Category: Wellness

The Night I OD’ed

  By Debbie Lynn Yes, I have seen the light and came back to tell about it. It was 36 years ago. I was 19, and it is something I rarely talk about. It took a long time for me to process and somewhat understand the experience, and after all these years, it still seems like a dream. It was 1979, and I was out on my own and partying like a rock star. It was a typical Friday night at our house. Bill (my boyfriend) and I were having our friends over for the usual—beer, whisky, pot and cocaine....

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Inspiration While Stuck in New Jersey Traffic

By Louis De Lauro I hate driving to school in the morning. I love teaching school, but the traffic in New Jersey makes my 35-60 minute commute difficult. One day I will drive 37 minutes, the next day 57 minutes. Every morning is a challenge—most mornings are a headache. Driving to school has always brought me great stress. The first 10 years of commuting, nothing relieved my stress; not music or talk radio or even books on CD. The second 10 years of commuting became easier. Why? Because I saw the man on the bike. I’m not sure how many...

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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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I Got the Flu & it Changed My Life

By Gina Ficociello I write this lying in bed recovering from a life-changing illness. Not life-threatening; life-changing. I have the flu. I have had it before, but never like this. The first two days I lay in bed half conscious, either sleeping or praying for sleep. After the nausea and headaches subsided, I started getting up and trying to eat. Normally, I‘d love the idea of lying in bed reading and playing Scrabble on my phone, but I couldn’t concentrate at all. I zoned in and out for the next two days. Me and my thoughts. I realized that...

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