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The New Directions For Life Podcast

Mar 27, 2020

In this episode, I discuss the current coronavirus pandemic as it relates to the Stages of Grief. I discuss the possible psychological implications related to this pandemic and attempt to describe how closely psychological processes can mirror other physiological/biological processes, as I anticipate these two worlds merging and making it difficult to decipher which is which in the upcoming weeks.

I also reference two videos that I recommend watching in order to get a better understanding of what I was referring to in the event you find yourself (or a loved one) having a psychological reaction to present or past unresolved material that may be coming to the surface in the upcoming weeks, especially as many of our normal distractions have been removed (making it safer for unresolved psychological material to surface).

In this first video, I recommend watching at least the first half. Trauma expert Peter Levine describes this natural mammalian process and provides some examples from the wild. I have personally watched humans (and have had the same experiences in my own personal work) have these same physical reactions many times. While scary to the untrained eye and person, if one can allow for the natural completion of these experiences (rather than forcing a premature shutdown), the end results can be very beneficial and liberating. I have personally felt better 100% of the time following a somatic release of this nature. Click HERE for that video.

The next video is with human subjects, so that you can get a feel for what these somatic discharges look like in humans. Yes, these are from cannabis-assisted therapy sessions; however, the cannabis is NOT a necessary component, and NO, what you are watching are not “drug” effects. Currently, I do not offer cannabis-assisted psychotherapy and I see the same processes in my office. Note: Cannabis can make it easier to access these states (taking down the resistance I mentioned above), but it is not always a necessary adjunct to arriving at these states. These states and experiences are natural and healthy when processing difficult psychological experiences and their related material. Please click HERE for that video.

I also recommended two books. Here are those titles and links:

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Disclaimer: This podcast is intended to aid you in making the best determinations for yourself when it comes to your mental-health and general well-being. However, it is important to note that while I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado (USA), I am not recommending you follow any suggestion without the help of a qualified counselor or guide who knows your situation better than I do. Nothing discussed in these episodes constitutes “therapy,” and I am not acting as a “therapist” to anyone in this medium. These discussions are intended for an audience that has the outside therapeutic resources that may directly facilitate their own healing.