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 Christine Nightingale, BA, RM, CH
Many people believe that aromatherapy only works because certain scents make us feel good and help us relax. It is true that scents can affect us at a subliminal level . Because the olfactory system is connected to the bottom of the brain without being processed by any higher brain centres , a smell can activate memories of Grandma’s garden, or a horrible hospital experience, faster than any sound or sight can do, and without any processing of the raw, visceral emotion...
by Atava Garcia Swiecicki
I have been listening to my dreams my entire life. In fact, one of my earliest childhood memories is of a scary dream of a big black raven. Later, when I was around 9 years old I had another nightmare that at my tender age sent me to the library researching books on dream interpretation...
Editor's Note from Tzivia Gover: "Harry Potter" is a fantastical work of fiction. But what if the spells Harry and his friends cast could help mere muggles? Well, maybe they can. In this article, Atava Garcia Swiecicki explains how combining active dreaming and some Potter-esque wizardry helped her heal a painful shoulder condition.
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 Aneesha Parrone
“When I walk into the room, several women are selecting yarns, untangling skeins. More wander in, some in walkers. There is a grace hanging about the room. Their smiles are gentle. Quietude pervades the room. It is not energy of silent lack, but that of a garden gently swaying in the wind...“
Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Together, an art therapist and fiber artist inspire residents at an assisted living facility to interpret dance into a woven community tapestry. Through the process and product, residents reflect on their own creativity, connections, and memories.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Paul Gustafson RN, BSN, CH
What would you say if it was possible to comfortably shift your approach and response to what scares you most? In short order you could easily transition from white knuckle stress to pleasant memories of your carefree childhood anytime you chose. You have remarkable abilities to profoundly change how you view the world and to control the effect it has on you...
by Donna Palmieri D’Amore
Dreams are a fascinating and awe-inspiring phenomenon which truly provide a window into our souls. Understanding the deeper symbolism and significance of our dreams can enhance our lives in a myriad of ways. Dreams and visions can help heal old wounds, learn life lessons, deal with current situations, understand past memories, receive visits from loved ones who have crossed over and get a glimpse into the future...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: Donna D'Amore is a wonderful dream analyst who has the gift of intuiting other people's dreams. Donna explains the different types of dreams we may have and what our dreams may be telling us. In her own words, "...dreams can help heal old wounds, learn life lessons, understand past memories, be visits from loved ones and provide glimpses into the future." Enjoy learning how to interpret the symbols in your own dreams.
Intuition & Symbols
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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