Saturday, November 20, 2010

Joy and calm instead of depression and anxiety

I was delighted to read an article, "Capturing Calm", about Dr. Henry Emmons' holistic psychiatry practice in today’s StarTribune. I was impressed with  the approach he took to dealing with pain and suffering at a workshop he did a few years back for Social Workers. He noted how pain and suffering was universal, but when we learn to accept it and not battle things outside of our control we can live a balanced and joyful life.  It is also vital to have a reserve, from which to draw, during challenging times.  He stressed the importance of resilience and utilizes Buddhist traditions in his practice and teaching. 

Some common sense disciplines Henry recommends include:
  1. Eating healthy foods
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Getting quality sleep
  4. Reducing anxiety by calming the mind
Dr Emmon's has two books out, "The Chemistry of Joy", and "The Chemistry of Calm".
Morning sun reflection on ice

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