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Happy PRIDE month everyone! What a year these last six months have been. 2020 is pushing and pulling us in many directions. We’re facing a global pandemic while witnessing the largest social justice movement of the last half-century. Gross systemic inequities against Black Americans have been laid bare. To some, these historic and ongoing injustices have been a shock; to many others, they have been a lifelong reality.  

Adversity, pain, suffering, and trauma can displace us from the home within ourselves— whether it be from racism, sexual- and gender-based violence, any violence for that matter, poverty, personal catastrophe, natural disaster, lack of access to basic needs, homelessness, grief, classism, chronic or acute stress, ageism, ableism, or any of the other many systems of discrimination and oppression. 

There is a German word, weltschmerz, which translates literally to “world-pain or world weariness.” The word is meant to describe a sensitivity to the ills of the world and the misery of human suffering, with use in German poetry around the time of the first world war.

I feel this often-- personally and professionally. One of the many rewards of working as a Behavioral Health Consultant as a licensed clinical social worker is getting to know all that it means to be human-- seeing life begin, heal, and end.

2020 is not only the calendar year but is also a reference to visual acuity-- the clarity of sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. This new year made me pause to reflect on how I could enhance my clarity of the vision I have for my growth, and how I could support others in enhancing their own. 

I love and appreciate the fresh start, spirit of renewal, and the literal new beginning Jan 1 brings to the calendar year. I want to mindfully recognize that this transition also brings with it often a sense of pressure, performance, grief, nostalgia, and sadness. 

Generosity: GIFTS of Community

Generosity is a way of life rooted in what we give ourselves and others. Generosity, the art of giving without the expectation of return, creates abundance when practiced regularly.

Backed by science, generosity is a known intervention to improve our quality of life and improve our health. Generosity – on neurobiological, interpersonal, and social levels - is known to reduce stress, support our immune systems, and enhance our sense of purpose. 

"Experiencing Gratitude while Living with Chronic Illness"

Thanksgiving is upon us.

Being noticed, recognized, and validated is so close to being loved that sometimes they can feel the same. We’re hardwired for connection and belonging. We’re hardwired for community. 

Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC) is not just a doctor’s office, but a safe haven for community and connection, which are the foundations of empowerment. 

One community within SKWC is a group called “Healthy Hearts Philadelphia,” an initiative aimed at reducing risk for cardiovascular disease through a series of guest educators. 

The trees are wonderful teachers of change. With the Fall season soon to start, they’re about to model for us how to embrace the inevitability of transition. But, transition is stressful.

I work as a member of the medical team at Stephen Klein Wellness Center to care for people’s wellness, especially their mental, emotional, and behavioral health.

I primarily work with people to help them heal from painful experiences caused or worsened by various life and health transitions through short sessions before or after their appointments with their doctors.

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