Meditation at the Ballet

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“When we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey.  When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point.  And exactly the same thing is true in meditation.  Meditation is the discovery that […]

Art, Growth, Acceptance and Change

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Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become. – Osho While it is worthwhile to strive for happiness in life, I believe it is just as important to experience all aspects and expressions […]

11 Sneaky Signs You Have Health Anxiety Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic

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It’s normal for people to experience bouts of insomnia or sleeplessness during times of stress. But if you are having more sleepless nights due to worrying over the pandemic ― or having nightmares related COVID-19 ― it could very well be an indication that you have developed significant health anxiety. “I have definitely noticed an […]

Using Art Therapy and Yoga in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

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Art therapy and yoga can help with social anxiety. Melissa R. Giuttari, a licensed mental health counselor and certified yoga instructor, treats people with social anxiety disorder. “People with social anxiety disorder essentially view their environment and relationships as threatening and stressful,” explained Giuttari. “They experience symptoms of panic, fear, and even shame because of this. […]

COVID-19 anniversary: New Yorkers take stock of a year in the life of the pandemic

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The ‘magic’ of therapy proves durable Twenty years into her career as a therapist, Melissa Giuttari has an array of clients and a regular routine. She’d ride the PATH train from home in Jersey City to the 9th Street stop in Manhattan, near her Greenwich Village office, where her sessions were up-close and face-to-face. Carefully […]