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Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
In celebration of the New Year and our Sixth Anniversary on the World Wide Web, this season's Feature Articles, dedicated to personal and spiritual growth, are exploring the topic of "Life Lessons."
Our contributing authors have provided us with a wonderful and varied collection of insight on this subject, sharing personal stories of life lessons learned, and offering us thoughtful guidance and advice for discovering, exploring, and learning
from our own life lessons.
May peace and joy be yours as you learn from your life lessons!
"Lessons Learned from Emotions"
Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., an art therapist,
international workshop leader, trainer, and bestselling
author of 13 books, including "Recovery of Your
Inner Child," "The Creative Journal,"
"The Power of Your Other Hand," "Living with Feeling, " and her newest book, "The Art of Emotional Healing." She is director of the
Creative Journal Expressive Arts certification training
"Everything Life Has Absolutely, Positively Taught Me, Sort Of"
Fisher, a former journalist, corporate communicator
and advertising creative director, Lionel Fisher is the
author of "Celebrating Time Alone: Stories of
Splendid Solitude" and two other self-help books on
creative writing and working from home. He also writes a
column on the art of being alone.
"A Life Lesson: The Power of Admiration"
by Debra Lynn Dadd, hailed as "The Queen of Green" by the New York Times,
she has been a leading consumer advocate for products and lifestyle choices that are better
for health and the environment since 1982. She is author
of six environmental consumer guidebooks, including
"Nontoxic, Natural & Earthwise," "The
Nontoxic Home & Office" and "Home Safe
Home." Her website offers free email newsletters links to
thousands of nontoxic, natural products.
"Living at the Speed of Life"
Schlenger, a professional organizer for over 25 years,
working with large and small corporations, non-profit
agencies, and individuals to help them manage their time
and space more creatively and effectively. Sunny is the
author of the best-selling "How To Be Organized in
Spite of Yourself," a Book-of-the-Month-Club featured
selection, and her newest, "Organizing for
the Spirit," published by Jossey-Bass/John
Wiley & Sons in April 2004. (www.suncoach.com)
"Peace, Passion, and Purpose"
Zoglio, Ph.D., a life-balance expert, author, and
national lecturer. Through her writing, coaching, and
seminars, she helps individuals and work teams reach their
full potential. With a personal mission to nurture growth,
she supports practices that lead to energy, empowerment,
and the realization of meaningful goals. Her books include
"Recharge In Minutes" and "Create A Life
That Tickles Your Soul." (www.zoglio.com)
"When the Horse is Dead, Get Off"
by Robin L.
Silverman, author of the forthcoming book, "Fullistic
Living™." She is also the author of "The Ten
Gifts" and "Something Wonderful is About to
Happen." She is a professional public speaker,
corporate trainer, and consultant. Her website is
"25 Resolutions for Happiness: What I’ve Learned…So Far"
Molly Stranahan, Psy.D., uses a synthesis of life’s teachings, including her training and personal and professional experiences, to help people make choices that lead to happier, healthier, more-fulfilling lives. She incorporates the
influences of cognitive-behavioral psychology, Twelve Step programs, various religious traditions, and extensive research into stress management and happiness into her work. Her website is www.pathtohappiness.com.
Life Lessons Learned: The Importance of Releasing Resentments"
Orloff, M.D., author of the new book "Positive Energy: Ten Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear Into Vibrance, Strength, and Love." She is
also author of the bestsellers, "Guide to Intuitive Healing" and
"Second Sight." She is a psychiatrist, a practicing intuitive,
an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and is an international workshop leader on the interrelationship of intuition, energy, and
"Life’s Lessons Become Life’s Blessings"
by Genece Hamby, a gracious blend of poet, mystic, and advocate of stillness living in accordance to her essence and own natural rhythm. She facilitates others in living through their own sanctuary of stillness and is
currently authoring her first book, “I Can Hear the Grapes Speak.” (www.sanctuaryofstillness.org)
"Lessons, Lessons, Life is Just One Big Classroom After All"
Sandra Lee Schubert,
interfaith minister, poet and founder of Wild Woman
Ministries, a forum to explore and express creativity
and spirituality. As a minister and coach, Rev. Schubert
helps people discover and unlock their creative
potential and is
committed to assisting people in fulfilling their
dreams. Her website is www.wildwomanministries.org
"Life Lessons Found in Birthdays"
by Donna Henes,
Urban Shaman and editor and publisher of the highly
acclaimed quarterly, "Always In Season: Living In
Sync with the Cycles." She is also author of
"Moon Watcher's Companion," "Celestially
Auspicious Occasions," and her newest, "The
Queen of My Self: Women Stepping into Sovereignty in
Midlife." She has offered lectures, workshops,
circles, and celebrations worldwide for 30 years. (www.donnahenes.net)
"What I Have Learned? Hm..."
by Hubert Pryor, author of "Soul Talk: Positive Mind Treatments to Turn Your Life Around" and the forthcoming book, "SERENITY 101: Spiritual Wisdom, Ancient and Modern, for Peace of Mind Today." Formerly, he was
editor-in-chief of "Modern Maturity" magazine and of "Science Digest" and a senior editor of "Look" magazine. He lives in South Palm Beach, Florida, where he is a free-lance writer and editor.
"Awakening Inner Magic In Midlife"
Puodziunas (Dinah - Midlife Fairy Godmother), helps
women become their own midlife fairy godmothers. She has
been passionately helping self aware, spiritually focused,
fun loving women move past obstacles to an enchanted life
her entire life. Midlife Magic For Second Half Bliss is a
five step formula she offers through life coaching,
telephone and in person workshops, speaking engagements
and articles. (www.midlifefairygodmothers.com)
"Breathing Space between Reaction and Response"
by Tara Topper, a poet, writer, and dancer all her life, Tara has been a bodyworker since 2001 blending massage, deep tissue, core sequencing, craniosacral and visceral techniques with her knowledge of
psychology, yoga, kundalini, emotional storage and release, and transpersonal experience. She is currently a student at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
"Five Life Lessons"
Father Paul's Quarterly Column, "As You Think," at SoulfulLiving.com
by Father Paul Keenan, popular speaker, author and
radio co-host of WABC Radio’s "Religion on the
Line." Widely experienced as a national and local
television and radio news commentator, he is the author
of "Good News for Bad Days," "Stages of
the Soul" and his newest, "Heartstorming: The
Way to a Purposeful Life." (www.fatherpaul.com)
"Life is a Lesson in Every Season"
Quarterly Column, "Seasoned Living," at SoulfulLiving.com
by Bret S. Beall, MS, PhD (Cand), who applies his scientific
training as an evolutionary paleontologist to help people
easily live fantastic lives via consultations,
demonstrations, lectures, articles and his free
e-newsletter about Cooking, Entertaining, Décor,
Budgeting, Simplification, Prioritization, Organization,
and Travel via his company, Global Organic Designs
Lifestyle Services. (www.god-dess.com)
"Turning Mistakes into Lessons"
Laura's Quarterly Column, "Gifts of the Soul,"
by Laura Grace, co-founder of Infinite Wisdom,
author, and national speaker. As a regular contributor
for publications across the US and Canada, she writes
about human awareness and spiritual growth. Laura is the
author of the widely acclaimed book, "Gifts of the
Soul" and is the creator and teacher of various
personal growth programs. (www.laurahyde.com)
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