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Newsletter Dated: 7/5/2003 5:38:53 PM
Subject: Happiness Tips From Tina - Love Letters
Happiness Tips from Tina
Welcome to our new subscribers, Iíd love to hear from all of you, and to share your e-mails with the newsletter list. This month for the first time, I've printed the e-mails I got from all of you at the bottom of this newsletter. I will post new letters each month from now on.
We often get out of touch or out of sorts with people Ė sometimes they leave or pass on, sometimes we quarrel, sometimes we just grow apart. If your connection, or lack of one, with someone is troubling you, hereís a simple way to ease your mind and your heart.
HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER
Writing has a powerful effect on our emotional state. The following exercise is designed to help you fully express feelings that may have lain dormant for a long time, or may be too intense and jumbled for your to process effectively. Youíll find it helpful in expressing what you feel, especially if youíre having difficulty letting go, forgiving, grieving for or being appropriately angry at someone.
THIS LETTER IS NOT DESIGNED TO BE MAILED TO ANYONE. After you write it, you may decide to write another appropriately adjusted for the other person to read. The point of this is to let your feelings out, uncensored and unedited. Begin by expressing your anger, resentment and blame and allow yourself to move through the other levels until you get down to the love.
You may find your feelings begin pouring out as you write. If so, just go with what you feel. If you get stuck or confused, using the following suggested lead-in phrases may help you.
1. ANGER AND BLAME
I donít like it when.............
I hate it when
Iím fed up with.......
Iím tired of...........
2. HURT AND SADNESS
I feel sad when......
I feel hurt because.......
I feel awful because........
I feel disappointed because...........
3. FEAR AND INSECURITY
I feel afraid..........
Iím afraid that..............
I feel scared because..............
I donít understand..........
4.GUILT AND RESPONSIBILITY
Iím sorry that.......
Iím sorry for........
Please forgive me for.........
I didnít mean to...........
5.LOVE, FORGIVENESS, UNDERSTANDING AND DESIRE
I love you because...........
I love when..........
Thank you for.........
I understand that........
I forgive you for.........
Now, put the letter away for a couple of days, then re-read it and decide if you want to share part of it with the other person . If youíre writing to someone who has passed on, you may want to burn the letter, to symbolically ďsendĒ it.
Adapted from It Ends With You © 2003 Tina B. Tessina
Here's how we can get to know each other better.
Upcoming book signings and events:
Sunday, July 13, 2003 Society for the Scientific Study of Sex -- Los Angeles Chapter -- I'm speaking on "Different Strokes: Counseling Poly and Alternative relationships" call 310/836-1662 for info
Saturday, September 13, 2003 Angelís Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA. Iím moderating a performance art event.
Sunday, September 21, 11:00-12:15 West Hollywood Book Fair. Iím moderating a panel on ďWriting the Non-Fiction BookĒ
My radio show: "The Psyche Deli: delectable tidbits for the subconscious" airs every Thursday. 4-4:30 PM on KUCI 88.9 FM, and is simulcast on www.kuci.org. People can tune in, and call in at 949-824-5824 to ask questions on air.
Online Classes for Continuing Education Credit
Now you can get CE credits online based on my books:
It Ends With You http://www.ce-credit.com/Clinical/b_itendswithyou.htm
How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free http://ce-credit.com/Clinical/b_howcouple.htm
The Real 13th Step http://ce-credit.com/Addictions/b_13thstep.htm
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Thanks for the newsletter. Boy, you really brought back memories with that bit, "Make new friends,keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold." We used to sing that in Girl Scouts--it was a round, and we
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Hello, Tina. I want you to know how much I appreciate being on your mailing list. I enjoy your writing very much and found the last article "Silver and Gold" especially inspirational.
It is wonderful to see that you are fully utilizing the internet to promote your incredible breadth of knowledge and experience...You go girl! Take it easy and have a wonderful summer-
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the good work.
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All the best,
Tina: I'd like to pass this along to members of my personal list. May I? It's very good advice.--
Worried in Indiana.
What a beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes. My Teddy did not fare so well with his tummy closed with an ironing board safety pin. My mother threw him out in the trash numerous times and I always found him, until the last time.
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Thanks! I loved the doll story. Your book titles are enticing...
Hi Tina, I read your first newsletter and it was a touching story. I'm looking forward to more of your newsletters.
Hi Tina-- Love your first article/story about the doll and the christening dress and how it fit into your life and heart. You never cease to amaze me with you seemingly endless energy to be creative and roductive. Keep it going. I know you impact many lives for the better. Take care and I look forward to more. Rosalie C.
That was a great story, one I needed to hear today. Congratulations on all of your continued success.
Best wishes to you,
What a wonderful story--and a lovely break from a busy day. Could see it all so clearly (wanted to be there, actually) and got progressively more misty from mid-point on. Thanks for sharing.
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Wishing you joy,
Tina B. Tessina, PhD