The quick link to my most recent newsletter from October 2014 Into November which focused on relaxation, our expectations of ourselves, politics, domestic violence resources, and a warming seasonal recipe.
The quick link to the September 2014 Newsletter Welcoming Fall which explores seasonal change and personal evolution, the debut of my new website, and two new seasonal fall recipes.
I was previously trying to post my entire newsletters on my blog, but as time can be limited I am going to post this now and edit it later to include more content. Enjoy!
I am so lucky to be building a wonderful relationship with my CSA, Philly Foodworks (previously Neighborhood Foods), who continue to push the limits of how local, organic, and sustainable goods make it to your home and table. I am thankful to have them as a part of my community and believe wholeheartedly in supporting and building relationships with others who share my vision of life and engender my ethics, morals, and values around food, agriculture, the environment, and what it is to live together, instead of as the islands we have become!
With that, Philly Foodworks is offering a wonderful savings to friends and family of previous CSA members, which makes you lucky as I am one! If you sign up as a CSA member you will receive $10.00 off of the cost of your share, and will have the ability to list me as your referral giving me some lovely perks as well. Below is a more detailed description of the CSA, what it offers, and how it works from Dylan Baird who runs the whole program. Feel free to get in touch with him if you have any questions or need additional information. His contact information is below. If you want to find out more about being a CSA member, I will happily share my experiences when you get in touch 🙂
Philly Foodworks has grown out of a citywide demand for a community food system. This system encompasses farmers, chefs, artisans, entrepreneurs, activists, educators and customers who desire good food. Philly Foodworks is taking local and compassionate food out of a niche market and bringing it to everyone.
We run a CSA (farm share program in which customers receive weekly deliveries of produce) and local food distribution system that helps producers secure and build their business, while increasing access of their products to all Philadelphians. CSA members can customize their shares to the degree they desire and are reimbursed when they can not pick up their share. They can also receive their boxes at home through Wash Cycle Laundry’s bicycle delivery system.
Length: May 26th-October 23rd (22 weeks)
Your Choice: $395 (six items, choose everything)
Mixed Choice: $395 (six items, you choose some things, farmer chooses some things)
Farmers Choice: $625 (10 items, farmer chooses)
Products available besides vegetables: meat, dairy, fruit, bread, jam, honey, hummus, beef jerky, soup, condiments, desserts and much more coming!
Location: all over the city and Main Line
Using the same infrastructure, we’ve partnered with the Urban Tree Connection to establish a community buying club system. This will bring the same high quality food accessible through our CSA to four low-income neighborhoods at below market rate.
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Navigating Transition: Basking In The Unknown
I want to wish all of my readers a Happy New Year! I hope that 2014 brings you much love, happiness, health, and growth for you in whatever adventures you undertake this year!
It has been about 6 months since my last newsletter and what a stressful period this had been for me! I have written about my experiences here, and how I have, through multiple obstacles, increased my patience, acceptance, and trust in the universe. I truly appreciate how my challenges have led me to my accomplishments and forced me to gain insights about life and myself that I would have never otherwise learned. I am finally able to see how the events of life are truly synchronistic, in that my difficulties have been linked to my opportunities, and that every step has had its purpose (regardless of my lack of awareness). To say that we learn something or get something out of every situation is an understatement. Today I try to remember that what feels like a barrier to progress, may just contain the key piece of the solution to moving forward. I hope that you can all see how this may play out in your own lives, to help you navigate the hard times. I now remind myself that even in the toughest situations, that there will always be an opening for positive change if I look for it.
So I have made it successfully through one difficult time and now find myself in both a time of transition and rebirth. I have (so far and as much as I know how to) completed all requirements to FINALLY transfer my counseling license to Pennsylvania after living her for 3.5 years. I do hope that this is as complete as I believe it to be, and that the state will not pull another delay out of their beaurocratic hat. Keep your fingers crossed for me folks! I also achieved my Certification in Holistic Health Coaching in October making me an official lifestyle and nutrition coach (which I’ll label Wellness). Now that I have (hopefully) achieved my professional goals, it is time for me to focus on growth and evolution for the future! It can be both exhilarating and frightening to be in such a position, as achievement feels amazing, yet progress requires growth, and growing can be scary. We all at times deal with the uncertainty of the future, and this unknown can be rather intimidating for us. I am working to be mindful and conscious of what I have learned in my recent struggles, and how I feel at the present, to remind myself not to be fearful (because the universe has my back), to be courageous (because there is as much potential for success as there is for failure, and even in failure there’s a lesson), and to be positive and self-compassionate with myself (because experiences are only negative if we make them negative, and if I love and care for myself than success and failure don’t really matter – right? Experience is experience and our mind assigns things value such as good and bad).
The hopefully-not-surprising truth is that I am just as human as you are, and I feel my emotions just like you do. I feel fear, insecurity, and doubt just like you, and although it may betray my “professional” boundaries to share this with you (because people often imagine their healers as perfectly healed themselves) I would hope that anyone would want a therapist who is still working on themselves and engaged with the emotional struggles of being human. (Plus let’s be honest, who isn’t a perpetual emotional work in progress? I’d be perplexed by a person who no longer feels their emotional ups and downs, they are a part of existence). And so this is an interesting time for me, full of hope and a lot of emotional confusion. After spending the past three and a half years working to build my career, I feel pulled to focus on something I have sadly lost touch with- self-care. I tend to put my responsibilities first (as my family system taught me) and have been so focused on managing my professional responsibilities that I ignored some of my responsibility to myself.
So while I am tempted to continue to focus on professional goals, I know now is a time to tune into myself, and to make more time for self-reflection, creative expression, meditation, exercise, and quiet healing. As a therapist I can only help my clients as much as I help myself. I am more and more accepting of the fact that it is not the professional training or education that help me help my clients, but my own self-awareness, emotional intuition, and self-care that allows me to support and assist others. To be fully present with clients in their struggles I must be fully present and able to sit with my own difficulties, which I am working always to do. Instead of diving right into business, I plan to take this month to care for myself inside and out, and to revise the things that have not been working in my life so that I can give myself what I need. Hooray! It is wonderful to finally have the time to focus on myself and I am not even entertaining the negative thoughts that might tell me that I should have been doing these things all along! This is where I am, and I can only move forward from this point on! Looking backwards is a waste of time, and shoulds should be ignored! Let’s not put pressure on ourselves to be anyone other than who we are or anywhere other than where we are! I look forward to sharing my adventures in self-care this month and will continue to put recipes and articles on my blog for those of you who want to learn simple healthy cooking, and about relationships, emotional health, and blossoming into your most authentic self.
I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of my community and support system! I cannot build community alone and know that the work I do would be meaningless if I did not have others to help or share with. Thank you! And while this may not be comfortable for me, I am aware that I do need to ask all of you for your assistance in sharing my services with others, and helping me to get my message out there so that I can reach those people who could truly benefit from my help. As a therapist (and not someone in sales or marketing) the business aspect of being a professional can be daunting as the skills required are often counter intuitive (literally) to those that I professionally use. But without advertising and marketing, I am unable to share my services with those in need, and so I am asking of you today to consider forwarding this email to anyone you think may be interested in health, emotions, relationships, self-esteem, healing, growth, or spirituality. I will plan to include in my next newsletter suggestions on gentle ways to help people you care about consider therapy, as I know it can be very difficult to express concerns to others without fear of their reaction or resistance. Often people want help, but are unsure of what to do or where to turn, and so they do nothing. In sharing my writing my hope is to connect with someone in need, to inspire someone to seek help, to remind others that life is difficult, but that we can get through it successfully through connection and support. Most of us just want to know that we are not alone in our struggles, and so I do hope that you will share my words with others, so that maybe someone feels a little less alone in and more hopeful about their difficulties today!
Workshops & New Destinations
- January 11th is Positive Change in 2014: Philly Punx Community Workshop ! This workshop has been created to educate, support, and empower individuals in the punk community around issues that impact everyone, specifically: mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. We hope to promote dialogue, provide resources, and create ongoing networks for those in need, as well as their supporters. This event is FREE and will run from 1pm-6pm at the Beaumont Warehouse, followed by a show (of course, which is not free and will help offset the cost of the workshops). For more information please contact me!
- Future Heads Up!: February 25th I will be presenting Towards A Calmer, More Peaceful Life: Steps You Can Take exploring stress, its effects on physical and emotions health, and methods of coping. This event will take place at the Main Public Library (1901 Vine Street) as a part of their annual book series One Book, One Philadelphia. I will share the origins of stress, the biological components of stress, and ways that we can work to manage and reduce stress. I hope that you will join me, and learn new ways to achieve relaxation and peace. More information available here.
- Main Line Counseling Center is now Main Line Counseling and Wellness Center, and has moved to 600 Haverford Road, Suite 201, Haverford, PA 19041. In addition to Psychotherapy services we now offer a full range of wellness modalities including Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropraction, Child Birth Support, Yoga and More! We will have ongoing workshops from our practitioners as well as outside professionals to educate clients around holistic health and wellness. We are currently preparing our Winter Workshop series and more information will be available on our website here as things develop! I will make sure to keep you all posted about our exciting events! www.mlcwellness.com
- Art of Wellness is currently in the process of moving to 1930 South Broad Street’s Constitution Health Plaza where we hope to bring our holistic healing modalities to a larger community in South Philadelphia. I will make sure to inform you all when we reopen!
Hi Readers! I never got around to sending this newsletter out due to a lack of time and too much responsibility in the fall, but am happy to share my thoughts and experiences with you now, even if a bit behind schedule. I have truly learned a lot from these past six months, and although challenging, I am actually happy to have been through such an obstacle course, as it has taught me many needed lessons, and given me a new sense of hope and faith in the universe. And now I share these with you…
Well, I don’t know about you, but it has been a busy, stressful, and hard-working summer for me. I have been focused on accomplishing goals and problem solving barriers to achievement, and cannot believe that we are already midway through September as I am just feeling able to stop in the midst of my chaos and peek out at the world around me! What a relief!
Looking back at the process I went through this summer and into fall (both physically and emotionally) I can say I have learned a lot about myself, how I cope with things, and what I need to be mindful of moving forward. This summer provided experiences of stress and frustration that forced me to look at my perspective on life, my expectations, as well as my level of acceptance, and to realize that what we experience emotionally effects everything and is rooted in our thinking. While this may not be a new idea to you readers, I wonder how many of you have actually been through an experience that affords you this wisdom?
In facing my emotions (including my resistance about something I DID NOT want to do but ultimately needed to do) I was taken through a process that forced me to truly challenge myself to let go of my expectations and find new ways to deal with frustrations and limitations in life. I realized that I was clinging to a desire to control things, so as to feel safe, secure and “responsible”, but was allowing this need for safety to keep me in a situation that I was unhappy with. Then of course (either ironically or appropriately depending on your view) the things that were contributing to my feelings of control and predictability started to waiver too and I found myself having to adjust (both my plan for the future as well as my goals in the present) in order to accept my lack of control and to follow the path I needed to take to arrive at my intended destination.
Admitting and then doing something I did not want to do was extremely hard for me. I have never liked having to do anything, and have often throughout life rebelled against such “requirements” or “rules” (and everything really, but that’s a story for another day). I do not like when others tell me what to do or how to do things, and being in a situation where I was forced to do something that goes against what I believe in (fairness) I had no other choice but to confront my emotions, and work through the overwhelming sadness that arose in reaction to having to do this unfair thing.
I had been taking particularly good care of myself through eating and exercising, and immediately stopped doing these things consistently (or at all really) once the emotional distress arose. I spent a lot of time trying to find ways to get out of taking the necessary steps, as well as denying the requirements, until I was faced with having to either commit to taking action (and allowing my pride to be injured) or refusing to act (protecting my ego, but causing myself a major delay in the accomplishment of this crucial goal). Logically I knew that I needed to let my emotions go, and get out of my own way, but emotionally this was quite a struggle.
In this struggle I learned something important that I knew but could not quite achieve insight around: Sometimes we have to do something, but we can be creative in how we do it. I realized that creativity is not always about working outside of the box, but finding flexibility inside of the box. That it isn’t what we do, but how we do it. Once I accepted having to do this thing I did not want to do, then I was able to work out how to do it in a way that actually does work for me, and changes the meaning of having to take this action. When we can see where we can make a situation work for us, then we can resist it less and increase our satisfaction in having to make such an effort. I initially did attempt to think positively about the situation, but being able to sort the details out so that my life was not extremely altered, and having awareness of opportunities for progress and positivity, changed my whole perspective, and allowed for additional rewards to come my way.
This required action has in many ways led to the positive change I was seeking, just not in the form I was expecting it to arrive in. And while this was a summer of stress, as the seasons change and I settle into my new routine (reflecting these required steps) I am aware that life feels calmer, I feel happier, and the adjustment period is slowly turning into a sense of satisfaction with how these changes have positively impacted my life although I initially resisted them. I now know within myself that the hardest things are the ones worth addressing, expressing, and facing, for in healing them we achieve a wealth of rewards. The change we resist can be the best thing for us, and can be the change we desire.
Within the past month things have totally changed in certain areas of my life and while I was not ready for these changes, I am so thankful that I was open to allowing change into my life, as I feel my balance slowly coming back. The fall always feels like a time of change and new beginning for me. With the New Moon, Labor Day, and Rosh Hashana in the early weeks of the month, September has felt like a new beginning for me. A new year with a fresh mind, fresh emotions, and open perspective. I am aware that the challenges of the summer have opened me up to experiencing change without fear, but rather with a sense of possibility and un-attachment, since control is an illusion anyways. I sense that changes are going on in the lives of others all around me, and although these do bring adjustments and discomforts, I hope that you are all embracing the needed changes in your lives, whether or not you accept them. Change is one constant that we can rely upon, so it is key that we can make it our friend instead of our enemy, as we travel along life’s path.
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Now that it is May, spring is finally here! Spring feels like a starting point for rebirth, and seasonally it is a time for us to prepare for summer by lightening our winter load. In winter our bodies tend to add extra weight to keep us warm and sustained through the cold months, but come spring it is natural to feel the need for cleansing to get rid of now unnecessary weight. A cleanse also allows us to purge our bodies of any toxins that may have built up and can contribute to any physical symptoms or concerns that we experience.
So what does one eat during a detox? Cleanses or Detox diets are definitely a nutritional fad these days, and can therefore confuse people due to much misinformation and varied perspectives on doing it “right”. So when I decided to do a cleanse of my own I resisted the urge to join a group cleanse, or pick up a cleansing book, but focused on the basics of what I know about healthy eating: whole foods and organic foods. Reduce sugar, dairy, alcohol, wheat and processed foods or eliminate them altogether. I took grains and legumes out for this particular cleanse and kept the fats to a minimum.
Not everyone can reduce fats and proteins, so if you are considering a cleanse, know yourself in the process and make sure not to deprive yourself of nutrition and energy that you need to make it through the day. Some cleanses can lower energy and drain the body due to their harsh methods and this is not something I wanted. I wanted to eat cleaner, feel lighter and get my body back on track towards health. SO that is what I did!
See my recipes for Kale Chips, Banana Whip and Kale Salad below for a taste of some healthy detox inspiration!
Here are a few ways to help you cleanse your body, mind, and life on your own:
- Get Active: being active and exercise can be great ways to enhance the body’s natural detox system: sweat. When we exercise our glands secrete waste through sweat and also increase our metabolism and ability to burn calories and use energy. Exercise also decreases fat through creation of muscle which not only releases the toxins previously stored in fat cells, but reduces the number of fat cells for future toxins to get stored in
- Drink Water: water cleanses every part of our bodies down to the cellular level and is one of the basic blocks of a healthy body. We are x% water and use water to clean out our organs- most importantly our liver which functions as a daily detoxifier of all we put into our bodies. Drinking at least 8 8oz cups of water a day will help our body naturally cleanse itself, but add more and you will assist the process even more.
- Meditate: find a way to cleanse your MIND and SPIRIT. If you are toxin free but continue to think toxic thoughts and feel toxic feelings your body will feel differently than if you have released negativity in your heart and mind and are able to live free of the weight of negative emotions. Our emotions influence our physical health and functioning as much as our diet and lifestyles do. If meditation isn’t for you consider other forms of emotional healing and release like therapy, artistic expression, or other mind/body exercises.
- Cleanse Your Space: our environments can be a source of clutter and disharmony. Spring is a great time to get rid of unwanted belongings, clean your home or office, reorganize, redecorate or simplify the space. Fresh air, sunshine, plants and good scents all contribute to the energy of the environment which effects you!
- Free Your Body: Release toxins by sweating them out in a sauna, take a long warm bath, or give yourself a full body scrub to exfoliate.
- Laugh: Laughter is emotionally cleansing and has the ability to totally change your mood. Make sure to have laughter in your life for optimal health and coping.
- Good Company and LOVE Spend time with loved ones to release negative energy and increase positivity through connection, company and the exchange of warmth that is nourishing and healing.
- Positive Activity: Make sure to have fun, excitement, and joy in life for vitality and inspiration! Try new things and invigorate your life! Bringing new positive things into your life helps remove the old, unnecessary and outdated and begins a phase of renewal and rebirth.
Additionally I am a firm believer in Healing Therapies, and know that Acupuncture can be a very powerful detoxification tool as well as other physical therapy like Massage, Myofacial release and Craniosacral therapy. Consider trying one of these treatments to compliment your detoxification or to enhance healing.
Start by tuning into your body and life, and looking at what no longer serves you! Get active, start hydrating and EAT WHOLE FOODS.
If you want more information about how to improve your life and health but don’t know where to start, a Complementary Wellness Consultation with me may be the perfect thing! To learn more call me at (215) 469-1855, email me, or check out my website to find out what you can do to detoxify as well as create health and happiness in your life!
April is the month I start to expect warmer weather, start to think about being in and with nature, and get to feel the amazing energy of everything returning to life!
I don’t know if you have noticed but the change in weather and temperature has a wonderful effect upon our emotions and our energy. The warmth and sun has a way of helping us be happy and feel alive again, as if we are plants in bloom after a frosty winter or animals coming out of hibernation. I love this time of year, and love how it feels to emerge from the dormancy that winter triggers within us into an exciting time of growth and awakening. And this makes me want to spend more time in nature, feeling the sun, the warmth and the joy of being alive!
How much time do you spend in nature? After living in cities for the past ten or so years, I have learned that I ALWAYS need a break from the urban hustle and bustle, and really enjoy the quiet of a totally natural environment and how effortless it is to ease into a slow paced quiet life when there. Nature for me is a connection with stillness, balance, and acceptance, a more complex yet simplified way of life. Nature allows me to be in the present moment and to feel centered for what is simply is: there is no perfection, there is no rush, there is no resistance, nature just is. And being in nature helps me to absorb this acceptance and reminds me that things will always be what they are, and I am just a part of the natural order too. And that it is ok to just be, because there really isn’t another option sometimes. Some people meditate to accomplish this awareness, but for me there is nothing better than direct contact and immersion in something greater than me that creates a wise perspective and calmed mind. It is positive for my spirit, opens me up to universal love and connectivity, and good for my body in so many ways. Getting to a park, the beach, the woods, a lake, ANYWHERE that is natural is something I must do to take care of myself and manage the stress of daily life. A simple walk in the sun makes all the difference.
So I can’t wait to go camping this spring! I am also thinking heavily about starting a container garden, volunteering at a local farm, or taking some sort of classes…. I am also considering other projects such as pickling and fermenting. But we’ll see.
What does spring stir within you and what helps you connect to the present as well as the bigger picture? How do you connect with nature and how does your environment influence your mood? If there’s something you’ve never done that you always wanted to do I encourage you to do it! You’ll never know what you can learn until you do it!
Up Next: Cleansing recipes for a Spring Detox
The next two weeks I will be doing a modified detoxification diet of mostly fruits and vegetables to jump start my adjustment to spring and to cleanse anything nasty that has built up in my body and is keeping me from feeling my best. I can’t wait to share my experience, results and recipes with you in my next newsletter!
I am halfway through my Health Coaching program at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am now taking participants interested in doing a 6 month health and nutrition program! To set up a FREE Health Consultation or inquire about what is involved please contact me (mailto:email@example.com) . We can all benefit from guidance around improving our health, nutrition and lifestyle.
I am also working to begin teaching a series of cooking classes and am curious to hear from my readers about what they would like to learn. Are you curious about transitioning to a new diet, struggling to get inspired in the kitchen or think that eating healthy cannot be delicious? I’d love to hear about how I can inspire you to get creative and nutritious in your kitchen! And if you’re in need of some inspiration check out my recipe and nutrition blog (http://www.lisaresnicktherapy.wordpress.com) where I share my adventures in health eating and kitchen artistry. I love food, and can’t wait to share my love with all of you!
Thank You for being a part of my growing holistic health practice! For more information please contact me at (215) 469-1855, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa Resnick Holistic Therapy (http://www.lisaresnickholistictherapy.com) , or follow the links below. When we help each other, we help ourselves too!
Rastafarian garden, Jamaica
campfires are magical.