Category Archives: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Fibromyalgia- anxiety embodied

” The truly gripping thing about anxiety had always been how physical it was”, Daniel Smith I have little doubt, but no absolute proof, that anxiety is the root cause of fibromyalgia. I know many anxious persons who do not have … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety and fibromyalgia, Daniel Smith, depression and fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, hyper-vigilance, Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBCT, mindfulness, racing heart, sick leave, slep disturbances, somatic anxiety, startle response, stress and fibromyalgia | 7 Comments

Fibromyalgia, self-criticism/self-compassion

“Self-compassion is a more effective motivator for change than self- criticism”, Kristin Neff Those of us with a chronic health condition are generally very critical of ourselves. Our self talk is filled with anger for not “pulling ourselves up by the … Continue reading

Posted in basal ganglia, cortex, empathy, Fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia flare-ups, hippocampus, Jon Kabat-Zinn, memories, Mindfulness body scan, self- compassion, stressful childhood | 6 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue:Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS)

“Open your heart to your suffering”, Toni Bernhard   There can be little doubt that those of us with fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue have challenges that have forced us to live life differently than those who have ‘health privilege’ (a term I … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety and fibromyalgia, Crolyn Thomas, depression and fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, healthy privilege, Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness meditation, MUS, Toni Bernhard, treatments for fibromyalgia | 15 Comments

Fibromyalgia: The pain is in the brain

“Memory, the warder of the brain”, William Shakespeare It has been a long and interesting journey beginning with my book in which I laid the foundation about why women are more prone to developing, or at least reporting FMS, and my … Continue reading

Posted in activity diary, adrenalin and cortisol, adrenals, aleksandr luria, autonomic nervous system, body/brain/emotions, body/mind/spirit, calm the nervous system, catastrophizing, central nervous system, Craig Hassed, Daniel Amen, David Butler and Lorimer Moseley, Diane Jacobs and Nick Matheson, diaphragmatic breathing, Dr. Bud Craig, emotions, empath, Fibromyalgia, imagery, interoceptive pathway, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kalu Rinpoche, memory, michael merzenich, mind and brain, mindfulness meditation, movement, norman doidge, overly empathetic, pain, parasympathetic nervous system, paul bach-y-rita, peripheral nervous system, peter goodman, plasticity of the brain, psychological techniques, R, reconceptualize the problem, reframing, responding rather than reacting, Richard Davidson, sandra and matthew blakeslee, sympathetic nervous system, the brain and fibromyalgia, The Wellcome Trust, training the brain, women and fibromyalgia | 6 Comments