|Finding our Way Back Home
It seems to be in the air...a lingering tension from the recent upheavals that came to the lives of many who were directly affected by Hurricane Sandy or the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Even those people merely watching on the sidelines through the media couldn't help but be drawn in to first the feelings of any normalcy shattered then feelings of helplessness -- what could possibly be done to decrease the pain and prevent it from happening again? Our minds tend to reach for some answer, almost any answer, because at least that offers some sense of security among the swirling winds of disruptive change. "I don't know" is not a comfortable spot for most of us to sit in for very long. But if we are able to take a moment...take a breath...tune in to that deeper wisdom that lies within each of us, perhaps we can allow ourselves to make meaning of the situation even if we can't make sense of it. Maybe the answer isn't what can we do but how can we be. As one of my mentors asked us, "what quality is this situation calling for? -- go out and be that". You might find that your own answer to this question is that the world needs more compassion, more connection, more awareness, more love...all timeless qualities that offer at least the beginnings of a return to peace and hope...our true home.
I wish there was some easy pill to take for the uneasiness that usually accompanies these shocking crisis situations...the edges of it typically show up in the office with clinical labels such as "anxiety" or "depression". While some pills, conventional and/or natural, can be helpful in taking the edge off and stabilizing people through the transition what's needed in addition is a means to reach the deepest levels of internal disruption. I have found for myself (and my patients) that often requires reconceptualizing myself, my experience or my life. Most often I have turned to various thought leaders to assist in this process. Contained in this newsletter is an introduction to some of the individuals and tools that I have found to be most consistently helpful in reaching and anchoring to that deepest part of yourself and, in turn, support us in creating a world we all hope is possible.
Wishing you continued health and happiness - all the best in 2013.
Funda M. Gulmen, N.D., M.S. - Naturopathic Physician
2505 Main Street, Suite 224
Stratford, CT 06615
Integrating both traditional (nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, homeopathy) and modern therapies (pharmaceuticals, radiological imaging, minor surgery), Dr. Funda M. Gulmen is a licensed naturopathic physician who offers natural medicine for the whole family - children, seniors, men and women - through her private practice in Stratford, CT.
Additional services include: stress management, mind-body medicine, therapeutic movement, lifestyle counseling, cleansing programs, food allergy/lab testing, supplement reviews, annual physical exams, yoga/meditation/mantra instruction, Reiki and integrative medicine seminars/publications.
- Accepting Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, CIGNA and ConnectiCare healthcare plans -
Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Dr. Beckwith is the founder and director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a transdenominational community in Los Angeles.
Agape's outreach programs feed the homeless, serve incarcerated individuals and their families, advocate the preservation of the planet's environmental resources, and globally build and support orphanages whose children have survived the ravages of war and AIDS. Beckwith was one of the featured teachers in The Secret
movie and the bestselling book by the same name. Beckwith teaches meditation, affirmative prayer, and speaks at conferences and seminars. He is the originator of the "Life Visioning Process". Most recently, Beckwith has been incorporating his passion for music with his teachings that resulted in a new CD and book titled, "TranscenDance". As he has said previously, "playing and praying" are both ways to become closer to spirit. Here is a link to one of his songs, "U R the Answer
Other recommended books/CDs of his:
- Life Visioning
- Spiritual Liberation
- 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast
- True Abundance: Practices for Living from the Overflow
- Your Soul's Evolution: Practices for Catalyzing Your Spiritual Awakening
He has a weekly radio program on hayhouseradio.com
and livesteams services on agapelive.com
Joel Osteen is the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America's largest and fastest growing church
. In 2005, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000-seat home - the former Compaq Center. It is the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. Each week Joel delivers a message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every US television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world. In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies.
Recommended books by Joel include: Become a Better You
and Your Best Life Now
. More about Joel's work can be found on www.joelosteen.com.
Doctor as Teacher:
In order to increase people's awareness of how they can take better care of themselves and achieve better health, Dr. Gulmen gives seminars to the local community. She will be offering the following seminars:
- "How to Meditate" 7:30 - 8:30pm, Tuesday Jan 29th.
For those of you who would like to explore meditation and incorporate it into your life, this introductory class will offer you basic tools to begin a practice. Fee: $10
- "Naturally Healthy Skin from the Inside Out" 7:30 - 8:30pm, Thursday March 7th
. This seminar will discuss both internal and external natural medicine practices that support healthy skin - from acne to anti-aging. Fee: $20.
- "Introduction to Sanskrit Mantras" 2-4pm, Saturday March 16th.
Mantras are more than affirmations to reprogram your subconscious mind - they are an ancient energy technology used to balance and renew energy lines (nadis) and centers (chakras) of the body so that you can reach your full potential. Learn about this system of "sound medicine" and how to incorporate it into a daily practice. Fee: $45
"Mindful Flow" Yoga Classes
Mondays 6:30-7:30p (new series beginning Jan 7th, 2013)
This class provides a foundation in learning yoga postures while incorporating mindfulness - "meditation in motion". Instruction will be given on both inner and outer practices of yoga - postures, breathing, meditation.
New Student Intro: 3 classes for $36 (1 month expiration)
5-class card: $80 (2-month expiration)
8-class card: $108 (2-month expiration)
Private instruction in yoga, meditation and Sanskrit mantras also available.
For more information about yoga offerings, please visit: www.naturesourcecare.com/yoga.
Space is limited - please call ahead to reserve your place for classes.
Dr. Gulmen was happy to have been an invited speaker this past fall at a recent meeting for the Lupus Foundation of America
at Central Connecticut State University where she spoke about the benefits of natural medicine and yoga.
Contact the office if you would like Dr. Gulmen to provide your group or organization with a custom-designed seminar about natural medicine. Previous seminars she has given can be viewed on www.naturesourcecare.com/seminars.
The 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace.
In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. Since 1959 his Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books. His Holiness describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk.
Click here to see his interview with National Geographic about how kids can help find peaceful solutions to problems
More of his teachings and livestreamed events can be found on www.dalailama.com.
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily. Marianne also founded the Department of Peace Campaign, a grass roots campaign to establish a United States Department of Peace.
In December 2006, a Newsweek magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. According to Time magazine, "Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity."
Highly recommended is her book A Return to Love. More about Marianne and her work can be found on www.marianne.com.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thay is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, peace and human rights activist.
After visiting the US and Europe in 1966, he was banned from returning to Vietnam in 1966. On subsequent travels to the US, he made the case for peace to federal and Pentagon officials including Robert McNamara. He may have changed the course of US history when he persuaded Martin Luther King, Jr to oppose the Vietnam War publicly, and so helped to galvanize the peace movement. The following year, King nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Subsequently, Nhat Hanh led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks. In 1982 he founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community in exile in France, where he continues his work to alleviate suffering of refugees, boat people, political prisoners, and hungry families in Vietnam and throughout the Third World. He has published some 85 titles of accessible poems, prose, prayers, with more than 40 in English. In September 2001, just a few days after the terrorist attacks of the World Trade Center, he addressed the issues of non-violence and forgiveness in a memorable speech at Riverside Church in New York City. In September of 2003 he addressed members of the US Congress, leading them through a two-day retreat. He continues to live in Plum Village in the meditation community he founded, where he teaches, writes, and gardens; he leads retreats worldwide on the "art of mindful living."
Recommended books of his include:
- Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
- Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices
- True Love
- Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions
- The Art of Power
More about Thay can be found on www.plumvillage.org
photo: self portrait - D'Antonia
One thing I am convinced of is the power of art to help people connect with themselves and life in a deeper way.
New "Art of Healing" Series
Sometimes it is the work itself...sometimes it is the process...sometimes it is the space of going beyond words that helps and heals us. As part of establishing my office space as a center for healing, I will be displaying the work of artists who honor nature, it's ability to heal and the journey we all must take to harmonize with her.
Come meet our first artist on Friday February 22nd, from 6-7:30pm
where she will be available to discuss her motivation, process and point-of-view for her work, "Seeking Spirit".
Artist bio: D'Antonia is a photographer who has been described as "one who arrives riding on the wind". Her photographs are inspired by interactions and embracing moments afforded her by people, and the spiritual space which she states is essential to life. She has presented her work in both solo and group shows, where her photographs received impressive reviews. Several of her pieces are now housed in private collections. She currently lives in Connecticut. More of her work can be viewed on: www.dantoniaphoto-art.com.