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Sex Birth Trauma with Kimberly Ann Johnson

Apr 24, 2021

In this episode, Kimberly and Joan discuss how to develop resiliency and gracefulness in stressful times. Joan describes the mind-body connection when experiencing stress as well as how to embody bravery through connecting with others, music, nature, exercise, and more. Resilience and bravery are learned characteristics which require embodied acts to cultivate within oneself as part of living an authentic life.



New York Times best-selling author,Dr. Joan Borysenko, is a world-renowned expert in stress management and mind-body medicine. Her training as a psychologist and cell biologist combined with her grace, sense of humor and ability to combine the latest neuroscience with mindfulness and personal stories, have made her a popular teacher worldwide. Enjoy this excerpt from her book, It's Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change.



What They Share 

-Transforming stress to resiliency as a rite of passage

-Mind-Body connection during stress

-Socializing, nature, music, exercise and more for moving beyond stress

-Embodied acts of bravery



What You’ll Hear

-Transformation occurs as a rite of passage

-Phases of handling stress for transformation

-Learnable skills to develop more resilience

-Bodies and importance of community

-Tend and befriend as a stress response

-Connection to other people, inner lives, and nature

-Naming fear causes neo-cortex to release hormones to calm it down

-Reframing fear by claiming bravery 

-Mind-Body as a field and its inception

-Experience of being a woman at Harvard Medical School

-Trauma as most severe type of stress

-Trauma healed through body not mind

-Stress is somatically-based and must be released through body

-Writing spiritual memoir as legacy left for generations

-Positive psychology versus spiritual by-passing

-Creating bravery circuits through small, embodied acts

-Holding onto goodness as resources in desperate times