Welcome to Sustainable Wellness Online

“Wellness is the individual experience of that balanced state we call health.”

Matt Mumber, MD
Sustainable Wellness—An Integrative Approach to
Transform Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

healthy lifestyleMost people would probably agree that wellness is a goal worth attaining and sustaining. The term “wellness” describes much more than just those periods of time between illnesses in our lives—it describes a lifestyle. Wellness is the result of making changes in your whole life, anchored by the understanding of the body as a whole system. We often refer to this systemic view as the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. Each of these three components requires attention to support the interconnectedness among them.

Our interest is in giving you the tools you need to ensure that the changes you make to achieve sustainable wellness now will last the rest of your life. We welcome you on this journey, and hope you can begin right now to visualize yourself successfully making the changes that are in harmony with your goal of achieving sustainable wellness—for the rest of your life.

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Sustainable Wellness Meditation on You Tube!

After thoroughly reviewing options for distribution of a useful meditation to share with our readers, we have decided the best approach was to post a relaxation meditation led by Heather on You Tube.  Please enjoy and let us know your feedback. Some helpful thoughts from a wonderful Teacher– Jim Finley:   Find your practice and Practice it. Find your teaching and Follow it. Find you community and Enter it. link for relaxation audio: http://youtu.be/_oQpGctlBAs

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Living School beginning now

Dr. Matt is a student in the inaugural class of the Living School, organized by the Rohr Institute’s Center for Action and Contemplation. It is a 2 year fellowship with both residential and distributed learning components. Heather will be serving as Matt’s spiritual director during the process.  We will be posting insights and experiences from this process here on the Sustainable Wellness web site. Join us as we participate in this rigorous education of the spirit, such that we can put spirituality into action.

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Article on Inspyr.com by Dr. Matt and Heather about learning from insecurity.

http://inspiyr.com/5-ways-to-respond-to-insecurity/ How can we grow and change by paying attention to our feelings of insecurity? This article gives some ideas…. Enjoy…..

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And now research shows: The truth will set you free

Great discussion of integrity, truth telling and recent research on health from a colleague who practices energy medicine, Bonnie Hammond:  http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=20497f10314931e1dc9a0c600&id=fcefed0bbe

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Ask Dr. Matt and Heather– Family Ties

Dear Dr. Matt and Heather–   Q: My biggest stressor is my family.  Husband and 2 daughters that constantly have drama in their lives that I get drug along through.  How do I let go of the outcome of their lives but still stay engaged with them?  I care about all of them and want them to be happy and calm so that I can be happy and calm, but it seems like as soon as one crisis concludes another one starts up.  It’s driving me crazy. —  Family Ties   A: Letting go and still remaining engaged is the … Read more

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Brief Review of Conference: Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications


Heather and I attended this conference in New York City on January 17th, 2013. The meeting was held in the World Trade Center Complex, Building 7.  For a non-city dweller, it was difficult to identify the building even after getting explicit directions from the hotel concierge.  After walking right past the entrance, a helpful police officer pointed at the 60 story glass-fronted building and said, in a wonderful New York City accent:  “It’s right there in front of you—you can’t miss it.”  I walked toward it, around it, and eventually Heather appeared near the entrance.  We walked in and the … Read more

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Healing Words – The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine


In the Preface of his powerful book, Healing Words – The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, Dr. Larry Dossey writes, “For many years, I’d ignored prayer. I considered it an arbitrary, optional frill that simply was not in the same league as drugs and surgery. I had in fact tried to escape spiritual or religious influences in healing, fancying myself a scientific physician.” Thankfully Dr. Dossey’s studies brought him in contact with scientific evidence of prayer’s healing power.  Upon discovering a lone scientific study supporting the power of prayer, he began to probe scientific research for further … Read more

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The Healer Within


“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” -Hippocrates Today, many of us place a great deal of power in the hands of doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in order to “get healthy.” Turning to external resources for help seems to be the norm. Feeling sick? Schedule a doctor’s appointment or pop a pill and you’ll feel better. Sadly, many of us have lost track of the incredible capacity of the human body to heal itself. It is fairly easy to recognize our body’s ability to heal itself naturally. If you’ve ever … Read more

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Wellness at Work – It’s Working!


There are some very well-known healthcare trends in this country. Our health is declining. Our healthcare costs are skyrocketing. What might be less widely recognized is a more encouraging development: workplace-based wellness programs are being adopted at increasingly rapid rates. IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry market research and statistics, reports that (wellness) industry revenue will increase at an average annual rate of 9.8% over the next five years to $2.9 billion. Considering that medical costs can eat up nearly 50% of a company’s profits, this trend makes a lot of sense. These costs stem from a number of … Read more

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A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain Stephen Levine’s transformative book A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last (Crown, 1997) echoes Twain’s belief about death. Though many of us do everything in our power to avoid the topic of death and dying, Levine has spent his career embracing the subject. In addition to being a counselor for the terminally ill, he has published numerous works on spirituality and dying. With A Year to Live, the … Read more

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