by Beth Rhines
When I was a child, there was a young spruce tree in my yard. Its branches were thick with needles. I would get on my hands and knees and crawl through the branches towards the trunk of the tree. The poking needles were a small inconvenience, because just inside the perimeter the needles disappeared and what emerged was a protected space that became my special hideout...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Outdoor play is so important to children! Find ways to incorporate outdoor play for your children. Being outside helps children to connect to the importance of nature, physical activity, while also nurturing creativity of outdoor play.
Family & Parenting
by David G. Arenson, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
My life seemed to be going well.
Until, one day I was persecuted and bullied in what to my metaphoric senses seemed much like a crucifixion. It happened overnight—I was never given the option of a defence, nor an explanation – my impeachment was complete...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: Miguel Ruiz teaches (in The Four Agreements) - "What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering." Hatred is a context for illusion - and for suppressed fear and anger to express itself. Every path takes the 'hater' back to himself. Francis of Assisi taught forgiveness even facing the worst suffering.
by Sara Calabro
Acupuncturists do more than just poke people with needles. They use non-needling techniques, such as moxibustion and cupping, and some prescribe herbs...
Editor´s Note: Sara posed a great question to acupuncturists around the country: 'What is the one thing you wish your patients did to be healthier?' Read on for the 12 great tips revealed!
by Rebecca Countess
Come with me. I want to take you to the top of a mountain where the evergreen trees are tall and narrow and there is still a crunchy layer of thin, but loosely packed snow. The sun is shining overhead and you breathe deeply. The air is crisp and cool and you smell damp wood and pine needles. You can see little buds beginning to grow with their tight, snug layers and mysterious contents.
Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Guided imagery is a gentle but effective technique that directs and focuses the imagination. It can help access the subconscious through symbolic and challenging stories. As an art therapist, I often use guided imagery with my clients and for my own self growth.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Phil Veneziano MS, LAc
"Psst… What’s the deal with acupuncture? Can it really help you get to sleep at night? Without using prescription drugs? And you even fall asleep on the treatment table with the needles in?"...
Editor´s Note: This is a great article! The author explains in an very tangible way how acupuncture needles work and how the body responds to Chinese Medicine. He offers insight into looking at the healing process in a new way, which provides a better environment for the entire body.
by Sara Calabro
A common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. You are, after all, getting stuck with needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people forgo acupuncture...
Editor´s Note: This is an informative article for anyone new or old to acupuncture. 'De qi' is described, as well as the 5 sensations that are typically felt during an acupuncture treatment. No matter what sensation is felt, the outcome of improved health and wellbeing is the goal.
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: A news reporter gets acupuncture for the first time with licensed acupuncturist Kylie Roach. He puts the fear of needles at bay when he discusses the painless and relaxing experience of a typical treatment. Kylie explains how acupuncture helps not only with chronic pain, but with stress, relaxation, and overall health
by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling
In 1999, just before my 47th birthday, I had major surgery for the first time in my life. It was invasive because it involved removal of an organ, so a hospital stay was required, together with several weeks of recuperation at home. Needless to say, before the actual date of surgery, I was consumed with thoughts of this procedure...
Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: It's important to listen to what you're telling your Self because you always listen, especially at the deepest subconscious level.
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