Disguise

I was filled with happiness and a sense of accomplishment when I recently earned my coin for achieving six months of consecutive sobriety.  After struggling through mental illness and addiction for a number of years I now have an understanding of not only who I am, but the importance of vulnerability and connection in my life today.  I know it is okay to ask for help.  I am no longer afraid to be myself.  I don’t find it necessary to put on a mask, just to fit in and have a lot of friends so that I looked happy on the outside.  I made my addiction my identity. 

I am being completely open and honest in this essay because I no longer want to hide whom I am due to a stigma around mental illness. While being a student at m The New School while living in the city for three years I came to love the diversity not only the school had to offer, but the diversity I experienced everyday when just walking down the block to a deli to grab a drink or a quick snack.  I would love to help each and every person who is struggling to truly understand that it is okay to be different, it is okay to be afraid, it is okay to be sad, and it is okay to want to escape the reality that we have created for ourselves, especially when we are pressured by our peers, our parents, or the entire society to become a person who blends into the crowd.  When we can be courageous enough to find the light within us we will be kinder to ourselves, and all of nature.  We then have the ability to take off the mask that we put on every morning for the world, and we can connect to other souls by opening up and being vulnerable.  Connection is the essence of existence.  Without connection it has been proven that the overdose rate of people who struggle with addiction is 99% more likely.  The answer to addiction is not sobriety it is connection and finding a purpose. 

Finding a true purpose in my life has helped me to shape my identity.  I believe that helping others has been the core to finding the light in me; as well as motivation to do the opposite of what I feel like doing when having a period of depression.  Usually when I push myself to meet up with a friend, do a yoga class, or anything to distract myself the lack of motivation that I experienced during the periods of my life when I was using drugs and alcohol to escape my severe depression is no longer present.  I remember the days where all I looked forward to after work was buying a bottle of alcohol and on occasion some drugs too.  My goal every day was to find an easy way out a short -term sense of happiness and a way to socialize with people even if they weren’t true friends at all.  I felt so alone and shameful after a recent relapse that I had after having a year completely sober.  I now realize that every relapse has been a slow suicide because I did not know how to cope with the sadness I felt in my life due to my depression as well as PTSD symptoms haunted me every waking hour.

I went to a place called The Center for Motivation and Change to work on my sobriety because I knew that the core of my addiction was a side effect and a way to cope with my mental illness.  Mental illness usually goes hand and hand with addiction.  Especially with individuals who have experienced abuse in early childhood or trauma through out their lives.  I did not get addicted just because I had fun and it felt good; I got addicted because drugs and alcohol were my solution.  Drugs and alcohol were a way for me to self-medicate myself when nothing else worked.  Every person I talk to who has struggled/are struggling with addiction has proven this to be true.  We can all relate to self-medicating and using substances to deal with the symptoms of mental illness.   People say that drugs are addictive therefore this is the reason that people get addicted, but this is not true we all have been given some sort of drug whether its morphine at a hospital, smoking some weed, being prescribed a controlled substance, or simply having a glass of wine at dinner.  A drug is a drug and alcohol is a drug as much as pills are. 

Sobriety has no longer been a struggle everyday for me.  When I have a passion or a goal such as being able to accomplish and be accountable for a job, my jewelry line, writing my poetry book, group therapy, and self-care  it helps me to motivate myself.  When the Buddha passed away he told his followers, “Do not mourn me, find the leadership and wisdom in you to carry on my teachings.” 

I would like to end with my experience being in my current outpatient drug rehabilitation program, which includes group therapy as well as workshops on DBT and Smart Recovery meetings and AA meetings.  I have found a new sense of self-worth by simply not feeling so alone in my life.  In the past I felt I needed to have a boyfriend while being sober or be distracted by a person to escape the emotions going on in my mind, but simply by meeting with such a great group of people four days a week has given me the sense of belonging.  The vulnerability shared every day in-group is so powerful in forming a strong, beautiful, and caring relationship with another person, and in a pretty short period of time too.  There is no judgment because each and every one of us has struggled with not only addiction but mental illnesses too.  It’s shocking how we all have similar stories and similar consequences due to our addiction.

We know how it feels to be unafraid of dying, but afraid to live.  We know what it feels like to so desperately want to escape our minds and find complete oblivion.  We know what it feels like to be stigmatized by not only society but our friends and family too.  We know how it feels to seek temporary relief and happiness despite the consequences of jails, institutions or death.  But guess what?  Even the people who aren’t addicted are unaware that even when they are not experiencing life long consequences they are all addicted to something that takes away the pain.  We all have a vice.  Look at the planet Earth for example we are destroying this beautiful planet to benefit ourselves because of consumerism and power; we have replaced connection with materialism.   Every single person on this planet can relate in some shape or form, unless they are sociopathic or psychopathic.  We are all the same in the way that we crave affection, love, connection, and empathy.  I hope we can learn to all stand together because in reality we are all humans and in some way we are all the same. 

The Power of Healing Crystals

The Power of Healing Crystals

Hi to all the beautiful souls reading this post!

I hope each and every one of you had a stress free week last week and got some much needed rest and self-care this past weekend.  My last post was on the Seven Chakras, and so I thought I would continue writing about the power of healing crystals, which can help balance the chakras, and aid in everyday wellness.  As you know here on the Soulful Impact website there is a tab where we sell handmade jewelry using healing stones.  There are brief descriptions for each necklace, but there is so much more information on the power of healing crystals that I would love to share with you.

Healing Crystals have been popular for centuries because of their exquisite beauty, and the vibrational energies that each crystal holds.  This vibrational energy helps to heal the body, mind, and spirit.  Crystals were very popular in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Greece.  Today in modern society and modern science it is difficult for most to understand how a simple stone can bring about many different forms of healing.  But, how these stones affect the energy fields all around them, including the human energy field is how they bring about healing. 

Crystals are natural elements that come from within the earth, a real crystal is made up of a grouping of unit cells that form a pattern called the crystal system.  There is a sub-category of stones that are not truly crystals but they come from the earth, they just lack the internal crystalline structure.  These include: amber, obsidian, and opal.  Each and every crystal/stone exhibits different healing qualities. 

Some ailments that affect the energetic healing qualities of each crystal are the color and shape that they are, but specifically the color.  The color of each crystal comes from three things: how the crystal absorbs sunlight, the minerals and chemicals that they contain, and the impurities within the stone.  Most crystals are formed deep within the earth for thousands, or millions of years.  The formation of crystals deep within the earth is where their unaltered energy powers come from.  Lab crystals are formed quickly without the benefit of the earth’s energy, but they can still have their own energy because of the crystalline structure inside that retains it.  The best way to choose a crystal is to hold them in your hands, feel the energy, and feel which one you think you need in that specific moment.  Another way to choose if you are shopping online is to see which stone you are attracted to, but before purchasing research details of the stone and it’s healing qualities.  See if these will benefit you, and most of the time they do because we are drawn to certain crystals for a reason.  Our intuition knows what we need, and the most important thing is to follow that.  When noticing the energy of crystals it is similar to the energy field that we feel around other human beings.  Even if you have little understanding of energetic fields, you may still feel like when around certain people you do not vibe with a certain one or you are turned off by the negative they are putting into the universe.  This is energy, and when choosing a healing crystal you will feel this same type of energy.  You will know which one suits you!

Along, with all of matter crystals have their own vibration, the human body is made up of energy and has its own vibration as well.  Because crystals have higher vibrations than the human body, they raise our vibrations creating the healing effects.  The higher our vibrational energy the more positive we feel, the lower our energy is the more negative we feel. 

So, how do we interact with a crystal in a meaningful way, and how do we know if we truly are choosing the one we need? I will give you a couple of tips on how to do so.  Remember, this is a new experience for most so BE OPEN!!  Try to set aside and preconceived ideas and enter this new experience with a positive attitude and with certain curiosity.  Allow yourself to be in the moment without any expectations the universe does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. As I said earlier start with a crystal that really attracts you, a crystal that gives you a sense of excitement. Most of time we are attracted to a certain crystal for a reason.  Remember, each and every person’s experience with a crystal is unique.  In my experience crystals have helped me heal tremendously. Do they solve all of my problems? No, but all my little ones give me a sense of protection, they help me connect to my higher power and the energy around me, they help me to be still while meditating, and they help me feel balanced in my chakras.  The color of the crystal is the same color as one of the chakras it helps to balance that chakra.  For example if I am attracted the Aquamarine, which is a light blue stone, I can use this to help aid in communication because it helps to balance and heal the Throat Chakra.  

I will end this post with one last chapter on seven different crystals that I think each beginner should have in their collection.  The first is Clear Quartz, this crystal works with every type of energy, it enhances the energy of the other crystals in your collection, and it aids in understanding and reaching our higher consciousness.  Second, Rose Quartz known as the stone of unconditional love and romance supports all types of love and is great for a collection.  Third, Amethyst also known as the “sobriety stone” known to help heal all addictive tendencies helps to tune into your intuition and the power of your dreams.  Fourth, Citrine a great crystal for the creative mind and promotes self-esteem.  Fifth, Hematite, this crystal is very grounding and centering crystal great for grounding the root chakra.  Sixth, Aquamarine a beautiful crystal that aids in speaking with honesty and purpose, and lastly Black Tourmaline a very protective and grounding stone that keeps negativity away. 

I hope you all enjoy this post on just a little bit of all of the information on healing crystals! I hope that you further research this topic if this post interests you, and if you would like a handmade necklace you can go to the Anima Shop tab on our website.  J

Sending you all positive, healing, energy.

Until next time.  Xo

Energy Centers of the Body

Hi all, I hope you enjoyed my last post.  I will be honest, it’s been a tough week for me, and I fell behind on centering myself and being mindful of my emotions.  Certain emotions make us vulnerable and, when feeling vulnerable, we are prone to act out through our behaviors.  This has been my experience and, a couple of days ago, I was not being mindful of my feelings and I lost my sense of using my wise mind. Therefore, I want to focus on raising our vibrational energy to lift our mood, and to help us connect with our mind, body, and soul which translates to our past, present, and future.

A language used in Hinduism created the word Chakra; this language is called Sanskrit.  Chakra translated means “wheel”.  Our 7 Chakras are the energy sources of the body.  They are constantly circling and creating energy where matter meets consciousness.  Each chakra is connected to a massive nerve center in the body.  The Nervous System is nourished and leads towards healing when we focus on our chakras. Each one of the 7 chakras holds a vibrational frequency that varies depending on the placement of the focused chakra.  This frequency is transformed into a specific color, and enhances the positive vibrations in our body, mind, and spirit. Each and every one of our bodies is made up of energy.  When feeling down, our energy vibrations are lower, and when feeling motivated and happy, our energy vibrations are higher.  Healing crystals are also a great way to raise our energy levels. 

The first chakra is the Muladhara also known as the Root Chakra. The name indicates that this chakra is the basis of the whole system.  It is the root of our bodies, aiding in feeling balanced and grounded in life and to the earth.  This chakra is located at the base of the spine.  Each chakra relates to an element; the root chakra’s element is the earth.  It is the strong parts of the body such as bones, intestines, and the body as a whole.  The earth element of the Root Chakra is to stay grounded but also to feel alive, safe, and healthy. The color of this chakra is red, representing the slowest vibration in the spectrum.  Therefore, the affirmation is “I am safe”.  Try to repeat this everyday while focusing on the lower area of the spine.

Svadhisthana is also known as the second chakra.  The Sanskrit name also translates into “to taste with pleasure”.   The second chakra is known as the Sacral Chakra, in relation to the moon and how it pushes the oceans into motion. This chakra is our center of pleasure, emotions, sexuality, and movement.  It is located between our naval and genitals.  The Sacral Chakra’s element is water and this represents the liquid in our bodies: circulation, sexuality, and reproduction.  It’s other water-like qualities include fluidity, change, and surrender.  The second chakra is more about letting go and creating space for the flow of changes that occur in life.  The Sacral Chakra’s color is orange which represents a spectrum of powerful physical and spiritual energy.  The second chakra affirmation is “My sexuality is vibrant.” Say this affirmation when feeling insecure or down on yourself.  I personally like to use it as much as possible.

The Manipura is known as the Solar Plexus Chakra.  This translates into “lustrous gem”.  Coincidentally, the color of the solar plexus is yellow because it is the most radiant location in our bodies.  It is located right underneath the sternum to the naval. This specific area of the body is the part in which our nervous system is very present.  These body parts notify the brain when we feel threatened or scared, but these body parts are also the ones that you get good butterflies from as well.  For example, when you’re in a relationship and you get butterflies from the other person’s kiss.  It is known that the Manipura also rules our metabolism. This chakra’s ruling element is fire.  If you are putting healthy, organic foods into your body, the energy of your digestive system will heal.  We often forget that digestion and our digestive systems are continuously at work and a lot of our bodily energy is stored there.  The affirmation for this chakra is: “I am powerful”.

The Anahata is the fourth chakra, also known as the Heart Chakra.  Anahata translates to “sound made without two things striking.” The Heart Chakra is our core: our spiritual center.  This chakra is located in the cardiac plexus ruling over the lungs and the heart; it is also associated with the Thymus Gland.  The fourth chakra is the love center in which we are free from old hurts; when it is opened and innocent, we can become free.   We can change and feel a new wholeness of our entire being. The element of this chakra is air associated with openness, freedom, lightness, and spirit. The color of the Heart Chakra is green.  And the affirmation is: “I am open to love”.

Vissuddha is the fifth chakra also known as the Throat Chakra.  Vissuddha translates to “pure, or purification.”  This is the energy center of self-expression and freedom of speech: our vibrations, creativity, and communication. Most find that this chakra creates and receives communication not only from our own being, but from others as well.  The Throat Chakra is located in the throat surrounded by the neck and shoulders.  Some other aspects include regulating the temperature of the body (the thyroid gland).  The color of the fifth chakra is a light blue.  The element of the Throat Chakra is “ether”, which is seen as space, the carrier of sound, and spirit.  The upper three chakras all share different elements of earth, air, and fire.  We must communicate to have connection, and for this reason this chakra is so important.  Saying the affirmation “I speak my truth” everyday can relieve stuck emotions and stresses in the body.

Ajna is the 6th chakra, which is known as the Third Eye Chakra.  Ajna means “to perceive or to command”.  The Third Eye has the ability to see and to create or to visualize; it cannot change the images that we perceive with our eyes, but it helps to enable us to try letting light into the images that we see in our mind’s eye.  Doing so will increase the possibility that you will develop a better understanding or perception of that image.  It is known that the Third Eye Chakra is located at the center of the head at eye level.  It is in the center of your forehead between your eyes.  As said earlier when discussing the throat chakra, the element of the Third Eye is “ether”.  This element is perceived as a subtle vibration, a sound.  Since we have now reached the sixth chakra, we come across a higher and much faster vibration of sound.  Ajna beings embrace the electromagnetic spectrum where we see visible light that transfers into our inner consciousness.  The color of the Third Eye is indigo, not to be confused with the light blue color of the Throat Chakra.  Its affirmation is “I trust my intuition.”

Lastly, we have Sahasrara the seventh chakra, the Crown Chakra.  Sahasrara means “thousandfould” representing the petals of the lotus flower.  The Crown Chakra is reached through our journey up the spine as we come to approach the divine, also known as the “source”.  It is through this amazing chakra that we reach a level of greater understanding, more profound than any of the other chakras.  Finally, we have arrived at the last element of our being which is thought.  This chakra is located right on top of the head where a queen wears her crown.   It is related to the pituitary glands and the hippocampus.  At the unconscious level, the Crown Chakra is the wisdom stored in our bodies, our consciousness, and knowledge of the divine.  The Crown Chakra’s color is Violet or white, some books and people say that it is white, but I perceive it as a beautiful lavender color spreading light that we can look to for healing whenever we need this vision.  The affirmation for this last beautiful chakra is: “I am light”.   

 

 

Threads of Gold

Threads of Gold

Siobhan Hoffman

Fill my wounds with gold,

We give away what we no longer want to hold,

Holy Ghost, cast my demons away.

 

Idle hands are the devil’s play:

Yet never thought

Wounds would be torn open again today;

 

Relying on another soul

To stitch my wounds

With threads of gold.

 

I gave his soul

The broken pieces,

The god-shaped hole,

 

Only to be

Left alone

Minus everything I gave away

To his poor soul.

 

He was my human drug

Flooding emptiness with love,

Until the obsession was uncaged:

The twisted monster

Filled with rage.

 

I prayed this beast would stay away

But when love was gone,

The beast returned:

No longer anything in its way.

 

Twisted thinking.

Seeing myself sinking.

Damn you, you monster: GO AWAY.

 

With my human drug now so far away,

The only place to turn

Is to the cruelly patient monster.

 

Alcohol, and some self-destruction too,

Work for a while.

Until no amount of drugs

 

Can fill the wounds,

The pain of the past,

And numb the guilt that stabs you,

in the heart,

Like a sharp piece of glass.

 

God, take my pain away;

Bring me peace,

Give me love today.
 

Goodbye monster,

Violent beast.

I’ve untied the golden threads

And now can send you

Off to sleep.

~The Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness~

Hi all,

After my recent post on the importance of living by the Golden Rule and being connected to the people in your life whom you love, I decided to write this post on self-care.  Don’t get me wrong, helping others and treating people the way you wish to be treated is huge and necessary in this world, but unless we are taking care of ourselves by taking time out of our busy day to relax and self-soothe, we cannot help anyone else.  This concept is something that I still have to remind myself of everyday.  I am prone to putting others who need help in front of myself.  Not only because I feel badly for them, which I do, but also to help escape whatever emotions I’m feeling or the chaos of my own life. I now put two self-soothing skills into my planner everyday as a reminder not only to take care of myself, but to also as a conscious reminder to maintain self-compassion and love who I am.

The body and mind are connected.  I’ve realized this through struggling with trauma, anxiety, and depression.  Sometimes our emotions can make us physically ill.  The first self-soothing technique I started off with was meditation for this reason exactly.  I began practicing and learning about meditation and my goal was to start incorporating a meditation practice into my life daily. The best part of meditation is you can do it anywhere! It’s very common to be a little bit skeptical and confused by the information I am going to be discussing, but just try to keep your mind as open as you can.  No stress here.  :-)

Now I will describe what exactly the term meditation truly means.  Meditation is described as being deep in thought while being aware and reflecting on the thoughts passing through your mind.  It is a mental exercise where we practice concentration and self-awareness.  The purpose of having a daily practice in your life is to achieve a state of mindfulness, as well as an increased level of spirituality and spiritual awareness.   In Latin, meditation translates to a medical remedy.  Now I will discuss all of the benefits of incorporating a meditation practice into your life!

The first benefit of meditation is stress reduction.  Simply take some time out of our busy day to sit still and quietly while closing our eyes, breathing deeply through the nose for a count of four.  (inhale:1,2,3,4), and exhaling out through the mouth (exhale: 1,2,3,4,5).  Breathing and being still in peace and quiet has a huge impact on the level of agitation in one’s life.  Studies find that meditation decreases the heart rate as well.  The practice affects the Nervous System which helps regulate our emotions.  Meditation also increases our ability to concentrate.  This leads to memory enhancement, such as recalling both short-term memories and memories that might have been forgotten over time. While meditating, our energy is increased which also is correlated with these benefits.

Second, meditation encourages a healthy lifestyle.  The core of the practice is based on the Hippocratic Oath; in other words, “do no harm”.  This not only means do no harm to others; but also do no harm to yourself, which means taking care of yourself by living a healthy life style and cultivating self-compassion. 

Third, meditation increases self-awareness.  The practice is a profound way to get to know our selves.  Think about it: while meditating, almost all of us have thoughts that run through our minds; some thoughts might be positive and affirming, some may be simply about running errands or whatever we have to do later that day. Others, however, can be quite intense, causing deep feelings and emotions.  Learning how to cope with these very intense thoughts is a crucial way to find the true self.  We are learning what we struggle with and why and how we alone can fix it.

 

Fourth, meditation makes us happier beings.  The practice increases brain signaling on the left side of the brain, specifically the pre-frontal cortex.  The pre-frontal cortex is responsible for memory, initiation, social behaviors, and impulsivity.  It is also the part of the brain that processes feelings of empathy, shame, compassion, and guilt.  The increase of signaling on the left side of the pre-frontal cortex decreases the functioning on the right side of the brain that is responsible for negative emotions.

 

Lastly, meditation improves physical health tremendously.  One example is immune health and cardiovascular function.  While meditating our heart rate decreases, putting us in a calm relaxed state where our bodies can rest and take a break from all the stress that surrounds us.

 

I hope you all learned something new and I hope you enjoyed this post!  If you have anything you would like to share about your practice, or if you have any questions at all, please comment below! J Also, I would love to hear some suggestions for different themed meditations that I can share with you.  Below I have posted a guided meditation and I really recommend taking some time out of your day to kick your feet up and take care of yourself, and try it out!  I always found guided meditations much easier to focus on in the beginning; honestly I still do most of the time lol. 

Sending all of you positive vibrations!

Xx

Siobhan   

Connection and The Golden Rule

Welcome! I’d like to begin this post by sharing some research I found especially interesting in my classes at The New School.  Bruce K. Alexander is a psychologist and professor emeritus from Vancouver, BC, Canada. He has taught and conducted research on the psychology of addiction at Simon Fraser University since 1970. He retired from active teaching in 2005.  He has studied addiction for a number of years and through his findings he stated, “Everything that we know about addiction is wrong.” This really interests me, since I have personally struggled with addiction for a number of years.  Through Alexander’s research, he found that the overdose rate when some one is struggling with addiction is 100% when the person is isolated, not connected, and not living a life he or she enjoys.  In society today, we have replaced connection with material objects such as phones, cars, clothes, the real estate value of our homes, and we have made money the most important element of our lives.  In the long run, however, material objects and money are not what empower us to thrive.  As human beings, we crave connection, without which it is hard to have a sense of truly being a part of a world with billions of people.   Alexander observes, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety it is connection.” In order to have healthy and fulfilling connections, I believe it is so important to live by the Golden Rule.  This post includes my experience with treating others the way I want to be treated.  I hope you all relate, and I look forward to hearing your reactions!

One of the values instilled in me by my parents, which I have always believed to be true and never questioned, is “treat everyone the way you want to be treated.”  I was taught that this is the way I should treat the people that I encounter in my life from a very early age.  Even if I had or have a preconceived idea about a person, I should still treat them with the respect that I want to receive.  Universally, this practice is known as the Golden Rule, and in almost every religion, this is the universal cornerstone taught by our greatest religious thinkers. 

This concept is often correlated to the concept of karma, which can be described as follows: “It's a Sanskrit word meaning 'act', 'action', or 'word'. The law of karma teaches us that all of our thoughts, words and actions begin a chain of cause and effect, and that we will personally experience the effects of everything we cause. We may not experience the effect (the returning karma) right away, and it may not even be in this lifetime, but you can count on it just the same. It is a cosmic law, which means that it applies to everyone, everywhere, all the time” (http://www.spiritual-encyclopedia.com/karma.html). The concept of karma is especially valuable to consider because it makes clear that how we treat others is not necessarily something we will experience as an immediate cause and effect of our actions; we must treat others justly simply because we know that it is the right thing to do.

One of the reasons that I carry this value with me in my daily life is because I believe that what you put out into the universe is what you are given back.  I think that treating people with respect and kindness is a way to connect with other human beings.  We are all connected somehow, by something, in the universe, and without connecting and caring for other people, how are we supposed to ever get that back in return?  I know that if I treated every person I encountered in an unkind way, I probably would not be connected to or cared for by many people.  Not following this value, I believe, leads to isolation, and for me isolation leads to a very sad and lonely life.

Our human condition is rooted in feeling comfortable, connected, and loved by others.  If we do not feel these things, we are not truly happy.  Yes, we all need to survive, but in order to thrive, physically and emotionally, we must stand together.  We must love one another, and we must learn to love our brothers and sisters in the universe as we love ourselves.  It can get tricky here, especially when it is very difficult to sometimes love even ourselves, but our duty is not to cause pain to others.  I believe that helping others, and lifting others up, is humanity’s essential purpose.  Society wants us to believe that happiness relies on how much we possess, and on knowing all the answers, but, in reality, this is a false ideal.  Most of us have what we need to survive in terms of material goods, but despite, or perhaps because of, all the chaos in this world, we thirst for peace and thirst for love.  We need to feel affection from others, and that is why “treating others how you want to be treated” is the key to creating a peaceful world.  As I grow older, I see how truly powerful this value is for me and how it guides me each day of my life.

If we disrespect our fellow human beings through judgment, gossip, and hate, the peace that we seek will never be met.  When I was a child, I was very shy and I remember how embarrassed and hurt I would feel when someone said something that hurt my feelings.  I remember those deep feelings of sadness and embarrassment even to this day.  I must always remember the little girl inside of me, and how she felt when people did not treat her with kindness and love.  I think all of us have to remember the small child inside us and how we would feel when someone hurt our feelings.  That child is still inside of us, and inside of others too, and no one should want to diminish that innocence through unloving words or actions. 

Welcome to the Soulful Impact Blog!

A warm hello to all the beautiful souls reading this post.  My name is Siobhan Hoffman I am the Creative Director at Soulful Impact LLC.  I am a mental health advocate, a published author of The Silence that Screams, a collection of original poetry available on Amazon.com.  I am also a healing crystal enthusiast, studying in the field of spiritual healing, and have completed many DBT workshops on mindfulness, interpersonal relationships, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. I look forward to sharing some of these important skills with all of you.  I am 22 years old and a Psychology major who has struggled with mental illness since the age of 13.  From this young age, all I knew was to try anyway to escape the horrible feelings of depression and anxiety that haunted me every single day.  Drugs and alcohol became my whole life.  The numbness they helped me achieve was exactly what I thought I was missing.  I am now four months sober, and I have done some very intense therapy to work on not only my trauma but my depression and anxiety.   I have to fight every day, but all of the pain and chaos has made me stronger.  I now know how to be vulnerable and opening up has helped me in such an amazing way.  I share this with you because I want this to be a place where each of us feels safe enough to be vulnerable, a place where people truly care.  Nobody should be ashamed of their mental illness, sadness, fear, or feeling different and isolated from the people in their lives. My posts will consist of mindfulness and meditation techniques, health and nutrition recommendations, profiles of inspiring leaders in the public eye and how they got to where they are now, DBT skills, creative writing, and any other requests or ideas from all of you! Everything happens for a reason and I truly believe this to be true.  As Buddha said, “life is suffering”.  It’s learning how to grow from the pain instead of letting it take control of our lives that will be the focus of what I will be sharing with you through this blog. Let’s create a community that helps each person feel a little less alone in this world.  Let’s stand together!

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CSR:是Corporate-Social-Responsibility(企业社会责任)的缩写.

 

企业社会责任是指一个企业在创造利润,对股东负责的同时,还应承担起对劳动者、消费者、环境、社区等利益相关方的责任,其核心是保护劳动者合法权益,广泛包括不歧视、不使用童工,不使用强迫性劳动,安全卫生工作环境和制度等(来源百度百科)。

 

早在20世纪60年代,企业社会责任的概念就已经在欧美提出并且广泛的引起重视了。在一些国家,上市公司每年都会有企业社会责任报告。 

国内对CSR的重视也与日俱增,随着我们物质财富的增长,生活水平的不断提高,越来越多的企业和普通大众认识到这一切美好生活换来的代价,人类共有的资源被过度消耗,珍稀物种的加速灭绝,环境的污染,人类健康水平的不断下降。 这时,就需要有公众影响力,有社会传播力的企业与普通大众团结起来作出改变。

 

现在,更多的国内企业开始真正的行动起来。 2014年我国开始举办CSR中国文化奖,以表彰企业社会责任在文化领域贡献的奖项。举办以来,CSR中国文化奖以其专业、公益、传播力受到社会各界的高度关注、认可和欢迎。

 

阿里巴巴集团旗下蚂蚁金服集团和法国奢侈品集团开云集团日前就共同开展知识权保护,为消费者提供安全可信赖的购物坏境达成协议。

 

开云集团旗下拥有包括Gucci、Bottega Veneta、Alexander McQueen、Boucheron

等多个奢侈品品牌。

 

此外,阿里巴巴日前还出台了“康乃馨”关爱父母计划,除了员工自身享有每年一次免费体检外,员工父母及其配偶父母也能够享受这项福利。

目前和阿里巴巴合作的体检机构遍布全国100多个城市,员工可以在任何一个体检中心为父母安排体检,每年每名员工有四个体检名额,其中2位免费名额,2位享受体检优惠。 员工只需通过阿里自建体检系统,员工就可以帮助父母预约好医院、项目、时间。父母无需自己去机构进行预约。

 

除此之外,阿里巴巴还有多项为员工推出的福利,包括iHome计划:为员工提供30万元无息贷款,用于购房首付;iBaby子女教育关怀计划:为员工宝宝们的健康快乐成长提供好的环境;iHelp蒲公英计划:若员工或员工家属得了重大疾病,将援助5-10万元援助金;iHope彩虹计划:家庭特别困难的员工,还会提供3-5万元的特困援助金。(来源chinacsr.com)

 

 马云曾在阿里成立十周年庆典上说成为最具幸福感的企业是阿里巴巴的三大愿望之一。

 

一个富有社会责任的企业,首先肯定会有一个充满责任感的领导者,这个领导者对企业负责,对员工责任,对顾客负责,更为这个社会负责。

 

不止阿里,国内更多的本土企业加入了CSR的行列。 

腾讯将推出助力公益生态发展的“创益计划”,首期提供总价值20亿元的广告资源,帮助全国公益机构和公益项目提升公益创意传播能力。

2017年家乐福中国发布2016家乐福企业社会责任报告。

顺丰发布2016社会责任报告,涉及公司、员工、客户、股东、社区等诸多方面。

 

阿里巴巴,腾讯及顺丰及更多的企业正在将社会责任视为企业未来发展重要的一部分。

 

这些杰出企业的领导者正是ANIMA式的灵魂领导者,他们用对待自己的方式对待他人,对待社会。

 

我们需要更多的企业,领导者将社会责任重视起来,做出实事。

中国的企业社会责任之路是任重而道远的。

 

 

 

 

 

ANIMA灵魂型领导力是指践行“The Golden Rule" 黄金法则的准则:向对待自己一样对待他人。 一个优秀的领导者,是真诚,尊敬他人,以身作则,有远见卓识,并且富有公益之心的。

 

 

 

 

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    Mount Hosts Anima Leadership Conference On Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship

    6/28/2017

    Ryan Cummins, CEO of Omaze, Delivers Keynote Address

    Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent hosted the Anima Executive Leadership Academy on global philanthropy and social entrepreneurship June 19-21. The conference was founded through a partnership between Mount Saint Vincent, Soulful Impact, LLC, a leadership development consultancy, and ONE HUNDRED, a marketing organization created by Changing Our World, Inc., a philanthropic consulting firm specializing in fundraising, corporate social engagement, and research and analytics.

    Mount President Charles L. Flynn, Jr. kicked off the event with a welcome address. Ryan Cummins, co-founder and co-CEO of Omaze, a cause marketplace that raises money for charity by offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences, provided the keynote address. Seminars included self-evaluation of leadership style, an overview of the current global philanthropic landscape, and learning how to optimize career growth and networking opportunities through Anima-style leadership. The intimate 15-member group also engaged in spiritual centering exercises. Speakers included Jonathan Atwood, Unilever’s Vice President of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, North America; William Campbell, president of Sanoch Management, a consulting and investment firm; Brian Crimmins, managing partner of ONE HUNDRED and CEO of Changing Our World; and Nina Aversano, Ph.D., Chair and Assistant Professor of Management at the Mount.

    “The passion of the attendees exceeded my expectations,” noted Michael Hoffman, founder and chairman of Changing Our World and a former member of the College’s Board of Trustees. “I knew the experience would be raw and transformative, but it blew me away even more than I could imagine.”

    “Anima translates to ‘soul’ in Latin,” said the Leadership Academy’s co-director Deirdre Gaughan, senior advisor to Mr. Hoffman. “We wanted to create an opportunity for leaders of all backgrounds to discover what it means to lead in a soulful, present way.” To be a leader in accordance with the Anima model, Ms. Gaughan continued, is to be authentic, strategic, omnipresent, intentional, and aware of otherness, that is, the value of remembering the world outside the self. A key component of Anima leadership is a simple principle: leading by the Golden Rule. “Treating everyone as they wish to be treated can allow an organization to thrive because everyone is achieving the fullest potential of their vocation,” Ms. Gaughan said.

    The conference concluded with attendees’ presentations on their leadership style and goals. “Being here helped me remember the importance of never settling, whether it’s about a career or anything else,” said Kayla Colyard ’17, who received her master’s degree in International Development and Service from the Mount in May. A former community outreach coordinator for the American Red Cross in New York State, Ms. Colyard discussed the value of finding like-minded peers who appreciated her desire to travel and help others. “I grew up in Pawling, New York, which is a very small place,” Ms. Colyard said. “I was eager to expand my horizons and discover new experiences.” She taught English in Thailand and backpacked throughout Southeast Asia, experiencing six different countries in a year. “It’s important to stay true to what makes you happy,” she said.

    In addition to returning next summer, the Anima Executive Leadership Academy will also come to the Mount campus this fall for a one-day event. Mr. Hoffman said groups will continue to be intentionally small to foster a close-knit sense of community.

    About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
    Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century