Book-ends of the Day Practice

Bookend 1

At the beginning of the day, on awakening (before even putting your feet on the floor), take a few moments to offer this prayer: “May I be open to the gifts of the day – to be a blessing in the world through my loving presence and to notice and receive the blessings of the day (which I know will come in many ways throughout the ordinariness of my life).”

Bookend 2

At the end of the day, just before falling asleep – take a few moments to look back on the day and notice and express gratitude for the times when you experienced God or sensed God moving in your life (e.g. moments of joy and grace when your heart was touched with gratitude, connecting with God, with your own heart, with nature (e.g awe at a rainbow), with others (e.g. hug from a child), with life situations (seeing special goodness in the world). They may not all be warm fuzzy moments of joy, but perhaps receiving a phone call just when you needed it, or having the courage to move through a challenging time. And they might be times when YOU were a blessing in the world.

Writing these moments down in a journal can make the power of this practice even greater, so you can look back and remember the ordinary but simple ways God is blessing you each day!

Reflection Questions – 5 Pillars Of Health

Body:

  • Do I feed and care for my body as a finely made vehicle (the only one I will have in this life!)?
  • How am I caring for my body preventively?
  • In what ways am I taking my good health for granted?
  • Do I have dental, vision and other preventive examinations routinely?
  • What stress am I carrying in my life/body?
  • What toxins/chemicals am I allowing into my body? (pesticides, food additives, chlorine, pollution, skin care products, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Am I drinking significant amounts (#oz. = 1/2 my weight) of pure healthy water daily?
  • Does my diet give me balanced nutrition (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, etc.) through real, organic foods – (not processed with additives, chemicals, etc.)? [Read more…]

Self-Care: Nurturing Your Spirit

What Can Drain Or Weaken Your Spirit?

  • Seeking approval of others (people-pleasing)
  • Activities
  • Situations/environments
  • Negative thinking
  • Emotional baggage – unresolved past hurts
  • Busy-ness (Chinese character for busy = “heart/killing”)
  • Focusing on problems
  • People
  • Living in fear
  • Self-limiting beliefs
  • Self-doubt and self-judgment
  • Ignoring or “stuffing” emotions [Read more…]

A Balanced Lifestyle – The 5 Pillars Of Health

Most people believe that when we’re over 50 our body starts to fall apart and we can expect to live with aches and pains. This myth is prevalent in our society. Studies are showing that we are meant to live a life that is enjoyable and purposeful-physically healthy and mentally sharp, full of vitality-for up to 120 years!

In his book Defy Aging, Michael Brickey PhD, reports on scientific studies about aging as well as interviews with vibrant centenarians to learn from their experience. He determined that 30% of longevity and vitality is attributed to heredity, while 70% derives from our attitudes and lifestyle. Clearly our health and well-being are ours to determine. His conclusions corroborate many other recent studies: diseases (e.g. heart attack/cancer/diabetes) may be preventable. They are clearly affected by [Read more…]

What I’ve Learned Through The Years

To my beloved family and friends:

You are lovable and beautiful and “good enough,” just as you are. You don’t have to change or do or achieve anything. Your unique love and presence bring light into the world.

We are all imperfect, weak in some ways, and make mistakes. Learn to forgive and accept yourself – “warts and all.” Then you will be able to forgive and accept others with their limitations – and help bring hope and peace to our world.

Know you are never alone. You are always surrounded by divine love and the care of others.

You don’t need to compete or compare yourself to others. Claim, celebrate and share your unique gifts, talents, qualities and presence. [Read more…]

Who Is Responsible For Your Health?

Who is responsible for our health and well-being? Our doctor? Our insurance company? Ourselves?

Though genetics plays a part in predispositions for certain illnesses, studies are showing that many illnesses (heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes…) may be preventable – by us! Our health is clearly affected by what we eat, what we drink, our level of stress, how well we sleep, and how much we exercise. It is also affected by how we think, our attitude and our choices of lifestyle and environment. This is a shift in how health care is being perceived.

One significant aspect of the field of wellness is the growing understanding of the connection between the mind and the body. Our thinking and attitude (our way of seeing and experiencing the world) affects our physical health. Our emotional and mental stress manifests in our body in the form of [Read more…]

Tips for Healthy Eating and Living

Live your life with an attitude of gratitude –noticing and appreciating the blessings of each day.

Develop a healthy self-image. Learn to love and accept yourself as you are. This is the foundation of inner peace.

Make a habit of looking for the good in yourself, others and all situations.

Do something good for yourself each day.

Eat for health and true enjoyment, not weight loss. Develop habits that are geared for a healthy, balanced life. Think: “Health gain,” not “weight loss!”

Do not deprive yourself. Let meals be source of healthy pleasure and never skimp on [Read more…]

Tips for Healthy Living

Notice and enjoy the blessings of each day. Live with an attitude of gratitude.

Start each day with the intention of giving and receiving kindness in every contact throughout the day.

Pamper yourself in some small way each day. Remember that you can care for others only as you care for yourself.

Listen to your body. Appreciate and follow its wisdom.

Be conscious of what you put into your mind and body. Nourish both your body and soul – with healthy food as well as positive, life-giving, joy-enhancing thoughts, habits and experiences. [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Yoga

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Featured Healing Modality: Yoga
Featured practitioner: Aimee Brooks

When you hear the word “yoga,” what comes to your mind? Stretching postures? Eastern religion? Breathing? Meditation?

It’s understandable if you have different views of Yoga, since there are at least 60 styles of yoga now being taught in the U.S. Therefore, some background about this multi-dimensional practice may be helpful.

“The meaning of the word ‘yoga’ is ‘union’: the integration of physical, mental, and spiritual energies that enhance health and well-being. First systematically set down in writing… in the 2nd century B.C…, yoga teaches a basic principle of mind/body unity: If the mind is chronically restless and agitated, the health of the body will be compromised, and if the body is in poor health, mental strength and clarity will be adversely affected. [Read more…]

Holistic Diaries: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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Featured Healing Modality: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Featured practitioner: Maxine McDonald CSW-R

Does the idea of “tapping” parts of your body seem like an odd way to promote emotional and physical healing?

Listen to the message from Dr. Joseph Mercola of www.mercola.com, the world’s most visited and trusted natural health website:

“The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is the psychological acupressure technique I routinely use in my practice and most highly recommend to optimize your emotional health… and emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing.” [Read more…]