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May 12 2016
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What a relief to get through the ‘dark season’ and return to the light! As we step into spring, the wood element in ancient Chinese medicine, we see animals begin to nest and mate and the flora expresses itself with fresh colors and beautiful smells. So what can we do to be in harmony and participate in this glorious time of year? The wood element is associated with the liver and gallbladder to detoxify the blood, store the bile and help with the smooth movement of...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on A Few Helpful ‘Points’ from Wellness Shines

We all know that without GOOD health, we have nothing; with life’s challenges, it’s imperative that we feel empowered and well to manage in a balanced way. The good news is that we can manage these situations better simply by using acupuncture points also called acupoints! Similar to our blood system, our bodies have energy tributaries, called meridians. Discovered thousands of years ago in Asia, these meridians have points along them that work similar to circuit breakers....

Dec 08 2015
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Being professionally dressed for an interview is a major stepping stone to empowerment for women. Under the direction of President Dawn Creighton, Dress For Success of Western Massachusetts is on a mission to provide disadvantaged women with the professional attire they need. Dress For Success promotes the economic independence of women across our region by helping women, many of whom have been in challenging situations or abusive relationships, take ownership of their lives and...

Dec 08 2015
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A 75 year old business owner recently shared with me her experience of losing one life and reclaiming the other. She shares the following suggestions for women looking to redesign their life: Take some time for you.  Do what’s hard for an accomplished woman to do: STOP.  Be with all the feelings.  What is, is.  Allow the tears and the anger and the temporary disorientation. Know that the nature of a turning point is temporary chaos. Suzanne Levine calls it the “fertile...

 Social media continues to buzz with current events running the gamut between what Caitlyn Jenner is wearing, to what political pundits are saying.   While these topics receive national attention, a much more pressing issue goes often unnoticed, until April.   In April puzzle pieces and blue lights will again garner media attention.   Walks will be organized, commercials featuring famous celebrities will grace television sets, and for a brief time the nation will focus...

Sep 22 2015
by T.J. Banks |
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“Children, have the herd instinct of prejudice against any outsider, and they are merciless in its indulgence,” wrote novelist L. M. Montgomery. Unfortunately, bullying has taken a much uglier turn since Montgomery’s day.  The weapons available to kids now allow them to skewer their victims all the more viciously and around the clock.  The kind of taunting that used to happen just at school or on the bus is now available 24/7. Yes, Massachusetts does have an anti-bullying...

Sep 22 2015
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I met with a dear old friend last week in New York who confessed she cried for four months last year starting at her daughter’s high school graduation and continued until Thanksgiving when she first came home from college. Although her son was still at home, sending her daughter away just was breaking her heart –and Skype and texting wasn’t replacing not seeing her. I got a brief taste of what a childless life is going to be like this past week as my only son who is 17 and...

Cancer may be visiting your life, but it is visiting to help you heal something. It is not visiting to help you lose anything. Illness is always here to cleanse out the negativity of what was so you can have a fresh start on what is to come. There is nothing more frightening or scary then when you face the possibility of your own mortality, and nor is there anything more motivating. It is now, more than ever that life’s deliciousness is appreciated, you naturally know what you...

Jul 05 2015
by T.J. Banks |
Comments Off on Vacation Stress Relief

Years ago, my son Zeke and I went to visit friends in London. Yes, we did a number of tourist-y things. We rode on a double-decker bus and shopped at Harrods; went to the Victoria & Albert Museum; wandered around the Tower of London; and saw Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at Regent’s Park. But we also poked around the bookstores and consignment shops (London, FYI, has great consignment shops); befriended a very comical pigeon near the Tower; and hung out in...

Jul 05 2015
Comments Off on A True Honoring of Our Temple

As we rise to meet another sacred passage of our lives, we take leaps forward. Some will partner up, while others continue to walk their road in a different way. None better, none worse, all a place for growth and adventure. Marriage is one of the steps that many will take. Here in America, we may have ideas of what that ‘should look like’. Much of our focus is placed on the actual day; What dress will I wear? What kind of flowers? What’s the right type of music?...

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