Support Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

There is an unwarranted stigma placed on male survivors of sexual assault in both civilian and military society. As a result, too few come forward. Too few seek the help they need.

But in the military, the challenge is compounded by an environment that in many ways works against survivors, eroding their confidence and even their ability to report these crimes.

The disturbing prevalence of sexual assault against men within the United States armed forces has been illustrated recently by several in-depth reports. These studies crystalize what we have long known to be a crisis too often ignored and not discussed within the military.

In March, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report acknowledged the staggering number of men in the military that have been sexually assaulted, and hinted at the underlying problem, writing: “DOD has recognized that a cultural change is needed to address sexual assaults but has not yet taken several key steps to further this change.”

For all victims, male and female, the environment frequently acts as a deterrent rather than a support structure; but for men the effect appears to be more significant.

The latest report from the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) showed that more men are victims of sexual assault in the military than women, but that men are less likely to come forward and report. The claim is supported by the March GAO report that estimated at most only 13 percent of males reported their assaults, which is significantly lower than the percentage of females who report.

One of the biggest obstacles working against efforts to increase reporting from men, as it is with women, is the high level of retaliation by peers and superiors. Retaliation comes in many forms, such as continued harassment, being socially ostracized or adverse personnel actions like blocking a promotion. Retaliation compounds the injustice and personal betrayal survivors experience and has been a lasting concern among survivors, advocates and those of us in Congress fighting to institute reform. The SAPRO report acknowledges the high levels of retaliation, and in May a report conducted by Human Rights Watch drew similar conclusions and made the problem real by sharing candid stories from servicemembers who experienced backlash firsthand.

Much work that needs to be done. The status quo is simply unacceptable.

Congress, in its oversight capacity, has the ability and responsibility to force DOD to confront uncomfortable issues, like male victimization and retaliation. For years we have worked across the aisle to make significant changes to the military justice system and culture that allow these crimes to occur at such an alarming rate. Building on that work, the annual defense bill passed by the House last month contained our Support Uniformed Patriots; Prevent Offenses and Restore Trust Act (SUPPORT Act).

The SUPPORT Act requires DOD to create a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation and protect those who experience it, and improve training for commanders. It also requires DOD to better train and educate servicemembers about the sexual assault of men; provide the medical and mental health needs specific to male survivors; and develop Department-wide metrics to better understand and address the issue. As appointees to the committee tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate Defense bills, we will urge our colleagues to include these much-needed changes.

Aside from legislative fixes, a conversation needs to take place across the military, and the country, about how best to support men who have been assaulted. The month of June was Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to encourage open dialogue about the physical and mental trauma that male survivors of sexual assault experience, and the treatment and resources available. That conversation must continue throughout the year.

The military needs a targeted approach to address sexual assault against men, but the goals remain the same for all survivors: prevent assaults, encourage reporting, provide effective services and reform the military justice system that too often fails those who have been sexually assaulted.

Man or woman — our servicemembers deserve better.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Turner (R) of Ohio are co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. They are co-authors of several recent pieces of legislation signed into law that address sexual assault in the military.

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Support Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

There is an unwarranted stigma placed on male survivors of sexual assault in both civilian and military society. As a result, too few come forward. Too few seek the help they need.

But in the military, the challenge is compounded by an environment that in many ways works against survivors, eroding their confidence and even their ability to report these crimes.

The disturbing prevalence of sexual assault against men within the United States armed forces has been illustrated recently by several in-depth reports. These studies crystalize what we have long known to be a crisis too often ignored and not discussed within the military.

In March, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report acknowledged the staggering number of men in the military that have been sexually assaulted, and hinted at the underlying problem, writing: “DOD has recognized that a cultural change is needed to address sexual assaults but has not yet taken several key steps to further this change.”

For all victims, male and female, the environment frequently acts as a deterrent rather than a support structure; but for men the effect appears to be more significant.

The latest report from the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) showed that more men are victims of sexual assault in the military than women, but that men are less likely to come forward and report. The claim is supported by the March GAO report that estimated at most only 13 percent of males reported their assaults, which is significantly lower than the percentage of females who report.

One of the biggest obstacles working against efforts to increase reporting from men, as it is with women, is the high level of retaliation by peers and superiors. Retaliation comes in many forms, such as continued harassment, being socially ostracized or adverse personnel actions like blocking a promotion. Retaliation compounds the injustice and personal betrayal survivors experience and has been a lasting concern among survivors, advocates and those of us in Congress fighting to institute reform. The SAPRO report acknowledges the high levels of retaliation, and in May a report conducted by Human Rights Watch drew similar conclusions and made the problem real by sharing candid stories from servicemembers who experienced backlash firsthand.

Much work that needs to be done. The status quo is simply unacceptable.

Congress, in its oversight capacity, has the ability and responsibility to force DOD to confront uncomfortable issues, like male victimization and retaliation. For years we have worked across the aisle to make significant changes to the military justice system and culture that allow these crimes to occur at such an alarming rate. Building on that work, the annual defense bill passed by the House last month contained our Support Uniformed Patriots; Prevent Offenses and Restore Trust Act (SUPPORT Act).

The SUPPORT Act requires DOD to create a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation and protect those who experience it, and improve training for commanders. It also requires DOD to better train and educate servicemembers about the sexual assault of men; provide the medical and mental health needs specific to male survivors; and develop Department-wide metrics to better understand and address the issue. As appointees to the committee tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate Defense bills, we will urge our colleagues to include these much-needed changes.

Aside from legislative fixes, a conversation needs to take place across the military, and the country, about how best to support men who have been assaulted. The month of June was Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to encourage open dialogue about the physical and mental trauma that male survivors of sexual assault experience, and the treatment and resources available. That conversation must continue throughout the year.

The military needs a targeted approach to address sexual assault against men, but the goals remain the same for all survivors: prevent assaults, encourage reporting, provide effective services and reform the military justice system that too often fails those who have been sexually assaulted.

Man or woman — our servicemembers deserve better.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Turner (R) of Ohio are co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. They are co-authors of several recent pieces of legislation signed into law that address sexual assault in the military.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
HEALTH SPECIALS!!-

Save up to 50% at Walgreens

Support Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

There is an unwarranted stigma placed on male survivors of sexual assault in both civilian and military society. As a result, too few come forward. Too few seek the help they need.

But in the military, the challenge is compounded by an environment that in many ways works against survivors, eroding their confidence and even their ability to report these crimes.

The disturbing prevalence of sexual assault against men within the United States armed forces has been illustrated recently by several in-depth reports. These studies crystalize what we have long known to be a crisis too often ignored and not discussed within the military.

In March, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report acknowledged the staggering number of men in the military that have been sexually assaulted, and hinted at the underlying problem, writing: “DOD has recognized that a cultural change is needed to address sexual assaults but has not yet taken several key steps to further this change.”

For all victims, male and female, the environment frequently acts as a deterrent rather than a support structure; but for men the effect appears to be more significant.

The latest report from the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) showed that more men are victims of sexual assault in the military than women, but that men are less likely to come forward and report. The claim is supported by the March GAO report that estimated at most only 13 percent of males reported their assaults, which is significantly lower than the percentage of females who report.

One of the biggest obstacles working against efforts to increase reporting from men, as it is with women, is the high level of retaliation by peers and superiors. Retaliation comes in many forms, such as continued harassment, being socially ostracized or adverse personnel actions like blocking a promotion. Retaliation compounds the injustice and personal betrayal survivors experience and has been a lasting concern among survivors, advocates and those of us in Congress fighting to institute reform. The SAPRO report acknowledges the high levels of retaliation, and in May a report conducted by Human Rights Watch drew similar conclusions and made the problem real by sharing candid stories from servicemembers who experienced backlash firsthand.

Much work that needs to be done. The status quo is simply unacceptable.

Congress, in its oversight capacity, has the ability and responsibility to force DOD to confront uncomfortable issues, like male victimization and retaliation. For years we have worked across the aisle to make significant changes to the military justice system and culture that allow these crimes to occur at such an alarming rate. Building on that work, the annual defense bill passed by the House last month contained our Support Uniformed Patriots; Prevent Offenses and Restore Trust Act (SUPPORT Act).

The SUPPORT Act requires DOD to create a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation and protect those who experience it, and improve training for commanders. It also requires DOD to better train and educate servicemembers about the sexual assault of men; provide the medical and mental health needs specific to male survivors; and develop Department-wide metrics to better understand and address the issue. As appointees to the committee tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate Defense bills, we will urge our colleagues to include these much-needed changes.

Aside from legislative fixes, a conversation needs to take place across the military, and the country, about how best to support men who have been assaulted. The month of June was Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to encourage open dialogue about the physical and mental trauma that male survivors of sexual assault experience, and the treatment and resources available. That conversation must continue throughout the year.

The military needs a targeted approach to address sexual assault against men, but the goals remain the same for all survivors: prevent assaults, encourage reporting, provide effective services and reform the military justice system that too often fails those who have been sexually assaulted.

Man or woman — our servicemembers deserve better.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Turner (R) of Ohio are co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. They are co-authors of several recent pieces of legislation signed into law that address sexual assault in the military.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
HEALTH SPECIALS!!-

Save up to 50% at Walgreens

Support Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

There is an unwarranted stigma placed on male survivors of sexual assault in both civilian and military society. As a result, too few come forward. Too few seek the help they need.

But in the military, the challenge is compounded by an environment that in many ways works against survivors, eroding their confidence and even their ability to report these crimes.

The disturbing prevalence of sexual assault against men within the United States armed forces has been illustrated recently by several in-depth reports. These studies crystalize what we have long known to be a crisis too often ignored and not discussed within the military.

In March, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report acknowledged the staggering number of men in the military that have been sexually assaulted, and hinted at the underlying problem, writing: “DOD has recognized that a cultural change is needed to address sexual assaults but has not yet taken several key steps to further this change.”

For all victims, male and female, the environment frequently acts as a deterrent rather than a support structure; but for men the effect appears to be more significant.

The latest report from the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) showed that more men are victims of sexual assault in the military than women, but that men are less likely to come forward and report. The claim is supported by the March GAO report that estimated at most only 13 percent of males reported their assaults, which is significantly lower than the percentage of females who report.

One of the biggest obstacles working against efforts to increase reporting from men, as it is with women, is the high level of retaliation by peers and superiors. Retaliation comes in many forms, such as continued harassment, being socially ostracized or adverse personnel actions like blocking a promotion. Retaliation compounds the injustice and personal betrayal survivors experience and has been a lasting concern among survivors, advocates and those of us in Congress fighting to institute reform. The SAPRO report acknowledges the high levels of retaliation, and in May a report conducted by Human Rights Watch drew similar conclusions and made the problem real by sharing candid stories from servicemembers who experienced backlash firsthand.

Much work that needs to be done. The status quo is simply unacceptable.

Congress, in its oversight capacity, has the ability and responsibility to force DOD to confront uncomfortable issues, like male victimization and retaliation. For years we have worked across the aisle to make significant changes to the military justice system and culture that allow these crimes to occur at such an alarming rate. Building on that work, the annual defense bill passed by the House last month contained our Support Uniformed Patriots; Prevent Offenses and Restore Trust Act (SUPPORT Act).

The SUPPORT Act requires DOD to create a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation and protect those who experience it, and improve training for commanders. It also requires DOD to better train and educate servicemembers about the sexual assault of men; provide the medical and mental health needs specific to male survivors; and develop Department-wide metrics to better understand and address the issue. As appointees to the committee tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate Defense bills, we will urge our colleagues to include these much-needed changes.

Aside from legislative fixes, a conversation needs to take place across the military, and the country, about how best to support men who have been assaulted. The month of June was Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to encourage open dialogue about the physical and mental trauma that male survivors of sexual assault experience, and the treatment and resources available. That conversation must continue throughout the year.

The military needs a targeted approach to address sexual assault against men, but the goals remain the same for all survivors: prevent assaults, encourage reporting, provide effective services and reform the military justice system that too often fails those who have been sexually assaulted.

Man or woman — our servicemembers deserve better.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Turner (R) of Ohio are co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. They are co-authors of several recent pieces of legislation signed into law that address sexual assault in the military.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
HEALTH SPECIALS!!-

Save up to 50% at Walgreens

Support Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

There is an unwarranted stigma placed on male survivors of sexual assault in both civilian and military society. As a result, too few come forward. Too few seek the help they need.

But in the military, the challenge is compounded by an environment that in many ways works against survivors, eroding their confidence and even their ability to report these crimes.

The disturbing prevalence of sexual assault against men within the United States armed forces has been illustrated recently by several in-depth reports. These studies crystalize what we have long known to be a crisis too often ignored and not discussed within the military.

In March, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report acknowledged the staggering number of men in the military that have been sexually assaulted, and hinted at the underlying problem, writing: “DOD has recognized that a cultural change is needed to address sexual assaults but has not yet taken several key steps to further this change.”

For all victims, male and female, the environment frequently acts as a deterrent rather than a support structure; but for men the effect appears to be more significant.

The latest report from the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) showed that more men are victims of sexual assault in the military than women, but that men are less likely to come forward and report. The claim is supported by the March GAO report that estimated at most only 13 percent of males reported their assaults, which is significantly lower than the percentage of females who report.

One of the biggest obstacles working against efforts to increase reporting from men, as it is with women, is the high level of retaliation by peers and superiors. Retaliation comes in many forms, such as continued harassment, being socially ostracized or adverse personnel actions like blocking a promotion. Retaliation compounds the injustice and personal betrayal survivors experience and has been a lasting concern among survivors, advocates and those of us in Congress fighting to institute reform. The SAPRO report acknowledges the high levels of retaliation, and in May a report conducted by Human Rights Watch drew similar conclusions and made the problem real by sharing candid stories from servicemembers who experienced backlash firsthand.

Much work that needs to be done. The status quo is simply unacceptable.

Congress, in its oversight capacity, has the ability and responsibility to force DOD to confront uncomfortable issues, like male victimization and retaliation. For years we have worked across the aisle to make significant changes to the military justice system and culture that allow these crimes to occur at such an alarming rate. Building on that work, the annual defense bill passed by the House last month contained our Support Uniformed Patriots; Prevent Offenses and Restore Trust Act (SUPPORT Act).

The SUPPORT Act requires DOD to create a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation and protect those who experience it, and improve training for commanders. It also requires DOD to better train and educate servicemembers about the sexual assault of men; provide the medical and mental health needs specific to male survivors; and develop Department-wide metrics to better understand and address the issue. As appointees to the committee tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate Defense bills, we will urge our colleagues to include these much-needed changes.

Aside from legislative fixes, a conversation needs to take place across the military, and the country, about how best to support men who have been assaulted. The month of June was Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to encourage open dialogue about the physical and mental trauma that male survivors of sexual assault experience, and the treatment and resources available. That conversation must continue throughout the year.

The military needs a targeted approach to address sexual assault against men, but the goals remain the same for all survivors: prevent assaults, encourage reporting, provide effective services and reform the military justice system that too often fails those who have been sexually assaulted.

Man or woman — our servicemembers deserve better.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Turner (R) of Ohio are co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. They are co-authors of several recent pieces of legislation signed into law that address sexual assault in the military.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.




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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
HEALTH SPECIALS!!-

Save up to 50% at Walgreens

Support Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

There is an unwarranted stigma placed on male survivors of sexual assault in both civilian and military society. As a result, too few come forward. Too few seek the help they need.

But in the military, the challenge is compounded by an environment that in many ways works against survivors, eroding their confidence and even their ability to report these crimes.

The disturbing prevalence of sexual assault against men within the United States armed forces has been illustrated recently by several in-depth reports. These studies crystalize what we have long known to be a crisis too often ignored and not discussed within the military.

In March, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report acknowledged the staggering number of men in the military that have been sexually assaulted, and hinted at the underlying problem, writing: “DOD has recognized that a cultural change is needed to address sexual assaults but has not yet taken several key steps to further this change.”

For all victims, male and female, the environment frequently acts as a deterrent rather than a support structure; but for men the effect appears to be more significant.

The latest report from the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) showed that more men are victims of sexual assault in the military than women, but that men are less likely to come forward and report. The claim is supported by the March GAO report that estimated at most only 13 percent of males reported their assaults, which is significantly lower than the percentage of females who report.

One of the biggest obstacles working against efforts to increase reporting from men, as it is with women, is the high level of retaliation by peers and superiors. Retaliation comes in many forms, such as continued harassment, being socially ostracized or adverse personnel actions like blocking a promotion. Retaliation compounds the injustice and personal betrayal survivors experience and has been a lasting concern among survivors, advocates and those of us in Congress fighting to institute reform. The SAPRO report acknowledges the high levels of retaliation, and in May a report conducted by Human Rights Watch drew similar conclusions and made the problem real by sharing candid stories from servicemembers who experienced backlash firsthand.

Much work that needs to be done. The status quo is simply unacceptable.

Congress, in its oversight capacity, has the ability and responsibility to force DOD to confront uncomfortable issues, like male victimization and retaliation. For years we have worked across the aisle to make significant changes to the military justice system and culture that allow these crimes to occur at such an alarming rate. Building on that work, the annual defense bill passed by the House last month contained our Support Uniformed Patriots; Prevent Offenses and Restore Trust Act (SUPPORT Act).

The SUPPORT Act requires DOD to create a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation and protect those who experience it, and improve training for commanders. It also requires DOD to better train and educate servicemembers about the sexual assault of men; provide the medical and mental health needs specific to male survivors; and develop Department-wide metrics to better understand and address the issue. As appointees to the committee tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate Defense bills, we will urge our colleagues to include these much-needed changes.

Aside from legislative fixes, a conversation needs to take place across the military, and the country, about how best to support men who have been assaulted. The month of June was Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to encourage open dialogue about the physical and mental trauma that male survivors of sexual assault experience, and the treatment and resources available. That conversation must continue throughout the year.

The military needs a targeted approach to address sexual assault against men, but the goals remain the same for all survivors: prevent assaults, encourage reporting, provide effective services and reform the military justice system that too often fails those who have been sexually assaulted.

Man or woman — our servicemembers deserve better.

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Turner (R) of Ohio are co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. They are co-authors of several recent pieces of legislation signed into law that address sexual assault in the military.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
HEALTH SPECIALS!!-

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Help For The Medicine Donated To Veterans of Foreign Wars By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For The Medicine Donated To Veterans of Foreign Wars By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For The Medicine Donated To Veterans of Foreign Wars By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For The Medicine Donated To Veterans of Foreign Wars By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For The Medicine Donated To Veterans of Foreign Wars By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For The Medicine Donated To Veterans of Foreign Wars By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which makes us happy, we drift up to a higher weight than we started at. If we find a new activity which fills us with joy, like hiking or yoga, we may realize months later that we have not made any time for this activity. We may even start a new friendship with someone we really enjoy, yet we soon find that we are somehow too “busy” to fit them into our schedule. If we fall in love, we start making excuses to pull away. If we succeed in one area, we find ourselves sabotaging another. When these instances occur, we often tend to blame circumstances or sheer bad luck. Yet, in reality, we are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of our own happiness.

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This response indicates that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy. So, the question that we are left to ask is “why?”

For starters many of us are more self-denying than we realize. We tend to think of pursuing the things that light us up as selfish or irresponsible. We all have moments when we listen to an internal critic that encourages us not to set goals or expect too much for ourselves or our lives. This “critical inner voice” is actually triggered when we take steps forward. It reminds us to stay in our place and not to venture out of our comfort zone.

The reasons we harbor these dark, self-sabotaging thoughts are complex, but they lie at the root of much of our maladaptive behavior. By understanding why we listen to this critic and take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming these obstacles and allowing ourselves to be open to our own happiness. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life:

It disrupts our sense of identity — No matter how negative our self-perception may be, like a heavy blanket, it can feel comfortable and safe in its familiarity. If we start to develop or change ourselves in some way that counters our cruel self-attacks, we can start to feel extremely uncomfortable and anxious. It can feel scary to surpass the way we’ve long seen ourselves or a way we’ve long been seen.

Our critical inner voice is built on old attitudes we were exposed to, usually from very early in our lives. Negative ways we were viewed in our family or ways people around us saw themselves seeped in to our consciousness. As adults, we self-parent by maintaining these old attitudes and failing to differentiate from destructive early influences. Yet, it is important to realize that methods do exist for differentiating ourselves, becoming our own unique person with a strong sense of self.

It challenges our defenses — Our defenses are like armor we’ve built against whatever has hurt us in our lives. If we had an absent or rejecting parent or caretaker, we may make a vow to never let anyone too close. If we were often mistreated, punished or misunderstood, we may feel scared to stand out, succeed or be noticed. We build defenses to adapt to undesirable elements of our early environment, but when we grow up and are in a new situation as adults, these behaviors and patterns are often no longer adaptive. We may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships or to excel in our careers. We may self-sabotage in countless ways by failing to challenge our defenses. We may even unconsciously seek out situations that were similar to those we experienced growing up, for example, finding a partner who reminds us of someone from our past. We may recreate dynamics from our childhood that, although unpleasant, are familiar and fit with our defenses. Yet if we take the risk and drop our defenses we make it more likely we will achieve true happiness.

It causes us anxiety — Going after what we want makes us feel more anxious and alive. When we act against our critical inner voice and break with our defenses, we tend to feel pretty stirred up at first. The voice in our head gets louder, and our desire to act against our own interest gets stronger. In these moments, giving up can actually soothe our anxiety by returning us to what’s comfortable and familiar. Yet, it isn’t long before we punish ourselves for messing up. Our inner critic becomes like a sadistic coach, and the self-destructive cycle starts again.

It’s helpful to realize that any effort to change is likely to be met with anxiety. However, it is also helpful to remember that if we hang in there and sweat through this uncomfortable feeling, the anxiety will subside. Therefore, the way to deal with our anxiety is to overcome it by ignoring our inner critic and continuing to take those steps forward.

It stirs up guilt — In many ways, choosing to be happy in the present can represent a break from our past, particularly when we are challenging defenses and choosing a different life for ourselves. It’s very common to feel guilty to be our own separate person and especially to surpass people from our past. Breaking a point of identity can shatter what my father psychologist Robert Firestone‘s described as a “fantasy bond,” which we experienced with influential figures in our upbringing. Even a parent who was hurtful to us in many ways was someone we once depended on for survival. Therefore, it may have been more favorable to maintain a fantasy that we were connected to them in some way that’s frightening to break later in life.

Recent studies have shown that there are very strong links between a parent’s happiness and their children’s, even long after the child has grown up, moved away or entered into a relationship. This correlation illustrates how powerful this sense of connection can be and calls to question the role of guilt in surpassing a parent. If we push past our guilt and achieve more happiness than our parent, it will make us feel alone, but free.

It forces us to face pain — Psychologist Pat Love once said that “when you long for something like love, it becomes associated with pain.” In many ways, getting what we want makes us feel pain and sadness, because it reminds us of something we didn’t get in our past. New, positive experiences can open up old wounds. In an often unexpected way, times when we are chosen can make us feel the sadness of times we were rejected. As we come alive, we’re forced to feel the pain of the old reasons we created our defenses.

A fuller, more rewarding life tends to be more full of feeling in general. We can’t selectively numb pain without also numbing joy. If we allow ourselves to feel more love, gratitude and pleasure, we can expect to feel more sadness over the poignancy of time, loss and the inherent vulnerability of the human condition.

It’s a strange twist that the very thing that we most want or that will be best for us is often what we are most resistant to. No one else can tell us what will make us happy or what’s most important to us. This is something we all have to find for ourselves, and once we do, it’s our job to fight for it. There are several good ways to go about this:

  • Don’t go it alone. Share your journey, and tell someone else your goals, so that you feel accountable.
  • Recognize a pattern to your critical inner voices and self-destructive behavior. This will help you to recognize when your inner critic is triggered and so you can act against its hurtful directives.
  • Find active ways to differentiate from negative influences from your past. Try to choose the qualities you want to emulate and reject those you don’t.
  • Don’t take the mentality of a victim. Nothing, not even your past, can control you if you’re an independent adult, making your own choices.
  • Recognize that you’re powerful, capable, and that setbacks won’t unravel you.

Each of these steps represents a large and ongoing challenge, but they are essential to living a life that has unique meaning to you. Contrary to any inner voice that may tell you you’re being selfish, when you create a life of personal value, you become more valuable to the world. Your happiness matters and will have a natural, ripple effect.

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.




GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which makes us happy, we drift up to a higher weight than we started at. If we find a new activity which fills us with joy, like hiking or yoga, we may realize months later that we have not made any time for this activity. We may even start a new friendship with someone we really enjoy, yet we soon find that we are somehow too “busy” to fit them into our schedule. If we fall in love, we start making excuses to pull away. If we succeed in one area, we find ourselves sabotaging another. When these instances occur, we often tend to blame circumstances or sheer bad luck. Yet, in reality, we are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of our own happiness.

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This response indicates that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy. So, the question that we are left to ask is “why?”

For starters many of us are more self-denying than we realize. We tend to think of pursuing the things that light us up as selfish or irresponsible. We all have moments when we listen to an internal critic that encourages us not to set goals or expect too much for ourselves or our lives. This “critical inner voice” is actually triggered when we take steps forward. It reminds us to stay in our place and not to venture out of our comfort zone.

The reasons we harbor these dark, self-sabotaging thoughts are complex, but they lie at the root of much of our maladaptive behavior. By understanding why we listen to this critic and take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming these obstacles and allowing ourselves to be open to our own happiness. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life:

It disrupts our sense of identity — No matter how negative our self-perception may be, like a heavy blanket, it can feel comfortable and safe in its familiarity. If we start to develop or change ourselves in some way that counters our cruel self-attacks, we can start to feel extremely uncomfortable and anxious. It can feel scary to surpass the way we’ve long seen ourselves or a way we’ve long been seen.

Our critical inner voice is built on old attitudes we were exposed to, usually from very early in our lives. Negative ways we were viewed in our family or ways people around us saw themselves seeped in to our consciousness. As adults, we self-parent by maintaining these old attitudes and failing to differentiate from destructive early influences. Yet, it is important to realize that methods do exist for differentiating ourselves, becoming our own unique person with a strong sense of self.

It challenges our defenses — Our defenses are like armor we’ve built against whatever has hurt us in our lives. If we had an absent or rejecting parent or caretaker, we may make a vow to never let anyone too close. If we were often mistreated, punished or misunderstood, we may feel scared to stand out, succeed or be noticed. We build defenses to adapt to undesirable elements of our early environment, but when we grow up and are in a new situation as adults, these behaviors and patterns are often no longer adaptive. We may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships or to excel in our careers. We may self-sabotage in countless ways by failing to challenge our defenses. We may even unconsciously seek out situations that were similar to those we experienced growing up, for example, finding a partner who reminds us of someone from our past. We may recreate dynamics from our childhood that, although unpleasant, are familiar and fit with our defenses. Yet if we take the risk and drop our defenses we make it more likely we will achieve true happiness.

It causes us anxiety — Going after what we want makes us feel more anxious and alive. When we act against our critical inner voice and break with our defenses, we tend to feel pretty stirred up at first. The voice in our head gets louder, and our desire to act against our own interest gets stronger. In these moments, giving up can actually soothe our anxiety by returning us to what’s comfortable and familiar. Yet, it isn’t long before we punish ourselves for messing up. Our inner critic becomes like a sadistic coach, and the self-destructive cycle starts again.

It’s helpful to realize that any effort to change is likely to be met with anxiety. However, it is also helpful to remember that if we hang in there and sweat through this uncomfortable feeling, the anxiety will subside. Therefore, the way to deal with our anxiety is to overcome it by ignoring our inner critic and continuing to take those steps forward.

It stirs up guilt — In many ways, choosing to be happy in the present can represent a break from our past, particularly when we are challenging defenses and choosing a different life for ourselves. It’s very common to feel guilty to be our own separate person and especially to surpass people from our past. Breaking a point of identity can shatter what my father psychologist Robert Firestone‘s described as a “fantasy bond,” which we experienced with influential figures in our upbringing. Even a parent who was hurtful to us in many ways was someone we once depended on for survival. Therefore, it may have been more favorable to maintain a fantasy that we were connected to them in some way that’s frightening to break later in life.

Recent studies have shown that there are very strong links between a parent’s happiness and their children’s, even long after the child has grown up, moved away or entered into a relationship. This correlation illustrates how powerful this sense of connection can be and calls to question the role of guilt in surpassing a parent. If we push past our guilt and achieve more happiness than our parent, it will make us feel alone, but free.

It forces us to face pain — Psychologist Pat Love once said that “when you long for something like love, it becomes associated with pain.” In many ways, getting what we want makes us feel pain and sadness, because it reminds us of something we didn’t get in our past. New, positive experiences can open up old wounds. In an often unexpected way, times when we are chosen can make us feel the sadness of times we were rejected. As we come alive, we’re forced to feel the pain of the old reasons we created our defenses.

A fuller, more rewarding life tends to be more full of feeling in general. We can’t selectively numb pain without also numbing joy. If we allow ourselves to feel more love, gratitude and pleasure, we can expect to feel more sadness over the poignancy of time, loss and the inherent vulnerability of the human condition.

It’s a strange twist that the very thing that we most want or that will be best for us is often what we are most resistant to. No one else can tell us what will make us happy or what’s most important to us. This is something we all have to find for ourselves, and once we do, it’s our job to fight for it. There are several good ways to go about this:

  • Don’t go it alone. Share your journey, and tell someone else your goals, so that you feel accountable.
  • Recognize a pattern to your critical inner voices and self-destructive behavior. This will help you to recognize when your inner critic is triggered and so you can act against its hurtful directives.
  • Find active ways to differentiate from negative influences from your past. Try to choose the qualities you want to emulate and reject those you don’t.
  • Don’t take the mentality of a victim. Nothing, not even your past, can control you if you’re an independent adult, making your own choices.
  • Recognize that you’re powerful, capable, and that setbacks won’t unravel you.

Each of these steps represents a large and ongoing challenge, but they are essential to living a life that has unique meaning to you. Contrary to any inner voice that may tell you you’re being selfish, when you create a life of personal value, you become more valuable to the world. Your happiness matters and will have a natural, ripple effect.

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.




GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which makes us happy, we drift up to a higher weight than we started at. If we find a new activity which fills us with joy, like hiking or yoga, we may realize months later that we have not made any time for this activity. We may even start a new friendship with someone we really enjoy, yet we soon find that we are somehow too “busy” to fit them into our schedule. If we fall in love, we start making excuses to pull away. If we succeed in one area, we find ourselves sabotaging another. When these instances occur, we often tend to blame circumstances or sheer bad luck. Yet, in reality, we are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of our own happiness.

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This response indicates that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy. So, the question that we are left to ask is “why?”

For starters many of us are more self-denying than we realize. We tend to think of pursuing the things that light us up as selfish or irresponsible. We all have moments when we listen to an internal critic that encourages us not to set goals or expect too much for ourselves or our lives. This “critical inner voice” is actually triggered when we take steps forward. It reminds us to stay in our place and not to venture out of our comfort zone.

The reasons we harbor these dark, self-sabotaging thoughts are complex, but they lie at the root of much of our maladaptive behavior. By understanding why we listen to this critic and take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming these obstacles and allowing ourselves to be open to our own happiness. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life:

It disrupts our sense of identity — No matter how negative our self-perception may be, like a heavy blanket, it can feel comfortable and safe in its familiarity. If we start to develop or change ourselves in some way that counters our cruel self-attacks, we can start to feel extremely uncomfortable and anxious. It can feel scary to surpass the way we’ve long seen ourselves or a way we’ve long been seen.

Our critical inner voice is built on old attitudes we were exposed to, usually from very early in our lives. Negative ways we were viewed in our family or ways people around us saw themselves seeped in to our consciousness. As adults, we self-parent by maintaining these old attitudes and failing to differentiate from destructive early influences. Yet, it is important to realize that methods do exist for differentiating ourselves, becoming our own unique person with a strong sense of self.

It challenges our defenses — Our defenses are like armor we’ve built against whatever has hurt us in our lives. If we had an absent or rejecting parent or caretaker, we may make a vow to never let anyone too close. If we were often mistreated, punished or misunderstood, we may feel scared to stand out, succeed or be noticed. We build defenses to adapt to undesirable elements of our early environment, but when we grow up and are in a new situation as adults, these behaviors and patterns are often no longer adaptive. We may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships or to excel in our careers. We may self-sabotage in countless ways by failing to challenge our defenses. We may even unconsciously seek out situations that were similar to those we experienced growing up, for example, finding a partner who reminds us of someone from our past. We may recreate dynamics from our childhood that, although unpleasant, are familiar and fit with our defenses. Yet if we take the risk and drop our defenses we make it more likely we will achieve true happiness.

It causes us anxiety — Going after what we want makes us feel more anxious and alive. When we act against our critical inner voice and break with our defenses, we tend to feel pretty stirred up at first. The voice in our head gets louder, and our desire to act against our own interest gets stronger. In these moments, giving up can actually soothe our anxiety by returning us to what’s comfortable and familiar. Yet, it isn’t long before we punish ourselves for messing up. Our inner critic becomes like a sadistic coach, and the self-destructive cycle starts again.

It’s helpful to realize that any effort to change is likely to be met with anxiety. However, it is also helpful to remember that if we hang in there and sweat through this uncomfortable feeling, the anxiety will subside. Therefore, the way to deal with our anxiety is to overcome it by ignoring our inner critic and continuing to take those steps forward.

It stirs up guilt — In many ways, choosing to be happy in the present can represent a break from our past, particularly when we are challenging defenses and choosing a different life for ourselves. It’s very common to feel guilty to be our own separate person and especially to surpass people from our past. Breaking a point of identity can shatter what my father psychologist Robert Firestone‘s described as a “fantasy bond,” which we experienced with influential figures in our upbringing. Even a parent who was hurtful to us in many ways was someone we once depended on for survival. Therefore, it may have been more favorable to maintain a fantasy that we were connected to them in some way that’s frightening to break later in life.

Recent studies have shown that there are very strong links between a parent’s happiness and their children’s, even long after the child has grown up, moved away or entered into a relationship. This correlation illustrates how powerful this sense of connection can be and calls to question the role of guilt in surpassing a parent. If we push past our guilt and achieve more happiness than our parent, it will make us feel alone, but free.

It forces us to face pain — Psychologist Pat Love once said that “when you long for something like love, it becomes associated with pain.” In many ways, getting what we want makes us feel pain and sadness, because it reminds us of something we didn’t get in our past. New, positive experiences can open up old wounds. In an often unexpected way, times when we are chosen can make us feel the sadness of times we were rejected. As we come alive, we’re forced to feel the pain of the old reasons we created our defenses.

A fuller, more rewarding life tends to be more full of feeling in general. We can’t selectively numb pain without also numbing joy. If we allow ourselves to feel more love, gratitude and pleasure, we can expect to feel more sadness over the poignancy of time, loss and the inherent vulnerability of the human condition.

It’s a strange twist that the very thing that we most want or that will be best for us is often what we are most resistant to. No one else can tell us what will make us happy or what’s most important to us. This is something we all have to find for ourselves, and once we do, it’s our job to fight for it. There are several good ways to go about this:

  • Don’t go it alone. Share your journey, and tell someone else your goals, so that you feel accountable.
  • Recognize a pattern to your critical inner voices and self-destructive behavior. This will help you to recognize when your inner critic is triggered and so you can act against its hurtful directives.
  • Find active ways to differentiate from negative influences from your past. Try to choose the qualities you want to emulate and reject those you don’t.
  • Don’t take the mentality of a victim. Nothing, not even your past, can control you if you’re an independent adult, making your own choices.
  • Recognize that you’re powerful, capable, and that setbacks won’t unravel you.

Each of these steps represents a large and ongoing challenge, but they are essential to living a life that has unique meaning to you. Contrary to any inner voice that may tell you you’re being selfish, when you create a life of personal value, you become more valuable to the world. Your happiness matters and will have a natural, ripple effect.

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.




GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which makes us happy, we drift up to a higher weight than we started at. If we find a new activity which fills us with joy, like hiking or yoga, we may realize months later that we have not made any time for this activity. We may even start a new friendship with someone we really enjoy, yet we soon find that we are somehow too “busy” to fit them into our schedule. If we fall in love, we start making excuses to pull away. If we succeed in one area, we find ourselves sabotaging another. When these instances occur, we often tend to blame circumstances or sheer bad luck. Yet, in reality, we are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of our own happiness.

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This response indicates that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy. So, the question that we are left to ask is “why?”

For starters many of us are more self-denying than we realize. We tend to think of pursuing the things that light us up as selfish or irresponsible. We all have moments when we listen to an internal critic that encourages us not to set goals or expect too much for ourselves or our lives. This “critical inner voice” is actually triggered when we take steps forward. It reminds us to stay in our place and not to venture out of our comfort zone.

The reasons we harbor these dark, self-sabotaging thoughts are complex, but they lie at the root of much of our maladaptive behavior. By understanding why we listen to this critic and take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming these obstacles and allowing ourselves to be open to our own happiness. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life:

It disrupts our sense of identity — No matter how negative our self-perception may be, like a heavy blanket, it can feel comfortable and safe in its familiarity. If we start to develop or change ourselves in some way that counters our cruel self-attacks, we can start to feel extremely uncomfortable and anxious. It can feel scary to surpass the way we’ve long seen ourselves or a way we’ve long been seen.

Our critical inner voice is built on old attitudes we were exposed to, usually from very early in our lives. Negative ways we were viewed in our family or ways people around us saw themselves seeped in to our consciousness. As adults, we self-parent by maintaining these old attitudes and failing to differentiate from destructive early influences. Yet, it is important to realize that methods do exist for differentiating ourselves, becoming our own unique person with a strong sense of self.

It challenges our defenses — Our defenses are like armor we’ve built against whatever has hurt us in our lives. If we had an absent or rejecting parent or caretaker, we may make a vow to never let anyone too close. If we were often mistreated, punished or misunderstood, we may feel scared to stand out, succeed or be noticed. We build defenses to adapt to undesirable elements of our early environment, but when we grow up and are in a new situation as adults, these behaviors and patterns are often no longer adaptive. We may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships or to excel in our careers. We may self-sabotage in countless ways by failing to challenge our defenses. We may even unconsciously seek out situations that were similar to those we experienced growing up, for example, finding a partner who reminds us of someone from our past. We may recreate dynamics from our childhood that, although unpleasant, are familiar and fit with our defenses. Yet if we take the risk and drop our defenses we make it more likely we will achieve true happiness.

It causes us anxiety — Going after what we want makes us feel more anxious and alive. When we act against our critical inner voice and break with our defenses, we tend to feel pretty stirred up at first. The voice in our head gets louder, and our desire to act against our own interest gets stronger. In these moments, giving up can actually soothe our anxiety by returning us to what’s comfortable and familiar. Yet, it isn’t long before we punish ourselves for messing up. Our inner critic becomes like a sadistic coach, and the self-destructive cycle starts again.

It’s helpful to realize that any effort to change is likely to be met with anxiety. However, it is also helpful to remember that if we hang in there and sweat through this uncomfortable feeling, the anxiety will subside. Therefore, the way to deal with our anxiety is to overcome it by ignoring our inner critic and continuing to take those steps forward.

It stirs up guilt — In many ways, choosing to be happy in the present can represent a break from our past, particularly when we are challenging defenses and choosing a different life for ourselves. It’s very common to feel guilty to be our own separate person and especially to surpass people from our past. Breaking a point of identity can shatter what my father psychologist Robert Firestone‘s described as a “fantasy bond,” which we experienced with influential figures in our upbringing. Even a parent who was hurtful to us in many ways was someone we once depended on for survival. Therefore, it may have been more favorable to maintain a fantasy that we were connected to them in some way that’s frightening to break later in life.

Recent studies have shown that there are very strong links between a parent’s happiness and their children’s, even long after the child has grown up, moved away or entered into a relationship. This correlation illustrates how powerful this sense of connection can be and calls to question the role of guilt in surpassing a parent. If we push past our guilt and achieve more happiness than our parent, it will make us feel alone, but free.

It forces us to face pain — Psychologist Pat Love once said that “when you long for something like love, it becomes associated with pain.” In many ways, getting what we want makes us feel pain and sadness, because it reminds us of something we didn’t get in our past. New, positive experiences can open up old wounds. In an often unexpected way, times when we are chosen can make us feel the sadness of times we were rejected. As we come alive, we’re forced to feel the pain of the old reasons we created our defenses.

A fuller, more rewarding life tends to be more full of feeling in general. We can’t selectively numb pain without also numbing joy. If we allow ourselves to feel more love, gratitude and pleasure, we can expect to feel more sadness over the poignancy of time, loss and the inherent vulnerability of the human condition.

It’s a strange twist that the very thing that we most want or that will be best for us is often what we are most resistant to. No one else can tell us what will make us happy or what’s most important to us. This is something we all have to find for ourselves, and once we do, it’s our job to fight for it. There are several good ways to go about this:

  • Don’t go it alone. Share your journey, and tell someone else your goals, so that you feel accountable.
  • Recognize a pattern to your critical inner voices and self-destructive behavior. This will help you to recognize when your inner critic is triggered and so you can act against its hurtful directives.
  • Find active ways to differentiate from negative influences from your past. Try to choose the qualities you want to emulate and reject those you don’t.
  • Don’t take the mentality of a victim. Nothing, not even your past, can control you if you’re an independent adult, making your own choices.
  • Recognize that you’re powerful, capable, and that setbacks won’t unravel you.

Each of these steps represents a large and ongoing challenge, but they are essential to living a life that has unique meaning to you. Contrary to any inner voice that may tell you you’re being selfish, when you create a life of personal value, you become more valuable to the world. Your happiness matters and will have a natural, ripple effect.

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.




GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which makes us happy, we drift up to a higher weight than we started at. If we find a new activity which fills us with joy, like hiking or yoga, we may realize months later that we have not made any time for this activity. We may even start a new friendship with someone we really enjoy, yet we soon find that we are somehow too “busy” to fit them into our schedule. If we fall in love, we start making excuses to pull away. If we succeed in one area, we find ourselves sabotaging another. When these instances occur, we often tend to blame circumstances or sheer bad luck. Yet, in reality, we are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of our own happiness.

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This response indicates that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy. So, the question that we are left to ask is “why?”

For starters many of us are more self-denying than we realize. We tend to think of pursuing the things that light us up as selfish or irresponsible. We all have moments when we listen to an internal critic that encourages us not to set goals or expect too much for ourselves or our lives. This “critical inner voice” is actually triggered when we take steps forward. It reminds us to stay in our place and not to venture out of our comfort zone.

The reasons we harbor these dark, self-sabotaging thoughts are complex, but they lie at the root of much of our maladaptive behavior. By understanding why we listen to this critic and take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming these obstacles and allowing ourselves to be open to our own happiness. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life:

It disrupts our sense of identity — No matter how negative our self-perception may be, like a heavy blanket, it can feel comfortable and safe in its familiarity. If we start to develop or change ourselves in some way that counters our cruel self-attacks, we can start to feel extremely uncomfortable and anxious. It can feel scary to surpass the way we’ve long seen ourselves or a way we’ve long been seen.

Our critical inner voice is built on old attitudes we were exposed to, usually from very early in our lives. Negative ways we were viewed in our family or ways people around us saw themselves seeped in to our consciousness. As adults, we self-parent by maintaining these old attitudes and failing to differentiate from destructive early influences. Yet, it is important to realize that methods do exist for differentiating ourselves, becoming our own unique person with a strong sense of self.

It challenges our defenses — Our defenses are like armor we’ve built against whatever has hurt us in our lives. If we had an absent or rejecting parent or caretaker, we may make a vow to never let anyone too close. If we were often mistreated, punished or misunderstood, we may feel scared to stand out, succeed or be noticed. We build defenses to adapt to undesirable elements of our early environment, but when we grow up and are in a new situation as adults, these behaviors and patterns are often no longer adaptive. We may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships or to excel in our careers. We may self-sabotage in countless ways by failing to challenge our defenses. We may even unconsciously seek out situations that were similar to those we experienced growing up, for example, finding a partner who reminds us of someone from our past. We may recreate dynamics from our childhood that, although unpleasant, are familiar and fit with our defenses. Yet if we take the risk and drop our defenses we make it more likely we will achieve true happiness.

It causes us anxiety — Going after what we want makes us feel more anxious and alive. When we act against our critical inner voice and break with our defenses, we tend to feel pretty stirred up at first. The voice in our head gets louder, and our desire to act against our own interest gets stronger. In these moments, giving up can actually soothe our anxiety by returning us to what’s comfortable and familiar. Yet, it isn’t long before we punish ourselves for messing up. Our inner critic becomes like a sadistic coach, and the self-destructive cycle starts again.

It’s helpful to realize that any effort to change is likely to be met with anxiety. However, it is also helpful to remember that if we hang in there and sweat through this uncomfortable feeling, the anxiety will subside. Therefore, the way to deal with our anxiety is to overcome it by ignoring our inner critic and continuing to take those steps forward.

It stirs up guilt — In many ways, choosing to be happy in the present can represent a break from our past, particularly when we are challenging defenses and choosing a different life for ourselves. It’s very common to feel guilty to be our own separate person and especially to surpass people from our past. Breaking a point of identity can shatter what my father psychologist Robert Firestone‘s described as a “fantasy bond,” which we experienced with influential figures in our upbringing. Even a parent who was hurtful to us in many ways was someone we once depended on for survival. Therefore, it may have been more favorable to maintain a fantasy that we were connected to them in some way that’s frightening to break later in life.

Recent studies have shown that there are very strong links between a parent’s happiness and their children’s, even long after the child has grown up, moved away or entered into a relationship. This correlation illustrates how powerful this sense of connection can be and calls to question the role of guilt in surpassing a parent. If we push past our guilt and achieve more happiness than our parent, it will make us feel alone, but free.

It forces us to face pain — Psychologist Pat Love once said that “when you long for something like love, it becomes associated with pain.” In many ways, getting what we want makes us feel pain and sadness, because it reminds us of something we didn’t get in our past. New, positive experiences can open up old wounds. In an often unexpected way, times when we are chosen can make us feel the sadness of times we were rejected. As we come alive, we’re forced to feel the pain of the old reasons we created our defenses.

A fuller, more rewarding life tends to be more full of feeling in general. We can’t selectively numb pain without also numbing joy. If we allow ourselves to feel more love, gratitude and pleasure, we can expect to feel more sadness over the poignancy of time, loss and the inherent vulnerability of the human condition.

It’s a strange twist that the very thing that we most want or that will be best for us is often what we are most resistant to. No one else can tell us what will make us happy or what’s most important to us. This is something we all have to find for ourselves, and once we do, it’s our job to fight for it. There are several good ways to go about this:

  • Don’t go it alone. Share your journey, and tell someone else your goals, so that you feel accountable.
  • Recognize a pattern to your critical inner voices and self-destructive behavior. This will help you to recognize when your inner critic is triggered and so you can act against its hurtful directives.
  • Find active ways to differentiate from negative influences from your past. Try to choose the qualities you want to emulate and reject those you don’t.
  • Don’t take the mentality of a victim. Nothing, not even your past, can control you if you’re an independent adult, making your own choices.
  • Recognize that you’re powerful, capable, and that setbacks won’t unravel you.

Each of these steps represents a large and ongoing challenge, but they are essential to living a life that has unique meaning to you. Contrary to any inner voice that may tell you you’re being selfish, when you create a life of personal value, you become more valuable to the world. Your happiness matters and will have a natural, ripple effect.

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.




GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which makes us happy, we drift up to a higher weight than we started at. If we find a new activity which fills us with joy, like hiking or yoga, we may realize months later that we have not made any time for this activity. We may even start a new friendship with someone we really enjoy, yet we soon find that we are somehow too “busy” to fit them into our schedule. If we fall in love, we start making excuses to pull away. If we succeed in one area, we find ourselves sabotaging another. When these instances occur, we often tend to blame circumstances or sheer bad luck. Yet, in reality, we are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of our own happiness.

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This response indicates that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy. So, the question that we are left to ask is “why?”

For starters many of us are more self-denying than we realize. We tend to think of pursuing the things that light us up as selfish or irresponsible. We all have moments when we listen to an internal critic that encourages us not to set goals or expect too much for ourselves or our lives. This “critical inner voice” is actually triggered when we take steps forward. It reminds us to stay in our place and not to venture out of our comfort zone.

The reasons we harbor these dark, self-sabotaging thoughts are complex, but they lie at the root of much of our maladaptive behavior. By understanding why we listen to this critic and take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming these obstacles and allowing ourselves to be open to our own happiness. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life:

It disrupts our sense of identity — No matter how negative our self-perception may be, like a heavy blanket, it can feel comfortable and safe in its familiarity. If we start to develop or change ourselves in some way that counters our cruel self-attacks, we can start to feel extremely uncomfortable and anxious. It can feel scary to surpass the way we’ve long seen ourselves or a way we’ve long been seen.

Our critical inner voice is built on old attitudes we were exposed to, usually from very early in our lives. Negative ways we were viewed in our family or ways people around us saw themselves seeped in to our consciousness. As adults, we self-parent by maintaining these old attitudes and failing to differentiate from destructive early influences. Yet, it is important to realize that methods do exist for differentiating ourselves, becoming our own unique person with a strong sense of self.

It challenges our defenses — Our defenses are like armor we’ve built against whatever has hurt us in our lives. If we had an absent or rejecting parent or caretaker, we may make a vow to never let anyone too close. If we were often mistreated, punished or misunderstood, we may feel scared to stand out, succeed or be noticed. We build defenses to adapt to undesirable elements of our early environment, but when we grow up and are in a new situation as adults, these behaviors and patterns are often no longer adaptive. We may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships or to excel in our careers. We may self-sabotage in countless ways by failing to challenge our defenses. We may even unconsciously seek out situations that were similar to those we experienced growing up, for example, finding a partner who reminds us of someone from our past. We may recreate dynamics from our childhood that, although unpleasant, are familiar and fit with our defenses. Yet if we take the risk and drop our defenses we make it more likely we will achieve true happiness.

It causes us anxiety — Going after what we want makes us feel more anxious and alive. When we act against our critical inner voice and break with our defenses, we tend to feel pretty stirred up at first. The voice in our head gets louder, and our desire to act against our own interest gets stronger. In these moments, giving up can actually soothe our anxiety by returning us to what’s comfortable and familiar. Yet, it isn’t long before we punish ourselves for messing up. Our inner critic becomes like a sadistic coach, and the self-destructive cycle starts again.

It’s helpful to realize that any effort to change is likely to be met with anxiety. However, it is also helpful to remember that if we hang in there and sweat through this uncomfortable feeling, the anxiety will subside. Therefore, the way to deal with our anxiety is to overcome it by ignoring our inner critic and continuing to take those steps forward.

It stirs up guilt — In many ways, choosing to be happy in the present can represent a break from our past, particularly when we are challenging defenses and choosing a different life for ourselves. It’s very common to feel guilty to be our own separate person and especially to surpass people from our past. Breaking a point of identity can shatter what my father psychologist Robert Firestone‘s described as a “fantasy bond,” which we experienced with influential figures in our upbringing. Even a parent who was hurtful to us in many ways was someone we once depended on for survival. Therefore, it may have been more favorable to maintain a fantasy that we were connected to them in some way that’s frightening to break later in life.

Recent studies have shown that there are very strong links between a parent’s happiness and their children’s, even long after the child has grown up, moved away or entered into a relationship. This correlation illustrates how powerful this sense of connection can be and calls to question the role of guilt in surpassing a parent. If we push past our guilt and achieve more happiness than our parent, it will make us feel alone, but free.

It forces us to face pain — Psychologist Pat Love once said that “when you long for something like love, it becomes associated with pain.” In many ways, getting what we want makes us feel pain and sadness, because it reminds us of something we didn’t get in our past. New, positive experiences can open up old wounds. In an often unexpected way, times when we are chosen can make us feel the sadness of times we were rejected. As we come alive, we’re forced to feel the pain of the old reasons we created our defenses.

A fuller, more rewarding life tends to be more full of feeling in general. We can’t selectively numb pain without also numbing joy. If we allow ourselves to feel more love, gratitude and pleasure, we can expect to feel more sadness over the poignancy of time, loss and the inherent vulnerability of the human condition.

It’s a strange twist that the very thing that we most want or that will be best for us is often what we are most resistant to. No one else can tell us what will make us happy or what’s most important to us. This is something we all have to find for ourselves, and once we do, it’s our job to fight for it. There are several good ways to go about this:

  • Don’t go it alone. Share your journey, and tell someone else your goals, so that you feel accountable.
  • Recognize a pattern to your critical inner voices and self-destructive behavior. This will help you to recognize when your inner critic is triggered and so you can act against its hurtful directives.
  • Find active ways to differentiate from negative influences from your past. Try to choose the qualities you want to emulate and reject those you don’t.
  • Don’t take the mentality of a victim. Nothing, not even your past, can control you if you’re an independent adult, making your own choices.
  • Recognize that you’re powerful, capable, and that setbacks won’t unravel you.

Each of these steps represents a large and ongoing challenge, but they are essential to living a life that has unique meaning to you. Contrary to any inner voice that may tell you you’re being selfish, when you create a life of personal value, you become more valuable to the world. Your happiness matters and will have a natural, ripple effect.

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

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“You Are Unique For a Reason”: An Interview with Author and Advocate Emma Lesko

Emma Lesko is the author of the children’s chapter book series Super Lexi and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in children’s literature. She also happens to be incredibly wise, wonderful, and superheroic herself. It was an absolute pleasure to interview her for Quiet Revolution.

 

Rebecca Woolf: To start, I would love to hear a little bit about your childhood. Where does your “once upon a time…” begin, and where has it taken you?

Emma Lesko: I had a free-range ‘80s childhood in the Midwest. My parents allowed me the space to be a quiet kid, with lots of books, my beloved record player, and close friends. My elementary school teachers were similarly accepting of my true nature and profoundly nurturing. Almost every one of my early memories is sunny even though my hometown averages 185 cloudy days per year.

I taught myself to read before I entered school and began keeping a journal at age 5. I cannot recall a time that I didn’t intend to become a children’s author. Early on, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books solidified my chosen genre. I would grow up to write funny, realistic books about kids with humble and accessible achievements.

I didn’t start realizing I was autistic until high school, and of course, at that time, I didn’t even know what autism was. I wouldn’t get the label until much later. I just knew that I had difficulty coping with injustice; I had to fake enjoying large social events; and I could never seem to verbalize the depth of my thoughts, except in writing. I grew increasingly disoriented by the uniqueness of my own perspective, and ultimately I slipped into the danger zone that many, many girls endure: voicelessness.

In the long run, the challenges that presented themselves during my voiceless era would give my work meaning and passion. I am grateful for those struggles today, because they connected me to human suffering. They gave me purpose.

RW: Lexi, the heroine of your book series Super Lexi creates and finds her own superpowers to combat her sensitivities and fears. What inspired this character, and where do you hope to go with her journey?

EL: There’s a seed of my own life journey in Lexi’s experiences. Her transformation is gradual across the series. Like my own path, her story crescendos from self-acceptance to self-advocacy and finally to advocacy for others.

I am a vocal believer in diversity and inclusion in children’s books with the purpose of cultivating empathy and perspective-taking in our kids. As such, I wrote Lexi as a highly introverted second-grader with autism, despite pressure from the publishing industry to make her more like a neurotypical kid. The idea behind this advice was marketability and mainstream appeal, which I consider unfounded and ableist.

In my opinion, emotions are universal, and triggers are personal. It’s the author’s job to root a character in relatability regardless of those personal triggers, and I’ve worked consciously to do that. Not every kid gets “the feeling of barf” like Lexi when they have to perform in a school play. But every kid has had that feeling for some reason. As such, I focus a great deal on Lexi’s emotional journey and try to portray it in a funny way.

My refusal to bend Lexi to fit publishing standards is reflected in the plot of Super Lexi, a stage fright story. Frequently in this type of book, the main character ultimately realizes she is a star at heart and ends up shining on stage. Lexi does not do that. Instead, she stands up for her right to be her authentic self and unapologetically accepts her fear of “staring eyeballs.”

I’m writing the third book in the series now, and am thrilled to have found some motivation for Lexi to access her unique power and to use it for good. I have gone through a similar progression in my own life; I’m finally ready to conquer my own fear of “staring eyeballs” to fight for kids.

RW: Amazing. When did you get involved with Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness challenge? How has it empowered and changed you?

I got involved with Kids for Peace in 2014, around the time I first read Quiet. Before that, I had spent a lot of time agonizing over injustice and almost no time fixing it. Quiet motivated me to convert frustration into action. So, I searched for the perfect community to support me in that, and I found Kids for Peace.

Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit that provides a platform for kids to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship, and global friendship. They also created The Great Kindness Challenge, a movement that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. Over 2,000,000 kids participated this year.

I volunteer for The Great Kindness Challenge planning team, and I contribute to the marketing. The far-reaching effects of this work are intensely fulfilling. A recent UC San Diego/Harvard study substantiated the cascading effect of kindness: a single act can influence dozens more. During The Great Kindness Challenge in January of this year, kids performed over 100,000,000 acts of kindness. Imagine the profound ripple if you multiply that by twelve. And that’s only a portion of what Kids for Peace does.

Kids for Peace has empowered me to grow into the person I wanted to be. With so much injustice in the world, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. I didn’t even know where to start. The amazing Kids for Peace team allowed me room to find my place. Recently, they were gracious enough to give me a platform to help overturn some misconceptions about autism in the context of The Great Kindness Challenge.

Next month, I am heading to a remote village in Kenya to support the education and empowerment of kids there.

I really can’t express my gratitude enough. I get emotional just thinking about how grateful I am for these opportunities.

RW: I’m blown away by the community of child-activists and would love to hear what some of your experiences have been like working with these incredible kids.

EL: These kids are getting out there and changing the world. They’re working to support tolerance and respect in Pakistan; they’re raising money to pay for friends’ surgeries; and they’re providing food and clean water to kids impacted by Ebola in Liberia. The list goes on. They are the solution. They are amazing.

I am so inspired by the way all of these young Peacebuilders use their compassion as a leadership skill. I’m especially moved by the kids on the autism spectrum who overcome social challenges to make an impact. Recently, 10-year-old Jared from California  organized a class food drive for the food assistance program Got Your Back San Diego during The Great Kindness Challenge.

Common misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder could lead people to believe that Jared’s autism would prohibit such an achievement. But his profound sense of fairness and justice, which some experts attribute to some forms of autism, were precisely the traits that motivated him.

I so admire his ability to find the guts to convert these traits into action. It took me 40 years to do that. I am in awe of him.

RW: What does Quiet mean to you as an adult and how do you help quiet children navigate a world that is anything but?

EL:  Quiet helped me interpret introversion as power. I would define my personal variety of introversion as hyper-empathetic, insightful, susceptible to overstimulation, and intensely private. Fortunately, the empathy and insight motivate me enough to overcome the latter two traits.

Though I always appreciated and valued my introverted traits, I felt helpless. In an extroverted culture, I felt I was not loud enough or brave enough to make a difference. Quiet taught me that I can and should access my power so that I can make a positive impact.

As far as quiet children go, as an author, my goal is to help carve out a space for them in our culture. I write my books as honestly as I can in the hopes of cultivating empathy and understanding. In my stories, I try to include adults who value human variety and hold up accurate and loving mirrors. I also advocate for inclusion and diversity in children’s literature so more kids can see themselves in books.

In person, I try to empower kids to use their voices in ways that work for them. I give voice-writing workshops for those who are interested in expressing themselves through story. In these workshops, I strive to validate all of my students and to respect their needs regarding stimulation and privacy.

RW: You mentioned that the book Quiet had quite an effect on you as an author and activist. Can you explain?

EL: When Quiet came into my life, I had been sheepishly trying to carve out a space in society for sensitive kids, especially those on the spectrum. I wanted to tell them they had value, that I accepted them, and that I understood them. Unfortunately, I was too shy to do school visits and too private to publicly declare myself autistic.

Months before, I had published Super Lexi, a chapter book about a second-grade girl on the autism spectrum who has a fear of “staring eyeballs.” Though [the story I wrote is] fictional, my own aversion to public attention informed the plot.

I had a sense that publication would not be easy on me, but I was determined to fulfill my lifelong dream. Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s approach to “continually be jumping off cliffs and getting our wings on the way down,” I went ahead and took the leap.

Unfortunately, I did not grow wings.

Even though my readers were kind and eager, I couldn’t bear the exposing nature of the publication process. During this difficult time, my sister insisted I read Quiet. So I did.

Through the book, I discovered that although I valued and loved my introversion, I hadn’t fully grasped the importance of my unique viewpoint in society. I had always been philosophical and perceptive about social injustice even as a young kid. Since nobody around me seemed to be talking about what I saw, though, I figured it wasn’t important enough to mention.

Because of Quiet, I realized that if I don’t speak up about the injustices I see, I’m not fulfilling my life purpose. Once I framed it that way, the anxiety fell away. I began to seize opportunities for speaking engagements; I spoke publicly about my autism; and I worked to empower kids to fight for societal change themselves.

I guess you could say Quiet gave me my wings.

RW: What are your goals as a storyteller? Who is your audience? What message do you hope to send them through your stories and action?

EL: As a storyteller, my goals are to empower and validate kids. Right now, my readers are ages 6-9, but I intend to expand my body of work to include picture books and middle grade novels.

The message I hope to send to kids through my stories and action is: You are here for a reason. You are unique for a reason. If society is not valuing your authentic self, that’s society’s dysfunction, not yours. Find your voice, find your power, and fulfill your purpose.

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpg
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“You Are Unique For a Reason”: An Interview with Author and Advocate Emma Lesko

Emma Lesko is the author of the children’s chapter book series Super Lexi and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in children’s literature. She also happens to be incredibly wise, wonderful, and superheroic herself. It was an absolute pleasure to interview her for Quiet Revolution.

 

Rebecca Woolf: To start, I would love to hear a little bit about your childhood. Where does your “once upon a time…” begin, and where has it taken you?

Emma Lesko: I had a free-range ‘80s childhood in the Midwest. My parents allowed me the space to be a quiet kid, with lots of books, my beloved record player, and close friends. My elementary school teachers were similarly accepting of my true nature and profoundly nurturing. Almost every one of my early memories is sunny even though my hometown averages 185 cloudy days per year.

I taught myself to read before I entered school and began keeping a journal at age 5. I cannot recall a time that I didn’t intend to become a children’s author. Early on, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books solidified my chosen genre. I would grow up to write funny, realistic books about kids with humble and accessible achievements.

I didn’t start realizing I was autistic until high school, and of course, at that time, I didn’t even know what autism was. I wouldn’t get the label until much later. I just knew that I had difficulty coping with injustice; I had to fake enjoying large social events; and I could never seem to verbalize the depth of my thoughts, except in writing. I grew increasingly disoriented by the uniqueness of my own perspective, and ultimately I slipped into the danger zone that many, many girls endure: voicelessness.

In the long run, the challenges that presented themselves during my voiceless era would give my work meaning and passion. I am grateful for those struggles today, because they connected me to human suffering. They gave me purpose.

RW: Lexi, the heroine of your book series Super Lexi creates and finds her own superpowers to combat her sensitivities and fears. What inspired this character, and where do you hope to go with her journey?

EL: There’s a seed of my own life journey in Lexi’s experiences. Her transformation is gradual across the series. Like my own path, her story crescendos from self-acceptance to self-advocacy and finally to advocacy for others.

I am a vocal believer in diversity and inclusion in children’s books with the purpose of cultivating empathy and perspective-taking in our kids. As such, I wrote Lexi as a highly introverted second-grader with autism, despite pressure from the publishing industry to make her more like a neurotypical kid. The idea behind this advice was marketability and mainstream appeal, which I consider unfounded and ableist.

In my opinion, emotions are universal, and triggers are personal. It’s the author’s job to root a character in relatability regardless of those personal triggers, and I’ve worked consciously to do that. Not every kid gets “the feeling of barf” like Lexi when they have to perform in a school play. But every kid has had that feeling for some reason. As such, I focus a great deal on Lexi’s emotional journey and try to portray it in a funny way.

My refusal to bend Lexi to fit publishing standards is reflected in the plot of Super Lexi, a stage fright story. Frequently in this type of book, the main character ultimately realizes she is a star at heart and ends up shining on stage. Lexi does not do that. Instead, she stands up for her right to be her authentic self and unapologetically accepts her fear of “staring eyeballs.”

I’m writing the third book in the series now, and am thrilled to have found some motivation for Lexi to access her unique power and to use it for good. I have gone through a similar progression in my own life; I’m finally ready to conquer my own fear of “staring eyeballs” to fight for kids.

RW: Amazing. When did you get involved with Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness challenge? How has it empowered and changed you?

I got involved with Kids for Peace in 2014, around the time I first read Quiet. Before that, I had spent a lot of time agonizing over injustice and almost no time fixing it. Quiet motivated me to convert frustration into action. So, I searched for the perfect community to support me in that, and I found Kids for Peace.

Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit that provides a platform for kids to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship, and global friendship. They also created The Great Kindness Challenge, a movement that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. Over 2,000,000 kids participated this year.

I volunteer for The Great Kindness Challenge planning team, and I contribute to the marketing. The far-reaching effects of this work are intensely fulfilling. A recent UC San Diego/Harvard study substantiated the cascading effect of kindness: a single act can influence dozens more. During The Great Kindness Challenge in January of this year, kids performed over 100,000,000 acts of kindness. Imagine the profound ripple if you multiply that by twelve. And that’s only a portion of what Kids for Peace does.

Kids for Peace has empowered me to grow into the person I wanted to be. With so much injustice in the world, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. I didn’t even know where to start. The amazing Kids for Peace team allowed me room to find my place. Recently, they were gracious enough to give me a platform to help overturn some misconceptions about autism in the context of The Great Kindness Challenge.

Next month, I am heading to a remote village in Kenya to support the education and empowerment of kids there.

I really can’t express my gratitude enough. I get emotional just thinking about how grateful I am for these opportunities.

RW: I’m blown away by the community of child-activists and would love to hear what some of your experiences have been like working with these incredible kids.

EL: These kids are getting out there and changing the world. They’re working to support tolerance and respect in Pakistan; they’re raising money to pay for friends’ surgeries; and they’re providing food and clean water to kids impacted by Ebola in Liberia. The list goes on. They are the solution. They are amazing.

I am so inspired by the way all of these young Peacebuilders use their compassion as a leadership skill. I’m especially moved by the kids on the autism spectrum who overcome social challenges to make an impact. Recently, 10-year-old Jared from California  organized a class food drive for the food assistance program Got Your Back San Diego during The Great Kindness Challenge.

Common misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder could lead people to believe that Jared’s autism would prohibit such an achievement. But his profound sense of fairness and justice, which some experts attribute to some forms of autism, were precisely the traits that motivated him.

I so admire his ability to find the guts to convert these traits into action. It took me 40 years to do that. I am in awe of him.

RW: What does Quiet mean to you as an adult and how do you help quiet children navigate a world that is anything but?

EL:  Quiet helped me interpret introversion as power. I would define my personal variety of introversion as hyper-empathetic, insightful, susceptible to overstimulation, and intensely private. Fortunately, the empathy and insight motivate me enough to overcome the latter two traits.

Though I always appreciated and valued my introverted traits, I felt helpless. In an extroverted culture, I felt I was not loud enough or brave enough to make a difference. Quiet taught me that I can and should access my power so that I can make a positive impact.

As far as quiet children go, as an author, my goal is to help carve out a space for them in our culture. I write my books as honestly as I can in the hopes of cultivating empathy and understanding. In my stories, I try to include adults who value human variety and hold up accurate and loving mirrors. I also advocate for inclusion and diversity in children’s literature so more kids can see themselves in books.

In person, I try to empower kids to use their voices in ways that work for them. I give voice-writing workshops for those who are interested in expressing themselves through story. In these workshops, I strive to validate all of my students and to respect their needs regarding stimulation and privacy.

RW: You mentioned that the book Quiet had quite an effect on you as an author and activist. Can you explain?

EL: When Quiet came into my life, I had been sheepishly trying to carve out a space in society for sensitive kids, especially those on the spectrum. I wanted to tell them they had value, that I accepted them, and that I understood them. Unfortunately, I was too shy to do school visits and too private to publicly declare myself autistic.

Months before, I had published Super Lexi, a chapter book about a second-grade girl on the autism spectrum who has a fear of “staring eyeballs.” Though [the story I wrote is] fictional, my own aversion to public attention informed the plot.

I had a sense that publication would not be easy on me, but I was determined to fulfill my lifelong dream. Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s approach to “continually be jumping off cliffs and getting our wings on the way down,” I went ahead and took the leap.

Unfortunately, I did not grow wings.

Even though my readers were kind and eager, I couldn’t bear the exposing nature of the publication process. During this difficult time, my sister insisted I read Quiet. So I did.

Through the book, I discovered that although I valued and loved my introversion, I hadn’t fully grasped the importance of my unique viewpoint in society. I had always been philosophical and perceptive about social injustice even as a young kid. Since nobody around me seemed to be talking about what I saw, though, I figured it wasn’t important enough to mention.

Because of Quiet, I realized that if I don’t speak up about the injustices I see, I’m not fulfilling my life purpose. Once I framed it that way, the anxiety fell away. I began to seize opportunities for speaking engagements; I spoke publicly about my autism; and I worked to empower kids to fight for societal change themselves.

I guess you could say Quiet gave me my wings.

RW: What are your goals as a storyteller? Who is your audience? What message do you hope to send them through your stories and action?

EL: As a storyteller, my goals are to empower and validate kids. Right now, my readers are ages 6-9, but I intend to expand my body of work to include picture books and middle grade novels.

The message I hope to send to kids through my stories and action is: You are here for a reason. You are unique for a reason. If society is not valuing your authentic self, that’s society’s dysfunction, not yours. Find your voice, find your power, and fulfill your purpose.

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpg
This article originally appeared on QuietRev.com.

You can find more insights from Quiet Revolution on work, life, and parenting as an introvert at QuietRev.com.

Follow Quiet Revolution on Facebook and Twitter.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

“You Are Unique For a Reason”: An Interview with Author and Advocate Emma Lesko

Emma Lesko is the author of the children’s chapter book series Super Lexi and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in children’s literature. She also happens to be incredibly wise, wonderful, and superheroic herself. It was an absolute pleasure to interview her for Quiet Revolution.

 

Rebecca Woolf: To start, I would love to hear a little bit about your childhood. Where does your “once upon a time…” begin, and where has it taken you?

Emma Lesko: I had a free-range ‘80s childhood in the Midwest. My parents allowed me the space to be a quiet kid, with lots of books, my beloved record player, and close friends. My elementary school teachers were similarly accepting of my true nature and profoundly nurturing. Almost every one of my early memories is sunny even though my hometown averages 185 cloudy days per year.

I taught myself to read before I entered school and began keeping a journal at age 5. I cannot recall a time that I didn’t intend to become a children’s author. Early on, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books solidified my chosen genre. I would grow up to write funny, realistic books about kids with humble and accessible achievements.

I didn’t start realizing I was autistic until high school, and of course, at that time, I didn’t even know what autism was. I wouldn’t get the label until much later. I just knew that I had difficulty coping with injustice; I had to fake enjoying large social events; and I could never seem to verbalize the depth of my thoughts, except in writing. I grew increasingly disoriented by the uniqueness of my own perspective, and ultimately I slipped into the danger zone that many, many girls endure: voicelessness.

In the long run, the challenges that presented themselves during my voiceless era would give my work meaning and passion. I am grateful for those struggles today, because they connected me to human suffering. They gave me purpose.

RW: Lexi, the heroine of your book series Super Lexi creates and finds her own superpowers to combat her sensitivities and fears. What inspired this character, and where do you hope to go with her journey?

EL: There’s a seed of my own life journey in Lexi’s experiences. Her transformation is gradual across the series. Like my own path, her story crescendos from self-acceptance to self-advocacy and finally to advocacy for others.

I am a vocal believer in diversity and inclusion in children’s books with the purpose of cultivating empathy and perspective-taking in our kids. As such, I wrote Lexi as a highly introverted second-grader with autism, despite pressure from the publishing industry to make her more like a neurotypical kid. The idea behind this advice was marketability and mainstream appeal, which I consider unfounded and ableist.

In my opinion, emotions are universal, and triggers are personal. It’s the author’s job to root a character in relatability regardless of those personal triggers, and I’ve worked consciously to do that. Not every kid gets “the feeling of barf” like Lexi when they have to perform in a school play. But every kid has had that feeling for some reason. As such, I focus a great deal on Lexi’s emotional journey and try to portray it in a funny way.

My refusal to bend Lexi to fit publishing standards is reflected in the plot of Super Lexi, a stage fright story. Frequently in this type of book, the main character ultimately realizes she is a star at heart and ends up shining on stage. Lexi does not do that. Instead, she stands up for her right to be her authentic self and unapologetically accepts her fear of “staring eyeballs.”

I’m writing the third book in the series now, and am thrilled to have found some motivation for Lexi to access her unique power and to use it for good. I have gone through a similar progression in my own life; I’m finally ready to conquer my own fear of “staring eyeballs” to fight for kids.

RW: Amazing. When did you get involved with Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness challenge? How has it empowered and changed you?

I got involved with Kids for Peace in 2014, around the time I first read Quiet. Before that, I had spent a lot of time agonizing over injustice and almost no time fixing it. Quiet motivated me to convert frustration into action. So, I searched for the perfect community to support me in that, and I found Kids for Peace.

Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit that provides a platform for kids to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship, and global friendship. They also created The Great Kindness Challenge, a movement that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. Over 2,000,000 kids participated this year.

I volunteer for The Great Kindness Challenge planning team, and I contribute to the marketing. The far-reaching effects of this work are intensely fulfilling. A recent UC San Diego/Harvard study substantiated the cascading effect of kindness: a single act can influence dozens more. During The Great Kindness Challenge in January of this year, kids performed over 100,000,000 acts of kindness. Imagine the profound ripple if you multiply that by twelve. And that’s only a portion of what Kids for Peace does.

Kids for Peace has empowered me to grow into the person I wanted to be. With so much injustice in the world, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. I didn’t even know where to start. The amazing Kids for Peace team allowed me room to find my place. Recently, they were gracious enough to give me a platform to help overturn some misconceptions about autism in the context of The Great Kindness Challenge.

Next month, I am heading to a remote village in Kenya to support the education and empowerment of kids there.

I really can’t express my gratitude enough. I get emotional just thinking about how grateful I am for these opportunities.

RW: I’m blown away by the community of child-activists and would love to hear what some of your experiences have been like working with these incredible kids.

EL: These kids are getting out there and changing the world. They’re working to support tolerance and respect in Pakistan; they’re raising money to pay for friends’ surgeries; and they’re providing food and clean water to kids impacted by Ebola in Liberia. The list goes on. They are the solution. They are amazing.

I am so inspired by the way all of these young Peacebuilders use their compassion as a leadership skill. I’m especially moved by the kids on the autism spectrum who overcome social challenges to make an impact. Recently, 10-year-old Jared from California  organized a class food drive for the food assistance program Got Your Back San Diego during The Great Kindness Challenge.

Common misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder could lead people to believe that Jared’s autism would prohibit such an achievement. But his profound sense of fairness and justice, which some experts attribute to some forms of autism, were precisely the traits that motivated him.

I so admire his ability to find the guts to convert these traits into action. It took me 40 years to do that. I am in awe of him.

RW: What does Quiet mean to you as an adult and how do you help quiet children navigate a world that is anything but?

EL:  Quiet helped me interpret introversion as power. I would define my personal variety of introversion as hyper-empathetic, insightful, susceptible to overstimulation, and intensely private. Fortunately, the empathy and insight motivate me enough to overcome the latter two traits.

Though I always appreciated and valued my introverted traits, I felt helpless. In an extroverted culture, I felt I was not loud enough or brave enough to make a difference. Quiet taught me that I can and should access my power so that I can make a positive impact.

As far as quiet children go, as an author, my goal is to help carve out a space for them in our culture. I write my books as honestly as I can in the hopes of cultivating empathy and understanding. In my stories, I try to include adults who value human variety and hold up accurate and loving mirrors. I also advocate for inclusion and diversity in children’s literature so more kids can see themselves in books.

In person, I try to empower kids to use their voices in ways that work for them. I give voice-writing workshops for those who are interested in expressing themselves through story. In these workshops, I strive to validate all of my students and to respect their needs regarding stimulation and privacy.

RW: You mentioned that the book Quiet had quite an effect on you as an author and activist. Can you explain?

EL: When Quiet came into my life, I had been sheepishly trying to carve out a space in society for sensitive kids, especially those on the spectrum. I wanted to tell them they had value, that I accepted them, and that I understood them. Unfortunately, I was too shy to do school visits and too private to publicly declare myself autistic.

Months before, I had published Super Lexi, a chapter book about a second-grade girl on the autism spectrum who has a fear of “staring eyeballs.” Though [the story I wrote is] fictional, my own aversion to public attention informed the plot.

I had a sense that publication would not be easy on me, but I was determined to fulfill my lifelong dream. Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s approach to “continually be jumping off cliffs and getting our wings on the way down,” I went ahead and took the leap.

Unfortunately, I did not grow wings.

Even though my readers were kind and eager, I couldn’t bear the exposing nature of the publication process. During this difficult time, my sister insisted I read Quiet. So I did.

Through the book, I discovered that although I valued and loved my introversion, I hadn’t fully grasped the importance of my unique viewpoint in society. I had always been philosophical and perceptive about social injustice even as a young kid. Since nobody around me seemed to be talking about what I saw, though, I figured it wasn’t important enough to mention.

Because of Quiet, I realized that if I don’t speak up about the injustices I see, I’m not fulfilling my life purpose. Once I framed it that way, the anxiety fell away. I began to seize opportunities for speaking engagements; I spoke publicly about my autism; and I worked to empower kids to fight for societal change themselves.

I guess you could say Quiet gave me my wings.

RW: What are your goals as a storyteller? Who is your audience? What message do you hope to send them through your stories and action?

EL: As a storyteller, my goals are to empower and validate kids. Right now, my readers are ages 6-9, but I intend to expand my body of work to include picture books and middle grade novels.

The message I hope to send to kids through my stories and action is: You are here for a reason. You are unique for a reason. If society is not valuing your authentic self, that’s society’s dysfunction, not yours. Find your voice, find your power, and fulfill your purpose.

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpg
This article originally appeared on QuietRev.com.

You can find more insights from Quiet Revolution on work, life, and parenting as an introvert at QuietRev.com.

Follow Quiet Revolution on Facebook and Twitter.

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Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

“You Are Unique For a Reason”: An Interview with Author and Advocate Emma Lesko

Emma Lesko is the author of the children’s chapter book series Super Lexi and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in children’s literature. She also happens to be incredibly wise, wonderful, and superheroic herself. It was an absolute pleasure to interview her for Quiet Revolution.

 

Rebecca Woolf: To start, I would love to hear a little bit about your childhood. Where does your “once upon a time…” begin, and where has it taken you?

Emma Lesko: I had a free-range ‘80s childhood in the Midwest. My parents allowed me the space to be a quiet kid, with lots of books, my beloved record player, and close friends. My elementary school teachers were similarly accepting of my true nature and profoundly nurturing. Almost every one of my early memories is sunny even though my hometown averages 185 cloudy days per year.

I taught myself to read before I entered school and began keeping a journal at age 5. I cannot recall a time that I didn’t intend to become a children’s author. Early on, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books solidified my chosen genre. I would grow up to write funny, realistic books about kids with humble and accessible achievements.

I didn’t start realizing I was autistic until high school, and of course, at that time, I didn’t even know what autism was. I wouldn’t get the label until much later. I just knew that I had difficulty coping with injustice; I had to fake enjoying large social events; and I could never seem to verbalize the depth of my thoughts, except in writing. I grew increasingly disoriented by the uniqueness of my own perspective, and ultimately I slipped into the danger zone that many, many girls endure: voicelessness.

In the long run, the challenges that presented themselves during my voiceless era would give my work meaning and passion. I am grateful for those struggles today, because they connected me to human suffering. They gave me purpose.

RW: Lexi, the heroine of your book series Super Lexi creates and finds her own superpowers to combat her sensitivities and fears. What inspired this character, and where do you hope to go with her journey?

EL: There’s a seed of my own life journey in Lexi’s experiences. Her transformation is gradual across the series. Like my own path, her story crescendos from self-acceptance to self-advocacy and finally to advocacy for others.

I am a vocal believer in diversity and inclusion in children’s books with the purpose of cultivating empathy and perspective-taking in our kids. As such, I wrote Lexi as a highly introverted second-grader with autism, despite pressure from the publishing industry to make her more like a neurotypical kid. The idea behind this advice was marketability and mainstream appeal, which I consider unfounded and ableist.

In my opinion, emotions are universal, and triggers are personal. It’s the author’s job to root a character in relatability regardless of those personal triggers, and I’ve worked consciously to do that. Not every kid gets “the feeling of barf” like Lexi when they have to perform in a school play. But every kid has had that feeling for some reason. As such, I focus a great deal on Lexi’s emotional journey and try to portray it in a funny way.

My refusal to bend Lexi to fit publishing standards is reflected in the plot of Super Lexi, a stage fright story. Frequently in this type of book, the main character ultimately realizes she is a star at heart and ends up shining on stage. Lexi does not do that. Instead, she stands up for her right to be her authentic self and unapologetically accepts her fear of “staring eyeballs.”

I’m writing the third book in the series now, and am thrilled to have found some motivation for Lexi to access her unique power and to use it for good. I have gone through a similar progression in my own life; I’m finally ready to conquer my own fear of “staring eyeballs” to fight for kids.

RW: Amazing. When did you get involved with Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness challenge? How has it empowered and changed you?

I got involved with Kids for Peace in 2014, around the time I first read Quiet. Before that, I had spent a lot of time agonizing over injustice and almost no time fixing it. Quiet motivated me to convert frustration into action. So, I searched for the perfect community to support me in that, and I found Kids for Peace.

Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit that provides a platform for kids to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship, and global friendship. They also created The Great Kindness Challenge, a movement that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. Over 2,000,000 kids participated this year.

I volunteer for The Great Kindness Challenge planning team, and I contribute to the marketing. The far-reaching effects of this work are intensely fulfilling. A recent UC San Diego/Harvard study substantiated the cascading effect of kindness: a single act can influence dozens more. During The Great Kindness Challenge in January of this year, kids performed over 100,000,000 acts of kindness. Imagine the profound ripple if you multiply that by twelve. And that’s only a portion of what Kids for Peace does.

Kids for Peace has empowered me to grow into the person I wanted to be. With so much injustice in the world, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. I didn’t even know where to start. The amazing Kids for Peace team allowed me room to find my place. Recently, they were gracious enough to give me a platform to help overturn some misconceptions about autism in the context of The Great Kindness Challenge.

Next month, I am heading to a remote village in Kenya to support the education and empowerment of kids there.

I really can’t express my gratitude enough. I get emotional just thinking about how grateful I am for these opportunities.

RW: I’m blown away by the community of child-activists and would love to hear what some of your experiences have been like working with these incredible kids.

EL: These kids are getting out there and changing the world. They’re working to support tolerance and respect in Pakistan; they’re raising money to pay for friends’ surgeries; and they’re providing food and clean water to kids impacted by Ebola in Liberia. The list goes on. They are the solution. They are amazing.

I am so inspired by the way all of these young Peacebuilders use their compassion as a leadership skill. I’m especially moved by the kids on the autism spectrum who overcome social challenges to make an impact. Recently, 10-year-old Jared from California  organized a class food drive for the food assistance program Got Your Back San Diego during The Great Kindness Challenge.

Common misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder could lead people to believe that Jared’s autism would prohibit such an achievement. But his profound sense of fairness and justice, which some experts attribute to some forms of autism, were precisely the traits that motivated him.

I so admire his ability to find the guts to convert these traits into action. It took me 40 years to do that. I am in awe of him.

RW: What does Quiet mean to you as an adult and how do you help quiet children navigate a world that is anything but?

EL:  Quiet helped me interpret introversion as power. I would define my personal variety of introversion as hyper-empathetic, insightful, susceptible to overstimulation, and intensely private. Fortunately, the empathy and insight motivate me enough to overcome the latter two traits.

Though I always appreciated and valued my introverted traits, I felt helpless. In an extroverted culture, I felt I was not loud enough or brave enough to make a difference. Quiet taught me that I can and should access my power so that I can make a positive impact.

As far as quiet children go, as an author, my goal is to help carve out a space for them in our culture. I write my books as honestly as I can in the hopes of cultivating empathy and understanding. In my stories, I try to include adults who value human variety and hold up accurate and loving mirrors. I also advocate for inclusion and diversity in children’s literature so more kids can see themselves in books.

In person, I try to empower kids to use their voices in ways that work for them. I give voice-writing workshops for those who are interested in expressing themselves through story. In these workshops, I strive to validate all of my students and to respect their needs regarding stimulation and privacy.

RW: You mentioned that the book Quiet had quite an effect on you as an author and activist. Can you explain?

EL: When Quiet came into my life, I had been sheepishly trying to carve out a space in society for sensitive kids, especially those on the spectrum. I wanted to tell them they had value, that I accepted them, and that I understood them. Unfortunately, I was too shy to do school visits and too private to publicly declare myself autistic.

Months before, I had published Super Lexi, a chapter book about a second-grade girl on the autism spectrum who has a fear of “staring eyeballs.” Though [the story I wrote is] fictional, my own aversion to public attention informed the plot.

I had a sense that publication would not be easy on me, but I was determined to fulfill my lifelong dream. Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s approach to “continually be jumping off cliffs and getting our wings on the way down,” I went ahead and took the leap.

Unfortunately, I did not grow wings.

Even though my readers were kind and eager, I couldn’t bear the exposing nature of the publication process. During this difficult time, my sister insisted I read Quiet. So I did.

Through the book, I discovered that although I valued and loved my introversion, I hadn’t fully grasped the importance of my unique viewpoint in society. I had always been philosophical and perceptive about social injustice even as a young kid. Since nobody around me seemed to be talking about what I saw, though, I figured it wasn’t important enough to mention.

Because of Quiet, I realized that if I don’t speak up about the injustices I see, I’m not fulfilling my life purpose. Once I framed it that way, the anxiety fell away. I began to seize opportunities for speaking engagements; I spoke publicly about my autism; and I worked to empower kids to fight for societal change themselves.

I guess you could say Quiet gave me my wings.

RW: What are your goals as a storyteller? Who is your audience? What message do you hope to send them through your stories and action?

EL: As a storyteller, my goals are to empower and validate kids. Right now, my readers are ages 6-9, but I intend to expand my body of work to include picture books and middle grade novels.

The message I hope to send to kids through my stories and action is: You are here for a reason. You are unique for a reason. If society is not valuing your authentic self, that’s society’s dysfunction, not yours. Find your voice, find your power, and fulfill your purpose.

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpg
This article originally appeared on QuietRev.com.

You can find more insights from Quiet Revolution on work, life, and parenting as an introvert at QuietRev.com.

Follow Quiet Revolution on Facebook and Twitter.

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Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

“You Are Unique For a Reason”: An Interview with Author and Advocate Emma Lesko

Emma Lesko is the author of the children’s chapter book series Super Lexi and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in children’s literature. She also happens to be incredibly wise, wonderful, and superheroic herself. It was an absolute pleasure to interview her for Quiet Revolution.

 

Rebecca Woolf: To start, I would love to hear a little bit about your childhood. Where does your “once upon a time…” begin, and where has it taken you?

Emma Lesko: I had a free-range ‘80s childhood in the Midwest. My parents allowed me the space to be a quiet kid, with lots of books, my beloved record player, and close friends. My elementary school teachers were similarly accepting of my true nature and profoundly nurturing. Almost every one of my early memories is sunny even though my hometown averages 185 cloudy days per year.

I taught myself to read before I entered school and began keeping a journal at age 5. I cannot recall a time that I didn’t intend to become a children’s author. Early on, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books solidified my chosen genre. I would grow up to write funny, realistic books about kids with humble and accessible achievements.

I didn’t start realizing I was autistic until high school, and of course, at that time, I didn’t even know what autism was. I wouldn’t get the label until much later. I just knew that I had difficulty coping with injustice; I had to fake enjoying large social events; and I could never seem to verbalize the depth of my thoughts, except in writing. I grew increasingly disoriented by the uniqueness of my own perspective, and ultimately I slipped into the danger zone that many, many girls endure: voicelessness.

In the long run, the challenges that presented themselves during my voiceless era would give my work meaning and passion. I am grateful for those struggles today, because they connected me to human suffering. They gave me purpose.

RW: Lexi, the heroine of your book series Super Lexi creates and finds her own superpowers to combat her sensitivities and fears. What inspired this character, and where do you hope to go with her journey?

EL: There’s a seed of my own life journey in Lexi’s experiences. Her transformation is gradual across the series. Like my own path, her story crescendos from self-acceptance to self-advocacy and finally to advocacy for others.

I am a vocal believer in diversity and inclusion in children’s books with the purpose of cultivating empathy and perspective-taking in our kids. As such, I wrote Lexi as a highly introverted second-grader with autism, despite pressure from the publishing industry to make her more like a neurotypical kid. The idea behind this advice was marketability and mainstream appeal, which I consider unfounded and ableist.

In my opinion, emotions are universal, and triggers are personal. It’s the author’s job to root a character in relatability regardless of those personal triggers, and I’ve worked consciously to do that. Not every kid gets “the feeling of barf” like Lexi when they have to perform in a school play. But every kid has had that feeling for some reason. As such, I focus a great deal on Lexi’s emotional journey and try to portray it in a funny way.

My refusal to bend Lexi to fit publishing standards is reflected in the plot of Super Lexi, a stage fright story. Frequently in this type of book, the main character ultimately realizes she is a star at heart and ends up shining on stage. Lexi does not do that. Instead, she stands up for her right to be her authentic self and unapologetically accepts her fear of “staring eyeballs.”

I’m writing the third book in the series now, and am thrilled to have found some motivation for Lexi to access her unique power and to use it for good. I have gone through a similar progression in my own life; I’m finally ready to conquer my own fear of “staring eyeballs” to fight for kids.

RW: Amazing. When did you get involved with Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness challenge? How has it empowered and changed you?

I got involved with Kids for Peace in 2014, around the time I first read Quiet. Before that, I had spent a lot of time agonizing over injustice and almost no time fixing it. Quiet motivated me to convert frustration into action. So, I searched for the perfect community to support me in that, and I found Kids for Peace.

Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit that provides a platform for kids to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship, and global friendship. They also created The Great Kindness Challenge, a movement that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. Over 2,000,000 kids participated this year.

I volunteer for The Great Kindness Challenge planning team, and I contribute to the marketing. The far-reaching effects of this work are intensely fulfilling. A recent UC San Diego/Harvard study substantiated the cascading effect of kindness: a single act can influence dozens more. During The Great Kindness Challenge in January of this year, kids performed over 100,000,000 acts of kindness. Imagine the profound ripple if you multiply that by twelve. And that’s only a portion of what Kids for Peace does.

Kids for Peace has empowered me to grow into the person I wanted to be. With so much injustice in the world, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. I didn’t even know where to start. The amazing Kids for Peace team allowed me room to find my place. Recently, they were gracious enough to give me a platform to help overturn some misconceptions about autism in the context of The Great Kindness Challenge.

Next month, I am heading to a remote village in Kenya to support the education and empowerment of kids there.

I really can’t express my gratitude enough. I get emotional just thinking about how grateful I am for these opportunities.

RW: I’m blown away by the community of child-activists and would love to hear what some of your experiences have been like working with these incredible kids.

EL: These kids are getting out there and changing the world. They’re working to support tolerance and respect in Pakistan; they’re raising money to pay for friends’ surgeries; and they’re providing food and clean water to kids impacted by Ebola in Liberia. The list goes on. They are the solution. They are amazing.

I am so inspired by the way all of these young Peacebuilders use their compassion as a leadership skill. I’m especially moved by the kids on the autism spectrum who overcome social challenges to make an impact. Recently, 10-year-old Jared from California  organized a class food drive for the food assistance program Got Your Back San Diego during The Great Kindness Challenge.

Common misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder could lead people to believe that Jared’s autism would prohibit such an achievement. But his profound sense of fairness and justice, which some experts attribute to some forms of autism, were precisely the traits that motivated him.

I so admire his ability to find the guts to convert these traits into action. It took me 40 years to do that. I am in awe of him.

RW: What does Quiet mean to you as an adult and how do you help quiet children navigate a world that is anything but?

EL:  Quiet helped me interpret introversion as power. I would define my personal variety of introversion as hyper-empathetic, insightful, susceptible to overstimulation, and intensely private. Fortunately, the empathy and insight motivate me enough to overcome the latter two traits.

Though I always appreciated and valued my introverted traits, I felt helpless. In an extroverted culture, I felt I was not loud enough or brave enough to make a difference. Quiet taught me that I can and should access my power so that I can make a positive impact.

As far as quiet children go, as an author, my goal is to help carve out a space for them in our culture. I write my books as honestly as I can in the hopes of cultivating empathy and understanding. In my stories, I try to include adults who value human variety and hold up accurate and loving mirrors. I also advocate for inclusion and diversity in children’s literature so more kids can see themselves in books.

In person, I try to empower kids to use their voices in ways that work for them. I give voice-writing workshops for those who are interested in expressing themselves through story. In these workshops, I strive to validate all of my students and to respect their needs regarding stimulation and privacy.

RW: You mentioned that the book Quiet had quite an effect on you as an author and activist. Can you explain?

EL: When Quiet came into my life, I had been sheepishly trying to carve out a space in society for sensitive kids, especially those on the spectrum. I wanted to tell them they had value, that I accepted them, and that I understood them. Unfortunately, I was too shy to do school visits and too private to publicly declare myself autistic.

Months before, I had published Super Lexi, a chapter book about a second-grade girl on the autism spectrum who has a fear of “staring eyeballs.” Though [the story I wrote is] fictional, my own aversion to public attention informed the plot.

I had a sense that publication would not be easy on me, but I was determined to fulfill my lifelong dream. Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s approach to “continually be jumping off cliffs and getting our wings on the way down,” I went ahead and took the leap.

Unfortunately, I did not grow wings.

Even though my readers were kind and eager, I couldn’t bear the exposing nature of the publication process. During this difficult time, my sister insisted I read Quiet. So I did.

Through the book, I discovered that although I valued and loved my introversion, I hadn’t fully grasped the importance of my unique viewpoint in society. I had always been philosophical and perceptive about social injustice even as a young kid. Since nobody around me seemed to be talking about what I saw, though, I figured it wasn’t important enough to mention.

Because of Quiet, I realized that if I don’t speak up about the injustices I see, I’m not fulfilling my life purpose. Once I framed it that way, the anxiety fell away. I began to seize opportunities for speaking engagements; I spoke publicly about my autism; and I worked to empower kids to fight for societal change themselves.

I guess you could say Quiet gave me my wings.

RW: What are your goals as a storyteller? Who is your audience? What message do you hope to send them through your stories and action?

EL: As a storyteller, my goals are to empower and validate kids. Right now, my readers are ages 6-9, but I intend to expand my body of work to include picture books and middle grade novels.

The message I hope to send to kids through my stories and action is: You are here for a reason. You are unique for a reason. If society is not valuing your authentic self, that’s society’s dysfunction, not yours. Find your voice, find your power, and fulfill your purpose.

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpg
This article originally appeared on QuietRev.com.

You can find more insights from Quiet Revolution on work, life, and parenting as an introvert at QuietRev.com.

Follow Quiet Revolution on Facebook and Twitter.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.




Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

“You Are Unique For a Reason”: An Interview with Author and Advocate Emma Lesko

Emma Lesko is the author of the children’s chapter book series Super Lexi and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in children’s literature. She also happens to be incredibly wise, wonderful, and superheroic herself. It was an absolute pleasure to interview her for Quiet Revolution.

 

Rebecca Woolf: To start, I would love to hear a little bit about your childhood. Where does your “once upon a time…” begin, and where has it taken you?

Emma Lesko: I had a free-range ‘80s childhood in the Midwest. My parents allowed me the space to be a quiet kid, with lots of books, my beloved record player, and close friends. My elementary school teachers were similarly accepting of my true nature and profoundly nurturing. Almost every one of my early memories is sunny even though my hometown averages 185 cloudy days per year.

I taught myself to read before I entered school and began keeping a journal at age 5. I cannot recall a time that I didn’t intend to become a children’s author. Early on, Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books solidified my chosen genre. I would grow up to write funny, realistic books about kids with humble and accessible achievements.

I didn’t start realizing I was autistic until high school, and of course, at that time, I didn’t even know what autism was. I wouldn’t get the label until much later. I just knew that I had difficulty coping with injustice; I had to fake enjoying large social events; and I could never seem to verbalize the depth of my thoughts, except in writing. I grew increasingly disoriented by the uniqueness of my own perspective, and ultimately I slipped into the danger zone that many, many girls endure: voicelessness.

In the long run, the challenges that presented themselves during my voiceless era would give my work meaning and passion. I am grateful for those struggles today, because they connected me to human suffering. They gave me purpose.

RW: Lexi, the heroine of your book series Super Lexi creates and finds her own superpowers to combat her sensitivities and fears. What inspired this character, and where do you hope to go with her journey?

EL: There’s a seed of my own life journey in Lexi’s experiences. Her transformation is gradual across the series. Like my own path, her story crescendos from self-acceptance to self-advocacy and finally to advocacy for others.

I am a vocal believer in diversity and inclusion in children’s books with the purpose of cultivating empathy and perspective-taking in our kids. As such, I wrote Lexi as a highly introverted second-grader with autism, despite pressure from the publishing industry to make her more like a neurotypical kid. The idea behind this advice was marketability and mainstream appeal, which I consider unfounded and ableist.

In my opinion, emotions are universal, and triggers are personal. It’s the author’s job to root a character in relatability regardless of those personal triggers, and I’ve worked consciously to do that. Not every kid gets “the feeling of barf” like Lexi when they have to perform in a school play. But every kid has had that feeling for some reason. As such, I focus a great deal on Lexi’s emotional journey and try to portray it in a funny way.

My refusal to bend Lexi to fit publishing standards is reflected in the plot of Super Lexi, a stage fright story. Frequently in this type of book, the main character ultimately realizes she is a star at heart and ends up shining on stage. Lexi does not do that. Instead, she stands up for her right to be her authentic self and unapologetically accepts her fear of “staring eyeballs.”

I’m writing the third book in the series now, and am thrilled to have found some motivation for Lexi to access her unique power and to use it for good. I have gone through a similar progression in my own life; I’m finally ready to conquer my own fear of “staring eyeballs” to fight for kids.

RW: Amazing. When did you get involved with Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness challenge? How has it empowered and changed you?

I got involved with Kids for Peace in 2014, around the time I first read Quiet. Before that, I had spent a lot of time agonizing over injustice and almost no time fixing it. Quiet motivated me to convert frustration into action. So, I searched for the perfect community to support me in that, and I found Kids for Peace.

Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit that provides a platform for kids to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship, and global friendship. They also created The Great Kindness Challenge, a movement that encourages schools to devote one week each school year to performing as many acts of kindness as possible using a checklist of 50 suggestions. Over 2,000,000 kids participated this year.

I volunteer for The Great Kindness Challenge planning team, and I contribute to the marketing. The far-reaching effects of this work are intensely fulfilling. A recent UC San Diego/Harvard study substantiated the cascading effect of kindness: a single act can influence dozens more. During The Great Kindness Challenge in January of this year, kids performed over 100,000,000 acts of kindness. Imagine the profound ripple if you multiply that by twelve. And that’s only a portion of what Kids for Peace does.

Kids for Peace has empowered me to grow into the person I wanted to be. With so much injustice in the world, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. I didn’t even know where to start. The amazing Kids for Peace team allowed me room to find my place. Recently, they were gracious enough to give me a platform to help overturn some misconceptions about autism in the context of The Great Kindness Challenge.

Next month, I am heading to a remote village in Kenya to support the education and empowerment of kids there.

I really can’t express my gratitude enough. I get emotional just thinking about how grateful I am for these opportunities.

RW: I’m blown away by the community of child-activists and would love to hear what some of your experiences have been like working with these incredible kids.

EL: These kids are getting out there and changing the world. They’re working to support tolerance and respect in Pakistan; they’re raising money to pay for friends’ surgeries; and they’re providing food and clean water to kids impacted by Ebola in Liberia. The list goes on. They are the solution. They are amazing.

I am so inspired by the way all of these young Peacebuilders use their compassion as a leadership skill. I’m especially moved by the kids on the autism spectrum who overcome social challenges to make an impact. Recently, 10-year-old Jared from California  organized a class food drive for the food assistance program Got Your Back San Diego during The Great Kindness Challenge.

Common misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder could lead people to believe that Jared’s autism would prohibit such an achievement. But his profound sense of fairness and justice, which some experts attribute to some forms of autism, were precisely the traits that motivated him.

I so admire his ability to find the guts to convert these traits into action. It took me 40 years to do that. I am in awe of him.

RW: What does Quiet mean to you as an adult and how do you help quiet children navigate a world that is anything but?

EL:  Quiet helped me interpret introversion as power. I would define my personal variety of introversion as hyper-empathetic, insightful, susceptible to overstimulation, and intensely private. Fortunately, the empathy and insight motivate me enough to overcome the latter two traits.

Though I always appreciated and valued my introverted traits, I felt helpless. In an extroverted culture, I felt I was not loud enough or brave enough to make a difference. Quiet taught me that I can and should access my power so that I can make a positive impact.

As far as quiet children go, as an author, my goal is to help carve out a space for them in our culture. I write my books as honestly as I can in the hopes of cultivating empathy and understanding. In my stories, I try to include adults who value human variety and hold up accurate and loving mirrors. I also advocate for inclusion and diversity in children’s literature so more kids can see themselves in books.

In person, I try to empower kids to use their voices in ways that work for them. I give voice-writing workshops for those who are interested in expressing themselves through story. In these workshops, I strive to validate all of my students and to respect their needs regarding stimulation and privacy.

RW: You mentioned that the book Quiet had quite an effect on you as an author and activist. Can you explain?

EL: When Quiet came into my life, I had been sheepishly trying to carve out a space in society for sensitive kids, especially those on the spectrum. I wanted to tell them they had value, that I accepted them, and that I understood them. Unfortunately, I was too shy to do school visits and too private to publicly declare myself autistic.

Months before, I had published Super Lexi, a chapter book about a second-grade girl on the autism spectrum who has a fear of “staring eyeballs.” Though [the story I wrote is] fictional, my own aversion to public attention informed the plot.

I had a sense that publication would not be easy on me, but I was determined to fulfill my lifelong dream. Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s approach to “continually be jumping off cliffs and getting our wings on the way down,” I went ahead and took the leap.

Unfortunately, I did not grow wings.

Even though my readers were kind and eager, I couldn’t bear the exposing nature of the publication process. During this difficult time, my sister insisted I read Quiet. So I did.

Through the book, I discovered that although I valued and loved my introversion, I hadn’t fully grasped the importance of my unique viewpoint in society. I had always been philosophical and perceptive about social injustice even as a young kid. Since nobody around me seemed to be talking about what I saw, though, I figured it wasn’t important enough to mention.

Because of Quiet, I realized that if I don’t speak up about the injustices I see, I’m not fulfilling my life purpose. Once I framed it that way, the anxiety fell away. I began to seize opportunities for speaking engagements; I spoke publicly about my autism; and I worked to empower kids to fight for societal change themselves.

I guess you could say Quiet gave me my wings.

RW: What are your goals as a storyteller? Who is your audience? What message do you hope to send them through your stories and action?

EL: As a storyteller, my goals are to empower and validate kids. Right now, my readers are ages 6-9, but I intend to expand my body of work to include picture books and middle grade novels.

The message I hope to send to kids through my stories and action is: You are here for a reason. You are unique for a reason. If society is not valuing your authentic self, that’s society’s dysfunction, not yours. Find your voice, find your power, and fulfill your purpose.

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Okay, almost 40 reasons…

Alone or together, these items create havoc in our ability to let go, move on or do what we want!

Read on….

1. You were raised with the rules, structures and models of others… you have no clue as to how to live by your own rules. How do you stop? Break those rules.

2. You’re afraid. Deal with it, as Suzanne Jeffers said, “Feel the fear and do it anyways.”

3. You enjoy growing old, bitter and miserable, because you keep saying NO, when deep inside, you mean YES or vice versa. Start saying what YOU actually feel.

4. You text when you should call. Call! Better yet, have a face to face conversation.

5. The absolute wrong things are important to you. You’re more worried about what someone else will say or do and you hold back — BECAUSE IT’S MORE IMPORTANT than what you want, or feel. It’s time to re-evaluate this one precious life you currently embody.

6. You’re a failure. Congrats! You’re part of the human race, get over it and keep on truckin’. Failure is subjective — learn — grow — keep moving.

7. You’re a loser. So what? And yesterday’s winner will be tomorrow’s loser and so on, read a history book, this isn’t permanent, so don’t treat it like it is!

8. You need validation from an asshole. Someone important in your early life didn’t give you the love you needed, and you’re still looking for a sign that you’re okay… from someone who doesn’t want to give it to you. Learn to validate yourself.

9. You’re afraid to be alone. Well, isn’t it fairly lonely being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t get you, like you or want to share a bed with you? Start now. Today. Begin liking your own company, get clear on why you think there’s no one else and deal with your worth… grow your confidence.

10. You think you have to be the hare. People carry the delusion that change needs to be abrupt, like a sword cutting everything down at once, so they’re afraid to make a move. Be the turtle (he’s still moving).

11.Treating life like a destination. It’s not. Ever. Til we’re not alive anymore. Everything changes around us, why do we as humans think we’re any different? We’re not. Remind yourself it’s a journey and just because this sounded good yesterday, and it feels like crap today… doesn’t mean you should stay where you don’t want to be.

12. You’ve stunted your own growth. Funny thing with the fear of outgrowing those around us, it can keep us stunted for our entire lives. What is the quality of those relationships? Are you fulfilled? Happy? Do you feel trapped? It’s time to allow yourself to be honest, with yourself and others, about what you want and where you’d like to head (you can be the turtle).

13. You can’t let go. It was so good at one time — at least the first 24 hours and you want to recapture it. Buy a dog or a cat, release one little finger at a time by going through the pain of attachment, it’s not about them… it’s about you… and you have the cure; it’s time to feel your real feelings.

14. You’re a martyr. Self-sacrifice is a debt that will never be fully repaid. No one else but you cares and those who you want to be impressed with your pinning yourself to a cross aren’t, they actually despise you for it… or even worse have indifference toward you. STOP. Re-evaluate the goal. Are you getting what you want by being self-less? Become selfish (ie. not self-absorbed — which martyrs are — except for those who actually did it for the greater good)

15. You’re a victim. You need to blame everything outside of you for being stuck. Take responsibility for yourself and your choices.

16. You make bad choices on purpose. See #15. You don’t believe you deserve better, so you make choices, which keep you stuck. It’s an excuse. Become aware of every decision you make, does it induce pain or pleasure?

17. You love to complain. It’s a cycle. You grew up with it… it’s everywhere, you’re just doing what everyone else does. This is non-action, no sympathy here. Decide to change your position in the situation you complain about, understand WHY you’ve preferred being stuck. It’s a very old answer.

18. Being a doormat works for you. This is a benefit, otherwise no one would do it. Get to know the benefit and find why that benefit works for you (are you afraid of loss?)… then replace it with actual self-fulfillment, by pleasing yourself.

19. You watch reality TV. Think I am kidding? What do we avoid by watching someone else’s drama? Demeaning others makes us feel good? Turn off the TV (at least the yelling, fighting and over the top drama) and join your life — by being PRESENT.

20. You don’t trust yourself. When you don’t trust you — you don’t trust others. Not trusting means #16. Not trusting means you believe you can’t handle disappointment. Develop emotional resilience; it’ll make you trust the only person you should: YOURSELF.

21. Perfect picture syndrome. The belief that has never, ever, ever been the REAL picture of your relationship, job or life is somehow going to be destroyed if you get unstuck from the hellfire you live in daily. Waiting for that picture to come thru is waiting for the 12th of never. Start seeing reality as it is, not as you want it to be and accept it… as it is.

22. Your patterns rule you. Self-awareness is nil. You’ve no idea why your stuck in the same dance. Wake up. Really wake up! Pay attention to what triggers you to keep repeating history, daily.

23. You are dishonest. You lie to yourself and to the people who you could set free with the truth, or dramatically change things with, because you’re afraid of what will happen, so nothing changes. Get honest — dig deep, get to know what is your truth and then state it… out loud.

24. You’re a control freak. You’d rather keep misery as company, because you know it and so you show up the same way all the time, so the balance of power doesn’t tip. Until it does. LET GO. You’re stuck in a merry-go-round that goes nowhere. You’re control is an illusion and it scares the shit out of you to think of showing up how YOU really want to, because you can’t control what would happen.

25. Scarcity. There’s not enough. Bullshit. Get clear on why you think there’s so little and shift to a more abundant thinking, slowly (like the turtle), placing focus there rather than on a void.

26. You’ve been hurt, disappointed, screwed over and so on. People can be immobilized for years, out of fear of supposed bad things happening again. Life is an experience, why would you block an experience and keep living in the SAME daily soap opera in your mind of what possibly could happen?

27. Risk is a four letter word. So is FUCK, both are action words, when you add an “ing”… you have verbs. If your inner critic, judge and jury are keeping you inert, because of whatever happened in the past, you’re a prisoner of your own thoughts. Time to have a Q&A with all those people in your head, once you get some clear answers… it’s four-letter-word time!!!

28. You have no meaningful standards for your life. What do you want your life to FEEL like? What are you doing to achieve it? How do others treat you? If you have “I don’t know” as your answer to those questions… it’s time for you to make some boundaries. The only way to have a boundary is to live your boundaries — be them — don’t compromise, because when you’re treated poorly, you’re not living in a meaningful way.

29. Shame. Shame. Shame. It’s probably the most toxic of all feelings to our growth, love, happiness and pleasure in our lives. We shut up, shut down, run away and hide when we feel shame. It’s someone (real or not) telling us we’re worthless, stupid, bad, etc… and we believe it on some level. Stand up to shame, show it who you are (even the part of you that was made to feel shame) and accept that you’re imperfect, but still damn cuddly and lovable…and your opinion matters most… to yourself!

30. You absolutely refuse to accept yourself. You’re trying to live up to some expectation (real or imagined) that keeps you stuck right where you are. Be disappointing, throw everything up in the air and rearrange it where you want when it lands. Accept all the cute little dark things in your closet, we all got em’ and relax a bit on who you think you should be… and be who you are.

31. Your dreams don’t come true. Yes they do, just believe in them and do things that align with those dreams. (instead of the opposite)

32. There’s no love. When you’re stuck, where’s the love? There might be a life jacket or something to hold onto, but REAL LOVE has to be watered regularly and it grows. Stuck doesn’t equal growth. Start deserving love today — do loving things for yourself NOW.

33. You’re waiting to be saved (rescued). Admit it, if it’s true and then save yourself.

34. You’re numb, distracted or convinced that you can cobble the pieces of your life together. Get un-numb, realize it is un-fun… and ask yourself the tougher questions…if today was your last day on earth is this how you’d want to live?

35. Emotional intimacy = vulnerability; no thank you! Being in a stalemate keeps others at a distance, you find excuses to not get closer or make any movement, because you could be destroyed in the process. Protection is also an illusion, so try stripping naked and being real, you’ll feel better, no matter what happens.

36. Committing to real happiness, love or a healthy relationship feels overwhelming. There you stay — stuck — moving forth — moving backwards, rinse, repeat. Like a yoyo, you never make progress, because every time you do — you run like your foot is on fire, no matter how great the opportunity! Relax. Really relax. Breathe… allow yourself to be in the moment, understand the urge to bolt is about yesterday, not today.

37. Refusing help. First you gotta wanna help yourself to get unstuck and second, you want to enlist someone who can help you see what you might be missing. Admit you want a life, then get a flashlight (preferably one being held where you can see what isn’t clear) and start to re-arrange/organize that closet.

38. You’re stuck in the past. See number 13. If you think your glory days are behind you — then you’re immobilized to create glorious days in the present. Get grounded here and start loving what is… then you will create more of it… and voila! Your glory days are now!

If you need some help getting unstuck, please feel free to give me a ring! I’d be happy to help you create the present and future you’ve always wanted.

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Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

4 Ways to Get Unstuck: The Internal Shift

Often in life, we find ourselves at a standstill. What we are doing is no longer satisfying, but we are not sure what will be. If you are involved in spiritual practice, you may also wonder whether the dissatisfaction with the present moment is based on “ego” or on a genuine call from your inner self to do something different.

After staying with this question for a while, I have found a few steps that are helpful in getting us unstuck and able to balance present moment awareness with the genuine human need for creation, growth and change.

1. Dissatisfaction in and of itself is not a genuine call for change

According to Eckhart Tolle, change based solely on resistance to what is happening in the present moment won’t work. If we are trying to escape the moment by jumping into something different, odds are we will find ourselves in a different setting, having an eerily similar experience to one we’ve had before.

Resistance to the present moment tends to arise from deep-seated negative emotions that we have not yet uncovered and released. If we can learn to stay with the present moment, including any negative emotions such as anger, fear, boredom, frustration, and disappointment, we will begin to see the root of some of these patterns and this will enable us to release their grip on us.

For example, not too long ago I felt completely helpless and stuck at work. Through staying with this feeling without trying to change it, I realized that what was truly agonizing me was the feeling that I was stuck. I felt powerless to change the situation. This was a pattern in me, that was not objectively true, that was causing me suffering.

2. You are free to change at any time

So often in life we feel that we are a victim of our circumstances. And this causes suffering. While there are certain situations such as extreme poverty, illness or imprisonment that make it quite difficult to change, ultimately we can always make small, tiny, sometimes even imperceptible changes that can profoundly shift our experience of reality.

If you stay with your thoughts of being stuck for some time, you will likely come across some of these excuses as to why you can’t change:

  • I don’t have enough money
  • I won’t have enough security
  • My family won’t approve
  • I’m not talented enough
  • I won’t be successful

These may all be true to some extent, but the concern with not being good enough or the fear of the unknown only arise when we are in the midst of contemplating some final state that is so different from where we are. If instead, we focus only on a small shift in mindset or action and let go of the focus on the end product, we can maintain a sense of safety as we change.

When I contemplated starting a mindfulness coaching practice, I concerned myself with all kinds of issues including whether I would have to do this full time, the kind of training I would need, what my husband would think, and whether I would be good at it. Eventually, I just sent out an e-mail to a group of people saying I was offering it. I let go of all the ifs and shoulds. Slowly slowly, my practice is growing, and organically I am finding the next step without having to have a complete picture of the end result.

3. No choice you make will be perfect

Once you get over the myth that you can’t change, you will be faced with considering your options from a realistic perspective. If you currently work at an office, you may dream of being an entrepreneur and working in your pyjamas at home. Really work through that scenario… day after day, you wake up and it’s time to work, no structure or office to go to. Is it all fun and games or are there other downsides to working in your pyjamas that you may not have thought of? (i.e. you may have to buy more pyjamas).

Talk to people that want to do what you dream of doing. Get clear on what the trade-offs are. Recognize that no matter what you choose to do, it will not be perfect, and many of the difficulties that you now face (and new ones) may arise in a different setting.

Meditation teacher Phillip Moffit states “Let the act of changing be the reward, and do not count on the outcome, for it may well be far different than you ever imagined.”

4. Whatever you choose will have no impact whatsoever on your value as a person

Many times, we fantasize of change because we feel that we are not good enough as we are. When I was practicing Ashtanga, I really felt that when I “got” more fancy poses, I would have some semblance of peace and wellbeing that I couldn’t presently access. Similarly, we can fool ourselves into thinking that a new relationship or a better job will bring us joy, a sense of confidence, or the feeling that we are making a difference. No matter what job you get or how famous you are, you will not enjoy it until you make the internal decision to feel good about yourself.

If you are stuck, the time to reframe your sense of self-worth and value is not when you reach the place where you want to go. It is right now. Whether you are single wanting to be in a relationship, in a job you hate, suffering from loss or illness, or even in a state of profound depression, you must in this moment, find a way to relate to yourself with kindness and friendliness. Gentleness is a necessary companion in the path to wellbeing, and it must travel with you from the start of the journey.

Begin to notice how you are speaking to yourself when you are feeling stuck and lost. Is there shame, guilt, blame? Where is it in the body? How would you talk to a friend or loved one going through the same thing? Find ways to relate to yourself with kindness and love, and remind yourself that you are already enough, just as you are.

Any change that you choose to make then becomes an act of joy and creation, rather than a way to escape the only moment that ever exists, the present moment.

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The Light and Wonder: A Tribute to Mark Sternlicht

I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today from so many heartfelt tributes to him, his discovery embodies the essence of his life. He was a man born into a time of darkness and evil in the world who survived by the grace of God and mustered the strength and spirit to infuse his new world with love and light. 75 years ago he never could have imagined the legacy and the impact he would forge; a legacy for which we are all eternally grateful.

Mark is a model for all of us and represents the essence of humanity which is to emulate God. The book of Genesis describes the world as being born in chaos and darkness. The first act of God is to create light. To infuse chaos with order and darkness with light.

In his years during the war, Mark saw how human life meant nothing. Yet, he was able to love and extend his love to people. Perhaps, as Andrew suggested to me, his joy in life was even greater since he experienced so much misery. He found a way despite the challenges and tragedy to believe in life anew. He wanted his family to be happy, he wanted others to be happy and it gave him so much joy.

He always enjoyed life and was so full of life. Life he felt was for the living.

Mark knew how to bring light.

The light to family and friends. The light of faith. The light of a brighter future.

The love and light he showered in his family knew no bounds. He was a model husband. On my annual trips to Florida I would always pay a visit to Mark and Harriet and saw how he treated her like a queen. He would prepare the coffee and snacks. Just yesterday, Harriet shared with me how he wanted to show her the world… he was the quintessential gentleman. If Harriet was late, he was worried and on occasion called the police. He loved being with her. For so many years at Smith Barney, they were together day and night. He brought me lunch. As Harriet shared, “he was all heart”.

Harriet, the pain you feel is so deep but know the love you have for each other is one the Sages describe as a transcendent loves with shared ideals and as two souls… it is one that will endure forever…

In my numerous conversations over the years with him, I know how proud he was and is of his boys. He loved spending time with each of you… whenever I saw him we spoke about the boys… Andrew, Barry and Russell. What made his most happy was when you each realized your potential. He pushed you because he loved you. You remember like yesterday, Barry, his words to you — “do you want to sit in front of a green screen your entire life “and they live in you.

He did his best to shut out the tragedies early in his life so he would fill your lives with his love… In the hospital almost two weeks ago, when sitting with you Russell, you shared with me about the first time he took you to a Yankees game, Your Dad, did not know Derek Jeter from a deli sandwich… you cried as you sat in the back of the car… as you had an insight of how fleeting the moment might be… we both cried in thinking about the words of Luther Vandross song — will I dance with my father again…

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me
And then
Spin me around ’till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure
I was loved
If I could get another chance
Another walk
Another dance with him
I’d play a song that would never ever end
How I’d love love love
To dance with my father again

But all of you will dance with your father again… His words, his wisdom, the sheer joy of your shared experiences… a ride in one of his borrowed sports cars, a game, time with family… will not only remain with you but G-d willing, will inspire you to live and love as he did…

His light extended to his sister, his parents, and his in laws, grandchildren… for whom he had an open pocket and loved with such passion. They could do no wrong..he spoke to me about each of you… with such pride… he and Harriet served as surrogate grandparents for Michael and Lisa… and many others… I received an email from Elissa and Claudia formerly Kraut who shared their thoughts about Mark.

“Mark was the ultimate family man. You could tell by the love he showed his own beloved wife and sons, and also by the attention he paid to other people’s children. During a friend’s long-term illness, Mark made it a point to visit, year after year, sharing his trademark charm, good humor, and sparkling intellect. It didn’t matter to Mark that the visits and comfort could not be reciprocated. He was on the spot, for whatever his friend needed, be it simply telling a good joke to lift his spirits or being his support at his daughter’s wedding, not only playing chauffeur, but using his own deep knowledge of Judaism to help his friend navigate the Chassan’s tisch. He was truly a mensch.

He was gracious, warm and welcoming, always inviting people in, including members of shul who ran by his house on their jogs, despite how profusely they may have been sweating.”

For Mark, some of his greatest moments of joy in life were when the light of family merged with the light of Judaism. He loved our shul… when we met one of his fist questions was “Rabbi, how is the shul?” He could not be happier when he was joined by his boys in shul. His smile would light the room. As I stood on the bimah, I could sense his expectation for their arrival. As past president of our shul from 1979-1982, he was proud of his and Harriet’s life long history here… celebrating Bar Mitzvahs on a Sunday Rosh Chodesh and weddings… This sanctuary was and is his second home… I know that his spirit will always be present here and be a source of inspiration.

He loved Passover… Every year, I would look forward to seeing him at the fast prior to Passover and know years ago he brought Andrew too. He loved the seder. Perhaps it was for its messages of family, tradition and faith in our future. A year and a half ago, my family had the privilege of hosting Mark and Harriet for seder. It was a night our family will never forget… we ended at close to 1 AM… he shared stories of seders past and his own history, then we sang… he loved to sing and especially singing with his boys… those memories lived in him… as if they happened yesterday… he would want nothing more than the family to continue to do seders together. When I visited during the winter, he would always pine for his boys to be together for the seder.

When I think about Mark and his light, I will always be moved by his optimism and his faith in our future.

One of the questions we are asked when meeting our God at the end of our lives is did we improve the world, did we leave a mark, did we do the best we could every day to bring more light. I know Mark can answer with a resounding yes. He did so for his family, his friends and our community.

I began by reflecting on his invention of a flash light as being emblematic of his life. I end with the name of the company — Wonder. This was mark’s greatness. As Barry shared with me, “everything for my father was with a sense of wonder. He never got spoiled and was always full of joy.” He gave us all that gift… it was his twinkle in his eye and smile.

It is amazing the impact of one smile, twinkle and thumbs up. Mark was one the first people I got to know when I arrived as Rabbi of Agudath Sholom ten years ago. I will never forget after my sermon on my first Rosh Hashanah, he gave me a smile and thumbs up. It was a boost I needed and one I cherish. Every year I look to Mark for his smile… we all do… he was that kind of person.

Little did anyone know last Rosh Hashanah would be his last one physically in this world. He and Barry received aliyot (called to bless the Torah) and Andrew and Russell lifted and wrapped the Torah. It was moment of ultimate joy for Mark and Harriet. However, I know that as hard as the upcoming high holidays will be, he will live on. When each of you and all of us embody his light and shed his light, his love of family, menshclechkeit, love of Judaism, his songs, believing in our future as Jews, Israel and the world… he will be elevated and he will live on.

Mark’s light infused all of us with the light of faith and hope…

There was a twinkle in his eye… because he saw light and he gave light… he never lost faith and neither must we… he was all heart and so must we be..

When I was with him and Russell in the hospital, we sang one of his favorite songs with him, Adon Olam, the concluding song to the Shabbat morning service. It is an affirmation of God as the master of the world. The concluding words are “in his hand I place my soul when I awake and when I retire… God is mine and I will not be afraid.”

For Mark, God was personal. He was not afraid for he knew God walked with him and guided his life every day.

I loved him and always will… we all did… We were all blessed with his holy soul on this earth and it is our responsibility in his memory to carry his spirit forward… as loving spouses, parents, grandparents, friends to give light and never lose our sense of wonder… you will dance with him again…he will always be with you and you will feel his presence. We can each pay tribute to him, wherever we may be, to spread some light in a world of darkness.

He was a giant man and I hope and pray that Mark, Moshe Aryeh ben Yaakov, will always be a source of great blessing comfort and inspiration for many many generations to come.

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7 Things Your Body Hair Says About Your Health

By Megan Othersen Gorman, Prevention.com
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It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her hair. But when body hair changes without our permission? Then it’s our imperative to check it out. Because hair is a signifier — its presence, its gain, or its loss — hair is always trying to tell us something. Here’s what your hair can reveal about you:

1. Your genetic inheritance

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Genetics could dictate how much body hair you have.
The amount of hair that blankets your body can depend on your ethnicity. The fine hairs that cover the body are called vellus (from the Latin word for “fleece”). Long, coarse, pigmented hairs that are larger in diameter are called terminal hairs and are found in eyebrows and eyelashes, on the scalp and chin, under your arms, and in your pubic area.

“There’s a spectrum of what’s normal with each ethnicity, of course, but different ethnicities have differing amounts of terminal hair,” says Margaret E. Wierman, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver and chief of endocrinology at the Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center. “The ethnicity with the least amount of terminal hair is Asian, whereas people of Hispanic and Middle Eastern descent typically have the most. Other ethnicities fall somewhere in between. So what’s normal, hair-wise, for you might not be normal for someone of a different ethnic background.”

2. You could have an autoimmune problem
It’s rare, but the immune system can turn on your hair follicles. The result can be losing your hair in odd, circular patches (called alopecia areata); losing all your hair on your scalp (alopecia totalis); or losing all your hair on your head and body, including your eyebrows and eyelashes (alopecia universalis). These conditions are typically treated with systemic steroids, and the hair can grow back — though the cure doesn’t always last.

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3. Your hormones are out of balance

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Male-pattern hair growth or loss could signal shifting hormone levels
A sudden increase in hair growth or loss in women is often caused by an imbalance of male hormones, which are naturally present in both men and women in differing amounts. If you get an increase in testosterone, for example, excess hair can be the result. “It’s called hirsutism — a condition of unwanted male-pattern hair growth in women,” says Wierman. “The ‘male-pattern’ part of the diagnosis means hair above the belly button, on the upper chest, or on the upper back. More than eight hairs around a single nipple is considered abnormal in women and would meet the definition of hirsuitism.”

Much like male-pattern excess hair, male pattern baldness in women is also a sign of shifting male hormone levels. When estrogen levels decline during menopause and, as a consequence, testosterone rises, many women find that the hair on their heads thins while their facial hair becomes coarser. You might even find an errant hair on your chin. “Initially horrifying, yes,” says Wierman, “but all perfectly normal.”

4. Your ovaries may need checking
“If hirsutism is accompanied by irregular periods, it’s most likely a systemic problem,” says Wierman. The most common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome, which is characterized by enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid, called follicles. The second most likely cause is obesity, which can also accompany polycystic ovary syndrome.

Related: 10 Things Your Breasts Say About Your Health

5. You might have a tumor
If hirsutism comes on very suddenly and dramatically — “Say, over a period of six months,” says Wierman — and your testosterone levels and DHEAS levels (a blood test will reveal both) are very high, you may have a tumor that is releasing male hormones and changing the hormone profile in your body to such as extent that you’re growing hair and fast. “In these cases, we look for a tumor of the adrenal gland or ovary — both are possibilities,” she says. “It’s not common, but it’s something your doctor will check out.”

6. You might be iron deficient or have an underactive thyroid

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Hair loss could be a symptom of hypothyroidism
Everyone has a hair cycle. Some people tend to naturally shed hair in the spring and fall; others in the summer and winter. But diffuse hair loss — noticeable hair loss on your body and your head can indicate an iron deficiency or an underactive thyroid. Vegetarians and women with heavy periods can experiences this type of hair loss. Thyroid related loss has specific symptoms, says Wierman: “If you find that you’re losing the outside third of your eyebrows — and you’re developing ridges in your nails, you probably have autoimmune thyroid disease,” she says. “Go in for a blood test to have your TSH — or, thyroid-stimulating hormone — levels checked.” (Check out The Thyroid Solution to learn how to balance your thyroid naturally.) A sudden change in your estrogen levels — after pregnancy or stopping birth control pills, for example — can also lead to temporary hair shedding.

Related: 6 Ways Your Hair Changes After 40 — And How To Fix It

7. Your bad habits
Some drugs leave detectable traces in your hair for years — even a century. Trace amounts of morphine were found in a lock of hair that had been snipped from celebrated English poet John Keats’ head 165 years after his death. The ode master had relied on morphine for pain relief while he was dying of tuberculosis.

By Megan Othersen Gorman, Prevention.com

This article ‘9 Things Your Sweat Is Trying To Tell You‘ originally ran on Prevention.com.

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A Buoyant Boost for Frustrated Buddahs: The Float Tank

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My first real memory of my father was floating in the Atlantic Ocean in Hollywood, Florida. I must have been 4 or 5 at the time. He was a master floater. He perfected the hands behind the head float and the ankle grabbing from behind his back float. He could float for hours, gently bobbing up and down with the subtle undulation of the soft, warm South Florida ocean. I also remember pissing him off as I splashed, dove under and swam all around him, trying to get his attention. So it made sense that instead of scolding me for being the 5-year-old guppy that I was, his first instinct was to teach me how to float with him. And so we floated together — drifting wherever the mild tide took us. I would look up at the puffy clouds and find animal shapes and watch them morph and mutate into childhood, imaginary, unnamed new animals. He never opened his eyes and played those games though. He would just float, lost in some far away state — somewhere I wasn’t, somewhere nobody was.

I am now 49 and have been living in California since 1985, and for those of us who grew up cradled in the bath-like waters of South Florida, you all know that the Pacific is not our friend. I can count on one hand the amount of times I actually submerged my entire bathing clad body in the Pacific Ocean. Sure, I have gone in up to thighs and even splashed around a tad, but submerge? Na ah. And so, when I came across an advertisement for a float tank experience that claimed “it’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced” I was more than a little intrigued, although skeptical. It claimed to treat everything from stress, anxiety, depression to migraines, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and mental disorders. All right Floatman, I’ve been to the best spas in the world, I know from relaxation, bring it on! I made my first appointment at Float North County in Solana Beach.

Before I describe to you my experience in the tank, a few things are important to know. First, my husband, who was an army interrogator, quietly pointed out to me that Floatation tanks, also knows as sensory deprivation tanks or isolation tanks are used as a form of torture. I shot back, “Okay, maybe, but they are also known as REST, or Restricted Environmental Stimulation THERAPY.” I read that somewhere and just said it to sound smart. Which is an important thing to do from time to time when you are married to a Ph.D. biochemist/interrogator. Second, I cannot silence my mind. Ever. It simply chatters away on its own terms without any permission from me. I tried guided meditation a few times and I think I made it to .008 of a second before the grocery list popped into my head. I also don’t do yoga, am not a vegan and the thought of silent meditation retreats could be my version of hell. But that’s not to say I don’t NEED to still my mind. Oh, I do. Trust me, I do.

So off I went to visit the Floatman and check out what was boasted as “floating in a tank is like relaxing in outer space” — cause like yeah, that’s a thing, right?

I was greeted by the owner, Glenn. He explained the whole process (no, you don’t need to wear a bathing suit — in fact, they discourage it. Sweet!). Can I drown? Will I shrivel up like a prune? If I die how will he know? He then led me into a fairly large, private room with a shower, towels, shampoo and toiletries. Not unlike a spa environment. Cool, I’m in my element! He then showed me the door to the tank and opened it. A shot of warm, humid air hit me like a Florida storm in June. It was beautiful. A lovely, huge blue tub was inviting. All I had to do was get nakey, shower, and step in. The soothing music and the sparkly lights on the ceiling were a nice effect. Armed with the knowledge of where the light switch was, where the door handle was, and knowing there was a bright, red button that he failed to mention in the instructions, I lowered myself in. And I floated. Effortlessly. There were over 800 pounds of Epsom salt in this “pool.” It took zero effort to float. In fact, it took more effort to move about! The soothing music stopped about 5 minutes in, and then I switched the light off. Complete blackness. No sound. No body movement. No Thing. For the first 10 minutes or so I was aware of my beating heart and my breath. That’s it. There was nothing else. I slowly put my hands behind my neck and waited.

I tried to figure out where my body ended and where the water and air started. I couldn’t. The temperature of the air and of the water were the exact temp of the body. I could not fathom where “the me” was in this tank. It was like I was everywhere and nowhere at the same time. I focused on my breath and my mind went blank. Did I fall asleep? I don’t know. I can say that I went somewhere else. I went into a nowhere place. It was a completely new sensation for me. My brain was gone in a really good, good way.

The end of the 60 minute sesh wakes you out of your netherworld state by playing soft music. The music started and I was pissed! Really? Who screwed up and played the music 20 minutes into my nirvana? But no, it was the end of the hour-long float time. Really? It was over. I slowly unfurled my hands, forced my booty to sit down straight in the pool, turned the blue light on and pried myself away from the water.

Showered. Clean. I ventured out to the lobby. I looked at Glenn and just said, “Fucking profound, dude.” He then said, “just write that down in the Floating Journal.” I did.

I have since floated many times, and every time I float I go deeper and deeper into myself or maybe it’s away from myself. Turns out it’s scientifically suggested that loss of sensory input results in relaxation of the body. According to a 1999 research study, during floatation there is an increase in the theta waves in our brain. Theta waves have been shown in other studies to be activated by meditation. I’m meditating, folks! I’m really doing it and it’s effortless and there are no oms involved! A 2001 study found spending time in the floatation tank showed a strong ability to reduce severe pain, increase optimism, and decrease anxiety and depression. In addition, study participants fell asleep easier following floatation tank treatment and experienced a higher quality of sleep. Am I experiencing these things? Yes I am. I so am! (And so, by the way, is my skeptico-chemist interrogator husband.) I’m no Buddha, but I am incredibly grateful to have found a mind stillness that has been elusive to me for so long. It’s changed everything.

Finally, Dad, I know you are floating in heaven. You never explained to me why you floated like you did, and now I finally know where you were or weren’t when you drifted in the ocean. You made the world disappear, quieted the incessant noise in your mind, and found your nowhereness. I was just too damn busy for the past 40 years making cloud animals and creating stories in my head to allow myself to simply close my eyes and let it all go. I can now feel your presence when I float, and that’s been the best benefit of all.

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On Knockoff Sunglasses

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Knockoff sunglasses are a rush. You’re walking down the boardwalk when you spot a pair of orange Ray-Bans on one of those spinny displays, under a cardboard sign that says $ 15. For Ray Bans? No way. You make your husband stop, even though you promised him the next stop would be lunch, and you hurry over because there’s a woman in a tie-dye shirt milling around and you don’t want her to nab them. You quickly plant them on your eyes like a pioneer woman staking her claim. They feel good — exactly like Ray Bans. Or so you imagine — you’ve never actually owned a pair. You love the Ray-Ban look and all your friends have them but they’re so expensive; and you lose sunglasses so often, it’s not worth the risk. But no risk here — only $ 15! “That’s lunch,” your husband mumbles under his breath, probably just to make you feel guilty for your broken lunch promise. You check the glasses out in the display’s smudged little mirror, forced to duck down because those mirrors are always waist-high for some reason. On cue, the tie-dye-shirted lady spins the display — probably just to spite you because she secretly wants your pair — and you shuffle in a circle, trying to keep pace with the mirror, turning your head left and right to check how they look from the side. They look good. They look great. You’d like a little more mirror time, but you’re getting dizzy. You turn to the salesman, who’s sitting on a stool, half-asleep, his toupee fidgeting in the breeze. “Are these Ray-Bans?” you ask, and he wakes up and hurries over and tells you “yes” and says he has many more colors and says they’re very durable and says, “for you, two for 25,” then recommends an ugly leopard-spotted number as your second pair, which hurts your feelings a little and makes you second-guess the Ray-Bans. So you ask your husband what he thinks, and he says “They’re great,” but you know he isn’t paying attention because he’s checking the price tag on one of those ironic t-shirts with 6-pack abs. It’s up to you. You do a closer inspection. There’s a 100 percent UV protection sticker on the lens, which seems promising, but so was that sushi place with the A-rating that gave you food poisoning two years ago. You lift the glasses up and study the logo closely, like a scientist examining the veins of a leaf. And there, right where it should be, is the cursive R, A, Y, space, B, A, N, D. Wait — Ray-Band? Well there’s your answer. What a letdown. But they felt so good. And they looked great. And you found them. All the other tourists passed right by. You’ve grown attached to these little orange Ray Bands, just like Charlie Brown to his Christmas tree. You turn back to the salesman, who’s still trying to sell you on the leopard-spotted pair. “Five dollars for the Ray-Bands,” you tell him sternly, emphasizing the d in Band. He calls you crazy and throws up his arms, knocking loose his toupee, then he reminds you of the quality and you can tell he’s fighting back a smile because he loves this game. “10” he says. You bet you could get 8 but agree to 10 because you like this guy, and his toupee, and this day, and tie-dye lady, and your husband’s stupid shirt, and this breeze, and most of all, your little pair of orange Ray Bands. “Bag for 10 cents?” the salesman asks you and you tell him no way. You’re wearing these out.

Eye Doctor’s Postscript: It’s long been said cheap sunglasses lack sufficient UV protection. My colleagues and I decided to conduct a study (excerpted in this August’s issue of Redbook). We went down to Venice Beach, the cheap sunglasses capital of the world, and bought sunglasses labeled with 100 percent UV Protection. We tested the glasses and found even the cheapest pair provided sufficient UV protection — meaning, if there’s a “100 percent UV sticker,” rest assured. For optimum protection, use wraparound glasses, so the sides of your eyes are covered. Keep in mind darkly tinted lenses aren’t any better at blocking UV rays, so choose any lens color you like. And most importantly, always wear a pair outdoors, even on cloudy days.

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ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For Medicine Donated To YWCA Fort Dodge By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

7 Steps to Manifest Anything You Want — Including Money

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You know manifesting works for other people, but you feel as though you’re missing something to make it work for you.

The number one reason most people get stuck while manifesting is they don’t know every vital step to manifest and co-create with the universe.

Here are the seven steps to manifest anything you want — including money.

Step 1: Get clear on what you want.

If you don’t know exactly what you want, you can’t actually take steps to make it happen. To manifest something, you must know what you desire.

That means you must get very clear on the specifics, detailing the features as if your manifestation is tailor made for you.

To get started with this step, create a list of 20-25 things you want to manifest. Get specific about what you want and list the attributes in the positive (aka avoid using the word don’t).

“I want a car” might land you a 1965 El Camino without a working engine.
“I want a used SUV with less than 30,000 miles on it that’s priced under $ 15,000” streamlines your search quite a bit.

Side note: As you create your list, give yourself permission to want what you want today and be open to changing it tomorrow. Judgement of yourself doesn’t help you manifest anything.

Step 2: Ask the universe.

Once you have your list, it’s time to amplify your signal to the universe by asking for what you want. When the universe is clear on what you want to manifest, then it can help you. If you don’t ask, it will still try to help you, but it guesses as to what you truly desire.

Don’t leave what you receive up to chance, ask for what you want.

There are a lots of ways to ask including prayer, meditation, visualization, and vision boards. An easy way to ask for what you want is to write a letter to the universe.

Ask the universe for what you want once a day makes your requests clearer and clearer.

Step 3: Work toward your goals.

Manifesting is the art of co-creating with the universe. Working toward your goals increases your chances of receiving what you want. It’s also fun.

Write down 3 actions you can do today to bring you closer to your goal. If you don’t know what to do, use Google to figure out what actions you can take. It’s likely someone has struggled with the same issue and has written about it. Let yourself be inspired by what others have done.

Start taking action and keep taking action until you’ve reached your goal.

Step 4: Trust the process.

As you work toward your goal, it may question if manifesting actually works. You might get discouraged and frustrated. If you are sitting in the struggle and wondering when things are going to happen you aren’t trusting the process. When you question manifestation, you’re telling the universe to prove manifesting doesn’t work.

The Law of Attraction obliges by sending you experiences that keep you stuck.

To manifest, you have to trust the process.

Whenever you find yourself doubting, catch yourself and say, “I’m getting closer and closer to my goals every day. The universe has my back and it’s awesome.”

Repeat this phrase until you believe it.

Step 5: Receive and acknowledge what you get.

The universe is always giving you help, but it’s easy to miss the signs (especially when they come in unexpected ways). When you start to acknowledge and receive signs from the universe, the universe will give you more of what you want.

A good way to get started with this step is to write down the evidence in a journal at the end of the day.

Make sure to include anything that happened to you during the day that moved you a little bit closer to your goal.

• If you are trying to get out of debt and your credit card company called to sort out a more appropriate payment plan, that’s evidence.

• It can also be an inspirational quote speaking to you on Facebook.

Step 6: Keep Your Vibration High.

According to the Law of Attraction, you attract what you are sending out. To attract more of what you want, you have to raise your vibration. Vibrations are like little radio signals you are continuously sending out to the universe. You must tune your signal to a vibration worthy of receiving it (read: stay positive and thankful).

All you have to do is to feel joy.

By spending 10-15 minutes a day (at least) doing something that makes you feel good, anything from watching a YouTube video or meditating, you’re ensuring your vibration stays high.

Remember, a crappy mood means you’re going to be rewarded with crap. Staying positive is the easiest way to be certain good things are coming.

Step 7: Clear your resistance.

If you haven’t yet manifested what you want, it’s likely you are resisting what the universe has to offer. Doubts, pain, procrastination, frustrations, anxiety, fears, regrets and resentments are all forms of resistance.

And they are totally normal.

When you notice conflict coming up, acknowledge it and remind yourself to breath and relax. It might sound something like, “I’m frustrated again. I’m resisting again. I get it. All I have to do now is breath, relax, and let it come. ”

If you are having a hard time letting go of problem, find someone to help you through it.

Manifesting your desires is 100 percent possible but, to do so, you must use ALL the steps.

1. Get clear on what you want.
2. Ask the universe for it.
3. Take action (help the universe make it happen).
4. Trust the process.
5. Acknowledge what is being sent to you along the way.
6. Increase your vibration.
7. Clear all resistance.

Now I want to hear from you. What steps of the manifesting process do you do regularly? What steps have you missed? Tell me what, if anything, you’re going to change in the comments below.

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40 Reasons Why You’re Stuck and How to Get Unstuck

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Okay, almost 40 reasons…

Alone or together, these items create havoc in our ability to let go, move on or do what we want!

Read on….

1. You were raised with the rules, structures and models of others… you have no clue as to how to live by your own rules. How do you stop? Break those rules.

2. You’re afraid. Deal with it, as Suzanne Jeffers said, “Feel the fear and do it anyways.”

3. You enjoy growing old, bitter and miserable, because you keep saying NO, when deep inside, you mean YES or vice versa. Start saying what YOU actually feel.

4. You text when you should call. Call! Better yet, have a face to face conversation.

5. The absolute wrong things are important to you. You’re more worried about what someone else will say or do and you hold back — BECAUSE IT’S MORE IMPORTANT than what you want, or feel. It’s time to re-evaluate this one precious life you currently embody.

6. You’re a failure. Congrats! You’re part of the human race, get over it and keep on truckin’. Failure is subjective — learn — grow — keep moving.

7. You’re a loser. So what? And yesterday’s winner will be tomorrow’s loser and so on, read a history book, this isn’t permanent, so don’t treat it like it is!

8. You need validation from an asshole. Someone important in your early life didn’t give you the love you needed, and you’re still looking for a sign that you’re okay… from someone who doesn’t want to give it to you. Learn to validate yourself.

9. You’re afraid to be alone. Well, isn’t it fairly lonely being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t get you, like you or want to share a bed with you? Start now. Today. Begin liking your own company, get clear on why you think there’s no one else and deal with your worth… grow your confidence.

10. You think you have to be the hare. People carry the delusion that change needs to be abrupt, like a sword cutting everything down at once, so they’re afraid to make a move. Be the turtle (he’s still moving).

11.Treating life like a destination. It’s not. Ever. Til we’re not alive anymore. Everything changes around us, why do we as humans think we’re any different? We’re not. Remind yourself it’s a journey and just because this sounded good yesterday, and it feels like crap today… doesn’t mean you should stay where you don’t want to be.

12. You’ve stunted your own growth. Funny thing with the fear of outgrowing those around us, it can keep us stunted for our entire lives. What is the quality of those relationships? Are you fulfilled? Happy? Do you feel trapped? It’s time to allow yourself to be honest, with yourself and others, about what you want and where you’d like to head (you can be the turtle).

13. You can’t let go. It was so good at one time — at least the first 24 hours and you want to recapture it. Buy a dog or a cat, release one little finger at a time by going through the pain of attachment, it’s not about them… it’s about you… and you have the cure; it’s time to feel your real feelings.

14. You’re a martyr. Self-sacrifice is a debt that will never be fully repaid. No one else but you cares and those who you want to be impressed with your pinning yourself to a cross aren’t, they actually despise you for it… or even worse have indifference toward you. STOP. Re-evaluate the goal. Are you getting what you want by being self-less? Become selfish (ie. not self-absorbed — which martyrs are — except for those who actually did it for the greater good)

15. You’re a victim. You need to blame everything outside of you for being stuck. Take responsibility for yourself and your choices.

16. You make bad choices on purpose. See #15. You don’t believe you deserve better, so you make choices, which keep you stuck. It’s an excuse. Become aware of every decision you make, does it induce pain or pleasure?

17. You love to complain. It’s a cycle. You grew up with it… it’s everywhere, you’re just doing what everyone else does. This is non-action, no sympathy here. Decide to change your position in the situation you complain about, understand WHY you’ve preferred being stuck. It’s a very old answer.

18. Being a doormat works for you. This is a benefit, otherwise no one would do it. Get to know the benefit and find why that benefit works for you (are you afraid of loss?)… then replace it with actual self-fulfillment, by pleasing yourself.

19. You watch reality TV. Think I am kidding? What do we avoid by watching someone else’s drama? Demeaning others makes us feel good? Turn off the TV (at least the yelling, fighting and over the top drama) and join your life — by being PRESENT.

20. You don’t trust yourself. When you don’t trust you — you don’t trust others. Not trusting means #16. Not trusting means you believe you can’t handle disappointment. Develop emotional resilience; it’ll make you trust the only person you should: YOURSELF.

21. Perfect picture syndrome. The belief that has never, ever, ever been the REAL picture of your relationship, job or life is somehow going to be destroyed if you get unstuck from the hellfire you live in daily. Waiting for that picture to come thru is waiting for the 12th of never. Start seeing reality as it is, not as you want it to be and accept it… as it is.

22. Your patterns rule you. Self-awareness is nil. You’ve no idea why your stuck in the same dance. Wake up. Really wake up! Pay attention to what triggers you to keep repeating history, daily.

23. You are dishonest. You lie to yourself and to the people who you could set free with the truth, or dramatically change things with, because you’re afraid of what will happen, so nothing changes. Get honest — dig deep, get to know what is your truth and then state it… out loud.

24. You’re a control freak. You’d rather keep misery as company, because you know it and so you show up the same way all the time, so the balance of power doesn’t tip. Until it does. LET GO. You’re stuck in a merry-go-round that goes nowhere. You’re control is an illusion and it scares the shit out of you to think of showing up how YOU really want to, because you can’t control what would happen.

25. Scarcity. There’s not enough. Bullshit. Get clear on why you think there’s so little and shift to a more abundant thinking, slowly (like the turtle), placing focus there rather than on a void.

26. You’ve been hurt, disappointed, screwed over and so on. People can be immobilized for years, out of fear of supposed bad things happening again. Life is an experience, why would you block an experience and keep living in the SAME daily soap opera in your mind of what possibly could happen?

27. Risk is a four letter word. So is FUCK, both are action words, when you add an “ing”… you have verbs. If your inner critic, judge and jury are keeping you inert, because of whatever happened in the past, you’re a prisoner of your own thoughts. Time to have a Q&A with all those people in your head, once you get some clear answers… it’s four-letter-word time!!!

28. You have no meaningful standards for your life. What do you want your life to FEEL like? What are you doing to achieve it? How do others treat you? If you have “I don’t know” as your answer to those questions… it’s time for you to make some boundaries. The only way to have a boundary is to live your boundaries — be them — don’t compromise, because when you’re treated poorly, you’re not living in a meaningful way.

29. Shame. Shame. Shame. It’s probably the most toxic of all feelings to our growth, love, happiness and pleasure in our lives. We shut up, shut down, run away and hide when we feel shame. It’s someone (real or not) telling us we’re worthless, stupid, bad, etc… and we believe it on some level. Stand up to shame, show it who you are (even the part of you that was made to feel shame) and accept that you’re imperfect, but still damn cuddly and lovable…and your opinion matters most… to yourself!

30. You absolutely refuse to accept yourself. You’re trying to live up to some expectation (real or imagined) that keeps you stuck right where you are. Be disappointing, throw everything up in the air and rearrange it where you want when it lands. Accept all the cute little dark things in your closet, we all got em’ and relax a bit on who you think you should be… and be who you are.

31. Your dreams don’t come true. Yes they do, just believe in them and do things that align with those dreams. (instead of the opposite)

32. There’s no love. When you’re stuck, where’s the love? There might be a life jacket or something to hold onto, but REAL LOVE has to be watered regularly and it grows. Stuck doesn’t equal growth. Start deserving love today — do loving things for yourself NOW.

33. You’re waiting to be saved (rescued). Admit it, if it’s true and then save yourself.

34. You’re numb, distracted or convinced that you can cobble the pieces of your life together. Get un-numb, realize it is un-fun… and ask yourself the tougher questions…if today was your last day on earth is this how you’d want to live?

35. Emotional intimacy = vulnerability; no thank you! Being in a stalemate keeps others at a distance, you find excuses to not get closer or make any movement, because you could be destroyed in the process. Protection is also an illusion, so try stripping naked and being real, you’ll feel better, no matter what happens.

36. Committing to real happiness, love or a healthy relationship feels overwhelming. There you stay — stuck — moving forth — moving backwards, rinse, repeat. Like a yoyo, you never make progress, because every time you do — you run like your foot is on fire, no matter how great the opportunity! Relax. Really relax. Breathe… allow yourself to be in the moment, understand the urge to bolt is about yesterday, not today.

37. Refusing help. First you gotta wanna help yourself to get unstuck and second, you want to enlist someone who can help you see what you might be missing. Admit you want a life, then get a flashlight (preferably one being held where you can see what isn’t clear) and start to re-arrange/organize that closet.

38. You’re stuck in the past. See number 13. If you think your glory days are behind you — then you’re immobilized to create glorious days in the present. Get grounded here and start loving what is… then you will create more of it… and voila! Your glory days are now!

If you need some help getting unstuck, please feel free to give me a ring! I’d be happy to help you create the present and future you’ve always wanted.

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Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which makes us happy, we drift up to a higher weight than we started at. If we find a new activity which fills us with joy, like hiking or yoga, we may realize months later that we have not made any time for this activity. We may even start a new friendship with someone we really enjoy, yet we soon find that we are somehow too “busy” to fit them into our schedule. If we fall in love, we start making excuses to pull away. If we succeed in one area, we find ourselves sabotaging another. When these instances occur, we often tend to blame circumstances or sheer bad luck. Yet, in reality, we are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of our own happiness.

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they wish they’d let themselves be happier. This response indicates that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy. So, the question that we are left to ask is “why?”

For starters many of us are more self-denying than we realize. We tend to think of pursuing the things that light us up as selfish or irresponsible. We all have moments when we listen to an internal critic that encourages us not to set goals or expect too much for ourselves or our lives. This “critical inner voice” is actually triggered when we take steps forward. It reminds us to stay in our place and not to venture out of our comfort zone.

The reasons we harbor these dark, self-sabotaging thoughts are complex, but they lie at the root of much of our maladaptive behavior. By understanding why we listen to this critic and take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming these obstacles and allowing ourselves to be open to our own happiness. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life:

It disrupts our sense of identity — No matter how negative our self-perception may be, like a heavy blanket, it can feel comfortable and safe in its familiarity. If we start to develop or change ourselves in some way that counters our cruel self-attacks, we can start to feel extremely uncomfortable and anxious. It can feel scary to surpass the way we’ve long seen ourselves or a way we’ve long been seen.

Our critical inner voice is built on old attitudes we were exposed to, usually from very early in our lives. Negative ways we were viewed in our family or ways people around us saw themselves seeped in to our consciousness. As adults, we self-parent by maintaining these old attitudes and failing to differentiate from destructive early influences. Yet, it is important to realize that methods do exist for differentiating ourselves, becoming our own unique person with a strong sense of self.

It challenges our defenses — Our defenses are like armor we’ve built against whatever has hurt us in our lives. If we had an absent or rejecting parent or caretaker, we may make a vow to never let anyone too close. If we were often mistreated, punished or misunderstood, we may feel scared to stand out, succeed or be noticed. We build defenses to adapt to undesirable elements of our early environment, but when we grow up and are in a new situation as adults, these behaviors and patterns are often no longer adaptive. We may find it hard to maintain intimate relationships or to excel in our careers. We may self-sabotage in countless ways by failing to challenge our defenses. We may even unconsciously seek out situations that were similar to those we experienced growing up, for example, finding a partner who reminds us of someone from our past. We may recreate dynamics from our childhood that, although unpleasant, are familiar and fit with our defenses. Yet if we take the risk and drop our defenses we make it more likely we will achieve true happiness.

It causes us anxiety — Going after what we want makes us feel more anxious and alive. When we act against our critical inner voice and break with our defenses, we tend to feel pretty stirred up at first. The voice in our head gets louder, and our desire to act against our own interest gets stronger. In these moments, giving up can actually soothe our anxiety by returning us to what’s comfortable and familiar. Yet, it isn’t long before we punish ourselves for messing up. Our inner critic becomes like a sadistic coach, and the self-destructive cycle starts again.

It’s helpful to realize that any effort to change is likely to be met with anxiety. However, it is also helpful to remember that if we hang in there and sweat through this uncomfortable feeling, the anxiety will subside. Therefore, the way to deal with our anxiety is to overcome it by ignoring our inner critic and continuing to take those steps forward.

It stirs up guilt — In many ways, choosing to be happy in the present can represent a break from our past, particularly when we are challenging defenses and choosing a different life for ourselves. It’s very common to feel guilty to be our own separate person and especially to surpass people from our past. Breaking a point of identity can shatter what my father psychologist Robert Firestone‘s described as a “fantasy bond,” which we experienced with influential figures in our upbringing. Even a parent who was hurtful to us in many ways was someone we once depended on for survival. Therefore, it may have been more favorable to maintain a fantasy that we were connected to them in some way that’s frightening to break later in life.

Recent studies have shown that there are very strong links between a parent’s happiness and their children’s, even long after the child has grown up, moved away or entered into a relationship. This correlation illustrates how powerful this sense of connection can be and calls to question the role of guilt in surpassing a parent. If we push past our guilt and achieve more happiness than our parent, it will make us feel alone, but free.

It forces us to face pain — Psychologist Pat Love once said that “when you long for something like love, it becomes associated with pain.” In many ways, getting what we want makes us feel pain and sadness, because it reminds us of something we didn’t get in our past. New, positive experiences can open up old wounds. In an often unexpected way, times when we are chosen can make us feel the sadness of times we were rejected. As we come alive, we’re forced to feel the pain of the old reasons we created our defenses.

A fuller, more rewarding life tends to be more full of feeling in general. We can’t selectively numb pain without also numbing joy. If we allow ourselves to feel more love, gratitude and pleasure, we can expect to feel more sadness over the poignancy of time, loss and the inherent vulnerability of the human condition.

It’s a strange twist that the very thing that we most want or that will be best for us is often what we are most resistant to. No one else can tell us what will make us happy or what’s most important to us. This is something we all have to find for ourselves, and once we do, it’s our job to fight for it. There are several good ways to go about this:

  • Don’t go it alone. Share your journey, and tell someone else your goals, so that you feel accountable.
  • Recognize a pattern to your critical inner voices and self-destructive behavior. This will help you to recognize when your inner critic is triggered and so you can act against its hurtful directives.
  • Find active ways to differentiate from negative influences from your past. Try to choose the qualities you want to emulate and reject those you don’t.
  • Don’t take the mentality of a victim. Nothing, not even your past, can control you if you’re an independent adult, making your own choices.
  • Recognize that you’re powerful, capable, and that setbacks won’t unravel you.

Each of these steps represents a large and ongoing challenge, but they are essential to living a life that has unique meaning to you. Contrary to any inner voice that may tell you you’re being selfish, when you create a life of personal value, you become more valuable to the world. Your happiness matters and will have a natural, ripple effect.

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

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Is Your Mind the Servant or the Master?

You’ve heard, “The mind is a wonderful servant but terrible master,” right?

Or, “Use your mind; don’t let it use you”?

Over the past few years in my own life, I’ve seen that these are not only cute sayings people toss around when they are trying to sound wise — they are actually true. Exploring this balance is infinitely helpful when it comes to enjoying a guided, naturally unfolding experience of life.

Getting a feel for how your Common Sense Wisdom (aka intuition, heart, gut, guidance, hunches, feelings, insight…) works in tandem with your Personal Mind (aka intellect, logic, ego, rational thinking, brainpower, knowledge…) makes things oh-so-much-easier.

An Illustration
The way your Wisdom and your Personal Mind can work together well, might look something like this:

Common Sense Wisdom: “I’m not sure why, but I keep feeling like I might want to invite Grandma over for dinner.” It’s a hunch. It’s not loud or urgent or emotional, just something that occurs to you.

Personal Mind: “Yeah but she’s probably tired. Or busy. Or maybe she won’t want to come.” Your personal mind is full of opinions. It might go the other way too… “Yes! Why have you not done this already? Do it now!”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Whoa there, relax” (Reaching for the phone).

Personal Mind: “I know her phone number. I’ll dial, let me handle this, pleeeease! Here’s what you should say: ‘Hi Grandma, it’s Amy…'”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Seriously? We need to rehearse a call to Grandma? Chill out. I’ll give you a job if you need to feel so important… how about you look at the calendar and see what night we’re free? And you can help me with the menu — I’ll see what ideas show up, and then you may need to jump on Pinterest for a recipe.”

That’s how Wisdom and your Mind might peacefully coexist as a team. Here’s how it goes when your Personal Mind takes over, a scenario we all know all too well:

Personal Mind: “You are a horrible, person. Call Grandma now, it’s been a month! Who goes for a month without calling their Grandma? Horrible people, that’s who.”

Common Sense Wisdom: “I dunno… just doesn’t feel right at the moment. I’ll wait until it occurs to me… I don’t need to be bullied into action by your put downs.”

Personal Mind: “Lazy. That’s what you are. If you weren’t so lazy you’d ignore how it feels and just do it. Life is all about the choices you make, you know. What you do in life… action… that’s what matters.”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Thanks for sharing, but I’m pretty confident that it’s far easier than all of that. Stuff shows up and I act on it when I act on it. When I don’t, the world keeps turning. It’s all good.”

Personal Mind: “All good [muttering under his breath, shaking his head]. If I left things up to you, nothing would ever get done! Lazy, I tell you…”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Have you ever considered that maybe you’re the one in the way of things getting done? Don’t get me wrong, I need your help and support at times… but what if I have this and a lot of your effort is redundant? I mean, you do tend to get really worked up and make things pretty difficult. We make a great team, but left completely on our own we’re not so good.”

Your Personal Mind is going to want to take over. That’s what minds do — push their agenda. And they are louder, pushier, and more recognizable to you than your Wisdom so it’s not always easy to listen for the calmer, quieter hunches.

But you can do it. It becomes quite natural when you understand that Common Sense Wisdom is who you are, it’s always there, and it’s safe to follow. Your Personal Mind is also always there, but it’s not who you are and it’s not always safe to let it take the lead.

How It Played Out for Me
Inviting Grandma over for dinner may seem like a silly example, but it’s the same no matter what you’re facing in life. The more important the issue, the more it behooves you to follow your hunches and let your intellect fill in the gaps where intellect or logic is needed. Life is too important to take seriously the way your Personal Mind wants to take it seriously. It’s no coincidence that the sort of calm, non-verbal instincts and intuition that propel you into action are what can also save your life.

I recently let my Common Sense Wisdom and my Personal Mind play together nicely on something not super important — but bigger than dinner with Grandma — when I put down a hefty deposit on the rental of a castle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea outside of Barcelona. I’m renting the castle for a retreat I’ll be leading next spring. I had a hunch… something non-verbally “said” this is good, it feels right, I don’t know why or how but there’s something to this idea.

And my Personal Mind had a field day, as Personal Minds do. So I listened to my mind a bit, just in curiosity, to see if there was anything of substance there. I heard its horror stories and worst case scenarios and realized I didn’t need to listen very closely to what was essentially my own imagination at work.

I used my Personal Mind for good, applying intellect and logic to see what the financial and logistic worst case scenarios really were.

I did that due diligence as far as my intellect was concerned. Once I set aside the emotional pleas and the imaginary projections of my mind, I really felt like my hunch was still stronger, so I followed it.

I signed the papers and paid the deposit, not having all the answers my mind wanted. But in a more quiet and sure way, I knew that I was doing what felt best in the moment. I know that my happiness, security, confidence, or emotional stability are not at stake, regardless of what a scared mind might say. Those come from within me and have nothing at all to do with anything that happens outside, so there’s no concern for them.

It’s like the old adage about following your car’s headlights at night. The headlights can’t show you the entire route — they only show you a few feet in front of you. But if you keep going as far as you can comfortably see, you’ll easily make it across town.

My headlights showed me this step, and my insight nudged me to take it. Even if they show me something completely different at some point in the future, this step couldn’t have been the “wrong” one. It felt right and looked right so it was right. There are always more steps to come. Who knows what those will reveal, but I’ll follow those hunches when I get them.

The Always Reliable Indicator of Whether your Mind is Playing Master or Servant

There is one simple way you can always tell if your mind is playing the supporting role it’s meant to play, or whether it’s taking the lead: the way you feel.

If you’re suffering, your Personal Mind is trying to force its agenda.

If you’re feeling anxious, worried, sad, or frustrated, your Common Sense Wisdom is being crowded out by the stories and opinions of your Personal Mind.

If you are confused or in indecision, or if life feels complicated or complex, you’re seeing things primarily through the filter of your own Personal thinking, not through the clarity of Common Sense Wisdom. Your Personal Mind tends to create static or interference when it takes charge, and you feel that static in the form of confusion. When you stop listening to your Personal Mind so much, the static dies down and you feel clarity and calm again.

It truly is that simple. When things aren’t flowing and you aren’t getting hunches, wait. You will. You will feel them when your Personal Mind quiets down. Your Personal Mind quiets down on its own as you see how this works.

It’s quite a beautiful system we’re equipped with, isn’t it?

The best part is that it never fails. It is fail-proof and unbreakable. We can stand in the way when we’re letting Personal Mind be the master, that’s true. But even then there is a self-correcting mechanism built in. You’ll hit a wall or feel stress or frustration and you’ll eventually throw your hands up.

When you do that, you open space for a hunch to bubble to the surface.

The system has always worked this way, and it always will. It’s just that most of us don’t know this, so it’s difficult to leverage something you don’t understand.

You understand it better now. And you can rely on it.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

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Marching to a New Beat

I have spent the last decade of my life in constant inner turmoil because of a nagging feeling that I just didn’t fit in. I’ve always felt loved and accepted; however, I have struggled to find anyone who resembled me in personality and outlook. I constantly looked at myself in the mirror and questioned why I was different. Turning 28 has provided me much insight and answers to this question.

Our childhood is filled with leaps, skips, gallops, and twirls. I don’t think I knew what it was to walk normally anywhere until well into elementary school. To me, there was no fun in that. In our youth, we see everything in a multicolored lens, and we still dream of what could be. Because of this, we have nothing tying us down. The happiness we feel literally lifts us off the ground. For some reason though, once we enter our teens, the twirling stops, and we all start falling into a weighted, synced march. It’s a march that leads us monotonously through our daily activities, allowing for little joy. It’s sad because what once made us unique becomes tossed away for uniformity.

This mass resignation of spirit has caused much strife for me. I watched so many people slip into what society says is normal and mature and lose their spark. I must have overslept and missed the bus for “true adulthood” because I have never shed my youthful view of the world. I have never traded my beloved skip in for a march. Because of this, I have felt out of place for so long. That is until now.

As I twirled into my 28th year of life, I have learned a valuable lesson: I should stop questioning why I am different and embrace every quirk and uniqueness. In fact, I am on a new mission to pluck people out of their monotonous march.

Life is a beautiful mess. It’s filled with triumphs and tragedies that are important and necessary parts of every journey. It’s filled with opportunities that one cannot simply march to. One has to awkwardly dance, spin and leap to his/her dreams. Not only that, one must embrace the face she has enough bravery to move through each day to her own beat.

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That’s what I was missing for so many years. Instead of being grateful I still saw everything in a light that made me want to dance my way through the day, I wondered why I was so different. It’s not ignorance or naivety either. It’s simply seeing things for what they truly are and can be.

The choice is always yours. You have every opportunity to get out of the marching line and find a more upbeat tempo. The sun is always shining if you choose to see the light.

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Knockoff sunglasses are a rush. You’re walking down the boardwalk when you spot a pair of orange Ray-Bans on one of those spinny displays, under a cardboard sign that says $ 15. For Ray Bans? No way. You make your husband stop, even though you promised him the next stop would be lunch, and you hurry over because there’s a woman in a tie-dye shirt milling around and you don’t want her to nab them. You quickly plant them on your eyes like a pioneer woman staking her claim. They feel good — exactly like Ray Bans. Or so you imagine — you’ve never actually owned a pair. You love the Ray-Ban look and all your friends have them but they’re so expensive; and you lose sunglasses so often, it’s not worth the risk. But no risk here — only $ 15! “That’s lunch,” your husband mumbles under his breath, probably just to make you feel guilty for your broken lunch promise. You check the glasses out in the display’s smudged little mirror, forced to duck down because those mirrors are always waist-high for some reason. On cue, the tie-dye-shirted lady spins the display — probably just to spite you because she secretly wants your pair — and you shuffle in a circle, trying to keep pace with the mirror, turning your head left and right to check how they look from the side. They look good. They look great. You’d like a little more mirror time, but you’re getting dizzy. You turn to the salesman, who’s sitting on a stool, half-asleep, his toupee fidgeting in the breeze. “Are these Ray-Bans?” you ask, and he wakes up and hurries over and tells you “yes” and says he has many more colors and says they’re very durable and says, “for you, two for 25,” then recommends an ugly leopard-spotted number as your second pair, which hurts your feelings a little and makes you second-guess the Ray-Bans. So you ask your husband what he thinks, and he says “They’re great,” but you know he isn’t paying attention because he’s checking the price tag on one of those ironic t-shirts with 6-pack abs. It’s up to you. You do a closer inspection. There’s a 100 percent UV protection sticker on the lens, which seems promising, but so was that sushi place with the A-rating that gave you food poisoning two years ago. You lift the glasses up and study the logo closely, like a scientist examining the veins of a leaf. And there, right where it should be, is the cursive R, A, Y, space, B, A, N, D. Wait — Ray-Band? Well there’s your answer. What a letdown. But they felt so good. And they looked great. And you found them. All the other tourists passed right by. You’ve grown attached to these little orange Ray Bands, just like Charlie Brown to his Christmas tree. You turn back to the salesman, who’s still trying to sell you on the leopard-spotted pair. “Five dollars for the Ray-Bands,” you tell him sternly, emphasizing the d in Band. He calls you crazy and throws up his arms, knocking loose his toupee, then he reminds you of the quality and you can tell he’s fighting back a smile because he loves this game. “10” he says. You bet you could get 8 but agree to 10 because you like this guy, and his toupee, and this day, and tie-dye lady, and your husband’s stupid shirt, and this breeze, and most of all, your little pair of orange Ray Bands. “Bag for 10 cents?” the salesman asks you and you tell him no way. You’re wearing these out.

Eye Doctor’s Postscript: It’s long been said cheap sunglasses lack sufficient UV protection. My colleagues and I decided to conduct a study (excerpted in this August’s issue of Redbook). We went down to Venice Beach, the cheap sunglasses capital of the world, and bought sunglasses labeled with 100 percent UV Protection. We tested the glasses and found even the cheapest pair provided sufficient UV protection — meaning, if there’s a “100 percent UV sticker,” rest assured. For optimum protection, use wraparound glasses, so the sides of your eyes are covered. Keep in mind darkly tinted lenses aren’t any better at blocking UV rays, so choose any lens color you like. And most importantly, always wear a pair outdoors, even on cloudy days.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

40 Reasons Why You’re Stuck and How to Get Unstuck

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Okay, almost 40 reasons…

Alone or together, these items create havoc in our ability to let go, move on or do what we want!

Read on….

1. You were raised with the rules, structures and models of others… you have no clue as to how to live by your own rules. How do you stop? Break those rules.

2. You’re afraid. Deal with it, as Suzanne Jeffers said, “Feel the fear and do it anyways.”

3. You enjoy growing old, bitter and miserable, because you keep saying NO, when deep inside, you mean YES or vice versa. Start saying what YOU actually feel.

4. You text when you should call. Call! Better yet, have a face to face conversation.

5. The absolute wrong things are important to you. You’re more worried about what someone else will say or do and you hold back — BECAUSE IT’S MORE IMPORTANT than what you want, or feel. It’s time to re-evaluate this one precious life you currently embody.

6. You’re a failure. Congrats! You’re part of the human race, get over it and keep on truckin’. Failure is subjective — learn — grow — keep moving.

7. You’re a loser. So what? And yesterday’s winner will be tomorrow’s loser and so on, read a history book, this isn’t permanent, so don’t treat it like it is!

8. You need validation from an asshole. Someone important in your early life didn’t give you the love you needed, and you’re still looking for a sign that you’re okay… from someone who doesn’t want to give it to you. Learn to validate yourself.

9. You’re afraid to be alone. Well, isn’t it fairly lonely being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t get you, like you or want to share a bed with you? Start now. Today. Begin liking your own company, get clear on why you think there’s no one else and deal with your worth… grow your confidence.

10. You think you have to be the hare. People carry the delusion that change needs to be abrupt, like a sword cutting everything down at once, so they’re afraid to make a move. Be the turtle (he’s still moving).

11.Treating life like a destination. It’s not. Ever. Til we’re not alive anymore. Everything changes around us, why do we as humans think we’re any different? We’re not. Remind yourself it’s a journey and just because this sounded good yesterday, and it feels like crap today… doesn’t mean you should stay where you don’t want to be.

12. You’ve stunted your own growth. Funny thing with the fear of outgrowing those around us, it can keep us stunted for our entire lives. What is the quality of those relationships? Are you fulfilled? Happy? Do you feel trapped? It’s time to allow yourself to be honest, with yourself and others, about what you want and where you’d like to head (you can be the turtle).

13. You can’t let go. It was so good at one time — at least the first 24 hours and you want to recapture it. Buy a dog or a cat, release one little finger at a time by going through the pain of attachment, it’s not about them… it’s about you… and you have the cure; it’s time to feel your real feelings.

14. You’re a martyr. Self-sacrifice is a debt that will never be fully repaid. No one else but you cares and those who you want to be impressed with your pinning yourself to a cross aren’t, they actually despise you for it… or even worse have indifference toward you. STOP. Re-evaluate the goal. Are you getting what you want by being self-less? Become selfish (ie. not self-absorbed — which martyrs are — except for those who actually did it for the greater good)

15. You’re a victim. You need to blame everything outside of you for being stuck. Take responsibility for yourself and your choices.

16. You make bad choices on purpose. See #15. You don’t believe you deserve better, so you make choices, which keep you stuck. It’s an excuse. Become aware of every decision you make, does it induce pain or pleasure?

17. You love to complain. It’s a cycle. You grew up with it… it’s everywhere, you’re just doing what everyone else does. This is non-action, no sympathy here. Decide to change your position in the situation you complain about, understand WHY you’ve preferred being stuck. It’s a very old answer.

18. Being a doormat works for you. This is a benefit, otherwise no one would do it. Get to know the benefit and find why that benefit works for you (are you afraid of loss?)… then replace it with actual self-fulfillment, by pleasing yourself.

19. You watch reality TV. Think I am kidding? What do we avoid by watching someone else’s drama? Demeaning others makes us feel good? Turn off the TV (at least the yelling, fighting and over the top drama) and join your life — by being PRESENT.

20. You don’t trust yourself. When you don’t trust you — you don’t trust others. Not trusting means #16. Not trusting means you believe you can’t handle disappointment. Develop emotional resilience; it’ll make you trust the only person you should: YOURSELF.

21. Perfect picture syndrome. The belief that has never, ever, ever been the REAL picture of your relationship, job or life is somehow going to be destroyed if you get unstuck from the hellfire you live in daily. Waiting for that picture to come thru is waiting for the 12th of never. Start seeing reality as it is, not as you want it to be and accept it… as it is.

22. Your patterns rule you. Self-awareness is nil. You’ve no idea why your stuck in the same dance. Wake up. Really wake up! Pay attention to what triggers you to keep repeating history, daily.

23. You are dishonest. You lie to yourself and to the people who you could set free with the truth, or dramatically change things with, because you’re afraid of what will happen, so nothing changes. Get honest — dig deep, get to know what is your truth and then state it… out loud.

24. You’re a control freak. You’d rather keep misery as company, because you know it and so you show up the same way all the time, so the balance of power doesn’t tip. Until it does. LET GO. You’re stuck in a merry-go-round that goes nowhere. You’re control is an illusion and it scares the shit out of you to think of showing up how YOU really want to, because you can’t control what would happen.

25. Scarcity. There’s not enough. Bullshit. Get clear on why you think there’s so little and shift to a more abundant thinking, slowly (like the turtle), placing focus there rather than on a void.

26. You’ve been hurt, disappointed, screwed over and so on. People can be immobilized for years, out of fear of supposed bad things happening again. Life is an experience, why would you block an experience and keep living in the SAME daily soap opera in your mind of what possibly could happen?

27. Risk is a four letter word. So is FUCK, both are action words, when you add an “ing”… you have verbs. If your inner critic, judge and jury are keeping you inert, because of whatever happened in the past, you’re a prisoner of your own thoughts. Time to have a Q&A with all those people in your head, once you get some clear answers… it’s four-letter-word time!!!

28. You have no meaningful standards for your life. What do you want your life to FEEL like? What are you doing to achieve it? How do others treat you? If you have “I don’t know” as your answer to those questions… it’s time for you to make some boundaries. The only way to have a boundary is to live your boundaries — be them — don’t compromise, because when you’re treated poorly, you’re not living in a meaningful way.

29. Shame. Shame. Shame. It’s probably the most toxic of all feelings to our growth, love, happiness and pleasure in our lives. We shut up, shut down, run away and hide when we feel shame. It’s someone (real or not) telling us we’re worthless, stupid, bad, etc… and we believe it on some level. Stand up to shame, show it who you are (even the part of you that was made to feel shame) and accept that you’re imperfect, but still damn cuddly and lovable…and your opinion matters most… to yourself!

30. You absolutely refuse to accept yourself. You’re trying to live up to some expectation (real or imagined) that keeps you stuck right where you are. Be disappointing, throw everything up in the air and rearrange it where you want when it lands. Accept all the cute little dark things in your closet, we all got em’ and relax a bit on who you think you should be… and be who you are.

31. Your dreams don’t come true. Yes they do, just believe in them and do things that align with those dreams. (instead of the opposite)

32. There’s no love. When you’re stuck, where’s the love? There might be a life jacket or something to hold onto, but REAL LOVE has to be watered regularly and it grows. Stuck doesn’t equal growth. Start deserving love today — do loving things for yourself NOW.

33. You’re waiting to be saved (rescued). Admit it, if it’s true and then save yourself.

34. You’re numb, distracted or convinced that you can cobble the pieces of your life together. Get un-numb, realize it is un-fun… and ask yourself the tougher questions…if today was your last day on earth is this how you’d want to live?

35. Emotional intimacy = vulnerability; no thank you! Being in a stalemate keeps others at a distance, you find excuses to not get closer or make any movement, because you could be destroyed in the process. Protection is also an illusion, so try stripping naked and being real, you’ll feel better, no matter what happens.

36. Committing to real happiness, love or a healthy relationship feels overwhelming. There you stay — stuck — moving forth — moving backwards, rinse, repeat. Like a yoyo, you never make progress, because every time you do — you run like your foot is on fire, no matter how great the opportunity! Relax. Really relax. Breathe… allow yourself to be in the moment, understand the urge to bolt is about yesterday, not today.

37. Refusing help. First you gotta wanna help yourself to get unstuck and second, you want to enlist someone who can help you see what you might be missing. Admit you want a life, then get a flashlight (preferably one being held where you can see what isn’t clear) and start to re-arrange/organize that closet.

38. You’re stuck in the past. See number 13. If you think your glory days are behind you — then you’re immobilized to create glorious days in the present. Get grounded here and start loving what is… then you will create more of it… and voila! Your glory days are now!

If you need some help getting unstuck, please feel free to give me a ring! I’d be happy to help you create the present and future you’ve always wanted.

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Is Your Mind the Servant or the Master?

You’ve heard, “The mind is a wonderful servant but terrible master,” right?

Or, “Use your mind; don’t let it use you”?

Over the past few years in my own life, I’ve seen that these are not only cute sayings people toss around when they are trying to sound wise — they are actually true. Exploring this balance is infinitely helpful when it comes to enjoying a guided, naturally unfolding experience of life.

Getting a feel for how your Common Sense Wisdom (aka intuition, heart, gut, guidance, hunches, feelings, insight…) works in tandem with your Personal Mind (aka intellect, logic, ego, rational thinking, brainpower, knowledge…) makes things oh-so-much-easier.

An Illustration
The way your Wisdom and your Personal Mind can work together well, might look something like this:

Common Sense Wisdom: “I’m not sure why, but I keep feeling like I might want to invite Grandma over for dinner.” It’s a hunch. It’s not loud or urgent or emotional, just something that occurs to you.

Personal Mind: “Yeah but she’s probably tired. Or busy. Or maybe she won’t want to come.” Your personal mind is full of opinions. It might go the other way too… “Yes! Why have you not done this already? Do it now!”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Whoa there, relax” (Reaching for the phone).

Personal Mind: “I know her phone number. I’ll dial, let me handle this, pleeeease! Here’s what you should say: ‘Hi Grandma, it’s Amy…'”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Seriously? We need to rehearse a call to Grandma? Chill out. I’ll give you a job if you need to feel so important… how about you look at the calendar and see what night we’re free? And you can help me with the menu — I’ll see what ideas show up, and then you may need to jump on Pinterest for a recipe.”

That’s how Wisdom and your Mind might peacefully coexist as a team. Here’s how it goes when your Personal Mind takes over, a scenario we all know all too well:

Personal Mind: “You are a horrible, person. Call Grandma now, it’s been a month! Who goes for a month without calling their Grandma? Horrible people, that’s who.”

Common Sense Wisdom: “I dunno… just doesn’t feel right at the moment. I’ll wait until it occurs to me… I don’t need to be bullied into action by your put downs.”

Personal Mind: “Lazy. That’s what you are. If you weren’t so lazy you’d ignore how it feels and just do it. Life is all about the choices you make, you know. What you do in life… action… that’s what matters.”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Thanks for sharing, but I’m pretty confident that it’s far easier than all of that. Stuff shows up and I act on it when I act on it. When I don’t, the world keeps turning. It’s all good.”

Personal Mind: “All good [muttering under his breath, shaking his head]. If I left things up to you, nothing would ever get done! Lazy, I tell you…”

Common Sense Wisdom: “Have you ever considered that maybe you’re the one in the way of things getting done? Don’t get me wrong, I need your help and support at times… but what if I have this and a lot of your effort is redundant? I mean, you do tend to get really worked up and make things pretty difficult. We make a great team, but left completely on our own we’re not so good.”

Your Personal Mind is going to want to take over. That’s what minds do — push their agenda. And they are louder, pushier, and more recognizable to you than your Wisdom so it’s not always easy to listen for the calmer, quieter hunches.

But you can do it. It becomes quite natural when you understand that Common Sense Wisdom is who you are, it’s always there, and it’s safe to follow. Your Personal Mind is also always there, but it’s not who you are and it’s not always safe to let it take the lead.

How It Played Out for Me
Inviting Grandma over for dinner may seem like a silly example, but it’s the same no matter what you’re facing in life. The more important the issue, the more it behooves you to follow your hunches and let your intellect fill in the gaps where intellect or logic is needed. Life is too important to take seriously the way your Personal Mind wants to take it seriously. It’s no coincidence that the sort of calm, non-verbal instincts and intuition that propel you into action are what can also save your life.

I recently let my Common Sense Wisdom and my Personal Mind play together nicely on something not super important — but bigger than dinner with Grandma — when I put down a hefty deposit on the rental of a castle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea outside of Barcelona. I’m renting the castle for a retreat I’ll be leading next spring. I had a hunch… something non-verbally “said” this is good, it feels right, I don’t know why or how but there’s something to this idea.

And my Personal Mind had a field day, as Personal Minds do. So I listened to my mind a bit, just in curiosity, to see if there was anything of substance there. I heard its horror stories and worst case scenarios and realized I didn’t need to listen very closely to what was essentially my own imagination at work.

I used my Personal Mind for good, applying intellect and logic to see what the financial and logistic worst case scenarios really were.

I did that due diligence as far as my intellect was concerned. Once I set aside the emotional pleas and the imaginary projections of my mind, I really felt like my hunch was still stronger, so I followed it.

I signed the papers and paid the deposit, not having all the answers my mind wanted. But in a more quiet and sure way, I knew that I was doing what felt best in the moment. I know that my happiness, security, confidence, or emotional stability are not at stake, regardless of what a scared mind might say. Those come from within me and have nothing at all to do with anything that happens outside, so there’s no concern for them.

It’s like the old adage about following your car’s headlights at night. The headlights can’t show you the entire route — they only show you a few feet in front of you. But if you keep going as far as you can comfortably see, you’ll easily make it across town.

My headlights showed me this step, and my insight nudged me to take it. Even if they show me something completely different at some point in the future, this step couldn’t have been the “wrong” one. It felt right and looked right so it was right. There are always more steps to come. Who knows what those will reveal, but I’ll follow those hunches when I get them.

The Always Reliable Indicator of Whether your Mind is Playing Master or Servant

There is one simple way you can always tell if your mind is playing the supporting role it’s meant to play, or whether it’s taking the lead: the way you feel.

If you’re suffering, your Personal Mind is trying to force its agenda.

If you’re feeling anxious, worried, sad, or frustrated, your Common Sense Wisdom is being crowded out by the stories and opinions of your Personal Mind.

If you are confused or in indecision, or if life feels complicated or complex, you’re seeing things primarily through the filter of your own Personal thinking, not through the clarity of Common Sense Wisdom. Your Personal Mind tends to create static or interference when it takes charge, and you feel that static in the form of confusion. When you stop listening to your Personal Mind so much, the static dies down and you feel clarity and calm again.

It truly is that simple. When things aren’t flowing and you aren’t getting hunches, wait. You will. You will feel them when your Personal Mind quiets down. Your Personal Mind quiets down on its own as you see how this works.

It’s quite a beautiful system we’re equipped with, isn’t it?

The best part is that it never fails. It is fail-proof and unbreakable. We can stand in the way when we’re letting Personal Mind be the master, that’s true. But even then there is a self-correcting mechanism built in. You’ll hit a wall or feel stress or frustration and you’ll eventually throw your hands up.

When you do that, you open space for a hunch to bubble to the surface.

The system has always worked this way, and it always will. It’s just that most of us don’t know this, so it’s difficult to leverage something you don’t understand.

You understand it better now. And you can rely on it.

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I have spent the last decade of my life in constant inner turmoil because of a nagging feeling that I just didn’t fit in. I’ve always felt loved and accepted; however, I have struggled to find anyone who resembled me in personality and outlook. I constantly looked at myself in the mirror and questioned why I was different. Turning 28 has provided me much insight and answers to this question.

Our childhood is filled with leaps, skips, gallops, and twirls. I don’t think I knew what it was to walk normally anywhere until well into elementary school. To me, there was no fun in that. In our youth, we see everything in a multicolored lens, and we still dream of what could be. Because of this, we have nothing tying us down. The happiness we feel literally lifts us off the ground. For some reason though, once we enter our teens, the twirling stops, and we all start falling into a weighted, synced march. It’s a march that leads us monotonously through our daily activities, allowing for little joy. It’s sad because what once made us unique becomes tossed away for uniformity.

This mass resignation of spirit has caused much strife for me. I watched so many people slip into what society says is normal and mature and lose their spark. I must have overslept and missed the bus for “true adulthood” because I have never shed my youthful view of the world. I have never traded my beloved skip in for a march. Because of this, I have felt out of place for so long. That is until now.

As I twirled into my 28th year of life, I have learned a valuable lesson: I should stop questioning why I am different and embrace every quirk and uniqueness. In fact, I am on a new mission to pluck people out of their monotonous march.

Life is a beautiful mess. It’s filled with triumphs and tragedies that are important and necessary parts of every journey. It’s filled with opportunities that one cannot simply march to. One has to awkwardly dance, spin and leap to his/her dreams. Not only that, one must embrace the face she has enough bravery to move through each day to her own beat.

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That’s what I was missing for so many years. Instead of being grateful I still saw everything in a light that made me want to dance my way through the day, I wondered why I was so different. It’s not ignorance or naivety either. It’s simply seeing things for what they truly are and can be.

The choice is always yours. You have every opportunity to get out of the marching line and find a more upbeat tempo. The sun is always shining if you choose to see the light.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For Medicine Donated To Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Help For Medicine Donated To Vocational Rehabilitation By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Help For Medicine Donated To Vocational Rehabilitation By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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The Light and Wonder: A Tribute to Mark Sternlicht

I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today from so many heartfelt tributes to him, his discovery embodies the essence of his life. He was a man born into a time of darkness and evil in the world who survived by the grace of God and mustered the strength and spirit to infuse his new world with love and light. 75 years ago he never could have imagined the legacy and the impact he would forge; a legacy for which we are all eternally grateful.

Mark is a model for all of us and represents the essence of humanity which is to emulate God. The book of Genesis describes the world as being born in chaos and darkness. The first act of God is to create light. To infuse chaos with order and darkness with light.

In his years during the war, Mark saw how human life meant nothing. Yet, he was able to love and extend his love to people. Perhaps, as Andrew suggested to me, his joy in life was even greater since he experienced so much misery. He found a way despite the challenges and tragedy to believe in life anew. He wanted his family to be happy, he wanted others to be happy and it gave him so much joy.

He always enjoyed life and was so full of life. Life he felt was for the living.

Mark knew how to bring light.

The light to family and friends. The light of faith. The light of a brighter future.

The love and light he showered in his family knew no bounds. He was a model husband. On my annual trips to Florida I would always pay a visit to Mark and Harriet and saw how he treated her like a queen. He would prepare the coffee and snacks. Just yesterday, Harriet shared with me how he wanted to show her the world… he was the quintessential gentleman. If Harriet was late, he was worried and on occasion called the police. He loved being with her. For so many years at Smith Barney, they were together day and night. He brought me lunch. As Harriet shared, “he was all heart”.

Harriet, the pain you feel is so deep but know the love you have for each other is one the Sages describe as a transcendent loves with shared ideals and as two souls… it is one that will endure forever…

In my numerous conversations over the years with him, I know how proud he was and is of his boys. He loved spending time with each of you… whenever I saw him we spoke about the boys… Andrew, Barry and Russell. What made his most happy was when you each realized your potential. He pushed you because he loved you. You remember like yesterday, Barry, his words to you — “do you want to sit in front of a green screen your entire life “and they live in you.

He did his best to shut out the tragedies early in his life so he would fill your lives with his love… In the hospital almost two weeks ago, when sitting with you Russell, you shared with me about the first time he took you to a Yankees game, Your Dad, did not know Derek Jeter from a deli sandwich… you cried as you sat in the back of the car… as you had an insight of how fleeting the moment might be… we both cried in thinking about the words of Luther Vandross song — will I dance with my father again…

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me
And then
Spin me around ’till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure
I was loved
If I could get another chance
Another walk
Another dance with him
I’d play a song that would never ever end
How I’d love love love
To dance with my father again

But all of you will dance with your father again… His words, his wisdom, the sheer joy of your shared experiences… a ride in one of his borrowed sports cars, a game, time with family… will not only remain with you but G-d willing, will inspire you to live and love as he did…

His light extended to his sister, his parents, and his in laws, grandchildren… for whom he had an open pocket and loved with such passion. They could do no wrong..he spoke to me about each of you… with such pride… he and Harriet served as surrogate grandparents for Michael and Lisa… and many others… I received an email from Elissa and Claudia formerly Kraut who shared their thoughts about Mark.

“Mark was the ultimate family man. You could tell by the love he showed his own beloved wife and sons, and also by the attention he paid to other people’s children. During a friend’s long-term illness, Mark made it a point to visit, year after year, sharing his trademark charm, good humor, and sparkling intellect. It didn’t matter to Mark that the visits and comfort could not be reciprocated. He was on the spot, for whatever his friend needed, be it simply telling a good joke to lift his spirits or being his support at his daughter’s wedding, not only playing chauffeur, but using his own deep knowledge of Judaism to help his friend navigate the Chassan’s tisch. He was truly a mensch.

He was gracious, warm and welcoming, always inviting people in, including members of shul who ran by his house on their jogs, despite how profusely they may have been sweating.”

For Mark, some of his greatest moments of joy in life were when the light of family merged with the light of Judaism. He loved our shul… when we met one of his fist questions was “Rabbi, how is the shul?” He could not be happier when he was joined by his boys in shul. His smile would light the room. As I stood on the bimah, I could sense his expectation for their arrival. As past president of our shul from 1979-1982, he was proud of his and Harriet’s life long history here… celebrating Bar Mitzvahs on a Sunday Rosh Chodesh and weddings… This sanctuary was and is his second home… I know that his spirit will always be present here and be a source of inspiration.

He loved Passover… Every year, I would look forward to seeing him at the fast prior to Passover and know years ago he brought Andrew too. He loved the seder. Perhaps it was for its messages of family, tradition and faith in our future. A year and a half ago, my family had the privilege of hosting Mark and Harriet for seder. It was a night our family will never forget… we ended at close to 1 AM… he shared stories of seders past and his own history, then we sang… he loved to sing and especially singing with his boys… those memories lived in him… as if they happened yesterday… he would want nothing more than the family to continue to do seders together. When I visited during the winter, he would always pine for his boys to be together for the seder.

When I think about Mark and his light, I will always be moved by his optimism and his faith in our future.

One of the questions we are asked when meeting our God at the end of our lives is did we improve the world, did we leave a mark, did we do the best we could every day to bring more light. I know Mark can answer with a resounding yes. He did so for his family, his friends and our community.

I began by reflecting on his invention of a flash light as being emblematic of his life. I end with the name of the company — Wonder. This was mark’s greatness. As Barry shared with me, “everything for my father was with a sense of wonder. He never got spoiled and was always full of joy.” He gave us all that gift… it was his twinkle in his eye and smile.

It is amazing the impact of one smile, twinkle and thumbs up. Mark was one the first people I got to know when I arrived as Rabbi of Agudath Sholom ten years ago. I will never forget after my sermon on my first Rosh Hashanah, he gave me a smile and thumbs up. It was a boost I needed and one I cherish. Every year I look to Mark for his smile… we all do… he was that kind of person.

Little did anyone know last Rosh Hashanah would be his last one physically in this world. He and Barry received aliyot (called to bless the Torah) and Andrew and Russell lifted and wrapped the Torah. It was moment of ultimate joy for Mark and Harriet. However, I know that as hard as the upcoming high holidays will be, he will live on. When each of you and all of us embody his light and shed his light, his love of family, menshclechkeit, love of Judaism, his songs, believing in our future as Jews, Israel and the world… he will be elevated and he will live on.

Mark’s light infused all of us with the light of faith and hope…

There was a twinkle in his eye… because he saw light and he gave light… he never lost faith and neither must we… he was all heart and so must we be..

When I was with him and Russell in the hospital, we sang one of his favorite songs with him, Adon Olam, the concluding song to the Shabbat morning service. It is an affirmation of God as the master of the world. The concluding words are “in his hand I place my soul when I awake and when I retire… God is mine and I will not be afraid.”

For Mark, God was personal. He was not afraid for he knew God walked with him and guided his life every day.

I loved him and always will… we all did… We were all blessed with his holy soul on this earth and it is our responsibility in his memory to carry his spirit forward… as loving spouses, parents, grandparents, friends to give light and never lose our sense of wonder… you will dance with him again…he will always be with you and you will feel his presence. We can each pay tribute to him, wherever we may be, to spread some light in a world of darkness.

He was a giant man and I hope and pray that Mark, Moshe Aryeh ben Yaakov, will always be a source of great blessing comfort and inspiration for many many generations to come.

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