by Mimi Shannon
Playing small hurts. It not only requires constant attention and energy to tuck in and hide who you really are, but by doing so, you are also denying the world the unique gift that being you offers. Think of yourself as a piece of colored glass in a magnificent stained glass window. If you block the light coming through you, a shadow is cast on those around you. Instead of contributing to the whole, you have taken away from it...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Mimi describes the price she paid for playing it safe and small. She used the practice of self-love to move beyond her depression and self-hatred. She encourages you to become your authentic self and share your uniqueness with the world as you bring more self-acceptance into your life. Self-love is the greatest gift you can give yourself!
by Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB
So much gets revealed to me through posture evaluations. Standing in front of me is a person – usually feeling pain, loss, fear, anger, and with or without acceptance of the distortions that they have become...
by Sandra Miniere, MEd
ATH Asst. Editor of Sacred Living
The dawning of a New Year is a perfect time to review your accomplishments from the previous year and assess what you want to do differently going forward. During my period of self-reflection, regrets began to surface. Before I knew it, the regrets of my lifetime came flooding into my awareness and, along with them, came feelings of sadness and disappointment about myself and my life...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Regrets about past events or life disappointments sabotage your confidence, relationships and quality of life. While looking at the past and assessing how to move forward in 2014, I made a startling realization about regrets: They are judgments against the self and require self-love and acceptance to move beyond them. This article offers three strategies that will help you eliminate regrets, move on with your power, accept yourself unconditionally and attract grace into the healing process.
by Bliss Cavanagh
1. What was the inspiration for Sensory Delight?
Drawn from my personal experience of living with Tourette syndrome, Sensory Delight marks the professional development from my Bachelor of Fine Art Honours work ‘Sensory Overload...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I LOVE Bliss Cavanagh's story! As both an art therapist and an artist, I view her use of art and the creative process to deal with her Tourette syndrome, as a profound validation of the power of art to heal and enlighten. Her story is a perfect example of mythologist Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey - a descent to her deeper self, her return bearing gifts and knowledge of benefit to both herself and the wider community. Bliss's transformation via art is also a story of self-acceptance, of learning to use and work with her Tourrette's rather than continually trying to 'fix' herself of something that has emerged, via her art, as her greatest gift.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Laurel Clark, DD, DM
Most people fear death. Although we know that death is inevitable, there is often a difference between what we believe intellectually and what we experience emotionally. Why is this so? It would seem that such a universal experience could be met with acceptance...
Editor's Note: Death is a topic that evokes fear or outright denial in many people. In this article Laurel Clark shows how dreams can help us confront, and come to peace with, this mysterious transition.
by Martijn Schirp
Over the past few hundred years the power of organized religion has steeply declined in the west. State & church and science & religion are separated and free inquiry is now more encouraged than ever. The loss of God as the absolute reference point has given room for humanity to take the ropes of responsibility and freedom into their own hands. However, while it has opened our minds, it has closed our hearts...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Good article with more studies on meditation and Martijn describes his desire for more acceptance and the need for this contemplative work.
by Susan Campbell, PhD
I became a relationship researcher to help me understand and accept my own relationship hang ups. Most of these hang-ups probably originated in my early relationship with my mother...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Dr. Campbell shares an intimate story about how she connected with her elderly mother at a deeper level by clearing unfinished business from their past. She and her mother healed the past and stepped into the present with more love and acceptance. She describes a "completion process" that we can use to approach relationships that need more healing in our own lives. With courage, an open heart and truth, people can speak up and heal their relationships; in the process, they heal themselves.
by Peter J D'Adamo, ND, MlfHl
In the last two decades, a new paradigm for scientific inquiry has been developing based on the acceptance of simple things acting together in complex, network-like relations. Classical science, as exemplified by Newtonian mechanics, is essentially reductionist...
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