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Nicole J. Sachs, LCSW is a speaker, writer, and psychotherapist who has dedicated her life and her practice to the treatment of chronic pain and conditions. She is the author of The Meaning of Truth, and the online course: FREEDOM FROM CHRONIC PAIN. Through her personal journey working directly with Dr. John Sarno as well as counseling hundreds of clients, she's shaped and evolved theories which serve to teach those suffering how to heal themselves, completely, with no medication or surgery. ...
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How great to connect with another Sarno OG! Karen, like me, sat across from Dr. Sarno in his iconic office at The Rusk Center for Rehabilitation at NYU/Langone in New York City back in the day when he was still in practice. His confident and unapologetic style was the inspiration for everything I do and teach, and Karen is right there with me. I ha…
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Shit! Sometimes all the best planning is not the best after all. I was traveling for two weeks and made a technical misstep - hence, no pod yesterday. Heartened by the many of you who reached out and asked, "Are you okay?? Where are you?" I recorded a last minute brain dump to offer you a little boost on this lovely Saturday. Much love! -n. BRAIN S…
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Alice has had a diagnosis of IBS for as long as she can remember. Even as a toddler she was know to have been suffering, and grew up scheduling her whole life with her IBS in mind. As she grew up and dealt with tremendous grief in her 20's, losing both of her parents, Alice was confronted with clinical depression as well. Her understanding of TMS a…
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Bri really went through it. Her myriad TMS symptoms cascaded into panic attacks so severe that she had to put her entire life on hold (including her marriage), take her kids, and move in with her mother to be taken care of. This is not an unusual story. As I always remind you, although TMS is completely curable with my methods, the pain IS NOT in y…
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When I first met Gigi Cockell last year, I had no idea how impactful she would be on my life. I thought she would be yet another precious success story that I could highlight here on the pod, but she quickly became much more. Gigi has her Master's in Biology (she did her studies at Oxford and it shows) and is one of the best out there is explaining…
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Today in my Membership Community we had a great convo on so many TMS topics. It is the best best to be with this incredible group and get to know them - their struggles and their wins. On our call today we talked a lot about, "What hurts versus what hurts worse." This is a big theme when it comes to all areas of acceptance in recovery from chronic …
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I get so many questions about how to *actually* find a way into a self-compassion practice, and why it's so important. Today on the pod I give you my best thinking on the topic, how to pause and become aware, and why is essential to have self-compassion at top of mind. Until we disrupt our habitual thinking and consider the way we carry on in life,…
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Evie came on the pod originally last year. Her story is one that inspired me deeply, as she recognized and overcame her chronic pain so young. As we open ourselves to the challenge of teaching younger and younger people, it is so important to realize that young and old - we are all the same when we wake up to this life changing knowledge and do the…
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I never miss a chance to use my life and my process to help you. The best teaching tool I have is my own lived experience. Today I share an unexpected and painful symptom imperative I encountered: powerful nerve pain shooting from my inner wrist up my forearm. I paused immediately and began to embody the mindset that I teach you here - reminding my…
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Laura first came upon this work when she was in the depths of pelvic pain and desperate for a solution. As she moved through her process and embraced the mindset, JournalSpeak, and self-compassion necessary to reset her nervous system and heal, she had a pretty profound realization: The burning mouth and OCD that had both been completely traumatic …
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SHARE THIS EPISODE WITH A STRUGGLING TEEN IN YOUR LIFE. Today we have something long overdue in the sense that we’ve been wanting to talk about it for a couple of years, but we knew we had to get it right when we did. Teenagers have never been our target audience, and it’s not because they don’t need these tools as much, and often more, than adults…
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We love getting Speakpipes from our community! Today we highlight one from Suzie in the UK who asks about what to do when physical symptoms morph into anxiety by way of the Symptom Imperative. Great question! This is such a common and natural occurrence, and it's a great opportunity to discuss exactly what's going on here, and what we can do to "we…
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WOW. What a great episode. Phil de la Haye is back with his in-depth teaching of Internal Family Systems (IFS). Today we follow up on our previous episode to really deepen your understanding of this amazing transformation work. I am planning to do it myself. Although there are no bad parts (!) there are a lot of really protective aspects of our per…
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Today on the pod we feature the second of our series - Membership Q&A Sessions. The participants in this month's Q&A generously allowed me to make our session today available to you. This is SUCH a great call with topics like Pre-grieving, Energetic Boundaries, The Symptom Imperative, Intuition, Whether or Not to Get Surgery and so much more. The g…
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Happy New Year! Today on the pod we focus on a Speakpipe from Kate. Kate has been dealing with bladder urgency and frequency, and notices that her symptoms are far fewer when there is a "real" emergency going on - times of high stress tend to take the place of her physical issues. This is such a common occurrence and so normal. It all comes back to…
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Happy everything! While I'm spending some time with family over the holiday season, here is a great convo I had last year with Scarlett, who is completely symptom free after living with debilitating neuropathy. Sending big love to everyone walking this path! XOOX n. The first time I saw Scarlett in person she burst into tears - not tears of pain an…
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Today on the podcast we are hearing from Erin, a cancer survivor who is curious as to how we can square the need to eat healthily and regulate our gut microbiomes with this mind/body work. Erin's symptoms are stuck and she is not sure where to go, so I am here to weigh in (no pun intended lol). I have found over years of practice, writing, and teac…
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My loves! Such a treat today. Every month my private membership community does a Q&A hangout with me. It's casual, loving, and fun, and we spend an hour together - they ask about whatever is in their minds and hearts, and I answer! Today they agreed to do a lovely generous thing - to allow our recorded session to be a gift to our global community. …
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I can't overstate how many emails I get about Long Covid and the most alarming symptoms associated with it - Brain fog and Chronic Fatigue. No case exemplifies these concerns like Gary's. When this episode first aired nearly one year ago, Gary was overwhelmed with gratitude for having TOTALLY recovered from Long Covid with these two symptoms and ot…
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Hello loves, and happy holiday season of insanity! I hope you are hanging in there amidst all the chaos. I am doing my best - at times hanging on by the coattails of the ride - but doing a pretty good job of being present. I wish the same for you. In the meantime, I am hard at work on finishing my manuscript and editing chapters of my new book. Thi…
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO THOSE WHO CELEBRATE! It's the time of year we gather to be with family and friends. To some, this is welcome and joyful, to others stressful and triggering. Wherever you find yourself, this episode is for you. There is a fine line between self-regulating and keeping your emotions at bay and repressing them. As humans, we are c…
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What a fantastic convo with Misha Blaise. She eliminated chronic sinusitis and allergies, and it made an enormous impact on her life. Though a move to escape her environment, Misha realized that this work was an inside job, and boy did she do it. She "gets it" big time, and opened me to engage in a powerful conversation about the brain science and …
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Every so often on this podcast, I do a deep dive into the theories of TMS as founded by Dr. John Sarno, the brain science behind chronic conditions of many kinds, and the work necessary to alleviate it. I believe that a primer once in a while is key in centering each of us in the correct mindset to heal. Join me as we discuss my own story, the ways…
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So excited and happy to have Dana on the pod today! Dana was a member of my very first Omega Institute retreat, and reached out let us know how she was doing. It was a great pleasure to reconnect and be reminded of what a profound affect Omega has on people's lives. It's just the gift that keeps on giving! Through a long and winding journey of symp…
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There is so much talk of generational trauma. I know this subject well, as my father was the child of Holocaust survivors, and he grew up in Europe hiding from the post war Nazi influence. But what of generational health? What of passing on healing to our children. Sounds good, right? Let's talk about it today. Let's talk about why we unknowingly p…
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I have been interviewing people on this podcast for a long time, and every story of a human life changed is so moving to me. Long covid came onto the scene soon after Covid itself, and there are millions sidelined from it. News article after new article chronicles the daily struggle of people suffering, with rarely a solution in sight. I have been …
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This is a tough week to produce a podcast. We struggled long and hard on how I could express our feelings around what is going on in the Middle East. It's difficult to find the right words when tensions are so high, but impossible to say nothing. Thank you to my incredible producer Lisa Eisenpresser who was able to help formulate my heart into a co…
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Kimberley knew nothing about this work when she arrived at The Omega Institute for our retreat last June. She had recently given birth to her 4th child, and she saw the retreat as a "spa vacation" to take a break from her life. Boy, was she hit with a reality check when she arrived at a no joke week of transformational hard work! BUT. This was the …
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The Symptom Imperative (SI) is a concept that bears repeating, as it's so key to embrace and understand. There are few that walk this path who have not experienced it. The SI is when TMS symptoms move around, from one part of the body to the next, trying to get your attention and "protect" you from the repressed emotional reservoir that is overflow…
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When Katie first joined our Membership Community last fall, she has already been through the gamut of TMS symptoms since childhood. Raised in a family affected by alcoholism, Katie as the oldest child was parentified from a young age. Although she was stricken with pretty serious TMS growing up, Katie always showed up with a brave face. At home, no…
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Today on the pod Lisa and discuss the lessons learned from my move across country. Although the idea for this pod began as a (rageful) PSA on moving companies and the ugly scammy business they are, it quickly evolved into a conversation about why we ignore red flags, allow others to shame us, and lose the power to use our voices. Let's take a momen…
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When Lisa and I first came across Elise Loehnen's most recent work, On Our Best Behavior: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Price Women Pay to be Good, we were taken by the many parallels between Elise's explanation of women's emotional repression and our own work with the TMS community. Elise has written a masterful book that deconstructs the many rea…
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As this new post pandemic world rolls along, we are living now in the age of Long Covid. So many people are suffering, and it's so important to discuss as often as possible the ways in which we can keep our fears at bay, recognizing long covid for what it is: a reaction of the mindbody system to stress and long-term sustained fight or flight. In ot…
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When HBO's The Vow revealed that a horrible cult leader was abusing women, I was riveted to every episode. But the most captivating thing about this documentary series for me was the strength and fortitude of a mother desperately seeking to rescue her beloved daughter. Catherine and India Oxenberg's story was one that gripped me the entire time, an…
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Times of transition, change, and upheaval are breeding grounds for TMS. Today on the podcast, we talk a little about how I'm handling that in my own life, and one of the most important concepts to continue to practice in these times: Belief in this process and TMS. Today we are taking on the concept of belief, trusting yourself, "Knowing" from the …
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Brooke has been a yogi for years, and co-owns two incredible yoga studios. Even after practicing yoga up to 6 times a week, Brooke's flexibility and pain on the mat never changed. She resolved herself to the fact that this was simply, "What her body was like." After coming across my JournalSpeak practice and teachings, Brooke decided to take a chan…
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When I first met Raye in 2019, she was struggling so badly with tinnitus, vertigo, and migraines that her tour manager had to put garbage cans just off stage at every show in case she had to exit the stage to be sick. Raye had an attack of vertigo that lasted, unrelenting, for 3 months! We did a RTH (Real Time Heal) on the pod and we delved deeply …
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Trauma-informed recovery is key in helping people move past chronic pain and illness. Today on the pod we look at our lives through the lens of relationship and trauma, and the ways in which we might be replaying patterns in order to "fix" what has been hurtful in the past. It's incredible the changes that become possible when we are clear as to wh…
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Wow. Wow is all I can say when I think about Suzanne's story and her stunning recovery. I first head Suzanne's voice on a Speakpipe where she was reaching out to express her joy and gratitude for being recovered and to offer to share with the world her harrowing journey. I reached back out enthusiastically - everyone needs to hear what Suzanne is s…
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As Dr. Sarno always said, you do NOT need to change your life to be out of chronic pain. As we also acknowledge here, sometimes when you know yourself more deeply, it's hard to keep showing up as people-pleasing, codependent, and boundary-less. Today on the pod we feature a Speakpipe from Nathalie. After 2 horrible years of long covid, she consider…
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I came across Caitlin's account on Instagram one day and I was like, "OMG this woman is living, breathing JournalSpeak!" Caitlin's oldest son had cancer as a small child, and after living through that, she just had no more fucks to give. Caitlin realized that speaking her truth freed others, and hopped online to live out loud. On her Instagram acco…
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Anxiety, stress, overwhelm, and worry are natural and normal and many of us have them in spades. But let's consider, today, what it would be like to live each day doing the work necessary to quiet them. This is what I have been doing for the past year, and the result are pretty extraordinary. Today on this solo pod, I share with you the things that…
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Mouse was a private client of mine many moons ago. When we met, she was in a wheelchair. Her doctors had her on a bevy of medications for autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis (they weren't sure which one she had because she had ALL the markers for both), and her plantar fasciitis was so severe she couldn't walk. And that was just…
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Gratitude is a verb. We need to learn how to live it. The nervous system is desperate for our input of calm, peace, and well being. The kind of gratitude we discuss today on the pod is the kind that brings us there. The reason we suffer ubiquitously with chronic issues is that we are in long-term, sustained fight/flight/freeze/fawn. Actively practi…
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Heather was in a "bad mood" for months, even years. She had taken a job that was way too much pressure, and wasn't practicing self-care. One day on vacation, the occasional migraine that used to be nothing to Heather came on like a storm. She experienced numbness and pain to the point where she worried she was having a stroke! This led to a chronic…
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The hardest work in life is around relationships. They bring out the best but also the worst in us, as they challenge us to constantly look at ourselves, our roles, and our triggers. Join us today as we revisit this most important topic, and consider how the ways in which we deal with our own parents, children, partners, and others can affect our p…
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Sometimes when we are actually in crisis, we are free of chronic symptoms because the brain and the nervous system are actively engaged in saving our own lives or someone else's. When the crisis is alleviated, however, it is then that many people come down with a chronic condition that holds the space for that long term panic. This is precisely wha…
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The number one question I get is always around the brain and nervous system and WHY WHY WHY it somehow feels "safer" to be sick than to feel the darkest of our human emotions. Today we revisit an episode from the Summer Series '22 where we explore just that. We are more than willing to lament to friends that we are "annoyed", "bummed", or "freaked …
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What a fun and great learning experience to sit down with Phil De La Haye. Phil is an Internal Family Systems practitioner with a particular interest in the mindbody connection and chronic symptoms. He recovered from chronic pain himself, and JournalSpeak was a very important tool in his recovery. He’s passionate about how IFS can support the Journ…
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Being triggered is different than being uncomfortable or annoyed. When we are truly triggered, we are brought to a place in the past when we were traumatized in some way (Big or little t) and we lose ability to control our reactions. Although triggers are normal and nothing to be ashamed of, the more awareness we practice around them the more freed…
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