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by Lois MacNaughton, BA, PCC   The narrative we share about aging in the western world continues to change as more and more baby boomers reach retirement age.  We look, feel and act younger at 65 than our parents’ generation did, and we have different expectations about what aging will be
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By Reggie Marra, MA, ACC Some readers may be familiar with one of the many versions of the story of a farmer whose neighbors feel he is the luckiest man they know because of his prized stallion. When the horse jumps the corral and escapes, however, his neighbors are sure
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October 13, 2016 By Joel Kreisberg, DC, ACC The two most common models for healing in medicine are pathogenic and wellness.  The pathogenic model posits healing as the return of health by identifying and removing the inciting cause or pathogenic agent responsible for the destruction of healthy functioning.  Conventional biomedicine
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September 27, 2016 By Joel Kreisberg, DC, ACC The path from integrative physician to narrative health coach had roots in my training in both mind-body medicine and integral theory.  Integral Coaching Canada’s (ICC) methodology offered a tool far more powerful than traditional mind-body approaches, grounded as it is in the broad perspective-taking of Ken Wilber, with the refined and skillful vision
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March 11, 2016 By Reggie Marra, MA, ACC We’re taking a look at the power of comparison, consciously intended or not, in our language. While “metaphor” grabs the headline above because it is for many the glamorous go-to word, more alluring than its partner, simile, this post’s title is more
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February 9, 2016 We invite you to consider how your healing narrative increases resilience in a way that allows you to bounce forward rather than back. It’s not just creating specific behavioral targets, it’s understanding how I feel, how I experience, what is the story that goes along with the
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December 21, 2015 By Reggie Marra, MA, ACC While it may be true that an image or picture can be worth a thousand words, in our less quantitative approach to narrative healing, an image is that which the words bring to mind – the picture that the words conjure for
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November 15, 2015 By Reggie Marra, MA, IMC, ACC Perspective, or point of view – which I’ll use synonymously here, colors how we experience everything, and in many ways is the foundational element with which we work in our Living Poems, Writing Lives course. We engage various “tools” as both
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