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 Michael Williams,
ATH Editor of Storytelling
Description: "In Scotland, folk songs serve as memories, of places and the dead who once inhabited them. Exploring the theme of change, When the Song Dies seeks to bring the audience under the captive spell of the old ways...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: "When the Song Dies" is a short film by Jamie Chambers. Its message is stark and simple -- when the songs and stories are forgotten so dies the culture. Chambers' film explores the meaning and significance of song and story in Scottish culture. A lovely and haunting film.
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...
by Mary Louise Chown
Hearing a story is like listening to music, the words falling off the teller’s tongue, onto our ears, and into our heart, setting thoughts and memories in motion. Stories are heard in the deep heart’s core and answer the burning questions that we all have. Who are we? Where did we come from? Who do we love? What have we forgotten that is important to remember?
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and mediator Mary Louise Chown reflects on her therapeutic work with story and children. She states: "Children especially need the experience of listening to stories and discovering connections with their own lives. This can strengthen their spirits for when they meet hard times, such as illness or death, or any kind of sadness or disappointment."
by Nancy Brady
Memories of my grandmother Ida's cautious words occasionally play through my mind. "Child, watch your words unless you wanna be creatin' that now!" My grandma may have had an understanding that we create our life situations through our thoughts and words, but I'm not so sure she realized it is possible to undo old beliefs and recreate a new reality...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: What do you believe? And even more important: Do they work for you? Our beliefs have a huge impact on our lives, and they do not always serve us well. Read this inspirational article by Nancy Brady and learn about the power of beliefs and how you can create positive change.
by Joan Stockbridge
Yesterday I flew back from my nephew’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding, celebrated in the same little stone church where I’d been married 36 years earlier. And the reception was very festive, with the dance floor crowded all night...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As All Souls Day approaches, I am reminded of how many cultures honour their dead with a meal, a visit to the grave, and sharing of memories. No one is ever dead, an ancient tale reminds us, as long as we keep telling stories about the departed. In this poignant article, storyteller, spiritual director and SoulCollage® facilitator Joan Stockbridge recounts the importance of “ceremony” as a way of dealing with death and grief.
by Cynthia Greb,
Co-Editor of Dream Medicine
A part of me doesn’t want to write this. I don’t want to revisit my grief. And, I also want to write this while the memories are still somewhat fresh.
Six weeks ago I temporarily moved into the room I had lived in as a teenager. It was the family home, although my family no longer lived there. The kids were all grown and my parents had both recently moved into a nursing home – my father because of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and my mother because there was no longer money for the caregivers we’d hired to assist her...
by Tom North
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.
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