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Director's Reflections — Let It Be Easy
by Jan Adrian, MSW
I am starting 2016 with much gratitude. Many of you made donations at the end of 2015, and wrote heartfelt notes about how much Healing Journeys programs have meant to you and your loved ones. Your contributions and comments give me renewed inspiration to create more programs that accomplish the Healing Journeys mission to support healing, activate hope, and promote thriving.
I am in the planning process for our 2016 programs and will be announcing them soon. I am planning programs that I feel the need for on my own healing journey and, as always, I am excited to share them with you.
I started the year by reading Unlocking the Heart of Healing, by Bridget Hughes. It was synchronicity that this book fell off the shelf in front of me at a time when I needed it, and was open to receiving the message. I feel like I need more help to actually embody some of Bridget's strategies for health, so I am planning at least one retreat with her. And there is much more. As the plans are confirmed, I will share them with you.
My resolution for this year is to be open and aware of this kind of synchronicity as it happens on a daily basis. Instead of feeling the stress of working too much, I want to feel like and be a co-creator, and let it be easy. This applies not only to creating Healing Journeys programs, but also to my personal thriving while living with cancer. The song, Let It Be Easy, on Karen Drucker's new CD, Joy In Our Hearts, feels like my mantra for 2016. It's my prayer for all of us this year!
You can listen to Karen Drucker's song, Let It Be Easy, here.
As always, I welcome your comments; to reply please click here.
In the Spirit of Healing,
Jan Adrian, MSW
Founder and Executive Director
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Note: Margaret Dubay Mikus, PhD, was a research scientist and teacher. Using an integrative approach, she healed from multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart failure, and depression. Now a poet, singer, story-teller, healer, and photographer, she has three award-winning books including her latest, Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine: Poems of Grace, Hope and Healing, a welcome lifeboat through life's hard times. www.FullBlooming.com
The poem below is from As Easy as Breathing: Reclaiming Power for Healing and Transformation (from Margaret's first round with breast cancer). It was inspired by Annan Paterson's moving performance of Deep Canyon at the Healing Journeys conference in 2001, which you can watch here.
After Deep Canyon
by Margaret Dubay Mikus
Not behind me,
not behind me
this cancer, this disease—
the mistakes, the laughter
the judgment, the miracles.
. . . Read Full Poem
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