Spirit House

Tending to the Soul
In each issue of Women, we look for inspirational people and practices that will highlight the way different women care for their emotional and spiritual wellbeing. “Spirit House” might include profiles of inspiring nonprofit organizations, features describing various spiritual practices, instructions for creating sacred spaces or healing gardens, advice from a life coach, or personal stories of spiritual journeys. Throughout “Spirit House,” it is our hope that women will take a moment to remember the value of caring for their emotional and spiritual selves as they care for their physical bodies.

7 Ways Gardening Is an Exercise in Mindfulness

By Martha Brettschneider Have you ever wondered why your first glimpse of a patch of crocuses each spring elicits happiness? Whether or not we have a garden of our own, something in our DNA draws us to flowers. The connec­tion goes beyond appreciating the surface beauty of the blossom. The very act of connecting with […]

Writing the Narrative of Illness

The practice of writing can be a valuable therapeutic tool in the face of illness and trauma. By Judith Hannan We are made up of stories. The stories we tell ourselves be­come who we are. We are certain they are true and permanent. Then we are hit with moments that force us to change our […]

Compliments: Accept the Gift with Grace

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM Why is it so hard to listen to nice things about yourself? It seems like it should be so easy—and enjoyable—but many of us react to compliments in ways that reflect our difficulty in accepting and internalizing these positive messages. For many women this difficulty accepting praise can […]

Finding Balance: Scenes from a Family

For many women, juggling professional success and family life presents challenges. Bringing home the skills that serve you in the workplace might just help you organize your life at home. By Sarah Shaw, MEd, BCBA It’s 6 P.M. and you’re on your way home from work, still reveling in the glory of your knock-out presentation, […]

Just Bee

A Stage IV cancer diagnosis wasn’t enough to derail one survivor’s dream to follow her passion. By Diana Price When you envision your dream career—the job that would allow you to fully indulge your passions, that thing that would truly make your soul sing—what do you see? Are you in that role now? Or, like […]

Find Your Road to Relaxation

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM Relaxing sounds easy, doesn’t it? Sit down, put your feet up, and decompress. And the incentive to relax is certainly there: current studies are consistently circulating through our news feeds about the negative impact that stress can have on our physical and psychological well-being. But the reality is […]

Life Coach: The Stories We Tell

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM Many stories start out with Once upon a time… And then there are the stories that we create in our heads—the stories that determine how we react to people and events. Often they have very little to do with the objective truth, but we make them our truth. […]

Spiritual Travel: A Journey of Discovery

Spiritual travel is attracting travelers inspired to seek deeper knowledge of themselves and the world around them. By Diana Price Spiritual seeking has long inspired travel. The act of pilgrimage, or journeying to a sa­cred place that has spir­itual significance, is an age-old practice. More broadly, the opportu­nity that contemplative journeys provide to discover inner […]

Resolution Redo

Revise your goal-setting process for optimal results. By Kristen M. Carpenter, PhD Director, Women’s Behavioral Health Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Psychology, Obstetrics and GynecologyThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center After the merriment has been made and gifts have been exchanged, the end of the year becomes a time of re­flection and renewal. […]

If at First You Don’t Succeed: Lessons Learned from “Other” Results

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM So, it didn’t work out the way you expected. What do you do now? Take a minute to think about the last time you tried something and did not get the result you wanted or anticipated. Maybe you were speaking to a teen­ager or grandchild who misinter­preted what […]