Happy holidays and an exciting, happy and healthy New Year to all!
It’s Mom’s birthday,
A day to rejoice in her arrival,
It’s a day for living to celebrate,
Also a day to give praise for my survival,
It’s been fifteen years,
It seems there’s no more gloom to clear,
No, not this year,
Less need to reflect,
No hidden pains to dissect,
I’m building a new life,
It gets cold
In pulling away,
From habits I’ve known.
The day’s meaning I actually forgot,
Mom called and reminded me,
How she’s grateful,
That me she’s got,
And that I’m here,
To celebrate another year…
The toils & strife that I’ve endured,
I’ve earned the right to be heard..
I smile knowingly and sweetly,
Feeling ready to approach new frontiers,
Because I’ve survived
I know that holiday season approaching, the word celebration’s meaning just may be up for discussion! Loneliness at this time of year can be rough.
That said, I do want to announce Gray Matters Support Group is going to have a holiday celebration/ guest speaker on Friday night, December 14. We will be meeting at Ko Ko Beach Restaurant in Carlsbad, CA. Penelope Andrade will be speaking on using emotions as medicine. For more info on the meeting, e-mail me at email@example.com.
The following is Penelope’s synopsis of her presentation.
Emotional Medicine: Key to Recovery
1 hour presentation for Brain Injury Support Group December 14, 2007
Recovering from physical, emotional or mental trauma requires emotion!
Sad, Mad, Scared, Glad emotions are medicine…when you know how to use them!
1–3 minutes of emotional flow is essential to: 1. help restore clarity to your brain; 2. shift your moods from bad to glad; 3. Strengthen your immune system, nervous system, glandular system and facilitate healing communication between body and mind.
Most of us do not know how to use the good medicine our emotions provide to heal ourselves and our lives. This presentation will focus on the simple steps anyone can take to unlock the door to their own inner pharmacy of emotional medicine:
* How to tell the difference between an emotion and a ‘story’ or dysfunctional thought.
* How to use body sensations to decipher your body’s messages about what emotional medicine is needed.
* How to move through numbness and come back to life.
* How three minutes of emotional flow makes the difference between gloom and glory.
* How to restore calmness and confidence in just 9 minutes no mater what is happening.
In this exciting, inspiring one hour presentation, participants will have an opportunity to release old belief systems about emotions being bad and toxic. They will learn how old thought patterns prevent them from enjoying the benefits of brief, embodied, emotional flow. Emotions will be revealed to be the elegant gifts of self regulation, self medication, and self realization that they were designed to be.
Penelope Young Andrade, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist, founder of the San Diego Center for Bio-Psychosynthesis, News Columnist and web host of Transformational Talk Radio. She has had more than 35 years of experience integrating the best of traditional and alternative bodymind therapies for individuals, couples and families. Check out her website www.penelopetalk.com email firstname.lastname@example.org Or call 858-481.5752 for more information.