Give Yourself The Gift Of JOY!
Christmas is around the corner, and some of us have been thinking about gifts we would like to give others that they would receive with surprise, joy, and appreciation.  The marketing world likes to remind us that this is the season of giving.  I would like to promote it as well but with a different...
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Transforming Suffering Through Gratitude
The celebration of Thanksgiving this month brings us an opportunity to focus on gratitude and on what is going well in our lives.  Being grateful when life is going well, is easy to do and most of us can do it effortlessly.  However, when life is challenging and we are facing pain, it’s harder to...
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No Mud, No Lotus
A few years ago, I was going for a walk in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine and I stumbled upon a big pond covered with beautiful lotus flowers.  I could not believe the beauty in front of me, I was in awe for several minutes and feeling deep gratitude for this experience.  The pond itself was...
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The Joy of Fatherhood -An interview with Walt Torchon, LCPC
Walt is a young therapist at The Personal Wellness Center. He has a good sense of humor and enjoys connecting with people.  His ability to connect with children, teenagers, and adults is great.  He is dedicated to the work he does with his clients and recognizes that his first priority is to his family, and...
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From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Most of us can admire butterflies and, even at a young age, children are enthralled by them. They are so delicate and beautiful and yet they went through a tough process to become one. The journey of transformation into a butterfly may not seem appealing.  At first it seems impossible that a caterpillar can transform...
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Loving Kindness
These two words, Loving Kindness, put together can create a beautiful synergy, different from when these words are used separately. Loving Kindness is a traditional Buddhist concept; it implies acting with compassion towards all sentient beings, with an awareness and appreciation of the natural world. To choose to live your life from this perspective is...
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