Finding Balance during the Holiday Season

by Brittiney George
How is it possible that the holiday season can feel both energetically exhausting and exhilarating?  Both joyful and stressful?  Feel simultaneously warm and cold? 

Maybe it is because the holidays ask us to do two extremely different things: (1) tap into our childhood and see the world through the eyes of a child again, and (2) continue to act like and make decisions of an adult.  This experience can shine light on parts of our lives currently – and within our childhoods – that felt extreme (good or bad). 

We become consciously aware of our current life and often compare it to the life we thought we would be living or should be living right now.  In that moment our subconscious belief systems can get kicked back into high alert.  Some familiar phrases that might resurface: 
  • Get Control of Yourself
  • Get it Together
  • Keep it Together
  • Shut that Down
  • Let it go 
All of these phrases indicate that something is out of balance and we are trying to figure out a way to respond to feel safe or fit in to our given environment.  There is an energetic release or movement that needs to happen to reset the scale back to even.

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Brittiney George is a Movement Practitioner offering Rubenfeld Synergy, Infant Massage Education, and gentle, exploratory movement classes at The Resiliency Center. She co-leads Connection, Expression and Movement (CEM), a monthly workshop series focusing on body-mind integration. Brittiney helps her clients tap into the wisdom of their bodies so they can truly live from their heart, speak their truth, reduce stress, and create new patterns of movement and choice in their life.  For a free 55 min. introductory Rubenfeld session contact Brittiney at 610-389-7866 or

Wishes for a peaceful and picture­ imperfect holiday

by Jen Perry

Ahhh, the holidays and its food, family, and friends. A beautifully laid out table, happy children, civil and perhaps even engaging conversation. We all have a perfect Hallmark­worthy picture of it floating around inside our mind. Can you conjure up yours? I know I have one: my great aunt’s lovely antique china, candlelight, gracious conversation about all that we are thankful for. 

The challenge with our idealized images is that reality often just can’t live up to them.

Our human minds make it truly impossible. Whether gleaned from hazy memories of yesteryear or from yearnings in our hearts for just how it could be, these are fantasies. You see, if we have ideas about the perfect day or perfect dinner (or perfect partner, or perfect parent, child, job, or . . . really the applications are endless), then our minds act like a scanner constantly searching the situation for things that need to be fixed, done, changed, or otherwise wrestled into the idealized image. It’s exhausting. Out of the myriad of details before us, it takes just one to “ruin it.” One child’s temper tantrum, one sharp word from a loved one, one burnt pie ~ you get the picture. And THAT is actually where the freedom lies. 

Try this: take your most precious, perfect picture and allow life to happen to it.

You may find the results difficult or you may find them hilarious. In my case, that antique table I mentioned? Well, it literally collapsed mid-meal this Thanksgiving with no warning. 

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Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor and peaceful parenting coach. She teaches mindfulness and self­-compassion to people wanting more peace and calm in their hearts. Her next 6 week class offering, Beginner’s Mindfulness, starts January 11, 2016. Space is limited to 6 so reserve your spot today by calling 215­-292­-5056 or emailing

Featured Program

Coming Back to Your Balance
(A CEM Workshop)

Monday 12/21, 7:30-9pm
Does the constant juggling of the various aspects of your life feel like it is throwing you off balance?  Are you searching for a sense of calm and balance this holiday season? Join us as we explore through movement, meditation, and art ways to return to balance with the help of your body’s inner wisdom.
Connection, Expression and Movement (CEM) is a monthly workshop series focusing on body-mind integration. Each month the discussion and activities center on a specific theme such as stress management, emotions, and finding balance in your life. No experience or previous trainings required.

» To RSVP or to learn more, contact Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or or go to our Meetup page

Mark Your Calendars for these Exciting New Programs!

The Most Radiant You:  8 Week Teen Empowerment Group for Girls

Mondays, 7:30-9pm, 2/15-4/5/16
Co-facilitated by John Muraco ATR, RYT and Elizabeth Campbell MS, LPC

In this 8 week empowerment program you will learn tools to manage stress, build self-worth, and gain skills for self-expression and communication.  Utilizing the chakra energy system and yogic traditions we will build awareness of the mind, body, and spirit connection to enhance the development of these skills.  In turn, leading you to the most radiant expression of yourself. 
For more information, contact Elizabeth Campbell at or 610-757-8163 or John Muraco at or 315-329-9838.


EMDR Basic Training for Therapists

Held in Plymouth Meeting on two three-day weekends in July and November

If you are a therapist looking to cultivate a deeper understanding of trauma – and gain concrete skills and a comprehensive lens for transformative change – you will want to register for the Basic Training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) hosted by The Resiliency Center this year. EMDR has the power to transform your practice and facilitate deep healing and lasting change.

Barb Maiberger is an EMDRIA Approved Trainer and will be coming from Boulder, Colorado again in 2016 (she joined us previously in 2011 and 2013) to provide the two-part EMDR training. She published the valuable resource, EMDR Essentials: A Guide for Therapists and Clients, to offer support and insight for those entering EMDR therapy. Her trainings integrate mindfulness and somatic awareness with EMDR for maximum impact.

» To learn more about Barb, view her website.
» To learn more about the 2016 training, contact Elizabeth Venart at 215-233-2002 or
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December Events

Learn more about all of our offerings – and how to RSVP – by clicking on the program title on our online calendar or following the links below.


Happy, Healthy, and Holistic for the Holidays

Wednesday, 12/2

Open Mic: Light in the Darkness

Expressing our Resiliency in the Season
Sunday, 12/13
6:30 - 9pm


Need support to build your confidence? Join us for practice and support: Contact Jen Perry at 215-292-5056 or

Beginner’s Mindfulness Class

Starting Monday 1/11 for
6 weeks
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Sound Meditation and Relaxation Experience

Every other Sunday at 7pm
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DBT Skills Group  

Tuesdays at 7:30pm
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Rumi and Hafiz Poetry Evening

Monthly on Wednesdays at 7:30pm
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Rest, Restore, and Move Class

Every other Tuesday at 12pm
* No class 12/29
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EMDR Consultation Group

Monthly on Friday at 8:30am
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LPC Supervision Group for Therapists

2 Wednesdays per month at 5:30 pm
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Youth and Tween Peer Group Therapy

2 Wednesdays per month


Interstitial Cystitis/ Pelvic Pain Support Group

Monthly on Wednesdays at 7:30pm


Teen Group Therapy Circle

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Philadelphia Writers Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-9pm with pre-registration
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Drum to Your Hearts Desire!

Monthly on Fridays at 7:30 pm
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Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30 am
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Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30 pm
* No class 12/24 or 12/31
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Qi Gong Classes

Thursdays at 2 and 6:15 pm
* No class 12/24 or 12/31
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Knitting Circle

Monthly on Saturdays
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Poetry the Month

The Coming of Light
by Mark Strand
(1934 – 2014)
Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.

You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves,
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows,
sending up warm bouquets of air.

Even this late the bones of the body shine
and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.


Quote of the Month

“Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. 

It means to be in the midst of those things and still
be calm in your heart.”

— unknown
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