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I, too, believe it is necessary to leave behind what is no longer relevant to our lives as we know it now. We seek like minds, life wisdom from elders and friends, learn and grow and the cycle starts all over again. Sometimes what we learn doesn't come as huge revelations but minor twinges, or confirms our differences. It is up to each of us to identify what makes us strong, find the weaknesses and question the source of those weaknesses. Sometimes we get surprises and sometimes we don't. Each day is a now and the biggest challenge for me is to stay out of the past or what may come in the future. Women do naturally celebrate each other if they appreciate themselves and that celebration radiates out to all others in their lives. Each day I ask for a circle of love and light to keep me present and being grateful for what I have and what I am supposed to be or do. Circles of women just naturally support each other in their hopes, dreams and realities. Joanie

I wonder if we naturally seek our next level teacher and classroom, group and lesson? If we say yes and dare to step into new territory or acknowledge a new truth.

I have had some really great wise older women that have calmly stated, 'this too shall pass' or it is normal, or in a few years, this will not be such a big deal etc. Taking me off the ledge of hysteria into walking the journey being with what is, until it isn't anymore.

I am not sure if women naturally support each other. I also believe many hold others back for their comfort. Like the story of the crabs in a bucket...who will pull down the one trying to escape.

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Books, signposts along the way.

  • Annie Rogers: A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • Brene Brown: Daring Greatly
  • Martha Beck: Leaving the Saints
  • Glennon Doyle Melton: Love Warrior
  • Byron Katie: Loving What Is
  • Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor: My Stroke Of Insight
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant: Option B - Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • Brene Brown: Rising Strong
  • Shefali Tsabary: The Awakened Family
  • Patrick J. Carnes Ph.D: The Betrayal Bond
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.: The Body Keeps Score
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.: The Body Keeps Score - Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • Alice Miller: The Body Never Lies
  • Dr. Shefalie Tsabary: The Conscious Parent
  • Laura Landgraf: The Fifth Sister- From Victim to Victor
  • Brene Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Christina Enevoldsen: The Rescued Soul - A writing journey for the Healing of Incest and Family Betrayal
  • Annie Rogers: The Unsayable: The hidden language of trauma
  • Steven Pressfield: The War of Art
  • Alice Miller: Thou Shalt Not Be Aware
  • Rythea Lee: Trauma into Truth - Gutsy Healing and Why Its Worth It
  • Iyanla Vanzant: Trust
  • Rob Bell: Velvet Elvis
  • Norah Vincent: Voluntary Madness- Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System
  • Terry L. Wise: Waking Up: Climbing through the Darkness
  • Dr. Karyl McBride: Will I Ever Be Good Enough
  • Shonda Rhimes: Year of Yes


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