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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 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.      


Question of the Month  

"How do we find enchantment in the holidays when they have become a time of stress and commercialization?"   

The following is from a new Enchanted Self e-group member.  I hope that you enjoy her insights and unique ways of connecting with enchantment.

The Holiday Spirit

By Carla

Hi everyone! I am a new member to the group and am happy to know there are kindred spirits to enchantment. At this renewing time of year, I like to savor the special moments of picking out just the right present, smelling the Christmas smells of spiced apple cider, baking sugar cookies, and pine.

It is so important for those of us who are women and caretakers of families and children to take moments for ourselves...  those precious moments of enchantment that remind us of how special it is to be alive. Amid all the rush to make everything just so for others, we must stop if only for a few moments to sit by the fire when the children have gone to bed, light the candles, and watch the twinkle of the Christmas tree lights.

Don't forget to buy yourself a special present. It is OK to have that childish love of the holidays in your heart. That is what will keep you young and make the time you have here what it should be.

I believe each person is special for their talents, for the love they bring into their little corner of the world, and the caring that they show to their families, friends, and even strangers.

As we pass through these fleeting moments of Christmas and into the new year, take the time to love yourself, to reflect on where you've been and where you are, and where you want to go in the new year. You'll have that much more to offer, and you're worth it! Happy holidays!


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 an 'enchanting' and filled with 'light' month.  I wish you all many enchanted moments and delights as you go through the holiday season!



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