The Samaritan Connection Newsletter - Fall 2023 - 14

HOPE
By Kate Landis, MSW, LSW - Therapist
~ Hope: noun - a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. ~
Hope is a
common theme for
everyone. Human
beings desire inner
peace and balance
in their lives. When
life happens, and it
happens to all of us,
it is that hope for
change that propels people forward.
It is that same hope that the Samaritan
Center offers its clients and the
community.
There are a multitude of therapists at
the Samaritan Center who excel in their
field of expertise to address whatever
mental health issue is of concern for an
individual, family, or couple.
I believe in the power of our thoughts,
our breath, and working with the inner
body, also known as the human energy
field, to assist individuals in incorporating
change in their lives. We can all be
prone to negative thinking at times. The
good news is that thinking is a behavior
and therefore it can be changed. This
change can take time because a pattern
has been set up, and this pattern needs
to be broken down and replaced with a
healthier choice.
Another opportunity is changing your
thoughts to positive ones. This is much
healthier than being upset about a past
event or being worried about a future one.
You want to have a game plan and goals
to resolve your issue of concern, however,
you also want to think positively. It is
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important to remember that positive
thoughts = positive emotions = feeling
good.
Then there is the breath. Breath work
is a powerful tool in and of itself. A person
can regulate their emotions through
proper breathing. There are a multitude
of breathing techniques that a person
can learn and practice. The more you
practice a technique, the more powerful
it becomes. Proper breathing can bring
a person back to balance when they are
feeling emotionally dysregulated.
Working with the inner body is yet
another powerful tool in allowing change
to occur. When an emotion is not
resolved, it is stored in the body. When
you feel an emotion in your body, that
is a cue that you need to take action.
When you are angry with someone and
you speak to them assertively, you feel
better. When a person chooses to not
take action, they can have a different
experience. Our emotions and feelings are
very alive; they are energy and movement
and you want to move them out of your
body. Staying with the example of anger,
when it is repressed, it will then express
itself as either depression or explosive
anger or both. Emotions can be physically
experienced differently for different
people. They can be experienced as a
tightness or an ache or feeling hot, etc.
There are a host of ways to release
your emotions from your physical body,
and one technique is called Emotional
Freedom Technique, or simply " tapping. "
By following a simple protocol of tapping
on various points of the body known
as meridian points, a person is able to
experience a clearing. Meridian points are
rivers of energy that flow throughout the
body and are responsible for various organ
systems and emotions, i.e., underneath
the collarbone is an anti-anxiety point. A
person can also " sit " with their emotion
and observe it, as was mentioned above
in dealing with your thoughts, and
experience a shift. Once again, the more
a person is aware of their inner body and
the more they work with it via various
techniques, the more powerful the results
will become.
There was the client who presented
to me with the issue of bipolar disorder.
She was feeling very despondent with
thoughts that her life would never
change. We had done quite a bit of work
using inner body techniques and she was
also introduced to healing techniques of
indigenous cultures. She exclaimed one
day, " I feel so hopeful! " in regard to her
life and the new choices she had available
to her in her healthcare. She felt better.
There was the client who excitedly
exclaimed, " It works, it works! " after
having used the tapping technique when
she was feeling anxious.
To every problem, there is a solution.
Never give up.
There is a Tibetan saying:
No matter what sort of difficulties, how
painful experience is, if we lose our hope,
that's our real disaster. Dalai Lama XIV

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