Out With The Old and In With The New
using the holiday season as a springboard for renewal
Hi [FIRST_NAME], it is intersting to know that whatever religion or denomination you practice under it is undeniable that this is a very special time of the year for all faiths.
In Roman times, the best-known winter festival was Saturnalia, which was popular throughout Italy. Saturnalia was a time of general relaxation, feasting, merry-making, and a cessation of formal rules. It included the making and giving of small presents, including small dolls for children and candles for adults.
Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period. Yule logs were lit to honor Thor, the god of thunder, with the belief that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.
This Friday will be the Winter Solstice and for a lot of people this marks a time for celebration but, more importantly renewal. This time of year can signify “out with the old, in with the new”. By getting rid of old baggage, we can start our journey into the new year unencumbered.
Get out that pencil and paper and start writing it down. You know what I mean [FIRST_NAME]. I will lose 20 pounds, I will exercise more, I will spend more time with my family, I will learn a new language, I will patch up a damaged relationship… I will right down my goals… because I know a goal not written down is simply a good intention.
Your Freedom To Choose
You don't have to buy from anyone.
You don't have to work at any particular job.
You don't have to participate in any given relationship.
You can choose.
You steer the course you choose in the direction
of where you want to be today, tomorrow,
or in a distant time to come.
You hold the tiller.
You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.
No one can ever take that away from you.
You can decide what you want and go after it.
It's always your next move.
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After Care of Trauma
three To Do's for a tragedy
Trauma is an “emotional shock following a stressful event or physical injury.” In our society, it seems like tragedy's are epidemic and occur in a fashion that hit us all with immense shock. These tragedies can affect us on various levels, mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, and/or spiritually. The aftermath trauma care is what is crucial to picking up the broken pieces, and begin the healing and repair process of whatever devastation. Every situation is unique, however there are 3 things that are universal:
1. Be Aware: Take note of the reality of the event that has occurred. Did you just get thrown off your motorcycle but your saying you feel fine? Did you just lose someone near and dear to heart, but still living life as if they are here? Whatever the case of tragedy is for you, be sure that some part of you stays true to what is really going on. Awareness is often the first key step to healing.
2. Forget Yourself: If you are suffering, it is helpful to look beyond your own circumstances. Often there is someone else hurting too, focusing on others can often bring us out of the depths of our own despair. Swami Satchidananda said, “replace the ‘I' with ‘we' and illness becomes wellness.” If you have lost a loved one, consider after giving yourself a period of time to grieve, get out there and serve others, perhaps volunteering for a shelter, or start a new cause and raise awareness about an issue you're passionate about.
3. Check in with Others: Recall from above that wellness is with “we”. If you desire to get well from a trauma you will need others on your team. This maybe a healthcare professional, for either the physical or mental problems of trauma. Ask around for a referral from someone who has used that professional before. Also keep yourself surrounded by others, through a phone call, a visit over a meal, a walk in the park, or any other means so that you don't become isolated, which keeps us in an illness state.
Unfortunately tragedy's and trauma's are a part of the world we live in, however, there is a strength that resides within your heart, you must tap into that, and it can carry you through.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight” ~ Chinese Proverb Quote
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.
This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
Opening Your Heart
finding your pathway to compassion
It is not easy to have an open heart in a world that offers us a full plate of experiences. This life gives us much joy, love, and light, but it also shows us a fair amount of pain, sadness, and suffering. When our hearts are open, we take everything into ourselves, and we are deeply affected by what we see. We do not hold ourselves separate from the pain of others. In addition, our own personal disappointments may begin to take their toll. We may feel small, alone, and overwhelmed. Most of us may feel like we are not up to the task of living with our hearts open, and we might begin to close down, little by little, so that we can get through our days without having to feel too much.
One thing that can help us turn this situation around is an awareness of the power of empathy. To open our hearts to another person’s suffering is a revolutionary act that has energetic implications. Many experiments with meditation have proven that we can reach far beyond the boundaries of our selves and heal others when our hearts are open. Heart meditations awaken this power and heal the person meditating as well as anyone who is the focus of the meditation.
You may want to experiment with this the next time you see or hear something painful. Instead of shuttering your emotions, resolve to hold your feelings in your heart. Tap into the divine energy of universal love that resides in your heart. This energy makes you powerful, for it is your protection that will transmute the pain of others. Breathe deeply, and let yourself feel the pain of the situation, knowing that your heart is big and strong enough to hold it. As you breathe, visualize healing light emanating from your heart and touching all that are suffering. You will heal your heart in the process.
Low Sugar Christmas Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Serves: 60 cookies/5 dozen
Serving Size 1 cookie
Carbs Per Serving: 12 g
Prep Time:<45 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Christmas cookies are traditionally sugar cookies though other flavors may be used based on family traditions and individual preferences. Christmas cookies are cut into various shapes related to Christmas. Since the 1930s, children have left cookies and milk on a table for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, though many people simply consume the cookies themselves. But check this out... while seemingly harmless these cookies can be loaded with sugar leading to Santa's Type II diabetes and our big fat Santa like bellys. Here's a recipe that cuts out the sugar but leaves all the flavor of this Holiday favorite.
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cupFructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups wholegrain unbleached flour or soy flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely and then frost.
Cream Cheese Frosting (Great On Holiday Cakes Too!)
1 package (8 oz) Low Fat Cream Cheese
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/4 Cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash to taste of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powderr
Place all three ingredient in mixing bowl and mix by hand until cream cheese is soft and all ingredients are mixed together well. You can use food coloring to add a Holiday flair to these cookies.
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