by Kelly Meisak
In February 2006 I skidded out of control in my car and crashed violently into a set of railings. My car was written off, but I exited unscathed and felt particularly lucky to only have suffered a bit of whiplash. A week later while styling a client’s hair in my hairdressing salon I collapsed suddenly. Never before had something of this nature happened to me and it was so strange and frightening. From that day onward I continued to get worse. I began fainting once or twice a day which built quickly to five or six. I suffered head rushes, constant dizziness, severe sweating, intense nausea and an exhaustion I never knew existed. At its worst I could barely walk, and standing for more than one or two minutes would cause me to collapse. My life truly fell apart around me. This is how EFT helped me...
by Russell Collins
“I was devastated.” Barbara is a dark-haired and fragile-featured woman, sunk deep into the cushions on a chair in my office. Eight years and two children into a marriage she had often described as “magical,” and two years since I had seen her last, Barbara had come in to talk about her sense of being overwhelmed by a million responsibilities in life. But now, in the middle of her story — almost in midsentence — she breaks out in a sob...
by Katie McClain
When I was in 4th grade, I bullied someone.
I'm nervous to admit this, but it's true.
The girl I bullied was very pretty, with gorgeous brown hair. And big curly locks...
Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Who among us has not done something that they regret? Here's Katie McClain's enlightened adult perspective on bullying.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Sheryl Paul, MA
There are moments when my two kids send me into a simmer of joy. There are many other moments when I’m close to pulling my hair out as my boys push each other’s buttons and struggle to find their place and space in the same house, but this post is about a moment when the sacrifices and struggles of adding a new person to our family washed away to reveal one of those delightful moments when all is right in the world...
Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In her own beautiful way, Sheryl captures the essence of mothering siblings; the joy of seeing a relationship unfold and the inevitable challenges and grief along the way. I appreciate her authentic perspective and the reminder to let the profoundly sweet moments carry us through the tougher times.
Family & Parenting
by James L. Pace
Asked to define beauty and you might proffer a ‘shopping list’ for this or that hair style, eye color, skin tone, or facial shape. But, as you will soon discover, beauty has a far more profound definition and criterion, yet preference for blondes vs. brunettes has nothing to do with it...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We all know the old adage "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." For Ayurveda, beauty is multi-faceted, yet always originates from our inner light. Author, teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner James Pace, CAy offers a special look into Ayurveda's tri-part approach to beauty. His insight into the depths of our beauty is truly breathtaking. Take a moment in this busy holiday season to look around you and see the radiating beauty of those in our lives and those we meet every day.
by Olivia Judson
It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death...
Editor's Note: Prevention is ALWAYS better than cure. This article is by biologist and NY Times columnist, Olivia Judson, which she wrote on inactivity last year. I feel this can be very useful for doctors and patients. Waiting for the problem to find you first, before seeking out the best ways to alleviate it, is far from ideal. The last thing you want is to put yourself at risk and stopping you from doing what you love most. Enjoy!
by Dana Layon
Too many times we look in the mirror and are discouraged by what we see. Our hair should be longer, our teeth whiter, our legs smaller our breasts bigger. And that’s just what I see when I look in the mirror! The point is: we all do it, even yoga instructors.
In our society, the media drives what we are supposed to look like. Thin bodies, flawless skin, shiny hair but they don’t ask us how we feel on the inside. Do any of us know? When was the last time you looked in the mirror and looked past your face – inside your eyes...
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