In my last post, I talked about my shocking foot pain discovery and I wanted to document my progress in trying to fix it. It’s been just over a week and here are the things that I’ve been doing to treat the foot pain.

Intention

First and foremost . . . I set the firm intention that I would fix my foot and I even gave myself a time limit in which to do so.  The very first step in making any change in your life is deciding exactly what you want to change and then believing that you can do it. I promised my husband that my foot would be fixed by the time I got home so as to not impact our daily hikes. This timeframe was important to me and I made up my mind that I could do it.

Pranic Healing

The next thing I did was schedule a live Pranic Healing session. Since I knew that this ‘physical’ issue was rooted in emotions I felt that a Pranic Psychotherapy session would be the most powerful. At the start of my appointment, my healer was questioning the name of the foot problem and I didn’t even want to go there. Pranic healers have an extensive library of protocols to help just about every physical ailment there is, but this was NOT the approach I wanted to take. To me, this was very “Western Medicine” – to treat the actual foot. I wanted to treat the underlying cause for the lump in my foot. Since I had such a crystal clear idea of what was driving the problem I was able to explain what emotions I needed to be taken out and, more importantly, what notions I needed to re-program my mind with. In addition to this psychological repatterning, we also cleared out the stuck energy from my foot chakra . . . and there was a ton of congested energy there. Remember folks, pain = stuck and congested energy. When energy is not flowing and building up – pain results.

Biofield Tuning – Tuning forks

I was able to test my own chakras and biofield before my Pranic session and I could see how “stuck” the energy was around my left foot. After the Pranic session the energy was happily flowing and very healthy. However, it only lasted 2 days. By the end of day 2 after my treatment, I noticed the energy was blocked again. This was a great learning experience for me because I realized how important it is to see how long the balancing measures hold. Luckily I had a couple of tuning forks with me and I did a couple of sessions to try to continue to break up the stuck energy around my foot. I also used Pranic healing to continue to clear out the energy from my left foot chakra. I was diligent about checking daily to see if I was maintaining the open energy flow.

Meditation

Since I knew exactly what emotions were causing the pain I did some guided meditations specifically for “letting go of all that no longer serves me.” And I also incorporated new affirmations into my day to reaffirm my convictions.

Essential Oils

I just recently completed a university course on Essential Oils and to say I’m now addicted would be an understatement. I brought some oils with me to Mexico and bought a large collection while I here so I was able to test many different oils to see which ones would be best to help this situation. Some day I will explain how I can “test” to see which oils were best, but for now just know that I can, not only determine which oils would make a positive impact on the issue but exactly which oil would be the MOST beneficial. In this case, I had a lavender blend that tested the most beneficial so I applied 3-4 times a day directly to the lump on my foot.

BioGeometry

Another subject that I need to fully explain someday. There is a lot to it and extremely hard to describe briefly, but on the subject of “testing energies,” I have a large inventory of special “shapes” that help the human body resonate with healthy frequencies. When any part of your body falls out of a healthy frequency I can detect that and apply the precise resonance for that particular body part. I have about 8 different shapes for the foot and my body constantly needed one particular shape. It seemed no matter how many times I treated it, 10 minutes later it needed more. Not only was it hungry for this “foot” shape, but it also strongly needed a particular “skin” shape and that shape  was specifically for ‘cysts.” I consistently added these shapes into my energy field all day long for a couple of weeks.

I am thrilled to report that exactly one week from my first Pranic treatment the pain in my foot was almost completely gone. There is still a lump on my foot. It got much smaller, but it hasn’t completely vanished. If I push directly on it, there is still a little bit of soreness but nothing compared to what it was. I am extremely pleased with the results.

Now you may be wondering . . . which of these many treatments was the magical one that helped the situation? I too wonder if only one of them would have been able to fix it. It’s going to take me many years of research in order to answer that question and I may never know because why not use all the tools in my toolbox? This has taught me that to best treat any situation I need to combine and use all of my skills, knowledge, and tools . . . and believe me, I have lots!  The more tools we have the better the chances of success.


I would like to also take this opportunity to mention that Western medicine isn’t off the table for me. I like to point out all the situations where I personally feel that it fails at truly healing, but please know that there is a time and place for everything. A true integrative approach to medicine is knowing when to use what treatments. If you’re having a heart attack or suffered major trauma to the flesh or bone, energy medicine is not where you should turn!  And along these lines, if you have some sort of infection I wouldn’t hesitate to take antibiotics. Just know that the bypass heart surgery may have saved your life, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem that caused the heart attack in the first place. If you don’t change your lifestyle, you will likely suffer another. Regarding a serious accident, there may have been some emotional conflict in your energy field that caused it. And overusing antibiotics is only going to cause you other chronic health conditions in the future. Medicine and health require a delicate balance. Make your decisions wisely knowing that everything has consequences. Taking drugs has consequences, as does refusing Western medicine treatment when it’s essential.

 

The incredible connection between mind and body never ceases to amaze me. I have a personal story that will illustrate this connection so well. I’ve been on my yearly sabbatical in Mexico for approximately four weeks. Within a couple of days of arriving, I noticed some soreness in my left foot. As the days progressed it got worse and worse and the soreness transitioned to downright pain. I couldn’t flex my toes and the top of my foot felt as though a bowling ball got dropped on it. I blamed the uneven terrain of walking on the beach. I don’t often walk barefoot and the slope of the land where the water meets the sand had to cause the issue since it started right after I started walking barefoot on the beach.

It was easy to decide upon this as the cause of the problem, but the fact that I come to this same beach every year and take the same long barefoot walks every day during my extended stay was certainly casting some doubt in my mind. Why this year is my foot giving me issues? Using the logic of modern Western medicine I could conjure up all sorts of reasons, the biggest one being, “I must be getting old.” Unfortunately, this is the conclusion that most people draw when they can’t find a logical reason for a new physical pain.

I continued to hobble along on the beach just thankful that I was far from home and nobody that I knew would see me. After all, I pride myself on being in tip-top-perfect health. And when and if I do get knocked out of perfect health, I better recover quickly – just to prove I can!

By the end of the second week, the pain on the top of my foot started to improve, but sadly this was just as a new pain on the bottom of my foot started to crank up. Now the pain was in the arch of my foot and once again, walking on the fluffy sand aggravated it. The uneven sand pushed against the arch and once again, I’m hobbling. Now I’m really getting curious so I actually start looking at my foot and notice a hard lump under the surface of the skin. This sent me to google to investigate what it might be. And of course, Google had all the useless answers one could ever want. Here’s what I learned . . .

Foot Pain Caused by Plantar Fibroma

I had a case of Plantar Fibroma. They couldn’t exactly tell me WHY I had it but here are their best guesses.


“Certain medications and supplements may encourage the growth of excess collagen and fibrous tissue, but this hasn’t been proven. These include: certain beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure, anti-seizure medications, vitamin C, glucosamine You may also be more likely to develop plantar fibroma if you have: chronic liver disease, diabetes, seizure disorders”

Absolutely none of that applied to me so I moved on to “let’s just fix it.” This is what the recommended solutions were:

“Treatment with steroid injections, physical therapy, gels, orthotics, or surgery may provide short-term or long-term relief. However, growths may recur if you’re predisposed to plantar fibromas.”

“If you’re predisposed to plantar fibromas” is Western Medicine’s way of saying, “We know all of these treatment options are NOT really going to solve the underlying cause of your problem, but here are some temporary band-aids that you can try.”


So there went 5 wasted minutes out of my life. Then, two days later I was reading a new book called, “Electric Body, Electric Health” by Eileen McKusick (the Biofield Tuning creator), and my MIND WAS BLOWN!

Before I tell you what I learned, I first need to give you some background on who I am and what I stand for. Please know that:

  • I fully believe that nothing is stronger than a healthy human immune system.
  • I fully believe that my healthy body is far better equipped at keeping me healthy over any foreign untested chemical agents.
  • I fully believe that if something isn’t broken you shouldn’t meddle with trying to fix it.
  • I fully believe that every human on this planet should have 100% rights to make their own decisions about what gets put into their bodies.
  • I fully believe that no human being on this earth should ever be forced to put something into their bodies completely against their will. That is a CRIMINAL ACT!
  • I fully believe that everything that involves MY health should be MY choice and nobody should be discriminated against or punished for their health decisions.

I can go on, but I think you get the picture of who I am and why I might be struggling in the new world order. So without any further ado, this is what I learned about pain specifically in the LEFT foot . . .

These are notes taken out of Eileen’s book.

What Does Pain in the Left Foot Represent?

  • The need to step away from the situations in our lives that aren’t working for us.
  • The left foot speaks to our ability to walk away from toxic or unproductive people, places, or circumstances.
  • The energy field around the left foot gets very charged up when we are stuck in toxic situations.
  • When we want to pull away from something that’s toxic or stressful, but we feel trapped, the energy gets frozen and sequestered around the left foot.
  • There is a feeling of being imprisoned in an uncomfortable or unhealthy situation.

And there you have it. THIS is why traditional Western medicine fails at getting to the true cause of physical problems. They are almost always rooted in emotional distress. When allopathic Western medicine recognizes and fully embraces the mind/body connection, they might have a chance at catching up to Energy Medicine and be able to actually heal. Now that I know what needs attention I must figure out how to fix myself. I obviously can’t change the negative toxic world around me, but I CAN change how I react to it and that is exactly what I’m going to do!

reprint From Discovery Healing

It’s easy to understand the importance of taking care of our physical body, since we see it, feel it, and move through the world in it! It’s also how we are introduced to others, as the first thing the people we meet see. Because of this, it’s common to spend a lot more time thinking about our external selves, rather than our internal selves. This mindset tends to affect our approach to healing as well, with the physical body being treated far more frequently than the emotional self.

Our premise, however, is that many physical issues are actually caused by emotional pain at their roots, and cannot be healed with only physical treatments! Emotions can become trapped in the body and cause physical pain. Discovering these Trapped Emotions and releasing them can result in lasting emotional and physical healing.

Alleviating Physical Pain Through Emotional Healing

When pain is only treated physically, through pills, massage, or surgery, the pain may return. While sometimes illness and physical injuries need to be treated with these types of traditional medicine, we believe there can be underlying causes of discomfort that indicate a need for emotional healing. Often, if the issue is rooted in an emotion, the aching will grow slowly over time. It might be hard to point to the reason for the pain — as opposed to when you take a fall or break a bone. When physical pain is rooted in a Trapped Emotion it cannot be healed by external treatments. In this case, emotional healing from the inside out may be more effective in alleviating it.

Healing From The Inside Out

Healing from the inside means confronting ourselves, our histories, and our inner truths. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do! In modern society, we often learn to avoid things that are hard or painful. It might seem simpler to take a  pill instead. Alternatively, we may temporarily distract ourselves from uncomfortable experiences with diversions such as TV, social media, alcohol, and more. However, avoiding the real issue will only allow the discomfort to come back in the future. Even though it might seem more challenging, in the end, emotional healing may be what’s necessary to make a lasting change and improvement.

For deeper healing, we should look inside, as well as to external sources. Holistic healing modalities tend to focus on this internal approach, altering lifestyle and balancing energies. The Emotion Code®  is designed to help identify energetic blockages that are preventing you from living your best life and removing them to enable your body, mind, and spirit to heal itself. Learn more by clicking below.

In my last article, I explored a new way of viewing our medical system. I explained how the goal of Quantum Medicine is to move toward health, rather than away from disease. Now I would like to give you a new and possibly refreshing view of disease.

No disease is a meaningless “error” of nature!

We don’t get cancer or any other disease randomly for no reason. This may not sound refreshing or positive to you, but let me continue . . .

All diseases are special programs that are meant to allow organisms to deal with emergency situations. They are meant to SAVE the body, not hurt it.

Let’s consider the examples of fever or vomiting/diarrhea.  If you develop some sort of infection, the body will naturally start a fever with the intent to burn off the infection. Or, if you ingest some toxic substance your body will do what it takes to try to rid yourself of it. These are defense mechanisms in order to protect you. Cancer and other serious diseases are no different. They are meant to signal you of a greater danger lurking unnoticed somewhere in your body. Now, just like a serious fever that can kill you, or severe dehydration caused by prolonged diarrhea that can also kill you, so can the cancer.

But how on earth can cancer help to SAVE YOU?

In my latest “New Quantum Medicine” course, we learned about a theory in Hamer Medicine that says all cancers are a result of some sort of unexpected emotional trauma suffered earlier in life. This trauma (trapped emotional energy) will show up in different parts of the brain in CAT scans and a trained doctor that understands this theory will not only know exactly where the cancer is located in the body but also exactly what sort of emotional trauma caused it. For instance, a sudden loss can result in cancer of the reproductive organs. Cancers of the left breast are caused by the individual experiencing an emotional conflict involving a child, home, or mother; whereas cancers of the right breast are caused by the individual experiencing an emotional conflict with the partner or others. This is because each type of psycho-emotional conflict, as found by Dr. Hamer, is dealt with by a different part of the emotional reflect center in the brain that corresponds to a different organ within the body. In nearly all cases, the conflict experienced occurs approximately 2 years prior to the diagnosis of cancer. If you or anybody you know is currently dealing with cancer, you can visit this link for much more detail into this theory.

Old trauma is the real threat to the body.

Previous trauma is causing the body stress and when that stress builds to the point where the body knows it can not sustain, it will cause the cells to malfunction and create cancer. This is the warning signal that the stress in the body must be relieved. Something about the current lifestyle, mindset, core beliefs, etc of the person must change in order to heal. In many cases, it is simply being able to ‘let go’ of something or truly forgiving somebody. Knowing which emotions cause which particular kinds of cancer is greatly beneficial but that is just the start of the healing process.

Going after the cancer with harsh radiation or drugs or surgery is certainly one way to approach the problem. This is what we call the materialistic approach. This looks at the body only as matter, and therefore only tries to remove the cancerous matter. However, the true problem is not the tumor or the malfunctioning cells. The true problem is the emotional stress that caused it and until that stress is resolved true and lasting healing can never happen. It is quite common for patients to undergo chemo and radiation to “beat cancer” only for it to resurface years later.

My course went so far as to say that,

“No disease should ever be fatal. And people only die of lack of knowledge – lack of knowledge about what the true problem is and then lack of knowledge about how to resolve it.”

And once again, I relate this to our current times. I have heard many alternative doctors claim that “nobody had to die of covid.” So many people were misdiagnosed and mistreated – put on ventilators that did far more harm than help. We have the necessary drugs and supplements that would cure the illness, what we lack is the knowledge of how to heal.  It appears that every single approach that we are taking is doing more harm than good. Again, it is a lack of knowledge that is the true threat to all.

Let me just end this by reminding you that a diagnosis of a serious disease is not necessarily the end and should be viewed as nothing more than your infinitely intelligent body trying to send you a message. Learn how to listen to it and you will live a healthy and harmonious life. ALWAYS focus on the positive! Positive words and thoughts heal while negative words and thoughts kill. And please remember this statement as you watch the news!

If you are interested in a very quick and easy way to release trapped emotional energy from your past, please consider an Emotion Code session. These sessions can be done remotely just as effectively as in-person.

June is PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) awareness month in the United States and there’s never been a more crucial time to explore the impacts of trauma on our health. With the current state of the virus pandemic, social unrest, and economic instability it is becoming more and more difficult to remain balanced and healthy. Working through our emotions during these uncertain times takes a commitment to self-care.

The word “trauma” can refer to both physical and emotional. Physical trauma would be caused by something like a car accident when the body suffers physical damage. But emotional trauma can be just as dangerous with effects lasting even longer, possibly for the duration of somebody’s life. When you experience emotional trauma, like we all are during these difficult times, emotional healing may be critical to your ability to move on. Traumatic experiences might include things like:

  • The death of a family member, friend, or pet
  • Accident or physical injury, such as car accident
  • Divorce or hurtful breakup
  • Serious illness
  • Pandemics or natural disasters
  • Social unrest or war
  • Domestic abuse or sexual assault
  • Being the victim of a crime

Any kind of traumatic experience may cause emotional, spiritual, mental, or physical harm. Ideally, those feelings eventually pass and fully process. But all too often the emotions are too much for us to process and the feelings end up grabbing hold and not letting go.


Emotional Healing After Trauma

If you experience any of these persistent and lasting effects, emotional healing may be critical for you.

  • Dramatic mood swings & extreme irritability
  • Nervousness or anxiousness
  • Feeling hopeless or very sad
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty thinking and concentrating
  • Insomnia or desire to sleep longer hours
  • Appetite changes
  • Isolation or withdrawal from things and people you usually enjoy
  • Headaches, nausea, or other physical signs of stress
  • Worsening medical conditions

Energy Healing for Emotional Healing

In addition to seeking the help of professional psychotherapists, there are some energy healing modalities that can be quite helpful. One of them is using the Emotion Code®. A trained practitioner can identify and release trapped negative emotional energy. These sessions are short, inexpensive, and can be very powerful. Best of all, they can be done over the phone or video chat. For more information on Emotion Codes, please click here.

Another very powerful emotional healing modality is a Pranic Psychotherapy session. During one of these sessions, negative emotions are removed from deep inside the chakras and they are replaced with positive emotions. Any cords with other people are cut and your aura gets cleansed leaving you feeling much lighter and more refreshed. This service is also available via remote or distance sessions. For more information on Pranic Healing, please click here.

Other practices like meditation, mindfulness, and physical activity could help improve your outlook and combat the negativity that could hinder your recovery process. None of us are immune from experiencing trauma, but being emotionally healthy to begin with helps you process negative emotions.

I had a rather interesting experience last week related to some emotions that arose due to the current COVID pandemic. I feel that this is important to share because it really illustrates how living through these challenging times is going to impact our health – in very negative ways. And there’s just no telling at what point we are going to feel some of these effects. Some people may already be suffering with a list of new physical ailments that recently cropped up. Others may not realize any physical problems for many months to come. But eventually, I fear that we will all be subject to new physical issues as a result of the stress we are going through. So let me tell you about my experience.

My First Trip Out In The Big Scary World

For the past month, I have not ventured out into the big scary world. I’ve done all my grocery shopping online with either home delivery or curbside pickup, and aside from those occasional grocery pickups, I have not gone anywhere. Last week I decided that it was time to venture out to the grocery store. I was actually excited to get out and had a great attitude on my way out. I had positively zero fear and I looked forward to being able to select my own food for a change.

But then I got to the store and everything went South. It was very scary to see everyone walking around in their masks and being faced with instructions all over the store as to what I was supposed to be doing, which way I should be walking, etc. Add to that, the fact that the entire bakery, deli, and seafood sections were completely abandoned. I always had this peace of mind in thinking that “It’s a good thing we live on the shore because we will never run out of fish.” Then I get to the store and there is no fresh fish. 🙁

Seeing the limited choices on the shelves and struggling to figure out my proper shopping protocol was a lot to handle. When I arrived home my husband was waiting at the door for me, asking me how it went. When I walked into the house my answer to him was, “It was really hard on me to see the reality of this world right now.”

The Immediate Effects of Stress Were Clear

I got home just in time for our afternoon walk so I slipped off my clean sneakers in preparation for changing into my hiking shoes. That’s when I suddenly noticed that my left foot was very painful. How strange. Where did that pain come from all of a sudden? It was remarkably painful to walk barefoot across the floor. I put my hiking shoes on and that made the pain subside a bit so off on the walk we went.

But when I returned the pain was much worse. It felt as if the bone on the side of my left foot was bruised. It hurt to touch it, it hurt to flex and straighten my foot, and it really hurt to walk. I simply could not walk without limping. I said to my husband, “This is so bizarre. It’s not like I went trail running and banged my foot on a rock. All I did was walk around a store in super comfy sneakers. This just doesn’t make any sense.”

And the minute that I heard those words come out of my mouth I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what the problem was. In fact, I say this to all of my clients . . .

“When pain suddenly appears out of nowhere, and for no apparent reason, there is an energetic imbalance causing it!”

So I grabbed a pendulum and asked the most obvious question of my subconscious . . . “Do I have any trapped emotions causing this sudden pain in my foot?” And of course, I did. I had only one trapped emotion related to this new pain and that emotion was shock. I marveled even further by the fact that we (Eden Energy Medicine practitioners) treat shock by working on the heels of the feet. For some reason, shock likes to go to the feet.

I released that one emotion and within an hour the pain started to improve. The next morning there was a big improvement and I could walk around in my slippers with no problem. Since walking barefoot was still a bit tender I decided to do the “releasing shock” protocol from Eden Energy medicine and the next day the pain completely disappeared. It’s been a week and it hasn’t resurfaced at all.

Stop Physical Problems Before They Start

So my point of telling you this long story is to illustrate just how quickly our bodies can respond to all the new stressors of living through this pandemic. My biggest fear is that the long-term health problems from this event are going to continue long after the pandemic subsides. The actual virus is all over the news and everybody is very concerned about catching the illness, but it seems not many people are thinking or worrying about what this situation is silently doing to the masses. Self-care has never been more important than it is right now. Please be very aware of your body and take notice when sudden changes occur. The sooner you address problems that crop up, the faster you can get rid of them.

And please remember that I can perform Emotion Code sessions over the phone or video chat. Those sessions are only $40 and may very well be the best $40 you spend during this pandemic. For more information on Emotion Code sessions, please click the button below.

We are just now entering what is being called “the saddest week of the pandemic.” We are being set up to deal with extreme sadness and our expectations have been set to prepare ourselves for the worst. In some cases, I can understand the benefits of this, but I also want to take this opportunity to offer some advice.

Are you familiar with the term entanglement? Our energy gets entangled with those we spend time with. It is certainly entangled with our family members, loved ones, and friends. But it also gets instantly entangled with people that we happen to be in close proximity to. Have you ever walked into a friend’s house, perhaps just after members of the household had an argument? You might not be able to pinpoint the source of your unease just walking into the room, but you know something doesn’t feel right. There is tension in the air, so to speak. Your energy just became entangled with their negative energy. It happens that quickly. When you are near other people their emotions affect you whether you realize it or believe it.

I think most of us have probably experienced this and believe that it happens. But here is something that we need to also consider. This entanglement also happens online. We may go to Facebook for some much-needed social interaction, but when we get there we inadvertently get exposed to political negativity, panic, anger, etc. All the emotions of all your friends, both good and bad will immediately enter into your energy system. In many ways this is great. You feel connected to the friends that make you laugh, inspire you, bring you joy, or make you feel good. But how do you prevent the fear, anger, panic, and negativity from dragging you down? In a nutshell, you can’t. What you can do is to control or limit your exposure to negativity.

I’m not sure what the latest statistic is on how contagious the COVID-19 virus is and what your chances are of picking it up upon exposure, but I can tell you this . . . exposure to all emotions is 100% contagious! If you are exposed to negativity you are entangled with it and it is having an effect on your immune system, your nervous system, and many parts of your physical body (depending on what the specific emotions are).

But on the flip side, if you are exposed to inspirational thoughts, joy, and happiness that is also having an immediate effect on your systems. I realize that suggesting you stay away from all news is impossible right now, but let me just offer the suggestion of consciously adding some positivity into your daily routines.  There is plenty of out there if you go looking for it. Here are some suggestions on where to find some uplifting content:

  • My favorite spiritual guru Sadhguru – I listed this one first because I feel it is the most relevant right now and discusses what I personally think is THE MOST important thing that we (this country) can do to combat the virus. Our political divide is literally killing us and nothing inspires me more than watching India come together as a nation. In this short video, Sadhguru illustrates how ridiculous some notions of politics and religion can be and explains the importance of coming together for a common good.
  • Deepak Chopra videos – He added a new section specifically for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Calm YouTube channel – lots of free and easy meditations to get you started along with some personal stories from people who changed their life with meditation.
  • Dr. Wayne Dyer website – so much inspiration content on this site in various forms including streaming videos, articles, very inexpensive online classes.
  • Hay House – You Can Heal Your Life podcast – a free podcast that invited you to take a step back from life’s stress and anxieties—and replace any negativity with life-changing insights and real-world solutions. Learn from some of the world’s greatest teachers in spirituality, health and wellness, and more.
  • Dr. Joe Dispenza Blog – Educational and inspirational content about how powerful you are in creating the life you want
  • Just some fun inspirational quotes and images

I doubt that there’s a human being alive right now that is not terrified of catching the Coronavirus. It is monopolizing all of our thoughts. Most people are glued to the TV, computer, or news app, obsessing over the data and being driven further and further into despair. It’s almost impossible to escape the seemingly never-ending bad news. Every time we turn around we hear of more cases, more deaths, more political fighting, more financial disaster. What we are not talking about is the danger of just hearing all of this bad news.

Most of us are sitting home, locked up in our private houses and thinking that we are safe from getting sick because of it. Unfortunately, the effects of all this bad news and stress is taking its toll on our bodies. There may be no physical symptoms yet and there is no test that we can take that tells us that we are “infected” with a detrimental virus, but the reality is that stress is absolutely compromising all of our immune systems. Our president is calling the current situation “a war against the invisible enemy” and that is exactly what we need to be combating inside our own bodies. Our systems were not built for this constant state of stress and there’s never been a more important time to make self-care a priority.

It’s great that we are all taking extra precautionary measures like washing our hands and conforming to the social distancing recommendations, but I would like to suggest that you add some more precautionary measures to your daily routine. It is crucial that you force yourself to spend time each day reflecting on some positive thoughts. The most powerful way you can spend a spare 10 (or more) minutes is immersing yourself in gratitude. When the body is in a state of gratitude the chemistry inside of us changes. We have a pharmacy inside our own body that goes to work mixing up all the right ingredients to push immunity-boosting self-made chemicals throughout our system. It is so important to give our bodies a break and let it reboot and refresh itself.

Finding and Feeling Gratitude

Granted, it may be a challenge to find things to be grateful for today and during the days to come. But let’s just imagine what it is like to get our power back after a storm leaves us in the dark for several days. How thrilling is it to just turn the lights on right after the power is restored? Let’s put ourselves in that mindset when searching for things to be grateful for. Maybe start by asking yourself these questions?

  • Am I home right now instead of laying in a hospital bed?
  • Are my family members with me?
  • Do I have power at home?
  • Do I have heat in my house?
  • Is there food in my pantry?
  • Do I have an extra roll of toilet paper?
  • Is clean water running out of my tap?
  • Do I have clothes in my closet?
  • Do I have a pet at home that gives me unconditional love on demand?
  • Do I have someone special that I can call just to say hi?
  • Do I have any good books on my bookshelf?
  • Do I have a fuzzy blanket that I can snuggle in?

OK, you get the picture. Let this list serve as a starting point for your gratitude list. Once you get going, you’ll be amazed at just how many things you will find to be grateful for. The more you find and the longer you sit quietly, the more benefits you will get. It has been scientifically proven that feeling grateful can, amongst other things:

  1. Lower your blood pressure
  2. Improve immune function

But here’s the catch,  . . . You can’t just robotically read a list of things that you should be grateful for. You must actually FEEL the gratitude in your heart. Why not start today? Maybe grab a journal and start making a gratitude list so that when you do find the time to sit quietly and reflect you’ll be armed and ready with what you are grateful for.

Here’s a short video to further explain the importance of gratitude. Thank you for reading. I’m grateful for your time!

In as little as three days you could actually make a difference in your level of happiness.

Despite the fact that most of us think that we need to find happiness outside of ourselves, the reality is that happiness comes from within and that we can consciously choose to feel happy by directing our thoughts. Here is a crash course on how you can achieve more happiness in just three short days:

1. Constantly point out what you love.
All day, as much as possible, look for what you love and say it out loud. (example: “I love these mittens.” I love this tea”)

2. Take 8 minutes in the morning and 8 minutes in the evening before going to bed to sit alone and undisturbed.
Remove all distractions, all books, and electronics. Sit and list off some qualities about yourself that you are proud of or that you want to become. Say everything out loud and start with “I am . . . ” (example: “I am smart. I am kind.”)

3. Every time you go to the bathroom, pause for a moment and think of two things, people, or experiences that you are grateful for.
Allow yourself to really feel a sense of gratitude for these things.

4. Don’t watch or read any news.
This may be difficult for some, but give it a try. What do you really have to lose?

If you do these things for three days, conscientiously and with persistence, you can transform your perspective and your outlook and, thereby create a more beautiful and joyful life.

Did you know that practicing gratitude can boost your immune system?

I just read an article by one of my favorite gurus, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and I thought this would be the perfect time to share it. In this article, Dr. Joe explained how he performed a study on gratitude in one of his workshops where 120 people were measured for levels of cortisol and IgA levels at the start and conclusion of the workshop.

Cortisol is produced when the body is under stress and that stress can be actual real stress (like a grizzly bear is chasing us) or imagined stress (we are simply thinking or worrying about something that hasn’t even happened yet). When the body is under stress it has very little energetic resources to use for repair, growth, healing, or inner defense. This, of course, lowers our immune system significantly making us much more susceptible to getting sick. As cortisol levels go up, a chemical called IgA goes down and IgA is one of the strongest building blocks of life.

During the course of Dr. Joe’s workshop, they asked the 120 participants to move into an elevated emotional state such as love, joy, or gratitude for nine to ten minutes, three times a day. What he found was that at the end of the 4-day workshop the participants had significant changes in both their cortisol and IgA levels. Their cortisol levels dropped and their IgA levels shot way up!

This means that we have the power directly within us to make chemical changes in our body – the same types of changes that real actual chemical drugs make – simply by changing our state of mind! And the trick here is to really feel it. Don’t just say, “I’m grateful for the food on my plate” this Thanksgiving Day, but really truly feel those feelings of gratitude. The more you feel, the more internal changes you are making.

The video below features Dr. Joe Dispenza speaking more about gratitude. Please treat yourself to a few minutes of viewing pleasure by clicking on the graphic below. (Please note that you will have to “skip” the annoying ad at the beginning of the video.)