Michael Byrne, ND, MA
Psychotherapist, Naturopathic Physician
Seattle Healing Arts Center
6300 9th Ave. NE, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98115 [map]
(206) 428-2067

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Imagination, part 2

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Body, Mind | 0 comments

Imagination, part 2

For this next post about imagination (there will be many), I am going to depart from the area of health and healing to look at some of the other powers of our imagination. It has been accepted for some time now that creative visualization and mental rehearsal are powerful boosters of performance – in the arts, in sports, in occupational learning and even in social relationships. To be a top athlete now it is basically an imperative that you engage the use of your imagination to excel in your sport. You may have already heard about an...

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Imagination, part 1

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Heart, Mind, Spirit | 2 comments

Imagination, part 1

One of the most powerful tools we have for personal growth and healing is our imagination. We all know that imagination can be a form of play and fun, and that it also spurs the creation of art, entertainment, inventions and new ideas. These are all grand uses of imagination, and have many life affirming aspects in their own right. For the purpose of this discussion, however, I will focus on how imagination can be used specifically for physical and emotional healing, to bolster self-confidence, to manifest needs or desires, to ease stress,...

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Treat your bugs right!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Body | 0 comments

Treat your bugs right!

There was a great article in the New York Times today titled, The Fat Drug. In it Pagan Kennedy discusses the effects of antibiotic use on livestock and on humans. It seems that the use of antibiotics may be a major contributor to weight gain and our obesity epidemic. And the reason may be that these medications kill the good bacteria that live within us. It has long been known, and touted by many in the agricultural industry, that antibiotics (as well as byproducts of antibiotic production) increase weight gain in farm animals without...

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Mindfulness, or Bodyfulness

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Body, Mind | 1 comment

Mindfulness, or Bodyfulness

Watching an old video of a talk by Jon Kabat-Zinn, I very much enjoyed a question he asked. He reflected upon how so much of our education is focused on teaching one how to think. But, he asked, how often have teachers in formal education sought to help others explore how to be aware? Thinking happens above the shoulders. It is an activity of the brain – neural networks, creating, analyzing, categorizing. In contrast, awareness, is something that involves our body. Our whole body. Our hearing and sight, our sense of smell, taste and...

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Crisis Text Line

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Heart, Mind | 0 comments

Crisis Text Line

I just came across a really interesting article in the New York Times. It describes how crisis hotlines have started to adopt texting abilities. It turns out that, especially with teenagers, texting can be a very effective way to get help. In some situations it may even be more effective than a phone call. The non-profit group Crisis Text Line has been developing this technology for two years now. Much of the development has been around how to counsel others effectively through text. One of their main goals is to help people connect with...

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