Saturday, March 31, 2012

Humans are part of and reflect nature, continued...




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I seem to be writing about this topic a lot lately. I feel it is such a big step to realize and appreciate our connection with the earth. We have a place in the world outside and when we step into it, it gifts clarity and peacefulness. I've been dabbling in Indian research lately and I believe their beliefs and honor to the earth was and continues to be profound. It should be highly regarded. I'm curious to learn more.

I love hiking and exploring all types of our natural surroundings. Can you share how you connect with our beautiful earth?

Friday, March 30, 2012

You are worthy, continued...




Belief gifts clarity. Clear the image!

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The best thing you can gift yourself is self belief. It is the true foundation to your success in the world. Your thoughts echo into your life and if you are presenting fear, anxiety and lack of worth, it is likely you are suffering in your life. Heal this pain by changing the way that you look at you. Force yourself to find value in your existence because you are here for a reason. The miracle of you, regardless of how you feel, is worth celebrating. Take care of this treasure. Be proud of the life you lead, it is truly rich because you are in it. BELIEVE this and you will find life will be much easier to navigate.

Leave me a note about your value, I'm interested!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anything is possible, continued...




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I really never get tired of talking about positive thinking. I believe that the emotions and words you put into your world actually create a mirror image of the same. Of course we always worry and it is tough to overcome this but if you can distract yourself with inspiration, it really does help you stay on track. Anxiety and fear, when it rules your life, is extremely toxic. It fuels more of the same. To overcome it, you have to embrace the vulnerability of your situation and push forward gambling you will conquer all. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don't but I can guaranty if you don't succeed, you will learn from the experience. Sometimes we have to figure out what not to do first but perseverance and mindset does set the stage for your outcome. Of course you have to follow through with action that fits into your vision.

I find, for me, a written agenda helps me to keep pushing. I have a long-term goal with detailed items described. For example, I want to pay off my home with a book contract. I believe this is possible. Now, keep in mind, I've only self-published a book at this point. It is a start on my publishing journey. I interview many published authors and I love that I'm able to do this. It keeps my mind on target as I learn from all of these individuals. I'm excited about this and I can't wait to check it off of my list someday!

Share a dream of yours with me, how are you moving towards it?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jeff Cannon's new life, continued...




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Jeff Cannon talked about his current condition.

“Today I still have one tumor in my head. I call it my own Simple Truth. My doctor is still astounded that it has stopped growing completely since my surgery and my new start. I never returned to the world of advertising. Now I teach others how to find, and live by, their own Simple Truth. I work with individuals and even corporations through my new company – The Simple Truth Project – to help them find the balance I now enjoy.”

His purpose, “I look at it as my mission to empower, enable, and ensure others have the opportunity to transform their lives by finding and living through their own Simple Truth and the lessons I learned.

In a way, by learning to give back, I have been able to give forward. By looking at my experience as a gift, rather than a devastating, life altering trauma, I have been able to revisit my own life with a new sense of appreciation. I have also been able to realize that we truly cannot control the world and events around us. We can only control how we respond to them. Which is my ultimate message to those I work with: focus your energy on changing the relationship you have with the world around you, and you will change yourself in a very positive way.

It’s funny, but in so many ways, the very event that caused me to lose everything I once thought was so important, was the very reason I am now living a life I am passionate about, thankful for, and eager to grow every second of every day. In so many ways, these things are gifts, if you allow them to be.”

Jeff described his book in more detail, “My book, The Simple Truth: Meditation for the Modern World is part autobiographical and part guide to living a better life by being true to who you are; your own Simple Truth. This is the path to being happy, to feeling good about yourself, and most important, to achieving the reason you are alive, right now, right here, today. Through my experience, I found my passion and turned it into a life I know love, instead of one I always wondered about.

In my book I provide my readers with a proven way to reduce stress, minimize the distractions that keep them from reaching their goals, and how to over-ride more than 40,000 years of programming that undermines their happiness. I combine Western science with Eastern practices to deliver a step-by-step approach to transforming your life. There are no religious overtones or ideas.”

He has received positive feedback about his book. Jeff included a quote from one of his readers, “The writing and tools are clear and convincing. He clearly lays out ways to connect to your health on a physical, mental, and spiritual level in very concrete terms. As soon as I started reading this book I began thinking of others I wanted to pass it on to or buy a copy for.”

Jeff’s contact information:

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Your life prism, continued...



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I love the prism affect and after researching it a little, I really do believe we can create this magic in our own lives. It is like a crystal philosophically lives within. When we're down feeling low and broken, by letting just a little light seep through the cracks, it disperses the most beautiful and angelic feelings. The pick me up is subtle but significant. Before you know it, the dark turns into patches of shade as you step into the light. As your inner light shines, the world warms and fills with a prism of colors. It is a spiritual validation that we're on the right track!

Have you manifested any prisms in your life? Tell me what you think, I'm interested.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Attribute strength to vulnerability, continued...



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I think it is ironic that I chose a photo of a casted bull to depict strength in this article. Yes, it is a strong animal. But the irony is that, as a child, I had a reoccurring nightmare where a bull would chase me in the craziest situations. Usually I would be at a family gathering in a house filled with relatives and I would be running through the rooms and dodging my cousins while this bull was hot on my trail. In my dream the chase was not noticed. My family would just be talking and laughing while I was running for my dear life. I awoke many of nights from this terror. Based on many dream dictionaries, they interpret a bull as being stubborn or perhaps I need to take a stand for myself. I'm not sure how this plays out for a child but it is interesting.

I think that I'm struggling most today with my artwork and the vulnerability is depicts about me. I think art full of emotion is wonderful but for some reason, I struggle with putting mine out there. I'm a work in progress and I'm hopeful with each realization I have, I'm able to persevere through it and, in the process, gain strength that I can continue to share with others.

What are your thoughts about vulnerability and strength, do you believe they are connected in a positive way?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Add spring to your step, continued...



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Okay, I'm just like most everyone else when it comes to stepping it up with the weather change. I love the sunshine and by just feeling a bit of it, it helps to motivate my exertion level. I also love checking out new areas. My boyfriend is supportive so when I put a map in front of him, off we go!

As of the last couple of weeks, I've been quite lethargic. I'm been fighting a throat virus and I feel like I'm finally on the tail end of it. Needless to say, my energy has been very low. I gave myself a break from my health routine during the month of February. To date I've lost 19 pounds. If you've been following my progress, my number should be rounding 25 instead of 20 but, like I said, I gave myself a break from the rigors of my own rules. I set a goal to lose 5 pounds per month starting November of last year. I'm happy with my progress. This number wasn't aggressive but I knew if I just kept at it, it would add up.

My next challenge is to keep myself from backtracking too much next month while on a cruise with my family. I'm an avid cruiser and I've gained as much as 8 pounds during past cruises. YIKES, I've got to work hard to avoid this!

I'll keep you posted. Drop me a note and let me know how you're doing, I would love to know!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Kim Malchuk helping others, continued...



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The interview article with Kim Malchuk continued.

She shared why she wrote her book, Tasting Rain, “It all began one night when I decided to sit down and write our story. I never intended to publish it; however, as the months went by I realized that I had accidentally written a book. The manuscript sat on my hard drive for over one year. Every time I would think about the content and inspirational messages sprinkled throughout our story my inner voice would whisper ever so gently ‘share your story’. As the whispering grew louder, I finally gave in to the voice and said, ‘why not?’

Whether I am at a book event, speaking on stage or being interviewed on radio programs about Tasting Rain (my best-selling & award winning memoir), I proudly share my secrets of success openly that define hope, happiness and healing. I believe that the role our thoughts play in governing the direction of our lives is critical. If this ordinary woman could achieve something extraordinary I know it is possible for you too.”

She continued, “Tasting Rain was the catalyst that opened doors to new and exciting opportunities. In order to promote and share my story with the public I had to become a public figure. I attend health & wellness shows, women’s events, conduct grief seminars and do readings at local bookstores or special events. I have been the special invited guest to a number of local book clubs and guest speaker at conferences, expos and fundraisers. From these types of public events people are drawn to me and feel safe to share their stories or troubles with me. Time after time I had been asked if I do personal coaching. When you consistently hear remarks like that you have to pay attention and I did. I have gone back to school in order to obtain my professional certification in Solution Focused and Systemic Coaching.

Coaching will still allow me the time to focus on my other passion – writing. I am presently working on my second book and hope to have it completed by the fall of 2012. The outline for my third book is coming along quite nicely. I will continue to listen to my soul and will only stop writing once it tells me to.

In order to be an effective coach, I was determined to get myself properly educated in this field. I researched and found a reputable college that has a global presence in over 36 countries and is highly regarded by the ICF (International Coaching Federation).

I am in the planning and marketing phase of building my coaching business. I am specializing in the field of personal and professional transition. Change is inevitable and sometimes difficult to manage alone. I look forward with anticipation and excitement to partner with future clients who are willing to do the personal work in order tap into their extraordinary talents to live the life of their dreams.”

She explained how she coped through her loss, “I focus and celebrate what I had as opposed to what I lost. I write and read. I go for long walks. Spend time alone or with close and valued friends and family. I listen to music that either soothes my soul or makes me feel like dancing. I bathe myself in the positive and choose not to drown in the negative. But if I had to name one specific thing that helped me the most – hands down it would be laughter. I will always be grateful that my sense of humor has been and continues to be healthy and alive. Life without laughter is completely unimaginable to me.”

Kim described how she has honored herself through this experience.

“To move forward I trusted that my spirit would not abandon me. I believed it would get me through the long and dark days during my grieving process. As I slowly found my way back to reality and rediscovered my ‘new’ self, my spirit became stronger. My internal spirit would not allow cancer to make me a victim. My spirit guided me, as it had done so many times in the past when coping with harsh realities in life, to be a survivor. To honor my spirit, I vowed to live out the rest of my days with love, patience, compassion and with no regrets.”

She shared her contact information, “Should any of your readers like to contact me directly they can do so by sending an email to kim@tastingrain.com or using the contact form found on my website www.tastingrain.com.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The meaning of life, continued...



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Ultimately, the meaning of life should mean everything to each and everyone of us. If it doesn't, I would challenge you to breathe life back into your world. It takes work but when you engage your curiosity and your motivation to live with intent, your spirit will soar. It is okay to gift yourself days of retreat but when these days turn into weeks and then months and so on, it is essential to find your way back into the living world. Connect with others, step into nature and awaken your life. This is critical to your well being. Life really is what you make it, find the energy and courage to live each and every day. Step out of the mundane and into the mysterious adventure of life. This will gift you longevity and happiness. Give it a try!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

World peace, continued...



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I've realized over the past few years that the more calm I feel inside, the more the environment I'm in feels calm. I do believe that peace shines from within. Our environment mimics our thoughts, stance and action. And, I have figured out that when I'm not feeling peaceful inside, I can find my balance in reverse. If I step into nature, I can mimic the energy it gifts and gain peace within.

Many of my articles share this message. It is key to realize that you manifest the energy you put out and attract. Let go of the static in your life; let it go instead of feeding it!

I believe world peace is attainable and that world peace starts within each individual.

Share your thoughts about this, I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rusty Russo survived cancer and brain surgery, continued...



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Rusty Russo is updating his book, Three Strikes You’re In, for educational use in the schools. He explained, “I`m revising the book and omiting all the curse words for a school version that I will be submitting to the NYS dept. of education for required reading in the school system. This was suggested to me by various school administrators and teachers in both the NYC board of ed. and the Schools on Long Island.”

When I first looked at Rusty’s photo, I never would have imagined what he has gone through. His life today is testimony of finding light at the end of the cancer tunnel. It is apparent he is healthy mind, body and spirit.

Rusty is open to anyone who is looking for help. Email him hcallsny@optonline.net or give him a call (516) 978-5699.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Inspired by Jack Canfield, continued...



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Jack Canfield is America’s top life coach. He started as a teacher and took this passion to the largest scale, making the world his classroom. It reminds me, a bit, of Oprah’s mission.

I too want to touch the world like these individuals have. I want to grab onto the reins of life and take action and shape my dream into reality. I believe I can and I believe I’m worthy of this future success. I can feel it coming, I can smell it and taste it; it’s pretty cool!

What are you passionate about? Share your dream with me.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Psychic medium John Edward, continued...



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It was really amazing to see John Edward, at work, first hand. I've followed his career, read his books and watched his shows when they were on, Crossing Over and Cross Country; he amazes me. I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about not receiving a direct read. I’m sure my heart would have been bursting with emotion had my dad or anyone else whom I've loved and physically lost, came through. Although, I’m not sure medically that I could have handled the pressure!

John was reading a couple of people directly behind me. Of course, the woman's name was Kathryn and John acknowledged through his communication, James (both my boyfriend's and my names) and he also spoke of a breast cancer tumor scare (which I had in October). He discussed issues someone had with choices of life support and this hit home with me because of my experience with hospice and my father. Listening to this (even though it was spoken to the group behind me) had me shaking. I couldn't imagine how I would had reacted if I had a microphone in my hand and if I had to stand and talk to him.

John explained that many of the reading will be meant for those in the sidelines just as I had experienced. I felt my father was there with me and he just chose to step aside and overlap our stories.

I wish this experience for anyone bereaving the loss of a loved one. Whether you believe or not, this is magical and it is lifting.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Marti MacGibbon's comeback story, continued...




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Marti MacGibbon’s story is one of triumph and hope.

She described how she found health again, “After the physical, psychological and sexual violations that I suffered at the hands of traffickers, I could not find a safe place within my own mind. Nightmares plagued my sleep for years. But eventually, I recovered and triumphed over my adversity. Shame and fear kept me imprisoned in my addiction and trauma, but forgiveness, self-esteem, gratitude, and the courage that comes with optimism carried me to freedom and healing.”

I have always been wondered what tragedy leads a human being to a homeless life and considering Marti’s journey, I asked her for her thoughts about the homeless in general.

She replied, “Thank you for asking this question. In addition to what I’ve been through personally, I’ve worked as a program counselor at a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans, which provides access to addiction treatment and a jobs program. I’m always surprised by the negative stereotypes perpetuated about homeless people. Surprised, and a little disappointed. I hope that when people see someone on the street, they will refrain from judging. Every one of us is carrying a burden. Empathy is essential.
Homeless people are not homeless because they refuse to work. The issue is far more complicated than that. A medical emergency or serious illness can render anyone homeless. The loss of a job can create a situation where a person falls through the cracks and ends up on the street. The recent foreclosures and mortgage crisis, the recession – these have swelled the ranks of homeless working people. Often a mental illness or an addiction issue, or both, may be the driving factor, or a big part of, someone’s downward spiral into homelessness. When a substance dependence issue or a mental illness comes into play, it’s harder to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. But I have seen many success stories, firsthand, as a counselor.
At the time I was homeless, there were no shelters in place. The authorities were only beginning to recognize and attempt to ameliorate the suffering of those lacking shelter. The experience of being homeless left a deep impact on my life – I have lived through a nightmare and emerged victorious. In the San Francisco Bay area, it very seldom snows, but the nights in winter can be cold – thirties on average, but in the twenties and sometimes below twenty degrees, and it rains a lot.
During my time outdoors as I preferred to think of it, I worked as a day laborer -- menial jobs, cutting firewood or doing brush removal for a hippie landscaper. Once I dug ditches. I was so traumatized that I needed to shut down my mind and emotions to survive. I hitchhiked or walked everywhere. At the end of the day, I’d have twenty bucks, or at most twenty-five. With that, I’d buy something to eat, some coffee. Then I’d have to locate somewhere to wait out the night.
If I couldn’t find shelter under a bridge, or in an abandoned building, I’d walk around all night to keep warm. I learned how to stride like a man, and I’d wear a watch cap pulled down over my eyes, my hair tucked up inside. I’d shove my hands into the pockets of my peacoat and hope to be mistaken for a guy, so I wouldn’t get stalked, raped and/or beaten. I was attacked a couple of times, but I didn’t dare to report it to the police. I sold and traded drugs in order to survive and support my habit, and so I felt convinced I was outside the law and could not expect help from the authorities.

Fortunately for me, I spent most of my time in a resort area north of San Francisco, and there were campgrounds where I could sneak in late at night and use the shower room. And I kept my clothes clean by washing them at the Laundromat on a regular basis. I did my very best not to appear to be homeless. I always stood up straight, walked as though I had a purpose, somewhere to go. I smiled as often as possible.
Occasionally, I have nightmares where I’m homeless again. It was a terrifying, overwhelmingly daunting experience that I will never forget. I lived under constant, extreme stress, with no privacy, safety or security. When I was homeless, I was constantly in motion – there was no real refuge, no sanctuary from the elements or the violence of other human beings. And I felt like the police were after me, too, because being poor, particularly homeless, is in itself a crime…also, I was a drug addict, so I was always on hyper-alert. My post-traumatic stress disorder escalated all of these feelings, and when I got into therapy years later, I came to understand how the PTSD, addiction, domestic violence, and homelessness created a kind of perfect storm that ripped through my life.
The time that I spent working with homeless veterans is one of the best chapters in my life. I am so grateful that I had a chance to make a contribution, to be a part of the solution, so to speak. I am very passionate about this issue.”

Marti talked about what gave her the will to do more than just survive.

In her words, “Resilience, a sense of humor, optimism, and strong self-esteem has carried me a long way. These are all qualities that can be built up -- you don’t have to be born with them. Gratitude, as well as forgiveness of self and others has opened the door to real happiness in my life.

During my first days in Tokyo, when I first realized how perilous my situation was, I made a decision: to refuse to entertain thoughts of despair or panic. I told myself that no matter what happened to me externally, I was the ruler of my own inner life, and no one could take that away. I began to harness the power of positive visualization. Here is an excerpt from my book, which describes that defining moment.

“Then suddenly my thoughts became lucid. Anger and fear are counter-productive, I realized. I knew I was on my own and I would have to play to win. I determined to never consciously think about the danger again, not to allow myself to think scary thoughts. I saw an image of myself sidling along a narrow ledge, hundreds of stories up. If I wanted to survive, I couldn’t look down or I’d lurch, arms pin wheeling, and plunge into the abyss. I’d only look straight ahead and sidle around until I found a window to safety. I would imagine myself on solid ground and rest easy. Whistle if I had to. Keep things casual. That’s what I’d do.

With this metaphor, I grasped an emotional attitude, a posture, a place from which to make my stand. Hope flooded my mind. Somehow, I would escape this situation I’d gotten myself into. I’m going back to the U.S., and that’s my reality. I refuse to accept the things that I see in my outer environment. No matter what happens, I will perceive that all events are going my way…I focused on going home, visualized it, believed it emotionally, programmed myself to accept no other outcome. I would be home for Christmas.”

My visualization worked, got me out of Japan. When I arrived in the U.S., the panic returned, but during my time homeless, I rediscovered the power of positive visualization, and harnessed it again. I also began to act as if, to behave as though I already had what I needed. That is, I’d stand up straight, smile, and move with purpose, as though I had a place to live. I refused to allow my thoughts to drift into despair or self-pity or panic.

Eventually, all of this did pay off, but it took much longer than necessary, because I was in active addiction. I used my drug of choice in a misguided effort to deaden the pain of my trauma and loss. As a hard-core drug addict, I used nearly every day for nine years. I’d attempted to quit on my own strength several times without success. My denial intensified so that I blamed my problems on external circumstances. As the disease of addiction progresses, so does the denial.

Finally I reached the point where I knew I could not survive another day of my miserable life. I got down on my knees and prayed, ‘God, whoever you are, wherever you are, please help me. I’m so unhappy. I want to be happy.’

Then my mind quieted, and about fifteen seconds later, a thought occurred to me: Maybe it’s the dope… And that was the beginning of my breakthrough. I admitted to myself that I needed to break the chains of addiction, and that I could not do this alone. I sought help, and found like-minded people through support groups.
I learned how to live a new lifestyle in recovery, and have employed tools such as visualization, affirmations, positive self-talk and mindfulness meditation toward continuous healing and personal development. I understand that I cannot heal or develop in isolation, so I have a strong support network, including my spouse, mentors, friends, family members, colleagues, and advisors. It’s been fun, and real, and lasting. I now have over sixteen years clean, and free from cravings or urges to use.”

Marti works to help others, “My passion is using humor and meaningful stories to help others triumph over challenges, stress, and adversity – I’m an inspirational humorous speaker whose articles have been published in over fifty magazines and trade publications. I know that it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react to it. And I know how to get somebody back on track and show him or her how to get back up when they get knocked down. Life is good, it’s beautiful, and there are so many reasons to be grateful.

I’m passionate about making a contribution, no matter how small, to ending homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, and human trafficking. It’s my hope that no one else will ever go through all the things that I did.

I occasionally speak to raise awareness about domestic violence, and I’ve done standup comedy at domestic violence shelters in Los Angeles and at homeless shelters in L.A. and San Francisco. I still work, on a volunteer basis, with homeless veterans in San Francisco.
I also speak to raise awareness about human trafficking. I’ve worked with several grassroots organizations, like Free the Slaves, Not for Sale, and The SAGE Project (Stand Against Global Exploitation). I have appeared as a guest speaker at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and I’ve told my story at colleges, churches, and I told it to 3,000 people at an MMA cage-fighting event. It’s difficult and painful to recount the story, but it’s worth it if it raises awareness about the issue and inspires someone to get involved in stopping it.

Addiction put me in harm’s way – it made me vulnerable to all the other things. That’s why I am so enthusiastic about helping addicts and their loved ones. As I mentioned earlier, I hold four professional certifications in addiction treatment, one of them is the ACRPS, Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist.
Last summer, I worked with two other comedians in a standup comedy benefit in Indianapolis. We raised money for three small non-profits, facilities that provide housing and access to addiction treatment to women and men in need. This year we’re doing Laff-aholics again, and hope to raise more money for this cause. I hope that the show will become a successful annual event.

And I wrote my memoir, Never Give in to Fear, because I want people to know that even the seemingly hopeless cases can and do recover, and that no matter how far you fall, you can get back up and keep on climbing. I prefer to look back on my past and find humor where I can, courage, grace and inspiration where I can. My past has taught me that even in the worst places I can find human kindness, and that love and forgiveness prevail.
She offered advice for anyone supporting an addict and for the addict him or herself.

“Addiction is a primary, chronic disease. It is not a series of bad choices, or a moral weakness. It affects and involves the body, brain and emotions, and social condition (relationship to self and others) of the sufferer. So your relationship with the addict is part of the problem and the solution. The important thing to remember is that there is a solution.

This is a serious disease, so you need to get professional advice and assistance. Professionals can teach you what behaviors are enabling and which ones are supporting the addict.

You don’t have to do this alone. There are resources, places where you can find help, guidance and support. Here are some places to start:
National Institute on Drug Abuse and
Alanon.

If you have a desire to drink or use a substance despite negative or catastrophic consequences, you are addicted. Addiction is a disease that can be treated. It’s bio/psycho/social, that is, it affects and involves your body, brain and emotions, and your relationships with yourself and others.

This disease creates pain, and you take the substance in order to relieve pain and problems. But the disease works in such a way that when you take your drug of choice, it actually begins to cause more pain and problems. You fall into a cycle of pain, drama, and personal trauma. You can’t beat this alone, and you don’t have to do this alone. Here are some places to start getting help:

My website: MartiMacgibbon.com
Or NeverGiveIntoFear.com

If you have questions or comments for Marti you can leave them on this blog post or you can email Marti: marti@martimacgibbon.com

You can also check out her blog, MartiMacgibbon.

Here are other support links:

www.freetheslaves.net
www.notforsale.org
www.sagesf.org
www.laff-aholics.com
http://www.nida.nih.gov
http://www.alanon.org
www.nida.nih.gov
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
www.na.org

Friday, March 2, 2012

Forest retreat, continued...




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I love how connected we are with nature and, as detailed in this article, trees in particular. To me, they are symbolic of strength and growth. Last fall I took a trip with my family to northern California and we visited the Redwoods. This trip is one of my favorites and I travel as often as possible (many times a year). As we drove into the vicinity, it wasn't hard to miss these towering giants. The overall feeling was "awe". It was peaceful and grounding to spend time with them. The smell of the wood, the sight of the forest and the serenity felt gifted a spiritual connection. The way the sun rays filtered through the leaves to create patterns and manifest shade from the trees, was mesmerizing.

The beauty of this natural resource is that you don't have to go far to find a forest or a tree for that matter.

My plea, if you're not appreciating the splendor of this resource, give it a chance. Make some time for the trees in your environment, they will lift your spirit!

Have you traveled to other forests that have impacted you? If so, drop me a note, I would love to visit others on future trips.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The fiber of your life, continued...




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I love to use creativity and visuals like a woven work of art to articulate the beauty of a human being. When I think of a single thread, it seems weak but once this thread is sewn and connected with other fibers, it gains strength, strength from the whole composition. This is a pretty cool concept to me. It validates that strength comes collectively. It helps me to accept my flawed self and this helps me to move forward through most anything.

It is my hope that these articles and blog posts will help you accept yourself and find your way through the tough times!

How are you triumphing? I would love to hear from you.