This is the time of year most of us reflect on new beginnings. As the Solstice turns, as we ring in a new calendar year, we reflect on how far we’ve come and what we have yet to accomplish.

One of the most joyful ways we have to get in touch with what we want is a process called Soul Collage. It’s a delightful and revealing process in which your right brain takes you on something of a treasure hunt and gives you a pictorial tour of your wishes and dreams. You can learn more about it at my website.

Speaking of new beginnings, I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a while as I focuse more on my Charlotte practice. Thanks so much for accompanying me on this journey. I wish you joy and prosperity in the new year, and good health and happiness on your continuing path to Positive Well-Being.

Be well!

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According to a recent AP article, as soldiers return from duty, PTSD may become more and more common in the workplace.

“Many Employers have not delved deeply into how they might address PTSD, a relatively new issue, but they could face it more frequently as more veterans return to the workforce.” (Click for the whole article)

We must be occasionally reminded that our workplace is also a community – really one of our primary communities. Our co-workers are the people we see every day, the people we go through trials with, the people we depend on.

Over the years, companies, organizations and large businesses have benefitted from addressing the reality that the workplace not simply a platform for fiscal results. It is a community of human beings. The introduction of meditation sessions, yoga, a dedicated fitness center, and a more human approach to management and team-building have proven fruitful even as technology drives production faster and faster. Or perhaps because of this technological escalation, it has become an absolute necessity to engage in a more enlightened community approach to the workplace.

So how do you address the rise of PTSD in the work community? Could something like Somatic Experiencing benefit your business? From the TraumaHealing.com website:

“Somatic Experiencing is a body-awareness approach to trauma being taught throughout the world. It is the result of over forty years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Levine. Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, Somatic Experiencing has touched the lives of many thousands. SE restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away. Peter has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident and post surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers, and even to infants after suffering traumatic births.” (Visit the site)

Somatic Experiencing is one of the paths to Positive Well-being offered at my Charlotte Practice. Check out my website to learn more.

Be well.

Gift

Around the holidays, sometimes you hear whispers about re-gifting: Taking a well-meant gift that you just don’t see yourself embracing and passing it along to someone who might appreciate it more. Though usually well-intentioned, it’s considered a social faux pas, so it isn’t usually discussed as something one would be proud of.

But there is a kind of re-gifting of which one should be very proud: A gift the giver creates by using her own gifts and talents. A craft, a painting, poem, song, sweater, dollhouse, cross-stitch, cake, photobook or homemade toffee. These kinds of personal, homemade gifts are not only special because they are unique to the giver and recipient, but because of what is actually being re-gifted.

We arrive in this life with these gifts. They can be nurtured and our skills and technique can be improved, but the basic gifts: artistic ability, aptitude for shaping and creating, the poetry of creating music and the music of creating poetry, these gifts come from somewhere outside of us. Outside of our control. A mysterious and sacred source. A source we all share. This universal source seems to choose one person to channel this special gift, whatever it may be, setting her apart from her peers.

But when she re-gifts this gift, she shares something sacred with her family and friends. Something that comes from a power that has been called, in several traditions, Love. This type of re-gift is simply passing along, both figuratively and literally, the gift of Love.

Be well.

“We now know, today, that man is essentially a being of light.” – Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp

It is perhaps never more clear than it is this part of the year that light is important to us. Both religious and secular traditions celebrate light. As the nights get longer, we yearn for the light. We meditate on its importance, we call for its return and we celebrate its coming as the Solstice turns.

Light is, of course on a scientific level, necessary for our survival. And psychological studies are readily available to show how much we need the light for our mental well-being. Spiritually, our most effective language involves light and darkness. It is the most basic metaphor we can use to communicate what we mean by spiritual vibrancy.

But is it more than just a metaphor? Are we truly beings of light? I was curious to see what others might be discussing along these lines and found a fascinating article. It discusses how we might quite literally, in scientific terms, truly be beings of light.

 “…the existence of internal photons — inner light — is very real and is the basis of virtually all human cellular and systemic function.”

READ THE ARTICLE

light being

It is an interesting phenomenon these days, that spiritual philosophies which seem simple and clear, will periodically be validated by science as it “catches up” to the old wisdom. It is a blessed time in which we live.

Be Well!

This week we’ve been talking about gratitude. Part of the magic of gratitude is that it creates a direct path to acceptance. And acceptance is one of the most important steps in achieving harmony with the world abound you. I thought it was so important, it’s the first thing addressed in my book (co-authored with Ann Depta) “A Coaching Alphabet.”

 

Accept them for who they are. Before you start coaching your employees, it’s important to accept them for who they are. Remember they are not wired the same way you are, and thus, they need to be coached in a way that works for them, not you.

Check out the book, available at Amazon.com!

Perhaps a little late for Thanksgiving (but why limit thankfulness to one day a year?) I stumbled upon a wonderful article by Leo Babuta about focusing on gratitude as a meditation. He goes over all the benefits of a focused “gratitude session,” and ends with a wonderful prayer.

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

It’s reported more and more: Western medicine acknowledges the value of alternative therapies.

“Iris Otts is battling breast cancer with two weapons. Her doctor has prescribed chemotherapy, which makes her feel sick, and Reiki, which makes her feel better.”

Most often, western doctors are cautious with their acceptance. They think at best Reiki might offer a placebo effect and as long as it doesn’t interfere with clinical treatments, it will do no harm.

But little by little, we also see an honest humility in recognizing that traditional western treatments may not offer all the solutions. That alternative and holistic therapies have real value.

“I’m very excited about Reiki and acupuncture in terms of how they can be integrated into our treatment of patients with cancer,” Dr. Scalzo said.

READ THE ARTICLE: Reiki, other integrative treatments helping cancer patients heal

For more information on how my Charlotte Reiki practice might help you on your path(s) to Positive Well-Being, please visit my website.

Be well.

I found a perfect video to show simply and plainly what a Trager® session might be like. It was created by  Julie Kingston and Harry Dalford, two practitioners in the U.K.

Now I know who I might be visiting if I find myself in the U.K. and in need of a Trager® session! But if you’re looking for a session a little closer to the Charlotte area, check out my website. Trager® is one of the offerings at my practice, just one of the many pathways to Positive Well-Being.

Be Well.

Contemporary thought about personality is no longer primarily focused on Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. To find the roots of NEO Big Five personality assessment, you need to reach back some two millennia and start with a student of Aristotle named Theophrastus.

So begins this fascinating talk by Dr. Jason Rentfrow, who presents results from the BBC Big Personality Test, which is based on the ‘Big Five’ personality traits, and reveals associations between personality and important life domains.

Dr Jason Rentfrow is a Lecturer in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge with research interests in psychological characteristics and person-environment interactions.

To learn more about NEO Big Five as one of the Pathways to Positive Well-being provided through my Charlotte practice, please visit my website.

Be well.

We do not experience trauma with the mind only. The entire body and its systems are disrupted. Somatic experiencing can be one of the most effective tools we have in dealing with trauma, because it engages the body as well as the mind.

This is well-illustrated in this video, which shows practitioner Ale Duarte visiting Japan after the tsunami. He uses somatic experiencing to help the disaster victims onto the path of healing from their trauma.

For more information on Somatic experiencing and other paths to Positive Well-Being, please visit my website.

Be well.