The Newsletter of 
December 2016



Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It's all about accepting all of yourself."

 ~ Tyra Banks

  • Was there a part of your authentic self you had to hide during your childhood? If so, write about it and how you either are or are not expressing it as an adult.
  • Make a list of all your positive attributes, explaining how you can focus on them to a greater extent.
  • Write about ways you can celebrate yourself. What makes your heart sing?
  • Write a letter to a loved one thanking them for a great December holiday.

Many of us think of December as a month for celebrating holidays. But, how if we think it as a time to celebrate YOU?

There seems to be a holiday for every reason. For example, December 7th, is National Letter- Writing Day. What fun it would be to spend the day writing letters to many people who you've lost touch with. Maybe you want to tell them about YOU and what you've been doing, while at the same time finding out what they're doing.

Sometimes we are so busy caring for others that we forget to honor ourselves. I love the idea of honoring YOU and all that is good about you. There could be no better reason for a celebration! 

by Elizabeth Lesser

This book affected me on many levels, personal, spiritual and intellectual. Firstly, for the past ten years, I've had and incurable form of smoldering bone marrow cancer, I have two daughters, and it is an ode to love and caring and lessons in sibling harmony.

It's a love story about two sisters, who were who get close out of necessity. Maggie has cancer, so author Elizabeth Lesser donates her bone marrow to save her sister's life, forming a bond that transcends any bond they've ever had before.

Lesser says, "The life-and-death necessity of our situation gave us the courage to do what we could have done all along: to hold hands, take the plunge, and swim through the deep water to the other shore." The sisters made huge discoveries about themselves and each other, but their biggest discovery was, as Lesser says, (p. 143), "There is a field; it is made of love; it is our home. I'll meet you there,"  With both of their parents gone, the sisters find the treasure and strength in each other.

Lesser, the co-founder of the Omega Institute, reveals many spiritual insights which she's come to understand during her journey, and also presents wisdoms from others, such as Thich Nat Hanh and Zen poets. A seeker herself, Lesser taps into the importance of finding our life purpose and the importance of facilitating change ourselves and in the world.

Because of how compelling the story and the writing was, I read this book in one sitting. For the past ten years, I've had an incurable form of smoldering multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer), and I also have two daughters, so I experienced a range of emotions-from laughter to tears to hope. This is a book that makes us realize what is truly important in life and how love and compassion are the pillars that support us on our journeys.  I highly recommended this book for you, and also as a holiday gift!

  The Face: A Time Cod by Ruth Ozeki (memoir/essay)

The concept of this book is very creative! Ruth Ozeki is a Buddhist priest who decided to stare at her face for three hours without interruption. This lead to a number of ruminations, contemplations, and meditations about what she saw-past, present and future. Ozeki had a Caucasian father (Yale professor), and a Japanese mother. By staring at her face, Ozeki explored what can be learned about ancestry, the aging process and more. She concluded that her essence stems from the Zen teaching of impermanence in that everything changes and nothing stays the same.

(If you decide to stare at your face as Ozeki did, you might also find,   that if you peer at something long enough,it can seem somewhat unfamiliar.)

Ozeki poses many essential questions, such as "What did your face look like before your parents were born?," Who are you?" and "What is your true face?" Also, she suggests we delve into the difference between our public and private faces. These are questions most of us would never consider to pondering before reading a book such as this one.

This palm-sized book can be read in one sitting and offers many ideas for writing. It's also a good Christmas-stocking stuffer for those with a philosophical/seeker slant.

"The Sexual Censorship Controversy" (blog). Psychology Today.  November 3, 2016. 
"Will There Be a Resurgence of the Hippie Generation?" (blog). Psychology Today. November 12, 2016. 
"The Resurgence and Allure of Ana├»s Nin" (blog).  Huffington PostNovember 12, 2016. 

"Why Be Grateful?" (blog). Psychology Today. 
November 21, 2016.  

Creatively yours,

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