Category: Empower Me

The Power of Dance & Getting into Our Own Bodies

  By Ellie Pappas One of the goals I’ve set for 2018 is to go to a dance workshop once a month. A dance workshop is different than having a night out dancing. It has elements that are instructional, and intentional. My emotional intention with going to these types of workshops is to get out of my head and into my body. It is about increasing self expression and delving deeper into my authentic self and my truth. One that does not require words, but simply the body’s intelligence. The workshop I went to had two basic parts: Part...

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Change Your Thoughts, Change the World

  By Deb Avery I have had times in the past when I allowed others views and actions to influence my own thoughts about myself and others. It has taken many years of deep inner work, meditation and letting go of preconceived notions, for me to understand that what anyone else says or does has no bearing on my worth or my journey. Yet it has everything to do with theirs. Our childhood shapes and molds us from the very beginning. Some of us have awesome childhood memories and were well cared for and supported. We went on to...

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Getting Caught Up in Indecision

  By J.G. Lewis What will I do today? This week?
 Each day I ask this of myself. I ask this of others—daily, hourly—each second of every minute I ask questions, and with each question comes a decision. We all make decisions all the time. Continually. Where to go, what to do, what to buy, whether to stay, what to say, how to say it, how to ask a question—all decisions. Each and every act, goal, accomplishment or failure, begins with a decision. How can I be sure the decisions I make are right, or proper, or ethical…even moral?...

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Into the Light: Inviting Grief Inside

  By Leanne Chapman   “Your grief is your love turned inside-out.”  ~ Alison Nappi The losses started early and went unnamed. My grief was not seen or heard, even by me. No one could meet me there, and being alone with it was too overwhelming, so I put it away. Over the years I began to fade as that dark storage container became more filled, to the point that I was afraid to open it. All the dark things in there might come crashing down on me at once. I walked around in a fog, with half of...

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Those Sweaters are Anything but Ugly

By J.G. Lewis What is so offensive about clothing that celebrates the season? I am familiar with the trend over past years to mock seasonal sweaters; it is often included in the banter of shock-rock disc jockeys and morning show hosts looking for laughs, or the rants of unoriginal stand-up comedians filling allotted time at comedy clubs across the country. And, yes, it is supposedly in jest, but at the heart of it all is the need to poke fun at a clothing style, and ultimately at those who choose to wear the garments, past or present. It has...

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