Thursday, July 11, 2013

Inner Peace: Yoga

Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. My yoga instructors in my yoga camp class this week have been reminding us of what this means every day.  It means, simply, that yoga is a state in which the mind is not cluttered with thoughts not based in reality. When the mind is clear of clutter, it is as if more space opens up creating more room for insight.  Yoga is about leaving all egos at the door. It is not a competition. It is not about how strong or flexible you are. Yoga is the practice of creating peace within the mind and body by performing poses and stretches while using breathing techniques. Again, it is about finding inner peace and connecting within, it is not a competition. Love and respect your body for what it is capable of doing. 


Practice saying Namaste to all those that really drive you nuts today. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Don't Take It Personally

Don't take it personally if people in your life go their own way. People grow and change and that's a beautiful thing. People often get stuck doing the same thing those core people in their lives do. Many times family, friends, classmates, work associates, etc can keep you from learning and growing in ways that are more satisfying and fulfilling for you. Be conscious and aware of who you are and don't fall prey to what others think you should do. Most importantly stand up to those core people in your life and be free to develop your own ideas, thoughts, beliefs and philosophies on how you choose to live and conduct your life.

Holistic Counseling Center

Melissa Samartano, MA, LMHC
Holistic Counseling Center
825 Broadway
Raynham, MA 02767

Thursday, May 30, 2013

No Tears in Heaven

There are many things in life that no one understands,
like why a life so very young can slip right through our hands.
One moment life is perfect and the next it falls apart,
leaving us with nothing but an eternally aching heart.
Our souls cry out in agony amidst the suffering and despair.
We feel the pain and tear our clothes and scream “It’s just not fair!”
Spirits are now shattered. Hearts will never be the same.
We grasp at straws and seek to find the one who is to blame.
Horrific as our life now seems, one thing remains quite true.
Our little ones have now been freed to do things angels do.
They can’t recall the suffering of those last days they were here.
They remember not the sorrow, the hurt, nor the fear.
There are no tears in Heaven. No more sorrow. Only Joy.
Heaven is filled with peals of laughter from each little girl and boy.
We can only try to imagine, in spite of all earthly wrongs,
our little angels are learning the words to the Angel’s songs.
Amidst the children’s laughter and their Heavenly play,
there’s also more important work going on there today.
Jesus is building mansions, never taking time to sleep,
for Reunions are being planned, yes, even as we weep.
The children gather around Him and listen to Him speak,
for He has all the answers that they curiously seek.
He tells them for a time, in Heaven, they must wait,
and then they can greet us at Heaven’s pearly gate.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi


 Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is 

injury,pardon; where there is doubt, faith;

 where there is despair, hope; where there is 

darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. 

 O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much 

seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood 

as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in 

giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we 

are pardoned; and it is in dying that 

we are born to eternal life. Amen