A newsletter from Jacquelyn Strickland | Jan 2005 Vol. 2 Issue 1
LifeWorks is committed to harmonious personal and social transformation aimed at creating inclusive environments of individuality, belonging and mutual respect; self discovery and healing; positive regard and goodwill.
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Images of Peak Experiences:
The 4th Annual West Coast Gathering
of Highly Sensitive People
September 30 - October 3, 2004
St. Anthony's Retreat Center,
Three Rivers, California
by Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC
Many images come to mind from the 4th Annual Gathering of HSPs on the West Coast. First, was the spiritual feeling and beauty of St. Anthony's Retreat Center. It was an oasis, in the midst of the parched landscape of late summer, and the ambience invited a grounded peacefulness which immediately enfolded me. Read full article here.
Nature as Healer:
by Marlow Shami, M.S.
Did you have a special "fort" as a child - an outside hideaway, a place immune to the stresses of civilization? Whether you grew up in a city, suburb, or rural landscape you most likely found your sacred place in a tree, rock formation, gazing out an open window, or on an apartment roof. Back then being a part of nature was instinctive. It attracted us just as the sun inspires the flower's bud to bloom. A visit could bring creative imaginings, renewal, a sense of protection, warmth, comfort, or emotional mirroring. Read more here.
A Personal Invitation:
2005 East Coast Gathering
Please accept this personal invitation to attend the 3rd Annual East Coast HSP Gathering! It is going to be:
April 21 - 25, 2005
Bryn Mawr Mountain Retreat Center
Click here to read more!
A Special Note to
HSPs in the Pacific Northwest
Yes, it's true. Consideration is being given to host our first HSP Gathering in the Pacific Northwest sometime in late Summer or early Fall of this year. I have been contacted by several of you requesting this .... which is why I am now asking ...... "How much interest is there in a HSP Pacific Northwest Gathering?" Read more here, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing a Poem and a Song
I'd like to introduce you to the poetry of Sandra Pearsall. Her poem, Invitation, from her book Trilogy of Love, is published here. Invitation was read during the talent share creativity time at the gathering. Although it wasn't written for the gathering, it seemed to fit perfectly. I invite you to read her poem here.
Because everything evolved so spiritually over the four days, it seemed fitting to end this gathering with Prayer to the Creator, from "Sisters" CD. You can read the lyrics here.
New Books, New Thoughts
Peace in Our Lifetime offers a sweeping message of optimism from peacemakers easing conflicts in some of the hottest war zones and high-conflict communities. These people, from Minnesota to the Middle East, are creating epic changes in our world - but also showing us how to achieve peace in our own homes,
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be dedicated to such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, and UN High Commission for Refugees that address the conditiions that lead to conflict and unrest. Read more at http://www.susanskog.com/
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The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide:
Essential Skills for Living Well
in an Overstimulating World
by Ted Zeff, Elaine N. Aron
This accessible, practical guide contains strategies that help you manage your increased volume of sensory experience, both physical and emotional. You'll learn tips for reducing the influence of provocative sensory experiences, such as excessive light and noise in the home and office. Meditation and relaxation techniques help you to reduce the anxiety caused by heightened sensitivity. Easy-to-follow exercises guide you through the challenges of communicating and interacting with others in both social and intimate relationships. Read more about this book here.