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CIL Reflections: Repair, Redemption and Resilence

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Repair, Redemption and Resilience Judith S Schmidt, PhD  ” the seed for the planting must not be ground down”  Kate Kollwitz I recently had a very poignant reunion with Alice who is 50 years old. We first met when she was … Continue reading

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Mourning Newtown

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Mourning the dead in Newtown CT Judith Sarah Schmidt I feel called to speak some words to our beloved CIL community. Words, however, are so hard to find at this time. Language seems lost… stunned speechlessness seems the only response … Continue reading

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Summer Musings on the Presence of Peace

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Summer Musings on The Practice of Presence Judith S. Schmidt PhD During this summer, I have been reading and reflecting on several facets of the Practice of Presence, a wisdom practice that is central to our learning at the Center … Continue reading

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Late Fall Newsletter: Gestures of the Soul by Judith

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GESTURES OF THE SOUL Judith Sarah Schmidt PhD All real living is meeting (Martin Buber) In recent weeks, a poem by William Carlos Williams keeps calling to me, whispering itself in my ear.  It goes like this: So much depends … Continue reading

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Interview with Alexis and Judith

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We would like to share a recent interview that Sandra Pribanic, a 2007 CIL graduate, recently held with us. Sandra’s probing questions gave us pause to reflect on our over 30-year relationship with CIL and with one another. Sandra, who … Continue reading

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Fall 2011 CIL Newsletter – Autumn Reflections from Judith

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Embodied Images: Healing Containers For Trauma Judith Sarah Schmidt Ph.D The deep resources of healing and wholeness offered by dream and imaginal journeying are central to both my personal and professional practices. I would like to share with you some … Continue reading

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Fall 2011 CIL Newsletter: Autumn Reflections from Alexis

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Working with Space and Safety Alexis Johnson, PhD A few weeks ago I heard from a CIL graduate who wrote about starting another program and then added   “I always miss the CIL training – it is the best and safest … Continue reading

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May 2011 Newsletter: Cry the Beloved Country

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Cry the Beloved Country Judith Schmidt, PhD I am concerned for my beloved country.  There are things I see that frighten me, that I believe are potentially threatening to our democracy.  Being a culture focused on the cult of personality, we … Continue reading

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The Pre-Trans Fallacy of Attachment

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The Pre-Trans Fallacy of Attachment Alexis Johnson, PhD It is a pity that the word attachment is used in two very different ways.  In early childhood attachment is essential for human growth and development.   It is also clear that human … Continue reading

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Empathy: from neuroscience to mindfullness

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Empathy: from neuroscience to mindfulness Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.- Victor Frankl I have often wondered about … Continue reading

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