At this moment, you may find Sandra Bouquet Carslick enjoying life at her home in Brunswick, ME, with her husband, children and grandchildren. She may also be traveling to Morocco or Arizona, maybe New Mexico, or pedaling her bike around Mid-Coast Maine with a huge smile on her face.
When not otherwise exercising, traveling, or writing, she offers Reiki Craniosacral Therapy and Reconnective Healing® from her private practice in Brunswick.
Her passion for helping others heal blossomed from her own journey through illness, disability, and pain. Diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy following a routine surgery, she found she was unable to use her arm or hand and experienced chronic, excruciating pain. She was forced to give up her career as a Radiation Therapist and became bedridden.
“I had no place to hide,” she recalls. “I realized I had been living on autopilot and had conveniently tossed my feelings as they rose into my ‘emotional closet’. Lying in bed with nothing to do I was forced to drag them out, one by one, and experience them. It was incredibly painful, but something amazing happened in the process. I began to feel lighter. I began to have less pain. I realized that by acknowledging these emotions and feeling them I was releasing them from my body. I had given myself permission to feel again! I had given myself the gift of awareness.”
This simple little book of emotions was conceived from Sandra’s experience. May it help you on your path to self-awareness and health.
Living near the ocean and walking on the beach is what nourishes Vicki Norton Remsen. Every day she is grateful to live on the coast of Maine. When she’s not wading in the water, she’s gardening, hiking, or visiting care facilities with therapy dogs. “Soft ears and a wagging tail create the biggest smiles. Animals can be so therapeutic and selfless.”
After twenty-two years as a teacher, coach, administrator, and college consultant, a neurological injury (focal dystonia) to her right arm abruptly ended Vicki’s academic career. She could no longer write. She experienced a number of other significant losses at the same time. “I felt useless, stupid, and defeated, but I put on a happy face and pretended all was just fine. Burying my feelings didn’t work very well. I was exhausted and depressed. Traditional medicine couldn’t fix me, so I began investigating alternative therapies. Through the study of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Quantum Touch, I learned about the importance of recognizing and releasing trapped emotions. Through this process I was able to release a lot of negativity and make room for other possibilities in my life, and created a business that provided support and compassionate care for the elderly who wanted to remain in their homes.”
“Because I believe our mess can often be our message, I wanted to share with others this gift of empowerment. In This Moment... helps its readers bring their emotions into the light and use them to move forward in their lives.”