I was asked to write an article for the TBI model systems, a program at University of Washington. I hope it might help you as we move into the holiday season.
I'll be presenting at the Washington State TBI Conference on April 11 from 2:15 pm to 3:30pm.
"Re-Route the Happy"
Seattle Airport Marriott
April 11, 2017
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Life is harder with a brain injury, and just different. I see things other people do not and feel joy others do not feel. Happiness is something that I choose and there are things that I do to try and help keep my mind at peace so I can experience good feelings: planning ahead, setting myself up for success and really learning to let go when bad things happen. My experience with a severe TBI in August 2006 drew me to mindfulness, yoga and choosing to do less, activities that have helped train me in being happy in life.
Join me on July 14th from 2:00-4:00pm for a workshop
— led by me and hosted by Brain Injury Alliance Washington —
on 'Effective Communication for TBI Survivors.'
Have you encountered difficulties in communicating effectively after your Brain Injury?
I'll be leading a two-hour workshop to learn the skills and strategies needed for mindful communication with everyone you may encounter in your daily life.
I will teach breathing exercises to help keep your cool, as well as the importance of rest and relaxation before having important conversations with others. This class is for survivors and caregivers to learn to communicate better with each other. If you have a family member or friend that you are actively working on communication with, feel free to bring them along!
Below is an introduction to mindfulness by Donald Hwong. I was lucky enough to be part of this project by contributing the audio. Please use these guidelines to begin your meditation practices. HAVE FUN!
In Hatha yoga, half-moon pose (ardha chandrasana) is a way to gain focus as you work on balance, engage core muscles and lengthen the spine.
Here's how you can do it at home:
1) Staring at the floor, place right palm directly under right shoulder (modifications such as blocks/wall are great props to use here) and bring left hand to the left hip. Roll the left hip up and back so the hips face the side wall.
2) Inhale finger tips to towards the ceiling. Turn the head to face the side wall and work on turning the whole torso to face the side wall.
3) Breathe and hold for 3-5 breaths.
4) To release: exhale and slowly bring both hand back to the floor and step the left foot back.
Learn more about attending one of my current classes or book a private yoga session to deepen your practice.