“The energy of your thoughts and feelings exerts a subtle effect on other people as well as other forms of life. We are constantly making contact with others whether we realize it or not, since all energy is continuous and connected.” Dr. Bradley Nelson
What we think really does matter! It matters to our mood, our physical health, and it matters in our relationships. The energy of thought is one of the most powerful forces in life. Making a decision to shift your way of thinking will make changes in your life that will bring amazing benefits.
Like any other goal we set for ourselves, this takes constant awareness, effort, and willpower. Deciding to release or reframe thoughts that cause stress and upset is a huge step forward. Deciding to release harsh judgments of others is healing for you and those whom you have judged. Decide to be happy - gift a stranger with your smile today - it will feel so good that you’ll want to do it again tomorrow.
I promise you that the effort to shift your thinking to positive, accepting, deflecting, forgiving and loving thoughts will increase your general sense of gratitude, satisfaction, and happiness in this life you’re living.
Summer Reading List
Whether you’re packing your bags and jetting off for distant locations or settling in for a staycation, you’ll want a good book to read. Here are some suggestions:
Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth
A compilation of poems by an interesting assortment of authors, this is a book for all ages. Beautifully illustrated by Jon J. Muth, each poem has a full color illustration. At 191 pages, this is not just a good summer read, but a family treasure that can be read and shared with those you love.
A Dog Walks Into A Nursing Home by Sue Halpern
Not sappy or depressing, this is a story of Halpern’s experience of her own dog’s certification as a therapy dog and their journey together visiting the residents of a nearby nursing home. This is a book for those who love dogs, or not, and who are passionate about the human experience of growth, decline, humility, wisdom and hope.
Consciousness & Healing-Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine, edited by Tina Amorok, PsyD, Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, and Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
OK, not a light topic, but an easy-to-pick-up compilation of essays by some of the world’s foremost pioneers in the study of consciousness and how the thoughts and attitudes of the patient, the physician and caregiver cause profound effects on healing. A must-read for every participant in the healing arena which includes those of us in complimentary alternative healing modalities!
Inferno by Dan Brown
This author’s descriptions of exotic locations, historic architecture, codes, classic objects de ‘arte, secret passageways and music are eloquent, educational, and riveting. Dan Brown takes ancient masterpieces, in this book Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, and weaves through it a modern-day tale rich with cutting-edge technology, politics and theology. Then there is the aspect of our fictional hero, Robert Langdon; an icon for smart is sexy.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. If you haven’t read this yet, do it now!
Although considered by many to be ancient wisdom, the power of human consciousness is a modern endeavor in scientific study. The book Consciousness & Healing, edited by Tina Amorok, PsyD, Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, and Marilyn Schlitz, PhD is a compilation of essays by some of the world’s foremost pioneers in the study of consciousness and how the thoughts and attitudes of the patient, the physician and caregiver cause profound effects on healing.
I encourage you to spend some time browsing the website for IONS ( Institute of Noetic Sciences,) and check out this groundbreaking new book. http://noetic.org/library/publication-books/consciousness-healing/
The most memorable Aprils Fool’s prank I ever experienced was when I was seven or eight. It was the morning of a school day and mom announced that she was going up to the store for donuts, a VERY rare treat in our house, and that she’d be back in a minute. When she showed up a little while later she was out of breath and announced, Academy Award style, that our car had been stolen while she was purchasing the donuts. My sister and I stared at her dumbfounded as she handed over the donuts. I went to check the carport and sure enough, no car. Holy Cow!
Honesty. Brutal honesty. How do you really feel about yourself? Does your sense of self foster a positive energetic force supporting your mind and body in good health? Those who battle with personal issues often find their immune system weakened, resulting in anything from constant fatigue and depression to life-changing health issues that limit every experience.
Every living body has its own energy system, which can become sluggish and blocked without proper care. The many stressors of daily life are a huge cause of blocked energy systems. Having a poor sense of self on top of these things dramatically decreases our personal energy.
The tag reads: ”Take it home, hang it in your yard, and remember to spread kindness throughout our world. “
Ok, so yesterday I was pulling into the parking lot at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Treatment Center on Shea & 92nd Street in Scottsdale. I was there to give volunteer reiki sessions to cancer patients. My energy was low and I was doing a lot of motivational self-talk to try to uplift my mood and physical energy.
Parking is sparse there in the front lot, but I saw a couple of empty spots; a nice shady spot in the very front and a spot in the back of the lot. I started to take that primo spot then decided to leave it for someone who was truly needful of a short walk to the front door.
As I pulled into that spot at the back of the lot my eye quickly found a lovely bell hanging from a tree limb just next to my parking spot. It took only a second to realize it was a Ben’s Bell. Have you heard of them? I had, and having just found one instantly uplifted my mood. Filled with gratitude and happiness, I walked forth into the rest of my day.
Visit www.bensbells.org to read the terrific story behind this crusade for kindness.
Has anyone ever told you that you’re amazing? I hope so, because you certainly are. Do you think you’re amazing? What does it take to be an amazing human being? Wealth and beauty? High intelligence with lots of credentials following your name? The ability to juggle a crazy schedule and many responsibilities without losing your sanity? Depending on who you are it might be some of these things or none of them.
Do you believe that your thoughts, and how you respond to them emotionally, can affect your health? There are many studies that support this concept. Whether you tend to have thoughts that promote negative thinking or if you are an optimist in your views, your consciousness plays a role in your level of stress. Stress, as we know, plays a huge factor in our overall wellness.