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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Lexio Divina — A Practice for Awakening to Beauty

Here is a little lexio from Jim Finley taped series on healing from trauma. This is from the “Following the Mystics — Conclusion” part– the audio is available on Sounds True. This is basically both a teaching from Jim on the nature of the practice of lexio divina and then an example of using this writing as a focus for the actual practice. Enjoy. Finley: “Lectio Divina, sustained receptivity to a beauty not yet thought about. Your read a text, you read a sentence to a text, a healing word. Jesus says “Fear not.” There’s a word. And as soon … Read more

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Foundational Safety

Lexio divina practice April 3, 2017 based on excerpt from James Finley Healing from Trauma tape series: following the mystics section, conclusion, step 4 of healing process. Reading: “And the thing about contemplative spirituality – at the heart of all contemplative spirituality – is at the heart of it is the metamorphosis of our heart. See at the heart of it is the metamorphosis of our heart. Our very subjectivity has to surrender to a presence that is just utterly safe. And be grounded in that, and live out of it. So its in our practice – our daily practice.” … Read more

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Heart Centered Meditation

There are a variety of forms of meditation. I recently learned a “heart centered” meditation from Robert Sardello, author of the book “Silence”. Basically, the process consists of placing the part of you that is aware in certain parts of the body — in this case, the physical heart — such that one’s awareness comes form that specific area. This powerful experience brings a sense of gratitude– seeing things through the eye of the heart. In so doing, we actually experience our emotions fully as emotions, not as emotionality.  This opening can also have benefits for people and places around us as we share … Read more

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The Ice Bucket Challenge, Robin Williams, and Lessons Learned

The life and death of two prominent and beloved figures were brought into our national consciousness recently: Lou Gehrig and Robin Williams.  They brought joy to the lives of others through their respective careers in the limelight—one a professional athlete and the other an entertainer. They died in different ways. Gehrig died slowly and methodically from an illness that now bears his name.  Williams took his own life after a long struggle with depression, addiction, and perhaps a different chronic illness looming in his future. Williams’ death brought surprise and sadness.  We still ride the ripples as the media presents … Read more

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Finding the true self

Master teachers throughout history have repeatedly emphasized that part of our human experience is learning to live in alignment with our true, highest self while becoming mercifully aware of our false and limited seperate self. This is the heroes journey and requires cultivating our ability to witness what is going on internally and externally without getting caught up in judgement and fear. This type of journey has been confusing for me, as I thought it would be obvious and fixed as a fact with regards to what is the true and what is the false self. Then, it would just … Read more

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Beloved Community

There are 3 things that must be present in order for transformation to occur. One is a path that works. The other is being able to see that a person has followed that path successfully. The third is a community in which to practice. The community aspect has been the most difficult for me to find.  This beloved community does not need to meet in a room with walls, nor have a similar belief system. But in order to be beloved, it would seem that the community must be present, vulnerable and accessible. Here is a wonderful quote from American philosopher … Read more

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Transformation, Translational tools and Worship

Can transformation exist without translation?  What does this have to do with worship? Some thoughts: When a caterpillar goes through the process of becoming a butterfly, it just knows how to go into its cocoon instinctually. While in the darkness it digests its own body and emerges transformed as a butterfly.  The translational activity of cocoon building and butterfly becoming is not something it thinks about… it just does it. It does not read about mystic caterpillars of days past or meditate to encourage emergence of its internal butterfly-ness, nor even does it gather occasionally with like minded caterpillars for … Read more

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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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