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Integrating trauma into a whole identity includes finding a way to make meaning out of what happened, and also, finding a way to live a meaningful life after trauma. With meaning as a foundation for recovery the end result is a solid and organic accomplishment that orients a survivor to living a dynamic life in the present versus a static life attached to the past. (Which are you doing??)
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Here is a great article to get you started on thinking about what a ‘Life of Meaning’ looks like for you.
Elaine Dundon, Ph.D., is co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new lifestyle of living all of life to the fullest with Enthusiasm and Meaning. Her journey has evolved from a focus on left-brain thinking and activities to one focused more on the heart and spirit. Elaine began her business career with an MBA and 15 years in business strategy and marketing, including brand management, at Procter & Gamble. In 1995, she founded The Innovation Group Consulting Inc., focused on consulting, teaching, and speaking in the area of Innovation Management and authored an international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation. As Elaine reflected on her work and personal journey, she realized that something was still missing. Her work in Innovation Management had taught her that there must be an authentic connection with the work that one is doing and that ultimately creativity and innovation must come from both the head and theheart. She also realized that a person’s lifestyle affects her/his workstyle and that their workstyle affects their lifestyle. In support of this shift in consciousness and heightened awareness, Elaine began to study Greek Philosophy, Mind/Body Medicine, and Metaphysics, earning a Ph.D. degree in this area. Now as a keynote speaker, seminar leader, and organizational consultant, Elaine is dedicated to helping individuals live and work The OPA! Way®.
Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher,” internationally-recognized leader of the “Meaning Movement,” and co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new lifestyle of Living Your Inner Greece-living all of life to the fullest with Enthusiasm and Meaning. A very proud Greek American (of Cretan heritage), Alex believes passionately and authentically that each of us can find deeper meaning in our lives, each day, every day. Alex is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, which is available in 20 languages, including Greek, and numerous formats. A U.S. Army veteran, he is also a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, and full-time professor of public and business administration. As a pioneer in the personal growth area, Alex has worked globally to help individuals and organizations develop their full potential. His unique approach is both inspirational and practical. He is currently writing (with Dr. Elaine Dundon) a new book, “The OPA! Way: Living Your Inner Greece!,” and continues to explore his Greek heritage.
Mr. Estrada’s personal experience of survival and healing has been featured in articles, news stories, radio talk show interviews and TV appearances. His most memorable TV appearance was in November 2010 for a landmark, two episode Oprah show event, featuring an exclusive audience of 200 adult male survivors. ?As a trainer, Mr. Estrada brings to the forefront many of the issues and feelings of survivors in a caring, empowering manner by intimately speaking from experience. He is a captivating presenter whose warmth, honesty, and expertise remain an inspiration of courage and hope.
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