From Anxiety

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This Coupon Entitles You to One Free Hug

huffington post free hugsRead the full article by Jenine Durland here on the Huffington Post.

Excerpt:

With a great deal of bipolar disorder in my immediate family, I’ve watched depression’s dark tentacles wrap themselves around our hearts in the most insipid and life-altering ways. I’ve seen and felt the shame of mental illness as it rises up to challenge the American creed of one’s right to the pursuit of happiness.

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HuffPo: Healing Anxiety or a Broken Heart, the Tools are the Same

 

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Excerpt:

We are lying in savasana — corpse pose — legs splayed wide, arms flopped down, palms facing the sky, and I close my eyes. My friend is beside me; my yoga teacher has come to crouch at my head.

“Do something for me,” Pete says, pausing with his hands on my shoulders, “Do this for yourself,” and I nod, eyes still closed.

“Bring one hand to your heart and one to your belly,” and I do, slipping my left hand onto my chest and resting the thumb of my right hand in the hollow of my belly button. I take a deep breath and feel my stomach rise, willing my body to relax.