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EPISODE 6

Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive
During Stress and Recover from Trauma

Dr Elizabeth Stanley

From childhood abuse and family alcoholism to rape to military deployments (including a near-death experience after she stopped breathing while deployed in Bosnia) to sexual harassment, Elizabeth A Stanley, PhD knows about chronic stress and trauma.

An award-winning author and U.S. Army veteran with service in Asia and Europe who holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT, Elizabeth is also a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy.

Following her own healing journey—during which she lost her eyesight temporarily—Elizabeth developed an evidence-based approach to resilience called Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT).®  She then collaborated with neuroscientists to test its efficacy among troops preparing for combat deployment and has subsequently taught these tools to thousands in high-stress environments, including corporate leaders, first responders, healthcare workers, diplomats, military service-members, and members of Congress.

To date, MMFT research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, NPR, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and many other media outlets. She has also partnered with Sounds True to create an online version of the MMFT course.

Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD, is a professor of security studies at Georgetown University, and is the award-winning author of Paths to Peace and Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma.
https://elizabeth-stanley.com

Why Liz Stanley
Wrote this Book

“I was born to write this book. I come from a long military lineage, nine generations of Stanley’s having served in the US Army. I’ve experienced a lot of stress and trauma in my life, from childhood abuse and family alcoholism to rape to military deployments (including a near-death experience after I stopped breathing while deployed in Bosnia), to sexual harassment. For many years, I coped by powering through, compartmentalizing, and denying these experiences. My body bore the burden of that denial, which manifested in a range of physical illnesses, depression, and PTSD. It finally took losing my eyesight to see that there’s an easier way.

This book grew from my own healing journey and from teaching the resilience program I created—Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®—in high-stress environments. MMFT® has been tested through rigorous neuroscience research, published in top-tier science journals. I want readers to know that I have skin in the game: There’s nothing in Widen the Window that I haven’t grappled with in my own mind and body—and no tool or concept I teach that hasn’t personally helped me and thousands of other people I’ve taught. My story, and stories of the men and women I’ve trained, are in the book to animate the science. Our stories apply to everyone, since everyone copes with stress, trauma, anxiety,

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