How love, trust and empathy can be contagious

This week, David Kanigan turned me on to an article in the Wall Street Journal called ‘The Trust Molecule,’ exploring Paul J. Zak’s research on oxytocin. For those of you who haven’t heard of oxytocin, it’s sometimes called the “cuddle chemical,” and it is released in our brains while having sex, giving birth, breastfeeding, andContinue reading “How love, trust and empathy can be contagious”

The “spirit” part of Rubenfeld Synergy

“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.” ~ Simone Weil I picked up this quotation from David Kanigan’s blog, and have been mulling it over ever since. Rubenfeld Synergy Method’s official, trademarked tagline is, “A dynamic system for the integration of body, mind, emotions and spirit.” Our teachers told us, however, that until our particular training, theContinue reading “The “spirit” part of Rubenfeld Synergy”

An integral approach to optimal health

Presented without too much comment, here is Part 1 of a series of six short but dense blog posts detailing the general dissociation of our modern culture, and the quest for a more embodied, integrated approach to life. I stumbled across Part 6 today thanks to Google alerts; I’ll link it here because it containsContinue reading “An integral approach to optimal health”

Moving from habit to choice

Today I came across this very simple and straightforward blog post from Kristen Barton Cuthriell about behaviors and consequences. The post is full of sound advice about what happens when you make particular choices, and how thinking through the consequences can help you make the right ones. A few examples: When you choose to stayContinue reading “Moving from habit to choice”

Moving and being moved – Rubenfeld and performing Shakespeare

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at what I can learn about healing from the Royal Shakespeare Company. The other night, I had the pleasure of watching another episode of Playing Shakespeare with my husband. We kept pausing it and excitedly discussing our understandings of what the great John Barton – then head of theContinue reading “Moving and being moved – Rubenfeld and performing Shakespeare”

Fail Better – the joys of gentle and respectful leadership

My good friend Michel recently pointed to this article about the importance of allowing failure if you want kids to do better in school. In brief: researchers found that kids who were told that problems were difficult and failure was common did much better on subsequent tests than kids who were not given that explicitContinue reading “Fail Better – the joys of gentle and respectful leadership”