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"Achieving Positive States of Mind and Body Again and Again"

Produced by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein : Psychologist, Life Coach, and Originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R)


Welcome to the bi-weekly publication of The Enchanted Self's e-newsletter!  Each month I will focus on (and respond to) a question about enchantment and/or a reader's ideas on enchantment.


Question of the Month

"How do you surround yourself with enchantment by building on memories of places that have inspired you?"

The following was written by Rebecca Trelfa in a recent e-group posting.  I hope that you enjoy her insights and unique ways of connecting with the enchantment of her favorite places.  Perhaps it will inspire you to get creative and build your own place of enchantment.

Building Enchantment

By Rebecca Trelfa

I wanted to share a little note about creating enchantment in your home.  I recently moved into an old Victorian house that needs serious redecorating.  A previous owner loved dark woods and shag carpets!   (Not my style!)

Since I work at home, I found it necessary to temporarily add some enchantment to 'this old house' because I spend so much time here.  I took down dark drapes and replaced them with sheers to let the light in and, and sanded down and refinished some of the dark wood to give it a lighter appearance.

What a difference!  Now I love my new home and am even happier to spend my days here.  We have a nice back yard that I plan to plant some flowers and shrubs in once the weather is nice.  I have even developed a new interest in Feng Shui and am glued most nights to the Home & Garden channel watching dreary homes get enchanting face lifts.

I am reminded of an article of Dr. Holstein's called "Positive Spaces" which focuses along the same lines.  When you are surrounded by enchantment and things that really reflect your own personality and things that you love, you create new warm memories by bringing out the best of the past.

For example, my love of New Orleans has inspired me to create a Creole-style kitchen and my love of the Caribbean has inspired a soft bathroom with unusual colors.  It is so fun to be creative and pull the best from your experiences.


Please give us the pleasure of sharing your responses.  They may be posted on the web site or in future issues of the newsletter.  You can also chat about this topic or create your own in The Enchanted Self e-group at the following URL: http://www.egroups.com/groups/encself


Have a wonderful February!



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