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How to Interview Your Body

Got unexplained aches, pains, tension or tingles, rashes, or tiredness? Your body is sending you some kind of distress signal. Like a smoke alarm, it’s trying to get your attention so you’ll put out the fire. It’s clueing you in that something you’re doing, thinking, or feeling isn’t good for you. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to figure out what that is. Read more

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Are You in Love with Everything?

It’s easier to be in love with everything than with just a few choice things. If I see everything through the eyes of love–I mean the adoring “you can do no wrong” kind of love, then nothing can ruin my day. Everything makes me happy.

This simple concept became clear to me this morning. Read more

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Feeling Tense?

Oh, how often tension kicks in—over what seems like nothing sometimes. You wake up in the morning, and before you’re out of bed, your shoulders feel tense. You read a piece of mail and a headache comes on. Thirty seconds into the evening newscast, your jaws tighten. Read more

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Strong Women Share Stories

An email from a woman named Mary reminded me how heavy the load is for so many caregivers and what commitment and strength it takes to give and give and give:

“Hi Pat,

“I received the book I think on Friday. Thank you so much for mailing it to me.
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Worried About Falling?

A common myth you hear among older people is that we can’t get down on the floor. “I won’t be able to get back up.” That’s what I heard repeatedly from a group of women in their seventies and eighties when I met with them one morning at their cooperative housing building. But not only did they get down on the floor to do warm-up stretching in preparation for an hour of improvisational dance, they seemed to have little difficulty arising from the floor when it was time to do so. Read more

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Is Your Illness a Big “Drama” or a Drama Stopper?

A reader of Body Odyssey: Lessons from the Bones and Belly wrote that she got the book as a gift “when I was laid up for 65 days with a herniated disc.” She said, “Page 192 became my mantra: my illness was a drama for others in my life more than it was for me. […]

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Five Ways to Reduce Stress

Your body carries your mental and emotional stress. It also carries the secrets for stress relief. Here are five ways to reveal these secrets and create more ease for yourself when stress is mounting during your day. Read more

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Shed Your Shoulds

Living with a Should Monster? A Should Monster is that critical nagging voice that repeatedly tells you that you should be better at being a caregiver. It could be a replay of the voice of your spouse, relative, or friend, or it could be your own self-critic who’s creating merciless “should” lists for you. Read more

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An Amazing Story

I regularly get emails from people who have found the messages in my books to be life-transforming. One I received about Body Odyssey touched me so much I have to share it with you. Please take a look.

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Listen to Your Own Voice

Your voice tells others a great deal about you. It can also offer you helpful clues about your state of mind if you listen closely.When your emotions are intense, that’s an especially good time to tune in to your vocal quality. Read more