‘Tis the season of celebration. The landscape of our everyday lives is transformed with the glow of candles, jingle of bells, fragrance of pine and spice, wrapping paper and ribbons, feasting, and festivity. There is a touch of magic and miracle in the air.
'Twas the night before the holiday, when all through the house
Every creature was stirring, even the spouse;
Tossing and turning, sleepless with fear,
In hopes that there will be no family drama this year;
There are many buzzwords out there in the nutrition space. Three big ones right now are organic, local, and plant-based – all words that you may have seen in articles and food labels, but perhaps wondered what they meant. Are they all buzz, or do they represent something more? This month, I’d like to shed some light on the meaning of the words you are hearing, and offer up suggestions on why they may make a big difference in your diet.
When someone you love is consumed by addiction, there is nothing you want more than to help them. But addiction is a complex medical condition.
I am open to a little bit of magic in my day. I will let something come….and I will let something go. I will appreciate a blessing and I will release a resentment. When I appreciate, whatever it is that I am giving thanks for, seems to grow inside of me, it brightens, it expands. When I let go of a resentment, I am releasing something I am holding onto and I am making room inside of me for more good to come in.
I hear some people have trouble with therapy, that it can take years for them to open up to their doctors, let alone cry or break down. Not me. Day one, I told my therapist, Amy Bernstein, “I’ll just tell you everything, and we’ll go from there.”
Though some observers argue that we live in a “secular age,” religion remains central in many Americans’ lives. More than half of us describe ourselves as “religious” and worship regularly in churches, temples, and mosques, mostly churches. The number was even larger in previous generations, and, in truth, far more grew up “religious” than not. For most of us, religion was a positive influence in childhood: a set of beliefs, a way of seeing the world, and a pattern of ritual that offered meaning, comfort, and community. But for some, religion proved a source of trauma.