…be attentive to what is arising within you, and place that above everything else… What is happening in your inner most self is worthy of your entire love; somehow you must find a way to work at it.

—Rainer Maria Rilke (from the cover of an IOP handout on PTSD)

•Mindfulness and Self-Compassion change the  physical structure and chemistry of the brain.  Now there is scientific proof.

•Books I’ve ordered on the studies and effects of neuro-plasticity that have been referenced in IOP:

  1. Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse by Lisa M. Najavits
  2. Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Richard Mendius and Rick Hanson
  3. Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham
  4. Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James Doty
  5. The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel Segal, John Kabat-Zinn and John Teasdale
  6. Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff

I’ll be in the program one more week.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Val Boyko
    Oct 30, 2016 @ 06:42:01

    May you be at ease 💕


  2. Littlesundog
    Oct 30, 2016 @ 07:09:42

    I will be anxious to discover which of these books are helpful to you. I’ve been reading, “Why Isn’t My Brain Working?” by Datis Kharrazian. He references both negative and positive brain plasticity. I am amazed at how adaptable the brain is!


  3. Leslie
    Nov 01, 2016 @ 12:25:08

    I’ve been working on mindfulness and other skills that go along with it for awhile now with DBT. It’s extremely hard, but I’m hopeful that it’ll get easier with time. I, too, am interested in which books you find helpful.


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