Greetings from the Editor:
When the trick-or-treaters arrived, it
signaled to me that again the holiday season is in sight. Here
in the United States, the holiday season lasts a long time ó
five, sometimes six weeks, starting with Thanksgiving (last
Thursday in November) and ending with New Yearís day.
Whether one celebrates Christmas as a religious holiday or
not, the culture as a whole acts differently. Most break from
their usual routines, smile more, and think about giving to
This holiday-time of year is a joyful one
for many with reconnections to family and friends, a break
from school or work, and the anticipation of a new beginning
on New Yearís Day. For others, I know, it is not something
to look forward to and brings up unhappy memories. Some of us
have too few good memories of the holidays and it clouds the
positive, creative possibilities.
Either way, when the season wears thin and
you feel stressed, it is important to remember two things: 1.
Practice self-care, and 2. Exercise your creative power of
choice. A well-nourished self finds it easier to stay aware
and make wise choices that support self, as well as, others.
You have the power to influence how much
and in which ways you experience the holidays. I encourage you
to do as I do at this time of year, to be a detective to heal
myself further. I take time for inner work and finding
spiritual meaning, and I pay special attention when people or
events trigger me. Oh, goodie, more opportunities for growth!
This leads us to the first article
reminding us how to manage and positively influence our
experiences during this season.
By Suzanne E. Harrill
Plan Ahead for the
Holidays! This attention-getter ad headline was recently
in the newspaper for a travel agency. Instead of planning
ahead for an exotic trip, my wish is to inspire you to plan
ahead for your own well-being during the coming holiday
season. This time of year is a mixed bag of fun, anticipation,
and connectedness, as well as obligations, loneliness, and
stress. Letís look at some of the ways we get led astray
from our own inner peace and remember the antidote for the
holiday blues is to continue our enlightened practices in
order to have a great holiday...
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By Leanne Pollock
I now agree with the quote by Roosevelt,
"There is nothing to fear but fear itself," and it
has been a long process to not let my fears run my life. Some
people learn their lessons in the workplace while others learn
from their primary relationships. My life lessons have been,
and still are, learned through health issues. I am an expert
on fear and my journey has taken me to the depths where I
wallow in fear. I know how to bathe, drink, and drown in it.
My journey has also taken me to the heights of spiritual bliss
and when I am in that place I know there is nothing to fear.
Let me share a little about myself and my
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