Most of us are busy remembering the past, reliving it or rearranging it to our liking. Sometimes, we daydream the future or simply plan it. We have been taught to write down goals, to use planners and check our statistics to take an accurate reading of our lives. We fill our calendars with soccer practices, recitals, family functions and graduations. Time is the great ruler in western … [Read more...] about What are we looking at?
When we grow up in a dysfunctional family, like most of us did, we may feel grief, anger, frustration, sadness and more. I sure did. Did you? Or may be you were among the gifted ones who were raised in a supportive, loving and nurturing environment. Since I had plenty to deal with, I healed a bit at the time and in due course became a spiritual counselor. I understood what my clients were telling … [Read more...] about How Did I Come About to Offer My Services?
I recently listened to a conversation on "You Can Heal Your Life Summit", organized by Hay House Publishing. Robert Holden from England and Rabbi Steve Leder from Los Angeles were discussing the gems found in More Beautiful Than Before—How suffering transforms us. Rabbi Steve Leder wrote this book with gratitude in mind. A serious accident left him in pain and incapacitated him for months. … [Read more...] about More Beautiful Than Before
Every year, on the morning of my birthday, I am filled with joy. Joy springs up, for no obvious reason except that it is my birthday. In my forties, I used to invite my friends to share the celebration of this day with me. It became a yearly ritual. We gathered for an afternoon of fun, with potluck cheer and laughter. I looked around me, utterly satisfied to see everyone in conversation and … [Read more...] about A Practice of Gratitude
Sometime last spring, a client made an appointment for her elementary school age daughter. The mother was concerned about social challenges her daughter was experiencing at school. Her daughter felt that she didn’t belong. Her anxiety level was high, she felt vulnerable, and her self-esteem was dropping. I had worked with each member of this family in the past. Years ago, Lisa, consulted with … [Read more...] about Timing
©2008 Sylvaine Francine Not too long ago, sometimes this past summer, I began experiencing anger. No one witnessed explosions or angry words, or any dramatic things of this sort because it was not like that. I would feel this anger rise inside me. Not a low smoldering piece of red amber that eventually takes over. No, it was simply feeling outraged, right from the start. Angry, outraged and … [Read more...] about The Gentle Dragon