Tag archive

Healing

Life Stories Help Others Connect To Peace and Wisdom

in Buzzworthy by

In 2011 Polly Wirum ran her last marathon. It had been part of her lifestyle, part of her identity. But struggling with her health, she spent almost a year seeking answers and eventually was diagnosed with a circulatory issue. That propelled her on another journey to seek different answers. “I found myself having to let go of everything in my life and have faith that I would live to raise my children,” says Wirum, a life coach and intuitive, in her new book Gateways 2 Peace (Gatekeeper Press). “My ability to live with faith brought me to my current life experience. It was during my many hours of resting that I found myself slipping into meditation. I also found myself praying.”…

Keep Reading

Mahtob Mahmoody: An Emotional Journey 30 Years After ‘Not Without My Daughter’

in Non-Fiction by
mahtob-and-betty-mahmoody-my-name-is-mahtob

In 1984, 5-year-old Mahtob Mahmoody and her mother, Betty, found themselves trapped in Iran by their abusive father and husband, Sayed Mahmoody. Through a harrowing journey, they managed to escape and move back to the United States, where they spent years hiding in fear. In part to raise more awareness, Betty wrote a memoir about her experiences, Not Without My Daughter (St. Martin’s Press, October 1987), which became an international phenomenon. Their lives quickly changed and soon they were interviewed by Oprah and a movie of the same name starring Sally Field was released in 1991. It’s been 30 years since she left Iran, but Mahtob can still recall details that would escape most young children. She recently published her first memoir, My Name…

Keep Reading

Bibliotherapy prescription for a new you

in Non-Fiction by

No matter what your resolutions for 2015, books can help. The right book can amuse, teach, reassure, or even heal. The term “bibliotherapy,” from the Greek biblion (books) and therapeia (healing), was coined in 1916 by Unitarian minister Samuel McChord Crothers. Books were therapeutic tools in military hospitals during the two world wars, and clinical bibliotherapy is still popular in treating mental illness, often in combination with medical approaches. Libraries also support “creative bibliotherapy,” mining fiction and poetry for their healing capabilities. The School of Life, philosopher Alain de Botton’s brainchild, is a London hub for studying how to live. Classes, secular sermons, and a library of recommended reading tackle subjects like job satisfaction and creativity. The School also offers…

Keep Reading

Spiritual teacher Francine Vale on healing in the long, dark shadow of 9/11

in Non-Fiction by

Francine Vale is a spiritual teacher who has helped many repair emotional and physical scars through her healing sessions and widely sought-after workshops. Her memoir, Song of the Heart: Walking the Path of Life (World of Love), shares the story of how she came to learn what she was meant to do: help others let go of fear and frustration and open their hearts to love and healing. To mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11, Vale spoke about paths to healing on the anniversary of this national trauma. BOOKTRIB: September 11 remains a difficult day nationally and individually. How can we continue to honor those we lost without losing ourselves in grief? FRANCINE VALE: The creation of day-long memorials may…

Keep Reading

Go to Top