Domestic violence is taxing to the mind, body and soul. What is the one thing you can do that will contribute to mending all three, while in and after an abusive relationship? Read on and see. Tell me more about the “wakeful rest,” asks my proofreader. Well certainly, I think to myself. There is nothing I’d rather talk (write) about more. What is the wakeful rest? But before I lose myself in this discussion, let’s not lose site of your question. How is this relevant to me, as a domestic abuse survivor? If I had the privilege to indulge in only one healing method, what would it be? That is what it would be. What happens to mind and body during and after wakeful rest? This discussion is always best as an extension of one’s personal experience simply because it is the application of words onto aspects of experience that are actually beyond words.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk and write about it: its mechanics, the process, its short term-effects and most importantly the long-term effects. Its mechanics is a practical training discussion, the process more of an existential-experiential, ethereal conversation, and its effects is a concrete discussion. Let’s begin with the concrete. In the 70’s I did my doctoral dissertation on the psychophysiology of meditation and its implications for psychotherapy. I was studying at a very traditional school, Northwestern University. And so in order to make my experimental research most meaningful to the academic ivy-league, I decided to use Chicago police officers as my subjects. I thought it would put my hypotheses up to a very rigorous test. Low and behold it did. And our results were statistically significant. Symptom Reduction: less pain, reduced tension, decreased anxiety and greater control of panic attacks. Improved Physical Functioning: better sleep, less fatigue, more energy and far less reliance on relaxing agents. Increased vitality, energy and stamina. Improved Mental Functioning: enhanced clarity of thought, creativity, concentration and more optimistic perspective. Better Social Interactions: decreased hostility, greater ease and comfort in social situations, improved communication. Behavior and Performance Enhancement: more organized, increased productivity, greater efficiency and enhanced effectiveness. These are some of the things I witnessed over the years, not to mention the reversal, and in some cases complete resolution, of chronic medical conditions for thousands of people. In closing, I can say wakeful rest is the “sweet spot,” it’s the healing medium and more. If you are suffering from any physical, emotional, cognitive, social or behavioral condition while in, or after, an abusive relationship, seek to find a way to bring wakeful rest into you life.

Thank you for including the bibliography and I love your hub. We’re fans and hope that you will become our fans too. I’m just learning to write lit reviews and will include love Carl Rogers. 1 essay, i thought if i read a few reviews it would help. I know it all in my head, just have trouble putting it in words.. You’ve given me some inspiration! Thank you and good site! Thanks for your kind comment Donotfear great name! Wow, this is deep. I can certainly say that applying these conditions DOES work. Hi Jennifer – Thanks for your comment – Carl Rogers is one of my heros too! Everytime I think I need something to my approach I bring it back and test against the Core conditions. I love your hub. Carl Rogers is one of my heros, his approach is so hear centered. Thanks for helping to spread this consciousness!

He guest starred on television shows and had articles written about him. He became famous for Hawking radiation, which was his discovery that black holes actually emit radiation and have a temperature (it was thought that nothing could escape black holes and they have a temperature of zero). As Hawking’s career flourished, his health continued to decline. By the mid-70’s he was unable to feed himself and needed help getting in and out of bed. The Hawking family moved to a larger apartment with more space so that Stephen could move his wheelchair around more easily. He switched to an electric wheelchair which improved his mobility. He began having trouble speaking or using his facial muscles, so he started expressing himself using his wheelchair. Jane needed help with caring for Stephen and the children, so they began offering free room and board to research assistants who would be willing to babysit and help around the house. Even with the domestic responsibilities, this became a much sought after position for many students. In 1979 Cambridge University selected Stephen Hawking to be the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.

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