A note from GWEN’s Co-founder and COO Tess Cacciatore

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Posted on February 28, 2013

It’s a cloudy February day and I’m reminded how the short days and long nights
of winter provide time to reflect and embrace the dark side residing within.

Today I’m grateful and fulfilled that my life-long dream of GWEN is coming true.
But not so long ago I felt I was circling a rabbit hole in jeopardy of tumbling down
far out of reach of my dreams. Through these dark times and other inevitable ups
and downs of life, I have come to understand that the dark and light in life give
context, with the dark fortifying our will and pushing us beyond real and imagined
limitations into the light.

Every February, Valentine’s Day gives us the opportunity experience this contrast
as it relates to romantic love. While many celebrate finding love, others run
around trying to fill a void – longing for love or fearing losing what they have.
True bliss resides in knowing that light and dark resides within and we choose
which dominates. When we truly grasp this, the light of self-love has the
opportunity to shine through darkness regardless of circumstances.

GWEN’s goal is to empower people to rediscover self-love so they can transform
and live a life beyond circumstances, beyond abuse. We stand to help you leave
your dark winter and follow your light into spring and the promise of rejuvenation
and new life.

January and February have been very busy and March is even more so as
you’ll see in the stories below. Check out our upcoming GWEN Talks and if you
missed one, you can still listen in by clicking on the links provided. Thank you for
your interest in GWEN. We look forward to growing with you. – Love, Tess

Kitchen Cacciatore blog

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Posted on February 27, 2013

A note from GWEN’s Co-founder and COO Tess Cacciatore

Kitchen Cacciatore – Recipes for the Mind, Body and Soul

Even in sunny California, where our winters are mild comparatively to the rest of the country, February is known to be filled with short days and long nights of winter, to provide time to reflect and embrace the dark side residing within.

Today I’m grateful and fulfilled that my life-long dream of GWEN is coming true. But not so long ago I felt I was circling a rabbit hole in jeopardy of tumbling down far out of reach of my dreams. Through these dark times and other inevitable ups and downs of life, I have come to understand that the dark and light in life give context, with the dark fortifying our will and pushing us beyond real and imagined limitations into the light.

Every February, Valentine’s Day gives us the opportunity to experience this contrast as it relates to romantic love. While many celebrate finding love, others run around trying to fill a void – longing for love or fearing losing what they have. True bliss resides in knowing that light and dark resides within and we choose which dominates. When we truly grasp this, the light of self-love has the opportunity to shine through darkness regardless of circumstances.

GWEN’s goal is to empower people to rediscover self-love so they can transform and live a life beyond circumstances, beyond abuse. We stand to help you leave your dark winter and follow your light into spring and the promise of rejuvenation and new life.

I am very grateful to the GWEN family and Michael Littenberg who have all come together this past week to lift the vision of this fast-growing network to the next level. We can not do this without your support. Please share our links and donate what you can, so that we can continue offering free apps GWEN ALERT, and programming to our global community.

Please download our FREE GWEN Alert (smart phone) download and help to spread the word.

We look forward to growing with you. – Love, Tess

KITCHEN CACCIATORE “Recipes for the Mind, Body and Soul” by Tess Cacciatore

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Posted on December 21, 2012

As I edit a video that I filmed in New York on December 10, 2012 (International Human Rights Day) I weep at the continual chain of morbid news that keeps coming through the media.

The storyline in my latest video traces back to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and, in the wake of the most recent mass killing at the elementary school last week, I’m devastated that human life continues to be so disrespected.

As the news continues to reveal more heartbreaking details each day, I fight between keeping an open heart and remaining compassionate, or completely shutting down, immobilized by the enormity of the tragedy and the sadness.

What is in the minds of these mass murderers? Whether in the villages of developing countries like Rwanda, Congo, Sudan; or the sleepy bedroomcommunities in the United States of America the brutality is the same as I’m reminded by Rwandan Marie Claudine Mukamabano, the subject of my video.

Marie Claudine and I spent a chilly, damp day with walking through Columbus Circle and Central Park as she told me her inspiring story of surviving beyond abuse and death. After living through the genocide, this strong-willed beauty eventually made her way to New York where she runs her organization Why Do I Exist?.supporting education for orphans through
the donation of pencils and tennis shoes.

Marie Claudine explained the killings started when she was only 14 years old when she witnessed the deaths of many of her family members. She said she remembers bodies falling to the ground all around her, as she dodged bullets and machetes, while being led through the death-covered streets. As I listened, I couldn’t imagine what she must have felt, as I also can’t imagine what those innocent children felt when a gunman rampaged their school last Friday. How do they survive the details of these disasters?

How do their young psyches recover?

From an overarching perspective, changes are needed in our legal and mental health systems but those are colossal endeavors that will take time. However, when approaching from an individual standpoint, we are each more nimble and, as a collective group, can make more of an immediate impact — but how?

We at GWEN have a suggestion. Inspire and inform others by sharing your own story of personal challenge to triumph in our “Tell Us Your Story” campaign. Ask yourself what stops you from fully living your purpose and passion. Are you awake and engaged in life, or are you letting past stories run your life? What story (or stories) can you reveal… so that you can heal
and inspire others to heal?

In the coming months within the KITCHEN CACCIATORE  blogs, I will be sharing “recipes” that have to do with healthy living for the mind, body and soul. This month  is about you!   It is about closing down 2012 in a healthy way and to take today, December 21st, 2012 (the re-birth day) and to begin again. Release your sorrows and find the recipe for forgiveness. I’m here for you!!

REVEAL TO HEAL!!

By TESS CACCIATORE.