April 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to April
Please see my article below on moving through the Coronavirus pandemic.
Wishing you health and safety!
The showers of April will bring us beautiful flowers. As the flowers begin to blossom, do not forget to focus on your goals and aspirations, so you can blossom as well. Some days to note are Passover, Easter, Ramadan and Tell a Story Day. I chose this picture because the bumble bee is my symbol.
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Monday, April 6
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2:00--3:00/PMET 11:00-12:00PMPT
Dr. Rita Louise
Healing Dysfunctional Relationships
Dr. Rita Louise, author of six books and producer of several feature-length and short films. A survivor or childhood abuse, Dr. Rita Louise has emerged as a gifted empath and talented clairvoyant medical intuitive. She is a Naturopathic physician and the founder of the Institute Of Applied Energetics that trains students in the art of medical intuition, intuitive counseling, and energy medicine. Dr. Louise has appeared on radio, television and in movies and has lectured on health and healing, ghosts, intuition, ancient mysteries and the paranormal. She will discuss her new book "The Dysfunctional Dance Of The Empath And Narcissist". More about Dr. Rita Louise.
Monday, April 13
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Jessica Baum
Balancing Empathy
Jessica Baum, LMHC is the founder of the Relationship Institute of Palm Beach and creator of the Self-Full™ method which is a therapeutic path to personal wellness and freedom from codependence. Jessica holds an undergraduate degree from Fordham University and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from South University. She is also a certified Imago Therapist, bringing her compassionate and effective relationship counseling experience to families, couples, and family programs within addiction treatment centers.Jessica’s own personal core belief is centered around the importance of connection, both to oneself and the outside world. She will discuss losing yourself in your relationship due to too much empathy. More about Jessica Baum.
Monday, April 20
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2:00-3:00PMET/11:00-12:00PMP T
James and Steph Purpura
Perception:Seeing Is Not Believing

James and Steph Purpura are a husband and wife team that are authors of "Perception: Seeing is Not Believing. Their journey of transformation is nothing short of extraordinary. Before they met 15 years ago, both of their lives had hit rock bottom. Each was financially, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupt. They helped each other to personally evolve, clearing away barriers to self-fulfillment, using the power of perception to change self-limiting beliefs, enabling them to better sense and take advantage of opportunities. Their seminar company, Powerful U, they are now sharing their accumulated knowledge so that personal development can be made affordable and accessible for all seekers. They will be discussing their book and how to take advantage of opportunities. More about James and Steph Purpura.
Monday, April 27
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Stephen Laurence Kramer
Enriching Our Lives Through Music

Stephen Laurence Kramer, conductor and pianist, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He studied piano, composition, viola and con ducting in Vienna. He then went on to continue his conducting studies with master artists in Vienna, Hannover, Paris and Munich. He has gone to Korea 33 times, to conduct multiple organizations, conduct a series of television concerts, accompany numerous recitals and to hold master classes for conductors, singers and pianist s. He will discuss his career as a conductor and how classical music can enhance and enrich our lives. Music by Stephen Laurence Kramer.
Positively Speaking
Patricia's Perspective

We live in a society that actually promotes loneliness and isolation. That seems like an oxymoron because we are all so busy going places and being involved in activities, but that does not mean we are connected on a deep level. Now with the coronavirus pandemic, all of this has been accentuated and accelerated. For those of us feeling lonely, we are now lonelier. For those of us feeling isolated, we are more isolated. 

In other cultures, building community is part of daily living. Outward success and financial achievement are not as important in other cultures as they are here. This is a reason why there is so much fear and panic at this time. This is uncharted territory for most of us.

I am single and on my own, and I do have strong connections, but not as many as people in larger families that live close together. I want to look at the silver lining and positives in what we can do, and I will speak to the major issues or “elephant in the room” affecting all of us.

Financially, for those with steady paychecks, most will be paid. For those who are sole proprietors, business owners, independent contractors and whose businesses depend on steady customers in the doors, their financial security is at risk. This is a time for more communication with vendors, customers, creditors and ourselves about what we need versus what we want. 

Healthwise, we all know the recommendations for cleanliness and safety during the coronavirus pandemic. We know to wash our hands, use hand sanitizer and social distancing. We need to add what we can do for our own selfcare. This includes more sleep or better sleep, eating healthier foods (to help mood), getting exercise (even if it means dancing in your living room or sitting in a chair doing leg lifts). There are many online resources in this area. 

Emotionally, this is a time to bridge the gap between isolation and loneliness by reaching out to our friends, family, customers, employees and colleagues. We can do this online, the phone and through other social media tools. This is a time to support each other, and reconnect with those that we have lost touch with because of our busy lives. 

Spiritually, the new buzz word seems to be mindfulness, but it is especially what we need during this time. There are wonderful apps out there such as Headspace, Calm, Mindfulness Daily and Insight Timer. This is also a time to take an inventory and make a list of what we have internally and externally. What are our gifts? What are our blessings? This includes friends, family, home, and the resources readily available to us in our homes and environment. It is also a time to think of others who could use our help. A phone call or text can make someone's entire day, especially in a time of isolation where we are not surrounded by other people. 

Environmentally, this is a great time to look at our space, our homes, apartments, and cars to see what we do and do not need. We can organize drawers or books, clean out shelves, discard old papers, reorganize the basement, go through our closets. Organizing, discarding clutter, and cleaning out is very healing. 

For me, the lesson is about staying open and creative and positive. We may need to find new ways to earn money, take care of ourselves, communicate with others and show up in the world. 

We will get through this pandemic faster by getting through this together. I’m sending you all my love and support.

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