When I met my husband, Matt, I thought that activism was for other people—people with more time and more heart. On one of our first dates, he told me, “I’m working on a film project about overcrowding in the Philadelphia prison system.” I was intimidated and a little embarrassed at not being up on the topic. I think I managed to say something like “Sounds kind of heavy.” I had no idea how much I would learn in the ensuing five years, or who I might become.
That project eventually became Broken on All Sides, a 68-minute documentary film about the intersection of class, race and the prison-industrial complex. Matt shot, directed, edited and distributed it; I spent many hours watching him work and going with him to protests and conferences, ingesting the issue on a deeper level and eventually becoming a collaborator on the final cut. The critically acclaimed film has been screened in more than 50 locations since its release in 2011, including at a conference of civil rights leaders in Selma, Alabama, and a panel with Angela Davis in Berkeley, California.
by Wayne Dyer
Heaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter.
I personally do this by making an effort to look upon my world as if I were observing it through lenses that filter out the form and all of the material aspects of what I’m seeing, and I can only view the spiritual energy that allows what I’m noticing to exist. Try putting on these imaginary magical lenses and see how different everything appears.
Greenshire Arts Consortium will host monthly Radiant Heart Qigong workshops led by Jeremy Harlow, of Dances with Spirit, beginning October 3. Harlow brings his expertise to Greenshire as he teaches mind/body methods of self-development, including qigong, Taiji Quan and body-centered meditation.
by Emily Vener
No matter what circumstances brought you to divorce, whether initiated by you or by your spouse, the emotional pain you experience takes a toll on your life. It’s obviously painful for couples that are so hostile that they never speak to each other again. Even in cases where the couple remains friendly with each other and the new spouses, there is an emotional fallout. Recognizing and anticipating the emotional currents can help you navigate toward emotional rebalancing.
by Michelle Bense
Stress responses do not live entirely in the brain, as emotional stresses. Other parts of the body can hold stress responses as well—think of the feelings of “butterflies” in the stomach or a “lump” in the throat. Neuro emotional technique (NET) can identify where those negative response patterns exist—whether we are aware of it or not—and help release them.
Morning Glory Preschool, the River Valley Waldorf School’s program for children ages 3 to 5, will hold its Early Childhood open house from 9 to 11 a.m., October 3, and its Preschool Fall Festival and open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m., October 30.
Full Living, a unique psychotherapy practice, is launching this month with multiple offices in Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods. Director Karen Smith works exclusively with seasoned, culturally competent clinicians, offering relational psychodynamic clinical services for individuals, couples and families.
by Matt Pillischer
Just four decades ago, criminal justice experts hypothesized about a future in America where prisons would no longer be necessary or practical. We had a U.S. prison population of about 300,000, non-militarized police departments and decent-paying jobs in our cities. But in the 1970s and 1980s, the “War on Drugs” was launched, the “Tough on Crime” movement emerged and politicians on both sides of the aisle were racing to lock up more people for longer sentences for more reasons.
Bikram Yoga Doylestown is joining with the Transcendental Meditation program to host free Transcendental Meditation (TM) introductory lectures from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., October 18, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., October 29. Attendees may also stay for a free hot yoga class following the lecture.
by Karen Smith
An element of a good psychotherapy, the one that requires the most skill and psychological strength from the therapist, is one’s work uncovering early childhood dynamics (archaeology) that impact our daily patterns (dances).
No matter what brings folks to therapy, eventually, patterns from childhood become a centrally relevant part of the therapy. While we often wish our childhoods and original family relations were not so influential in adult functioning, we are commonly plagued by relationship dynamics we recognize as a direct response to our family of origin.
A recent House bill, Penn HB 516, is threatening the practice of colon hydrotherapy in Pennsylvania and its availability to the public. Created as a bill to provide licensure to naturopathic physicians, it specifically outlines colon hydrotherapy as included in the scope of practice of a licensed naturopath. If this bill is passed without modification, Pennsylvanians will lose their right to retain their current service providers. Requiring residents to seek out a licensed naturopath for colon hydrotherapy will: (1) limit access to the therapy, and (2) have a huge impact on small businesses that currently provide the service.