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The Holydays

The Holydays

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Offering a different perspective

I am sitting at my kitchen table watching the snow fall softly outside my window.  It is always a beautiful and serene moment.  There is something so pristine and filled with the awesome power of nature in this first snowfall. I am glad that it’s here; it always means that winter has finally arrived like the first ball thrown out in the first game of the season means that it’s summertime.  These are just moments that mean something, marking the passage of time and allowing us to mark the transitions of life.
The holydays or the holidays as we now call them seem to come up on us like a speeding train, buffeting us with the force of its passing and leaving us excited but spent.    I am aware that I get a little sad as well now because the meaning of this time seems to have been completely lost in the gross commercialism of the season.
The holidays don’t seem to be about celebrating our uniqueness, our sacred place amongst the beasts and the forests, the tides and the dancing moon, the sea creatures and the tiniest insects.  Its seems that we have lost our way into the canyons of Thanksgiving sales, black Friday madness and the subsequent never ending onslaught of discount buying options.
I would like to offer another perspective. This is a time to get quiet, step back from the maddening pace that we all keep and experience a little bit of the wonder of who we are as individuals.  Each of us is on a sacred journey and whatever that looks like for you, this is an opportunity to be still and look inside to see what miracles we are.
Like each snowflake gently falling outside my window, there are no two of us exactly alike.  We are all walking our own paths and leaving an imprint unlike anyone else that has ever been or ever will be.  What have you done with this cycle of time to mark it with your uniqueness?
I hope that when you look inside, you will see that we are all graced with this time on earth and filled with the opportunity to leave those around us and the world a better place.  I hope that you can take away this idea: the best gift that we can receive is to know our special place in the universe and likewise the best gift we can bestow is to help those we love realize how special they are.
Celebrate these holydays with love and as James Taylor sings…shower the people you know with love.

Wishing you your unique place in the universe,
Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Sweat—the Traditional but Unrecognized Way to Detoxify

Sweat—the Traditional but Unrecognized Way to Detoxify

Physical, spiritual, and emotional

Sweating has been around since humans discovered fire, and perhaps even before that, if you think about humans using naturally occurring hot springs. Sweating has often been associated with spiritual purification rituals, most notably in Native American sweat lodges. However, this certainly is not the only culture that uses sweating for spiritual purposes.

Historically, sweating has been used for physical as well as spiritual and emotional well-being in Greek Sweat Baths, Finnish Saunas, Roman Balnea and Thermae, Japanese Mushi-Buro, Mayan Sweat Houses, Jewish Shivtz, and Islamic Hammam, to name just a few. Continue reading Sweat—the Traditional but Unrecognized Way to Detoxify

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P.E.E.R. 2013 this weekend

P.E.E.R. 2013 this weekend

“One of the most dynamic, emotional and physically freeing therapeutic procedures that I have ever encountered.”

The only P.E.E.R. (Primary Emotional Energy Recovery) workshop happening in New York this year is this weekend, Oct. 5 & 6, 2013, in Island Park, NY.

P.E.E.R. is an emotional facilitation process by which people acquire the opportunity to safely rid themselves of emotional and physical trauma that has been stored in the body. This stored energy may have manifested in their lives as addictive behaviors, compulsive eating habits, repetitive relationship trauma, unresolved conflicts with parents or spouses and ineffectual parenting methods. Continue reading P.E.E.R. 2013 this weekend

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How Do We Manifest Love in the Face of Chaos?

I don’t know about the rest of you but I feel like my life has been turned upside down.  Hurricane Sandy has seemed to have affected not only the physical reality of my life but certainly the emotional one as well.

We will rebuild, restart and reconfigure our lives…that is what we do as a species…we adapt, but how well we do might not just be a measure of how well we rebuild on the physical plane.  The experience of going through a catastrophe such as hurricane Sandy also requires that we take time to allow the process of healing to happen from within as well. Continue reading How Do We Manifest Love in the Face of Chaos?

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2012 Navel Expo Reflections

The Navel Expo which was this last Sunday gave me the opportunity to talk about two important health topics.  The first of which was weight loss and how hormones, not calories control what happens with being able to control your weight and body fat.  The second topic was on adrenal exhaustion which I believe is an unrecognized epidemic in our country.

In my 35 years in practice I have witnessed stress levels in people continually rise up above what would be considered “normal” stress into areas where it significantly effects our health.  Just think about hurricane Sandy and the devastating affects it has had on people’s lives in the TriState area and you see how much stress we are under. Continue reading 2012 Navel Expo Reflections

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X-iser

X-iser

A very efficient and cost effective way to lose weight

Can you lose weight, burn fat, improve cardio conditioning and coordination and increase your lean muscle mass? The answer is a resounding yes and what’s even better is that you can do this in just four to six minutes a day! That’s right, by using the X-iser burst training device you can do all of these things and more. Continue reading X-iser

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Are You Experiencing a “No Win” Situation?

Are You Experiencing a “No Win” Situation?

Dear Friends,

I am very excited to share with you that I will be participating in the Long Island Women’s Expo this year. The Expo which will be held on Saturday, October 13th (10am to 8pm) and Sunday, October 14th (10am to 6pm) at the Suffolk Community College Sports and Exhibition Complex in Brentwood is a one of kind experience for Long Island women. This year the Expo will feature more information on health and wellness and I have been invited to speak on Sat and Sun at 1pm. The title of my talk will be: Adrenal Fatigue: Are You Tired, Stressed Out and Overweight?

This is a very important topic for today’s woman. Most of us are overworked, stressed out more than ever before, eating too many of the wrong kind of carbs, not getting quality sleep and under hydrated. Find out how these factors contribute to a “no win” situation that leads to greater fatigue, weight gain and a weak immune system …and mostly important real solutions that you can do to lose weight, feel more energized and get sick less often.

Please come to my lecture and visit us at booth #120 and find out how to achieve infinite wellness!

Yours in Infinite Wellness,
Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Coping with the Stress that Accompanies Change

Coping with the Stress that Accompanies Change

This time of year and its accompanying change of season often gives me pause to reflect on change and how best to cope with it.  There is that very famous saying that goes something like this:  The only certain thing in life is change.  But change in my life and perhaps in yours, often brings a certain amount of anxiety with it; therefore I spend some time thinking about how to “self soothe” and make the inevitability of change less anxiety and stress producing.  Here are some strategies that I have found helpful in coping with the stress of change: Continue reading Coping with the Stress that Accompanies Change

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From Shame to Safety: The Road Less Traveled

From Shame to Safety:  The Road Less Traveled

Shame is a feeling that we have all experienced.  Sometimes it can be a crippling experience, one which so overwhelms our ability to cope with and adjust to life’s challenges that it can literally render us dysfunctional.

I started to think about why is it that when we recognize that we are feeling ashamed in some way that we simply don’t say…”ok, I am feeling shame right now and I want to and I am going to let that feeling go.”  This presupposes that we recognize that we are feeling ashamed and that we are not in a deep regressive state where our awareness of our feelings is muted at best and completely obliterated at worst.

What stops us then from just being able to turn off the switch to the corrosive fountain of shame? In order to answer that I think we have to briefly examine what shame does to us, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

On the physical plane the experience of shame may cause a wide variety of reactions such as shutting down or limiting our breathing to short, constricted, chest only breaths.  It may also cause us to start sweating or become cold and clammy or the person may find it hard to focus their eyes, they may have a buzzing or ringing in their ears or that they become stiff in their bodies.  You can add to this list with your own physical sensations of what shame feels like to you. If we were to compile all of the sensations of shame, I suspect the list would be pretty long and diverse.

Emotionally, shame is the great crippler.  People who experience shame often notice that they want to hide and isolate themselves, not revealing to anyone just how small and awful they feel.

Shame will make most people constrict their emotions so that they have less range of emotional expression.  They will tend to respond to situations with patterned responses and not feel “emotionally available” to each life situation as it develops.  Occasionally, a person who is experiencing shame goes in the other direction and becomes “larger than life” and finds themselves boasting about all of their accomplishments and life achievements.  Where do you fall along the spectrum of emotional shame experience?

In the spiritual realm, shame destroys the spirit.  There is no greater force in our world today to shrink and mutilate the beauty of our spiritual bodies than shame.  Life force evaporates, creative drive shrivels up and the soul becomes a mutated version of its authentic self.   I have heard the term used when describing difficult times, “the dark night of the soul” and I think that experiencing deep shame may fit this category.  I have also heard people describe themselves as having lost touch with God/Goddess energy and their reason for being on the planet when they are profoundly ashamed.

What then can we do to rid ourselves of this unwelcome usurper of our humanness?  I have noticed in my work with people several themes or characteristics which show up time and time again.  Firstly, the need to forgive ourselves for something perceived or real that we are deeply ashamed of.   This often requires as an initial step that someone, either alive or dead, either an actual person or spiritual being forgive us for those imagined or genuine transgressions.  Sometimes hearing the words spoken from a trusted or emotionally safe source, “I forgive you” or “You are forgiven” is an important initial component in unsticking us from the frozen wasteland of shame.

Secondly and perhaps most importantly, we have to acquire or reaquire our belief that we are lovable beings.  Shame, in the fullest extent of its potency robs us of the belief that there is anything worthwhile, inherently good or remotely lovable about ourselves.  A helpful exercise is to have a trusted person say the phrase “I love you” or “You are so lovable” repeatedly.  As you can imagine any of these phrases will often evoke some deep emotional responses from the person receiving them.  It is good to remember that we are tapping into the universal field of love that is available to us at all times but is often blocked from our access by the experience of deep shame.

As we start to thaw out from this contracted, isolated experience of shame appropriate physical touch is potentially helpful to integrate this new found sense of self-worth and self-love.  I believe that being hugged, stroked, held or whatever the person needs on the physical plane can be critical in imprinting and anchoring a newer, healthier sense of self.

Making room for a new and improved sense of self is a fundamental step in reversing the negative effects of shame.  I find it valuable to remember to give ourselves plenty of space, a gentle and appreciative attitude for the exploration that we are doing and significant time alone and with supportive friends to help make the transition to our more integrated selves.

You can learn more about emotional health and dealing with shame through our PEER programs, please contact the office for details.

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Primary Emotional Energy Recovery

Primary Emotional Energy Recovery

What is P.E.E.R.™?
It’s a powerful, innovative and caring approach to healing

What does P.E.E.R.™ stand for?
Primary Emotional Energy Recovery

 What does that mean?
P.E.E.R.™ supports the recovery of energy that has been unavailable due to emotional tensions we’ve been unable or afraid to release. It helps to create a safe environment where one can experience and express feelings such as anger, sadness, grief, fear, shame, hurt and abandonment in a safe appropriate, manner which promotes healing. Rarely do we have the opportunity to let go and release the emotional baggage that has been built up over time which can lead to physical symptoms within the body and limitations within our lives.

 Who would benefit from P.E.E.R.™ work?
Anyone in the general public that is interested in recovering energy, emotional release work, and personal growth.

Professionals such as pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors, body workers, school counselors are also encouraged to attend to learn alternative and safe ways to enhance your practice.

If you are looking for a safe environment where you can express yourself and release emotions that have been eating away at your energy, please contact our office today.