IHTP Family Sharing

This is a place where you can share your thoughts about the events of the world, about your work in your facilities, and anything that you would like to share with your IHTP Family.  Simply scroll down to the bottom and leave a message/reply.

6 Responses to “IHTP Family Sharing”

  1. Christina says:

    From Cathy Curby in Alaska:
    As we watch the world unfold, it is heartening to be reminded that we have the capacity, with our gentle little harps, to bring a haven of calm and compassion to our listeners. I’m honored to be a part of this great effort.

    With love,

  2. Christina says:

    Looking for a place to do your internship? Here is a place in N.C. and I’m sure Beth, our Editor of the Newsletter can fill you in on more. If interested, contact me and I will put you in touch with her.

    From the administrator of the facility:

    Thank you very much for referring Beth Brown to us. She was wonderful to have at our facility as a student. We would love to have other students at our facility. May I ask you if you are familiar with any other students in our area?

    Thank you,


    Elizabeth Morse, MDiv

    Spiritual Care Manager

    Carolinas Rehabilitation

    Carolinas HealthCare System


    Mailing: 1100 Blythe Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203

  3. Christina says:

    Alianna Boone sends this amazing link – please do they a moment to listen – it is wonderful:

    Thich Nhat Hanh wonderful ….called The Great Bell Chant….he reads and chants…..hope you will all send out far and wide

  4. Christina says:

    Harriet Eisendel of London writes:
    Last night, sunday I went to play with Elders with special needs at a Home and at 3.30 p.m (afternoon) each person was sitting in the dark! (other than the tv. on with the Terrorists information being relayed) It was unbelievable.

    I asked the carers if I could turn the lights on! Hardly anyone speaks English there.

    All the Carers were in a State of shock. Too scared to take the train hom let alone go shopping.

    We all agreed that it is tragic that the terrorists have never known love. Their fear relayed to them by their parents probably have brought them up learning to hold grenades and shooting with a hand gun.
    The shootings they have done in Paris are so awful and the people who have died have lost their lives when everyone needs to struggle and strive to make a beautiful world. The parents of the people who were shot in the cafes rock concert and football areas must be in so many emotional states. My heart cries for them but Harp would help them ….You were so priveleged to be in Japan….Wonderful!

    It was a joy to play Harp..yesterday ..(from folk to reggae! to football tunes!!) to every elder in their bedrooms and in the sitting room. We finished playing Christmas songs and I surprised myself by playing Christmas songs I hardly knew on the harp and everyone cheered up! The carers started laughing intead of watching the Memorial service on tv.

    So looking forward to hearing you on 19th November.

    x Harriet

  5. Masayo Honjo says:

    My heart is aligned with you, Christina.
    I was thinking why we experience such sad things…. We are such emotional being that we are capable of doing all kinds of things and feel all kinds of things….easy, happy and difficult things. I am sitting here witnessing what I could be capable of doing since we are really all one. We are indeed in the midst of evolution. Holding space for mending and welcoming light…and cherish and enjoy the light we already have.

  6. Christina says:

    I have written my thoughts about the recent events happening in France. To recap, I will put part of my letter that I sent to you here:

    Regarding the recent tragedies in France, if one understands the stages of grief, it will be a while before music can be the language to breakthrough the numbness for the people who are deeply grieving. I feel it is not appropriate to run into a situation like this with our harps. In the process of grief, there is the numbness, the anger, the disbelief, then the sadness and then the picking up pieces of life.

    So, what can we do as caring individuals of the world when such tragedy happens? We see medics and police responding, doctors repairing, nurses caring, politicians trying to figure out how to deal with the dark side of humanity’s existence – and meanwhile, we sit here and listen to the tragedies over and over and over on the news.

    One place I feel that we can be of the most help right now is in the places we are serving and working. Many of you, (and I know that about 70% of the some 400 of you receiving this) are in facilities, nursing homes, schools, cancer centers and many other places of service. How many of you are in facilities where you see the nurses or families glued to the television when a tragedy like this occurs and it plays over and over? Some nurses forget to turn off the television and leave it on for the person ill in bed to be listening to the horror stories over and over. This may seem like such a small thing that we can do, but when we go into the room, we can change that environment. I am not saying turn our back on the situation, but when people are ill, they are in need of something that is going to help them to get better or at least to ease their suffering – not add to it.

    There may not be much we can do about the situation in France at the moment but there is much we can do to help those around us with the news they are hearing. Let us make an effort to take our skills and use it to try to bring a bit of peace and solace to those who need it during this time. News always seems to have the ability to bring to the front all the tough things in life, but it is getting heavier and heavier. And when those so deeply affected by the experience are ready to emerge out of their bombshell, send our positive intentions that they will be surrounded by caring people who will help them get through this tragedy.

    In order to do this, we need to keep ourselves healthy to be able to help others. We know what that means, good nurtrition, plenty of water, exercise, and prayer/meditation. Who knows how this war of terrorism is going to play out, but there are many more people than they who work for the good of the world, and let us focus on that and join those forces where good prevails. Christina

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