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  • Here's The Secret

    The secret to living in a state of internal peace is hidden in such plain sight that most people don't appreciate its simplicity. I didn't come up with this secret, which is more than 2500 years old one of the most basic messages of The Tao Te Ching; ''Practice non-doing and everything will fall into place.'' The notion of ''not-doing'' is an ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on February 12, 2015
  • Why Peace Is The Way To True Happiness

    A friend of mine told me that when she was in Bali, she found it remarkable that instead of asking the typical question, how are you doing today, she heard people asking, ''Are you balanced today?'' While the distinction between these two questions might not appear that meaningful on the surface, I can tell you from experience that a deeper ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on February 6, 2015
  • The Smartest Thing I Have Learned

    Today I was working with an extremely suicidal and morbidly obese guy, with a host of physical ailments and chronic pain, stemming from a long history of motor vehicle accidents. He also has PTSD from unspeakable tragedies including seeing a baby killed right before his eyes. During the course of the interview he stated ''I have had a gun in my ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on January 29, 2015
  • Did You Remember?

    While it’s certainly important to be grateful for the “things” (e.g. family, friends, material possessions), I believe it’s equally if not more important to be grateful for no particular reason; to be grateful for THIS moment, which is all we ever really have no matter how much we try to delude ourselves into believing otherwise. As I was ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on November 28, 2014
  • You’re Not Going To Believe This

    A belief is nothing more than a thought we keep thinking. In the words of Henry Ford, ''If you think you can or you think you can't, either way you're right.'' The bottom line is that whatever we keep telling ourselves (or taking in from the environment) will be ''true'' in our experience. In The White Book, the author wrote, ''All beliefs are ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on November 20, 2014
  • Errorless Learning for Memory Impairment

    Guest post written by Rachel Wynn, MS, CCC-SLP Let's start with a story that takes place in a SNF where I worked. The tight quarters of a small therapy gym and rehab wing, allowed for easy co-treating and observation of my fellow therapists' treatment, which I found incredibly valuable as a new graduate. I noticed when a very gentle occupational ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on August 25, 2014
  • Dealing with Death

    One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life. Since most people in a nursing home have already had some sort of illness or injury they are already compromised ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • I Need Your Help

     When I first meet with a new client, I always begin by asking the following question: ''What is the most important thing that you'd like to work on right now?'' However, this wasn't always the case. I spent years going right into my ''spiel'' without really considering my clients' specific wants and needs. In retrospect, I was being ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • The Hidden Meaning of Tension

    Dr. Joe likes to say, ''Thoughts are the language of the mind, and feelings are the language of the body.'' The problem is that we don't tend to be very good at ''listening'' (i.e. feeling). Instead of paying attention to the tension/stress we feel so much of the time and asking the question, ''What is my body trying to tell me,'' we tend to ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on June 12, 2014
  • Bipolar Disorder and OT

    I recently attended the funeral of a woman who never made it to her fortieth birthday. Despite a loving and supportive husband, parents and extended family, a master's degree, a promising career, and appropriate medication, bipolar disorder trumped all and one evening while home alone, she simply ''snapped.'' In the past, she'd made several ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on May 5, 2014
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