Post Traumatic Stress Injury and Unnecessary Suicide

While I was frying potatoes for dinner the other night,  there was a report on the news that a well known Iraqi vet had killed himself.  This was a man who for years had helped so many of his buddies manage symptoms of PTSD while suffering himself. The operative word here is “manage” symptoms. Methods that cure or relieve symptoms of PTSD are not yet highly known and yet are short term and easily applied by a trained lay person. Without this knowledge, what is left is managing symptoms.

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Nerves, Toxic Stress and Yoga

Yoga.  Yes. Really good. I have done yoga sporadically for years and now as an Old Tomato, I realize I should have done away with the sporadic and gone for the steady and serious. What was easy a few years ago is now hard because I basically have to start over with this new(old) body. But if I want to survive well in this rush rush, eat fast on the go, defensive driving, breathless shopping, run run, stop and crash, not enough sleep world of contemporary life, that many of us live, then I need yoga.  And, neuroscience now tells us why.

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Maiden Voyage

Today was sunny and warm -- April 12th -- central New York.  How nice to begin this blog when weather is acting somewhat spring-like. For me, this is the beginning of the real New Year but in this case there  are no cheering drunks, no count-down, no ribbons or naked babies and only one resolution: I will give this my best shot -- to educate and entertain... and listen to you.  Welcome.

Mission Statement

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit organization designed to serve the Personal Story. In our workshops people create their narratives in various media. Additionally, we have a selection of easily adapted self-care practices that are necessary to foster resilience. 

We have learned over the years that  the most powerful and underused resource in our communities are its "ordinary"  people. So, our goal is  empowering  people  to tell and share their stories in a culturally relevant way that is also healing -- a collaborative model one in which we are all students and learners. Learning about and respecting cultural practices is very important and is our  growing edge.  We are very interested in how different communities and  cultures meet the challenges of being human.  

 Our goal is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement. We are committed to creating a climate of  well-being and providing  lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities.  

 Stay tuned and continue to look through the site.