Monthly Archives: July 2021
There’s been a dramatic rise in domestic violence over the past year and a half, much of the spike connected to pandemic-related increases in unemployment, drinking, confinement and isolation.
It can affect anyone. Don’t think it’s confined to poor women with low-paying jobs in underserved neighborhoods, although they certainly get their share. This is an equal-opportunity nightmare, and there’s no one demographic profile, except that 4 times out of 5 it's a woman and she's most likely between the ages of 18-34.
But there is a general progressive pattern to an abusive relationship, and that's what I want to describe here, because, odd as it sounds, battered partners don’t always think of themselves as battered.
Yep, it looks like a turtle but it’s a perfectly designed player, loaded with age-appropriate, brief meditations for kids, to help them with relaxation, sleep, everyday stressors, and lots more.
Don’t be surprised if your kid takes it everywhere, like a new best friend.
Zenimal Kids+ is a screen-free device (Yes! You read that right, Dear Parent - screen-free!) that looks like a turtle (only huggable).
The simple design on its soft, protective underbelly has buttons with icons to easily identify the 9 different guided meditations loaded within - 3-15 minutes long, and designed to encourage calm, compassion, creativity, gratitude, awareness, empathy, focus and sleep, for kids of just about any age, from the adorable little squeezer in the picture to a sophisticated, world-weary 11-year-old.
A lot of people with a diagnosis of cancer worry that if they’re not being upbeat and “positive” 24/7, they’ll make their disease worse. So, they put themselves into an emotional straight-jacket, trying (and failing) to orchestrate their mood and control their feelings. On the contrary, knowing and expressing true feelings does not make people sicker. When we match up in what we think, feel, say and do, our energy is aligned and we have more personal power to tackle our challenges.
Belleruth got this great question from a man studying up on his options for dealing effectively with stage 4 colon cancer, should his chemotherapy stop working.
We thought this was a great opportunity to offer this Q & A as an update to everyone, and to share some general info about integrative strategies and treatments in oncology (or CAM, as it used to be called – Complementary & Alternative Medicine). So, Alan graciously gave us permission to use his question. (As is our policy, that’s not his real name). So read on, Dear Reader!