Monthly Newsletter for September 2011
"PLAY - It's only work if there's someplace else you'd rather be." ~~George Hallas spacer

This month's edition discusses:

  • Discover the Creativity Within
  • Step 9 of the 12 Step Program to Recovering Your Creative Self
  • Creative in the Kitchen 
  • Suggestions to Help Recover Your Inner Creativity
  • Creative Activities 
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome to September!


Discover the Creativity Within

What did you enjoy doing as a child?  It is important to spend time playing each day.  Think of earning a living doing what you consider relaxing and playful.  When you are doing what you love, you are contributing not only to the world but also to your own health.  And remember, there is no time to feel guilty for doing the things you love.  Don't regret the time you didn't spend enjoying life with your loved ones.


12 Steps to Recovering your Creative Self

This month we want you to explore your sense of compassion.  We will explore and acknowledge the emotional difficulties that beset us in the past and undertake healing the shame of past failures.  We will gain in compassion as we reparent the frightened child within us, who yearns for creative recovery.  We will learn tools to dismantle emotional blocks and support renewed risk. 

Step 9:  Recovering a Sense of Compassion

"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble.  Courage is the foundation of integrity."~~Keshavan Nair

Finding it hard to begin a project does not mean you will not be able to do it.  It means you will need help, support and compassion from your friends and family.  You must give yourself permission to start small, with baby steps.  Fear is what blocks creative recovery.  Fear of failure.  Fear of not finishing a project.  The fear of beginning at all.  The only cure for that fear is compassion.

Treat the work you do as play.  Be compassionate with yourself and give in to the spiritual commitment, a loving surrender to your creative process.  Allow the child within to become an inner playmate and explore the possibility of enthusiastic play during your day.  Remember that recovering your sense of creativity is a process that is supposed to be fun.

Recovering a sense of compassion requires blasting through the blocks - blasting through our fears.

Exercise 1:

     1. List any resentments you may have about a particular goal you have set for yourself. 
     2. List any fears you may have about this goal or anyone connected to it.
     3. Ask yourself: Is that all?  Have you suppressed any anger?  Write it down.
     4. Ask yourself what you stand to gain by not accomplishing this goal.

Exercise 2:

     1. Read your morning pages.
     2. Who have you consistently been complaining about?  What have you procrastinated on?
     3. Notice the black-and-white thinking throughout the morning pages.  This is normal.
     4. Give yourself credit, and be compassionate, about venting without self-destruction, planning without
        interference, complaining without an audience.  To dream without restriction.
     5. Give yourself credit for the changes you have uncovered.  

To begin Step 9, uncover the blocks that prevent you from having compassion, so that you can start the journey to achieving your goals.


Step 9:  To begin recovering a sense of compassion, I will:




Suggestions to Help You Recover Your Inner Creativity

     1. Name your goal:  I am___________________________________________________.
     2. In the present tense, describe yourself doing it at the height of your powers!
     3. Read this aloud to yourself.
     4. Post this above your work area.
     5. Read this aloud, daily!

For the next week collect actual pictures of yourself and combine them with magazine images to collage your ideal scene described above.  Remember, seeing is believing, so the added visual cue of your real self in your ideal scene can make it far more real.

Creative Activities for September

Hot humid days give way to crisper, brighter days!  Find your compassionate self during September and get on track to achieving your goals!

     • Visit the local orchard and pick some crisp, crunchy apples
     • Go for a long walk along a riverbank or through the woodland trails of your neighbourhood
     • Go on an artist's date
     • Write in your morning pages
     • Set a new goal for yourself
     • Celebrate your past achievements with dinner at your favourite restaurant.


A Little Inspiration

Start noticing what "play" is for you. Then allow yourself not to feel guilty
for doing what you enjoy.


Upcoming Events

September 2011:  Electrodermal Screening has arrived!

Electrodermal Screening:
     • Measures electrical energy circulating through the body
     • Detects toxins, allergies, and energy imbalances in the body
     • Screens for potential natural remedies and therapies to restore balance

The Benefits:
     • Restores cellular communication
     • Detoxifies and nourishes your cells
     • Balances hormones, blood sugar and metabolism

Who Benefits:
     • People suffering from fatigue, anxiety, depression
     • People with hormonal imbalances
     • People suffering with allergies, poor digestion or arthritis and joint pains

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000.

October 28, 2011:  Jaydancin Organic Makeup and Skin Care Products Clinic

Jaydancin offers a line of organic natural skin care products and makeup that are pure and simple and naturally good for you. Visit

Contact Susan Holm today at 519.886.3000 to reserve your spot!


Until Next Time...

Stay tuned for the October instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for creative recovery, including Step 10 for recovering your inner creativity.

Until then, I remain yours in good health,

Susan Holm

Natural Health Care Centre
52 Bridgeport Road E. Waterloo, ON  N2J 2J6

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