Deeper Listening

Has anyone ever responded to you in this way… “What? Oh sorry, I was reading a text, I heard you, I just missed the last part of what you were saying.” Perhaps you were in a situation where you noticed a blank stare or a judging face from the person you were talking with… or […]

2017 Gala Results

It has been our longtime goal to raise $100k at the gala, and this year we did it! Our final total raised was $100,537, with the “Fund the Mission” raising $24,000 of that total. Many thanks to our hardworking volunteers, board, and staff – and also to all of you- for making this happen. We consider this not just our success, but the community’s […]

Morning Rituals

We are honored to have Tanmeet Sethi, MD as our guest on our newsletter. Dr. Tanmeet Sethi is on the faculty of The Center for Mind Body Medicine, where I received my certification in mind body medicine. I have been inspired by many of the faculty @cmbm.org. I hope you enjoy her wisdom and insights […]

A Bump in the Road

In October, 2014, I was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening pancreatic tumor.  Like a grain of sand in the oyster, I believe the tumor grew out of my work experiences. The pancreas relates to the sweetness of life. During the last few years of my corporate career, the sweetness had all but disappeared. The Universe intervened, and […]

What is Self-Empathy?

I am happy to share a technique, self-empathy, which provides a way to support emotional well-being. What is Self-Empathy? When you think of empathy, you probably think of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, imagining what their life is like. Empathy is about connecting with what it’s like to be someone else. In order to […]

Authentic Gazpacho from Andalucia

I learned this recipe from a friend from Seville, who loves his traditional culture and insists on authenticity. No celery, no broth, no other stuff allowed. NO “inventing” vegetarian Gazpacho, because it already is. (He was fiercely adamant about this, really got his dander up.) The important thing, according to Nazario’s recipe, is to add […]

How They Found Their Hill

  We live in an area where there is a rich abundance of freshly grown food. When we met Shanon and Michael last year at the Auburn Farmers market, we were so inspired and excited by the work they do, that we wanted to share their story (and faces :-)) with you. They, like many […]

Be Well at Wellness Within

It’s been a bit more than a year since I began offering art therapy workshops at Wellness Within. After the busy hospital setting where I’d previously worked, the calm, serene atmosphere of Wellness Within was balm to my soul. As an art therapist, I’m passionate about using art in the service of healing. I believe […]

Time for Change

Earlier this year we held our annual overnight retreat. We were awed and touched by the heartfelt and moving sharing that came out of the Expressive Writing session. Below is a piece that one of the participants gave us permission to share with you all: Now is the time for change Accept change and be […]

A Simple QiGong Exercise

Qigong is the premier self help technique of Asian medicine. Here is a simple routine for maximizing Qi flow. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Do not lock your knees. Relax. Take a few deep breaths. Imagine that you are a tree with roots going deep into the earth from which you draw […]