By Tom North
Meditation Saved my Life
My father, Richard North, died in a Navy jet test flight crash when I was six years old. Fifteen months after his death, my mother, Helen North who had eight children, re-married a man named Frank Beardsley who had ten, making us one of the largest families in the country...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: I saw the 1968 movie Yours, Mine and Ours during summer camp when I was a kid – probably in the late 70s. Oddly, I just saw the movie trailer for it on some older movie DVD I was watching with my kids. It brought back fun memories. Days after, Tom connected with me on Twitter (his family was the focus of Yours, Mine and Ours). So, here we come full circle. In this article he shares the truth of his life with the Beardsleys and how meditation helped him overcome this difficult time. Alters my perspective of the light-hearted, family film.
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.
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 Francesca Simon
We choose our screensavers as tools for transmutation. They transmute our being and raise our vibrations a little higher by evoking fond memories or engaging our hopes and dreams. They help us reconnect to people, places and feelings that bring us joy. They are our modern-day tarot cards...
by Adrienne Johanson
I am a writing mentor with the Pongo Teen Writing Project, and also a psychotherapist. Often young people write with Pongo about their family, in a way that reminds me of a complicated tapestry...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: This entry from the Pongo Project Journal shares insight into using writing to help teens deal with challenging family issues.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
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 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...
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