Attending the Hay House Writer’s Workshop in San Francisco in late March. It was an educational weekend surrounded by kindred, creative spirits. What fun!
The customers who’ve ordered the Women as Healers book … and the positive feedback they’ve given me about how it’s impacted their lives.
My family. The past few months have been intense with health challenges for both of my parents. As my sister and I navigate the health care system, long-term care insurance and provide extra TLC, our bond has strengthened. We are reminded on a daily basis “it’s all about love.” What a sacred, holy time.
When the calendar says November 1st, it’s time to begin holiday preparations … already! If you feel like we just did this recently, you probably feel like it’s been a fast year … and I agree!!
One idea to help make the holidays less stressful is to have gift ideas and options for those on your holiday list. At Women as Healers, we suggest the book, “Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy.” It is a must-read, profiling 31 healing women from all around the world. Click here for more information and to order today!
Back in late July, one of the keynote presentations at the Mayo Clinic’sHolistic Wellness conference was Dr. Henry Emmons. He made a startling statement that I’ve been reflecting on … one that impacts lots of people and perhaps, especially women. He said, “80% of depressions are stress-related.” We’ve all heard of good and not-so-good stress. Seems like keeping stress “in check” is vitally important so that it doesn’t manifest into depression.
Dr. Emmons continued: the treatment is different for stress-related depression (not just going on anti-depressants) and in our quest of needing to offer other remedies, this is where complementary modalities come into play (the overall conference theme and a topic that I’m very passionate about). The remainder of his talk was about perceived stress and how this relates to our resilience of body, mind and spirit. Definitely “food for thought” …
I was recently introduced to a wonderful book, “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.
Do you know about this book? I believe it is a reflective work for healing women. The inside jacket says, “A map into the longing of the soul, the desire to live passionately with ourselves and the world around us.”
Here’s a short excerpt to perhaps inspire your deeper connection with yourself and others:
“….It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”
This beautiful book is available here. You are invited…
The intent of this CD is music for you to listen and relax as you read the touching stories in the book. If you want a sample from this CD, you can get a free download of “Inspired by Love” by clicking here. Enjoy …
I recently had an opportunity to play the harp at the hospital bedside, working in tandem with a Healing Touch practitioner/instructor. It was all about teaching life skills.
The patient was a man who had had a procedure to rid his knee of infection. He had just finished physical therapy so was in some pain (7 out of 10) and was extremely anxious (9). He was worried whether or not the surgery had eliminated the infection and if not, what this meant for next steps. His wife and adult daughter were also in the room.
We began immediately doing Healing Touch and playing healing music. About 15 minutes later, he looked like he was crying. I motioned for his wife and daughter to come over to the bed to comfort him – the wife stood on one side of the bed and his daughter held his feet.
I whispered to the daughter, “Would he like the song ‘Amazing Grace?’” and she said, “Yes and also ‘O Danny Boy’ – this was the song that he and I danced to at my wedding.” These songs brought tears to everyone present.
We talked to him about his breath and how breathing could help him release any fear or pain. As we finished our work together, he was peaceful and very grateful. His pain score was 4 and his anxiety was also 4. To discuss breathing with patients and families in the hospital environment always feels like we are giving them a life skill. What an honor to get to do this work!
Back in March, I attended a Hay HouseWriter’s Workshop in San Francisco. All attendees are allowed to submit one book proposal and Hay House will select one winner to publish and award an advance. The proposals are due today!
I e-mailed my submission of “Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy” on September 19th. The 31 women in the book and I have been stating this positive intention at 8 a.m. in our respective time zones each morning for the past six months:
Is autumn your favorite season? It sure is mine!! The pleasant days and cool evenings … I find this time of year invigorating and refreshing. I hope you do too!
And especially with the cooler nights, I’m aware that I’m using the BioMat and enjoying it even more than usual! It is comforting and deeply warm … perfect for this time of year! Some of the health benefits include:
Relieves pain and eases joint stiffness
Promotes relaxation and sleep
Increases blood circulation and cardiovascular function
Improves immune function
Removes waste and toxins and assists in detoxification
Helps to drain the lymphatic system
Love, love, love this product! Click here for my website or e-mail me and I’m happy to connect!