heals 207
15 Animal Therapy 215
16 Laughter Breaks Trauma's Spell 222
17 Reading the Leaves on Your Family Tree 232
18 The Healing Circle 249
19 Gratitude Changes Everything 267
20 Forgiveness 274
21 Love, Meaning, and Purpose 287
22 Next Steps 298
Appendix: Finding Other Help 310
About the Author 374