Spirituality and Healing

Our contributor Dr. Peter Abaci joins The Elysium Project podcast to discuss chronic pain treatments provided by the Bay Area Pain & Wellness Center in Los Gatos, California. You can hear Dr. Abaci's segment starting one hour into the podcast embedded below. About The Elysium Project podcast:
Optimize your mind-body connection with information and resources that empower you to reduce pain and its impact on your brain and body. (1) Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it! (5:00) View it here. (2) Learn out Pain Psychology (12:47) View it here.
Read about the national needs assessment that was conducted in almost 2,000 individuals across 6 key stakeholder groups in the U.S., and published in Pain Medicine earlier this year. Learn why a major solution to the pain treatment crisis includes better integration of pain education into mental health education at all levels of training.
I recently met a a very kind man, Dr Chuck Wall, a retired professor and our local motivational speaker. He has been on Oprah and invited by Presidents to the White House on several occasions. Out of his kindness, he is helping me improve my public speaking skills for free. He is blind but is living a full life. I have a great time with him – we go walking, we go for lunches, we spend many valuable and enjoyable hours together in which I always...
In May of 2012, I completed the Meditation Teacher Training program at the Chopra Center for Well-being in San Diego, certifying me to teach Primordial Sound Meditation. While at the world-renowned center, I got to listen to Deepak Chopra, one of my role models. Somebody in audience asked him: ’Deepak why did you start to meditate?’ His answer was simple: ’Because I wanted to quit smoking and drinking. It was many years ago.’
Think of pain as being your “harm alarm,” a signal that is designed to get your attention, to motivate you to escape whatever is causing it. After all, pain—potential harm—could mean injury or even death.  In this way, pain serves a useful purpose because it is functions to keep you safe and alive.  This all works quite well if you simply cut your finger while dicing vegetables for dinner.
While near-death experiences are typically recounted as pleasant and uplifting: visions of pure light, verdant landscapes and dazzlingly clear skies, accompanied by an overwhelming sense of bliss — not everyone has a pleasant or loving near-death episode. Less reported are the accounts of nightmarish and painfully hellish experiences: terrifying deities, gruesome apparitions, and painful torture. These accounts may include a life-review process...
Focus written on clenched fist
This is Health Revolution Radio, today's topic: Willpower Guest Speaker: Dr. John Mckellar Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Health advice to my younger self
A Power-over-Pain Handout Megan Watson, SPT • Kathleen Metzker, MPH • Blair Pallas, LCSW, MSW Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia Pennsylvania   

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