Posts Tagged ‘health’

Cheers to Good Health!

Winter is a time for reflection and rejuvenation; a time for enjoying the snow as well as the cool, crisp, air. However, it’s also a time for colds, flu, and other illnesses. Currently, I’m afflicted with a nasty cold and an eczema breakout. It’s times like these that remind me of how important my health really is and makes me appreciate the simplicity of breathing deeply without coughing or being able to sleep throughout the night and not wanting to scratch my skin off. Sometimes we have to lose our health in order to remember what is usually taken for granted. I am so grateful for over the counter medications, tissues with aloe and Goldbond Anti-itch Lotion. It’s the little things that make getting through illness bearable. I’m also grateful for my white blood cells that are working hard to make me better, along with orange juice, vitamins, and good old fashioned rest. There’s only so much TV a gal can watch, but thank God for the internet and all its variety. Then there’s those mindless games like “Angry Birds”, of which I’m totally hooked on. When all is said and done, nothing beats a four legged furry animal to snuggle with. I prefer my little Chihuahua, named Buttercup. Others prefer creatures of the feline persuasion. Regardless, pets are the greatest companions for the in-firmed.

So cheers to good health! Embrace winter’s cold embrace. Enjoy the snow. And most of all, thank God for today!

Where is Gratitude in your life?

 Today, I decided to kick of this post with a good, ol, fashioned poll. See link below to participate!

What do you think about Gratitude? I want to know because I think it’s worth looking at in order to become present to our everyday blessings.  Author, Melody Beattie has a great little book out called Gratitude; Affirming the Good Things in Life.  Inside, Beattie reminds us of the principles of Gratitude; recognition, affirmation, acceptance, and goal-setting. What aspects of gratitude stand out for you?

Acceptance of our current circumstances, shifts our attention from drab to fab in the blink of an eye, uplifting our attitude as well as our mood making stress a thing of the past. Now this doesn’t mean we have to love everything in this world, but it does mean we need to accept life on life’s terms. When we practice acceptance, space is opened for gratitude to rush in and that’s where the magic happens. Our whole outlook on life begins to change and fear, negativity, along with depression simply fade away.

As Beattie so beautifully reminds us, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

According to Gogratitude.com, “Gratitude is the Master Key that opens all doors of possibility”. They even have a flash movie and a 42 day gratitude journey with inspiring  and educational videos to kick-start you on the grateful path. Although they call it an “experiment” what more could you ask for to try a gratitude practice of your very own? What have you got to lose anyways… our old ways of being will certainly be there.

I for one, can attest that when I come from a place of gratitude, my heart is open and my eyes are anew; life looks a little brighter, my face and body become more relaxed, my finances increase and judgement simply disappears. So why don’t you come along and take the gratitude challenge with me by seeing how this practice can add years to your life in a prosperous and joy-filled way!

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Lazy Days

I love lazy days. I didn’t always though; in fact, they have become an acquired taste I’ve learned to enjoy without beating myself up for being non-productive. The reality is, lazy days allow us to rest and rejuvenate from a week or month of fast-paced, busy living! Some of you might be saying, “that’s what vacation is for”, but how often do we fill our vacations with hectic schedules in different scenery? I know I do because I don’t want to waste a minute of it, sleeping or heaven forbid relaxing as there is always something to do or see that’s new and it fills my need for adventure.

On the flip side, lazy days are schedule free with no time constraints or adventure. They are what my mom likes to call “drop dead days”. Morbid title I know, but it gets the point across. My mom has a bad habit of pushing herself to the brink of exhaustion before allowing herself to take one of these days. By then, she really was ready to “drop dead” and couldn’t push any longer. How many of us over-achievers or perfectionists does that sound like?

Nonetheless, you may be thinking, “What does this have to do with gratitude?”. Well read on. Just today, I gave myself one of these lazy days; well an afternoon, but that’s a start. Lately I’ve been feeling exhausted and run down, tired of all the commitments I’d gotten myself into and somewhat depressed. After church, I spent the rest of the day with my husband and our dog Buttercup. We played and talked; did much of nothing and it was wonderful. Just what the doctor ordered! Now I feel relaxed, refreshed, and motivated again;  my batteries are recharged and I’m more productive too.

So when was the last time you did absolutely nothing; perhaps took a nap or leisurely read a magazine, or even a few movies on TV and weren’t sick? Exactly. That’s the point of enjoying regular lazy days, cause they actually prevent illness! Plus you can enjoy them without all the nasty symptoms that come with a cold or flu. Which would you rather have; down time when on your terms or down time when you feel too bad to enjoy it!

My challenge for you is to choose regular lazy days before your life catches up with you or better yet, passes you by in a whirlwind of activity. Become the master of your schedule and take the time to smell the roses once in a while; it will reduce your stress as well. I am sure grateful I did and my relationship will be stronger for it.

Our Divine Path

What a relief it is knowing that we all have a Divine purpose and path for our lives. I find comfort from this belief and trust that regardless of current circumstances, I am exactly where I’m destined to be. Thank you God for providing me with everything needed for peace, stability, joy, abundance, health, and success!

By letting go and allowing my Divine Path to unfold, I release all anxiety, worry, and fear making room for God to work in my life. Through communing with the Divine, I have been led as to what actions to take and given all the strength and clarity that is needed each step of the way.

What is your Divine Path? To find out, close your eyes and take several deep breathes to get quiet and connect with Source. Clear you mind of everything and just be. Next, be open to Divine wisdom to come to you. Invite this wisdom and direction into your consciousness. You will be able to tell the difference between these wise thoughts and your usual thoughts, because they will be calming and feel right to you. You will feel this at a gut and heart level instead of your head which is logic based. So forget everything you think you know, breathe, and relax into the truth that you are on your Divine path!

God’s Country… Nature!

Just beautiful! Settings like these remind me of the divine perfection within our creator. They call me to take a closer look and insight dreams of simplicity. Nature is the ultimate healer as well as instigator of hope, creativity, gratitude, and relaxation. Her tree’s provide shade and shelter while their fruit sustenance.  Streams and rivers feed into lakes and oceans that have a sound all unto their own that is both soothing and rejuvenating while being the life blood for the rest of the landscape and all that lives on/in it. Her soil is a rich and fertile womb for plants, insects, and animals.

Everything comes from mother nature; wood, fish, meat, medicine, vegetables, fruit, paper, electricity, sun, fire, and the very air we breathe. She purifies our carbon footprint while providing recreation and inspiration for generations of species.

I am so thankful, appreciative, and grateful for all of mother nature’s gifts. I relish in her beauty as well as resiliency; always forgiving man’s transgressions. The absolute intelligence of her design is an unmistakably brilliant work of art that must be respected.

Nature is the macrocosm of Eden’s paradise, where peace and harmony thrive effortlessly. It is under God’s grace that we are allowed to enjoy this bountiful garden. However, as stewards of this Earth, responsible use and care are essential in maintaining her abundance. Are your habits of consumption and attitudes helping or hurting her? Are these patterns similar to your relationships with others? I implore you to dig deep and ground yourself in her wisdom for answers that will sustain us all and allow healing to begin.

Namaste’

Reverend Lisa

Where has God shown up for you today?

For me, God showed up today in the form of physical energy and a fully functioning mind; thanks for ADD medication. God also showed up with providing me safe travel in my car as well as money for food shopping, forgiveness, and better communication with my husband. The bounty of Spirit is all around us and when we remember that God is the Source and Supply of ALL our GOOD, life becomes simpler and more beautiful.

As you reflect on your day, notice what went right.  Where there any miracles that occurred today? What situations appeared to handle themselves? These subtle changes and happenings are easy to miss amidst the hassle and bustle of everyday life and although they can be explained away as “coincidences”, by some, or dismissed altogether, the hand of God is all around us. A change of heart, a near accident, a positive outcome, generosity, strength and courage amidst a crisis, or unexpected surprises are just some of the ways God works in our lives each and every day.

Some events are meant to get our attention, while some are the result of our own choosing. The power of choice or “free-will” is a personal right to each human being on the planet. However, there are always consequences for our actions and what we put out in the world, can come back to haunt or help us. There are also larger forces at play in our lives that we have no control over. Some of these forces are the result of others’ choices, and some are natural like the weather or health. Recognizing a power greater than ourselves, that I choose to call God, and the hand that this force plays in ours lives, is an act of gratitude and humility that opens the way for more good to come into our lives.

So, just for today, I encourage you to consciously choose to notice all the abundance, prosperity, good health, love, friendship, support, and blessings that have been bestowed upon you. These are all examples of how God has shown up in your life; the choice is, will you notice them?

Clarity Sure Beats Confusion!

Have you ever felt “foggy” or “scattered” throughout the day? Perhaps you’ve been unable to process information or make even the simplest decisions, like prioritizing or completing tasks? I sure have and as the temperature rises, so do systems like these. In addition, I become lethargic and unmotivated. When I days like these occur I find staying home and out of the car is best. Shopping or operating machinery is certainly not recommended during these times.

Thankfully it has passed, and today a clear mind returned as well as my energy. I suffer from ADD and like many affected by this disorder, there are days when confusion and overwhelm take over; regardless of medication. The blessings of self-care and having good emotional support, are essential to making it through to the other side. My friend helped me by listening and making me laugh. She provided a much needed reality check that these symptoms wouldn’t last forever and allowed me to feel my feelings.  I am so grateful for her support and friendship. Who helps you when confusion hits?

There are many reasons for mental sluggishness and impairment as described above; ADD, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, viruses and diabetes are just a few. Finding out what’s causing your confusion helps in treatment as well as coping. Information is power and what we don’t know can hurt us in more ways than one.

Check this link out for some great tips and more information on ADD.

http://www.listeningclarity.com/solutions/attention_deficit.html