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148 Ilene English

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 07/13/2020

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Stories that Empower

As a mother to two young children, Sande went through a divorce. She felt disconnect. Sande sought help from a community of like-minded people. She knew she had to change herself and become strong. Sande noticed that a new part of her life was beginning. She felt fulfilled while reconnecting with her creativity, poetry and art work.

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This is a special episode of “Message to Dad” about integrity. My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I’ve been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.

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As a former US Marine tasked with locating explosive devices, Akshay experienced Post Traumatic Stress, depression and drug/alcohol addiction. He studied neuroscience as he was fascinated by it. Akshay learned that he is not defined by a disorder and refuses to accept it. His divorce caused him to break his sobriety. He decided to go 'within' on inward journey.

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This is a special episode of "Message to Dad" about integrity.  My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I've been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.

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When her daughter was convicted to a life sentence in prison without parole, it impacted Bonnie's life and she found herself in a dark place. However, spending time in nature and appreciating the tiny miracles of life helped her survive

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Stories that Empower

This is a special episode of "Message to Dad". My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I've been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.

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While walking back to her university dorm building, Karen was assaulted at knife point. She managed to escape, physically unharmed. However, the assault traumatized Karen. She experienced periods of peace and power, but her life unravelled again, when her marriage was dying, she experienced financial loss and her mother was slipping into dementia. These additional sources of trauma caused her to slip back into anxiety and PTSD. Writing about it required her to excavate and evaluate her feelings.

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Having experienced life setbacks, Meryl chose not to allow herself to be stuck or feel like a victim. She reinvented herself multiple times and enabled herself to be empowered.

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Stephanie Raffelock and I bring you another episode of “Holiday Stories” with our special guest, Jill Sherer Murray.

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As a child, Charlene experienced PTSD from an unhealthy home environment. She ran away from home and was attracted to the 'dark side'. Her life took a positive turn, when she began following in the footsteps of a meditation teacher. Today, she helps people understand there are powerful ways to heal, empowers those that are stuck and teaches meditation.

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Ilene lost her mother and sister. Events outside of her control affected her life. Ilene struggled as a single mother on welfare. Then, she began to go on a journey of who she is and what matters to her. Ilene learned that she is resilient, has life skills and experiences. Her self compassion grew, she became proud of herself and recognized that she has wisdom to share with others. Today, as a therapist, Ilene helps those that are trying to figure out who they are. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- be present
- you can get through it with a bigger heart and wisdom
- learning how to deal with loss and grief brings humility and gratitude
- start writing your story
- seeing the difference between feelings and reality can be liberating
- thoughts and feelings are not the same
- have the courage to put one foot in front of the other
- ask for help
- reach out and lend a hand to someone that is struggling

Ilene was an early psychedelic pioneer, experimenting with LSD during a time when it was still legal, and its effects not yet fully comprehended. During the early sixties, she, along with an entire community of fellow trippers, innocently thought that they could change the world into one that valued love over materialism, particularly though the use of psychedelic drugs.

Years later, Ilene is now a licensed psychotherapist. She helps people reunite with their innate wisdom, so they can experience more of the love, connection and happiness that she believes is every human’s birthright. She helps people develop a deep knowing of who they are and what they stand for.

Her book "Hippie Chick, Coming of Age in the 60s" is her discovery about herself and life, and her journey to become who she is today. She is happy to connect with readers.

https://www.hippiechickmemoir.com/ 
https://www.therapygroups.com/ 

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