How is an Intimate Relationship like a Fragrant Red Rose?

When our intimate relationships flourish, our lives radiate joy and we rest in deep peace. Our bodies feel healthy, and we naturally uplift those around us with our very presence.

Spiritual and human intimacy fill us with beauty, just like the perfume of a beautiful red rose.

Can you remember the last time you bent down to smell a rose and lingered in its fragrance?

Scented roses are very rare, and so is fulfilling romantic love. It can be the most challenging form of love, and yet it yields the deepest sweetness.

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Author: Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
The Esposito Institute, Inc.
2 Offices: Atlanta and Blairsville, GA
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None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.” ~Bail Goodwin


The Beckoning Moon

A day’s work comes to a close.
Driving down the highway, homeward bound,
Feeling content, peaceful, and happy.

The softly lit full moon, fringed with a fuzzy glow,
rests against a blanket of puffy faint clouds.
Tiny lightening bolts toss pink and yellow streaks across the sky.
Flashes of color decorate the tranquil masterpiece.
Shadowy outlines of trees draw lacy curtains over the moon.

The sweet fragrance of my perfume,
gentle sounds of jazz filling my ears,
winding around the curves,
rolling up and down the hills,
absorbed with nature’s expansive beauty.

Wishing you were here beside me
to share my joy and feel the beauty of this moment.

Author: Benita A. Esposito, M.A.

Written on 9/14/81 in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri.
Copyright 1981. All rights reserved. The Esposito Institute, Inc.

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Mountain Sunset

Walking across the dam tonight,Lake Chatuge, Hiawassee, GA
breathing in a full deep breath of
360 degree mountain views.
Misty clouds hover overhead
While the sparkling cloudburst
fires up the magenta sunset.
The full moon glistens
a streak of white light
across the quiet blue lake,
while the locusts sing a chant,
and fire flies
blink gold
on and off,
on and off.

Author: Benita A. Esposito, MA, LPC

Copyright 2007, All rights reserved. The Esposito Institute, Inc.


“Balancing Your Life: Eliminating Workaholism”

If you feel stressed, and you want to take more time for self-care, but you don’t make enough time to do it, read this short article. You’ll see how one S.M.A.R.T. woman who was burned-out as she struggled to eliminate her resistance to good self-care. Finally, she created a life of ease and joy. Read more


Association for the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP)


LOVE OF LIFE and people is achieved through an integrated awakening of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional processes. Life itself is a religious experience as realized in the temple of my being. I am performing a religious service when my thoughts and deeds involve an affirmation of life. My congregation is both myself and those who seek my support in striving towards an integration of the whole person. To serve others, for fee or gratuity, who seek my assistance in the pursuit of this religious experience is both my commitment and my right, free from any persecution. My service is supported by the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person in agreement of principles with the Constitution of the United States. Membership in the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person will be denied or revoked if I interfere with or injure the rights of others, perform criminal acts, or practice medicine without a license. My service, whether for fee or gratuity, is limited to the areas for which I have been qualified.

Religious: “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.”

Spiritual: “of religion, sacred, devotional, or ecclesiastical; not lay or temporal.”

The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person was founded so that spiritual persons, prepared to serve their communities, can do so in ways that assure the blessings of self-empowerment, psychologically and educationally, leading to peace for persons of goodwill.


“Choose well. Life is brief.” ~Benita A. Esposito, M.A.


Powerful Questions for S.M.A.R.T. Women

Brunett Woman in Red dressHow to Go Beyond Success to True Fulfillment

Have you thought to yourself, “I have reached a measure of success, but I’m still not fulfilled? My work-life balance leaves me feeling stressed. I need to make some changes.” Well, I’m here to encourage you to do just that. Give yourself the gift of sitting down for 30-60 minutes to ask yourself the following powerful questions. Don’t just think about it. Write it.

Before you begin answering the questions, let me give you 5 tips. Read more


Tears of Anguish, Tears of Love

A love letter from a daughter to her father.

Unresolved emotional wounds from our childhood affect our adult relationships. This short story shows you how I used a special technique to heal the relationship with my father. That helped me heal the hole in my soul so I could feel whole. And that helped me create healthy relationships with men in my adult life. You can use this tool to heal a variety of childhood wounds that keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns as an adult. Read more


How Husbands Help Their Wives Heal: Jenny’s Story

The Rewards of Effective Conflict Management.

Jenny’s heart was racing. An MRI revealed no heart dysfunction, so her doctor diagnosed it as a panic attack. She wanted to discover the underlying cause so she could heal the condition without drugs. Read more


Healing the Heart: Emily’s Story

square04Body-Mind-Spirit Healing

Research published by the American Medical Association indicates 90% of all disease is stress-related. The mind, body, emotions and spirit intricately affect each other. When we heal the emotional or spiritual root of dis-ease, pain and other physical symptoms can ease up, and sometimes they vanish completely. That is a really exciting part of my work!  I’ll show you what I mean in the following story. You’ll understand how psychotherapy can accelerate healing, and is an adjunct to traditional medicine.

Emily suffered from constant chest pain that was so severe she had difficulty breathing.
The pain persisted for weeks and was getting worse, even with prescribed medication. Her doctor suspected an emotional root to the pain, and referred Emily to me. Read more


Woman Emerging

Wouldn’t you love mepretty woman
for just who I am?

Wouldn’t you love me
for just who I am?

Behind this painted face
and every hair in place

Is a wild and crazy
Mean and angry
Clumsy and fragile
Strong and agile
Warm and gentle

Sentimental woman!


Authors: Priscilla Sabin and Benita Esposito

Copyright 1991, The Esposito Institute. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint, please use the “Contact Form” on this site.

The Esposito Institute / Counseling and Life Coaching
2 Offices: Atlanta and Blairsville, GA
Contact: Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
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Specialties: Marriage counseling, individual psychotherapy. Divorce, emotional roots of disease, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar and success skills. Combining intuition and evidence-based practices, Benita gets to the bottom line quickly to help clients create flourishing personal and professional lives. Psychotherapy is available in Blairsville and Atlanta. Life coaching for high achievers is available worldwide via telephone and skype.

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”  ~Christina Baldwin