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Why Starting Over Is Good For The Soul

If you believe you're essentially like a hippo, starfish, pug, or sheep (or any other animal), then read no further.

If you believe you are a unique, divinely-created soul, and that your soul and body are carefully-chosen mates; if you believe that your life circumstances are designed specifically with you in mind, to help you achieve a purpose or mission in this lifetime; then you probably already know: YOU CAN START OVER.
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Goals and Objectives

7 Emotional Insights Borrowed From The Jewish New Year

The observance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year begins next Sunday night. Although it is a Jewish holiday, we are also celebrating the anniversary of the Creation of the first human being, Adam.

We believe that Rosh Hashana has universal relevance and messages for all humankind.

Beginnings are important, essential even. How we spend the New Year influences our entire year. Here are just a few important emotional insights from Rosh Hashana.
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Can The Effects Of Trauma Be Passed Down Generation To Generation?

Trauma Can Change Us

There is no doubt trauma changes us. When I (C.R.) was beginning graduate studies, my main focus was on what I call "legacy trauma."

Personal interviews and experience has shown me that the children of those who are not spiritually and emotionally healed from traumatic experiences seem to be likely to pass down a legacy of trauma through the generations. This legacy affects every aspect of their children's and grandchildren's lives, from how they respond to positive or negative "news" to how they show their love for each other.

I've seen this primarily with families of Holocaust survivors and this was to be my main research, but certainly other traumatic, national and personal events (my focus was on national, ethnic, etc.), from war in places like Sudan and Syria, to the Japanese earthquakes, to the Ring of Fire Tsunami, appears to leave survivors with a broad range of reactions, ranging from feelings of helplessness to developing suddenly acquired but abiding belief in God.

But are there actual physiological changes that lead to a genetic legacy?
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God in Therapy

A Spiritual Approach To Dealing With Regrets

*A God in Therapy post

We all have them.

Minor regrets, such as: I wish I had learned how to play the clarinet. I wish I hadn't goofed off quite so much in college. I wish I...

And, major regrets, such as: I wish I didn't do (fill in the blank) because it really hurt someone/myself. I wish I had been a wiser parent, more caring spouse, more respectful child...

There are many schools of thought out there about how to deal with our regrets from the don't-pay-them-any-mind school to the beat-myself-up-black-and-blue school.

There are also a variety of spiritual and religious approaches to regrets, especially regrets about actions taken that we feel have left painful imprints on our souls.
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