Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Residue, continued...



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Examiner article

When I think about the word "residue" I think of a yucky, goo like substance. It resinates as a negative word to me and therefore I feel it is appropriate in describing bad feelings associated with 2011 events. We've all been through hard times and it does cause havoc on our well being. But, the message in the article is to accept the tragedy because you're unable to change the past. Feel its wrath so you can free your spirit and improve your well being. DO NOT BRING IT INTO 2012 if possible. Live and learn. January 1st is a great day to grant yourself a fresh start. In order to embrace this, mind, body and spirit is by releasing the old so there isn't anything in your space blocking you from a healthy start.

A great New Year's resolution, "Live in the present moment in the New Year." It is the best way to live!

What residue are you releasing? Share your resolution for 2012, I would love to read about it!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Embrace intangibles in the New year, continued...



Positive intangibles enable you to find the sun even when it's storming!

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I've been thinking a lot about how I want to improve my life in the New Year. Of course I would like to earn enough money to maintain a comfortable lifestyle by doing what I love but I've learned that material wealth really isn't a top motivator for me. I want to maintain my inner peace, feel grounded and truly (as Oprah would say it) help joy rise in the world. If I'm increasing my effort to help others by soothing their pain through creativity, this joy will not only gift others but it will gift me with intangible benefits.

This is what I've discovered that really does brighten my light. I'm on a mission in 2012 to make the world (every bit of it that I touch) better for others and, in turn, for me!

What is your mission in 2012? Leave me a note and explain it.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Her journey, one of rebirth, continued...



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It really amazes me how one’s faith in God can empower and alter lives. It does reinforce my belief in a greater power.

In my interview with Janet Perez Eckles, she shared the message of her book, Simply Salsa.

In her words, “With a sassy, passionate and warm style, Simply Salsa teaches to celebrate life while recognizing that the richness of joy, contentment and significance comes when we learn to conquer fear.”

The more I read about Janet, the more I felt that she is truly full of life and it is now her mission to instill this in others.

She is awe-inspiring!

Click here to order Janet’s latest book, Simply Salsa.

Learn more about Janet on her website, Janet Perez Eckles.

Friday, December 23, 2011

I am thankful, continued...




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I crossed paths with Heidi Richards Mooney, the Publisher of WE Magazine for Women when I made contact in hopes she would be the first magazine to publish one of my written pieces. Heidi was quick to respond and to work with me to enable my magazine debut. I’m grateful for her help and appreciative for the opportunity she gave me in early 2010. It was Heidi’s sincerity and words of gratitude that inspired my thank you article.

I am truly blessed, my spirit soars to new levels as my business and work gains momentum. I am in love with my work and passionate about the message I’m carrying forward. I want everyone to experience the healing powers of creativity. It soothes pain and gifts hope.

My heart is filled with such gratitude for our interface. Yes, you help me more than you’ll ever realize! I’m hopeful we’ll find more time to correspond in the new year!

What are your hopes for 2012?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We actually own our time, continued...




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I started writing this piece today in the belief that this would be a Christmas article. As I allowed the words to flow, I started stumbling when I tried to communicate the need to steal moments of alone time this Christmas. This is when the word “steal” struck me and the article took on a whole new meaning.

Yes, I realize that Christmas is about family but if you want to be there fully in the present with your family, you need some alone time, even if it is just a few precious moments, to balance yourself.

I haven’t really thought of the value of time being unbiased. I love that even the most monetarily rich only have 24 hours of time. Sure, they can buy more though the creation of employment positions but this still requires an allocation of their original 24-hour allotment. The thought is really interesting to me!

On probably one of the busiest weeks of the year, I would love it if you spared a moment of your time and you gift a comment!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

How to persevere through pain and find life again, continued...



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Melinda Winner’s story is inspirational. It offers hope to others who are trying to find a light in the darkness of arthritis or any other pain for that matter.

Her advice to those struggling with arthritis pain daily, “The damage caused from my auto immune system diseases can’t be reversed. This is why it is important to get the right treatment early, stay as active as possible and find your personal balance.”

Click here for more information about Melinda Winner.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The best gift, continued...




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Unconditional love, it is such a great concept. It is one that I try very hard to keep at the center in my core; mind, body and spirit. I must admit though, I do wonder astray on this one. I am sometimes judgemental when I see someone who looks threatening or menacing. I force myself to make eye contact and to smile, sometimes this breaks the ice, other times it is not the case. I try to practice being compassionate to everyone regardless of the way I initially feel.

Of course if this impression is one where I need to be cautious, I first follow my instinct. But, if my impression is one that is influenced by ego, I work hard to push passed it.

This is a mantra I created to help me stay on track. I believe in its words whole-heartily!

The greatest circumference of human kind embraces all by loving through its center, the heart, where bias doesn’t exist.

What are your thoughts about unconditional love, are you open to it?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Functionally dysfunctional, continued...



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I think I've lucked out because, all and all, I've got a pretty great family. Don't get me wrong, we have our moments and yes, I think we could come up with a Jerry Springer show but when push comes to shove, we're pretty much there for each other.

Our biggest hurtle through the holidays is trying to find the right date for our gatherings. I have 3 siblings and each has their own family. We've had divorces so we have to match up weekends with kids and work schedules to get the whole group together. We usually bring a dish to my Mom's house but this year we've decided to make it easier and just order pizza instead. We had a traditional Thanksgiving together so we're changing tradition for Christmas. We're also having the gathering at lunchtime instead of dinner to offset work schedules. The point is, we do what we have to do, to make it happen! This may be the last year we all exchange gifts as the economy has taken its toll but we'll figure out how to create a new tradition and whatever it is, it will include my whole functionally dysfunctional family, the one I'm part of and the one I love!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

She was the only survivor, continued...




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I applaud Darcy for her strength and perseverance. Her story is awe-inspiring. Most would shy away from such a traumatic scenario. No one chooses to be involved in a fatal car crash during the prime of their life but when it is forced upon you, you can choose to pick up the pieces and make the most out of the circumstances or stop living. Darcy chose to live and to live with intent. She lost several friends in the car crash and suffered mentally and physically. She had to completely start over. Today she funnels all of her energy into coaching others on how to achieve remarkable success and overcome anything that attempts to block this journey. Darcy genuinely leads by example. The world seriously needs more courageous people like Darcy Keith!

Click here to learn more about her and make contact.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas ornaments and holiday spirit, continued...




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I must admit, I am having trouble manifesting holiday spirit. Yesterday as I spent 11 precious minutes meditating, the word "ornament" came to me. Somehow over the past 24 hours, I allowed this word to intertwine with my spirit and the article was created through this process. It is true, I think I forgot or let go of the true meaning of Christmas. Once I was able to gather my senses and take some quiet time for myself, I was able to feel more a peace with the holiday season.

How are you doing this year? Have you found peace with the rush of the holidays? Leave me a comment and tell me about it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Capacity for progressive development, continued...




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I'm always working on having an open mind and being positive about my outcome. It is easy to get stuck in a rut when you're trying to manifest a dream (like being a well-known artist). What I have to do is continue to push myself to make sure I'm always taking the steps necessary to keep my dream moving forward. Many times it seems daunting but when I look back, I always feel like I've come a long way from my initial want. Today I have an art business and many happy clients who have found joy from my artwork (both drawings and words). This validates my dream and it is pretty amazing.

I think we can all benefit significantly by pumping momentum into our lives. It is a wonderful word that gifts success.

Comment with your story of momentum, I would love to learn more about you!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

He is a humanitarian leader, continued...




Photo of Buzz provided by Buzz Alexander

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I whole-heartily believe there is holistic life healing powers gifted through the creative process. The work of Buzz and all who are involved in his Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) offers testimony to my belief.

I was curious about how the program was started. Buzz discussed its origin.

In his words, “Two women, Mary and Joyce, enrolled in the University of Michigan from prison. They wanted to take the course, English 319. I went with two other students to the women’s facility and met with these 2 women. We did theater exercises and learned about incarceration. I asked them to sit down and write questions for us. They came back and asked, ‘What are you doing here?’ This was the most important question. They asked, ‘Are you interested in the prisoners?’ We had to speak honestly and from our hearts to explain what was bringing us there. They were asking us very difficult questions about what we would have done in their situations. At the end, one turned to the other and said that we need to bring this to the whole prison. It was at the Florence Crane Women’s Facility in Coldwater, Michigan.

Sixty women came to the first workshop, where a lot happened. I told them we would be coming back every week and 22 years later we’re still working with them!”

If you or anyone you know is interested in this program, (to volunteer, donate funds, and/or take Buzz Alexander’s courses, click here to learn more and make contact.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Animal energy is profound, continued...




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It is amazing to me how animals are so forgiving and loving. They only want our company and attention. I had my cat Scruples for 20 years and he was such a blessing in my life. He helped me to slow down and just "be with him" in the present moment. He taught me a lot. Scruples passed almost 2 years ago and the loss was significant for me and my boys. He was such a character and like no one we've ever met.

Today, I have a cat Charcoal (she is extremely loving) and my boyfriend has a dog, Ronnie, whom I also claim as my own. I call him my woolie mammoth because he is very big and hairy (part husky). He is a big bundle of heart. Even the cat and dog have somehow figured out how to exist with us together. They are not friends nor enemies. I think they've agreed to just disagree about one another!

Animals take a commitment to care for them and be compassionate to their needs. They depend on us whole-heartily for their well-being. It breaks my heart to think of all of the homeless little angels and the ones who are put to sleep daily. If all of the people who currently do not own animals only knew of the unconditional love and companionship they share, our shelters would be bare. If you or anyone you know are able to adopt a pet from a shelter, please do so immediately. Your kindness will be returned 100 fold!

Click here for local Michigan animal shelters.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Emotional detachment and eating, continued...




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If you follow my column, you know over the past 2 years I have shared my diet goals both in successes and failures. I’ve embraced many healthy eating practices in hopes to find a positive health impact. I gave up sugar for 7 months to find that I was neglectful in this effort because I replaced my diet of sugar with sugar-free products to discover they may be sugar free but not calorie free. I did lose a couple of pounds but I really didn’t feel healthier.

I gave up red meat for 1 month (I love steak too much to give it up for longer) and I really do not believe it made much of a difference in how I felt. This might be because I don’t eat red meat everyday, maybe once or twice a week normally. I'm sure if I were to give up meat all together, I would make a positive health impact although I'm not sure I would ever want to do this.

I’ve given up goodies and pop for months at a time and, yes I felt better but I usually crash and burn when I fall off of the diet wagon. I hit hard and then I seem to make up for lost time.

Over the years I’ve tried yoga, palates, MMA conditioning, the gym, a personal trainer, workout buddies and so on. But, ultimately I’ve not been able to tie a great workout schedule with a healthy diet. It seems if one is going great, the other isn’t. I’m now working to mesh these two efforts so they compliment each other nicely.

This latest effort and the inspiration for my article is working for me. When I’m feeling healthy (I fail if I’m fighting a cold or flu), I am finding a way to view food in the light of day (in more of a non-emotional calorie perspective).

I must admit, at first, I was a little sad to try to remove my emotions from my nutritional needs because I love to eat. The bottom line is though, I can still eat, I just have to do it more appropriately, when my body is hungry not when my emotions are pushing for the need of a pick me up.

This is really big for me. I started trying to embrace this new thought process November 1st, 2011. Today on December 1, I’m 5 pounds lighter. I’m hopeful I will continue to lose 5 pounds a month throughout the holidays. Time should tell.....

Do you have any tips for healthy dieting? If so, leave me comment, I’m open to your thoughts.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Her ship sank at sea, continued...



Photo of Pam on ship.

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Pamela Bitterman shared an insert from her book, Sailing To The Far Horizon; The Restless Journey and Tragic Sinking of a Tall Ship:
“Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks that we are expected to accomplish in this life arrives in the aftermath of such a dreadful ordeal. Be it a war, act of violence, illness, accident, profound personal loss, or disaster at sea, we must then shoulder the awesome burden of how to incorporate this reality-altering experience in our lives. If we convince ourselves that we must be better human beings for having endured, do we search for new meaning? If we dare ask “Why me?” do we commit ourselves to finding an answer? If, during the course of our traumatic experience, we attain a heightened level of consciousness, must we forever after engage in an earnest struggle to regain that elevated state of being? And should we attempt to share the details of the ordeal? Because far too often, language is so piteously inadequate to convey the true depth of emotion that we feel that we end up trivializing it. We are then left with the sick empty sensation of having betrayed something vitally personal. In the final analysis many of us who survive such a test feel bilked. We realize that we may not have survived because we were chosen, and we therefore should not expect to experience some cosmic rebirth. We are only mortal. We are flawed. And for a time we are hopelessly lost and desperately alone.” It has been more than a quarter century since the disaster. I have moved on, and life has filled up the spaces left in the wake of the Sofia. I expect it has been so for us all.
We are today as we existed then – separate beings who once combined on a magical stage to form one fantastic, albeit temporary, ensemble.” And I will feel an imperishable connection to that time; the people, the places, and the incomparable adventures. Perhaps I will always be looking to recreate the enchantment of an era and a world now long gone, but never forgotten.”

Her book is published by Terrace Books, a trade imprint of The University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.

Pamela and her husband honor and memorialized this time through the names of their children, Rigel and Hallie.

In Pamela’s words, “Our children were given proud names that honor our sailing adventure and memorialize the events. Our son is named for a prominent navigational star, the brightest star in the universe. Our daughter’s name means lover of the sea. They are both amazing human beings.”

Click here to visit Pamela’s website where you can learn more about her and her work.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Limitations you must overcome, continued...




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I have a lot of self imposed limitations or to be more honest fears. I have also overcome many in the past. I overcome and persevere and then look forward and discover more. My life has been a winding path of challenges and pain that I have climbed over, stomped on and found victory within. It will become a great book someday. I'm already working on it.

I've always feared living the life as an artist, which is my passion. Today, I'm doing it. Each day is filled with anxiety but each day I figure out a new way, embrace another idea and push forward mostly in baby steps. Many times I feel like I'm standing still and going no where fast. Then someone writes me about a line in my book that touched them or comments on my column or piece of art and I suddenly feel warm and appreciated. You see, I know I am a creative and compassionate person. I have always made success at any project I ultimately embrace with my mind, body and spirt. Many of the people who know me, think I am a very courageous individual. This is not true. I am actually quite fearful and weak inside.

I just don't let my fears hold me back. I battle the fear most everyday. Some days, it wins but most of the time, I eventually kick its butt. In my business, Lifetime Art Impressions, LLC., I have just begun my quest to help others heal through art. I have many limitations and one by one, I'm pushing through them. My passion to reach others and help them heal through creativity and art is a necessity. I am making the world a better place one creative piece at a time.

How are you fueling your passion? Leave me a comment.

Enlightenment, continued...



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Gaining spiritual enlightenment is the ultimate high. If only all of the drug and alcoholics truly understood this, the world would be such a better and more loving place to live. If you understand that your energy connects to the greater good and this engages the universe, this thought alone makes the trivial stuff dissolve. This realization validates that you are never alone and that you really do matter. You have a place and a purpose in the universe. And, you can find the answer to all of this within.

It is pretty amazing stuff.

What are your thoughts about spiritual enlightenment? Enlighten me!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sailing the seas, continued...


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Photo of Pamela Bitterman (provided by Pam Bitterman)

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Pamela talked about the loss of the ship, “Although I had been a newbie know-nothing swabbie myself when I initially boarded the Sofia in Boston Harbor nearly four years earlier, I had earned my sea legs over time and nautical miles. When the ship went down, and a life was lost while sixteen others were put in mortal danger, I was Acting First Mate, second in command. This fact changed forever the impact of the event in my life. I knew I would miss the Sofia for as long as I lived. I would dream of her, romanticize about her, grieve for her, and ponder my part in her life and her loss.”

Instead of denying her passion, Pamela preserved through the adversity she suffered and continued to push forward embracing her love for the water. As detailed in the article, she and her husband incorporated their passion in the upbringing of their children.

Are you neglecting a passion because you feel there isn’t a fit for it in your life? I hope Pamela’s story inspires you to better prioritize the love of your life into your daily path.

Click here to purchase a copy of Pamela’s book, Sailing To The Far Horizon; The Restless Journey and Tragic Sinking of a Tall Ship. She shares her story at sea in great detail in this book.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Teen emotional immaturity and drugs, continued...


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Their are 4 teenagers in my household and I am working diligently to educate and make sure they are continually saying no to drugs. As they have communicated to me, drugs are everywhere in their world especially Marijuana. This horrifies me. I spoke to a Michigan State police officer and he told me that in many local schools Heroin is the drug of choice. This scares me. I can't imagine these kids justifying such drug use.

I think today it is very difficult to keep a handle on teen interface considering technology. There are so many on-line avenues; cell phones, x-box, computers and so on. They have a lot of time on their hands and if you're not working to keep this focused in a positive direction, peer pressure and other factors will step in.

As I said before, many teens communicate they would never drink and drive but they won't think twice about getting behind the wheel after smoking a joint. This is really crazy to me. They can justify the influence of marijuana in a belief they're able to control its influence.

I think we just keep reinforcing the truth, work to keep them in-line and hope they make healthy decisions when they are young adults and have the freedom to choose.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Broken, continued...




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Yesterday I wrote about being in a fragile state which I admit I enter a lot of the time. I also said that I am a very strong person. In today's article I wanted to take it one step further, I wrote about feeling broken. I am a survivor of a lot of hardship from an early age in life. I have always had a will to live. Suicide has not been an option for me. I find my way through hardship by embracing my will to live through and endure anything thus far. But, even considering this, I have to admit, I have been broken a few times in my life.

When I chose to pursue a divorce, this broke me. I so believed in the vows "Until death do we part" although circumstances that were out of my control caused an unhealthy environment in my marriage. I'm sure it was the right decision for me but it did change me. It hurt me to force myself through the disruption and betrayal I suffered.

When I lost my father I felt broken. My spirit was lost in this process. Of course, since then, I've found health and happiness but suffering through bereavement changed me forever.

There is life after being broken. You can mend your spirit and rejuvenate your soul. This is the message of my article.

Leave me your thoughts about this emotional state. I want to hear from you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fragile times, continued...



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Wow, fragile moments are common in my life. At the same time, I believe I am a very strong person. For many, these 2 sentences might seem contradictory. This concept is what had inspired the article. It seems like, especially as women, we have to hide our fragility. We think we have to be strong always or we are portrayed as weak. This isn't true. The article communicates how common it is to feel fragile. It discusses this weakness and how it can overpower. It also discusses what we gain as it comes and goes in our lives. We gain a resilience to live.

What are your thoughts about fragility and life? Leave me a note!

Friday, November 11, 2011

In case of an emergency, continued...



Photo provided by Mary Kelly

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Dr. Mary Kelly has impressive credentials. But, what is more inspiring to me is the fact that she has devoted her efforts to help eliminate unnecessary pain and suffering for others.

Bereavement takes its toll regardless but if you do not have to worry about the legalities tied to your loss, it makes a significant difference.

I wish my Dad had his paperwork in order. It was heartbreaking for me to try to understand and learn the process while suffering his loss.

Click here to visit Mary’s website, Organize-you.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The greatest sum, continued...


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This article discusses Maya Angelo's thoughts about people reflecting the greatest sum of their whole experiences thus far. It inspired, what I think, is critical for people who feel like they are stuck in their life. The article offers a path to move forward and free oneself from the past. The key is, ownership of actions, loving oneself as is and embracing the wisdom considering your past and present state to move forward.

It is really difficult to accept that we are flawed. For me, I have taken ownership of my mistakes and bad choices from the past, but, I'm still working on forgiveness. I'm getting there, making progress. I realize this is necessary, a worthwhile process for me to fully take in and embrace in order to live my healthiest future.

Share your thoughts, I'm interested.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Healing began, continued...


Photo provided by Candace Talmadge

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I'm sure many people can relate to Candace’s story and the fact that she is feeling healthy today is inspiring!

She shared in further detail some of the challenge she overcame.

Candace detailed, “1986—I’m 32 and in big trouble with undiagnosed anxiety disorder. Not being good at selling myself, my career as a freelancer is a real challenge. I take a fulltime job for three years between 1991 and 1994 and then am laid off and have not had a fulltime job since.

My panic disorder was rooted in fears that seemed so natural to me that I was not able to put a name to them until late in 2009. About a decade earlier, I had lost the hearing in my left ear and it was finally diagnosed in 2006 as an acoustic neuroma. This is a non-cancerous tumor on the ear nerve that has to be removed or it will continue to grow and cause big problems (like death).

When I asked my guides why, they pointed out that I was never willing to hear the good news, so I didn’t need two ears. Hmmm….

Back to late 2009, just a few days before Christmas. My right ear (the one that still works) became 95% plugged up with wax, and I had to go to the doctor to have it removed. I didn’t know it was ear wax and spent 30 horrible hours fearing I would go deaf. Actually, I was dreading it, and was finally able to put a name to that emotion.

In early 2010, Jana and I did a Sunan session in which we asked God to take back the dread that didn’t belong to me but was in fact one of God’s many emotions upon creating us.

I learned from this that all of us are walking around with emotions that literally do not belong to us but which trouble us greatly. God will take the load off provided we ask and are ready to let go of it. I was more than ready to let go of dread that wasn’t mine.

In June of 2010, I tripped over a speed bump in a parking lot and could not get up without help. The helplessness I had felt all my life became apparent, and while my fractured fingers healed, I let go of helplessness that was not mine, giving it back to God.

Fascinatingly, the trouble swallowing that had been getting worse steadily as I grew older simply vanished. I no longer had food stuck in my throat as I often did before, choking on helplessness that was not mine.

That fall, I was getting better at recognizing those background emotions that I had always felt, even without cause. I realized another one of them was anxiety. I often still felt anxious for no apparent reason. On Thanksgiving morning in 2010, I got up early and lay out the couch in the living room, pondering anxiety and how crippling and unhelpful it can be.

Then I felt a voice saying, 'Now you know how I felt, and what a long struggle it was for me to release anxiety.'

That was God, and I know it and celebrated, and thanked God for my Thanksgiving Day visit. Of course God took away the anxiety that wasn’t mine, and slowly I have felt my anxiety diminish, with occasional spikes. Anxiety is a real bugbear—for God and for me. But slowly, anxiety drains away. (Don’t let the screen door hit you on your way out.)

Early in 2011, I realized that I had always felt enormous frustration, and obviously some of it wasn’t mine. I asked God to take what wasn’t mine. The effect of that letting go has been slow but building over time. Stuff that once might have gotten me all wound up just doesn’t bother me anymore. Whew!

Instead of overcoming anything, I free myself by releasing that which keeps me locked to it—self-judgment, or hanging onto emotions that literally are not mine and thus I have no power to heal them. We can heal only that which truly belongs to us, which is why we cannot heal other people, only ourselves.”

It is my hope you will learn from Candace’s journey. Anyone who is or has been frozen by fear can appreciate the courage Candace had to embrace to move forward.

Click here to learn more about and/or contact Candace.

Trees are sacred, continued...


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I have always loved trees. They keep me in awe of their beauty and strength. This summer I visited the Redwoods in northern California and just being there, among the gentle giants, it felt like an out of body spiritual experience.

It is a deep connection that I share with them. I know this sounds weird but it almost takes my breath away to really take in the sight of a tree.

Last night I dreamt of a tree. It was empowering and it inspired a project that I will pursue in my business. I'm excited about the prospect of this new endeavor. Stay tuned to learn more as I bring life to this dream!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween and life, continued...


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Halloween takes on a whole new meaning as an adult especially when you look at it from the perspective in my Examiner article. The article was inspired, this year, by my real life goblin. It is one that was trying to overpower me with fear. It manifested as a lump in my breast. I was able to push through my anxiety and take additional tests to eventually sit in front of a breast surgeon for another opinion. I ended up getting the lump or benign cyst (this is what the doctors thought it might be) drained and tested to assure me it wasn't cancer. The whole process was scary but necessary. The thought of wondering if it was cancerous would have been toxic for me in the long run.

Many woman have braved this scenario some with similar outcomes and others who suffered through much more severe outcomes. I'm happy to put it behind me and breath easier today. I'm also happy to celebrate this Halloween!

What goblins have you triumphed over? Leave me a comment!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dedicated to light dark places, continued...



Photo of Angel drawing created by Marilyn Redmond

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When I read about Marilyn Redmond’s story it inspired me. It amazes me how someone who has suffered such tragedy is able come from a place of love. It warms my heart and gives me hope.

During the interview, Marilyn talked about the healing powers of love, western medicine and holistic approaches.

She shared, “Holistic medicine takes into account that you are not a machine with moveable parts, but a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being. Quantum physics is the basis for new medical protocol in raising the energy of the person, instead of the old paradigm of Newtonian physics. This puts balance into your life in all parts of your being. Eating properly, mentally cleaning out old beliefs, transforming negative emotional energy into positive and meditation raises your consciousness into a healthy state of being. Replacing anything toxic with love is the answer to health. Love does the healing anything else distracts from the process of moving into a higher consciousness. Any toxic substance as medications masks the symptoms and does not allow the root cause to heal. However, sometimes, western medicine is very practical as surgery for broken bones and emergency help as in heart attacks.”

What are your thoughts about holistic and western practices? Leave a comment, I’m curious!

Click here to explore Marilyn’s website, angelicasgifts.com.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Attribute holy in your life, continued...



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Sometimes as we move through life and we let challenges get to us, our actions might not reflect our holy existence. Yes, as curse words flow and we embrace toxic foods and drinks, we're not reflecting our best selves. But regardless of how you are living your life, the miracle of the breaths you are taking is holy. Yes the essence of you reflects a holy experience. If it is possible to keep this thought in the forefront, it is possible to treat yourself better and, in turn, make healthier choices.

We all want to be better people sometimes though, life seems to get in our ways.

This article was inspired by my weight and overall health today. My outer reflection today is not representative of my holy self. But, my hope exists in the "knowing" that within me there is a seed of holy. And, when I energize this thought, it beams through me and shapes my outer self!

Today, I choose to move forward embracing the holy in me. How are you moving forward?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A life full of rich health, continued...

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This article was prompted by individuals in my family. It reminds me of my Dad (who I miss dearly and he is no longer with us) and of his old school thinking. He believed that once you went to the doctors and, if they had to open you up for anything, you would die. This was his experience with many beloved ones he had known. But, what he didn't consider was the people he had been talking about didn't keep up with any type of medical care during their lives.

I believe that if you care for your body and go to the doctors for physicals, mammograms, colonoscopies etc., basically the check ups the doctor is recommending, the odds are you will not be in stage 4 of cancer when it is discovered as apposed to you going to the doctors for the first time once it is too late.

Yes, I understand anything can happen but generally speaking I believe it is more important to have 50 healthy years than 80 miserable painful years. I don't allow the side affects of Tylenol to keep me from relieving my headache. If it takes 5 years off of the end of my life, so be it, I would rather live a shorter and more comfortable life.

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

She helps others heal, continued...



Photo of and provided by Marilyn Redmond

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Do you believe in past life regression? This is Marilyn Redmond’s explanation of it.

In her words, “Past Life Regression is a form of guided meditation into a deeper consciousness where you connect with your soul. At this level without the fears and qualms of the conscious state, you can explore the circumstances that occurred that still affect this present life. You do not feel the feelings at this level, but can observe them to understand the bigger picture of why the experience happened. With this knowledge you then can reframe the experience into a positive loving outcome, forgive the person if necessary, and see how you can handle your life more effectively today and not continue the pattern from the past. This deep level of understanding dispels the hidden emotional boogieman. I have many stories of realizations that brought instant answers of what a client or I needed to change for the results we wished. One of my clients still is amazed because she has never felt lonely again after her session. Childhood regression clears away the trauma, drama or root causes of this lifetime fears and lack of harmony. It brings healing for moving out of the past into the ‘Now’, too. The more old issues are released, the closer to healing your soul.

In addition, regression for healing medical conditions is practical. You can talk to your body and ask why you have the condition and what can you do to heal it. One client heard from her body consciousness the most loving ways of what she needed to do to restore her balance for health. She was able to stop her thyroid medications from this information.”

Click here to explore Marilyn’s website, Angelicasgifts.com.

What are your thoughts about past life regression? Leave me a comment and/or contact Marilyn directly through her website.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Surrender to life, continued...


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I, as of late, have been struggling with health issues. It seems like as my environment became more overwhelming with additional responsibilities, my health diminished. The more chaos I encountered, the more miserable I felt. Stress is a negative manifestation of my feelings.

It is now my responsibility to myself to re-prioritize my life so that I'm able to emit peaceful and positive energy to change the environment that surrounds me. It only took about 4 months of a diversion from my core focus to knock my balance off from its center.

This validates that I have found my purpose and as long as I'm on this path, Life Healing Art, my being is at its best.

What are your thoughts about energy?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Regret is toxic, continued...


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As an adult I feel pretty good about my choices. I can justify my choices and I have made ethical decisions. Yes, I have still made mistakes but it is mistakes that I can live with; I continue to do my best. But, and this is a big but, as a teenager I wasn't the most ethical individual. I acted inappropriately and I knew better but didn't care at the time. I used to steal just for the thrill of it. It was a challenge to go into a store and pocket make up or something that I really didn't need. This unethical binge lasted a year or so and this time in my life, I am really ashamed of. I was never caught but I have brutally beat myself up for it ever since; it may have been easier if I would have been caught.

Today I am still working on forgiveness. I am freeing myself of this regret and it is helping me to feel healthier and live a better life.

What do you regret? If you feel like letting go, leave me a note and I will let go of any judgement. Hopefully, you'll do the same for me.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fear of change, continued...


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I have, for the most part, pushed through change when it has presented itself in my life. Regardless how big or little, I have faced it straight on. On the surface I look brave but inside I'm always a mess. And, in the aftermath, regardless of the outcome, I'm always sick to my stomach from the stress. But, I have to admit, the more I do something, the easier it gets.

The shift I'm embracing today and I've been wrapping my mind around over the past couple years, has been a transition from a payroll position to my own business. The business of reaching out to others with a message of Life Healing Art; that creativity is a healing gift. I believe this with my whole soul and my passion for this is overpowering. I'm now working to help others find this holistic path. It is both the most rewarding and the most challenging endeavor I've ever taken on and the work has just begun! I will continue to push forward embracing this work and believing in myself and my mission. I'm hopeful it will take off and I'll retire in this humanitarian role. Will this be a successful business? I hope so but maybe not. Will it be a personal success for me regardless? Absolutely!

Regardless of the outcome, I am fueling my passion and this is enabling my spirit to soar. It is where I need to be right now and, as difficult as this is, I am sure I'm supposed to taking this journey.

Tell me about the change in your life right now. I'm curious.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

She was permanently disabled, continued...



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LJ Fullerton continues to cope. She described, “Living with a chronic illness is extremely difficult, as it impacts everything about one's life – daily, work or recreational activities, adhering to any type of schedule, as well as the financial burdens. On top of that, is the emotional struggle; the ability to face each day in significant pain, while both loved ones and strangers believe that you aren't feeling that bad, that you just need to get over it, or make the comment well you don’t look sick! It is heartbreaking. The feeling that no one understands paired up with people's skepticism can be very frustrating and devastating and many people spiral into deep depression, or even worse - commit suicide.”

Considering all that LJ has been through, she is pushing for change.

She shared, “I suggest that together the SSA and Congress immediately set up a task force made up of claimants who have actually gone through the SSDI system, that has major input and influence on the decision making process before any final decisions/changes/laws are instituted by the SSA Commissioner or members of Congress. This is absolutely necessary, since nobody knows better about the flaws in the system and possible solutions to those problems, then those who are forced to go through it and deal with the consequences when it does not function properly. As if things are not already bad enough now, they are about to get even worse, as the SSA is facing budget problems, employee layoffs, and office closings, just as the growing numbers of disabled/aging population needs their services more than ever. Congress also needs to legislate that Social Security funds cannot be used for anything other than to pay out benefits and administer the program. It is important that you contact your Congressional representatives on this very important issue.”

LJ continued, “I authored the Social Security Disability Reform Petition, which currently has thousands of signatures and horror stories from all over the nation. They are from people who are like myself, who have either struggled to win, have lost, or are still fighting to get the SS Disability benefits that they are entitled to. I have also written a proposal for Congressional legislation titled the Fullerton – Edwards Social Security Disability Reform Act. I have been fighting so long and hard for these changes, and I only hope I live long enough to see my proposals become a reality. A personal goal of mine is to one day speak before Congress, to raise the awareness of this crisis situation. I have also submitted written testimony for the record several times to the House Ways And Means Committee hearings on various Social Security related issues.

Sadly, many SSDI claimants have lost all their financial resources, their homes, and much needed health insurance. Worst of all, thousands have died while waiting to get their Social Security Disability benefits approved. Remember that disease and tragedy do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex or race. Your whole life can change in an instant. If you think this could not happen to you – you could be DEAD wrong!”

If you take anything from LJ’s story, be inspired by her perseverance and her passion to make the system better for others; learn from her!

Click here for more information from LJ.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Life echo, continued...


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To me, echoes really gauge your livelihood. For example, when I take on too much "to do's" and overwhelm myself, I end up, as a consequence, suffering bad health. I'll get headaches from the stress along with many other issues. These symptoms echo the lifestyle I'm enabling at the time. Now, when I'm prioritizing meditation, exercise, plentiful sleep and healthy eating, I feel an inner peace manifested. This energy echoes my environment and choices whether good or bad.

If you want to change your sense of being, change your actions. Start by thinking how you can positively affect the world and make an effort. This effort will echo back to you. It will create motion that is energizing. Move forward with peace and love at your core and you'll feel this essence around you. You can make this happen. Create an echo that reflects your authentic self and this will fuel your spirit!

Do you understand the concept I'm trying to get across? Leave me a note!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pushing for medical support, continued...



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After suffering a bump on the head that caused a blood clot which eventually got infected, LJ Fullerton survived intense constant pain, a coma and major brain surgery.

LJ shared, “A few days before I was scheduled to go back to work, I started having horrible pain again in the back of my head and neck. It started out as a mild stiffness, which increased to pain and very quickly became unbearable. I thought that the Osteomyelitis (bone infection) was back again! I had several doctor visits and tests but they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. I learned a lot from the ordeal I had been through, and got very efficient at surfing the web. I took my life in my own hands.”

She recalled challenges beyond her health condition, “Being a woman, I find that doctors very often don’t take us seriously; they seem to think that everything is stress or hormone related. I discovered on the web that one of the best tests to show a bone infection is a MRI with contrast, and I insisted they give me one immediately. They put up a fight but I was in no mood to deal with incompetence again. I kept insisting, won the battle, and had the test. I saved my own life this time!”

She explained how her persistence paid off, “The MRI revealed I had a blood clot in my brain in a very dangerous in-operable area – the left internal jugular vein. I had to make the decision to take Coumadin, which is the medical name for Warfarin (RAT POISIN). This was a tough decision because if I didn’t take the Coumadin I would die for sure, and the Coumadin could cause a deadly brain hemorrhage as well. I chose the risk of taking the medicine. As you can see, I made the right choice at the time, but eventually my brain surgeon took me off the Coumadin, after losing a patient who bled to death from a brain hemorrhage caused by the medicine.”

LJ contacted the New York State Medical Misconduct board for an investigation of her medical care although justice wasn’t served.

Her struggle continues to this day, years after the initial accident. In addition to the in-operable blood clot in her brain, she now also has several incurable autoimmune disorders, a brain tumor (En Plaque Meningioma), and is totally permanently disabled.

She talked about her feelings, “I’m not bitter and I’m using the whole ordeal as a learning experience. Hatred is the worse form of disease that anyone can have, it is very destructive, and a waste of time and energy. I believe with my whole heart and soul that it’s very important for my story to be heard by as many people as possible, especially women who are dying by the day, because doctors don’t take their medical problems seriously enough. I’ve heard many horror stories since this happened to me, and people need to know that they must start taking charge of their lives and their healthcare. If they’re too sick to do it themselves they must appoint someone they trust to be an advocate for them. If my boyfriend was not there, I would be dead and if I didn’t take charge when I was functional I would have been dead a second time!”

Follow your intuition, educate oneself and push for 2nd, 3rd or 4th opinions, whatever it takes to figure out the cause. Learn from LJ and push to achieve a healthy you. There isn’t anyone else who knows how the healthy you really feels!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Claim victory, continued...


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It is hard to feel like a winner when you're focused on all of things that are not going right; the upsets. Regardless of how bad things are, you can always find something good hidden within the negative. I continue to do it time and time again. For example, I took on a job which turned out to be short-term and although it has consumed my time and, for the most part, overwhelmed me with stress which has negatively affected my health, it gifted me with a temporary period of good insurance which enabled me to get all of my past due annual medical tests etc, up to date.

Yes, I've struggled with health issues but all and all I do feel better because the short-term health problems will be resolved as I re-introduce more sleep, exercise and healthier food into my new lifestyle. In another week I can start getting my life back on track! I have hope and I am a winner regardless of a circumstantial short-term upset. This I know for sure and, I'm hopeful as I keep writing about it, you'll be able to embrace the same type of mind-set.

Drop me a note and let me know how you're doing!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

One good decision leads to another, continued


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We can all use more good decisions in our lives. This is why I love the Nutrigrain slogan, "One good decision leads to another." It is a pretty awesome and inspirational tag-line that we can benefit from. And, I actually believe the words. When you are focused on the task at hand, allot the appropriate time needed to assess all of your options and move forward considering the best choice relevant to its impact, you are making a good decision. If this practice becomes your routine, guess what, "One good decision leads to another!"

What are some of the slogan's you are fond of? Leave me a note and lets give some positive attention to the ones that help pick us up!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

She continues to heal; child abuse, continued...



Book cover photo, The Forgotten Child: Reclaiming a Childhood Lost to Abuse, provided by Joan Van Eyll

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Joan’s story contradicts the saying that you are a product of your upbringing and environment. She used her pain as a catalyst to help others who haven’t fully claimed their health after suffering abuse.

She shared, “I feel it is part of my journey to assist others who have dealt with some form of trauma to heal from their painful past. It is my fervent hope that those who feel they have lost their voice along the way will realize that there is a better way of life awaiting them at the end of the dark tunnel of abuse. Our life is waiting for us to step into our brilliance; all we have to do is say ‘YES’.”

Click here to explore Joan’s website.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Parenthood and its journey, continued...


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I was a person who didn't want kids. I liked them from a far. I was on birth control and married for several years when I went to the dentist and was put on antibiotics for a root canal. Little did I know that this medicine would trump my birth control and soon my life would change and for the better.

My son was only a few months old when I wanted another. I think I got pregnant on the first try. I really wanted 2 so they would have the company of each other. Their lives have motivated me to reach levels of success I probably would have never attempted without them. I worry each and every day but I know at this point in their teens they have minds of their own. I have to continue to loosen my grip little by little as they mature and become more responsible. Soon they won't be looking back as they march off to college.

Parenting reaps the worst and best of times, I couldn't imagine my life without them nor would I want to! What are your thoughts about kids? Do they fit in your life? Leave me a comment.

A debilitating memory, continued...



Bring clarity to your fog and release the pain to enable you to move forward!

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A I type tonight in the wee morning hours I'm listening to the rain drops falling on my skylight and glancing at the photo of my father on the shelf. The quiet night hours can be peaceful but also painful. After my dad died I would look at his photo and my chest would tighten and my stomach would ache because I knew I couldn't pick up the phone and hear his voice any longer. It was debilitating. I felt frozen in time, lost and helpless. Today after the last couple of years, I look at his photo and remember the laughs and fun we had. It surfaces light hearted and loving memories.

As time has moved on, and the world continues to turn, I have processed the pain of this loss (and relived it time and time again). Enough times for me to release its hold. It took me a solid 2 years. Yes, I still miss him but I'm able to now focus on the time we had together as apposed to the time we lost.

This is the concept I'm trying to get across in the article. I had to keep living and to find my health again after his loss, I know he'd want it that way. Holding past pain will create an emotional cancer that will take your health in time. It is very serious.

Are you stuck in the past or are you living in the present? Drop me a note and tell me about it, I would love to hear from you!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hearts of healing, child abuse, continued...


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Joan Van Eyll is a true inspiration. She is someone who turned a horrific upbringing into a mission of compassion and hope for others suffering abuse.

She survived and now successfully gives back by empowering others. Her work gives back to her with each person she is able to help.

Joan described, “Seeing the look in someone’s face when they really feel and understand on such a deep level their true value and worth and how incredibly beautiful they are, they realize they are so much more powerful then what they were led to believe.”

If you would like to reach out to Joan, you may contract her through her website, Hearts of Healing.org.

If you are suffering child abuse or know someone who is, click here to get help.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Transcend your life, continued...


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It is easy to use excuses and to let anxiety and fear get in the way of achievement. These fears become the walls of our own mental prison and if we don't push ourselves beyond them, they will eventually close in upon us. It is uncomfortable but healthy to push through fear. It is the necessary key to making the "shift" and to embracing transformation. Transcend your life by pushing beyond boundaries. Embrace the discomfort and eventually replace this feeling with the self-satisfaction of knowing anything is possible as each achievement fuels confidence.

How are you pushing beyond your boundaries? Leave me a note and explain.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Good colon health


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Ug, I feel pretty horrible but I know this nasty feeling is for my own good. I'm trying to use my colonoscopy as a starting point (again) for healthy eating. I've decided I'm giving up red meat for 1 month to see if I feel any better. I've never given up red meat so I'm hopeful I'll see a positive result.

This process is really the ultimate detox and less than 12 hours, I'll be back home and taking it easy. As least the procedure is taking place on a Friday so I can just chill out for awhile in the aftermath.

Have you ever had a colonoscopy? Is your doctor recommending one? If so, chin up through the prep and procedure and make sure you're healthy. A clean bill of health is worth so much more than a little short-term discomfort!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

His healing ability, continued...



Photo provided by and taken by Carl David

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I’m limited to word count in my Examiner articles therefore I felt it necessary to extend the interview and offer more of Carl’s insight on healing.

Carl explained Distant Healing. In his words, “Sometimes a hands on healing isn't possible because the person in need is far away. That is when "Distant Healing" can be effective. The principles are pretty much the same except that the recipient of the energy is not with you so you have to send the energy to them through the Universe. This is where a meditative state and visualization together transport the healing energy. It is more difficult but is effective.”

When I asked him if anyone or thing could be healed, this was his response.

“If it is meant to be healed, it will be healed. Energy is energy and will infect any living thing it encounters. That goes as well for plants, not just animals and people."

I inquired if he was able to use his gift on himself. He clarified, “I have worked on myself for certain ailments, particularly aspects of pain. Sometimes it works, others not. I can feel the energy as it courses through my hands to the areas where it is needed."

I was curious of his feelings about psychic abilities.

Carl commented, “I think everyone has psychic abilities to some extent. Depending upon the level of openness and their belief system, the ability will differ. My wife has an extraordinary psychic gift. I am constantly in awe of the things she can see; the information she receives. I have also learned, painfully, not to go against her intuition for every time I have in the past, I have paid for it.”

Lastly, I asked if anyone can learn to heal.

His reply, “I think that anyone can learn to heal but they have to be open to it and really 'Know' that they can do it. Some people are far more advanced beings than others and have a natural aptitude, ability or gift of healing.”

Carl is an interesting and passionate person. To learn more about his work and/or purchase his book, click here.

Also, his book, Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide is available to download on the iPad & iPhone in the Apple iBookstore.

Energy bank, continued...



A positively charged world achieve world peace!

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I am 100% confident that I encompass an energy bank. I just have to overcome the reluctance and challenge that exists in my brain in order to tap into my energy.

Every time I pull into the gym I think, “This really sucks!” Every time I pull away, I think, “I’m so happy I forced myself to workout. I feel so much better.” And, 9 times out of 10 I go home and I’m able to get a bunch more done as apposed to sinking into the couch for junk food and tv.

It amazes me how this core energy really does exist and enables action at will. I love that, regardless of physical feeling, I can put my mind to something and make it happen.

Are you an active person? How do you motivate yourself to exercise?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Find your genie, continued...


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If I had 1 wish for a genie, it would be to be free of worry. Yes, I truly believe my words in the article, I harness the power to manifest this wish. I have actually been working on it and I’m 100 fold better than I’ve been in the past but unfortunately the underlying issue still hasn’t been defeated just yet.

I’ve learned that wishing for money doesn’t bring health or happiness. I used to be pretty comfortable financially but the demands of my work left me exhausted both mentally and physically. No amount of money is worth this exchange.

Don’t misunderstand, I do like money but it doesn’t buy true, core happiness.

What would your genie wish be? Let me know, I’m curious!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Human instinct to survive, continued...


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Carl discussed how his experience enables him to reach to others. He explained, “This is my way of paying forward by taking the darkest days of my life and helping others to see the impact of a suicide on the surviving family members. I need to let those who have walked a similar devastating path know that life does go on and that life is for the living. Our scars become an integral part of us as the experiences imprint our souls, but it is what we do with that information that makes us who we are in the end. I lived it and need to share my story first hand so that it will spare others from going through it.”

He offered some crippling details about the impact of suicide. In his words, “Suicide claims more than a million lives each year and leaves more than five million to mourn them. It knows no boundaries; not age, gender, color, race or nationality. Drugs, depression, disease, sexual confusion, bullying, and peer pressures, feelings of desperation and immeasurable levels of inadequacy draw its victims. The only way to thwart this unforgiving beast is to confront it by raising levels of awareness so that it is spoken about rather than looking the other way, fueling the veil of shame and secrecy that keeps it thriving and killing innocent people.”

Click her to visit Carl David’s website and purchase his book Author of Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide (Published by Nightengale Press)

Photo is of Bruce, Carl's Brother; a beautiful soul

Saturday, September 10, 2011

World Prevention Suicide Day, continued...


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I believe most everyone has been touched by suicide. I have an uncle who took his life when I was in elementary school and my ex-husband's cousin took his life as an adult. In my book, What Can I Say When Words Escape Me, being present in times of sorrow, I wrote a piece about suicide. All of my work blends nature and spirituality into words, art and photography. I had a really difficult time doing this composition. I lost sleep for weeks trying to wrap my mind around the thoughts of someone in this mind-set. It was really scary just thinking about this heavy and dark psyche. Eventually, in my writing, I compared its wrath to that of a tsunami. Overwhelming, destructive and out of control.

The message in the article asks that you get involved. The statistic is that for everyone one suicide there are 8 to 25 attempts. This is a means of survival for someone coping with depression. Untreated it results in death. Take a chance, you may just save a life!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Harmonious existence, continued...


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I think a lot of people think I’m crazy because I really do believe that each and everyone of us can live a harmonious existence. I started manifesting mine in 2008 after the walls of my world seemed to fall down; a breaking point perhaps from the drama and stress that seemed to re-ignite so very often.

I feel that my inner unbalance fueled much of this dismay.

It was scary to face my life without a job for the first time in more than 20 years. Bereaving the loss of my father, at the same time, seemed to suck the life out of me and this, in itself, left me to face the dark reality of my world. By facing it, I released a lot of stagnant energy and this surfaced my inner artist, hidden dormant beneath my layers for many years.
My life slowly but surely started to feel right. I’m still finding puzzle pieces and fitting them into their place but the overhaul has gifted me such an appreciation, I know I’m on the right track.

Harmony is something I deserve and I’m beginning to realize. I want you to realize it too!

Leave me your thoughts about living in harmony. I’m interested in your perspective.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Carl lost his brother to suicide, continued...


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Anyone who has bereaved a loss, especially one of suicide, can relate to Carl as he describes triggers and pain.

He shared, “There are triggers that vault you backward in an instant. When we hear of someone who has taken their life, our scab is ripped off and we weep with an involuntary kinship. There is a common ground as we've been thrust into an unwanted membership to this God-awful club. We feel for them; we know their pain. We want to reach out to comfort them; to let them know that they are not alone, they will survive; we all do."

Carl continued, “It is always present, that persistent bit of pain, which lurks just beneath the surface, waiting to nudge you back to reality when it awakens with just the slightest influence. We must acknowledge it and never shut it out for we cannot deny who we are and all of the experiences that build upon our foundation. We take ourselves with us wherever we go; that library of records within which defines us and makes us individual.”

If you’re suffering depression or you just feel lost and overwhelmed reach out and try to get help.

Click here for the National Suicide Lifeline Hotline/website.

Click here to watch an overview narrative of Carl’s book.

Photo is the cover of David's book, Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide, (Published by Nightengale Press)