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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!

I’m enchanted by the simplicity and practicality of this video. It was created by a licensed massage therapist in Texas named Kaia Petin. She discusses some of the obstacles and tools associated with simple, holistic self-improvement. Watch the video: A terrific investment of just a few minutes!

What are your obstacles for self-improvement? Do the tools she mentioned help? For more tools and more insight, visit my website. Positive Well-Being is all about meeting these obstacles and removing them from your path.

A quick look around reveals a spectrum of different opinions on what “healing” is and what it is to heal.

HARMONY

This blog suggests that healing is the solution to disharmony.

“…could it be that healing is really about establishing an alignment between how we manage our choices, and what calls us from within?”

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LETTING GO

A slightly different take is found here, where the writer say healing is the act of letting go of that which doesn’t belong.

“Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.” 

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WHOLENESS

This blog suggests that healing is a return to a natural state of wholeness and peace.

“Healing, then, allows those parts of you to revert to their ‘normal’ state: A state of rest, a state without conflict, a state of peace.”

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POSITIVE WELL-BEING

There are many approaches to healing, just as there are many paths to Positive Well-Being. This is central to my practice in CharlotteA holistic approach that honors the individual spirit in all its complexity and simplicity.

What does healing mean to you?

From a wonderful video series on Trager by Roger Tolle…

“Movement is aliveness. If we are alive, we are in movement… Breathing is movement. From the moment we took our first breath at birth, throughout all our life experience and continuing ’til we die, our unique patterns of breathing are always with us.”

 

For more information about how I might, as a certified Trager practitioner, help you on your path to Positive Well-Being, please visit my site.

Laura Piché is Media Project Manager at Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and she writes a provocative intro for a video on the origin of Somatic Experiencing®…

When a doctor applies a cast and your broken bone heals, is it the doctor or your own body that has done the healing? The answer is one of the keys to the SE® approach.

READ LAURA’S BLOG

More and more we hear about Western science recognizing the value of Eastern medicine and disciplines. Now a hospital in New Jersey has added the option of Reiki healing for its cancer patients. Here’s an excerpt from the article at NorthJersey.com:

A patient undergoing chemotherapy receives a free Reiki session during treatment at Englewood Hospital’s Infusion Center courtesy of Reiki Master Practitioner Karen Lazarovic.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ENGLEWOOD HOSPITAL

Not only does Reiki bring harmony to mind, body, and spirit, but the practice helps ease pain and inflammation, said Karen Lazarovic, Reiki Master Practitioner at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

“It’s very calming and restorative,” said Lazarovic. “It’s non-intrusive, which is why it’s a wonderful treatment. Nothing is entering the body except energy.”

Learn more about the benefits of Reiki at my site, Positive Well-Being.

This is an excerpt from my new book A Coaching Alphabet, which I co-wrote with Ann Depta. The book is written for a business environment, but as I read through the pages, so much of what we share can apply to so many aspects of life. For this particular letter, I’m hard pressed to find what aspect of life it wouldn’t apply to.

E is for Experience

Studies show that 70% of change behavior occurs because we’ve experienced something or had a chance to try it on.

Coaches need to give employees a chance to struggle and grow with new learning.

Check out more samples from my book A Coaching Alphabet on Amazon.com.