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Ours are lives that are easily thrown out of balance.  The common circumstances that we rarely consider poise the most threat because they are the situations that we sometimes pay the least attention to.  

 I have made a general list of at least twenty items that easily come to mind. Take a look, and feel free to comment. I am certain I neglected all the issues that could be included.  Also, be sure to visit the links at the end of this blog post to determine what they have to offer.

  • How to better express our point of view by weaving into our conversations  compelling visual images
  • How to sort through relevant facts to substantiate our contentions
  • How to see the humor inherent in the majority of uncomfortable situations
  • How to clarify our meaning and get to the main point of what we are trying to say out faster
  • How to ask better questions about the things in life we fail to comprehend
  • How to accept counterarguments without becoming annoyed or turning off others
  • How to meet new people and bring their spirit into our lives
  • How to make ourselves more fascinating to strangers that interest us
  • How to arrange for a few minutes of daily inner peace and solitude
  • How to express our admiration without being condescending to those we respect
  • How to control our displeasure
  • How to find new ways to ignite our flame
  • How to reduce the scope of our spending
  • How to look more festive or more suitable for specific events
  • How to take advantage of what nature freely provides for us
  • How to take an alternate route to work that is less stressful and more picturesque
  • How to heal old wounds without punishing ourselves
  • How to get to the crux of what bothers us much quicker
  • How to devise better plans (in general)
  • How to make easier transitions
  • How to demonstrate our willingness to be of help without embarrassing those in need of it
  • How to make better choices (both short and long-term)

 

More of What We Can Do

Valuable Resources Worth Investigating

Check These Links Out!

Self-Improvement Aids

http://www.i-choose-self-improvement.com/resources.html

Jump into a New Life

http://myselfimprovementtoday.com/how-meditation-aids-in-improving-oneself

Affirmations for Radical Success

http://www.affirmations-for-radical-success.com/failure-patterns.html

7 Ways to Look at Money Differently

http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/7-ways-to-look-at-money-differently/

Dare to Live Your Life Differently

http://uncommongeneration.com/live-life-differently

Explore and Enjoy the Happiness Habit

http://www.happinessinhardtimes.com/

Self-coaching – the disorganized mind ( strategic questions and worksheets provided)

http://www.thedisorganizedmind.com/adhdselfcoaching/goals-abilities-worksheet

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Your Faith Has Healed You. Go in Peace.

Jesus in Luke 8:48

Every time we come up against a situation that seems so oppressive that we feel as if we have no control we risk our health and put it to the test.  More than anything, it is the rigidity of our troublesome circumstances that appear to allow for little, or no wiggle room that threaten us the most, both physically and mentally.

It is hardly a secret that faith can move mountains, and that hope can carry a person through some of the roughest of circumstances imaginable, but the question is, can our faith in a Supreme Being help to reverse the impact of insurmountable consequences to our well-being?

The answer is a resounding “yes” as is evidenced from all the studies and testimonies and proclamations that are a matter of record from those who have been diagnosed with the most severe of physical maladies and emotional challenges and have miraculously overcome them.   

Pilgrimages to shines in the hope of spontaneous healing are commonplace destinations for ailing believers.  The existence of these sacred destinations speaks volumes about the role hope and faith play in the process of recovery from illness.  Many conditions have been cured after the suffering visited these healing sanctuaries and inexplicably had their health restored.  

More on the Topic of Faith Healing

Image of Pilgrimage Lourdes France

On the Subject of Pilgrimages

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12085a.htm

Lourdes, France – Live –

http://www.lourdes-radio.com/player_live/player_live_en/player-token_en.php

Spirituality and Health –

http://www.bhslr.edu/!userfiles/pdfs/course-materials/Spirituality%20and%20Health.pdf

Sick French Nun Cured of Parkinson’s disease after Prayer to Pope

http://ezinearticles.com/?Sick-French-Nun-Cured-by-Pope-John-Paul-II—A-Miracle?&id=515896

A First-hand testimony from David Parkes who experienced a complete reversal of a deadly disease

http://www.medjugorje.ws/en/videos/david-parkes-miracle-healing-in-medjugorje/

Scriptures on Health and Healing

http://www.faithandhealthconnection.org/new/wp-content/uploads/Bible-Scripture-Verses-Quotes-on-Health-Wellness-and-Wholeness.pdf

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 “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows”
— St. Francis of Assisi

We Get Involved For Many Reasons, Here Are Just A Few

  • We get a sense of bonding and connectedness
  • We want to make a difference
  • It allows us to stop and take time for some of the little things that really matter

  • Self-pride
  • The euphoric feeling it gives us

  • Hopefulness
  • It is our innate nature to give
  • Our faith and personal convictions

  • Generosity
  • Compassion
  • Our empathetic natures

  • Our belief in what can be as opposed to what is
  • For what we get back which is often so much more than we give

  • Our insistence in wanting to witness change and knowing that if we really try and succeed we can often help make good things happen
  • Our determination to see others happy and comfortable
  • Feelings of commonality

  • Because of the values we were raised with
  • And the other outside influences that have helped to mold and shape us into caring individuals
  • An inner willingness to want to pitch in and do what is possible

  • Understanding that one person can turn some situations around if he or she just attempts to do so
  • Because we like to think of ourselves as being dependable and responsible to others

  • Because we are sensitive to the special needs of others
  • Often times we are available to listen and express empathy when others are not

  • We like to be involved when we can and have no issues with lending a hand to someone in need
  • We have a natural desire to want to see things improve for others
  • We know how important our participation can be and what it can mean to people in need

  • Extending ourselves to others helps us to discover a whole other side of who we are
  • Volunteering has a way of enriching our lives in ways we sometimes could never imagine

  • It gives us a chance to support our communities
  • We gain a great sense of accomplishment from our volunteer actions
  • Our volunteerism allows us to come in contact with many like-minded individuals

We care for many reasons but most of all for the inner satisfaction we get from knowing our knowledge and talents are useful, and that we are truly needed.

More Thoughts on This Subject

Why College Students Volunteer

http://www.communityservice.wustl.edu/quotes/

Volunteer Campaign

http://www.bootcampaign.com/

Lend a Hand to Help the Planet

http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/lend-a-hand-to-help-the-planet-press-release-2-june-2010.html

Be Kind to Human Kind

http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/lend-a-hand-to-help-the-planet-press-release-2-june-2010.html

20 Reasons to Volunteer From Volunteer Match

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp394249.jsp

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Good Morning,

I love the holiday season. I like what it brings out in people. It seems to make them so nostalgic.  I hear the most inspirational stories from strangers I encounter during the Christmas season.  I also appreciate the beautifully orchestrated window themes in all the shop windows.  I even enjoy the holiday music played in my local grocery stores and in the elevators of the buildings in our nearby business district.

I do not like to think of the enormous demands placed on young parents by their children for presents that they really cannot afford.  I don’t appreciate driving around in endless circles until I come across a parking space when I have a ton of errands to run. I hate the thought of the bills coming due in the next couple of months after all the gift giving festivities have ended.  It is a chaotic time because my schedule becomes over taxed with all the extra engagements, and it seems as if there is never enough time to participate in all the merriment I would like to.

If I am not diligent, I find myself overdoing it, cutting corners on my self-care routines, exhausting my energy. Too much activity can easily cause a strain on my already overcompensated lifestyle.  My antidote is to reach for Dr. Rachel Harris’s book: “20 Minute Retreats.” There are more than 190 different retreats developed to soothe the trials of the season and any other mentally challenging situations that come up throughout the year.

Dr. Harris makes inner retreating so easy that we can place this vital inner-work in the same context as other daily rituals we perform such as brushing our teeth, reading the morning paper, or chatting on the phone. There is a selection of antidotes for tension or other concerns related to mental wellness that require no more of our time than a mere one-to-five minute departures from our holiday activities.

Here are Some Highlights I Excerpted from Her Exceptional Book that I Personally Found Extremely Valuable Amidst all the Business of the Season –

  • Ways in which we can experience the world of the spirit more in our daily lives
  • Embracing the magical qualities of life as they naturally unfold during the course of our day
  • Taking in all the comforts our homes provide when we return after a day of stressful working conditions
  • How to avoid becoming mired in the quicksand of negative thinking
  • How to practice mindful attention
  • Why it is so important to pause before uttering words of regret and some techniques to ensure that we can do so in the heat of the moment
  • Ways that we can recognize the magnificence of our personal journey as we travel down our own individual and very sacred path
  • How to bring about tranquility in what would otherwise be a very chaotic atmosphere
  • How to avoid feeling disconnected
  • Instructions for a series of twenty-minute retreats – step-by-step so they can be clearly interpreted and practiced
  • There are retreats for each aspect of our lives that focus on areas such as; our faith, forgiveness, gratitude, healing, intuition, joy, love, patience, peace and relaxation, self-acceptance and self-care

Dr. Harris makes the act of inner retreating so simple and easy to integrate into our hectic worlds.  She presents us with a way in which we can place them in the same context as other common rituals we perform without a second thought. The best way I can convey this is to reiterate the words I read from the text that compare her retreats to other simplistic activities such as the brushing of our teeth, reading the newspaper, or chatting on the phone. There is even a selection of stress-free antidotes that require no more of our time than one-to-five minutes.

Harris’s book is hailed by the most impressive list of supporters an author on this subject could hope for – including, but not limited to:  Dr. Phillip Goldberg coauthor of: Making Peace with Your Past, Daniel Gottenlieb, Ph.D., columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jennifer Louden, author of the Women’s Retreat Book and Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A Glimpse into Dr. Rachel Harris’s Book – “20 Minute Retreats” some excerpts

http://books.google.com/books?id=U817M3sgQBcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Dr.Rachel+Harris+-+20+MINUTE+RETREAT&source=bl&ots=_GJE6J56dl&sig=TmcMj0-3EsG0sEtb8dEbxnzBfak&hl=en&ei=-YHwTL63J4T6lwfl2tyEDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false

SoulfulLiving.com

http://www.soulfulliving.com/selfcare.htm

Invitation to a Daily Mini-Retreat

http://ezinearticles.com/?An-Invitation-to-a-Daily-Mini-Retreat&id=3851637

Spiritual Retreats – Part 2

http://ezinearticles.com/?Spiritual-Retreats,-Part-Two&id=4513820

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Good Morning,

A couple of late nights studying and some extra stress with school work and I started to feel the physical and emotional strain. It did not help that our car unexpectedly broke down right before the weekend.  I let my diet lapse and I missed a couple of days of exercise and before I knew it I had completely wore myself down. I started thinking about the vital importance of keeping my immune system strengthened and reached for one of my favorite books on the topic. What follows is some great guidelines I immediately put in place for getting myself right back on track.

Ways to improve our immune system –

  • Cleaner air
  • Healthier food
  • Purified water
  • Proper nutrients
  • Fiber

A List of Some Essential Vitamins Associated w/ Strengthening the Immune System –

  • Vitamin A – strengthen immune cells
  • Vitamins C, E to fight off effects that free radicals produce
  • Iron – required to form some immune cells
  • Zinc  – support numerous body functions and keeps immune system strong
  • Oily fish and fish oil supplements / omega-3 fatty acids
  • Primrose oil can be used in place of oil supplements

What to Avoid As Much As Possible –

  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Periods devoid of exercise activity
  • Lack of sleep
  • Molds
  • Dehydration
  • Overindulgence in fatty animal foods, meat whole milk, and cheese
  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Fruits and vegetables that contain the residues of pesticides
  • Other more obvious areas of a negligent diet
  • For persons with Lupus avoid – alfalfa, legumes, mushrooms, smoked foods
  • For people with sun sensitivity – celery, parsley, lemons and limes, parsnips

For more information on this topic I urge you to read Reader’s Digest, “Health & Healing the Natural Way” – The Healing Power of Food, Its contents include but are not limited to the following:

  • Food as medicine
  • Food and health
  • Basic healthy eating
  • Preventing diseases with food
  • Nutrition – responsive disease
  • The immune system
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • The Healing Power of Plants
  • Healing animal foods
  • Beneficial diets
  • Super foods
  • Managing illness with food
  • Fatigue and headaches
  • Digestive disorders
  • Urinary systems
  • Skin Problem
  • Energy restoring plan
  • Anti-craving plan

Here is Some Additional Support…for You Too!

Video for Reducing Stress

http://mushpanjwani.com/category/health/

Exposure to Sick People Affects Health of Immune-system

http://www.newser.com/story/85292/seeing-sick-people-triggers-your-immune-system.html

More Immune Support Information –

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/HealthConcern/Immune-Support/_/n-2ct?SourceCode=INTL076&gclid=CLWppZSboqUCFU0J2g

Laughter Boosts Immune System

http://news.cancerconnect.com/laughter-may-boost-immune-system/

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Good Day,

I had the pleasure of speaking with Marylou Gantner, B.G.S. ,(Bachelor of General Studies) yesterday, whom I greatly admire for her work as a scientific relaxation specialist.  Gantner, is 72 years old and is based in Orlando Florida where she has been seeing patients for over three decades. She first became intensely involved in the field when she studied under the pioneer for biofeedback, the world-renowned, Joseph Wolpe, M.D.. He taught Gantner that if a person is relaxed they cannot possibly be anxious or tense. Even more importantly, he alleged, that being tranquil is a technical skill that anyone can learn.  After my conversation with Gantner, I decided to post what she shared with me in a brief question and answer format.

Q. When did you first start out in practice? And, where were you trained?

A. I have been in private practice since 1977.  Before I went off on my own, however, I was an educator and a counselor at the Orlando Regional Medical Center. I attended the Temple University School of Medicine and Behavior Therapy Unit.

Q.  Do you still give educational presentations?

A. Yes, I recently participated in an AARP event where I shared methods with which to relax excessive neuromuscular tensions and explained how participants who attended the lecture could live more calmly if they could learn to modify emotional and physiological symptoms.

Q. Tell me about the persons you treat. What type of conditions do people generally come to you with?

A. The bulk of my practice is devoted to helping people counteract chronic tension and anxiety. I work with homemakers and telephone operators, assistants and, business executives as well as surgeons, both the young, and the elderly. One of my patients is a 92-year-old female who was having difficulty sleeping. After a few sessions she claimed “she’d slept better than she had in twenty years.”

Q. Why is chronic tension and anxiety potentially so dangerous?

A. Leading scientists believe that constant worry and aggravation begins to accumulate in the body.  Eventually, it all adds up and it takes its toll.  Physical and emotional symptoms begin to appear and illness occurs. In some instances, if the stress goes on long enough it results in premature aging and even death.

Q.  What are some of the other symptoms of chronic tension that you help to defuse with biofeedback?

A. I see patients with many symptoms attached to chronic tension which include but are not limited to:

  • High-blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • TMJ (tight muscle jaw from grinding teeth)
  • Chronic pain and fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Fear behaviors
  • Hyper-vigilant behavior
  • Cardiovascular distress

Q. How can managing stress through biofeedback make a difference?

A. I insist that my patients learn about stress and how to specifically apply the information they receive during their sessions so they can manage their tensions properly. In addition to their biofeedback appointments, this approach determines the health of their minds and bodies and ultimately the quality of our lives.

Q. What other areas do you focus on using biofeedback?

A. Biofeedback can also:

  • Enhance creativity
  • Elevate confidence
  • Bring about greater feelings of satisfaction at work
  • Sharpen one’s attention span
  • Eliminate fatigue
  • Reduce obsessive thoughts
  • Control pain impulses

Q.  Aside from the education you provide and the biofeedback sessions you offer, is there anything else a person can do?

A. I think that we are all neurologically wired by the universe and that we are capable of naturally addressing our tensions.  We have in us what it takes to neutralize stress if we know how to do so. We can alter our thoughts and our perceptions and, consequently, our emotions.  There is a lot we can do independently, to reduce our heart rate, improve our respiration, and blood circulation and, to control our body temperature. It is all a matter of finding the optional balance and state, awareness and making constant adjustments as needed.

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Good Monday Morning,

In recent years Western medicine physicians have begun using elements of unconventional therapies in conjunction with their treatments such a meditation, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, chiropractic and homeopathy (herbal medicine) massage therapy and acupuncture.  What follows are ten facts that give a brief overview of the ongoing efforts that are continuing to be made to promote natural / holistic based wellness therapies as alternatives to, or in conjunction with, traditional medical practices.

Fact 1 – NIH (National Institute of Health) spent 13 million to study nonconventional treatments. National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov/

Fact 2 – Harvard School of Medicine introduced a course on unorthodox integrative medicine http://www.swendsenchiro.com/index.php?p=86873&s=245&articleid=102 and similar programs have been developed at Georgetown University http://meded.ucsd.edu/groups/hi-med/links.html , University of Louisville http://health.leapfish.com/Holistic-Medicine/MS/Louisville The University of Arizona http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/ and the University of Massachusetts. http://www.ravanelli.com/2010/01/jon-kabat-zinn-jon-kabat-zinn.html

Fact 3 – Acupuncture (inserting needles into body and manipulating them to arrest pain or address illness) a mainstay in Chinese medicine, only came to the United States from China in the 1970s – Here is an opportunity to subscribe to a Alternative Therapy Newsletter http://www.alternative-therapies.com/index.cfm

Fact 4 – There is a stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/index.aspx that teaches yoga and thousands upon thousands of patients (persons with AIDS, muscular dystrophy, hypertension, chronic back pain, anxiety disorder, gastrointestinal disease, coronary artery disease and cancer) The attendees of this program have been referred by their physicians for this form of alternative therapy.

Fact 5 – for persons wanting to learn more there are alternative therapy organizations: American Academy of Medical Acupuncture http://www.aaaom.edu/ , American Society of Clinical Hypnosis http://www.asch.net/ and the National Center for Homeopathy http://www.homeopathic.com/main/nch.jsp

Herb Research Foundation http://www.herbs.org/dsd/index.htm

Fact 6 – Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California conducts studies on the effects of alternative medicine. http://www.pmri.org/dean_ornish.html

Fact 7 – psychoneuroimmunology is the study between the mind and the body’s susceptibility to disease http://www.nfnlp.com/psychoneuroimmunology_quinlan.htm

Fact 8 – an official online destination for persons interested in learning more facts about alternative medicine is http://library.thinkquest.org/24206/facts-stats.html

Fact 9 – The roots of aromatherapy can be traced back to the twentieth century when a man named Gattefosse soaked his burned hand in a lavender infusion which expedited the healing of the burn wound. It is believed that this incident led to the birth of natural medicine.  Center for Aromatherapy http://www.raindroptraining.com/ more related information is available here at: http://www.stumblerz.com/alternative-medicine-%E2%80%93-kill-or-cure/

Fact 10 – There is a naturopath center in India where patients seem to derive some benefit from not just ingesting nutrients from plants but being wrapped in enormous plant leaves as well. “Clearly, all human ancestors, all over the world, have evolved over the past million years using plants as medicines. If the plants had not worked as medicines, humans would no longer exist.” Adam, James, Garcia, Cecilia, Lien, Eric.  Evidenced Based Complimentary Alternative Medicine. 2110 ;7(2):219-225 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862936/

More Resources on the Topic

Introduction to Homeopathy Lecture by James Randi – Four Rules of Homeopathy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWE1tH93G9U

Homeopathic Treatments for Aesthetic Related Conditions

http://hpathic.com/homeopathic-treatment-for-acne-a-holistic-acne-remedy-that-has-been-growing-in-popularity/

Amazingly Free Homeopathy Video Lectures – Structure of the Study of Homeopathic Medicine Site

http://www.vithoulkas.com/content/view/35/46/lang,en/

Information on Alternative Cancer Treatments –

http://www.alternative-cancer-treatments.com/

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