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Title:
The transformation : discovering wholeness and healing after trauma
ISBN:
9780062870711
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
viii, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents:
An invitation -- The biology of trauma -- Soft belly: quieting mind, body, and spirit -- Embracing hope -- Shaking and dancing -- All emotions are innocent -- Only connect -- Accessing inner guidance -- Befriending your body -- The trauma-healing diet -- The wisdom of the body -- Taming trauma's triggers -- Make love, not war -- Nature heals -- Animal therapy -- Laughter breaks traumas spell -- Reading the leaves on your family tree -- The healing circle -- Gratitude changes everything -- Forgiveness -- Love, meaning, and purpose -- Next steps.
Summary:
A world-recognized authority and acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer presents the first evidence-based program to reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma. In his role as the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), the worlds largest and most effective program for healing population-wide trauma, Harvard-trained psychiatrist James Gordon has taught a curriculum that has alleviated trauma to populations as diverse as refugees and survivors of war in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, and Syria, as well as Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, New York city firefighters and their families, and members of the U. S. military. Dr. Gordon and his team have also used their work to help middle class professionals, stay-at-home mothers, inner city children of color, White House officials, medical students, and people struggling with severe emotional and physical illnesses. The Transformation represents the culmination of Dr. Gordon's fifty years as a mind-body medicine pioneer and an advocate of integrative approaches to overcoming psychological trauma and stress. Offering inspirational stories, eye-opening research, and innovative prescriptive support, The Transformation makes accessible for the first time the methods that Dr. Gordon--with the help of his faculty of 160, and 6,000 trained clinicians, educators, and community leaders--has developed and used to relieve the suffering of hundreds of thousands of adults and children around the world.
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A world-recognized authority and acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer presents the first evidence-based program to reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma.

In his role as the founder and executive director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), Dr. Gordon has created and implemented what may well be the world's largest and most effective program for healing population-wide psychological trauma. He and 130 international faculty have brought this program to populations as diverse as refugees from wars in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa; firefighters and U.S. military personnel and their families; student/parent/teacher school shooting survivors; and Native American children - as well as stressed out professionals, stay-at-home mothers, inner-city children, and people struggling with mental and physical disorders and end of life challenges.

Dr. Gordon's work is grounded in scientific evidence and timeless wisdom. Through his decades of first-hand experience, he understands that trauma will come to all of us sooner or later. That each of us has the capacity to understand and heal ourselves. And that the heartbreaking devastation that trauma causes can also open our hearts and minds to deeper understanding, enhanced meaning and purpose, and greater love.

In the compassionate, compelling pages of The Transformation, he invites us on a step-by-step, evidence-based journey to heal the psychological and biological damage that trauma brings and to become the people whom we are meant to be.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 An Invitationp. 17
2 The Biology of Traumap. 27
3 Soft Belly: Quieting Mind, Body, and Spiritp. 40
4 Embracing Hopep. 55
5 Shaking and Dancingp. 66
6 All Emotions Are Innocentp. 80
7 Only Connectp. 97
8 Accessing Inner Guidancep. 106
9 Befriending Your Bodyp. 125
10 The Trauma-Healing Dietp. 140
11 The Wisdom of the Bodyp. 166
12 Taming Trauma's Triggersp. 183
13 Make Love, Not Warp. 195
14 Nature Healsp. 207
15 Animal Therapyp. 215
16 Laughter Breaks Trauma's Spellp. 222
17 Reading the Leaves on Your Family Treep. 232
18 The Healing Circlep. 249
19 Gratitude Changes Everythingp. 267
20 Forgivenessp. 274
21 Love, Meaning, and Purposep. 287
22 Next Stepsp. 298
Appendix: Finding Other Helpp. 310
Notesp. 325
Acknowledgmentsp. 355
Indexp. 361
About the Authorp. 374