What do the Martial Arts have to offer?

“Martial arts” is a very broad category, with various aims—some incompatible with each other! Sport martial arts operate under specific rules, and offer excellent recreation and exercise for the reasonably fit. Self-defense is a claim often made, but there is a lot of...

Core concepts of Bodymind Training

I would like to explain as clearly as I can the core ideas of the system I call Bodymind Training (BmT).  These concepts also apply to many other forms of Somatic education and therapy. Bodymind Training shows you simple and easy ways to feel better and be more...

Bullying: Anatomy of the Bully

Recently I’ve been on a deep dive into expert opinions on bullying, its causes, effects and methods.  Fortunately there is consensus on a number of points, irrespective if the bullying is associated with schools, work place or larger social groups.

NEUROSCIENCE—The Bad, the Good, & the Transcendent. Part II As neuroscience has turned its attention to feelings, consciousness, the self, it has become clear that a lot of simple everyday concepts that we all (scientists too!) assumed were valid— —are not good...

Remembering Women Veterans

I recall being focused on a butterfly that had just landed on a nearby plant. The butterfly paused revealing crisp black and yellow stripes and spots. Its wings slowly opened and closed as it tested a flower for nectar.  Overhead, the drone of a prop...

Resilient First Responders: Flourishing Under Challenge

Why do some people flourish in the face stress? I’d like to share some insights from our studies of flight attendant health.   One study’s objective was to determine if a ‘meditative movement’ training could change the health of our study volunteers.  This training involved teaching awareness of internal bodily sensations …

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