Posted in Health, Inspiration, Life

In case you didn’t know…

It’s been awhile we did a little health segment and it’s overdue. Every little action has a reaction of which consequences can be huge. So here is something to consider and to know before we travel down that path. Is it even worth it…

Anger weakens the liver

Grief weakens the lungs

Worry weakens the stomach

Fear weakens the kidneys

Stress weakens your heart and your brain

What can you eliminate or reduce today?

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Consiousness, Health

Increasing your life energy

Today’s musing makes me think about our daily life distractions. When it rains it pours and sometimes these distractions come at us from various angles, in a life that is constantly growing busier. Stress is all around us, sucking us in like a vortex into the black hole, into a dark abyss. For me balance has always been a key factor in increasing my life energy and how I enjoyed the world.

For years, I was trying to find it, to fit everything into a day that just never held enough hours to get EVERYTHING done. Tasks had to be prioritized and some of them had to be delayed which only induced guilt. My days were mainly filled with work and chores and the fun things like hobbies, arts and crafts had to remain on the back burner for that seldom occasion when a little window of time opened or when I finally convinced my mind that it was ok to drop a chore to make art, hiking or whatever I craved, the priority. Usually once that happened, I was also physically too exhausted to pull it of and enjoy it the way I hoped to. It was a battle, and the saying “all work and no play” had a constant meaning in my life.

Today I am blessed to have the freedom for filling my days mostly with what I want to do. Well almost….There are still chores that await, and the work life has been replaced by a new boss, a chronic condition that dictates each day to an extend. So sometimes, even though I have the time, I might not always be physically able to do what I want to do. Again I am blessed that things continue to look up and my health continues to improve and is holding in the face of storms and active weather patterns.

Today’s post is a health segment and I am revisiting some of the things we can do on a daily basis to increase our life energy. I am reminding myself that a lot of times these things only require a small adjustment and introducing something different into our life that doesn’t take up more time or is more complicated. It merely replaces something else. Here are a few suggestions you might find helpful for yourself.

Work a job you love, find your passion and build on it. This is a big one and sometimes not always possible. Perhaps you can feel good about working towards that goal or bring some sort balance into your life with the things that brighten your day and lift your spirit.

Eat mineral, enzyme rich organic fruit and vegetables and concentrated green powders, avocados, and fresh raw pressed organic oils like hemp and olive oils. This is another biggie that requires some planning ahead. I used to blame work and being soooo busy all the time for only being able to make meals of convenience rather than eating healthier. It played a part in my routines for sure, but I still find myself struggling with it today. Perhaps the cost of these goods plays a factor too and another saying comes to mind that reminds me that the choice is always ours. When it comes to our health we either pay for it now (goods and groceries we consume) or we pay for it later (doctors and hospital bills.)

Stress LESS, learn proper breathing techniques and start meditating. Another powerful one when stress is such a big part of our life. To reduce stress requires us to re-prioritize our tasks and find a healthier balance. It has to become important, almost like a matter of life and death and it literally could be viewed as such.

Connect with nature daily, and clear the mind with positive affirmations. Easy -peasy and you might just pin a positive message on your refrigerator door to remind yourself throughout the day.

Get rid of TV 😳. Ok ok maybe reduce the amount of time you are glued to the tube.

Avoid all junk food. Again it comes down to choice and planning.

Eat algae and herbs, and infuse your cells with daily green juices.

Connect with your inner child, make art and be creative.

Dance more.

Quit smoking and drinking alcohol.

Get rid of fear, worry, and learn to LOVE.

In love and light 🙏🏼💙

Posted in Health, Kindness, Life

A cozy day

Lake Tahoe last winter

Rain and snow has arrived and by all means we need it. What surprises me is the amount that we have seen. Days of almost non stop precipitation with a 100% chance every hour. Tonight the rain will switch over to snow for at least a 12 hour period and my little Cinnamon Girl is getting anxious inside. While it’s cozy to me and the kind of weather you cuddle up with a blanket and watch the world outside, read a good book or else entertain yourself, she is missing her time outside, running, exploring and sniffing the wilderness. Hopefully by tomorrow we can spend some time in the snow and perhaps even build a snow man. I bought snow boots just in time and we will see what the hours ahead hold.

I did a lot of running around this weekend, getting Cinnamon vaccinated for rabies and distemper, getting two cars smog checked, registered, renewing Cinnamon’s Dog License, celebrating my girlfriends birthday, donating to a Fur-Babies emergency surgery, cleaning with lots of moral support for a loved one, researching auto insurance quotes, baking a Cheesecake with mixed berry topping – yum, and much more. Quite frankly a few slower days are just what I am looking forward to. A few days of writing, crafting, more research and the random pondering’s that come to mind every day. Perhaps I should say slower in the sense of emotional demand. It’s horrible to watch a sick person suffer in extremes. To feel helpless, unable to make a physical difference, although the emotional and moral support is just as important. It’s draining however and this has been a bad weekend as far as that goes. I feel worried, but I also have to keep the delicate balance for myself in check so I don’t inadvertently take a step backwards.

Life is a constant give and take. An upholding of a delicate balance. Enjoy each moment, even the tough ones, everything can change in the blink of an eye.

Posted in Health, Inspiration, Life lessons

Collaborating between body, mind, and soul

On Saturday I got my second Covid vaccination and it did quite a number on me. Besides the usual sore arm ( by the way worse this time compared to the first dose) from the injection side, I had several unpleasant and scary side effects. The day after getting the shot, I felt like I was going to die. It started with dizziness, a headache out of this world I couldn’t shake, unable to do much of anything, no appetite whatsoever, chills alternating with heatwaves and chest pain, particularly the heart which quickly became my most important concern. I took it easy and chilled for most of the day, listening to my body and it’s needs. Throughout it all, I became very emotional and hard on myself. I had planned things I wanted and needed to get done. Needless to say they didn’t get done and I had to remind myself several times to extend kindness and understanding to myself instead of being frustrated with myself. Here, I willingly injected a foreign substance into my body and now that my body was reacting, I was going to be mad at it? I knew that I had to dig for some understanding and compassion for myself and that my attitude wasn’t right. With this kind of understanding I managed my way through the day and although I didn’t improve on a physical level, I did improve on a mental and emotional side. I went to sit on the patio, soaking up the 70 degree weather which felt perfect to me. And when the chills returned, I cuddled under a blanket and sipped hot tea, only to be followed by another heatwave where breathing became difficult to manage. The shortness of breath was another big concern and each time it happened, I focused myself on intentional breathing techniques that helped a great deal. All you have to do is close your eyes, try to remain as calm as possible and feel the air going in and out of your body. Feel it traveling from your nose down to your throat, all the way to the core of your being. Relax…

Monday, the day after, the nice 70 degree weather had vanished which I knew it would, but I was surprised to open the door and find a white covered world in the backyard. It was snowing for the first time and even Cinnamon seemed surprised. Along with the summer like weather all of my symptoms vanished and I am feeling good today. What a relief and I wonder which one was worse. The first dose with milder symptoms that dragged out nearly a week. Or the second dose with heavy symptoms, but you are quickly over with within a day. I hope it lasts and that the worst is behind me. Today I actually feel like I have some energy and it’s perfect timing to pack up some summer clothing and bring the heavier armory out of hiding. Plus I got some new flannel sheets and a new heating blanket that is waiting to be broke in. With a low down to 19 degrees overnight, I think the timing is perfect.

Musing about what happened with the second dose and how it affected me, I believe this too was a lesson and I believe that I aced it. I am very pleased with how I handled the symptoms for the most part. Being able to recognize what was going on and listening to my body instead of pushing on like so many other times and bringing myself to the max of destruction and harm, not heeding the signs of my body. For turning frustration into compassion and understanding for myself, changing my attitude and outlook all together. For finding kindness and love for myself and for talking myself through the rough bits, with words and exercises. For the first time it felt like a collaboration, like teamwork with my body. We were on the same team and we were equally supporting each other. There was no longer a separation between the mind and the body. Everything had joined together as one. Today, back at the tiny abode, a storm is still brewing outside. I am cozy and warm while I sit back and watch the clouds pass by. The red sail spanning over the hammock and it’s attached prayer flags are being lifted up and down by the wind. A great furry snuggle bug (Cinnamon) is right besides me and feels perfectly content, just like her human.

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Aromatherapy, Health

Palo Santo

I miss burning my incense and my essential oils these days, but I can’t take the risk of them potentially harming my Cinnamon girl. Just burning a candle made a her sneeze up a storm the other day, so I have to be careful and refrain. Especially since living in such tight quarters. Maybe one day in a slightly larger abode it will be ok when the space isn’t so confined. But that doesn’t keep me from sharing one of my favorites with you today, and all the great benefits associated with Palo Santo. You might as well sit back because by the time you read about the wonderful things it can help you with, I am sure you’ll be wanting to go and get some for yourself. So here we go…

1. Supports the body’s natural immune defenses

2. Joint and muscle pain reducer

3. Supports the body’s natural detoxification abilities

4. Reduces nervous tension, panic & anxiety while enhancing relaxation

5. Turns off inflammatory responses from poor diet, histamines, seasonal allergies, stress & illness

6. Helps recover from illness, emotional pain and fatigue

7. Combats migraines

8. Increases blood flow

9. Fights & prevents infections & viruses

10. Natural bug repellent

Enjoy….

Posted in Health, Human spirit, Life

Tears and prayers for a stranger

I prayed and cried for a stranger the other day, a person I have never met. I don’t even know her first name, but I don’t have to. Everything is energy and vibration and we can feel just as connected to someone we have never met, as to someone we have known in person all of our lives. At least that is what I believe. And it’s a little like when we send a Reiki long distance healing to someone we have never met in person. We connect to their energy and it’s as powerful as being in the same room with them. With it without physical touch.

One of the most important guidelines as a Reiki Master is to protect your own energy so you don’t absorb negativity and burdens that are not yours to carry. I know that I feel too much at times, too strongly, and too deeply. Maybe it gets me hurt at times as I feel these emotions as if they were my own. I had to learn to recognize what’s mine and what is not. It is however who I am, and I don’t want to change that or ever lose that. It’s what makes me, ME, unique and special in my own way. Therefore I believe that whoever or whatever made us feel a little too much, a little too deeply and a little too strong, deserves a moment of our time. They deserve our laughter as well as our tears to honor them and to let them know that they matter, whether they know about it or not. My stranger has no clue that prayers and tears were shed for her, but I know that the universe carries my love for her and her family directly to her.

I guess you could think and say that my heart is wide open and not protected at all with this mindframe because I was all over the place as I learned about her, feeling so strongly about this person I have never met. She is the Mother of a soul connection I recently made and she is ill and entering palliative care. Her heart is weakening and she is refusing medication. A do not resuscitate order is already in place and power of attorney was also granted. All things I am no stranger to myself. Things that evoke memories that allow me to relate at such a special and profound level.

My soul recognizes this stranger who doesn’t feel like one at all on a soul level, and I don’t need to know her in person to see her in all of her glory. I feel her vibration, I can feel her light. She is a light worker, sent here with a mission. She is here to bring change and she is leaving a beautiful legacy behind. She has done beyond well and I only need to look at her beautiful daughter and the extraordinary human she has raised to see part of her glorious mission. I asked her permission to connect with her spiritually to see if there was something she wanted to share. I got a great sense of peace form her. She is an Angel on earth, and she is at peace with that her mission here on earth is nearing it’s end. There are no retreats and she is content. I feel warmth and nothing but love coming from her, but she is tired. She is at ease and couldn’t shake the sense that she is ready for whatever comes next. I can’t ignore her feeling of surrender, and that her time is near. She has picked this time for a reason, and slight interventions and distractions are on the way to help ease the transition, not only for herself but for those left behind. I hope that I am wrong and prayers and light continue to flow from me to her and all of the family during this difficult time. I wish her strengths and courage, bravery and peace of mind. May her heart stay content and know what a wonderful job she has done when that moment of transition arrives. I will continue to pray for her and connect with her in spirit, sending love and light her way to ease her thoughts and feelings.

In the meantime, a new light is entering this world and my soul sister is about to become a Grand-momma to a beautiful baby boy. My heart aches for her in this time of mixed energy, emotions and feelings. I see the similarities in her and me and remember back to the day as my Mom passed, and my cousins daughter birthed her first baby, a boy as well. Such is life someone said, and one enters this world as another has to leave. Picking this time is no coincidence and it’s a time when not only sadness is present but also the joy of a new life entering this world. A way and a means for love to reincarnate with a new mission to carry on. It is perhaps one of the most unselfish gifts a mother can give her daughter to help her cope through the loss and the grief that is life changing. Grief is permanent and grief is love unexpressed. Again I remember back and I too had my flight booked already as Mom got ill the last time. I talked to her via FaceTime, telling her that I’d be there in a few days, to hold on and hang in there, that we will make it through once more just like we did before in the prior year, and that she’d be healthy again and that I would bring her home, despite of not knowing how that could have ever been possible. Home for her meant out of the nursing home she was living in for the past 1 1/2 years. Tired, she looked back at me, nodding, too weak to speak, too weak to look convinced, signaling me that she believed in my words. We hung up and she passed that evening. It was the last time I saw her alive. Often times I felt that she choose this moment to let go because she couldn’t have done it with me sitting by her bedside. It would have been too hard, for her, and for me. I wouldn’t have known how to let her go and she wouldn’t have known how to go and leave me behind. She would have wanted to hold on, but she knew it was her time and she was tired of being sick, tired of fighting for a life not worth living. She hated the nursing home. In the end she gave me an unselfish gift and she left quietly and alone. Something so many of us are afraid of. To be alone, whether it is during our living state or during our last moments. Again, I hope that these similarities and my intuition is nothing more than coincidence, although I don’t believe in coincidences. There are no ordinary moments, but I pray that this one never comes to fruition. I hope that she will be around for many more years to come, to shine her light on all of us and see her family grow.

And as far as protecting myself and my energy, I know how to do that. I know how to cut the chord, how to sever ties, disconnect from what’s not mine to carry, burn a piece of paper with words and watch them dissolve into thin air. I know how to hold a little ceremony of letting go, of cutting bonds and repeat until nothing is left. I know all of it and yet I choose to not use any of it. I choose to feel. I choose to feel too much, too strongly and too deeply. In this very moment. I feel that at times it is necessary that we feel deeply, that we carry compassion for another, that we lean on love as it is the answer to everything, whether it is self love or the love for another. Even a stranger. We don’t need to cut ourselves off and cast a magic spell to disconnect. We need to be there, present, for them, and for us because it is what humanity is all about. And being human is not always easy, convenient, or pretty. It ugly and heart wrenching mist of the times and it takes guts and glory and a heart that is beating full of love. A heart that loves unconditionally, that is wide open and that is not afraid to get hurt occasionally to benefit a greater good. It takes hard work and if you dare to go the distance you might be rewarded with a peace of mind, a knowing that you did the right thing, that you were unselfish, that you gave all of yourself, that you were genuine and caring, and are now able to live with no regrets, no “what if’s” and no “I should have’s.” And so what if it’s not in your immediate circle, someone you don’t know in person! Connect to the energy that binds us all together and make a change for the better. We are all one and there are no strangers.

Please join me in a collective prayer for this beautiful soul to ease whatever has to come and to let peace and love flood her being. Please take a moment and pause, while sending love to the family and to everyone near and dear, affected and connected to her. Maybe you know someone yourself that needs a prayer. Maybe it is you who needs one. This goes out to you. Please take a moment and give yourself some unconditional love while sending your a prayer to someone in need. 🙏🏼💙

Posted in Allergy, Fall, Health

The first chill – seasonally or else?

Fall is definitely in the air and last night and today I’ve felt the first chill. It’s windy today and the breeze feels cold, chilling down to the bone. The sunny, warm days are fleeting and already daylight seems so much shorter. With it comes the return of soups and tea’s, hot comfort food, cuddles wrapped in blankets, a movie, or more creative time indoors. I wish it was a time to go inward for me, a time to relax, regroup and rebuild, but it’s not really and there is an agenda waiting that needs to be tended to. Germany and an empty house is waiting for what’s to come next. I wish it could hold out for just a short time longer, until the end of winter when the chances of selling a house, potentially getting some work done on it is better for everyone, including myself and the RA.

Covid had me procrastinating enough time and the original plan was to return in 2020, but then Covid happened and everything was postponed. Who knew that living with this virus would become our new norm and honestly I don’t think it’s going to change. It’s hanging around, like Cancer, Rheumatoid arthritis, Diabetes, and all other diseases and illnesses. They have become part of our lives just like the flu and I think it’s here to stay.

Last Saturday, I finally did it and got my first vaccination shot for Covid. I have to admit that I am still very undecided and for months now have listened to the pro’s and con’s, the conspiracy theories and concerns, as well as every other opinion. Some things remain questionable, but like with everything else, there are always two sides to everything and one can simply choose from which angle they want to see it, feeding their own truth. I am not surprised that I found myself extremely nervous about it which to me is a sign that perhaps I shouldn’t have done it. I didn’t have peace of mind doing it, so why did I go through with it in the end? For one because I have to travel and go oversees. The pressure is mounting for those still not vaccinated of what you can do, where you are allowed inside and so on. In some ways I felt that I had no choice but to do it finally. What brought me some peace of mind was that most of my family in Germany, including a younger, very wise generation, and very educated friends here which I value and trust, have gotten vaccinated. Could we really be fooled on such a mass level? Maybe, but it brings some comfort knowing that these people did their research and in the end decided that they’ll be better off vaccinated than not. I have also known of people who were vaccinated and still got Covid. It’s not magic shot of prevention, but hopefully will keep you out of the hospital and away from a ventilator.

Needless to say, I was uneasy filling out the paperwork, minutes away form getting my first dose. Going over a list of potential allergic reactions, a potential Epi-pen shot before being administered to the hospital wasn’t all too comforting either but is standard protocol. Hopefully everything will be ok, the man administering the shot said, “this has only happened once before.” Once too many, yikes. Immediately afterwards I had to wander around the store for 15 minutes to make sure I wasn’t feeling any tightness in the chest or light headedness. I distracted myself, telling myself that I’d be ok, basically distracting my mind from feeling any kind of anxiety and manifest some symptoms I don’t want. All went well and the evening was fine too. Given that I have RA, I was told that might experience side effects from the shot such as swollen joints, fatigue and flu like symptoms a little longer than everyone else.

Sunday morning came and I awoke after a somewhat restless night. I was woken several times throughout the night from soreness on my left arm where the shot was administered. It felt as if I had gotten sucker punched and it wasn’t too bad or intolerable, but it was noticeable enough to wake me when I was laying on that side putting pressure on it. I finished my errands and grocery shopping for the week, heading back to the tiny abode to stow everything, put away the laundry and prepare a scrumptious meal for myself and my girlfriend who came to visit me for the first time since the move out of my big house. All was well, despite feeling a little tired which I chalked off to not sleeping well the night before and running around all day, busier than usual. Perhaps it was because missing my nap time, goodness I am getting old. Lol.

As always we had a great time, filled with laughter, shenanigans, no shortage of wine and simply good conversation and company. Cinnamon was a little intense, still protecting her home and Momma, not being used to people, but eventually she chilled out a bit as long as no sudden moves were made. I have some work to do with her for sure and hope it can be sorted down the road, or she calms a bit more with age. After my girlfriend left, I cleaned up and it was about 8PM by the time I got done. I was gonna do some other things but decided to rest a little and not overdo it, given that I just gotten the Covid shot etc. I laid down on the couch and it was chilly enough to cover up. I must have dozed off here and there, but couldn’t get warm. Pretty soon I was literally shivering and I don’t remember the last time feeling like this. I got up to put on my thick bathrobe and eventually the chills subsided and brought my body temperature back to normal. It had to be a side effect to the shot and all was as if nothing happened the next day. The soreness in the arm went away although there was still a feeling of coolness in the air. But then the high is only 61 for today and lows were in the 30’s overnight. So, seasonally or else, remains a mystery but I take it if that’s the worst I have to deal with.

Posted in Chronic illness, Health, Mental Health

Living well – mental stability

On the health front I have come across an article covering Stephen Covey’s 7 cardinal rules for life. It offers wisdom and insight on living well in general and with bipolar disorder. I think that these rules can be applied to every day life, with people that are healthy and those that are suffering and are affected. Somehow it caught my attention. Let’s get started…

Have you ever encountered someone which mood seems to change instantly? I could mention that this is said about my astrological sign, Cancer, which is often labeled as a moody sign. Does that mean I am bi-polar…I wouldn’t think so, but too me it means that I feel deeper than most. Over the years I have not only observed myself, but I have known some people that seemingly ran hot and cold almost within the same sentence. It’s not that all of a sudden a mean streak attacked these people, shifting moods in an instance, but what is it then? By no means am I an expert, but I can’t help but wonder if being bi-polar is somewhat connected to feeling too much. When we feel too much it’s usually because a memory, an experience, a wound is triggered. We are reminded of something, an experience, trauma, something that brought us pain in most instances. We become vulnerable, we feel exposed, we have to defend, we have to protect.

Bipolar disorder includes behavioral issues that happen when we are not stabilized. It greatly affects our relationships and choices. Bipolar disorder includes grief work and grief work takes time. And at times we, ourselves get hurt when we don’t recognize a low in someone. When someone is off and is fighting with something internally. When something sets off the usual warm and fuzzy nature that has touched our hearts with kindness so many times before. Sometimes we get stuck in the middle of it and sometimes we just take the brunt of it all. It’s hard not to take it personally or to remember that that someone might be dealing with a condition such as bipolar disorder. Mental illness is such a vast field, branching into so many different directions, it’s easy to take for granted if not affected yourself, or even understood and found compassion for when it seems so foreign and strange to us. It’s quite amazing how complex and delicate we really are. The slightest imbalance can set us into a downward spiral at any time. Stephen Covey’s cardinal rules for life is something we can all strive for to upkeep a healthy relationship not only with ourselves but also with others. It might even instill some understanding and compassion for someone that we know is struggling. We remember that we might just be that thread that someone is holding onto and needs. Let’s take a closer look at what we can do to help.

1. Make peace with your past so it does not spoil your present. Your past does not define your future – your actions and beliefs do.

2. What others think of you is none of your business. It is how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.

3. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time. Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are; they explain our life and who we are, they challenge us and force us to be strong.

4. No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.

5. Don’t compare your life with others; you have no idea what their journey is about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.

6. Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know all the answers. Sometimes there is no answer and that just might your answer. Accept, and move on. Next!

7. Sometimes talk-therapy can cause you and me to overthink everything. Sometimes you just have to stop thinking about some things and move on.

And there we have it. 7 cardinal rules to a better life and a better understanding. Cheers.

Posted in Healing, Health

Benefits of sleeping on your left side

Are you a side sleeper or do you sleep on your back? Apparently and according to eightsleep.com it doesn’t only make a difference in which position we sleep, but also on which side. It is said that sleeping on the left side is extremely beneficial. It alleviates acid reflux and heartburn, boosts digestion, stimulates the drainage of toxins from your lymph nodes, improves circulation, and helps your brain filter out waste. Due to anatomy and the location of your body’s organs, these amazing benefits only come from sleeping on the left side.

Posted in Healing, Health, Inspiration

Serotonin

In this weeks health check we are taking a look at Serotonin and according to Dr. Frank Lippman, 70% of our serotonin is made in our gut. What’s going on in our gut is going to affect our mood, anxiety, depression, and focus.

Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes out mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts the entire body and enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. Here are some ways of to naturally boost our serotonin levels.

Spend time in nature. Get serotonin from the sun, even on cloudy days. Add vitamin D supplements to your regimen. Get a massage. Exercise to boost serotonin levels. Meditate. Listen to music. Try acupuncture. Focus on the positive. Practice gratitude. Set goals and achieve them. Try the “three blessings exercise.” Here you write down three things you are thankful for every night for one week. Talk to a therapist. Experience new things. Try turmeric. Eat tryptophan rich foods. At more carbohydrates. Add more vitamin B6 and B12 to your diet. Try serotonin vitamins. Limit your caffeine, alcohol and sugar intake. Focus on a good nights sleep.