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Staying Afloat

No one is untouched by this crisis. Some populations – people of color, nursing home residents, the disabled, impoverished and incarcerated – are being decimated before our eyes. Anyone with a heart is shaken to the core by the widespread devastation we see around us

We are dealing with overwhelming loss: our past way of life, the threat or actual loss of work, income, food, freedoms, social life, hobbies, personal space, most importantly, the threat of aloss of health or life for self or loved ones.

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POSTED BY Joan-Marie Lartin ON June15, 2020

Becoming My Own Mother

The cultural ambivalence we see every Mothers Day about whether to celebrate this made up holiday (aren’t they all?) is probably a good reflection of the inherent ambivalence we humans have about mothers, mothering, being a mother, relating to our mothers, the whole deal.

We have the profound polarization between the perfection of the Madonna, the sacred, beloved, cherished mother, and the mother who is hated and murdered by her child, usually a son, in a rage of paralyzed dependency. Most of us, thankfully, muddle along somewhere in the middle, in affection, love, resentment, guilt, longing, and existential emptiness. It’s not for nothing that we have come to think of our planet as Mother Earth – if our treatment of our home planet doesn’t reflect ambivalence if not outright violence, well, there it is...

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POSTED BY Joan-Marie Lartin ON MAY 8, 2016

Holistic Approaches to Managing Depression

by Erin Lehn

Reprinted with permission from Natural Awakenings of South Central PA

According to an report, an estimated 8 percent of Americans suffer from depression. “There are depressing, oppressive events that can happen in a person’s life. Depression is a natural consequence of experiencing sustained stress, loss, mistreatment, physical trauma or serious illness...

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Serotonin Deficiency: A Root Cause of Your Depression Symptoms?

Is “serotonin deficiency” the underlying cause of your depression symptoms – feelings of pessimism, sadness, distrust, hopelessness or anxiety? If so, discover how you can reverse serotonin deficiency with a natural supplement.

Serotonin is an important chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to the other. It plays a key role in psychological functions and is responsible for a feeling of calmness and well-being. Of the approximately 40 million brain cells, most are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin. This includes brain cells related to sleep, memory, learning, temperament, appetite and social behavior.

Read more at Natural Health Advisory Institute...

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POSTED BY Joan-Marie Lartin ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2015