Debbie Gibson's music helps heal trauma

debbie gibsonA powerful healing force

I believe there is a huge connection between self-worth, self-love, joy, and healing from disease. These are critical emotion and passion components of the HEALING WHEEL. The challenge has been that for many years I did not know how to love myself. I didn't see my worth, and I didn't feel like I deserved to feel joy. As a child, joy was the last priority: Survival was number one. When you struggle to meet day- to- day needs, you often don't experience
joy--Joy can seem like a luxury. Through the years, I have tired from therapists and healers asking me if I love myself--how do I love myself? I could not connect to these feelings. I spent my life deriving good feelings from the outside of me: validation from others, rewards for my achievements, seeing others benefit from my social work services.

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Attention to mind-body-spirit is worth it!

I love this guy. He has kept me dancing and has shown me that my physical pains can go away and heal quickly, once the mind, body, and spirit are balanced. I feel more connected to my body and to my true self having participated in VOILA sessions. Never let anyone tell you that you have to STOP dancing or whatever physical activity you are passionate about. The body can heal so much easier than we give it credit for when given the right tools. Thank you, Joel Crandall.

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Music nurtures my soul and strengthens my brain

music heart brainGrowing up in a low income rural community, extracurricular activities were abundant--IF-- you were a child interested in outdoor sports. Hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, farming, hunting, fishing, swimming in lakes, to name a few. I WAS NOT ONE OF THESE CHILDREN. I was very sensitive to my environment, had many allergies, and my temperament or natural tendencies didn't coincide with these outdoor activities. I naturally gravitated to other interests and when I did, fortunately it was noticed and acted upon.

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Timing and readiness is important for healing

timingThroughout my journey there are many interventions that have taken place that started to heal my body. I am better today than I was yesterday and markedly better than I was 10 years ago. I look over my life and wonder how I made it? There were so many opportunities along the way for me to give up, leave my life, or worsen to such a state that my body could no longer support me in life. Yet, I am still here. This is because of all the support, love, resources, and people that have come in and out of my life. But it is also because of "me."

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Biomagnetism's impact on my Crohn's disease

biomagnetismPhysical and emotional healing combined

It was October of 2016 when Helena Guerrero, a certified medical Biomagnetism therapist, came into my life. Helena Guerrero is the United States Biomagnetism coordinator and is indeed an expert in this modality. As I began my journey with Biomagnetism, it quickly became a fundamental part of my 'Healing Wheel'. I am drawn to modalities that integrate both physical and emotional levels of healing. Biomagnetism, is an excellent integration of physical and emotional healing.

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When Self-Loathing Leads to Suicide of our "SELVES"

starA Powerful Message from A Star is Born

As I sat in the movie theater watching a Star is Born, I was drawn into the loving relationship that develops between Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) and Ally (Lady Gaga). It is the essence of authenticity--he loves her for all that she is despite her self-deprecating statements about her nose, and her perception of a lack of "good looks" that prevented her from becoming a "real" musician; she wards off feelings of low self-worth each time her father makes comments about her failures. Ally doesn't get spell-bound with Jackson Maine because of his fame as a musician. She sees deeply into him and wonders if anyone ever took the time to get to know who he is behind the music. She sees him as a "gentle, loving soul" and notices his pain, senses his struggle; she desires to get closer to him--Don't we all want to get closer to someone who sees us for who we really are?

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Ballroom Dance Builds Resiliency in youths

danceHow ballroom dance makes our youth sparkle inside and out.

For over a decade Dancing with the Stars has had universal appeal. Let's admit it--this show is all about the sparkle and I am not only talking about the millions of Swarovski Crystals adorning the costumes. The program transports us into a wonderland of beauty, confidence, music, sex appeal, athleticism, and emotion. Until now, the majority of participants on Dancing with the Stars have been adults. This is about to change with the premiere of ABC's Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

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