Holding Holiday Moments

Is it stressful thinking how you will open up your calendar to accommodate friends’ parties, visits and road trips in December? Is it hard to commit to large blocks of time to commit to the same old holiday festivity-making? According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly 25% of Americans reported feelings of “extreme …

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Forgiveness: The Ultimate Holiday Gift

Ho, Ho, Ho, give me your dough! Before long we’ll be running through store aisles and cruising online past midnight for “perfect gifts” for loved ones. Merchants will try to convince us to also buy items for ourselves. Are we complicit to copping to the rationale “We’re in a well-deserved shopping mood and deserve to …

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Avoiding Holiday Meltdowns

Ho, Ho, No? Holidays can bring out the best – or worst in us. Amid commercials depicting cheery families dressed in matching pajamas, there is often a quiet melancholy that drifts into our psyches. We mix fantasy, memories, guilt and mild skepticism into a seasonal beverage that we consume in large quantities. A lot of …

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Caregiving and the Holidays: It CAN Happen With Joy!

For most of us, the holidays are about connection with those we love and cherish. People travel far and wide just to make the most of this special time of year. How do we celebrate December while caring for those who may be compromised in body, mind or spirit? Homebound? Mentally challenged? Spiritually down? Some …

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What Are You Grateful For?

Let us lift up all Beings with gratitude Cultivating a gratitude practice beyond normal definitions results in improved physical and psychological health. Notice other positive gratitude side effects: increased happiness, sleep and energy and less stress, struggle and pain. Gratefulness rewards investments of time which prioritize relationships, deepen compassion and enrich the spirit. As November …

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Healthy Holiday Boundaries

Dana hears the annoying question coming from the other end of the phone. They are posed by her brother Norm. Although Norm says these words out loud, Dana has been thinking about and dreading this question for the past week. She’s mentally rehearsed the perfect answer, but her throat freezes up and her stomach flip …

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