Giving Thanks

Autumn, with its glorious reds, oranges, and yellows, brought us mild temperatures and warm community gatherings through the workshops offered so far in our Resiliency Program Series at the center. We were pleased to have so many friends, new and old, join us to learn, play, move, and engage in meaningful discussion. December promises one final program in the series, so be sure to join Brittiney for this mind and body, whole-self nourishing event.
With the early darkness and cold windy weather this Sunday, winter has surely announced its arrival. The practice of gratitude, of noticing and experiencing deep appreciation for our many gifts, promotes health and a positive outlook. Sharing our thanks aloud, we have the chance to spread that rich sense of wellbeing. We at The Resiliency Center are grateful for all of you, the members of our community who read our newsletter and participate in our community. Thank you. As we host holiday meals and travel to the homes of family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we send out wishes to all for peace, joy, laughter, excellent health, and deep, soul-gratifying connection with those you love. 

Balancing Joy in Your Hands: Creativity and Ambition

by Rachel Kobin

Whether you knit, repair cars, or make cookies for the holidays, creativity is a joyful form of self-expression. As a vital part of our resiliency, it deserves to be nourished and protected. Unfortunately, we sometimes discover there’s a bully named “Ambition” who is hogging the finger paints and breaking down our ability to express ourselves freely.
Sadly, last month I witnessed a friend, let’s call her Lori, nearly fall into Ambition’s trap.  Every year, a phenomenon called “NaNoWriMo,” or National Novel Writing Month, begins on the very first day of November. Writers all over the country start tap-tapping away on their laptops in a contest of sorts to write 50,000 words in one month. The prize? The honor of being able to say you wrote 50,000 words in a month, which is quite an accomplishment. It’s supposed to help you stop worrying about the quality of your writing as you focus on pumping out the words.
Lori had enjoyed participating in NaNoWriMo in the past and had written several novels this way. This year she experienced the 50,000-word goal as pressure. Worse, she found no joy in the writing itself.  She even began doubting herself as a writer, asking questions like, “If I haven’t even finished my other books, what’s the point?” and negatively predicting, “I’ll never get published.” 

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Rachel Kobin is the Director of the Philadelphia Writers Workshop. She is also a member of two peer-run writers’ groups, the Noonday Storytellers and the Writers’ Night Out. 

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The Resiliency Center Welcomes New Practitioner Laura Gambrel! 

Laura Eubanks Gambrel, Ph.D., LMFT, RPT has joined our community of practitioners. Laura specializes in mindfulness-based approaches to enhancing relationships, including premarital and pre-baby therapy. She is an assistant professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Master's Program at La Salle University. She works with individuals, couples, and families and is offering clinical supervision for marriage and family therapists. In the future, she will be facilitating relationship enhancement groups for couples expecting their first child. Call her at 267-518-8035 or e-mail her at for more information. 

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Featured Events

Resiliency through Balance and Breath

Monday, 12/9, 7:00-8:30 pm

Do holidays leave you feeling off balance or stressed out? Sometimes in an effort to take care of those around us, we forget to take care of ourselves.  As part of The Resiliency Center’s 5 year Anniversary Celebration, Brittiney George, will be offering a workshop aimed at utilizing breath and bodymind awareness tools to explore what you need for support now, and in the future, to foster resiliency as you transition into the new year.  Class size is limited! 

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Brittiney George, BS, CIS, CEIM, is a Certified Integrative Synergist in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, Infant Massage Educator, and Pilates Instructor. The focus within her Rubenfeld practice is working with highly sensitive and/or athletic women who have been sidelined by chronic pain or reoccurring injuries.  Brittiney helps her clients move past feelings of isolation and disconnection by helping them find ways to be empowered by their bodies. Contact her at 610-389-7866 or


Philadelphia Integrative Medicine presents:

A Winter Warm-up for Mind & Body

Thursday 12/5, 4-5:30 pm
$5.00 fee for supplies

The colder weather is upon us – the time when our bodies naturally slow down and the seasonal changes can impact our biological system.  In the spirit of cultivating behaviors that foster health and wellness, join us for a session that will help you stay warm and healthy this winter season.

Join Dr. Georgia Tetlow & Erin Murphy as we teach you:

  • how to make a delicious and easy carrot ginger soup with cashew cream while helping you to cultivate mind-body home practice
  • Dr. Tetlow will cover the fundamentals as well as the benefits of a regular mind-body practice, to inspire and motivate your self-care spirit
  • You’ll leave with a recipe, practices that you can implement, and a belly full of warm soup!
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Group Tapping Session 

Monday, 12/16, 7:00-8:00 pm 

Join Delia Nessim, MFT, as she shares EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a powerful energy tool to release stress and emotions that get trapped in the body. Each participant will get an opportunity to work on a topic of their choosing (pain relief, resentment, anger, etc.).  The rest of the group can borrow benefits by tapping along. The cost is $10.00. 

RSVP by calling 610-416-7535, emailing Delia at or registering online.
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Upcoming Events & Programs


Healthcare Professionals Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, 12/4
9-10:30 am

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Interstitial Cystitis & Pelvic Pain Support Group

Wednesday, 12/4

Support group for individuals with chronic pelvic pain or chronic bladder conditions.

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The Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm

2014 Workshop Sessions
10 Weeks for $400
Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11.
Sit in on a Tuesday-night workshop for FREE (by appointment).  
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Infant Massage Educators – Monthly Practitioner Gathering

4th Sunday of each month, 3:30-5 pm
Learn more by contacting Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or movebackintolife
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Restorative Pilates

Tuesdays at 12:00 pm
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Rumi and Hafiz:
Reading and Discussion

Wednesday 12/18, 7:30-9:30 pm 

Do you love the poetry of Sufi Poets and Philosophers Rumi and Hafiz? Are you looking for inspiration? Seeking wisdom? Searching for deeper connection with Spirit?  Join us as we read the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, or other inspired writers. Please feel free to bring along your favorite works to share. 
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Laughter Yoga

Mondays, 10:00 am 
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Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am

Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm

Knitting Circle

Saturday, 11/9, 10-11:30am
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Quotes of the Month

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it.”
– Alan Lakein

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
– William James
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