Friday, May 12, 2017

A free “Inspirations for Healing and Wellness” event to honor National Women’s Health Week By Lorraine Glowczak

In honor of National Women’s Health Week, a time to focus on and to empower women to make their health a priority, Raindrop Yoga Studio at 9 Whites Bridge Road in Windham will host a free event entitled, “Inspirations for Healing and Wellness” on Tuesday, May 16 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event will include an intimate discussion on healing and self-care with Rebecca LaWind, owner of Ways to Wellness as well as discussion with three local inspirational authors: Diane L. Dunton, author of “Living, Learning, Healing: Inspirational Stories from the Heart”; Nikki Starcat Shields, author of “ The Heart of the Goddess,  A Handbook for Living Soulfully”; and Julie Brown, author of “Building a Life-A Mother’s Healing Journey of Self-Discovery.

My goal [for the event] is that people will attain resources and inspiration that can remind them to take time for self-care, to listen to inner guidance, and tap into what inspires them to be creative, heal and find their own ways to wellness,” LaWind said.

In an attempt for the attendees to discover their own form of wellness, the event will include authors who will share their expertise on healthy well-being. LaWind reached out and gathered the three local writers for this special celebration on women’s self-care.

“Diane, Nikki and Julie are all healing practitioners who live locally and give from their hearts, LaWind said. “I was inspired to connect and gather with these three women in the community so they could share their books, all being published this year. Being National Women’s Health week, this is an opportunity to share ways women can care for themselves, relax and tune into their heart and souls so they feel whole, connected and rejuvenated.”

Dunton, one of the authors for the evening, is an expert in a variety of fields. She has over thirty-five years of professional experience in organizational development, operations and human resources. She is also an executive coach, a skilled facilitator and motivational public speaker for many groups and organizations including Fortune 500 companies. She is a photographer as well as a Reiki Master and trainer. 

It was after the death of her first husband and then surviving breast cancer that she put her love of photography and writing together to publish a book of motivational essays with photography by the author, “Living, Learning, Healing: Inspirational Stories from the Heart.”

Finding a way through her challenges, Dunton discovered a few things on her personal journey to health. “We have to balance being in the moment with what we want to create for our life. We need to grieve and move forward. Life can pull us out of our grief by allowing us to engage with life in the moment.”

Resiliency has played a major role in her life. “Understand that we only have a brief time here on earth as part of our journey.” Dunton said. “Being resilient means staying present, being engaged in learning, developing a plan for the future and creating a support system to help with the difficult times.”

National Women’s Health Week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Human Services Office on Women’s Health, leads this annual observance the week of Mother’s Day through May 20. This year marks the 18th annual National Women's Health Week.

Discover your own inspirations for wellness and self-care as we slow down and listen to our body’s wisdom by attending this free event. 

Books by all the authors will be available for purchase at the event.

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