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Stress – Everything you want to know

November 17, 2011 Context, Depression, Environment, Stress/Cortisol, Videos 3 Comments

Here are a series of videos that will show you how stress works to affect your health and what you can do to reduce its impact.

Here is the best introduction that I know of to the mechanism of stress as it affects humans. Our stress is social.

Here are 3 videos made of Dr Gabor Mate where he shows us how we humans in particular manifest it.


We tell ourselves stories. It is the meaning of events and not the vents in our lives that affects us. Change the meaning and the stress can go away. His second point is that many of the events that shape our stress patterns take place in early childhood. Mate shows us how many are rooted in events that happen before we are able to recall the memory.

I find his videos compelling – I could see how my own issues worked on me and I cous see what I coud do to reduce their impact. I think you will find the same.

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  3. Hi Rob,

    I hope you are having a wonderful and restful holiday.

    I very much enjoyed Dr Gabor Mate’s lecture. The Nature of Things just did a program called Jungle Prescription: “Maté hears of an ancient medicine beyond his imaginings: one that could provide his patients with a solution. Its name is ayahuasca: the vine of the souls.” Here is the link for those that are interested in more information:
    http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/jungle-prescription.html

    During his lecture Mate recommended a book called The Presence Process: A Journey into Present Moment Awareness by Michael Brown. This is a very interesting ten week program in meditation and present moment awareness. The idea is to complete one cycle of ten weeks and follow with another cycle of two. I am in week four of the program and I am finding it very relaxing and enjoyable. Here is a link to his website:
    http://thepresenceportal.com/

    Finally, here is my Dreaming in the New Year:
    http://eatkamloops.org/archives/5891

    Thank you for all you good work this year on this website. I find your postings and links always thought provoking. Blessings on your new year. May your dreams come true.

    Cheers,
    Caroline Cooper

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