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May 18, 2016


                                     In the hour of twilight,

                           the soft, idyllic scent of

                      lilac inundates the air with

             a soothing aroma. Stars

             twinkling, small sparks of

       light in the suffocating dark.

   As colors fade, losing light,                                            

       A veil of gray takes over.                                         Night.

    Lurking, luminous eyes glow

   like the midnight sun. Fireflies

 flash in the night, glimmering,

acting as guiding lights, shining

with a luminescent brilliance,

Uneasy silence, foreshadowing

most sinister violence. Invisible

paint brushes ravage with blacks

 and blues, leaving only ruins. The                   Night.

  sky’s bruises will heal when the

   sun returns. No wonder they call

    it the dead of night. Breathe in the

       atmosphere of dreams that gather

      in your head instead of your lungs,

       awaiting to be played back as you lie in your bed. Things to

              be dreamed, but never to be told. It’s like the night is co-

                 ntagious. The sky’s pain reflects back, mirroring the

                      darkness we feel inside ourselves. The very de-

                            pths of ours souls is sweet and uncanny,

                                    just like the blissful midnight.


Written by 7 Cups Lisener: iKat

iKat is the winner of the 7 Cups Earth Day Writing Competition!

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How Our Past Informs Our Relationships

May 16, 2016


We have all struggled with losses of attachment some manner or another. Secure attachments are essential in establishing intimate connections with others. Based on earlier experiences with our caregivers, we associate our past encounters and relationships with prominent figures when establishing new social connections. Whether abuse, neglect, death of a loved one, or other forms of trauma, we may be inclined to develop insecure and unhealthy attachments or bonds with others. Insecure attachments impair our ability to be intimately in tune and vulnerable.


In the novel, Healing The Emotional Self, Engel indicates that negative messages, experiences and how we interpret those occurrences can disrupt our current level of personal, social and family functioning and reframe our thought process and content¹. Healthy attachment is ultimately what we strive for and is an ever-seeking soulful fulfillment; however life happens and we are predisposed to develop skewed and distorted views triggering from absence of praise, validation and negative parental or spousal messages.

¹Engel, Beverly. Healing Your Emotional Self. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley, 2006. Print.

Written By: Jaquita Shorts, LAMFT

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