Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. We celebrate his message, his life, and the way he brought change to our country. When I was growing up there were pivotal moments in history that made me stop and listen. Mr. Kings message was one of them. As I sit today to write this blog those messages continue to be relevant.
We have a long way to go before there is truthful balance in how we live with others who come from different races, religious beliefs, and various cultural practices. As a holistic health care provider my belief is that the change begins in each one of us first and we bring those changes out into our world.
A few considerations for contemplation today as we honor the abundant Spirit of this extraordinary man. The following are some of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.
They resonate with my body-mind-spirit and deep in my heart! Take a few moments to consider each one and see if they call you to action in your life.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
What is it you need to speak up about?
"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk, If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
What's one small step you can take toward creating change?
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
"Believe in yourself."
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the fear."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
"I have a dream..."
What is your dream?
God Bless Your messages of truth Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr!
Blessings of peace on your day,
Hello and Happy Holidays to all!
My "spirit" plays a vital role in my overall health and life perspective. After a week of entertaining, family parties, too much food, celebration, and too little movement I began to feel depleted, drained, and left with limited life force energy. So....time to find some magic, and lift my inner "spirit"!
Yesterday, I took a spontaneous ride to Smith Point Beach in Suffolk County. Miles of beach to walk upon, animal life everywhere, and the extraordinary soothing rhythm of the ocean waves balanced my blahs with every step.
How have you weathered this holiday season? Which part of the holidays brings you alive? Which part stresses you out? What brings alive your "spirit" and brings you back into balance when you are feeling exhausted, depleted, and blah? Where do you find your daily magic? Post below in the comments....
Blessings of peace,
A beautiful summer shifts sweetly into September. This time of year brings memories of shorter days, changing schedules, and an opportunity to contemplate a creative balance between doing and being. Recently, I've been asked how I stay in balance in the midst of family responsibilities, self-care rituals, running a private practice, commuting, etc. For me, balance is a momentary experience of ease rather than a rigid prescription or structure. Creating balance requires F-A-I-T-H (flexibility, awareness, initiation, time, and humility). Flexibility allows the opening for me to consider the changes that will suit my current circumstances. Awareness requires turning inward with a compassionate presence to listen to which seeds I want to water. Initiation calls for a watering can as I implement the new changes. Time, truly accepting the time it takes to do all the doing. Humility is beginning again.. allowing more time for being which increases creativity, peace, and joy. So there you have it. For me, balance is an ongoing process of "FAITH", staying mindful of what brings me alive, honestly honoring my body's limits, and being actively committed to living a nourishing life.
What creates balance for you? Take a moment to contemplate and see if "FAITH" makes sense for you.
Blessings of ease in your body-mind and spirit,
Over the past few years many clients have asked me what else they could do to decrease pain and inflammation in addition to meditation, movement, and medication. Daily food choices play an important role in how you feel and can contribute to swelling in the joints as well as the abdomen. Dr. Andrew Weil has written about the anti-inflammation diet which offers a balanced way of healthy eating.
Another consideration is looking at the amount of wheat you are eating. While I am not allergic to gluten or wheat, I've noticed that after a meal of pasta or eating a sandwich my joints ache and my abdomen is distended and puffy. Recently, there is a lot of talk about the current quality of the wheat we are eating and it's effects on our body. "Wheat Belly" by William Davies, MD is a book to consider if you're curious about the potential effects of wheat on your body.
I know from my own experience that what I eat plays a big part in my overall energy level and sense of wellness. When chronic inflammation and pain is added to the mix it's important to listen carefully to your body, and how you digest the food that you eat. Does the food you eat support your health and healing?
While researching about inflammation and pain, I found many believe night shade vegetables are a contributing factor to pain in arthritis and inflammation. Dr. Mercola, an osteopath, who can be known to be controversial at times wrote an interesting article directly related to chronic pain and food.
My suggestion is to listen deeply to your body and honor the way your body experiences and digests food. Your body will always let you know what you need if you listen.
Now that Spring has arrived there will be many more local fresh foods available to satisfy your palette. Pain, inflammation and lack of energy can make it challenging to take the time to prepare meals. Here's a link with some healthy easy recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Give some of them a try and let me know your favorites.
Blessings of peace & healing,
Today I woke up thinking about green bagels, green beer, and a picture I saw yesterday of the Chicago River that gets dyed green each year. It's awesome to see a global celebration of fun, coming together, and people partying. As I'm no party pooper and always up for celebration I thought it would be great to offer some healthy balance to all the processed green food out there today. I came across this wonderful article that was originally posted in March of 2013 and reposted this year. It's full of "green recipes" that will certainly fill any palate. There are delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try one and let me know what you think. http://greatist.com/health/healthy-green-recipes-st-patricks-day
The green smoothie sounds like a great way to start my day.
Have a joyous St. Patrick's Day everyone!
Blessings of peace & healing,
As you are reading this blog post you are looking at a phone, a computer, or a screen of some sort. Scanning through the daily offerings of who's saying what, what's happening where, and all the extraordinary quotes of teachers, leaders, healers, and guides who have the beautiful intention of touching your heart, lifting your spirits, and creating a pause within you to consider something different than where you were the moment before. Some of the data is truly mind-bending and some of it you've previously visited.
A suggestion for today...awaken part of you who consciously notices the experience of what you are receiving. Pause for a moment, take a breath, read it again, be still and present with where the information touches you, what is it's affect on your being, upon your body, where does it land within you? Notice all aspects that are relevant. Do you have a physical sensation, emotion, thought, does it bring alive your spirit...or perhaps something else?
Here's a quote to try it with as you're reading this blog:
"You have it in your power to make your days on earth a path of flowers, instead of a path of thorns." ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Take a moment to comment and share your experience...
Blessings of peace upon your day,
Today I give thanks to our Veterans. All those in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Reserves who give all or part of their lives to serve our country. I remember images of soldiers dressed in uniform, wars fought throughout the years, and men and women who were dedicated to protect and bring peace in our world.
However, war is never kind to anyone. Some of our soldiers come home with scars on all levels of their being. The pain of injury and disfigurement, emotional challenges of trying to live a "normal" life after spending time breathing dirt and sand, losing friends, and holding unwanted thoughts and trauma deep in their memory.
Today honor the humans that our Veterans are. The mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, who live beside us holding the pain of their service as well as the honor of serving.
Many Blessings of Peace to You All!
I saw this picture and reflected on all I was touched by in just one day. The gentle breeze of the autumn air turning cold on my skin, the colorful shower of leaves upon my head, the harshness of cars speeding past on my walk down a country road, the seatbelt across my chest, warm water, the hug of a grateful stranger, the beauty of the day, the voices of those I love, music that stirs my soul, the smell of veggies cooking, fresh squeezed oranges, siamese cat purring on my lap, delicious roasted veggies, tea that was too hot, ouch, and heart touched by a film about a young boy whose father died in 9/11.
When I suffered with physical pain, at times it seemed like a butterfly would be too much touch. The emotional pain of loss, not being heard, betrayal, a difficult diagnosis, or the joy of new birth, love, and friendship has an effect on my heart. The way I think about things can touch me with fear or open all the doors of possibility. My spirit is touched with wonder at all the ways my being experiences each day.
Reflect on your experiences today and notice all that touches you. Tell me how you are touched by your day. Blessings of peace & healing to you... Caron
A true season of change in the North East. Autumn unfolds, apples, pears, and pumpkins abound. We crave warm drinks, hearty soups, and sweaters. Color bursts from the trees around us and the winds of change shower their leaves everywhere we look. The wild turkeys are back feeding on the acorns dropping from the trees, and the deer coats are thickening to keep them warm in the cold. Change is part of the outer world we live in, and can be a wonderful mirror for our human experience. Using nature as metaphor, what are the changes that would support your healing this month? Which habits need to fall away?
When pain is part of daily life we can fall into the pattern of waiting for the pain to change so we can begin the beautiful dreams of our life. However, one thing we can always count on is change. Our experience changes from moment to moment whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Sensations rise and fall, our emotions, thoughts, and experiences come and go throughout our day. Witnessing the flow of change, riding it's wave, and initiating our own change is powerful.
Welcome the beauty of "October's Oscillations" and notice what's stirring within you. What will you allow to fall away, and what will you create towards your life's dream? Find gratitude for the Blessings of Change.
With Peace and Healing,
Last week I heard a multitude of comments about the meaning of September. For some, it's back to school and long lines at Staples. Others were frantically cooking and preparing for an unusually early Jewish New Year. A good deal of people told me they loved the beginning of September because they get to watch the US Tennis Open, track the end of the baseball season, and many were drinking in the last days of Summer, their favorite season. The varieties of human experience always create a sense of wonder within me.
What are you aware of as you move into September? For many who are suffering with pain the change of the month isn't noticeable. Perhaps the experience of your symptoms increase and you're not sure why, you simply don't feel great. Is it allergies, temperature changes, is there an increase in stress with new demands on your body, or something else? For me, consciously connecting with my inner experience, (whatever that may be) allows me to be fully present to what I need. With that awareness, I am able to understand what will support me as I shift into a new day or a new month.
Take a moment to be present with your inner experience as September unfolds. See if your presence creates more understanding of what will support you as you shift into your day.
Let me know how it is for you!
Blessings of peace and healing,