Friends, Join us on Sunday, September 23rd at Riverview Park in Lock Haven, PA from 12-3pm as we take part in Clinton County’s Out of Darkness Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Central PA Chapter. I am honored to be a guest speaker on behalf of the David M. Collins […]
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To know Tonya Anderson is to know a life of joyous expression. As the founder of ‘An Exquisite Life,’ Tonya is a passionate suicide prevention advocate and counselor who specializes in healing from trauma. A recent graduate of Lock Haven University with a Masters in Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Tonya is a therapist with Diakon […]
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There is a movement happening in America. A movement to remove shame and stigma. A movement to heal invisible wounds. A movement to reach others and let them know, “It’s okay to ask for help.” Earl Granville is an adaptive athlete who has a story and a message to share. This movement is his personal […]
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“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give what I have received; and to share what I have been given.”
My yoga teacher ‘Kala,’ ends every class with this beautiful saying.
In Sanskrit, her name means “fine arts,” in Hindu, it means “God of time.”
One morning, after nearly a year of practicing with her at her makeshift studio at a local YMCA, I realized that her parting words were a gift to us, meant to seed our day with the practice of giving and receiving — the innate beauty of sharing our unique presence, attributes and knowledge with others, and to listen and allows others to share themselves with us – the receipt. Allowing these words to seep in more deeply, it dawned on me that giving and receiving is the same act; just different actions or actors separated only by a thing called ‘time’.
Last month, I received a note from a veteran in North Carolina. He had just finished reading my first novel, Beyond The Wall: The Journey Home. It had been recommended to him by a nurse at his VA hospital.
His note read:
“I read your book, Beyond The Wall. I’m not sure if you will ever know exactly how close you really got. Painfully close. But I’m glad someone did. Thank You.”
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