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    Dr. Bernie Siegel has been hospitalized temporarily for a fall and is recovering well at Yale New Haven hospital. He should be back home soon, but will be unable to respond to anyone until he returns home. Note that eCAP support group meetings will be postponed until Bernie has recovered.

  • New from Bernie Siegel

    Dr. Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his monumental book Love, Medicine and Miracles. Today Bernie continues to impart wisdom about the true nature of life and love in his entertaining and enlightening debut fiction novel Three Men, Six Lives. A grand adventure born of Bernie's experience of his current and past lives awaits you. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Go on a journey of wonder and grace with NY Times bestselling author Bernie Siegel, MD and his grandson, Charlie Siegel. Open your heart as grandfather and grandson weave a conversation of love across the generations, sharing what it means to see beyond the challenges of life to the beauty in life’s lessons. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Introducing Dr. Bernie Siegel's new book, No Endings, Only Beginnings. Bernie Siegel is the author of many books on the healing power of the body and the spirit, but this time he wants encourage readers not only to learn from his life and advice, but to create their own manuals for living as well. With the quotes that have filled the pages of his journals and the lessons he has gleaned from them over the years, this book serves as inspiration for readers to assemble their own book of collected wisdom--and their own understanding of the answers to life's big questions. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Barnes & NobleAmazon or Hay House.
    Introducing Bernie Siegel's new audio download, Daily Meditations for Optimal Health. Selected for Dr. Bernie Siegel’s Prescriptions for Living best-selling series, these recordings are a combination of guided imagery, auto-hypnosis and meditations that relieve stress, open the heart, and deeply heal your mind, body and spirit. Learn more.     Available now. Order your copy online today at:  Hay House.
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    This free phone support group will bring people together who are experiencing health challenges and create a community devoted to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. With the help of Dr. Bernie Siegel’s sage wisdom, patients can find hope and healing as they embark on their path forward. By participating in this group, you may learn to embrace each and every challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.

    HOST: Dr. Bernie Siegel is a writer and retired pediatric and general surgeon who writes and teaches about mind-body medicine and the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is internationally known for his best-selling book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles”. In 1978 he founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patient’s drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP helped to facilitate personal lifestyle changes and personal empowerment of the individual’s life. He has been a global pioneer in improving and humanizing medical education and medical care.

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  • A Message From Bernie

    God chose black as first choice to protect us from predators.

    Our black rabbit Smudge Bunny survived a night out while the white one Snowflake never made it.

    Inside we are all the same color.

    Bernie

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  • The DOC Journey App

    Here is a new way to help heal chronic pain. It is an app called The Doc Journey created by Dr. David Hanscom. His approach, used in this app, has helped thousands of patients experience life without pain.

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  • Your Nature

    For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider;
    every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.

    ~ Martin Luther

    The next time your family complains about your behavior, just tell them, “That’s my nature.”  That ought to get them off your back, and if you keep acting up long enough, they will eventually stop complaining.  Of course, what they say behind your back won’t be very nice.

    Why are we so resistant to having a second nature? Why not learn from others and change our behavior?  Qualities that are useful in the business world lead to a high rate of divorce and employee turnover.  Why can’t our nature be one of kindness and willingness to change?

    Nature is kind, though it has its stormy moments and its seasons.  If we imitate nature we can vary, but still be our true selves rather than protecting our artificial nature with statements that are excuses, explain nothing, and display our rigidity and unwillingness to come out from behind the wall and expose our real nature.

    Let nature take its true course with you.

    Peace,
    ~ Bernie

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    Sand Dollars

    It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little—
    do what you can
    .
    ~ Sydney Smith

    Perhaps you have heard the story about the boy on the beach throwing washed-up sand dollars back into the water.

    A man walks by and asks, “Why are you doing that?  There are thousands of them washed up.  You can’t make a difference.”

    The boy picks one up and throws it back into the ocean, “I did for that one.”

    Remember, by changing one life you change the world.  Every action has its effects.  So make a difference and help someone get back into the ocean of life.  You need not risk your life carrying them through the surf, but find out what they need to get back into the swim.  Then help them do it.

    Make a difference; throw one sand dollar back, and you will be doing your part.

    Peace,
    ~ Bernie

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    The Power of Adversity

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    Good morning, lovely YOU!

    How are you doing? How are you really doing?

    Life is so hard right now for so many of us. Most people I talk to are having a hard time making ends meet. They are scared they are going to lose their jobs, scared there will be bare shelves in the near future, scared of another pandemic, scared of a nuclear war, and on and on. I have been on this planet a while now and have lived through some dark periods. But I must say, this is perhaps the darkest of all of them.

    But here is something I learned during my battle with cancer: that which does not kill us does in fact make us stronger! That isn’t a cliché, it is a rule like gravity. And you don’t have to take my word for it, science is now pointing to this phenomena.

    Post-Traumatic Growth

    When most of us go through something traumatic, we recognize negative outcomes from the experience. For example, we recognize that after a divorce, we feel bitter and distrustful. Or after a major car accident, we feel anxious and vulnerable. Other life experiences can make us feel depressed, lower our self-esteem, and call our beliefs into question.

    But not many people recognize that right alongside these negatives are positive outcomes as well. These positives are what psychologists are now calling post-traumatic growth. Yes, while the initial reaction to a traumatic life event can seem painful and negative (depression, anxiety, rage, self-doubt etc.), the event also was a catalyst for personal development. It is from hardships that we gain inner wisdom and strength, and discover new skills and abilities we never knew we had. It is from being thrown into the fire and pits of despair that we gain a deeper level of awareness and a sense of spirituality.

    It is from something really “bad” happening that we gain confidence and a new appreciation for life. Boy did I gain confidence and a new appreciation for life when I beat stage 4 melanoma years ago. I also became far more compassionate to the suffering of others and had a deeper understanding of intimacy and tenderness. I would not be the person I am today were it not for my immense struggle facing death years ago.

    The Ultimate Emancipator of the Spirit

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was no stranger to suffering. For much of his life he found himself suffering from debilitating migraines and stomach pains that incapacitated him for days. At the young age of 35, Nietzsche was forced to retire from his career as a professor at a university due to his poor health. He would live the rest of his life in isolation. He never married, was ostracized by his intellectual peers (because his ideas were “too out there”), and was a failure as an author. By age 45, Nietzsche had a complete mental breakdown and spent the last ten years of his life in a catatonic state, living with his mother.

    Any sane, rational person learning about Nietzsche’s life wouldn’t blame him one iota for being depressed or anxious or having a major self-pity party. But Nietzsche always believed his suffering was beneficial to him. In fact, he was quoted as having said that suffering was “the ultimate emancipator of spirit.” Nietzsche believed that when a person goes through a traumatic experience, they are “as though born again, he has a new skin,” with a “finer taste for joyfulness.”

    Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, said something similar when he wrote, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” I read these words during my battle with cancer and, I admit, I rolled my eyes when I did. I then read them again after I beat cancer and had a new lease on life. After my struggle, my heart, mind and spirit were able to recognize the truth in these words.

    You Don’t Have to Like Suffering

    None of what I have said in this post is meant to suggest that you should love and welcome the hardships that you and your family are experiencing. And you certainly should never go looking for trouble in an effort to emancipate your spirit.

    But what I am suggesting is that when you are experiencing something in your life that is hard or traumatic, be aware that the experience is an opportunity for growth. It is a chance for you to increase your awareness and compassion, build confidence, identify new skills and abilities you never knew you had, and deepen you sense of spirituality. And, it is ultimately what will allow you to experience joy as you’ve never experienced it before!

    As the world around us continues to unravel, or at least seem to, and as you find yourself dealing with really hard situations, feel whatever emotions you need to feel. But also have a recognition that you are growing as a human and as a spiritual being.

    Prue https://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    Seeking Glory

    How many cares one loses when one decides
    not to be something but to be someone.

    ~ Coco Chanel

    If you create a work of art or develop a successful business venture so that people will be impressed and admire what you have done, you are really only seeking personal gain.  If you think of fulfillment as coming from impressing others, making money, seeing your name in the papers, or showing your parents that you are not a failure, you will be disappointed because it will not bring you happiness.

    Happiness is an “inside job.”  Only by searching within can you truly find what will make you happy.   So ask yourself these questions: Am I serving money, or am I serving God?  Am I working at something to please my parents, or myself?  Is what I’m doing serving humanity as well as myself?  Ultimately you must ask yourself, “Who is my Lord?  And who am I serving?”

    Self-admiration and glory-seeking serve as signs that you are not truly enlightened.

    Peace,
    ~ Bernie

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    True Therapy

    If you really want to understand me, please hear what I am not saying,
    what I may never be able to say.

    ~ Anonymous

    If we all would really listen to each other, we could save on therapy by seeing one another as the beautiful creations we are.

    A while back, my wife and I were due to go to a wedding.  Bobbie refused to go, saying, “I have nothing to wear.  Nothing fits right anymore.”

    I replied, “Okay, dear, let’s go shopping and I’ll buy you a new dress.”  I must have said that a million times with no response.  One day, tired of trying to motivate her to shop, I responded differently.  She said, “I have nothing to wear.  I am not going to the wedding.”

    I responded, “You are so beautiful it makes no difference what you wear.  No one notices your clothing.  They only see your beauty.”  My wife went to the wedding wearing a dress she had in the closet.  I saved a lot of money, but more importantly, she felt good about herself.

    Listen to what someone isn’t saying today and then respond to what they really mean.


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    The Peaceful Dinosaur

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
    ~ Jimi Hendrix

    I saw the complete skeleton of a brontosaurus the other day.  One thighbone weighed over five hundred pounds.  Yet this enormous creature was probably a very gentle soul. Because of its weight, it spent a lot of time in the water, and survived by eating enormous amounts of soft greens that grew there.

    We are so small next to a brontosaurus, yet look how destructive we can be.  How does one make sense out of it all?  Why is our little species into killing each other and many other forms of life, while the enormous brontosaurus was only interested in eating greens?

    I know there were aggressive dinosaurs that killed other dinosaurs, and I accept the fact that nature requires a cycle of life and death to sustain itself.  But why does humankind choose to destroy?  The bigger we get, the more we threaten others with our power.  I do not have a quick and easy solution.  I do know that dinosaurs have come and gone, and we will be gone, too, unless we change our way of living and choose to live in peace and not in conflict.

    You have the power to make a difference.
    Choose love and peace.

    Peace,
    - Bernie


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    Song of Life

    “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”
    ~ Doug Floyd

    The world didn’t begin with a big bang, but with a silence which was replaced by the symphony of life. Each of us had the right to choose the instrument by which we create our music and serve to maintain the harmony.

    We may all play different instruments and make different sounds, some of which hurt our ears, but when we are all playing the same tune, in spite of our differences, we are in harmony.

    And, that tune is the song of songs called Life.

    Join the universal orchestra:  toot your horn, sing your heart out, bang your drum, and harmonize.

    Peace,
    - Bernie


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    Stained Glass

    “People are like a stained-glass window.
    They sparkle and shine when the sun is out.”

    ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

    Most of us are very concerned about revealing the so-called stains on our lives.  We are constantly trying to hide our scars and wrinkles with cosmetics, plastic surgery, and medications.  We try a variety of other therapies both physical and psychological to remove the stains.  The truth is we are hiding what makes us unique because we are afraid of being different and being noticed.

    Why do we hide our wounds when we know that everyone is wounded?  Why deny what makes us unique?  My teachers are those who make no effort to hide their stains, scars, and wrinkles.  They step forward and are as whole as anyone I have ever met.  They know their true self, the immortal, ever beautiful self.

    When I meet those who are unique because of their stains, I see works of art.  When we do not hide from the light by drawing our shades, all of us become stained-glass windows through which God can shine with a beautiful hue.

    Go forth into the world and like a crystal create a rainbow with the light reflected by your life!

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – October 3, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Dear Bernie:

    My tumor markers are now 46 – 8 away from normal. I’m very grateful. This is the lowest they’ve been. My energy level is much better too, so I feel my body is getting healthier.

    For the next four months or so, I am facing a LOT of medical appointments – dental work, physical therapy, 2 MRIs for my compressed spinal fractures, starting with a new allergist, starting with a new dermatologist, my flu shot, my COVID booster – and it goes on and on and on.

    This week – I have four medical appointments that I KNOW about. I have a tooth bothering me, so I’m hoping to add the dentist in there too who can provide professional oral procedures like dental crowns, invisalign, etc. Good thing is that the family dentist I frequently visit has a flexible schedule so I can visit anytime.

    Bonus Dad, I am so grateful the cancer is getting better. I also realize that the appointments and tests I have – are things I need to take care of. I’m NOT looking at serious issues. I need to stay grateful for that.

    That being said – I’m exhausted before I’ve begun all of this! I make plans to do the appointments and then things change. Two weeks ago, I had an allergy reaction to an antibiotic – totally unexpected – I’m still itchy. So I had to put off the 2 MRIs because I’m itchy. I have to see the dermatologist tomorrow. This stuff is basically running my life.

    I also don’t know what my body is telling me – I got a 2 week sinus infection, then a 2 week upper respiratory infection and then the allergy reaction to the antibiotic, so I’ve had additional illness on top of everything else which has created delays. I send my body love. My body has told me it wants to live, it knows I want to live. How can I get through this period of so many appointments etc.?

    Thank you very much.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You are still in conflict and your body responds to that with more troubles.  Work on the love of yourself and body every day multiple times.

    You don’t face appointments—you either see them as steps to wellness or stop going, or doing what others tell you.

    Find inner calm and you will heal.

    Peace,
    Bernie, Bonus Dad

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    Precious Stones

    We grow neither better nor worse as we get old,
    but more like ourselves.
    ~ May L. Becker

    One morning I was walking along the riverbank.  Each pebble I saw had chiseled on its face the years, months, and days it had lived.  What had happened along this shore?  My perception of the crevices and scars on the pebbles was that they added to the beauty and uniqueness of each stone.

    I wondered if my face showed the weathering of time.  Maybe that’s the problem; perhaps we spend too much time focusing on our scars and blemishes and should instead view the true essence of ourselves—the precious stones.

    Life may have left its marks on you, but work toward polishing your inner beauty for an outer glow.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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