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Change

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 0 comments

“Change is the only constant in Life.”                                                    Heraclitus        I used to say that I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into my future. I was no fan of change. That was a fear-driven way of being in the world. It was also a symptom of a victim consciousness.  I now see myself as the co-creator of my future, together with the higher powers that work with and for me to bring good...

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Sorrow III

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 0 comments

Sorrow III

“There’s a hole in the world tonight There’s a cloud of fear and sorrow There’s a hole in the world tonight Don’t let there be a hole in the world tomorrow”                                                   The Eagles                       There’s only one appropriate topic this week for a site that focuses on healing Trauma. Yet, as I say that I know that for the families...

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Perfectionism

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 0 comments

Perfectionism

     Judging ourselves and finding that we come up short is endemic in our high-powered, fast-paced world.  We say things to ourselves that we’d never consider saying to a loved one. “Well, I blew that.”  “What a jerk I am.”  “I am hopeless.” Harsh self-talk is an insidious and destructive side effect of perfectionism. What if you didn’t have to be perfect? I know. It doesn’t feel like a choice. Compulsions never do. Like a hamster on a wheel, you don’t know how to stop and get off, to give yourself a...

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Grief III

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 0 comments

Grief III

     I woke up knowing that my new puppy’s name would be Gabriel. My husband was well into the process of finding me an animal that he could train as a Service dog to help me with walking, stability, and balance. We chose an Airedale terrier from a line of Performance Airedales. These were dogs that wanted, above all else, to have a job to do. The 10 week old puppy came home to us during one of New England’s very cold winters. I was literally bowled over by the enthusiasm of his first sight of me.   Gabriel’s first Christmas was a joyous one...

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Grief II

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 0 comments

Grief II

Last year my life changed forever. I’ve joined that club no one wants to be in – one of my children died. My 36 year old son, Joseph, died of a brain aneurysm. In the first blog on Grief, I noted some skillful ways to help someone who is grieving. The depth of the pain when grieving the loss of a child, including an adult child, requires a degree of compassion and sensitivity that challenges even the most caring among us. Our communication tools can suddenly seem woefully inadequate.  I can try to help by relating what people have done that was meaningful to me in the most...

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Transitions

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 6 comments

Transitions

From the moment the decision was made to sell our home and move across the country, to this moment as I sit in my new home to write, there was a span of nearly a year. What was accomplished in that year, essentially creating a whole new life, required considerable effort but no struggle. Struggle is a heavy thing, quite distinct from meeting goals and accomplishing tasks that tire us out. That’s effort. I already knew the difference between the two but to have experienced it “in living color” has been quite miraculous, almost magical. It took two months to prepare our...

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Trauma

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 2 comments

Trauma

“Where a man has a certain fantasy, another man may lose his life, or, breach his spirit.” Carl Jung I begin with this quote from Carl Jung to demonstrate that Trauma is endemic in human society. The sense of the word “breach” as Jung uses it here is “rupture.”  The aspect of trauma that I’m discussing in this essay is where there is an identified victim or victims and a perpetrator (or perpetrators). Trauma can come from natural disasters, man-made disasters and many natural or everyday occurrences – a child swallowing a bee (natural), or...

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Addiction

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 0 comments

Addiction

Addiction What happens to enslave us to a substance, a person, an activity, a behavior? It may begin with a desire or need to self-medicate, to alter one’s mood or consciousness toward pleasure. Like the attraction of the Ferris wheel, it’s glittery and exciting. It’s fun the first few times. Maybe it’s fun for quite a long time. It’s beautiful. Whether it’s gambling, drinking, drugs, sex. shopping, or a relationship – you’re having the time of your life. What happens when you can’t get off the spinning wheel? When it won’t stop. When it turns faster and faster and it seems like no one is in...

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