Sandra Ahten with her lovely mother
"May you always do for others and let others do for you." (Bob Dylan)
I have been reading Brene Brown's Rising Strong about vulnerability at the same time that I am deep in the midst of dealing with my Mom's Alzheimers. She is so strong. So determined. Has always been such a "go-getter", as she herself would say. Recently, I had to help her understand that she can't manage her own medicine or color her own hair. She just can't.
I know many of you are also empathetic doers. How can you (and I) learn to let others do for us -- acknowledging the truth of our humanity? That we are all connected. That we all need each other. That we came into the world helpless and needing to be cared for, and in that vulnerability came intense love and bonding. And all through our lives, if we learn to ask for help, to admit our helplessness in the face of certain situations we will allow ourselves to be more loved and more bonded.
I don't have the answers. Just asking the question as I ponder it myself and take in the words of Bob Dylan, my generations greatest poet.
"May you always do for others and let others do for you."
CEO of Elliott Counseling
and partner of Kevin Elliott
By Beth Weston, MSW
What does it mean?
Mindfulness, to me, is to live in the present and observe my own thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judging them to be good or bad. I am continuing to learn and live in the present rather than dwell on the past or anticipate the future.
Click here to read more including the benefits of mindfulness and debunking mindfulness myths.
Photo Credit: Beth Weston
Free Mindfulness Apps for Android or Apple
Stop, Breathe & Think
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The Mindfulness App
This app comes packed with features, "including a five-day guided meditation practice, meditation reminders, personalized meditation offers, and timers for keeping you on track. There’s even a health app integration capability. This is the gold standard app for anyone serious about the practice of meditation."
"With Calm, you can choose from an assortment of guided meditation experiences. The selections range from three-minute to 25-minute sessions. Another option is Daily Calm, a 10-minute program you can practice right before your day begins or as it’s about to end. Other features include more than 20 sleep stories, breathing exercises, unguided meditations, and more than 25 soothing sounds to help you get to sleep."
Elliott Counseling Group offers services for Veterans and active military through the Veterans Choice Program, and the Military One EAP.
Many of our therapists are in network with the program and have experience and interest in working with veterans and active military persons and their families. We have 15 specialists trained in trauma using EMDR, an innovative evidence based therapy that is shown to shorten treatment time with excellent results. Read more about our EMDR services here.
Clients can be seen at any of our three locations and they can be seen for any reason -- life situations, relationships, anxiety, depression... not just trauma or PTSD.
Feel free to call our office at 217-398-9066 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We look forward to supporting more veterans and active military persons in our community.
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for Adults 18 years of age and up.
What: 9 Week Ongoing Group
More info about DBT here
When: Enrollment dates every 3 weeks
Next Enrollment Dates: 4/10, 5/1, 5/22
Tuesday Nights: 5:30p.m - 7:00p.m
Where: Elliott Counseling Group
309 W. Clark Street
Champaign, IL 61820
How: Space is limited! Register here or
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Elliott Counseling Group is looking for new employees to join their team in the following positions:
- Mental Health Therapists
- Clinical Supervisor
- Accounting Administrator
- Accounting Specialist
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