by Sudha Umashanker
It was a coconut tree that was lovingly planted by my late grandmother decades ago. Back then, Chennai was not chock-a-bloc with houses and with the plot behind our house being vacant it didn’t matter if our tree was close to the compound wall...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: I'm pleased to introduce Sudha Umashanker to our All Things Healing readers. Sudha is a young journalist from Chennai in India. In addition to writing about important social issues, Sudha is a trained storyteller. Many of her stories, like this one, are drawn from her memories of childhood and family life. They are a reminder of the everyday challenges we meet in life, the events we grieve and the ones we celebrate. In our increasingly urbanised world, this is a story that reminds us that Nature's loss is also our own.
by Sophia Hansen, MA, DMBM
I just love Valentine's Day. I love the color red, I love the fact that it's a reason to celebrate love, and I love that we're allowed to give chocolates, flowers and cards as tokens of our affection for those we love. One of my fondest memories as a little girl was making Valentine's day cards to put in my classmates special Valentine's day envelope. I looked forward to cutting the heart shapes, pasting the hearts on the pretty white doilies, and writing my special note to my friends...
Intuition & Symbols
by M.J. Plaster
Nothing turns a commonplace, ho-hum room into a radiant, inviting setting faster than the flicker of a few ordinary candles scattered strategically throughout the room. Add scented candles and you can quickly evoke childhood memories, transport your imagination to a tropical island, or infuse the room with the crisp scent of a pine forest. Aromatherapy candles add yet another dimension to the equation...
by Steffany Barton, RN
From imaginary friends to vivid memories of other lifetimes, many children experience profound and real encounters with the unseen or seemingly inexplicable world of spirit. With a natural sense of curiosity, unbridled belief in magic, and an uninhibited way of thinking, the heart and mind of a child are the perfect backdrop for the wisdom of Spirit to reveal itself...
Intuition & Symbols
by Bobbee Cera
I am a professional entertainer, playing the piano and singing for many years, and find my most important quality is dependability...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Bobbee has shared childhood memories with us, now she shares an adult moment. A moment of panic, a normally dependable woman is unable to find something crucial to her stage performance - how can the show go on? Follow this story to see what role her dogs play in this event.
Animals & Pets
by Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC
Have you ever gotten goose bumps from a piece of music, or been flooded with memories when you heard a special song?
Yes? Then you already know music can change your mood, uplift your spirits, release emotions, and draw you to the Divine...
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
by Joie Power, PhD
Aromas can effect mood and evoke memories. If the smell of baking cookies, a smoky campfire, or a lover's favorite perfume have ever transported you back in time, calling up long-forgotten events and feelings, then you have experienced the powerful association between aromas, emotions, and memories. Long before modern scientists began the study of the physiological processes that underlie this association, human beings were exploring and utilizing the power of fragrant substances in their daily lives...
by Christine Woolfenden
As with most phobias, the fear of public speaking tends to develop in response to past experiences, either due to a single traumatic event or through gradual conditioning/association. The fear is then compounded by both negative emotions attached to memories of the past and anticipation/expectation of future poor performance, failure and/or ridicule...
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