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Season 2: Episode 23: Radical Acceptance

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Archer’s future was in limbo — as everyone waited to see if his body would respond to a last ditch medical attempt to seal a hole in his lungs and if the Shepherd Center would officially accept him or not — but for Bill and Louise, that was not the only thing in limbo. The highly anticipated launch party on September 1 to celebrate the publication of their first book, Being Relational: The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change, was being scuttled. Up until Archer’s injury, they had been coordinating with their publisher, publicists and others, but when they found themselves in the ICU with Archer, many plans and dreams changed as the couple’s focus shifted to their son. In Season 2: Episode 23: Radical Acceptance, Louise shares how radical acceptance is more than just accepting life as is, it’s knowing there is something grander than what can be seen. 

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from interviews with:

Bill Senft, Louise’s husband and co-author. Bill and Louise open a tender conversation they had not had before about Bill’s experience bedside Archer, and his wonderings about why and his deep sadness about the loss of his dreams for a book he and Louise spent years writing.  You will hear their ideas of what radical acceptance means to them. 

Christine Belleris, chief editor, HCI Publishers in Boca Raton, FL, publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Bill and Louise’s book, Being Relational: the Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change. She and Louise talk about the book publishing process, their working together, and the challenge of releasing a book during a time of crisis.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

This episode is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation. I C THAT is a nonprofit that seeks to change the response to the trauma experience.  I C THAT provides A Multidisciplinary Family Support and Advocacy Team for Spinal Cord Injury families in the first 30 days of crisis, a National Registry of Unexpected SCI Recoveries, a national conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing, and trauma healing education for families and medical staff. To donate and find out more about their annual conference, please visit www.ICTHAT.org

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 23: Radical Acceptance.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning 22: A Thanksgiving Message

There is not a Trauma Healing Learning this week; however, Louise has a message for you if you tune in to Episode 22: A Thanksgiving Message.  She shares some tips for handling the holiday which can be full of joy as well as conflict triggers. Listen in for some trauma healing how to’s about how to handle difficulties that come up for you that might be related to past wounds of unresolved trauma. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! 

Season 2: Episode 22: A Thanksgiving Message

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Are you stressed about the holiday tomorrow? Or are you excited? Are you some combination of both? Today’s Blink of an Eye episode is going to sound a bit different as Louise gives a couple tips for handling the holiday — whether you are gathering with family, friends or are spending it alone. Listen in for some trauma healing how to’s about how to handle what comes up for you this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! 

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

There will be no new Trauma Healing Learning this week.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning: Radical Inclusion

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_3_84k6h.jpgIn the trauma experience, it can seem like pain and suffering are the only sensations that our bodies and minds can feel. In fact, research and experience tell us that pain and joy can coexist and be experienced, almost at the same time. That integration, that Radical Inclusion, is one path to trauma healing. In this week’s Trauma Healing Learning, Louise shares ways to integrate and to include all emotions and sensations and what ancient spiritual teachings and modern neuroscience research tell us. Listen to this week’s Trauma Healing Learning for a lesson on how to include it all.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Calm Meditation by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7456-calm-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 21: Radical Inclusion

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Back to Baltimore. Back to school. Back to life outside of the ICU  — if only for a minute. While Billy stayed with Archer back at AtlantiCare for a few days, Louise turned her attention towards her other kids: two starting new semesters at college, one starting seventh grade. How do families and children transition through trauma and loss?  Join Louise as she opines about the internal struggles and the internal and external supports, plus a visit by angels.  We all develop patterns we learned in childhood to survive and thrive, and they surface again and again in crisis.   

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from interviews with:

Paula Senft Easton, Louise’s eldest child, was present for the Family Meeting in Baltimore before the other kids started their school years. She and Louise speak about how the family meeting went and the balance family members had to strike with their attention as the school year began. 

Elizabeth and Ken Rice, longtime neighbors of the Senft family in Baltimore, who helped tend to the home as the family was away in Atlantic City and Cape May while Archer was in the ICU. Louise spoke with the couple about the transition from summer to fall routines amidst all the chaos and how important it is to ask for help and help others.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 21: Radical Inclusion.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning 20: Southern Exposure

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_28_961t8.jpgOur bodies – yes, our bodies — can help us make better, wiser, more informed decisions. When we are faced with big decisions — like Louise and her family faced in this week’s episode — paying attention to the sensations in our bodies can provide somatic wisdom about what decision to make. In this week’s Trauma Healing Learning, Louise explains how to cultivate that awareness and how to listen to our bodies when making decisions — and cultivating somatic awareness to track how our emotions create physical sensations which can shape our trajectory and sense of direction for the better.

The theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at BlinkofanEyePodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 20: Southern Exposure

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_27_67nvf.jpgThe hospital said Archer was deteriorating and was not transportable. Louise knew they were up against time. She believed in Archer and what was possible but was facing medical and institutional barriers.  What weighed heavily on their minds was how to get Archer out of AtlantiCare and where he would be going, potentially making a large decision that would uproot Archer from his family and friends, if he could be stabilized.  Join Louise in Season 2: Episode 20: Southern Exposure for an inside look at her decision making with Billy, a blind spot she discovered, and a God wink moment.

In this episode, you’ll hear interview excerpts from:

Tara Grimes, MOT, OTR/L, CCM, the MidAtlantic Access Case Manager at the Shepherd Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, who flew in to evaluate Archer for potential admission to their spinal cord injury adolescent program. She and Louise speak about the evaluation process, the importance of being educated about options, the delays from the lack of coordinated care, and why the Shepherd Center felt like the right fit — both medically and energetically — though Tara could not make a final determination without medical records and cooperation from the hospital. 

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 20: Southern Exposure.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

 

Trauma Healing Learning: The (New) North Star

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_26_8o2d3.jpgA north star isn’t just a goal: it’s a guide. A guide towards something greater than our current scenery, our current circumstances. In trauma, like other times in our lives, we can lose sight of our North Star. When that happens, we can try our best to be graceful and adaptable as we look for guidance and what is the right direction. In this Trauma Healing Learning, Louise shares her own knowledge (and other cultures’ knowledge) about the meaning behind the North Star. She calls on listeners to think about their own desires and begin the process towards reaching (or finding) or rediscovering their North Star.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

This episode is sponsored by Baltimore Mediation. Baltimore Mediation has offered training and workshops on Conflict Transformation, Mediation, Relational Leadership, and the Enneagram since 1994. For more information on our course offerings, visit www.baltimoremediation.com

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

 

Season 2: Episode 19: The (New) North Star

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_23_6nrnq.jpgPart 3 of a trilogy. As Louise was culling through her archive of text messages in 2015, she had her own epiphany: with so many different things happening all at the same time, she wanted to provide a window into this intense period of time by bringing the voices to life. 

In today’s third part of this text trilogy, you’ll hear about the fast paced orchestration by Louise and the Shepherd Center with assistance from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Louise’s friends to get a Spinal Cord Injury expert nurse practitioner to fly in to assess Archer and what it meant to have that expertise for Louise, Archer and their family. Settle in to hear some raw and some tender unedited texts from Aug 29th and 30th — including clips and messages and even a cameo performance by a family dog which family and friends sent to Archer and Louise. You’ll hear the joy, the sorrow and everything in between as Louise and her family members were in a waiting game as they found their new North Star: not just getting Archer out of the ICU at AtlantiCare, but the potential to transport Archer to Atlanta.

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Billy Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Pete Senft

Dewey Senft

Anne Hamman

In addition, you’ll hear interview excerpts from:

Bernadette Mauro, the Director of Information and Resources at the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, who was in contact with Louise over rehab options. She and Louise reflect on the conversations Bernadatte had with Billy and Louise about the Shepherd Center and their teen unit and how hard it was to convince Billy that Archer shouldn’t return to Baltimore right away.

Jackson Morrill, a childhood and highschool lacrosse friend of Archer’s, who attended the Prayer Vigil at The Friend’s School, Baltimore. He shares with Louise the heaviness and fear of Archer’s unknown future that weighed on Archer’s friends.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 19: The (New) North Star,

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Trauma Healing Learning: Hot Cocoa

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When Archer was too weak to consent due to collapsed lungs and the inability to take in much oxygen, Louise clung to a Youtube video that Archer had made for a school project the year before to hear his voice. Patient voices — not just their literal voices but their opinions and consent— are important to consider in the first place, regardless of their capacity or age as it relates to patient autonomy and trauma healing. In this Trauma Healing Learning, Louise gives listeners and medical providers an expanded view of informed consent. Join Louise as she considers the nuances of the patient voice in medical settings and what happens when a patient is unable to advocate for themselves — whether due to their medical condition or the circumstances of their care. Listen as she explores our capacity to rely on an energy field for guidance for difficult decision Making.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Relaxing Meditation by Liron

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7891-relaxing-meditation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

This episode is sponsored by Baltimore Mediation. Baltimore Mediation has offered training and workshops on Conflict Transformation, Mediation, Relational Leadership, and the Enneagram since 1994. For more information on our course offerings, visit www.baltimoremediation.com

You can become a member of our Patreon community and receive transcripts of the Trauma Healing Learnings, see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page, www.patreon.com/blinkofaneyepod. 

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

 

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