Spiritual Aftershocks

Suffering from frazzled nerves, a busted diet, nightmares? Here are ways to get your life back on track.

The events the day of 9/11 were outrageous and terrifying, but they aren't over. Our country is at war--both in the Middle East and here at home. We remain on guard against more bombings and suicide missions, concerned about our air and water supplies. We're on the highest level of alert we've ever known; it's unrelenting, and it's deeply affecting us.

While most of our attention has been focused on the obvious trauma--body bags, memorial services, anthrax scares--many of us are suffering less dramatic, but pervasive side effects from 9/11. Many people say they are weary and emotionally fragile, deeply terrified and hyper-alert at the same time.

Lots of us are afraid the violence and destructive terror isn't limited to big cities, big business, or government--it could invade our own communities. It's affecting our lives: We are concerned about protecting our families, we're finding it hard to focus and concentrate at work, we're suffering nightmares, and we're on edge most of the time. Many subscribers to

my spiritual health and fitness program

admit they're backsliding to old bad habits that seem to offer comfort and relief.


If you've resorted to self-destructive habits such as overeating, overdrinking, or a return to smoking in order to cope, you're not the only one. Lea, a visitor to my website, writes: "I am sadly still working on staying positive and not resorting to bad habits to the point of being very depressed about it."

Marcia knows all too well, "I live and work just four blocks from the White House. Two of my good friends were killed at the Pentagon. For three weeks I literally hid from life. My feelings of vulnerability and fear brought back many memories of abuse in my dysfunctional family. Just surviving was a challenge.."

Fred had a nightmare the other night: "Explosions, fires, billowing clouds, thousands of people trapped, desperate. All they could do was use their cell phones to say goodbye and `I love you.'. I awoke in terror and sweat, and immediately prayed. I thought I was in control of my fears, but it was all in my `conscious' mind it seems. My `unconscious mind' isn't over it yet."

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