Thanksgiving, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Thanksgiving, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I watched my husband play the Incredible Hulk in a psycho-drama workshop we did together many years ago.  He startled me with his “acting” talent and ability, transforming from the kindhearted, tender man I knew him to be, when he appeared on set painted green and angry.  Freedom and power exuded from every cell of his being.  I felt joyful. 

I wanted to feel THAT! 

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Shattering Moments, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Shattering Moments, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I don’t like summer.

I know, I know!  Most of you do like it!  My husband loves it.  He loves to be hot, to feel the sun, and the extended light of the long days.

I love rain, clouds and dark days.  On those days I feel free and exempt from all duties.  My soul feels free!  Maybe it was because my Baptist Grandmother always gave herself permission not to go to church on the Sundays it rained.  She believed being in the rain made one sick!  So I have permission to make my own choices on dark rainy days.

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Energy Healing, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Energy Healing, by Susan Austin-Crumpton
Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos,
Music embedded deep within us to which we dance,
Even when we can’t name the tune.          --Deepak Chopra

What is energy healing?
 
When I was a child it always felt like I was being accompanied or “watched”!  Sometimes I would hear my name called or other lovely sounds that no one else seemed to notice.  My conclusion was that I must be crazy and needed to keep this observance secret.

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Creating Community and Connection: Finding My Tribe, by Larkin Oates

Creating Community and Connection: Finding My Tribe, by Larkin Oates

Carrying a basket of striped sock monkeys and assorted stuffed animals, I grab my tea and enter the casual lounge space. The three people wait as I then settle into my seat. We gather here because one woman dared to ask for help when experiencing personal despair. Specifically, she asked us to facilitate an intensive daylong inward journey.

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Acceptance in Waiting, by Andrea Pizzano, MMFT

Acceptance in Waiting, by Andrea Pizzano, MMFT

I recently thought about the difference between being stuck verses being in waiting when life presents us with challenges. There are many times I've felt stuck and alone with no choices.

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Becoming Who You Are, by Laurette Yund, BSN, MHS

Becoming Who You Are, by Laurette Yund, BSN, MHS

I was deeply moved when reading the following passage in the book Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen (paraphrased):

When children are judged, criticized and reshaped into what is wanted rather than supported, not allowed to develop naturally into who they are, they “form spores” and wall the unloved parts of themselves away.
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Who I Am, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Who I Am, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

“The Art of Connection is an energy and wisdom of the heart that includes personal vulnerability and will change the world.”

     - Miles Adcox, CEO, Onsite Workshops

I am often fearful of letting anyone hear who I truly am.  I open myself to the worst of all reactions from others… silence. There I write tragic and negative stories about the messages from the other person.

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I Am Not Who You Think I Am! , by guest blogger Charlotte Mabry, Ed.D.

I Am Not Who You Think I Am! , by guest blogger Charlotte Mabry, Ed.D.

I may look like just another 63 year old chubbette to some of you as body parts drop and gray invades my hair. I assure you inside I am a jock, a ballet dancer, a comedian, a mistress of the universe, your dream friend and your worst nightmare. I am woman hear me roar, and whine and whimper.

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The Light from Within, by Suzy Newman

The Light from Within, by Suzy Newman

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

-      Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

What a fabulous way to describe our journey to who we have become as well as our connection to our true selves and to the divine.  As humans we try to “sparkle and shine” when we are growing up.  What I mean by this is that we spend time throughout our lives seeking acceptance from outside ourselves ”when the sun is out”.  We want parents, teachers, friends, and even strangers to like us, to not abandon us, to think we have value.  

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