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Dr. Stanley writes with a clarity and intelligence that results in a truly accessible scholarly work on understanding stress, trauma, and a path to healing. This is one of the most important books on meditation since Jon Kabat-Zinn Full Catastrophe Living brought meditation into the mainstream. Widen the Window is about healing and recovery. It is about a pathway beyond self-improvement to self-understanding.

—Gary Kaplan, D.O., author of Total Recovery and founder of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine

“This book holds a template for enhancing performance—attention span, focus, rapid recovery from shock, and stress. Although I was initially skeptical, I became convinced when I was able to see, review, and understand the supporting science, in particular the data that shows physiological changes. These outcomes hold value in all environments and conditions, and can help people gain more mastery of their bodies to improve their daily performance, and their overall lives.

—Major General Melvin G. Spies, U.S. Marine Corps (Et.), former commander of the.S.M.C. Training and Education Command

“In Widen the Window, Elizabeth Stanley takes us on her profound journey into experiencing, understanding, and treating the devastating impact of trauma. Through her personal journey, she shares her transformation from numbness to an awareness of the language of her body with an understanding of the important role that the autonomic nervous system plays in our mental and physical health. These experiences have enabled her to develop an innovative treatment model to provide the heroic survivors of trauma with tools to enhance regulation and resilience.”—Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., author of The Polyvagal Theory and Distinguished University Scientist and Founding Director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey

Institute, Indiana University

“Stanley offers a brave and skillful journey through her personal experiences and the science of stress and trauma. This is a stark look at how society defines strength and success, and how achieving these at the highest levels undermines their very foundation.Stanley gives us an opportunity to rethink and shift our approach to strength and resilience.A must-read for the many driven individuals who find themselves victims of their own drive and success.”

—Sarah Bowen, Ph.D., author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention: A Clinician’s Guide and Associate Professor of Psychology, Pacific University

“Elizabeth Stanley’s new book, Widen the Window, is a well-researched, thorough exploration of the causes and treatments of stress and trauma. This book offers hope to those of us who have lived within a narrow window of our potential by offering a composite of proven principles and practices that can free us from a lifetime of conditioning.”—Rodney Smith, author of Touching the Infinite and founding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society“Dr. Stanley’s book offers invaluable insight on how to handle the stress of everyday life as well as more severe emotional trauma. Her strategies should be a lifeline for military veterans dealing with the wrenching memories of combat, but also for all of the rest of us
trying to deal with the mental strain of our lives. Most important, this book offers hope. It Shows a path to better mental health.”—Congressman Adam Smith, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee“Full of stories mixed with science in a friendly, stimulating, and hopeful read, this pioneering book offers an exciting new perspective on stress and trauma. Explaining that we often fail to recognize, and thus neglect, the effects of such ordeals, Liz Stanley teachesthe reader how to exchange maladaptive conditioned responses for new, adaptive strategies that increase concentration, enhance performance, and heal mind and body. By integrating top-down with bottom-up approaches, our windows of tolerance can be widened, both individually and collectively, bringing out the best in humanity.”

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