Category Archives: Healing


Overcoming Trauma & Setting Healthy Boundaries

Meeting the demands of daily life can be overwhelming. Developing healthy boundaries – physical and energetic – can help you reduce stress and feel more in control.

In this podcast, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Brian D. Mahan explains why it’s hard for many people to set clear boundaries (because most of us didn’t learn how in childhood).

“We weren’t allowed to have those boundaries in our family situation and then we don’t know how to take that…. Into our social lives.”

“The more we are able to identify what our energetic boundaries are, what our values are, then the more we are able to…… sit in the strength of our own sense of what’s right and wrong,” said Mahan.

Mahan says identifying your core values is key a first step toward establishing healthy boundaries.

“It’s important to get in touch with ‘what’s important to us, what’s not important, what we like and what we dislike.”

When values are defined, he says, a person can make a decision and take action, or what he calls ‘healthy aggression.’

“we have this opinion that aggression is a bad thing, and the reason we have that is it’s usually shamed out of us as children” but, Mahan says ‘Healthy aggression is also discipline, dedication, drive, empowerment.”

In this podcast, you will also learn how Somatic Experiencing (SE) can offer relief to those suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), trauma and other disturbing life events.

Mahan was introduced to SE at the suggestion of his chiropractor. He was suffering from daily panic attacks following a major car crash. He says, after three SE sessions, his panic attacks went away.

The experience was so life-changing for him, he became an SE practitioner and now trains others in this methodology as well viagra precios.

SE, created by Dr. Peter Levine, is considered one of the world’s foremost approaches for dealing with developmental trauma, anxiety, stress and panic disorders.

Find out more about Brian D. Mahan and SEP at BrianDMahan.com

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Sizzling Dreams

Dream expert Kelly Sullivan Walden joins a panel of forward thinkers at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles (Photo courtesy Kelly Sullivan Walden)

Dream expert Kelly Sullivan Walden joins a panel of forward thinkers at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles (Photo courtesy Kelly Sullivan Walden)

Have you ever awakened from a dream that was so steamy that you wanted to go back to sleep? Dreams expert Kelly Sullivan Walden offers insight in this Lisa.FM Thrive! podcast. In her latest book “The Love, Sex and Relationship Dream Dictionary,” she decodes the meanings of all kinds of dreams.

If you are having dreams that make your cheeks flush, she says there’s no reasons to worry because, Sullivan-Walden says, in dreamtime, there is no ‘inappropriate sex.’

“There’s the reality inside the dream and there’s the reality we wake up to….” said Sullivan Walden. The morality is different  What happens in our waking 3-D world is completely different than what’s appropriate at night when we’re sleeping.

This podcast goes beyond steamy dreams, Kelly offers a simple tip that will help you to decode any dream in seconds. Here’s the trick:

When you have a dream about someone (or something), name three adjectives that describe the qualities the person (or thing) represents to you.  Then consider where it might be important in your waking life to embrace the three qualities represented in your dreams? Kelly walks you through this process in the podcast.

 

Kelly Sullivan Walden is a popular guest on late night talk radio. Here she is with Coast to Coast AM host George Noory. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Sullivan Walden)

Kelly Sullivan Walden is a popular guest on late night talk radio. Here she is with Coast to Coast AM host George Noory. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Sullivan Walden)

Do you have recurring dreams or nightmares? Kelly explains that these happen when you wake up before a dream is finished. In this podcast she will explain how you can get to the ending, and get them to stop.

She suggests getting a free app called Dreams Cloud to record your dreams.

Have trouble remembering your dreams? Make a Declaration. Kelly offers a free ‘dream declaration meditation’ audio experience on her website.

I caught up with Kelly at the Conscious Life Expo.


MD’s Near Death Trip Offers ‘Proof of Heaven’

Many people have described having near death experiences (NDE), and so has Dr. Eben Alexander. But he brings a unique perspective to the experience. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander had been studying the mind, brain and consciousness for over 20 years. I caught up with Dr. Alexander at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, and he shares his experience and what he learned in this episode of  my podcast, Lisa.FM Thrive!

In 2008, Dr. Alexander came down with bacterial meningitis. He spent a week in a coma, and doctors didn’t offer much hope for his recovery.  All the while, while lying in a hospital bed, his mind was an odyssey in between worlds. In his bestselling books, Proof of Heaven and Map of Heaven, Dr. Alexander describes what he experienced, and what he learned about the mind, and consciousness.

During his ‘other-world experience,’ he said he had no memories of his life as a doctor.  He describes going from ‘an earthworm eye view’ to being “rescued by a white light” into a world of “beautiful life, blossoms, flowers, buds on trees, butterflies sparkling streams… Swooping orbs of golden light, emanating changes that would blow through me like a tidal wave.”

He describes riding through the beauty on a butterfly wing, with a beautiful girl as his guide. “And her message to me: You are deeply loved and cherished forever, you are deeply loved and will be taken care of.”

Alexander says the joy of his journey is to now be able to share the universal message of unconditional love – oneness and pure love.

NDE survivor Dr. Eben Alexander speaks to a full house at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, February 2016 (Photo: Lisa Osborn)

NDE survivor Dr. Eben Alexander speaks to a full house at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, February 2016 (Photo: Lisa Osborn)

“The one healing power of unconditional love, of that deity.” Whether you call it God, Allah or any other name, he says “the words get in the way. They imply that there is a separation, but the separation is the Tower of Babel. That is… our ego and our false sense of self trying to isolate us from the rest of the universe, whereas in fact we are all one with the entire universe, and this is what we are all about.”

Dr. Alexander says everything changed for him after he came out of the coma. His speech and brain capabilities came back within weeks. But, he is still investigating his experience and thinks he will continue to do so for the rest of his life, and beyond.

Reincarnation, he says, is something he didn’t pay much attention to before his illness. Now, he says it’s something that humans should realize is a fundamental part of our existence, “including Christianity.”

Another important lessons he learned was about fear.

“I came back from this journey realizing that there is nothing to fear but fear itself… as we come to remember that we are all part of the one great spirit, we can realize that there is nothing to fear.”

Dr. Alexander says he believes there’s a tremendous shift of awakening going on in the world right now, despite all the conflict and tragedy in the news.

“I believe we are about to shift to a much higher realization of human potential and how interconnected we all are and our deep spiritual nature.”

He says sound is what propelled him through this magical other world. “It’s important to point out the that music, vibratrion, sound, frequency were the ways that my soul used to traverse those higher realms.”

Today, he uses a sound program called Sacred Acoustics to help him re-enter the world he experienced while in the coma, as he continues to make more sense of his experience. “Sound is the key to the universe.”

Here are some of the resources Dr. Alexander mentions in our conversation: Eternea.orgSacredAcoustics.comEbenAlexander.com

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Minding the Mind

Lalli Dana Drobny teaches mindfulness classes to students who wish to reduce pain, increase focus or make better decisions.

Lalli Dana Drobny teaches mindfulness classes to students who wish to manage stress, increase focus or make better decisions.

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important.

In today’s fast-paced world of multi-tasking, working lunches and drive thru dinners, attention spans seem to be getting shorter and shorter.

But, with a little mindfulness, the monkey can be tamed.

Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means paying attention,” said Lalli Dana Drobny. She teaches classes in mindfulness as well as other subjects at Santa Barbara City College.

Drobny, who has been meditating for 25 years, started offering mindfulness classes in Santa Barbara about eight years ago as a public service

“Because I knew how important it was, and I had seen the difference in my own life.”

Intention is an important component of mindfulness, so Drobny asks students to choose one goal for class.

“Everyone who comes to my mindfulness classes comes for a reason,” she said.s

They want to find a way to manage stress, they are distracted or angry, they can’t focus, or they want to be able to make better decisions. “They want to change. They aren’t accepting where they are. (But) it’s a paradox. Because mindfulness is really about accepting what IS in every moment.”

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Being ‘in the moment’ can be as easy as sitting quietly and focusing on your breath for a minute or two.

In my Lisa.FM Thrive podcast, Drobny offers three short and simple mindfulness exercises, and the results are remarkable. I was surprised how at ease I felt after just breathing slowly for a couple of minutes.

Drobny suggests bringing mindfulness into daily activities, which can be as simple as paying attention to what you are doing (and thinking) while brushing your teeth, or eating lunch.

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“We do a mindfulness eating exercise, where we take four minutes to eat one raisin… You digest your food better, you actually eat a lot less, so it’s good for the environment, good for your budget and things that we are eating.”

A simple mindfulness technique consists of sitting still, feet on the ground. Pay attention to your breath… inhale, pause, exhale, pause… repeat.

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“Sandyland Sunset” by Ken Pfeiffer Photography

It’s okay if your mind wanders, instructs Drobny. Just “kindly, gently, ever so sweetly, bring your attention back to the breath.”

Don’t think you have time for Mindfulness? Think again

“In mindfulness circles there’s a joke,” said Drobny, “If you feel like you don’t have 20 minutes to sit (in meditation) today, sit for 40 minutes. Because time expands.”

Drobny shares a story about one of her students who was having a hard time sitting for a formal 20 minute mindfulness practice. She instructed the woman to incorporate mindfulness into the time she spent with her young child.

“So she was totally mindful as she spoke, watched and listened to her daughter. And, she came back the next week to report that both she and her daughter were happier.  So she didn’t add anything extra to her day, she simply did it with a different focus.”

Click the link below to listen to my podcast with Lalli Dana Drobny. Follow along as she walks you thru three short and simple mindfulness breathing and focusing exercises.

It’s okay if your mind wanders, just “kindly gently, ever so sweetly, bring your attention back to the breath.”

To get in touch with Lalli Dana Drobny about her upcoming classes, email her at “lallidana at-gmail.com”


Pain & Responsibility

Can being overly-responsible be giving you an aching back?  Pain relief expert Dr. Ken Pfeiffer says it can! In this podcast, Dr. Pfeiffer explains that many aches and pains are caused by the emotions fear or anger.

“Anytime you experience pain, that experience not only has a sensation but it also has an emotion,” explained Pfeiffer.“ And, the emotions are associated with fight or flight. “

The ‘fight’ emotion is linked to anger while ‘flight’ is associated with fear. “So anytime we’re having any kind of pain there’s also anger and there’s fear.”

Pfeiffer says these emotions have a profound effects on our bodies. “When you’re angry it has effects on your heart. Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure changes….. because our bodies are preparing to fight or flee.”

Pfeiffer warns that chronic anger is associated with long-term profound physiological effects. “Very often people become angry and they don’t even realize it. And so they don’t realize that they have a choice in how to deal with that anger.”

The worst thing you can do, he says, is to try to fight or escape the pain.

In this podcast, Dr. Pfeiffer offers solutions for breaking free from chronic pain, which includes trying to relax and accept the pain, rather than flinching or tensing up in an effort to block it.

Pfeiffer also shares how you can determine if a body pain has emotional roots rather than physical. He offers listeners a technique for easing pain, and explains why back surgery is often not a long-term remedy to relieving chronic pain.

This episode of Lisa.FM Thrive! is brought to you by PainRelievers.org, offering a free Pain Stress Test.


Everyday Fitness

Fitness trainer Lanré Idewu warms up a group of hikers ahead of a trek through the Santa Monica Mountains (Photo courtesy of Lanré Idewu)

Fitness trainer Lanré Idewu warms up a group of hikers ahead of a trek through the Santa Monica Mountains (Photo courtesy of Lanré Idewu)

Think it’s hard to get fit, lose weight and eat healthy? Maybe you’re being too hard on yourself.

“You don’t need to spend an entire hour working out,” said Lanré Idewu. The former medical student turned certified trainer and celebrity fitness instructor suggests working more activity into your day naturally. “The key is to get moving.”

As for strict diets, he isn’t a fan. “Everything in moderation, including moderation…. if you eat a piece of cake, don’t beat yourself up.”

An important key to achieving the body you have always dreamed of is in finding a way to be happy with your appearance now, before you begin your fitness regime.

In this podcast, Lanré explains why strict diets don’t always work, how you can easily add more activity into a busy day, and the affects the stress hormone cortisol could have on your body.

Learn more about Lanré Idewu at Fit4LA.com


12 Steps: A Path to Recovery

"First Light" photo by Ken Pfeiffer

“First Light” photo by Ken Pfeiffer

Anyone who has attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting has likely heard of the ’12 Steps.”

The spiritual program based on 12 steps, worked through step by step in consecutive order, was created by Bill Wilson in the 1930s. Since then, it’s helped a lot of people overcome their addictions to alcohol and drugs.

Today, the 12 Steps have been modified and are used in many lesser-known self help programs such as Al-anon-Alateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics as well as Gamblers AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Narconon and many more.

“(Before the 12 steps came along), alcoholism was regarded as a moral weakness,” said Dr. Ken Pfeiffer, a Carpinteria-based psychologist and pain expert. “The traditional way of dealing with alcoholics was with scorn, and condemnation and punishment… We know now that this only makes the situation worse.”

“What Alcoholics Anonymous does now, is it brings together people with a similar mind, added Dr. Pfeiffer. “.. if you go to AA, you’re meeting with other alcoholics who understand your situation…. so there’s a lot of love and understanding and camaraderie.”

In this podcast, Dr. Pfeiffer will walk you through the 12 steps, and offer ideas, hope and healing to you or your loved one who is suffering with the disease of addiction.

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"First Light" photo by Ken Pfeiffer