by Tom Cowan, PhD
These weeks around the winter solstice are undoubtedly the most nostalgic season of the year. (Except for maybe summer.) The trappings of this season remind us of all the trappings from previous years: holiday songs, candles, trees, lights, ornaments, tinsel, gifts, wreathes, and the cookies...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanic experiences in non-ordinary reality happen outside of linear time and ordinary space. Tom Cowan brings that understanding of existence into the cyclical realm of the feelings that many of us often have around the many holidays associated with the winter Solstice. Some feelings and memories may be wonderful, or… not so much, but whatever they are, we can become more self aware of ourselves and our relationship with the rest of the natural world by paying attention to them. Learning from the past is crucial to a more conscious Now and Future.
by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy
Our memory, though fascinating, can be totally unreliable. As much as you want to retain forever in mind your sweet loving memories – the love-at-first-sight circumstance with your high-school sweetheart, the surprise birthday party a gang of new friends threw for you when you were doing your exchange study in a foreign country...
Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: You may be one of the many people who have been hurt and believe the painful memories are hard to erased from the brain's blackboard. But the truth is, "the past is just a story we tell ourselves". While memories might be powerful enough to define us, we indeed possess the ability of defining our own memories.
Editor's Note from Mayu Kawata: Oliver Sacks, MD, long-time music therapy advocate and author of Musicophilia and A Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, describes how personal memories are embedded in music, and how music makes the past recoverable when nothing else can.
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
by Ted Kooser
Poetry has room for everything and everybody, for every subject and object. Here’s a poem by Sharon Chmielarz, a Minnesota poet, on a subject I’ve never seen written about. And poetry, and American Life in Poetry in particular, now welcomes pillow cleaners...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poets often write just for the fun of it, recording something ordinary that happened during the day. This poems can trigger memories for us of better times, or of beloved objects (as this poem did for me - I so loved my little feather pillow when I was a child). Read a poem today to life your spirit. Write your own poem about something ordinary or even about something special.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Nancy Smith
Are you interested in past life regression? Many people experiment with this technique to regain memories from past lives. This therapy dates back over 2000 years in ancient India. The ancient belief was by examining your past lives you can make changes in your present reincarnation to improve your karma. The practice came into the Western culture during the Victorian Era...
by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten
ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting
Are the kids bored? They don't have to be. Look around your kitchen, gather up the supplies you need and make some homemade playdough. Store it in an airtight container for months of fun. Pull out your rolling pin, cookies cutters and let the creativity begin.
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: This is tried and true playdough recipe dating back from our knowledge at least eighty years, possibly longer. Both of our families with our children have used this recipe, playing and making it together. We wish to pass it on to your children and wish you many happy memories.
Family & Parenting
by Noa Baum
Since 2002, Israeli-born storyteller Noa Baum has performed “A Land Twice Promised,” a one-woman show based on her dialogue with a Palestinian woman also living in the United States. The piece weaves together both the women’s and their mothers’ memories of war and occupation. Baum’s work illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike...
by Nancy Gershman
For those who see life through a negative filter, how can we help them become unstuck from loss and regrets, trauma and remorse? One way is to speak to the emotional brain in a language it understands – essentially sensory images, metaphors and symbols...
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Digital artist Nancy Gershman creates prescriptive "Dreamscapes" for those in need of healing as a result of grief and loss, addictive behaviors, or ruptured relationships. Nancy Gershman reviews her client's most positive memories and photos and then creates a photomontage to help the subject visualize a new life. Profound, inspirational, and provocative, this kind of healing speaks directly to the subconscious, working on all levels of the body, mind, and soul to help her clients to self-soothe in times of crisis.
Arts & Art Therapy
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