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How to Heal with Meditation, Story, and Visualization
Featuring Dr. April Wilder, expert in mindfulness, meditation, and crafting stories for wellbeing
This class is a video & audio recording of the event held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
Change Your Thoughts, Silence Fear and Anxiety, and Reduce Stress
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that stress is behind most doctor’s visits. In fact, studies show that stress contributes to up to 90 percent of illness, including leaky gut, IBS, acid reflux, and mood issues, such as depression and anxiety. In the science of epigenetics, which tells us that there is something above our genes that controls our health, we learn that stress is one of the most critical factors in the disease process.
With the American Psychological Association reporting that stress in America is on the rise, it’s no surprise that chronic illness, cancer, autoimmune conditions, neuroimmune conditions, adrenal fatigue, mood disorders like anxiety and depression, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes are on the rise.
We can all agree that stress is an issue we grapple with daily.
Often, we hear about it so much that we forget what it is, at its essence: when we push ourselves beyond our capacity.
And stress feels so real, that we forget how much of it is mind-made and therefore, within our control.
- How often are you in low-level chronic stress?
- And how do you manage if you have a trauma or health challenge that compounds “normal” stress levels?
- How does a health issue contribute to fear, worry, anxiety, and depression?
Most importantly, is there anything you can do about it?
We'll reveal the answers, including where science meets spirit for healing, in this class.
In How to Heal with Meditation, Story, and Visualization
Dr. April Wilder, an expert in mindfulness, meditation, and crafting stories for wellbeing, will take us on a journey to heal the mind-body-spirit, including:
Identifying and Changing the Stories We Tell Ourselves
It’s natural to feel emotions like fear, anger, frustration, worry, doubt, anxiety, and depression when faced with a chronic health condition. Illness and injury are real. What isn’t real—or necessary—is the additional mind-made suffering that piles on when a frightened mind is allowed to run amok. Dr. Wilder will reveal how to spot and check patterns of negative thinking so you can minimize stress and meet your physical challenges with your strongest mind.
Using Mindfulness, Meditation and Visualization
Find out how the mind works, including how chronic illness can affect your immune system, gut, and brain to create difficult emotions. Learn how to spot them, honor them, and work with them so that you can shift your mindset and feel more open to healing. Studies show that mindfulness, meditation and visualization have real healing benefits. We’ll find out how to harness these capabilities in our own lives.
It’s normal to have “yeah, buts” or other questions that arise in this process. We’ll honestly address the real challenges and opportunities for applying these principles when dealing with chronic health issues.
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About Dr. April Wilder:
Dr. April Wilder’s short fiction has appeared in several literary journals including Zoetrope and McSweeney’s. She is a former James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow from the Institute for Creative Writing in Madison, WI. She holds a BS in math/actuarial science from UCLA, an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana, and a PhD in literature/creative writing from the University of Utah, where she held a Vice Presidential Fellowship (her doctoral studies focused on “narratives of the absurd”).
Her article, Strings Attached: What Happens When You Get Pregnant with Your Ex-Husband?, was published in Oprah Magazine with great acclaim from readers. The article reveals how, a year after their divorce, April and her ex-husband got tipsy, frisky and - surprise! - pregnant. At which point things got really weird.
Her book, This Is Not An Accident, was published in 2014. Here’s what Kirkus Reviews said about her book: “The stories often pivot on the upending of clichés but also focus equally on the difficult equilibrium of relationships between all sorts of people. Excellent meditations on the human condition, well-suited to rest alongside the likes of Denis Johnson and Richard Ford.”
April lives with her daughter in San Diego, CA.
Learn More About April:
Book: This Is Not an Accident
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