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How Trauma Heals

Nina Utne has a good article in the July/August Utne Readeron how Mathew Sanford, then 13, survived the trauma of losing a father and a sister and becoming paralyzed himself in the same car accident. Twenty years later, Sanford is a paraplegic yoga instructor who “pays close attention to the mind-body connection.” His book “Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence” was just published by Rodale.


Sanford says: “My life thus far has been like a river gaining current. I wouldn’t be the person I am if what happened to me hadn’t happened. And in fact I like who I am now. I think that I’m a better person than I would have been, although I don’t know. My whole life’s work is based on the relationship and fluctuation between mind and body, and no amount of bookwork would have given me the insight and intuition that were forced on me as a 13-year-old.”

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posted July 16, 2006 at 4:57 am

I’m a charter subscriber to Utne, how great of you to reference it; and how wonderful to be able to embrace your present, however challenging, instead of “what might have been-ing” yourself to death.>

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posted July 16, 2006 at 5:38 pm

Excellent! Another book to add to the “reading wish list” and another link to follow. Thank you :-)>

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Linda Grace

posted July 17, 2006 at 7:26 pm

Just what the doctor ordered! It sounds like an excellent book for me to read and share with others right now….given my neighbor just had a car accident and was killed leaving 2 sons who survived but injured…we are all concerned for them. I bought the book and am awaiting its arrival! Linda Grace>

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