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July 21, 2018

Marriage is a contract , albeit, a sacred one. Vows are taken to love one another. Promises are made to honor and cherish each other, forsaking all others until death parts us. 

Negotiations and agreements in ancient times were rounded off with the sharing of salt, as a sign of an agreement that could not be broken. When hesitant about agreeing to a contract with someone , it might be said that the person is “not worth his salt.”

Salt is an important ritual element in many cultures as it symbolizes spiritual nourishment. The covenant of salt in the Bible (2 Chronicles 13:5) denotes a covenant which God cannot break. In this context, salt denotes incorruptibility, as well as permanence in relationships, contracts or friendships. 

Marriage is all of these. 

In China, salt is used as a symbol of permanence in weddings, confirming the perpetuity of the Union. 

In the Roman rite of confarreatio , the sharing of a cake of flour and salt magically transformed them into blood kin, unable to harm on...

Ethical Will Writing Workshop

This workshop was born from the need of my patients/clients/friends/family/colleagues who fear death, who resist talking about death and who suffer needlessly when end-of-life conversations were never had. 

I have designed this workshop to "practice" talking about "it" in a non-threatening way. 

My people have found immeasurable comfort, healing, peace, laughter , satisfaction and closure in this process.  

What does Ethical mean?

Ethical means doing the right thing. By definition ethical pertains to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong and conduct.

What is Ethics?

Ethics is based on well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness or specific virtues.

Ethics refers to the study and development of one’s ethical standards. Feelings, laws, and social norms can deviate from what is ethical. So, it is necessary to...

The Body Trauma of Grief

By Dr. Nancy Gahles,DC, CCH, OIM

Grief is a physiological reaction to an event or events that you think should not have happened. The happening is one of loss.  Loss is usually deemed as something that wasn’t timely. “It should not have happened, not at this time, too soon, too late”, are some of the laments one might hold inside. It is the bond, the affection attributed to the person, animal, possession or state of being that has been lost that triggers grief.

The mental state, the suffering or distress we experience as a reaction to loss is a felt state.  It is felt in the body/mind. It is felt as pain in the musculoskeletal system as contractions, spasms, arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The sensation expressed as a feeling that “I will never be the same again”, “ I am crippled”, “I am vulnerable”.

In reactions to sudden loss the visceral experience has been described as “a punch in the stomach”, as though “someone stabbed me in the back”, o...

April 17, 2017

    

I’ve watched athletes begin their game with the sign of the cross to bless themselves and ask for God’s protection on their game. I do that, too. I boot up the computer of my mind, body, and spirit with sound bytes, whispered prayers from all the wisdom traditions, invoking protection, abundance, and freedom. Freedom from the pain.

Then comes the cascade of thought forms—mental formations, the Buddhists call them, all the negative thoughts associated with the pain. “I can’t move”, “I won’t be able to go to work”, “How will I manage the shopping?” Let the mind games begin.

Ratcheting the feelings up a notch, the breathing changes. Stuck in the chest, panic, anxiety, shortness of breath. Catastrophizing, the psychologists call it.  “I will never be able to show my face again, everyone will know I am crippled”, “I will never get better”, “My life is over”. The sympathetic nervous system is in high gear, the feeling tone of the body is fueling the thoughts and you...

Published Nov. 3, 2017 Integrative Practitioner.com

The American work culture has recently come under scrutiny for the notorious long hours expected of employees, leaving them little or no time for a proper work/life balance. My practice is rife with millenials who come after work seeking relief of all manner of stress related tensions in body/mind/spirit, only to put on their shoes and run back to the office for more.

Overworked Americans, written by ABC editor Dean Schabner, are a new phenomenon born of a confluence of socio-economic factors. The slumping economy gave rise to an ever-increasing number of companies downsizing their workforce. The remaining workforce was faced with workloads that were previously handled by two or three employees. The expectations of performance and accomplishments remained the same.

With job scarcity came job insecurity, and workers shouldered the brunt to keep their jobs. According to Schabner, “Not only are Americans working longer hours than any t...

April 10, 2017

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, OIM

What is a Labyrinth?

Councilman Ulrich’s office announced last week the projects that have received funding through his Participatory Budget. I am pleased to announce that my proposal for a permanent Labyrinth to be constructed on Shore Front Parkway adjacent to the Boardwalk won enough votes to be funded!

This project has been several years in the making with a solid manifestation of a temporary labyrinth adjacent to the Boardwalk on Shore Front Parkway and B. 79th St.

The construction of this temporary labyrinth was done on May 5th of last year with the cooperation of Partnerships for Parks and the volunteer manpower of Droga 5 LLC.

While trolling for votes on my proposal for the permanent labyrinth, many misconceptions arose as well as outright lack of knowledge about what a labyrinth actually is. With gratitude to all those who voted for the labyrinth and for those who will be fortunate enough to avail themselves of its benefits , here a...

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