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Gathering strength from 2018

Today I’m going to sit with my events and dreams of 2018. Like, everyone’s looking back and listing accomplishments. I thought about doing that…oh, I did this and I did that…blah blah blah…

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Does Oprah’s Daily Gratitude Journal Really Work?

 

Does Oprah’s Daily Gratitude Journal Really Work?

Let’s take a look at this idea of gratitude.  Gratitude can bring you perspective.  Cultivating an underlying foundation of gratitude can move you from negative energy to more positive energy. Focusing on the good aspects of your life can bring you contentment, while focusing on the negative aspects of your life can fell really bad.  Oprah says daily gratitude journaling changed her life.

Hmm..but being grateful all the time isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s easier to get caught up in a swirl of emotion. We’re all human and can be hijacked by our limbic systems! When someone is actively aggressive towards you, such as working to take your job or if you are physically attacked, it’s not easy to process this anger and aggression away with gratitude. I don’t think it’s possible to for humans to always feel grateful.

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Self-Care: Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Self-Care: Essential Oils for Emotional Support

Safety note: Please realize that self-treatment has its limitations. You must seek professional help for any chronic, lingering or severe emotional or psychological symptoms you are experiencing. The use of essential oils for emotional support is discussed here as just one piece of the pie in your healing, as complementary care only. In addition, this website promotes the safe use of essential oils by these methods only: inhalation, intermittent diffusing and safe levels of dilution in a carrier oil for use on the skin. This website does NOT promote the ingestion of essential oils.

Can essential oils be used for emotional support? Is there evidence to back these claims? There is a small, but growing, body of research indicating that essential oils have a positive effect on mood. And research has also focused on the psychophysiological effects of essential oils at the molecular level as well. The studies indicate that there are positive effects and better designed and additional studies are needed.

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Hobby Corner: A Lifetime of Loving Lionel Trains!

Hobby Corner: A lifetime of loving Lionel Trains!

America, reclaim your leisure time from social media! 

Put down Facebook, TV and the shopping channels and reclaim your time and your well emotional well being! Hobbies are good for our mental health. Hobbies are creative outlets that exercise the creative parts of the brain. Time spent in an absorbing hobby promotes the healthy state of mind called flow, where you are so immersed in a creative process that time and space melt away. Hobbies provide a creative outlet, they make us more interesting, as new layers of knowledge and skill fill our developing selves our identities.

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Veterans Yoga Project®: Interview with Dr. Dan Libby

Veterans Yoga Project   Yoga for Emotional Healing PTSD

 

Photo courtesy of VYP, used with permission

Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) is a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping veterans gain access to the healing benefits of yoga with a program called Mindful Resilience. Thanks to the efforts of VYP, the Mindful Resilience yoga program is being used to help veterans and active-duty military personnel heal from the emotional, physical and psychological aspects of war trauma in mental health and addiction treatment programs in the United States and Canada. 

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5 Mindbody Ways to take care of mental health during pregnancy

5 MindBody Ways to Care for Mental Health During Pregnancy

Be mindful of your mental health during pregnancy.  For many women, pregnancy is the most joyous times of their lives, but for some women it can be a time of increased anxiety and depression. If you have certain risk factors, such as a personal or family history of trauma, depression, anxiety or bipolar disease, you have an increased chance of  becoming depressed, anxious or having a manic episode in your perinatal time.

Stress during and after pregnancy increases the likelihood of depression or anxiety.  Mindfully taking care of yourself is just as important as your doctor visits and decorating the nursery!

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Part two: Recovering from birth trauma

Last week, we discussed the story of Betty’s traumatic birth here. This week,  we’ll discuss Betty’s healing plan from a traumatic birth. Betty ‘s husband helped her find a therapist who specialized in trauma and perinatal mood disorders by using Google and looking through Psychology Today profiles.  Betty was fortunate in that she had babysitting assistance from her mother and mother-in-law. Betty also was able to take extend time off from work, as she had been steadily employed at the same company for many years, her work was well respected and she had an understanding supervisor. Not all woman have these options. Betty knew this and she was grateful for the foundation that she had in place.

Betty approached her first visit with her therapist with trepidation. Betty was cautious. Like many trauma survivors, she didn’t want to endlessly talk about her trauma, because, somehow, talking about the incident felt like it might be re-traumatizing to her.  But she was feeling bad and she was curious about the new trauma treatments called Somatic Experiencing® (SE) and EMDR.  She had researched EMDR and found there was 30 years of research supporting its efficacy, so she was hopeful.

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Mental Health: Veterans Yoga Project Healing PTSD

Mental Health: Veterans Yoga Project Healing PTSD

 

I wanted to share with my readers a very positive effort full of positive energy taking place in the world.

In 2017 in Hoboken, New Jersey, I first came into contact with the Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) organization. Tam Terry and Helene Graff, residents of Hoboken, arranged a fundraiser.  Stevens Institute of Technology graciously offered the use of the university’s Walker gymnasium. Dr. Nariman Farvardin, the President of Stevens, gave the opening remarks. One hundred and twenty  people from the Hoboken community came together to practice mindfulness and  yoga in an effort to raise money and to support our veterans in getting back feelings of wholeness in everyday civilian life.

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Gratitude feeds the white wolf 6 mindful nibbles a day!

Gratitude feeds the white wolf…6 mindful nibbles  a day!  

Almost all days, I habitually remind myself to stop, take a deep breath, close my eyes, drop my shoulders, open my heart chakra and breathe in the energy of gratitude.   

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Heartlife Holistic® Hobby Corner: Wildcrafting Dandelion Flowers

I wildcrafted dandelion flowers last week. I missed picking the dandelion flowers in my yard! I  kept meaning to pick them, but they all went to seed before I could get to them!

Dandelions have gotten a bad rap in modern times. How spraying  toxic chemicals onto greenery around your home where you and your family live, eat and play became a thing, I just don’t know. Chemical industry, anyone?  Makes my eyes red and itchy just thinking about it!

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