Generosity in the Season of Giving

by Elizabeth Venart
Generosity is a big part of the holiday season. Movies often highlight the theme with humor and poignancy. In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is a curmudgeon who never cared for anyone but himself, yet, by the end of the film, he is transformed into an openhearted, generous, and kind man. It’s a Wonderful Life shows an entire community coming together to help save the beloved main character, a giving man who, in his desperation, had doubted the value of his own life.

Invitations to be generous in December are numerous. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are celebrations with distinctly different origins and traditions – yet all include the exchange of gifts. Toys for Tots collection sites are scattered along our commutes to and from work. Men dressed as Santa greet shoppers as they enter stores, ringing bells and asking for money for the Salvation Army. Adopt-a-Family programs like the one organized by the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund invite us to buy clothes, presents, and other needed items for struggling families in our community.

Nonprofits count on people being willing to do a little more for others this time of year. And, consistently, we prove them right. What prompts us to be more generous now? Is it simply the season? Does the month of December (like the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future) have the power to make us a little softer, a little kinder, and a little more willing to give?

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Staying Relaxed During the Holidays?

by Delia Nessim

It seems ironic that on Thanksgiving Day we give thanks for all the riches and bounty in our lives, and then the very next day is the “biggest shopping day of the year”. If we truly believe we are blessed, why the mad dash to keep buying more? 

While we may enjoy holiday shopping and even derive satisfaction from choosing the perfect gifts for friends and family, this time of year can also bring tremendous stress. There are the crowds, the extra time required for cooking and shopping, holiday-themed school activities, and the financial strain of extra money being spent. Add to the list all the expectations we have to make everything perfect for the holidays – undoubtedly strengthened by Hallmark movies featuring a large, happy family gathered around the table enjoying each other’s company. Given all this, the holiday season can certainly take its toll on us physically and mentally.

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Periscope View

by Dean Solon

sitting, with an unfolding to a wider view, to a larger, broader, more extensive perspective of landscape, of mindscape.
sitting…rising above the easily seem…is a spacious view of big sky stretching to distant horizons…is a view of a vastness of ocean, opening expanding reaching out to distant shorelines…is a view that fills, and spills of the banks, the barriers and the boundaries of our limited awareness; is a view that transcends belief and logic and scientific theory.
ripples in the sunlit pool.
you are seeing ripples in the sunlit pool…ripples streaming from left to right… 

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FREE Fall Resiliency Series

Resiliency is the ability to weather the inevitable storms of life. The strategies for strengthening our resiliency are as plentiful and diverse as we are. They include mindfulness, play, movement, and connection with others. We are here to support you on your journey.

Support your resiliency with our December programs

All events take place in our new home in Flourtown Commons.
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December Programs

Wednesday, December 3 with Tracey Smith

Resilient Energy & Wellness in the Workplace,
12-1 pm
The Resilient Spirit:  The Power to Make Work Style Changes, 5-6:30 pm 

This two-part series is a great way for you to learn to maximize your work style and manage outcomes! Come to one or both events and learn wellness strategies to help make sustainable work life changes.

Tuesday, December 9 with John Muraco

Creativity to Support Resiliency, Wellness, & Reduce Stress with John Muraco, 4-5:30 pm
Participants will personalize a container for items that are meaningful to them using decoupage and collage while discuss self-care in the winter months, and the benefits of creating meaningful expressive outlets for stress reduction and empowerment.  

Wednesday, December 10 with Delia Nessim

Resiliency through Tapping (EFT) for Kids Ages 4-12, 4-5 pm
Delia Nessim will use pictures and music to teach kids that it’s natural and normal to sometimes get sad, angry, or worried and how EFT can be used as a tool to help them let go of those feelings and start to feel better on their own. EFT is easy to learn and fun for kids to practice.

Wednesday, December 10 with Elizabeth Venart

Resiliency through Laughter & Poetry, 7-8:30 pm
Join Resiliency Center Director and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Elizabeth Venart for an evening of laughter yoga, deep relaxation, and spiritual inspiration. 

Monday, December 17 with Brittiney George 

Resiliency through Balance & Breath, 7-8:30 pm
This workshop with utilize breath and bodymind awareness tools to explore what you need for support during the holidays and as you transition into the New Year.

Laura Gambrel Featured in Mindfulness Article

We are excited to share that Laura Gambrel, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Beginner’s Mindfulness Instructor at The Resiliency Center, was recently interviewed for a newspaper article on the benefits of mindfulness.

» Check out the article! 
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Upcoming Events & Programs


Rest, Restore, and Move Class

Bi-weekly on Tuesdays
12-1 pm, $10 per class

Rest, Restore, and Move will be a fusion of movement and postures that help to encourage and restore balance, length, strength, and flexibility to the body while also incorporating a rest element that invites awareness of how to use breath and imagery to help reduce tension. 

» Registration required. Class limited to 10 participants.
» To register contact Brittiney George @ 610-389-7866 or movebackintolife or sign up online.

Teen Group Therapy Circle

Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
For teens 14-18
Runs September through June

The teenage years are a difficult time. A teen's developmental task is to find a sense of identity, which becomes increasingly complicated by stressors like school, friends, family and technology. Group therapy provides teens with a safe space to relate to one another. It normalizes difficult feelings and situations that adolescents may experience. This weekly therapy group can benefit high school teens who are experiencing:
· Feelings of depression, anxiety or low self-esteem
· Social rejection or isolation
· Family conflict
· School problems

We will cover a variety of topics, based on the needs of the participants. Groups will promote mindfulness, enhance healthy peer connections and provide a network of support.

» Facilitated by Child and Adolescent Therapist, Katie K. May
» Call 610-813-2575 or email Katie@ for more info or to schedule an intake. 
**An intake is required for new clients.  


Clinical Supervision Group 

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 5-7 pm

If you are a therapist seeking licensure, this group provides information, resources, case presentation and discussion, and opportunities for meaningful connection with peers.Special focus on trauma-informed practice, therapeutic attunement, case conceptualization, and effective treatment planning. 

» Group led by Licensed Professional Counselor Elizabeth Venart who is also available for individual consultation.
» Learn more at or call 215-233-2002.


Group Tapping Session

Wednesday, 12/3, 7-8 pm
Cost: $10
* This date is instead of 4th Wednesday in Nov. & Dec. 

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. 

» RSVP by calling 610-416-7535, emailing Delia at or registering online.

Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
Sit in on a Tuesday-night workshop for FREE (by appointment).  
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Mystical Poetry Evenings

Wed. 12/17, 7:30-9:30 pm

Do you love the poetry of Sufi Poets and Philosophers Rumi and Hafiz? If you aren’t familiar with them, are you curious? Seeking wisdom? Join us as we sit in circle, read poems together, and invite mystery and connection by sharing the poetry we find inspiring and also simply opening books at random to see what magic the Divine has in store for us. 


Laughter Yoga

Monday 12/1 and 12/15, 10 am 
» RSVP Required


Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am


Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm


Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2 and 6:15 pm


Knitting Circle

Saturday, 12/6, 10-11:30am
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Quote of the Month

“So don't be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don't know what work they are accomplishing within you?'" 

- Rainer Maria Rilke. [excerpt from Letters to a Young Poet]

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