By Juliet Aizen Turback
Settle into a chair and breathe in the salty air -— very soon you'll feel relaxed and invigorated. It might sound like a visit to the beach with breaking waves sweeping salt particles into the atmosphere, but you are actually in a uniquely healthful space called a Salt Room.
For those of us without close proximity to the ocean, a Salt Room offers a way to benefit from a therapy that dates back to ancient Greece. The Greeks placed great faith in the healing powers of the salt-rich Mediterranean. Plato wrote, "The sea cures all ailments of man." Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine," made frequent use of salt in his practice, including the inhalation of steam from salt water for the relief of respiratory ailments.
By Yael Saar
Every mother has her ups and downs. The ups are exhilarating, while the downs can be excruciating. My particular downs involved severe postpartum depression and a suicide attempt that thankfully failed. This was followed by six years of practice being an emotional detective, explorer, and experimenter. I've been seeking joy in motherhood, and examining the barriers to joy. For me, trying to fight and pretend my negative emotions away were the worst offenders. It helped to accept that motherhood was hard, and even that learning what to do instead of fighting was hard. Who wants to embrace all that guilt and struggle? Besides, words like acceptance and surrender gave me the creeps.
After a lot of emotional learning, I began to reframe my emotional "stuff." I tried and used many healing modalities, and with time, integrated the aspects that worked for me into a framework that I've come to call Permission-Based Healing. It allows me to drop trying to embrace my struggles (yuck!) or fight them (ouch!), because when I allow the struggles to exist, when I no longer see them as proof of failure, I can disarm them.
Meeting myself with compassion is a skill — which means it can be developed and strengthened. My Permission-Based Healing is a set of emotional tools for disarming depression, anxiety and guilt and validating what's hard while seeking and savoring the joys of motherhood.
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By Kristie Snyder,
Tompkins County is famous for its cloudiness. And it's quickly becoming famous for something else — renewable energy. Despite all those clouds, there's plenty of sun and wind, and more and more Tompkins residents are figuring out how to curb their fossil fuel consumption with a variety of sustainable energy approaches, from the tried-and-true to the purely experim...