So many of us experience back/neck pain, often more so as we age. Why is this such a common problem?
My mother-in-law lived into her 90s and played doubles tennis until she was 87 years old. I walked in one day as she was on the floor doing her daily stretches. Seeing me she said, “Getting old is not for the faint of heart!”
She was right of course; as we age our joints become more arthritic, our tendons and ligaments more fibrotic and less supple, and the spine stiffer and less mobile. These are all part of the normal aging process.
After 10 years of teaching, Bev felt the pull to a more personal and rewarding experience with people. She is now a practicing transformational and dream coach who runs events that connect people deeply.
Your newest book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, leverages your 50 years as a mind-body medicine pioneer. How do you define trauma and how prevalent is this issue today?
I think it’s really important to understand that trauma is a word that means ‘injury’ to body, mind, or spirit, and that it will come to all of us, sooner or later. If not early in life because of abuse or neglect, or discrimination or poverty, then probably in young adulthood or midlife as we deal with the significant pain of break-ups, relationship loss, job disappointments, family illnesses and deaths. And if not then certainly later. If we’re fortunate enough to grow old, we’ll become frail, lose loved ones, and face our own inevitable death.
After 40 years as a science museum leader, Sheila felt it was time for a change. As she considered her options, Sheila began writing down her ailing mother’s story and soon got the writing bug. She is now a published novelist working on her third book.
After years of giving tours in China and honing her passions for aviation and photography, and with the encouragement of her husband, Beth finally took her old manuscript off the shelf and edited it for publication. Flying Alone is Beth’s memoir of the turbulent and dangerous years in the 1980s when she was climbing her way to become an airline pilot.