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Letter from the Editor

Josie Herndon

Letter From The Editor

We’re in the middle of winter in the desert and it’s been cold… 47 degrees cold. But, on the bright side, we have had some wonderful rain and California is no longer in a drought. What a blessing! The desert floor has gone from dry brown to lush green. Icing on the cake is that the desert flowers that usually bloom a bit later are already beginning to rise up from the ground...

Saturday, February 25, 2017 Josie Herndon Letters From The Editor
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Spotlight Article

Allen Berger, Ph.D.

Learning and Growing from Our Past

So many of are plagued by painful past experiences. Regardless of what happened, we can find ourselves stuck in the past. This creates much sober suffering (a wonderful term coined by Fred Holmquist). We end up reacting the present though it were our past. When we are stuck in the past we can’t deal well with what is going on now. This is what creates our sober suffering.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 Allen Berger, Ph.D. Neuroscience, Spotlight Article, Trauma & Family Systems
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Book Review

The extraordinary changes that transpire in a person’s life as a result of stress management have been a topic of wide discussion among physicians, psychologists and even the general public. Now, the founder of LifeREstyle, Paul Huljich, gives us Stress Pandemic, 9 Natural Steps to Break the Cycle of Stress & Thrive. Stress Pandemic contains transformative, practical and self-assessment steps toward the kind of well-being most people have been praying for.

Loads of personal research as well as popular studies on the effects of stress support the wisdom shared by Huljich. As a result, the information in this book contains the keys to changing your neurochemistry and your overall life experience.

Stress Pandemic helps readers in two ways: it allows those seeking wellness to recover while also helping them to prevent future episodes of imbalance. How? You may ask. By breaking destructive cycles and installing new, specific, habits that are surprisingly easy and natural to incorporate. For example, the author describes the power of nutrition and exercise, but takes the time to hone in on the transformative effect of walking in particular - walking as opposed to other forms of exercise that are less natural for the body.

Book Review

Addictions, What All Parents Need to Know to Survive the Drug Epidemic by Rev. Kevin T. Coughlin, Ph.D. guides parents through the maze of treatment options, breaks down the question of what they really offer, and what signs they need to watch out for in their children’s behavior.Most parents reading this will be shocked to find out how many street drugs, prescription drugs, new drugs, and old drugs are within reach of their children. This book even goes into depth about what those drugs look like, where they can be found, how they are made and how much they cost.

While the book is geared toward protecting and helping children, there is even a chapter on what parents should look out for in their own behavior. Afterall, enabling and other dysfunction can quietly creep into the familial experience.

The details in this book are invaluable for a parent struggling with a potentially addicted teen and offers plenty of empowerment through knowledge.

Book Review

The Miracle Makers Club by Joan Hangarter, D.C., is replete with inspiration and wisdom. Through a story of great financial loss and severe physical injury stemming from a car collision, Hangarter weaves in a tale of restoration and healing as well as advice for readers.

While we’re all excited to jump into miracle-making action, Hangarter makes clear that miracles don't just happen through action. You have to change your thoughts and create a shift in the body as well. We learn from this text that getting into the miracle mindset requires that one think and do what's necessary to create stronger beliefs in what seem like far-fetched possibilities. The workbook pages in the book help to make that miracle mindset both a comfortable state of being and a process.

Lucky for those who aren’t used to thinking in terms of “miracles,” the author briefly explains what exactly a miracle is it how the word has been applied in history. She also helps to readers to realize how they are already in the process of miracle making. According to Hangarter, it also helps to clean up the “dark clouds” that prevent this ultra positive mindset from fully activating. Don't worry, there are workbook pages for that process!

Book Review

Natural Rest for Addiction: A Revolutionary Way To Recover by Scott Kiloby, J.D. is truly a breath of fresh air.

Throughout this book, Kiloby emphasizes that the concept of “natural rest” is... just what it says it is. It is neither forced relaxation, nor a specialized method of relaxation. It is merely settling into a natural state of being. This book demonstrates how one can use this deceptively simple tactic not only to feel relief from cravings of all kinds, but also to generate feelings of self-compassion. And the best part is... there are no side effects to natural rest.

This book does not suggest that people opt into a new system for recovery, but inevitably will help readers to create a system that works for them. While Natural Rest for Addiction has been divided into chapters, it is best read paragraph by paragraph. As the author suggests, slowly digesting the wisdom contained within will allow one to experience the best results. Also, experiencing the book in small pieces will make it easier to apply natural rest and to more firmly establish a foundation for recovery.

Book Review

In Unbinding the Heart, Agapi Stassinopoulos takes us through a personal and spiritual journey that leaves readers with a heartfelt knowing that everything will be okay.Stassinopoulos’ gift with words is apparent in this book which reads like a memoir of the spirit. A few of the featuring characters like her mother, father and sister are portrayed in the many dimensions that they deserve. But at the same time, each one furthers the narrative toward one inevitable message: with a positive and grateful spirit, anyone can live their fullest life.

An exciting personal adventure, Unbinding the Heart also takes us through Agapi’s earlier years - the acting years. Agapi’s life as an actress, before she became a well-known speaker and writer, could be book of its own. The drama that unfolds between Stassinopoulos’s parents is disheartening given that readers might fall in love with this family right at the outset. Also, some less kind characters make an appearance only to irk us. But with a wise and loving Stassinopoulos as the narrator absorbing and reflecting upon each adventure, readers are able to meet every disappointment and conflict with optimism.