Upcoming Events: Workshops, Author Talks, Library Presentations

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WORKSHOPS:

SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE: Seva Stress Release Part 1 (3 hours)  Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Holmdel, NJ

Fee: $60            Registration Required: 908-902-0770

This workshop will help you to manage stress and promote general relaxation, well-being, and Self-healing. You will learn the Seva program through demonstration and hands-on practice, and take home six valuable Self-care tools: use of an awareness journal, acupressure, meditation, breath practices, mindfulness, and body-mind movement (Chakra Tai Chi). This class is a pre-requisite for Seva Part 2 below. Wear comfortable clothing.

3 CEUs: massage therapists, social workers, nurses


SEVA ACUPRESSURE WITH OTHERS:
 Part 2 (3 hours) Saturday, October 12, 2013,  1-4 PM, Holmdel NJ

Fee: $60            Registration Required: 908-902-0770 

In this workshop you will learn how to use the Seva program with others through review, demonstration, and practicing the Seva program with class participants, seated in chairs and lying fully clothed on massage tables. You will also deepen Self-awareness through meditation, breath practices, journaling, acupressure, and Chakra Tai Chi. Wear comfortable clothing.

3 CEUs: massage therapists, social workers, nurses

 

SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE, Part 1: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Holmdel, NJ (See above)

SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE, Part 2: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 1-4 PM, Holmdel, NJ (See above)


AUTHOR TALKS:

  • Barnes & Noble, Holmdel, NJ: September 21, 2013, 4-8 PM
  • Barnes & Noble, Freehold, NJ: September 26, 2013, 7-9 PM
  • Barnes & Noble, Cherry Hill, NJ: October 8, 2013, 7-8 PM

LIBRARY PRESENTATIONS:

  • Little Silver Public Library, September 16 2013, 7-8 PM
  • Tinton Falls Public Library, September 20, 2013, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Red Bank Public Library, September 25, 2013, 7-8:30 PM
  • Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library, October 2, 2013, 7-8 PM
  • Atlantic Highlands Public Library, October 3 2013, 7-8:30 PM
  • Middletown Township Public Library, October 9, 2013, 7-8:30 PM
  • Ocean Township Library, October 21, 2013, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Monmouth County Library, Eastern Branch, December 9, 2013, 7-8:30 PM
  • Monmouth County Library, Hazlet Township Branch, January 25, 2014, 2-3 PM                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

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Summer Lessons, Gifts, and Blessings

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I am lucky to live in Monmouth County, New Jersey, where parks and nature are abundant, reminding me of the lessons, gifts, and sacred blessings Mother Earth brings us each day. In Chinese medicine we are considered the bridge between heaven and earth. Trees that inhabit the environment around me demonstrate this — they are deeply rooted in earth while they reach up through their long, tall bodies for light from the sun above. My lesson this summer is a recurrent theme: make time to go outside and “be” in nature, reconnecting with my heart and my human nature.

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The other day I passed a farm where sunflowers were growing. I stopped and remembered my intention to “be” in nature and receive her gifts. The sunflowers, like the tall trees, were rooted and reaching toward the sun, their height, strong stems, and beauty a true feat of nature. These tall blossoming wonders reflected Mother Nature’s harvest. Their bright yellow blossoms and seed-studded centers give us delicious sunflower seeds, rich in selenium, magnesium, and vitamin E, and provide food for the huge variety of birds that inhabit our environment.

The sunflowers’ strong stems reminded me of what keeps me spiritually strong, grounded, and connected — meditation, mindfulness, movement and dance, music, nourishing whole foods, drinking lots of water, family, heart-and-soul friends, play, laughter, and giving and receiving love, service, kindness, and compassionate presence. Self-care practices are the sunshine, water, and tending that keep me strong, nourished, and in alignment between heaven and Earth. They help me to consciously walk the mystical path with practical feet. My lesson and challenge is to use and “be” with these practices to remember, when I forget, who and what I really am.

What lessons and insights have you become aware of this summer? What Self-care practices do you use to nourish and tend your heart and soul?

 

 

 

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Top 10 Self-Care Practices for Health and Well-being

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A friend asked me what I thought were the “top 10″ Self-care practices. His question created valuable insights, but only after I spent some time pondering his request from within.

Self-care practices we use can change and evolve throughout the years, change of seasons, time of life, and our stage of awareness, growth, and development. I’m grateful to all the mentors, teachers, and practitioners that have guided me to the Self-care practices that served my highest good, and the highest good of others, on life’s journey. Each of them emphasized that the insights and guidance I sought would be found within, and that these could then be combined with external resources. One teacher even reminded me that the word GURU stood for: g… u… r… u… (gee, you are you)!

What still promotes awe for me is the synchronicity that occurs in connection with who and what shows up as we seek guidance, healing, and insight — when we remember to ASK and be present in each NOW moment. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society we look for instant answers to our questions and seek them through everyday mind versus our heart and higher ways of knowing. In Chinese medicine the latter is called “HeartMind,” and is described in Roger Jahnke’s book, “The Healing Promise of Qi.”

Self-care practices will be different for each of us, and different throughout the year. Only YOU know which Self-care practice(s) will serve YOU at any point in life. Here’s what bubbled up from within as I sought answers, through my HeartMind, to “What are the top 10 Self-Care practices?”:

  1. Pay Attention, Be Here Now: consider meditation and mindfulness practices and spending time in nature with your human nature.
  2. Hydrate: our body and mind require water for all cellular activities and functioning; drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
  3. Practice balanced nutrition and moderation, and eat according to the seasons; if possible consume foods and honey grown locally.
  4. Get sufficient sleep and rest.
  5. Participate in some form of movement and/or exercise daily for flexibility, balance, strengthening, vitality and to support immune and nervous system function — and in the outdoors whenever possible.
  6. Receive body-mind hands-on therapies (i.e. energy medicine, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, massage, etc.) and participate in counseling with experienced practitioners to reconnect with the guidance and wisdom within your heart and authentic Self.
  7. Establish social connections, giving and receiving in ways that open, nourish, and strengthen your heart and the hearts of others.
  8. Give and receive love, laughter, and joy daily, over and over again.
  9. Practice gratitude and observe what is good, true, and beautiful in life every day.
  10. Creative Self-expression: bring your unique gifts and talents into the world — no act is too small. The world needs your “original medicine.”

And by the way…..I am still learning and practicing as I don’t have this “down pat” yet on my human journey.

What are your top 10 Self-care practices? Please share them so we can all benefit from your insights.

Namaste,

Gina

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Summer Blossoms

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Summer makes me smile! Mother Nature showers us with her abundance — bouquets of flowers with a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues; hot days and cool nights filled with star-studded skies; morning bird calls to awaken us; mouth-watering summer fruits; abundant fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden; morning dew, summer showers, ocean waves, and sprinklers.  How fortunate we are to be living amidst nature’s bounty.

Time in nature provides opportunities to connect with our human nature and our hearts, so beneficial to health and well-being. This summer you can learn to empower yourself and maximize your well-being in as little as 15-20 minutes a day, using a simple acupressure program for Self-care. You can also learn to use this program with others.

Here’s the details:

Seva Stress Release Workshops

Hope Lutheran Church, 211 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Part One: Acupressure for Self-Care — Sunday, July 21, 2013: 1 – 4 PM

Part Two: Using Seva With Others — Saturday, August 10, 2013: 2 – 5 PM

Part One: Seva Acupressure for Self-Care: “Seva” is a Sanskrit word that means selfless, compassionate service. The Seva acupressure approach is simple to learn, easy to perform, and supports physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This 3 hour workshop teaches you how to use the Seva acupressure program for Self-care, addressing needs from general relaxation and well-being to shock and stress. You will experience the healing and transformative power of acupressure; learn use of an Awareness Journal; learn a unique method of touch through demonstration and hands-on practice; and learn Chakra Tai Chi, a movement practice for Self-care. No prior bodywork experience needed. Fee: $60

Part Two: Using Seva With Others: This 3 hour workshop builds upon skills learned in Seva Part One and adds additional elements to expand and deepen your understanding. We will review and practice the Seva protocol, Awareness Journal, and Chakra Tai Chi. You will then learn how to use Seva acupressure with others, and have several opportunities to deepen and enhance your skills during demonstrations and through giving and receiving Seva sessions in class.   Fee: $60

Continuing Education: 3 CEUs available for each class for massage therapists & social workers

For Registration and Information: Regina Rosenthal 908-902-0770       www.reginarosenthal.com                                                                                                                                                        
(Attendance limited. Registration by phone required before workshop.)                                                                                                                                                                        

 
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NJ and Acupressure for Self-Care Workshop

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Come join us at Wellness Rocks, Clinton, New Jersey, this Saturday, June 1, and learn the 15 point Seva Acupressure for Self-Care program. Seva, a Sanskrit word, means compassionate, selfless service. This workshop will teach you how to manage stress and will promote general relaxation, well-being, and Self-healing. You will learn through demonstration and hands-on practice, and take home SIX valuable and practical Self-care tools: acupressure, meditation, breath practices, mindfulness, journaling, and body-mind movement (Chakra Tai Chi).

Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Class begins promptly and runs 9 AM - 12 Noon. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Wear comfortable clothing. Light snacks provided.

For information contact Regina Rosenthal, 908-902-0770, www.reginarosenthal.com

SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE
WELLNESS ROCKS, 33 Rupell Road, Clinton, NJ

Saturday, June 1:  9AM – 12 Noon.

Fee: $60

CEUs available for: massage therapists (NCBTMB), nurses (AHNA), social workers (NASW)

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Three Keys to Promoting Healing, Resilience, and Transformation

website image and butterflyWe live in challenging times. Through personal and professional experiences I have come to appreciate three keys to remaining healthy and resilient amidst constant stress and change:

1.  Increase Self-awareness

2. Use Self-care practices

3. Reconnect with your heart and authentic Self

To increase Self-awareness we need to ask: Who am I? What do I want and/or need? Where am I going? What are the unique gifts and talents I possess, my “original medicine,” which will nourish and support well-being for myself, my family, and others?

Many options are available for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual Self-care practices.  Self-awareness will promote discernment regarding which practice(s) serve us at specific times, along with when, where, why, and how to use these tools to promote healing, resilience, and transformation.

Physical Self-care practices may include: walking, dancing, yoga, tai chi, qigong, exercise, movement, nutrition, bodywork, spending time in nature, and getting sufficient sleep and rest. Mental Self-care practices may include: learning to manage stress; discovering work, vocations, and callings that promote self-esteem and well-being for ourselves, others, and our world; balancing and promoting financial well-being. Emotional Self-care practices may include: relationships and social connections; laughter and play; developing listening and communication skills. Spiritual or life force Self-care practices may include: reconnecting with our hearts and why we are here — our life meaning and purpose; experiencing gratitude, joy, beauty, and  creativity; giving and receiving love; partaking in spiritual connections that ground, align, and support us as bridges between heaven and earth that is described in Chinese medicine. There are many other Self-care practices that could be added: music, art, gardening, pets, crafts, hobbies, sports, etc. Add your own flair and preferences to whatever you choose.

Reconnecting with our hearts and authentic Self occurs through Self-awareness and Self-care practices. These tools and strategies shed Light on our path and bring new insights and learning. Each deepens our connection to inner wisdom and guidance. Each promotes soul actualization.

Healing is a lifelong process of growth, development, and transformation, a journey that is enriched as we invite and encourage Self-compassion, Self-trust, Self-respect, and Self-love with ourselves and companions we meet along the way.

Who are you? What do you want and/or need for your life journey? Where are you going and with whom? What unique gifts and talents do you possess that can promote peace and healing one minute and/or one person at a time?

What specific physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual Self-care practices will best serve you this week? When, where, and how will you use them?

Witness how it feels to connect with your heart and authentic Self or true nature. What do you notice physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually during each reconnection?

Namaste…….Gina

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Several years ago I watched in awe as a family of doves created the nest pictured above near our garage. The doves patiently sat upon the eggs, which would soon break open and bring forth new life that spring. I was reminded of this event and the birthing process as Mother’s Day approached this year. Clearing out boxes of photos and memories last month, I unexpectedly came upon a Mother’s Day card I had made for my mother when I was six years old. This precious memory was with other memorabilia I had saved since Mom’s passing in 1992. The drawings I sketched on her card, the love I so freely expressed, and my handwritten note took me back to childhood — a time of innocence and magical beliefs.

On Mother’s Day I still miss buying a card for my Mom and my other mother, Aunt Lilly, who is no longer in physical form. They each walked with me, held me in their hearts, and shaped my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Today I felt a strong sense of their presence surrounding me, an unbreakable connection that is alive and runs like a thread through time. As I sensed the magnitude of this poignant connection I began to consider what they each birthed in their lives, and what they helped me birth in my own through their presence, modeling, and love.

My mother’s example taught me about unconditional love. She continuously demonstrated the joy of giving from a full, strong, clear, and open heart. Her love of family and cooking attracted many to our ever expanding family circle. Mom’s best friend, Aunt Lilly, was the one who recognized and nurtured the real me that was hidden behind defensive walls in childhood. She demonstrated the power in speaking her truth without blame or judgment. Her feisty spirit showed me that this was not only possible, but beneficial to myself and others. Her knitting needles were magic wands, from which she created heartfelt gifts that surrounded others with her love. Aunt Lilly was a character, whose strength, determination, and tough exterior were balanced out by a great sense of humor and deep love for her family and friends. She helped me give birth to the strong, heart-centered woman I am today.

There are many other women who continue to act as midwives in my life. They support each new birth and help me manifest the ever-evolving being I am. Counselors and therapists help me recognize my strengths and growing edges – places of new growth and development. Bodyworkers engage my whole being with their presence and hands, which serve as reflecting mirrors, revealing and connecting me with body wisdom within. “Giggle friends” continuously remind me to bring joy, play, creativity, and laughter into each day. And soul friends grace my life, as we share beauty, honesty, gratitude, compassion, and love.

Who and what are you grateful for this Mother’s Day? Who have been the midwives in your life, and what have you birthed that has affected your life and our world?

Happy Mother’s Day! May your day and hearts be filled with love and joy,

Gina

 


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Mother Nature and Healing Gifts of Springtime

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Spring has arrived and is bursting forth here in the northeast — a welcome respite from the long, cold winter season. Daffodils, symbols of rebirth and new beginnings, are such a welcome site! Spring draws our attention outward, to the beauty Mother Nature brings us, as we go from inward times of stillness and hibernation to outward times of flowering and activity. 

The natural world provides captivating and enchanting passageways for healing, nourishment, and coming home to our hearts and true nature, beyond the stress and busyness of the everyday world. Nature provides a menu for our senses to take in, digest, and feast upon — glorious colors and hues; fragrant aromas; sounds of wind, birds, bees, and flowing waters; tastes of fresh fruits and vegetables; going barefoot again and walking gently upon Mother Earth; feeling the sun’s warmth as it shines down upon us.  

During the still, silent moments when we touch upon the beauty and mystery in Mother Nature, we can also remember the beauty and mystery within our human nature. At these times we can reconnect with what is blossoming and coming alive within us — dreams, creative projects, relationships — new beginnings. We can reflect upon what seeds we want to plant in our life garden, when, and how to tend them for the most abundant, robust blossoming.

Self-care practices will provide ways and means to fertilize the soil in your garden. Meditation, mindfulness, movement, and breath practices will furnish you with your own “Miracle Gro,” which will enhance your garden’s blossoms. 

  • What do you want to grow in your life garden this spring?
  • When and how will you plant the seeds or seedlings?
  • Who and what will you include to nourish new growth in your life garden?
      

I wish you an abundantly beautiful, nourishing, and healing springtime…….

Namaste,

Gina  

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Happy Spring!

DSCN3937March 20th is one of my favorite days. It’s not only the beginning of spring, but it is also my daughter’s birthday. Today she celebrates four decades of being here on Earth, an almost surreal passing of time. Each year on her birthday I am reminded of the sweetness of spring blossoms, the feelings of expanded freedom to be alive, the unfolding of new life all around, and the welcome joy and sunshine in each day. The flowering cherry trees that grow in Holmdel Park, near my home in New Jersey, are harbingers that remind me of the beauty and expansive gifts Mother Nature presents us with each spring.

Spring takes us from the stillness and hibernation of winter into brighter and longer days, more hours of warmth and sunshine, and a time of new growth and blossoming. In spring we begin to consider what we want to plant in our gardens. Our lives are like a garden. We need to consider what, when, where, and how we will plant. What part(s) of your life are calling for new growth and blossoming? What seeds will you plant this spring? When and how will you plant them, and how will you nourish them? Like a garden, your life needs water, Light, and tending. How will you nourish yourself and the soil in your life garden? What do you need to add so that your blossoms contain abundant beauty, color, and fragrance?  Don’t forget to add the magical elixir within your heart to your gardens….your personal ”Miracle Gro.”

Self-care practices will bring you home, and cultivate increased awareness about new growth pushing forth from within. There are many practices to choose from: meditation, mindfulness, yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, dance, music, art, pets, gardening, sports, etc. Each will nurture you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Become aware of how practices change with each season, especially as spring brings you once again into the warm outdoors.

Take time to consider what you will plant and grow in your life garden as spring begins. How will new growth add meaning and purpose to your life? Cultivate your garden with Self-care practices, clear out the weeds, enjoy watching each new blossom burst forth, and witness what grows when your heart becomes the master gardener.

 

 

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Book Release: “The Heart of Healing”

THOH CoverIt is with great joy that I welcome a new “baby” into the world…a book that has been incubating and developing over the past ten to fifteen years. The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care is here and available at Create Space, www.createspace.com/3970183, and at Amazon.com.

Throughout life we witness births and new beginnings in our families, our jobs, our relationships, our careers, etc. Can you remember the ones that stand out for you?

I still remember watching my father breed and raise canaries when my siblings and I were small. I was filled with awe as each baby canary broke through their shell at birth. Their mother patiently stood by, trusting their ability to do this. I loved being present when my father’s stern exterior softened, as he fed each newborn canary with a small eye dropper, until they could eat on their own. His gentleness revealed the very sensitive heart that existed beneath the surface. Births and new beginnings have a way of opening our hearts and enabling them to blossom.

My children, too, had many pets as they grew up…hamsters, gerbils, goldfish, parakeets, the snake my son brought home during summer break from college, and our dog Max. Each pet needed tending and care, as did my father’s canaries. On most days, this occurred without complaints. Looking back I can see how each pet provided companionship and taught us about showing up and being present from our hearts. The greatest lesson our dog Max gave us, over 14 years, was how to give and receive unconditional love. I find it interesting that we often take better care of our pets and cars than we do of ourselves. This has been true during many times in my life, when I was challenged to learn and practically apply Self-care as a way to regain health and balance.

A significant problem we face today is how to live and be healthy in a world filled with constant stress. During the thirty years I have worked with clients in physical therapy, three solutions to this problem continuously became apparent:

  1. increase Self-awareness
  2. use Self-care practices
  3. return home to the heart and authentic Self

It was these experiences with clients that pushed me to write this book about the themes we encounter during healing, and how to maximize well-being through Self-care. The healing journey is challenging, and often brings us into the dark, muddy waters of life….like the waters in which the lotus grows. Healing tools and strategies help us to become empowered and grow through these times. As we come out the other side of healing journeys, we frequently discover what remains beautiful in ourselves and our life. We, too blossom, like the lotus, as we reach up and out of darkness into the Light.

The Heart of Healing will be a valuable resource guide for each reader, one which reminds us of the vast widom that exists in the last place we often look, within ourselves.

Namaste….Gina

 

 

 

 

 

 

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