And today’s Daily Word: “I behold the Christ Essence in Myself and Others.”
These words written by Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla remind me there is a divine connection joining me with every person: “There is a level in every human soul which knows no conflict, competition, or contempt, a level which knows only peace, harmony, and love. In fact, it is peace and harmony and love, because it is the Christ essence of us.”
When it is hard for me to see our connection, I can improve the situation by lifting my awareness. I redirect negative reactions by remembering the Christ in me, and then I can begin to recognize it in others. In my mind and heart I connect our higher selves. Beyond the outer façade of hurt feelings, fears, and apprehension is our Christ identity. Seeing it in others helps them see it in themselves.
Today I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz, author of the new memoir, Getting to Heaven by Going through Hell. Having been involved in the project as Scot’s editor, I can tell you this book is a must-read, especially for those dealing with adversity. Scot’s example of refreshing honesty and willingness to engage in self-examination in the aftermath of a horrific accident is not only admirable but practical. Not matter what your unique struggle is, you can discover the inspiration and information you need to emerge from the experience a stronger, wiser, happier, and more spiritually connected person.
Kelly Tonelli is a clinical psychologist working in private practice with patients who are experiencing life transitions, many of whom are teenage girls. She happily relocated from Michigan to Southern California to attend Pepperdine University and fell in love with the sunshine (snow is cold). She’s been fortunate to have spent time working and learning at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) before going into private practice. She divides her time between her practice, writing, spending time with her husband, and driving her daughter to dance class.
Dr. Kelly Tonelli is a California licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 19248) providing solution-focused treatment aimed at symptom reduction. She works with her clients to identify treatment goals and collaborate on a treatment plan to meet those goals.
Dr. Tonelli provides the following services:
Psychoeducational assessment to assist in diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Assessment to aid in diagnostic clarification
Solution-focused outpatient mental health treatment aimed at symptom reduction
Assistance with negotiating accomodations and special assistance from employers and/or school districts
Behavior management to aid in behavioral difficulties that occur within the home and/or school
Assistance with medication management through collaboration with the prescribing physician
My first novel is now on sale for $2.99 in Kindle format while I dedicate myself to completing the sequel this year. In the meantime, I am thrilled to have recently received the following reviews:
Water Signs is one of those rare books that makes you feel like you want to meet the characters in person. Yes, they are that real. It is beautifully written with passion for our country and romance. It is one of those books that is just like a good movie, where you hate to see it end. Speaking of more…please Daria, write the sequel as we are left sitting on the edge our seats wanting more. Madeline Rose and her charming husband Kenny will enrich your lives with their love for each other. Yes, a perfect romance does exist.
I fell in love with Rose from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to know more and more about her story. I am rooting for her and hope the author will consider writing a sequel. I would like to be informed if she does. Her writing style kept me engaged and intrigued. I appreciate an author like DiGiovanni who has a keen knowledge of English language and who writes as if you were right there with the main character. Kudos to you!