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What’s on Your Gift List? – By Tsgoyna Tanzman

As we slam into the end of the year it seems we can’t avoid the bombardment of messages telling us to buy buy buy. Yet, by next year it’s likely whatever was bought this year will either be broken, out of fashion, not the Apple 8, or lost and forgotten.  But there is something you can put on your list that will grow and flourish over the coming year. Forgiveness. Like the disclaimers flashing, Don’t Try this At Home, you, too, should exercise caution. Before leaping into the seemingly impossible practice of forgiveness for the parent who abandoned you, the lover who cheated on you, or the partner who embezzled from you … Start with yourself. What does forgive actually mean?  for·give [fərˈɡiv] VERB To stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake: That someone could be YOU. Beyond the definition, a hidden message appears… Continue reading

The Healing Power Of Love – By Paul Hellwig

I remember when my first spiritual teacher told me that love was the most important thing there was, that it could transcend and heal all things. I thought he was crazy….not the love I was familiar with. The love that I knew was learned from those perfect families on TV and any of that I received from my family came at too high a cost. So if that was what I needed to heal I’d rather stay broken. Little did I know how wrong that I was! My difficulty with love growing up was that I really didn’t know much about it. It was so rarely mirrored for me in my family so that my perception of what it was became skewed. I remember as a little boy waking up early in the morning and running into my parent’s room and jumping under the covers to snuggle with my father.… Continue reading

Alpine Horizons Rehab Facility Switzerland – By Nicola O’Hanlon

In October I was invited to visit Alpine Horizons, a new rehabilitation facility in Switzerland that deals with addiction treatment and preventative programs for those at risk. I was given access to some of the program activities and taken through the program structures, all of which are impressive. Their team of international experts is headed by Chief Counselor Bridget Cullen, a fellow Irish Woman. Bridget developed all the programs offered at Alpine Horizons. She has extensive experience working with addicts, family services and private practice in individual therapy. Having spoken with her and the owner of the facility at length regarding her ideas on combating the issue of addiction, it’s clear that she feels prevention and education is the way forward. I absolutely agree with her. And the education needs to not only be about the harm and risks of using drugs and drinking alcohol, but also in the form… Continue reading

Listening To Your Children – By Jackie Stein

Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what.  If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff. — Catherine M. Wallace —   Listening is a skill to be learned and mastered.  It should be active rather than passive. Very few people are effective listeners without a great deal of practice. This is so very important when we are dealing with all of our family members, but especially when dealing with our children. There are many things to keep in mind when listening to our kids, including their ages and level of cognition. A two year old will try to communicate, but may be using words that are completely unintelligible and perhaps even gibberish. The same holds true for the… Continue reading

Are We There Yet? – By Tsgoyna Tanzman

    Are we there yet? This was the persistent refrain from the backseat of the blue Chevy impala with no air- conditioning, in August, where my sister, brother, grandmother and I sat, fought and slept for the three day, 1179 mile road trip between Miami Beach and Dayton Ohio to visit our cousins. Are we there yet? We are always asking this question when we want to be somewhere other than where we are. We ask it in a variety of ways. When will I find a lover, a spouse? When will I get out of debt or find a way to make income? When will my body look and feel like I want? When will I feel better? When will I be confident? Even when we make the decision to achieve any of those outcomes, there is the difficult period of the journey itself. The lag time between decision and… Continue reading