The Activist Heart: A Portriat of Ocean Robbins co-founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!)

Ocean Robbins In this broadcast of Healing Times Radio I am pleased to introduce you to one of the folks whose work is making a real difference in the world, and who is dedicated to helping others discover how they can make a difference as well. In a world where the new mantra seems to be “we’re all screwed now,” such voices as those of Ocean Robbins are sorely needed. He’s the founder and director of YES!, an organization dedicated to “helping visionary young leaders build a better world.”

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On the show you’ll learn what inspired that seven year old boy who organized a peace rally in his elementary school in Santa Cruz, California, who at the age of ten opened Ocean’s Natural Bakery where he served as baker, salesman, and accountant to hundreds of customers in his neighborhood. We’ll learn about how his relationship with his father, John Robbins (author of the bestselling book “Diets For A New America”) inspired him, and helped him discover the extraordinary power of acceptance and how it inspires the work of YES! (Youth for Environmental Sanity) which is bringing together youth leaders from around the world creating a network that truly contains the seeds for global transformation.

We’ll also take a look at the cutting edge of Ocean’s current work – what’s growing within him now – the importance of political diversity – changing our political conversation from one of toxic polarity to one of inclusiveness – and how the acceptance, respect, and appreciation for the political views of others can create a new world for us all. He will share with us how he approaches the challenges of his two special needs twin boys and even a bit about his father’s new book, “The New Good Life – Living Even Better In A New Age of Less,” which he headed and has just been released.

As the Chinese said, if you’re thinking a year ahead, sow seed. If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree. If you’re thinking one-hundred years ahead, educate the people. Ocean Robbins has much to teach us about how to do this.


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Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine weekend workshop Feb 4-6, 2011

“At our essence is a divine ‘Knower,’” says Emmett Miller, “an inner healer and guide. Invalidated and injured by trauma, stress, and neglect, this abused spirit retreats, depriving us of its wisdom and healing. Separated from this spirit, something in us hungers and, unfed, grows weaker, shrivels, and may even die. At every level—personal, family, community, cultural, and planetary—this spirit has been wounded deeply, and is st…ill being wounded. The result: stress, illness, violence, and dysfunction, visible everywhere.”

Emmett Miller’s goal is to go past the symptoms to the source to reconnect with the spirit, the vital force of love, life, wholeness, and healing. In this workshop, he guides participants in awakening the healer within, both personally and as a community of beings on a small planet. The workshop focuses on:

• Letting go of stress, relaxing deeply, and entering the Healing State

• Exploring how beliefs and images become physical and behavioral events (symptoms)

• Allowing the inner healer to channel thoughts, developing beliefs and images that lead to wellness and peak performance

• Learning tools for integrity of thoughts, feelings, and behavior

• The direct experience of joyful self-awareness, healing, and peace

The workshop features hands-on experience, deep relaxation, imagery and movement, group discussion, and lecture. It is designed for professionals and lay persons, beginners and experts alike.

Recommended reading: Articles and excerpts at ; Miller, Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine.

CEUs available for MFTs and LCSWs.

CEUs available for bodyworkers.

CEUs available for nurses.

For more information, or to register, please visit

About the Workshop:
February 4-6, 2011
Esalen Institute

Big Sur, CA ( )
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About Esalen Institute

Esalen. The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place itself, 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. There is the delicate and subtle Big Sur air of a late afternoon in May, the midnight mist of July, the drenching February rain. There are October nights so clear the Milky Way can light your walk along the darkened garden path. And always there is the sound of the sea.

And then there are the people—the people who live there and love the land, and the 300,000 more who have come from all over the world to participate in Esalen’s forty-year-long Olympics of the body, mind, and spirit, committing themselves not so much to “stronger, faster, higher” as to deeper, richer, more enduring.

They come for the intellectual freedom to consider systems of thought and feeling that lie beyond the current constraints of mainstream academia. They come to discover ancient wisdom in the motion of the body, poetry in the pulsing of the blood. They come to rediscover the miracle of self-aware consciousness. At best, they come away inspired by the precision of a desire to learn and keep on learning through all of life, and beyond.

Esalen is a place with a global reach. It is a place, as Thomas Wolfe said about America, where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.

Stop Worrying Now . . . Here’s How!

Do you sometimes have trouble turning your mind off at the end of a stressful day?

Can you stay awake at night thinking about all the things that are bothering you?

Do you ever suffer from high levels of anxiety or panic attacks?

Do you feel like your life is out of control?

You are not alone. Hundreds of millions of people just like you suffer from excessive worry, anxiety and stress, or the toxic effects of trying to manage them by overeating, drinking too much, or taking either prescription or street drugs. And most everyone else is simply nervous about what’s going on in the world, and would like to find a way to feel more relaxed and enjoy life more.

The Worry Solution may be just what the doctor ordered.  Here’s a message from the author, mind/body expert Dr. Martin Rossman:

Hello. I’ve been a medical doctor, researcher and teacher for 40 years with a special focus on teaching people to relieve unnecessary worry and stress. I wrote The Worry Solution to show you how to stop wasting your time and energy fretting about things that you can’t do anything about, and how to use the remarkable brain power you already have to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from preventable harm.

People often think worry is a bad thing, but it’s actually a powerful survival function. If your ancestors hadn’t worried enough, you probably wouldn’t even be here now!  By thinking about the future and turning problems over in our minds we can solve them more easily and we can often avoid unnecessary dangers. That’ s what I call “Good Worry.”

But worry can easily turn into a bad habit and put us on a mental hamster wheel of anxiety and stress caused by nothing other than our own circular thinking.

Anxiety and stress are not only uncomfortable and exhausting, but they drain you, interfere with your sleep, and make you much more vulnerable to many serious health problems. Unrelieved stress is a significant risk factor for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndromes, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and asthma, among many other illnesses and discomforts too numerous to name. In fact, between 50-75% of all visits to primary care doctors are directly due to the effects of anxiety and stress.

The good news is that you can eliminate much of that risk by learning how to let go of bad worry and how to use good worry even better!

The Worry Solution by Dr. Rossman The Worry Solution will teach you how to relax your body and mind at will, how to release unnecessary stress and anxiety, and how to use your imagination to solve problems instead of creating them.  THE WORRY SOLUTION is the culmination of my lifetime of research into how people use their minds to make life harder or easier to live.

The Worry Solution draws on the latest brain science but is easy to read and easy to follow. It will give you the mental “software upgrade’ you need in order to deal with the massive amount of modern stress we all face each day, and give you the chance you deserve to lead a happier, more relaxed and more fulfilling life .”

“From one of America’s leading experts in mind-body medicine comes one of the best books on worry and stress to appear in years.  Dr. Marty Rossman turns worry upside down and shows how it can actually be beneficial if handled wisely.  THE WORRY SOLUTION may be the last book on stress management you’ll ever need to buy.”

~Larry Dossey, MD
NY Times best-selling author, The Power Of Premonitions

It’s not that there isn’t plenty to worry about in this world. In fact, it’s precisely because we are exposed to so much worrisome information every day that it is more critical than ever that we become more skillful in how we deal with it. We have to choose our battles better, and sort out what’s worth worrying about and what to let go of – The Worry Solution will teach you how to do that in a surprisingly simple way.

“I have had many troubles in my life, most of which never happened” Mark Twain

Research shows that 85% of the things people habitually worry about never happen, and when they do, 79% of people say that they handle it much better than they thought they would.

THE WORRY SOLUTION will teach you how to use your mind and brain in unique ways to eliminate suffering and the negative health impacts caused by worry.

THE WORRY SOLUTION will teach you:

¨      To relax whenever you want to

¨      To sort out “good worry” from “bad worry”

¨      To immediately shift your mood by transforming bad worry to “Positive Worry”

¨      To supercharge your problem-solving creativity by adding the intelligence of your emotional/intuitive brain to your rational brain

The Worry Solution is like a software upgrade for your mind. It will teach you to use the remarkable brainpower you already have to live with less worry and stress, and more confidence and ease.

Can you even imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t need to worry as much?

Dr. Martin Rossman Dr. Martin Rossman, an esteemed colleague of mine, has pioneered the field of mind-body medicine, through ground-breaking research in guided imagery methods for self-healing. His insights have contributed to the current paradigm of holistic health and have influenced the work of today’s leading integrative medicine thought leaders including Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish, Rachel Remen, and others.

In addition to The Worry Solution Dr. Rossman is the author of the popular books Fighting Cancer from Within and Guided Imagery for Self-Healing . He has published numerous articles and medical textbook chapters on guided imagery, mind-body medicine, and integrative medicine and has been featured in articles in O, Self, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Natural Living, and Body & Soul magazines.