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Becoming My Own Mother

The cultural ambivalence we see every Mothers Day about whether to celebrate this made up holiday (aren’t they all?) is probably a good reflection of the inherent ambivalence we humans have about mothers, mothering, being a mother, relating to our mothers, the whole deal.

We have the profound polarization between the perfection of the Madonna, the sacred, beloved, cherished mother, and the mother who is hated and murdered by her child, usually a son, in a rage of paralyzed dependency. Most of us, thankfully, muddle along somewhere in the middle, in affection, love, resentment, guilt, longing, and existential emptiness. It’s not for nothing that we have come to think of our planet as Mother Earth – if our treatment of our home planet doesn’t reflect ambivalence if not outright violence, well, there it is...

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POSTED BY Joan-Marie Lartin ON MAY 8, 2016


Holistic Approaches to Managing Depression

by Erin Lehn

Reprinted with permission from Natural Awakenings of South Central PA

According to an NBCNews.com report, an estimated 8 percent of Americans suffer from depression. “There are depressing, oppressive events that can happen in a person’s life. Depression is a natural consequence of experiencing sustained stress, loss, mistreatment, physical trauma or serious illness...

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POSTED BY JOAN-MARIE LARTIN ON October 27, 2015


Serotonin Deficiency: A Root Cause of Your Depression Symptoms?

Is “serotonin deficiency” the underlying cause of your depression symptoms – feelings of pessimism, sadness, distrust, hopelessness or anxiety? If so, discover how you can reverse serotonin deficiency with a natural supplement.

Serotonin is an important chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to the other. It plays a key role in psychological functions and is responsible for a feeling of calmness and well-being. Of the approximately 40 million brain cells, most are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin. This includes brain cells related to sleep, memory, learning, temperament, appetite and social behavior.

Read more at Natural Health Advisory Institute...

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POSTED BY Joan-Marie Lartin ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2015