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Admissions at Southwestern

Welcome prospective students! Many of you are contacting us now with application and admissions questions. Most applicants visit our campus to get a “feel” for the student body and our faculty and staff. Of course, there is also the advantage of spending a long weekend in Santa Fe enjoying the art and outdoors! Our visitors…
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New Students!

A new year and new beginnings. We just had an orientation for 21 new students this winter quarter and they are a great group. Men and women from different parts of the country and beyond… as well as some local folks. We have those who are in their 20’s and some in their 40’s or…
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Exploring Loss

Loss has been part of life since the beginning of time. It happens in nature with the seasons, animals and natural disasters. With humanity’s evolution, especially in certain societies, loss was hushed and shelved away in some imaginary file cabinet called denial. Grief, death, loss and other “sad” words were not spoken. When there were…
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The Grief Process

I think of grief as the normal and natural healing process from a loss. There are many forms of loss, including, loss of a pet, health, home, finances, dreams and hopes, motivation, Self, addiction, social status, time, and, of course, death of a loved one. Any time you experience loss you may undergo a grief…
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Mindfulness and What I eat…

They say “you are what you eat” and I believe this. I believe that I consist of much of what I consume. I consume veggies…gratitude….beans….prayer…bread…self acceptance…chocolate….silence….tofu….turmoil…chips….friendships….rice…and more. I consume what is said on the tv news at night…what I read in books before I sleep…what is said in my office and in business meetings…what I…
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The Big Decision

The Big Decision As most of you know I work in admissions at Southwestern College. I enjoy my position here primarily because I get to sit here and listen to people talk about their dreams and passions. Applying to graduate school is a big deal. For one thing…it ain’t cheap! It is a sizable investment…
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Change Agents from the Heart!

Southwestern College: Change Agents from the Heart--Ted Wiard I love our alum!  The folks that graduate from SWC are change agents from the heart! They go out into the world and make a difference whether it is working in a big recovery center like the Betty Ford Clinic, doing art therapy with the CIA (oh…
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Missing the practice

I notice that I value a mindfulness practice most when there is a period of time when I am not doing it. The quarter has ended. The mindfulness sessions have stopped for now. I am rushing around trying to get "stuff" done - meetings, work, shopping, and running around before the holidays. It is probably…
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Ecopsychology Alchemy

Jim just posted a piece on photography and I cannot resist sharing photos that he took while in a Transformational Ecopsychology class taught by Carol Parker. I call the series the “Phoenix series” for obvious reasons. Jim was one of the attendees and laid on the ground and took pictures of Carol and students through…
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Thanksgiving

It is time for Thanksgiving and I am so glad for this holiday. And yet I would like to take the word "time" out of the equation and practice giving thanks everyday of my life. There is so much to be thankful for each day. I would say if I were to choose a guru,…
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Opening the heart

  There is a great potential for transformation when you bring the heart into your awareness. The heart is the mediator between our emotional body and our mind. As one goes inward, the heart offers the potential for self forgiveness and compassion. Having access to the heart enables you to love yourself as well as…
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