Laughter Wellness

Laughter Wellness

Laughter may be the best medicine after all. Laughing is found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost the function of the immune system; it also triggers the release of endorphins, increases pain tolerance, and promotes general wellbeing. The “therapy” takes advantage of the natural benefits of laughing and channels them for psychological gain. Ensuring a healthy quotient of laughter every day is a great way to up your quality of life. Through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment, doctors and philosophers advised laughter as a supplement to more traditional forms of care, with such figures as Martin Luther...

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Open to Possibilities

Open to Possibilities

Recently, I witnessed one door close that I thought was secure. Yet, I am well aware that In this life change is the only constant. Our lives here are impermanent. It is looking at any attachments that I may have that I believe will keep me “safe” and “secure.” As easy as it is to point fingers outward, for my own healing I point that finger to my mind. What can I learn from this? As much change I have had in my adult life, I know that as the proverbial wisdom says, “When one door closes, another appears.” I...

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No Mud, No Lotus

No Mud, No Lotus

One of my teachers is Thich Nhat Hanh. I know I have to move through the challenges in life, yet those challenges bring me the gift of inner strength. I find that strength when I meditate on words such has Thich Nhat Hanh’s. I would like to share with you some wisdom from his book, No Mud, No Lotus. Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud. Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means...

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Asking for Help & Receiving It

Asking for Help & Receiving It

I have had trauma and abandonment in my life. Because of the PTSD, I went my path as much as I could alone, closed down, shuttered from the world as I felt I could not trust anyone. I certainly had raised a family, multiple marriages, yet, I was never fulfilled or felt safe. I felt that I had do it all myself since I had been let down so many times. My mantra became “I can do it myself” and felt no one could do what I needed done better than me since they were unreliable throughout my life. I...

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Smile and the World Smiles With You

Smile and the World Smiles With You

Indeed! Smile and the world will smile with you. A smile, but especially a laugh is contagious! I am currently in Laughter Yoga training which is something I’ve wanted to do for some time. Each day I have to do “One Minute of Laughter for World Peace” for 40 days. If you are not familiar with Laughter Yoga, it is a concept where anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. We use laughter exercises along with yoga breathing and stretching exercises. This brings more oxygen to the body and the brain and makes one...

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How to Deal with Emotions Mindfully

How to Deal with Emotions Mindfully

Emotions rise and fall. It is a given. It can be expected in this world. This I know all too well in my life with all of the challenges I have faced. Yet, through the practice of mindfulness I am seeing my way through the pain and other challenges that go along with an unfortunate strong resurgence of my fibromyalgia. The last few years have been mild in its occurrences, but I knew from when I was first diagnosed in 2015, my doctor was clear that it could always shift and change since it is a lifelong condition. Recently, I...

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Take a Mindful Pause

Take a Mindful Pause

I know for me, even after 41 years of mindfulness meditation practice, that I can still at times be swayed by habitual actions, chores, and activities without granting too much attention to them. It’s an auto-pilot that we probably all know so well. We become caught up in the “doing” of activities or even in our thoughts by ruminating. In these times, we are not taking the time to pause and to be present. I know that I have to make the conscious choice to mindfully pause throughout my day. When we can make the conscious choice to invite momentary...

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Letting Go of Your Story

Letting Go of Your Story

The Story! Oh, how we like to listen to our thoughts and let them write a full story about someone else, a situation, or even ourselves. I know this myself in various situations of my life, be it the trauma, the health challenges (even those of late) and the relationships gone and forgotten. It spins around us like a spider capturing its prey. It creates unfair judgment against ourselves and that’s where we find the limiting self-beliefs. When we can look at the thoughts with open awareness, presence, acceptance and non-judgment, we stop the story in its tracks. Mindfulness is...

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Tender Heart of Compassion (with Guided Meditation)

Tender Heart of Compassion (with Guided Meditation)

Last week I had a health scare and it presented me with an opportunity to slow down, offer compassion to myself and reassess aspects of my life. On top of this, thankfully, I was still able to receive my second dose of the COVID vaccine which brought additional mental relief. Whew! In all, I know that I nor anyone wants to walk the road of pain in whatever form it may take, physical, mental or emotional. When I can bring the Light of Awareness to my fears and tears, the anxious thoughts, or the unpleasant feelings, I am moored in...

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The Steadiness of a Mountain (with a Mountain Meditation)

The Steadiness of a Mountain (with a Mountain Meditation)

Recently I created a customized guided meditation for a corporate client. I included in this meditation imagery of a mountain to promote stableness of mind. As I have been returning to my book-in-progress manuscript, I discovered this passage I wrote in relation to how the story we write about ourselves can be conquered by the steadiness of our inner truth and resilience. The story and all of its embellishments provide a sensuous distraction from the present state of being. It attracts us, and we are swooned by its very nature. Of course, the story is attractive, as reality itself can...

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Practice Seeing Yourself With Love

Practice Seeing Yourself With Love

Yesterday, I was beset with emotion based on various circumstances, be it a project I am working on, with finances of my business, but specifically the day’s health challenges. My mind strayed and I felt overcome with self-judgment, disappointment, and sadness. I had forgotten the truth of my existence. I had forgotten to be mindful as I allowed the critical mind to be in the forefront. We all have our moments, even myself when I am not choosing skillful means in how to respond to life. Thankfully, through my training and practice, I can stop, step back and let love...

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The Axis of Fear and Releasing Judgments

The Axis of Fear and Releasing Judgments

Judgment is pervasive in our lives more than we realize. The Axis of Fear, our fearful thoughts, arise with us in the morning, eat meals with us, go to work with us, spend time with our family and go to bed with us as well. The Spirit of Love does the same. Unfortunately, we spend more time listening to the Fear than we do the Love. Even though at our very core we are joined by a golden cord to Divine Love, the layer covering that core is the fear layer. It is this we must see through. It is not a...

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