Empowering you to become emotionally available to yourself
Information put to use is knowledge and knowledge has the power to liberate us from old ways of thinking. But first you have to receive the information. I want to share with you some books that I believe are must reads. These books were paradigm changers or added depth and insight for me. There are so many good resources. These are ones that have made a difference for me.
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Audio: Neurosculpting® for Stress Relief by Lisa Wimberger – Lisa Wimberger explains the foundations of Neurosculpting® as well as several easy-to-follow meditations. If you are an audio leaner this is an excellent way to explore Neurosculpting®. Available in CD and Audible Audiobooks
Audio: Neurosculpting for Anxiety by Lisa Wimberger. Lisa Wimberger explains the foundations of Neurosculpting® as well as several easy-to-follow meditations. If you are an audio leaner this is an excellent way to explore Neurosculpting®. Available in CD and Audible Audiobooks
Audio: Neurosculpting for New Habits by Lisa Wimberger. Lisa Wimberger explains the foundations of Neurosculpting® as well as several easy-to-follow meditations. If you are an audio leaner this is an excellent way to explore Neurosculpting®. Available in CD and Audible Audiobooks
New Beliefs New Brain by Lisa Wimberger – I love this book by Lisa Wimberger. This book lays the foundation of Neuroscultping® and provides sample meditations that I continue to use and love. This book will kickstart or reboot your meditation practice. READ THIS BOOK!
Neurosculpting by Lisa Wimberger – This book by Lisa Wimberger is the full-throated explanation of Neurosculpting®. It explains the neuroscience supporting Neurosculpting® as well as other topics gathered under the umbrella of healthy brains such as nutrition, sleep and exercise. This book is an exercise in Neurosculpting for the reader while she is reading.
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk – This book is a MUST READ for anyone who works with traumatized people or who wants to know more about trauma treatment. Van der Kolk is a world class trauma practitioner with decades of experience. While many think of trauma as a mental injury only, Dr. Van Der Kolk shows how the body stores trauma and talks about how treatment needs to include techniques that help the body release the tension of trauma.
The Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges – Porges’s theory is the defacto working model for understanding how the human nervous system responds to the environment and changes from state to state. The Polyvagal theory revises the simpler sympathetic-parasympathetic understanding of the nervous system. Porges introduces a third state called ‘Social Engagement’ as well as modifying our understanding of the manifold functions of the parasympathetic system. Again, Porges’s model is the defacto model for understanding the human nervous system for work with trauma and stress.
The Boy who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry, MD., Phd. This is a must-read book. In this book Dr. Perry presents the Neurosequential Model of Therapy (NMT) which is the fruit of decades of working with children who have suffered severe neglect and abuse and/or significant trauma. This book is insightful and at points heartbreaking as Dr. Perry explains his therapeutic principles. Please read! Also read a short book review under the blog posts on this website.
The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: Pocket Guide by Stephen Porges – this is the pocket version of Porges’s book by the same title. This book is more conversational in presentation based on interviews with Dr. Porges. This book is helpful as Dr. Porges responds to specific questions thus indicating how Polyvagal Theory might be applied in the treatment of trauma and more broadly to nervous system dysregulation.
The 5 Personality Patterns by Steven Kessler – this is one of the most interesting and tangible books I have read in a long time. Kessler describes 5 different ways in which energy flows in our bodies as we employ strategies to stay safe. He also offers techniques and strategies to help come “out of pattern” and back into being present. This is not only a worth read but can be used as a personal workbook and offers content to inform your meditations.
8 Keys to Brain-Body Balance by Robert Scaer – this book includes the best explanation of the essence of trauma that I have ever read. Robert Scaer also provides a clear explanation of the effects of chronic stress on the body and brain. I love this book!
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine – In this book Dr. Levine explains his treatment for trauma called ‘Somatic Experiencing’. Levine is one of the first to put forward the theory that treatment of trauma includes how trauma has impacted the body. Dr. Levine is a leading authority in this area.
the deepest well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris, M.D. This is a must read book! If you want to understand how toxic stress affects the human body, especially children, you must read this book! Dr. Burke explains from a integrated medical perspective how toxic stress may be the cause of disorders like ADHD, Graves Disease, hormonal imbalance and many diseases. If you want to understand the relationship of toxic stress to the body READ THIS BOOK! I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH!
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Dr. Richard Hanson – this book is a classic. If you have never read Richard Hanson you will love reading him by the time you finish. This book is a readable blend of neuroscience and Buddhist mindfulness. A classic and a MUST READ.
Shake It Off Naturally: Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Tension with TRE by David Berceli – TRE® is an abbreviation for ‘Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises’. TRE is a mainly somatic methods for releasing the tension from stress and trauma from the body. TRE begins as a set of simple exercises designed to induce neurogenic tremoring which releases that tension. This book is a collection of articles that explains the science behind TRE.
Activate Your Vagus Nerve by Dr. Navaz Habib. This is an excellent little book to learn about the vagus nerve and everything that this nerve system touches. You will find out how the the health of this nerve(s) is critical. If you suffer from autoimmune conditions simply learning how increasing the health and toning of the vagus nerve may help.
DAILY VAGUS NERVE EXERCISES by Marcus Porges. The subtitle is “Self-Help Exercises to Stimulate Vagal Tone. Relieve Anxiety, Prevent Inflammation, Reduce Chronic Illness, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD”. This is more a how-to book to increase the health of this vital nerve system.
DAILY VAGUS NERVE EXERCISE by Elizabeth Williams. The subtitle for this books is “A self-help guide to stimulate vagal tone, relieve anxiety and prevent inflammation”. This is a must read. You will understand the importance of the Vagus nerve after reading this book.
Opening Up by Writing It Down, Third Edition. How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain by James Pennebaker – this book explains how Dr. Pennebaker used ‘Expressive Writing’ in studies conducted at the University of Texas. Students engaged in writing to describe painful past experiences. Many student showed improved biometric markers after these exercises. This book describes the Expressive Writing method.
Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma by Jen Cross – this is the most interesting and emotionally engaging book I have ever read about how someone who suffered childhood sexual complex trauma and how she is able to find healing through writing. A MUST READ!
Writing as Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo – This author is a gifted writer and uses her talents to explain how the healing journey from trauma is helped by the power of story. She describes how to use writing to voice your story.