Meditation: Healing The Scars From Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, PTSD And More – Part 2

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By Tom North, author of True North: The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours”

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

yogaposeIn my own experience, and in the experience of many meditators who have been culturing a daily meditation practice over time, the ongoing result has been a steadily growing expansion of awareness and appreciation for all of life. This takes the form of improved relationships with those around me, connection with the entire human race and seeing the divine intelligence in the simplest life forms.

I would be remiss if I didn’t include experiencing an overwhelming sense of love for everyone and everything I encounter. As one friend and former college classmate of mine said, “I was stopped in commuter traffic on the 405 freeway in L.A. I looked around me at the thousands of cars and people and was feeling an unbounded love for all of them!”

If this is the outcome of consistent meditation, then it certainly is worth trying for anyone whose long-ago trauma-related or trauma-triggered emotions frequently get the better of them. For those who simply cannot see their way out of their own personal darkness, meditation is even more important. I encourage you to make the commitment.

8 Steps to Help You Develop Your Daily Meditation Practice for Trauma Healing

* Give yourself permission to get better, understanding that meditation can provide healing and relief.

* Seek out a meditation teacher. Meditation is like walking in an unfamiliar forest. It is best to have a guide.

* Commit to regularity. Research shows that 20 minutes twice a day is optimal.

* Create a space that is just for you to meditate each day. Unplug the phone(s) and put your silenced cell phone where you cannot see it. No cheating!

* Get your mediation checked regularly by your teacher. This is very important.

* If you absolutely have to miss a session, do not be hard on yourself – it is OK to renegotiate with yourself, recommit and pick up where you left off.

* Wait two months, and then check in on your memories of pain and trauma…do you feel better able to just let them go, to allow them to NOT MATTER anymore?

* Congratulate yourself for staying with it! You’re on your way to true healing.

*Disclaimer: Please remember that meditation is not a substitute for professional care or psychiatric help if that is what is needed. Many physicians and psychologists recommend meditation in conjunction with standard therapies.

– Tom North is the author of True North – The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours” They appeared to be the blissful Beardsleys, the happily blended family-eight of Helen North’s, ten of Frank Beardsley’s, and two children from their union. A family so famous in America that Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda played the parents in the box office smash–Yours Mine and Ours. But they were anything from blissful; in fact they were the beaten and battered Beardsleys. That’s the real hidden story behind the spotlight. And Tom North, Helen’s second eldest son, is now revealing how he survived the ordeal of living with a horrifyingly abusive stepfather that drove him to depression and drugs, and deprived him of his self-worth-and a mother who protected the image of the “perfect” family at all costs. But True North is much more than an inspiring and powerful account of a man who rose to success against all odds. It’s a story of how Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought peace to Tom North and saved his life. It brings to light how effective meditation is as a means for healing trauma survivors and especially those who have endured any form of verbal, physical or sexual abuse. For more information, go to truenorthbytomnorth.com/

Meditation: Healing The Scars From Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, PTSD And More – Part 1

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By Tom North, author of True North: The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours”

Meditation saved my life.

yogaMy father, Richard North, died in a Navy jet test flight crash when I was six years old. Fifteen months after his death, my mother, Helen North who had eight children, re-married a man named Frank Beardsley who had ten, making us one of the largest families in the country. We became famous, and our story was featured in the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours. But it wasn’t one big happy family. We had to hide the fact that we were living a lie.

My stepfather was abusive on every level; physically, emotionally and sexually. His constant rage, disapproval and controlling personality left deep emotional scars. And, to make matters worse, our family hid this from the outside world, so we each suffered in silence. The toll I paid was enormous. Lacking any sense of self-worth, it drove me to depression and drugs. I imagine many people will identify with the feelings, even if their home life was not as extreme as mine. But trauma is trauma–whether suffered in a living room or the theatre of war.

As a young adult I discovered meditation. It was my passage out of a deep depression and emotional despair, and I’m here to recommend it as a powerful and effective solution if you cannot get out of the mental patterns that keep you stuck, feeling a victim of past trauma.

Meditation was and still is a vital therapy for my continued survival and healing from a life of child abuse and domestic violence. I still practice it every day, having begun more than 38 years ago.

Meditation is indeed a powerful tool for health and healing on all levels. Research shows that group meditation can produce a radiating influence of peace in society. Recently, Dr. Deepak Chopra sponsored and conducted an online Global Group Meditation for Peace with over 100,000 people participating from around the world. I was happy to be a part of this important event.

This was a tremendous service Dr. Chopra was delivering to the audience, for as he explained, meditation is the key to our connection with ourselves: Our Divine Selves. It is also our connection to the collective consciousness. Studies show that everything in the universe is connected and it is possible to unite people in heart-focused care and intention to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace.

The Health Benefits of Daily Meditation are Many

The scientific evidence documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, especially for PTSD, which includes child abuse, is conclusive. While there may always be skeptics, it is irrefutable that meditation delivers improvements on every level of life, from stress management to emotional, physical and spiritual balance.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, senior research scientist at the National Institute of Health (NIH), has published his studies of over 300 experiments that prove the importance and benefits of meditation. This is in addition to the many thousands of published reports that have become available over the last 40 years that have come out of Maharishi University of Management, Harvard University and many others.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Tom North is the author of True North – The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours” They appeared to be the blissful Beardsleys, the happily blended family-eight of Helen North’s, ten of Frank Beardsley’s, and two children from their union. A family so famous in America that Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda played the parents in the box office smash–Yours Mine and Ours. But they were anything from blissful; in fact they were the beaten and battered Beardsleys. That’s the real hidden story behind the spotlight. And Tom North, Helen’s second eldest son, is now revealing how he survived the ordeal of living with a horrifyingly abusive stepfather that drove him to depression and drugs, and deprived him of his self-worth-and a mother who protected the image of the “perfect” family at all costs. But True North is much more than an inspiring and powerful account of a man who rose to success against all odds. It’s a story of how Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought peace to Tom North and saved his life. It brings to light how effective meditation is as a means for healing trauma survivors and especially those who have endured any form of verbal, physical or sexual abuse. For more information, go to truenorthbytomnorth.com/

Are Scars Hurting Your Health and Happiness? – Part 2

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By Dr. Mark Pitstick

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

joggersWe’ve seen scar treatment help numerous people who were suffering from chronic symptoms. They had tried everything else and, as a last resort, were motivated to try something new. Treating their scars allowed a breakthrough in their health.

“Debra” developed childhood diabetes within months of a serious electrical shock that left a large scar on her hand. “Dustin” had heart symptoms that responded wonderfully when his scars and other stressors were treated. “Terry” had depression and anxiety when her scars short-circuited her normal brain function. I could go on and on about patients who have written testimonials after coming alive again through natural methods like scar treatment.

Just recently, two tough cases involving scars have sought care. “Joanne,” an active and healthy seventy-year old, was totally normal until she had an angiogram through a blood vessel in her wrist. Soon afterward, she developed painful symptoms down her right arm and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. Sixty-five year old “Dan” developed a painful shingles-like condition soon after a hernia repair on the same side as his symptoms.

Scars on the midline of the body—from a hysterectomy, episiotomy, C-section, circumcision, vasectomy or open-heart surgery, for example—are especially problematic. These scars cross major meridian or energy pathways that are recognized by acupuncturists and doctors of oriental medicine. When the energy flow is disrupted, associated organs can suffer.

What can you do to prevent scars from affecting your health and energy? First, avoid creating new scars as much as possible. Avoid tattoos since they act as scars and inject heavy metals into the body. If you must pierce your body with jewelry, limit it to one per ear in the usual spot and with only small earrings.

seniormanUnless it’s an emergency or crisis situation, have surgical procedures only as a last resort and after trying natural methods of healing. Be careful to prevent animal and insect bites and cuts as much as possible. Not all scars cause problems, but it’s wise to minimize them. Active scars—those that are stressing your body—can be identified with a technique such as Nutrition Response Testing (NRT.) You can find the closest NRT practitioner to you by visiting www.unsinc.info

If you already have scars, firmly rub fresh wheat germ or sesame seed oil (muscle testing can indicate which is better for you) into the scars for three minutes daily for 60 days. This helps about 50 percent of active scars. Light therapy (low intensity laser light) usually handles the other 50 percent.

Use this information so you and your loved ones aren’t “scarred for life. And, as always, feel free to contact me if you have questions about your and your loved ones health.

Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic.

His book Radiant Wellness: A Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind and Spirit was endorsed by Drs. Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Bernie Siegel and others.

Mark has been a frequent radio and TV guest and hosts a nationally syndicated radio show. He has presented many workshops on holistic health and spiritual awareness. He has been a review editor and regular contributor to many magazines and e-zines. Mark founded the Radiant Wellness Center and the Stressor-Nutrient Balancing healing method.

Disclaimer: Listing improvements of past patients’ problems does not imply a guarantee for those with similar conditions. I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. I do teach people and health care professionals how to assist the body in healing itself of imbalances.

Are Scars Hurting Your Health And Happiness? – Part 1

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By Dr. Mark Pitstick

seniorwoman2Have you ever heard the phrase, “She was scarred for life”? Usually, it refers to emotional scars and the lasting impact those can have on a person. Physical scars, however, can also negatively affect the quality and maybe quantity of your life.

Scars are the result of trauma that breaks the surface of the skin: surgery, cuts, injuries, animal or insect bites, injections, IV sites/ports, burns, stretch marks, body piercings and tattoos. Areas with old or active acne, boils, rashes or open sores can also act as scars. Again, skin trauma can be devastating to ones health and are sometimes the most important key in solving chronic severe health problems.

“Mary” had been perfectly healthy until age thirty-five and the birth of her third child. Then it was all downhill, big time. At age fifty-five, despite the best of conventional and natural health care, she was a cardiac invalid, completely bed-ridden and looked seventy-five.

Finally, someone told her about nutritional-based healing approaches and she was evaluated. Her doctor found that a scar—from an episiotomy and perineal tear during childbirth—was negatively affecting the energy flows to her cardio-vascular system. After treating the scar at home for several weeks, she began improving. After one year, she was totally healthy and looked and acted much younger than her age.

To explain how skin trauma can cause problems, I must describe a bit about how your nervous system works. Don’t worry, I’ll be brief and you won’t be tested.

One part of your nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), regulates more active functions. The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), on the other hand, controls functions that require relaxation: sleep, optimal digestion and sexual arousal. The SNS and PSNS are supposed to predominate when needed so all functions of the body work normally.

doctorThe sympathetic nervous system fibers terminate or end on the surface of the skin. These fibers are so vast in number that—if everything else about you but your SNS were dissolved—your outlined form would still be recognizable.

Normally, the SNS fibers relay information in the form of nerve impulses—tiny energy currents—to and from the brain. However, scars can disrupt normal communication and cause problems. Instead of flowing smoothly, the energy can build up at the scar site and discharge in an unbalanced manner. Over time, organ dysfunction and associated symptoms can result.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic.

His book Radiant Wellness: A Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind and Spirit was endorsed by Drs. Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Bernie Siegel and others.

Mark has been a frequent radio and TV guest and hosts a nationally syndicated radio show. He has presented many workshops on holistic health and spiritual awareness. He has been a review editor and regular contributor to many magazines and e-zines. Mark founded the Radiant Wellness Center and the Stressor-Nutrient Balancing healing method.

Disclaimer: Listing improvements of past patients’ problems does not imply a guarantee for those with similar conditions. I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. I do teach people and health care professionals how to assist the body in healing itself of imbalances.