Happy New Year!

by Resiliency Center Director, Elizabeth Venart

As we open new calendars and focus on our plans, hopes and resolutions for these next 365 days, I invite you to consider what best supports your own deep resiliency. What is the most reliable way you have found so far to replenish your wellspring so that, no matter what curveballs life may throw your way, you can face them and persevere? Are there new things you want to try? Consider ways you can you nourish yourself in the coming year in order to be your most healthy, vibrant, creative, flexible, loving self.

Perhaps you desire more quiet, play, meaningful connection with others, physical activity, travel, time to write, time with your children.  What is one simple step you could take this month to honor this desire? Write it down. Share it with a loved one. Make it happen. When it becomes hard (and it will), ask for support. Change becomes much harder than it needs to be when we try to do it on our own.

I love the promise a new year brings. Positive change is always possible. As we enter 2014 together, I wish you peace, joy, love, and the fulfillment of your most heart-centered dreams. Happy New Year!

Balancing Joy in Your Hands: Creativity and Ambition

by Karen Steinbrecher

As the ground hardens and the air chills, we are drawn to go ‘inside.’

In Taoist traditions, winter is the season when you are called to explore what lives below the surface, to pay attention to the internal workings of your intuition.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the time to focus upon the Kidneys, Yin, and the Bladder, Yang, as well as the adrenals.

This is a crucial time to nourish, warm and fuel your physical, mental and spiritual energy.  These winter practices have a cumulative effect upon your physical health, mental clarity, and innovative spirit. 

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Life is Like a Game of Candy Crush

By Delia Nessim

It seems like life is one long game of candy crush. Sometimes you spin your wheels and get nowhere. Other times you make a little progress and it feels good but you wonder how it’s going to help you reach your goal. It seems like it should be easy to plan your next move with some amount of certainty about the outcome but it never seems to turn out that way. It all seems so confusing. Once in a while, you bumble along just doing the obvious things and lo and behold there’s an explosive chain reaction of events that get you further along than you could ever have imagined. When that happens the only thing to do is sit back and say, “sweet.”  

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The Resiliency Center is excited to welcome ASCEND Psychological Services to our community of practitioners!

Beginning this month, these three dynamic and compassionate psychologists will be offering Psycho-educational evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults. A Psycho-educational evaluation can help a family understand a child’s learning style, can pinpoint educational strengths and barriers, and can recommend strategies, treatments, or therapies to help improve achievement, learning, and behavior. 
  • Gretchen Britton, Ph.D., is a PA Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist who specializes in school neuropsychological evaluations of children and adolescents.
  • Todd Mendelsohn, a graduate of Temple University, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and the diagnosis of learning disabilities. 
  • Tracy Paskiewicz, Ph.D., is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in investigating learning and behavioral concerns, and assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
» For more information, please visit: www.ascendpsych.com

Featured Events

Mindful Parenting Workshop

Saturday, 1/25, 2:00-3:30 pm

Mindful parenting is based on current neuroscience and attachment research and can help you to be more fully present and connected with your children. In this workshop you will learn brain-based parenting strategies that will improve effective communication, promote emotional intelligence, and encourage resilience. Specific tools will be presented for a variety of age groups – from infants through teenagers. We will discuss ways to promote self-care for parents, and how to handle common parenting difficulties.  The workshop will include experiential activities and resources for parents to further their learning.

This workshop is appropriate for new and experienced parents, expecting parents, grandparents, caregivers, and professionals – really anyone who is interested in learning about this approach to parenting and child care. It will be facilitated by Dr. Laura Gambrel, is an assistant professor at La Salle University. Her research and clinical work focus on mindfulness and relationship enhancement.

Integrative Medicine Self-Care Series

Located at MoyoYoga, 4335 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville, 1/25 & 2/8
Cost: $45

Dr. Georgia Tetlow will be hosting two talks, the first entitled “Relax into Your Yoga Practice” and the second entitled, “An Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle-Focus on Omega-3’s.”
Learn more about our Services
See our Google Calendar for all events

Upcoming Events & Programs

Healthcare Professionals Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, 1/8, 9-10:30 am, Cost: $10
» Please RSVP

Group Tapping Session

Wednesday, 1/22, 7-8 pm
Cost: $10.00

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 delianessim@gmail.com or registering online

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 @gmail.com
» Register Online

Restorative Pilates

Tuesdays at 12:00 pm
» Pre-registration required

Rumi and Hafiz:
Reading and Discussion

Wed. 1/15, 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? Bring your own favorite poems by Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, or other inspired writers (with copies to share) or simply join us to listen and share.
» Please RSVP

The Creative Writers Group

2nd Wednesday 1/8, 7-9pm
» Please RSVP

Laughter Yoga

Mondays, 10 am 
» RSVP Required

Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am

Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm

Knitting Circle

Saturday, 1/11, 10-11:30am
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Happy Hour (An Interview with A Human) 

by Dean Solon

how many times have you been reduced to ashes?
there have been times i have been reduced to ashes.
how many times have you risen from the ashes?
there have been times i have risen from the ashes.
why do you say "awakening is never more than a moment away"?
why do you say "enlightenment is never more than a moment away"?
because i am not sworn to silence.
what do you make of the present human predicament? 
we live in an accelerated---and accelerating---age.
what is one to do?

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Quotes of the Month

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; For what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another”
– Anatole France

“The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Man’s thoughts, deeds and words return to him sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.”
– Florence S. Shinn
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