By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
Thinking about the past year? Here is a way to make a good end to 2016:
Remember all of the painful and difficult experiences that took place. Write these experiences in your journal (or on a piece of paper if you don't keep a journal) and say one by one, “I acknowledge and agree that this happened.” If you wish, light a candle to recognize all these events.
Notice how you feel in your body when you make this acknowledgement.
By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
On this Christmas Eve, I send my best and warmest greetings.
Whatever holidays you celebrate, this is the season of slowing down, of taking stock, of resting, connecting with others, expressing kindness and looking to the arrival of the new year.
And Santa? Santa Claus might be the Santa of the Christians' Christmas, or he might be a simple wise man -- acting upon centuries of love, with the wisdom of what we need.
At this time of year, I like to think of one of my favorite children’s books, titled Winter’s Tales, a collection of sweet and savory holiday stories written by Michael Foreman and illustrated by Friere Wright. They are all excellent, and one favorite is “The Ogre’s Heart,” about a nasty and hungry ogre who terrorized the village, stealing the village’s sheep and fruit throughout the year and gobbling the villagers’ turkeys and mince pies at Christmas.
Pleased to report that my commentary "A Heartfelt Wish for Empathy in This Holiday Season" was printed in this morning's edition of LNP. I use the principle of role reversal, a key intervention in psychodrama, to suggest how we might stand in another's shoes in our post-election recovery. Read the article here.
Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, is an author, trainer and psychotherapist who promotes, practices and teaches experiential methods including psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations, mindfulness and Tarot imagery.
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