WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Everyone has a story. Everyone’s story is important. What’s the story-line of your life? What does it mean to tell your story? Each and every one of us has a story to tell. Although you may not think your story is important, you are  connected with others, and they may feel strongly that your life story is truly valuable. What’s …

Emotions

Yep, those things so many of us don’t want to talk about …our emotions. Emotions can be “feel-good”, or they can be downright scary. The thing is, we all have emotions, and they are with us constantly. Our emotions change according to whatever we may be experiencing in the moment, every day. Very often, when we hear the word ‘emotional’, …

THE BODY/MIND CONNECTION IN HEALING FROM TRAUMA

Many are the survivors of childhood abuse who have suffered an excess of illnesses. I was one of those children. Indeed, throughout much of my adulthood I endured one health challenge after another, including broken bones, surgeries, bronchitis, and constant colds and flu. To be fair, if someone with a cold or flu is coughing close to me, or I …

What Is Trauma?

Many of you will be all too familiar with trauma and how it has affected you and your life. Or, you may be reading to learn more about something you’ve been hearing a lot about recently. Trauma can be a deeply distressing or disturbing emotional experience that leaves you reeling from shock. And, it can potentially have long-lasting effects on …

OUT WITH THE OLD – IN WITH LOVE

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on where we’ve been in our life journey. It’s also a time to learn and discover where we’d like to go during the coming months. For me, this past year has definitely been one of reflection, and digging deep. I owe you, my readers, an explanation for …

AWARENESS

Who knew that watching the Hollywood Oscars could bring you to tears? Lady Gaga brought me, and many others, to tears during the 2016 Oscars on February 28th. While singing her song “Til It Happens to You“  she was surrounded by actual survivors who came out on stage. It was a powerful demonstration on the issue of sexual violence, and …

We Will Remember Them

Inside the box of memorabilia I recently received from my beloved Aunt’s estate was this church program from May 13th, 1945 …sixty years ago. Why is it so important to hold on to these memories and honour those who serve in our military, both in days gone by, as well as today? To my mind, it’s because they did, and …

Trauma Recovery – It can be done!

“Trauma is to mental health as smoking is to cancer.” Steven Sharfstein, MD What does trauma mean to you? Have you ever experienced trauma? Do you know someone who has? Are you, or they, “stuck” in the after affects of what happened to you? Sometimes it seems there are more questions than answers. According to the Encarta on-line Dictionary trauma …

What the heck is Emotional Wellness?

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin Enjoying emotional health, or wellness, could be compared to winning a game. It takes a lot of practice to get good at something. For instance, with a sport or game, it takes dedication, frequent practice, …

The Eyes of Innocence

Babies arrive in the world, well, pretty much empty…and needy. They don’t bring anything with them, but there seems to be a lot they need; like nourishment, clothing, shelter, and love. Taking care of an infant can be an overwhelming experience. Adults who bring a child into the world are charged with their care and upbringing. What a wonderful series …