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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 monthly publication of The Enchanted Self's e-newsletter!  The following is what you will find in this month's issue.

Recipe for Enchantment #13

YOU are the Main Ingredient is This Recipe


Pass it on,


Being Enchanted

A state of well-being

Experienced inside of ourselves,

Yet always available to be shared

By any and all who care!


Get our your magic saucepan

Put the stove on

Get ready --


All it takes is YOU

Your special gifts,

Your special talents,

Your unique positive filtering of life,

Taken in and given back

Your willingness to share and care!

Let the magic saucepan that contains your wonderment

Simmer on the stove this summer.

Stir occasionally and feel free any time of day to add

A special talent, a lost potential or a special precious memory that is yours.


Then share as often and

Whenever you can.


For further ideas of ingredients read below:

Article: Seashell Summer

by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Summertime is when most of us yearn to take a vacation.  Some of us have the opportunity to go away on vacation, while others must be content at home, trying to commit more time to relaxation and fun activities.  Actually, there are so many ways to replenish our minds, bodies, and spirits.  One of the most powerful ways, often ignored, is our own capacity to retrieve and re-experience positive memories.  This type of 'vacation' requires us to 'go fishing' in our minds for those wonderful images that serve to replenish rather than lower our spirits.  THE ENCHANTED SELF encourages you to give yourself permission to 'go fishing' in your own memory bank, reeling in pleasant happy images from the past.

To help do this pleasant type of fishing I bring you a beautiful list of summer memories to reawaken your senses, created by Emily Doherty. Her memories, many universal and some unique to her growing up years, can serve as your personal gateway to summer's enchantment.  Let these wonderful filaments of summer 'light' bring to your mind sunshine days, both out of your past and days you would love to still experience.

Pick up your mental fishing pole and 'go fishing' using Emily's list to help your mind wander and roam.  Do this in two stages.  First, mentally relax, drift and respond to Emily's words.  Take at least five minutes three times a day to indulge in the pleasures of these personal summer snippets. 

Later, go back to this list and use it to brainstorm a list of at least five experiences that you would truly enjoy doing this summer.  They may be as simple as walking barefoot on your front lawn or as complicated and involved as traveling to another continent.

Go over the list and choose at least three items to work on this summer.  I guarantee that your summer will be filled with more positive states of well being if you permit yourself to enjoy the pleasure of using positive memories to stimulate again and again what is rightfully yours -- an Enchanted Life with the wonders of good times enjoyed again and again.

Seashell Summer

by Emily Doherty

Imagine the following list of words swirling around and creating the image of a snail-like seashell.  This is how the words were originally intended.

Mint … pinwheels … frozen snickers … beach bon fires … pink toe nails … taffy pulls … lemonade … root beer floats … merry go rounds … air conditioned matinees … collecting license plates … new chintz on old porch wicker … double rainbows ending the storm … hastily charred marshmallows … watching dragonflies parallel park … watermelon seed contests … catching fallen stars … new postcards from old friends … butter anointing the first fresh corn … bare toes making patterns in the sand … rivulets of peach juice on your chin … the melting of sweet cotton candy … the smile on the Kool Aid pitcher … roadside blackberries rescued from the bramble … billows of Wyeth-lit curtains … fireflies punctuating velvet night … waves tatting lace upon the sandy shore … cicada bands serenading the moon … ruffling long skirt hems … the surf spray … listening to shells retell the oceans tasks … generations strolling new memories together … soft rain drumming a lullaby on the roof … blue heron sentries guarding the marsh … the last walls of castles left by the tides … sandpipers turning the morning over to the gulls … taking evening ice cream strolls … mountain peak panoramas … finding the evening star … wildflowers patrolling the highways … sand book-marking a new novel … fresh blueberry muffins … beach ballet arabesques … tomatoes awaiting sauce … sandy bottoms … running through the sprinkler … bicycling barefoot … sleeveless dresses … rolled up ten flaps … citronella candles … strawberries for dinner … garlic and frying peppers … opera under the stars … the hot whine of the arcade … monopoly marathons … tin can telephones … tree houses … the first leaf turned prematurely red … seagulls chasing the tide … water lilies … choirs of worshipping sunflowers … new straw hats … cascading window boxes … cool sheets … cheeky chipmunks … aloe soothing sunburned noses … bright plastic visors and jellies … second floor porches …

Announcement 1: New Book: RECIPES FOR ENCHANTMENT, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!

My new book is now available through First Books Library at www.1stbooks.com.  You can also order the book from me via my web site and receive an autographed copy, complete with a free copy of my paper newsletter and bookmark.  I have also dropped the price to $9.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling.  The book will be sent out within six to eight weeks.  Details are now posted on my web site at www.enchantedself.com/ordering1.htm.  For a sneak peak go to my web site at www.enchantedself.com/newbook.htm.

Announcement 2: Upcoming Tele-Classes

I will be offering two free sessions on "Creating Your Own RECIPE FOR ENCHANTMENT".  Anyone interested should read a copy of my book, RECIPES FOR ENCHANTMENT, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! which you can request from your local library, or order through www.amazon.com, www.1stbooks.com, or my own web site or your local bookstore.

If you are interested in this free opportunity please send your name to Rebecca Trelfa at rtrelfa@virtual-asst.com.  She will be gathering names of those interested.  Once we have enough people we will be announcing class, dates, times, and details.   

Announcement 3: Enchanted Self E-group is Growing!

You are invited to become an active participant in Enchanted Self activities through our e-group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/encself.  Once you sign up and become a member you will have access to The Enchanted Self on-line calendar, message board, chat room, and much more.  I encourage you to take advantage of this free opportunity to connect with myself and other Enchanted Self members, as we explore the joys of a positive and satisfying way of life.  Join us to find out "what's right with you--not what's wrong!"

Announcement 4: Enchanting Questions...

Perhaps you read last month's new 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. Please give us the pleasure of sharing your responses.  They may be posted on the web site or in future issues of the newsletter.

Quote of the Month

Though we must live in the present,

It's important to look back at the past.

To retrieve our enchanted memories

Gives a joy that will always last!

For we are a colorful composite

From our yesterdays as well as our "nows."

Life is filled with magical moments,

With some "Ows" but mostly "Wows!"

            -- Felicial Weinberg, June 2001

Blessing of the Month

May your memories always assist you in enjoying each day to the fullest as you layer your life with your own uniqueness of action, feelings and other capacities for delight!  Remember, Each day has it’s own set of thoughts, words and deeds.  Live in tune.'

-- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov


Have an "enchanting" month.  I wish you all many enchanted moments!



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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein


I also encourage you to include this material in other publications, such as self-healing and professional psychology newsletters. However, I do ask that you contact me beforehand for permission and send a sample issue.


To learn more about THE ENCHANTED SELF(R) - A State of Well Being, Joy, and Happiness, please contact me or visit my web site.