Roots Blog

The Healing Combination: The Significant Thing & Optimistic Re-orientation

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” (Maya Angelou).  When we operate with a higher sense of coherence we are feeling into our agency (confidence in who we are and what we have), making us more able to optimistically re-orient ourselves, so we can navigate challenges from […]

Turning to the Trees…

By S.Dames and K.Hunter They came upon the Cedar tree. It showed them the breadth of their centre and the strength and limitations of their shallow root systems.  While their resources span widely on the surface, when the drought and winds come, they feel fragile, wondering if they’re enough, if they have what it takes […]

Suffering to Bliss: Transforming Trauma to Grit

I’m on this path. I’ve experienced this bliss. I know it’s possible… When adversities from the past are emotionally unresolved, they remain with us, emerging as what we now call ‘trauma.’ When we heal these wounds, we remove the emotional charge from the associated people and events.  Without the emotional charge, the experience is simply a learning […]

A CALL FOR ACTION: TRANSFORMING MENTAL HEALTH CARE

This mental health crisis is real and the stakes are higher than ever. By the age of 40, half of us resonate with a mental health diagnosis. Only 20% of those suffering from mental distress see any meaningful improvement with traditional biomedical treatment methods. 80% continue to suffer. It’s time to heed the evidence and […]

Strengthening our Somatic Intelligence

Somatic intelligence refers to our degree of awareness and ability to interpret and respond to the sensations of the body (De Silva, 2017).  There are over 100 different bodily sensations, which are categorized as emotions, cognitive processes, or somatic and homeostatic states (Nummenmaa, Hari, Hietanen, & Glerean, 2018).  A core factor that differentiates humans from […]

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