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Kiss the Ground


This book recommendation came to me from my friends at Flamig Farm.  I send it on to you with a holiday prayer that this New Year will be filled with the joy and rewards of good stewardship of our bodies and our planet home.

Be well!  Jeanne

Dirt (and us) to the Rescue!

We can do this! We must do this! A book I highly recommend you get and read by a mentor of mine, Josh Tickle, is called Kiss the Ground  and is subtitled,  “How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Reverse Climate Change.”  Our modern day agriculture system is BROKEN.  Our government policies are a major part of the problem, and due to our agricultural practices, North America is teetering on the verge of becoming the world’s next desert, all while corporations that provide “inputs” (fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified seeds) are getting richer and farmers are going broke. Civilizations have collapsed due to their agricultural practices, and we need to change ours if we are to survive.  Nevin Flamig, Flamig Farm, W Simsbury, CT

Loving in Our Strength – Strong In Our Love


Holiday Message 2017

A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.”

                          Leon Tec, MD, In Defense of Animals

 

To all I carry in my heart, both near and far,

I awakened from a dream in the early predawn this morning.  In the dream, I was attending the funeral of an infant not my own.  I left the church to sob outside.  I was grief stricken.  When I went back inside, I couldn’t find the pew I’d left in which my friends were sitting.  I’d lost my place and I hoped someone would notice my seeking and come and find me.  It was then I awoke.

Dreams are not literal.  They are full of symbols and are maps to the inner workings of our fears, longings and questions.  I’ve spent the morning reflecting on this dream of mine and it makes sense to me.

Infants in dreams often represent vulnerability, ideals and/or hopes for the future.  Clearly, as are many others, I am grieving and feeling vulnerable.  I feel a great loss.  I’ve always tried, single-mindedly to dodge or circumvent obstacles, reinvent myself when all doors seemed closed and press on.  The present social tidal wave of power used and abused confronts me.  I find myself flooded with countless recollections spanning decades of navigating through the stormy seas of verbally, energetically and physically expressed condescension, mockery, obstruction, power abusive manipulation, intimidation and dismissal, both personal and institutional.

I do not judge what others choose to do with their needs regarding healing.  Personally, I don’t feel the need to name names.  I’m not sure I’d even remember them all.  I do, however, need to name feelings and honor my experiences.  Honor how much of my journey as a woman seeking a place at the table has been uphill.  How much of my own pain I at times ignored and minimized in the name of continuing the climb. 

My “most meaningful book” recommendation for this year is Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness.  In it, Brené speaks powerfully as she observes that, “The greatest casualty of trauma is vulnerability.”  I agree.   She defines cultural privilege as a sense of entitlement that is unmerited.  She challenges each of us to examine the lens (of privilege or lack thereof) through which we look at the world and to reflect on the irreplaceable value of cultivating empathy.  To risk vulnerability in order to do so.

Brené defines power as “the ability to affect change”.  She then goes on to differentiate “power over” vs. “power with”.  She had me at “power with”.  Power that is not driven by nor does it engender shame, defensiveness or blame.  She invites us to cultivate “a hypothesis of generosity”.  To see potential good in dire circumstance and seemingly oblivious souls.  This is not to circumvent accountability, but to protect ourselves from bitterness and despair.  To always consider the possibility of redemption for self and others.

I agree with Brené as she writes, “If we own our own story, we get to write the ending.”  In my dream, after I grieve, I return and seek my friends and pray they are seeking me.  There it is.  The goal for which I strive.  The destination to which I chart my course.

I pray that we can be loving in our strength and strong in our love,      Jeanne              

Receiving and Giving – an Easter Reflection


Last night was Maundy Thursday.  In the Christian Tradition, of which I am a part, it is the night when we celebrate Jesus’ last night with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion on Good Friday, looking forward to Easter.   It is the night Jesus shared bread and wine with his followers to deepen their memory of him.  It is also the night he washed the feet of his disciples.  He said he did this to set an example of servanthood for them.

Christians of many denominations all over the world attended services last evening that incorporated foot washing.  At the service I attended, each person who chose to participate came to the front pew and had their feet washed in a basin by a person kneeling in front of them.  When finished, the one who did the washing returned to their original seat in the congregation. The person whose feet had just been washed then turned around and knelt waiting for the next person to sit before them.

The power and implications of this experience are many for me.  Not everyone chose to participate which is fine.   Bearing witness and offering support is important.   I’m glad, however, that I did go up.  Getting to my feet (pun intended) was the only hard part.  Like so much in life, getting started is half the battle.

Once I sat down in front of a radiantly smiling woman whom I did not know, I entered an experience that was full of kindness, relaxation and friendship.  In fact, it felt like the whole congregation was entering a companionable meditation.  It was perfect in its imperfection.  The person designated to hand out the towels for drying, got distracted and my servant and I were briefly marooned.    I leaned over and gave her arms a little squeeze.  We smiled broadly at each other.  Servanthood doesn’t always go according to plan, but we are still serving.

By the time I’d switched and was kneeling and waiting, I was looking forward to my turn.  I wanted to do this for someone else.  As a distinguished member of the congregation sat down in front of me, all I felt was joy.  I noticed her bunion, and wondered if it gave her pain.  I felt strength and sturdiness flowing from her body.  I poured water over her feet from a plastic pitcher clearly conscripted from someone’s kitchen for the occasion.  We worked together like we’d done this a hundred times before.  I was gentle and loving, but there was also a practical, workmanlike process that didn’t take long.

Dare I say I had fun?  If fun is measured by the urge, “Let’s do this again!”, then yes, I had fun.  Foot washing during Maundy Thursday services is a tangible enactment of profound spiritual principles.  It is a great equalizer, demonstrating the circle of serving and being served.  It shows us the importance of receiving first, to better equip us to serve. We are reminded that giving and receiving can’t be separated.  That each role brings equal joy and strength and that it is natural to flow back and forth between being giver and receiver.  But, receive first.  Let our gifts to others flow from our own hearts being filled.  That’s what makes it fun.

 

EFT with Prayer & Meditation Retreat was so inspiring


Our EFT with Prayer & Meditation workshop and retreat on Saturday at Wisdom House was beautiful, powerful and oh so rich. Thanks to all the participants for bringing your light and love, courage and openness. I hope you keep Tapping Prayerfully! This is definitely going to be a annual event.

Remember that it’s not just about releasing the negative and supporting the positive (although it is indeed that). It’s also about deepening your personal experience, expressing faith, hope and gratitude, building spiritual resources and, always, opening to the truth and knowing you don’t go there alone.

I look forward to hearing from both the retreat participants and all our Prayerfully Tappers about both your questions and progress on your journeys.
Thank you for sharing, Jeanne

A Good Spot for a Summer Workshop and Retreat


I spent a beautiful morning visiting Wisdom House, a retreat center in Litchfield, CT and was treated to a tour by program coordinator, Carol Gould. Before leaving, I walked their magnificent labyrinth and left renewed.
It looks like the perfect spot for a Tapping Prayerfully retreat and workshop.
This Summer sometime? Let me know what you think.IMG_0299 IMG_0304 IMG_0306

Introduction to EFT for Clinicians


The talented (and very lovely) young therapists at last week’s Introduction to EFT for Clinicians. We had such a wonder time.  The next one will be coming in the early Fall – September 19th to be exact.  Don’t miss out.

 

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If you’ve taken the Intro. for Clinicians, our next practice session is Saturday, June 6th 1:30-3:30.  Call to register

Be on the lookout for more info about the October 3rd workshop, EFT and Advanced Trauma Applications.

You’ll also find more information about all these and other learning opportunities for clinicians and for everyone on my events page at  CounselingWithDrFolks.com