Sometimes I wonder whether it’s overly ambitious to blanket over all conditions that require us to heal from in this blog, and perhaps I am. I could never claim to know what overcoming clinical depression or mental illness is like, regardless of just how much I could speculate on it.
My only personal healing journeys come from a) dysfunctional and toxic interpersonal relationships with certain family members, an ex-boyfriend, and past unhealthy psychological self-treatment; and of course b) recovering from the AVM rupture and subsequent stroke. These stages of my life have offered me insights on self-respect, growth, and the effects of paralysis and neurological loss and reprogramming, to be sure, but I cannot with any level of authority write about other chronic conditions, like cancer or alcoholism.
I do, in my regular search for potential guest writers for the blog, try to address these and other issues, but all I can really write about myself are comments and suggestions for what I’ve been through (and related injuries) in addition to healing as a practice: healing techniques that are used to confront a number of things that plague humankind, like best practices for general health, psychological and interpersonal well being — techniques like yoga or meditation, emotional freedom technique (EFT), or the philosophies behind ancient Toltec Wisdom and general energy healing. Because I’m always in search of something I haven’t tried before in hopes of overwhelming my condition with an overall holistic “healing attack,” it seems there is absolutely no shortage to therapies to try. Generally, I encourage you — no matter what you may suffer from — to use your own judgment to see if a suggested therapeutic technique might also apply to you, but don’t always assume as much. (Especially since this blog is also about healthful living and general well being, a lot of the suggestions I make will apply to a broad spectrum of things.)
And even though I try to be as comprehensive as possible, for the time being, Rehab Revolution is the effort of only one person, li’l ole me. So I encourage you to tap into a resource you’re no doubt blessed to have, since you’re here: reading. There are so many sources of information, motivation, education out there that it’s overwhelming. But then, the entire recuperation journey is also one of continuous overwhelm, so that’s nothing new.
It’s because of this that I set up the noteworthy reads page that includes links to online articles and resources (like podcasts), remarkable books, websites, etc. I personally use a lot of these regularly to develop my inner well being and motivation, goal setting skills, and to implement in my physical daily life.
It’s crucial to keep an open mind and heart to try new approaches in earnest, because really, what do we know? Skeptics are proven wrong all the time, so it’s important to foster a sense of humility when it comes to what may work. So without further ado, my personal suggestions:
To start, I love my subscription to Women’s Health (there is a Men’s Health too), and I took a quick browse a couple days ago through Self magazine which quite impressed me, with plenty of impressive articles that resonated a lot with me and what me and this blog stand for. For example, just a quick poke on their website produced an article on the Eat, Pray, Love lifestyle — a must-read book, by the way.
Aside from reading, I find it also heartwarming and helpful to listen to audios designed to get you going. That’s why podcasts and audiobooks are so ingenious! Here are some of my favorites. . . .
On the motivation front, I find that Scott Smith’s Motivation to Move brand, which helps people striving for weight loss, and also inspires personal development for goal setting in general. He’s currently doing an annual free “Start Moving Stay Moving Bootcamp” teleseminar series, which you can check out here.
On goal setting and neurological retraining (with an emphasis on spirituality and neurobiology), I like to follow John Assaraf, who is an entrepreneur that coaches business owners in all aspects of life, especially the techniques that helped him grow both himself and his brand. You may wonder why this might have anything to do with healing, but if you can alter your mind and your habits, working with the brain rather than against it, you can accomplish anything.
I mentioned EFT earlier, which still few people know about — check out the documentary, The Tapping Solution (formerly Try It On Everything), and be sure to sign up for the Tapping World Summit event going on now (quick, day five already!): It’s a free ten-day series of guided tapping audios led by different experts in different fields that you can access for twenty-four hours after they go live. As far as I know, this too is an annual event. (I bought the MP3s and transcripts last year, and I still want to regularly self-experiment on the technique.) There is also a corresponding book that you can order and read on the practice.
An entertaining and efficient podcaster — actually, I’m a fan of almost their entire network of podcasts at quickanddirtytips.com — who is excellent at breaking down the simple steps to productivity is Stever Robbins, who semi-recently released the book Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. You can access his weekly Get-It-Done Guy podcast from iTunes or at quickanddirtytips.com, alongside Ben Greenfield’s Get-Fit Guy and Monica Reinagel’s Nutrition Diva podcasts. It’s also fun (for me, anyway) to check in every now and again with the House Call Doctor, who is helpful with information on a lot of random medical quandaries. I rave about nearly all the Quick and Dirty Tips podcasters, who are regular, quirky, and entertaining as they offer up what they know. And it’s free!
If you prefer to have books read aloud to you rather than straining your eyes, consider a subscription to the Amazon-powered Audible.com, which at the time of this post already offers over 85,000 titles in audiobooks for immediate download. You can play them off your iPod or computer, whatever works best for you. I find it nice to take therapeutic walks with audible material on my iPod, which makes me feel productive. I believe you can get a free audiobook just for listening to a lot of the Q&D podcasters (Audible sponsors them), so listen to a couple and check it out.
For spiritual and psychological development, I highly recommend any of the Toltec wisdom series by Don Miguel Ruiz, whose Four Agreements principles are eye-opening and spiritually informative. (You don’t have to subscribe to any particular religion to benefit from this all-encompassing wisdom!) My energy healer, Ryan (whose guest article post you can review), had referred me to The Mastery of Love when I was confronting my relationship issues (letting go of a toxic one, learning to love and respect myself first and foremost). I highly recommend it to any of you dealing with any of that or even if you’re just interested in healthy approaches to a loving relationship with your partner.
I hope these recommendations are sufficient for now. I’ll keep adding links to what I find useful in the noteworthy reads page, in addition to implementing new and more frequent self experiments. I’ll also play around with the idea of posting book reviews every time I finish a great and relevant book.
I strongly encourage you to pursue your search for more information! Remember, keep your mind and your heart open and expect miracles, for they will come.
To our healing,