Category Archives: mindfulness meditation

Fibromyalgia: Healing yourself

” What I want for my fans and for the world, for anyone who feels pain, is to lean into that pain and embrace it as much as they can and begin the healing process”, Lady Gaga There has rarely … Continue reading

Posted in Fibromyalgia, healing ourselves, healing past trauma, kabat-zinn, Lady Gaga, mindfulness meditation | 6 Comments

Letting go: How to live with Fibromyalgia

” To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit”, Jack Kornfield In the newspaper today there is an editorial written by Jane Brody … Continue reading

Posted in CBT, Fibromyalgia, Lady Gaga, letting go, Logosynthesis, mindfulness meditation, neuroplasticity | 2 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”, Jon Kabat-Zinn Several years ago I was privileged to take the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, not once, but twice from a wonderful therapist. To practice what I learned requires … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia: the mosaic of treatments

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom”, Bertrand Russell I believe that those of us with central sensitization, that is, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue , or to call it by another name -“post traumatic stress disorder”, all suffer from chronic … Continue reading

Posted in creative hobbies, exercise, Fibromyalgia, medical marijuana, mindfulness meditation, movement therapy, talk therapy, yoga | 6 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Happiness

“People are made happy by one thing and one thing only-pleasant sensations in their bodies”, Yuval Noah Harari What is happiness? Sometimes I think I have been seeking it my entire life and it still often eludes me. I want … Continue reading

Posted in anxious parents, central sensitization, Fibromyalgia, genetics and happiness, mindfulness meditation, past trauma, Yuval Noah Harari | 6 Comments

Fibromyalgia: The body holding on to past trauma

“The traumatic moment becomes encoded in an abnormal form of memory,  which breaks spontaneously into consciousness, both as flashbacks during waking states and as traumatic nightmares during sleep”, Judith Lewis Herman Trapped in our psyche, past traumas wind themselves into … Continue reading

Posted in Bessel Van Der Kolk, breathing, change the brain, Developmental Trauma Disorder, Fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia and stored trauma memories, mild exercise, mindfulness meditation, talk therapy, touch | 12 Comments

Fibromyalgia and the ‘crafty’ person: knittin’ , hookin’ and stitchin’ as therapy

  “As I get older, I just prefer to knit”, Tracy Ullman In the Canadian Globe and Mail , Thursday, February 18, 2016, L5, featuring an article by Jane Brody, we read about the benefits of knitting as therapy. In fact, large … Continue reading

Posted in amygdala, betsan corkhill, colouring, creativity and fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, Jane Brody, making quilts, mindfulness meditation, Tara Jon Manning | 2 Comments

Harnessing your fibromyalgia anxiety with mindfulness meditation

“Breathe and let be”, Jon Kabat-Zinn Within the last two decades the concept of mindfulness meditation has been adopted by schools, hospitals, businesses, police and even the military. Those who teach/mentor MM to people in the huge business of organized sport, the … Continue reading

Posted in catastrophic thinking, Fibromyalgia, fMRI, mindfulness meditation, PTSD | 2 Comments

Fibromyalgia: Living in high alert

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”, Anaïs Nin One of the common sayings in Mindfulness Meditation is that thoughts are not facts. In the chronic pain clinics we are told that hurt does … Continue reading

Posted in breathing, catastrophic thinking, contextual memory, emotional memry, Fibromyalgia, Iyengar yoga, mindfulness meditation, self blame, self- compassion | 4 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Brain Fog: Stop, Breathe & Think

“My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery-always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud”, Virginia Woolf To live a life in a state of high anxiety, boarding on panic, is common among those … Continue reading

Posted in ADULT COLOURING BOOKS, anxiety and the brain, brain fog, D. Kaufer, dyscognition, Fibromyalgia, gray and white matter in the brain, M.Chris Wolf, mandala, mindfulness meditation, pema chodron, QiGong, stress and fibromyalgia, TaiChi, Veterans and PTSD, yoga | 2 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go into permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment” , Judith Lewis Herman There has been a great deal of public awareness of late regarding … Continue reading

Posted in adrenal glands, anxiety, battle fatigue, catastrophizing, cortisol, elaine aron, Fibromyalgia, flashbacks, Gulf War Syndrome, highly sensitive persons, hormones as chemical messengers, hyper-vigilance, hypothalmus, mindfulness meditation, pituitary gland, shell shock, startle, veterans with PTSD | 58 Comments

Fibromyalgia and the brain

“Your brain is the command center of your body”, Daniel G.Amen There are about 100 billion neurons within the nervous system ; the neuron is the basic working unit of the human brain. Just imagine that! All these little neurons (cells within the … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance and commitment psychotherapy, Dr. Daniel G. Amen, Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn, Fibromyalgia, kirkstrosahl, mindfulness meditation, neurons, neuroplasticity | 4 Comments

Fibromyalgia: Leg/Foot Pain-Neuropathy?

“What you resist, persists”, C.G.Yung I have brought on another pain attack- again! I have overdone it with social situations that have caused anxiety and resulted in overstimulation! This time the pain in my left foot is excruciating. The reason? … Continue reading

Posted in atrophied muscles, central sensitization, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, foot pain, habituated thinking, leg pain, mindfulness meditation, nociceptors, peripheral neuropathy, pins and needles, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, small-fiber polyneuropathy, tingling | 18 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Trauma Memory

” Most of us have unhealthy thoughts and emotions that have either developed as a result of trauma or hardships in their childhood, or the way they were raised”, Steven Seagal It would seem that those of us with fibromyalgia … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, dr.richie davidson, Fibromyalgia, mindfulness meditation, past trauma | 2 Comments

Redefining Fibromyalgia: Links to Anxiety and the Highly Sensitive Person

“My anxiety remains an unhealed wound that, at times, holds me back and fills me with shame-but it may also be, at the same time, a source of strength and a bestower of certain blessings”, Scott Stossel I believe fibromyalgia … Continue reading

Posted in changing the brain, cognitive behavioral therapy, Fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia and creativity, fibromyalgia and empathy, highly sensitive person, hypervigilance, insomnia, mindfulness meditation, muscle pain, nurture vs nature, panic attacks, restless leg syndrome, sensitivity to weather changes, startle reflex, tingling of arms and legs | 34 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

Medications, Medications and more Medications: Fibromyalgia Medicalized

“Doctors are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing”,Voltaire Those of us with chronic conditions are constantly seeking relief from the myriad of … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Big Pharma, chemicals, depression, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, gabapentin, heart disease medications, hyper-aroused central nervous system, melatonin, mindfulness meditation, myheartsisters.org, pain, pharmaceuticals, QiGong, rashes, side effects of medications, sleep disturbances, TaiChi, Thomas Szasz, yoga | 10 Comments

Chronic Illness/ Stress/ Anxiety/Depression

“Pleasure is oft a visitant, but pain clings cruelly to us“ , John Keats Living with fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, COPD to name but a few chronic conditions, is often overwhelming; it is little wonder that anxiety, panic  and often depression accompany … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety and panic, arthritis and fibromyalgia, depression and fibromyalgia, diet and fibromyalgia, emotions, exercise and fibromyalgia, fatigue in fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, heart disease and fibromyalgia, hyper-vigilance, itching and fibromyalgia, kabat-zinn, mindfulness meditation, psychiatry, psychology, qui gong, tai-chi, walking meditation | 8 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

On Being Parented and Parenting: Overcoming Past Experiences Through Understanding Pain of Fibromyalgia

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of … Continue reading

Posted in borderline personality disorder, Brain and Consciousness, children and fibromyalgia, early socialization, Fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia and parenting, highly sensitive nervous system, hope, hyperventilating, hypervigilance, intense family obligations, M Deric Bownds, Melzack's Neuromatrix Model, mindfulness meditation, myofascial release, nature vs.nurture, nightmares, overly empathetic, pain and the brain, parent blaming, pre-disposition, psychotherapy, repressed memories, self reproach, situational generalized hypervigilance, sleep walking, SomaSimple, Susan Wendell, The Biology of Mind-Origins and Strucutures of Mind, types of massage therapies, unrealistic expectations | 4 Comments