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Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Do It With Passion (Coco Chanel)

Written by Yolanda F.
One rather fascinating woman, who can lend inspiration to modern women during National Women’s History Month, is Coco Chanel, whose mark is still being made on the world as I write this. If I were to choose one word to describe her contribution during her 88 years on the planet it would be passion. Jacqueline Dawes, founder of Brookhaven Retreat says, “Do it with passion or not at all.” Chanel agreed wholeheartedly. She was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in 1883, though she sometimes preferred to say she was born in…
Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Written by Jeremy C.
This beautiful dish is a great take on creamy risotto that uses brown rice and butternut squash with a selection of spices and herbs to add a flavorful finish. Packed with vitamins and minerals both butternut squash and brown rice are a great way to support good mental health. Butternut squash is a good source of Vitamin C, which is essential in the production of several mood-enhancing neurotransmitters, including dopamine. Brown rice contains a great deal of potassium, which is essential to a healthy mind and can help fight off…
Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Self-care: Turmeric and Honey Face Mask

Written by Yolanda F.
The word is out that turmeric heals, but it’s not news. In fact, it’s been used since ancient times in India and China in food and in medicine. Because of its healing powers for inflammation, fighting the aging process and cleansing the skin of toxins, it’s a great addition to your natural beauty supply cabinet. This recipe is also quite edible, and if you do, you may put a dent in feelings of depression. Studies have shown that stress-induced damage to the hippocampal neurons may be why you’re depressed in…
Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Turmeric for Health

Written by Yolanda F.
Ah, turmeric. It’s the color of a glorious sunset. And although the flavor is slightly bitter, honey and other ingredients tame it into a flavor you’ll want again and again. It brings me back to my 20s when, as a new vegetarian, I was willing to try anything and everything I thought would revitalize me and restore natural health. My vegan guru at the time made me a home remedy when I had a sore throat and had lost my voice. It made me feel about 50 percent better within…
Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

Loss of Communication

Written by Lori R.
Why does it seem like death separates the living from each other? There are days when I can’t seem to communicate at all with those who are closest to me. Despite, or perhaps because of, how close we are, we can’t get our points across without someone becoming offended. Ever since my brother died, it is possible that my knack for communication died with him. In a professional setting I can be clear, concise, thorough, and objective when communicating, whether it is written or oral. I can talk down a…
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 00:00

Self-compassion

Written by Erin L.
Having compassion for oneself is important. As human beings, we all share the common bond of human error. We all make mistakes. It’s part of how we learn. However, mistakes can be costly. Having compassion for oneself is similar to having compassion for others. To have compassion for others you must first be aware of their suffering. Compassion also involves feeling moved by that person’s suffering so that you respond to their pain. This requires being capable and willing to feel that suffering. The word compassion literally means to “suffer…
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 00:00

Alumnae Reunion

Written by Lori R.
What an incredible meeting of strong women we had! As I looked through the faces at Brookhaven Retreat Annual Alumnae Reunion to see which ones I recognized, one thing was truly notable. Every face was smiling, and behind every smile a story and a long journey leading to this day of celebrating recovery, fellowship, and continued strength for what lies ahead. What a beautiful sound - laughter from every room - and a beautiful sight to see friends connecting. I saw faces that had overcome depression, fear, and anxiety… I…
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