I was a guest on the wonderful, expansive Heart Over Ego Radio with The Alchemy Sisters and had a great time. We go deep! They ask about and we discuss: energy and touch healing, headaches and migraines, my spiritual path and awakening to God/Universal consciousness, Somatics, The Farm and our 60s hippie trajectory, charismatic leaders, American Commune the movie, spiritual vs. political community, and more. This is my most personally revealing interview to-date. I hope you listen, enjoy, and if so, please share.
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On 2.24.2020 we hosted a discussion with Jan Mundo. As a 1960s bohemian teenager attending services in synagogue, Jan had an “’aha’ divine transmission moment” where she realized she was connected directly to God/Universal Consciousness instead of needing intermediary clergy. Later influenced by psychedelic experiences, eastern philosophies, and esoteric spiritual teachers and disciplines, she delved into the exploration of the interconnectedness of all living beings.
She developed the Mundo Method hands-on headache relief therapy in 1970. In 1992, she codified the Mundo Method into self-care instructions, created a mind-body self-care headache management program, and began teaching her program to private clients and holding classes at medical centers, universities, corporations, and conferences — including Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, New York Headache Center, Apple, LinkedIn, U.S. Association for Body Psychotherapy, and the worldwide online Embodiment Conference.
Mundo’s mission is to awaken headache and migraine sufferers to their own capacity for self-healing. Her self-illustrated book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook published by New World Library in 2018, teaches readers how to do it. Her writing and interviews about her work are published in books, magazines, online, in podcasts, and on the radio. https://theheadachecoach.com
What’s wrong with this posture? Do you have a C-Curve? Can you see it in this picture? So delighted, excited, and honored to have this piece up with my byline at Migraine Again! Whether headaches, migraine, or shoulder/neck/upper back tension or pain, I hope you’ll find these practices helpful in producing more bodily ease. Excerpted from The Headache Healer’s Handbook. Click here to read the article.
Who knew that relaxation was a skill? Looking for some helpful ways to begin and maintain a meditation practice? Thanks to MASSAGE Magazine’s publishing my simple steps online, you can learn to meditate without judging yourself, aiming for perfection, or wondering if you’re doing it right. Click here to learn how.
Before we get too far into 2019, I want to appreciate the year we’re leaving behind. In so many ways, last year was a very difficult one for me personally and for me, my friends, colleagues, and the world politically. But professionally as an author and a body-mind practitioner, 2018 was one of the most stellar of my entire blessed life so far — and for that I am truly grateful and want to express what happened . . . .
In 2018, at age 70, I published my first book, The Headache Healer’s Handbook, with a publishing house I’ve admired for years, New World Library. It was amazing to find a note in my files that I’d actually contacted NWL in 1993 when I was first thinking about writing this book. I was fortunate to publish under the guidance of its editorial director, who appreciated and encouraged not only my writing but my illustrations. Thus my artwork was published for the very first time and in a book I wrote.
I was able to write a very detailed book, on my own terms, that takes readers step-by-step through a detailed program of how to heal their own chronic headaches naturally, without drugs. Most people hate headaches, and doctors and advocates say you’ll never get over them, but I love them. Why? Because I can do something about them. I’ve been working with them, hands-on, for almost fifty years, and I make headaches, especially migraines, listen to me, and show sufferers how to do the same for themselves. Former headache sufferers learn to move beyond their pain and live normal lives.
Launched on May 15, 2018, The Headache Healer’s Handbook became available in the U.S. on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble in stores and online, at independent booksellers, in Canada, the UK, and Australia, and via Amazon in Canada, the UK, France, Japan, China, and Germany. Foreign rights were sold to publishers in Italy, Russia, India (English), and China (Taiwan). My book is in various public libraries the U.S., Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia.
I received five wonderful reviews in publications, made a video trailer about the book, appeared live on three fabulous videocasts, during one of which I showed the host how to successfully stop his own headache live, on the air — a first! I recorded fifteen live radio shows/podcasts, including at an international online conference, published five articles, did workshops and a panel at Athleta, a talk at NY State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright’s office, held my book launch at Studio 55C, and received seven five-star reviews on Amazon U.S. and another on Amazon UK.
I wept, in line at Whole Foods, when I read the amazing foreword I received from neurologist Alexander Mauskop, MD, founder/director of New York Headache Center, SUNY professor, and board-certified headache specialist. To have my work grokked at such a deep level and praised by this esteemed, long-time medical professional was indeed very moving and a balm for my soul after so many years of hard work, seeking to break through. I was also moved to tears by the endorsements my book received from my longtime Somatics teachers, Gay Hendricks, PhD, and Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, and from holistic practitioner Michelle Fondin. And all of the above are themselves authors of multiple books.
Oh, and do you know what it feels like to be indexed? Where every idea, technique, concept, and reference you’ve either created or taught on a topic is listed and referenced alphabetically by page number? I read that thing like a novel and wept then too. It was an amazing experience to see everything laid out in that way — like seeing a list of my brain.
Lastly, I am grateful for everyone who bought my book for themselves or others, who came to my events, and encouraged my work over the years — and for each one of my clients and students over my years of practice, who entrusted me to hold their pain and the stories of their pain on all levels, and who let me help them and teach them to heal and about healing. I don’t use the word “healing” lightly, and it has taken me almost fifty years to claim that healing headaches means what it says. Even using the word in this context is a revolutionary act.
Indeed, goodbye 2018. It is with deep appreciation and gratitude for a year of fulfilled dreams and extreme challenges that I bid you adieu.