Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Carnival of Healing #238

Carnival of Healing

Welcome to another round-up of blogs on healing and spirituality!

I have hosted a few editions of the Carnival of Healing, but this is the first time that I've received so many good blog contributions.  I've included as many as I could -  my apologies to those who could not be accommodated here.

This is a huge carnival - there is literally a smorgasbord of interesting blogs in this edition. For a change, I've decided to let the bloggers 'talk'  about what their blog is about, so you'll see portions of their blogs underneath the blog titles.

So, here they, learn, enjoy!

Let’s face it, setbacks suck. You’re happily moving along with your life, when something unexpected happens that completely takes you off track.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about setbacks expect take them as they come and deal with them. Because they’re going to come, you don’t have much of a choice in the matter, that’s a fact of life. You can take precautions to reduce the amount of setbacks you have, but you can’t plan for everything, and the unexpected happens from time to time.

Children are resilient and can cope with many difficult experiences, but sometimes their emotional health suffers. The world is a large and sometimes scary place. The playground may not always be fun and games and growing up is not easy. As parents, we hope to have happy, well-adjusted children, and want for nothing more.
But, what should we look out for? We investigate the three main conditions causing emotional distress in children today. The three most common childhood problems seen by Psychologists are Anxiety and ADD

We all know that friendships bring joy to our lives.  Times spent with close friends are some of life’s most enjoyable and enriching experiences.  But friendships not only make us feel good, they actually make us healthier.
In fact, a number of studies have shown that maintaining strong, intimate connections with others increases our physical health dramatically.  One study from Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina found that people with poor social connections were faced with a 50 percent higher chance of death.  

One of the themes that often come up when dealing with addictions is the tendency for self-destruction – when the drive to use drugs, alcohol or other compulsive activities renders a person unable to stop that behaviour but to spiral faster and faster into destroying himself.  Why do some people seem to have this need to destroy themselves?  What can they do to break out of this obsessive drive that seems to grip them so powerfully?
Life is not a bed of roses, but you can live life meaningfully and happily. It is up to you to change your thoughts and change your life to enjoy living life fully.
1. Hope: Hope is about expecting good things to happen. We live because we believe that tomorrow will be a better day.
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonics so powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow. ~ Orison Swett Marden

This came to me in a meditation the other day.
“Every time you come back to the present, you go home. The more you go home, the more you and home begin to merge. It is this merge that you have been waiting for your whole life.”
Focusing on the breath is helpful and helps to re-establish healthy deep abdominal breathing patterns and increase chi (life force energy), but again, sometimes I still get caught up in the every day ups and downs of life and my incessant thinking mind takes over for a while.

In this post I will present to you my diet plan to lose weight consistently, with little sacrifice and without the need to go to the Gym.
I will write a series of follow-up posts every week to show you my results as I follow this plan.
My diet plan has only 4 rules, or pillars:
  • Reduce stress
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits
  • Reduce ingestion of carbohydrates (especially at night)
  • Exercise for 1 hour 4 days a week (only walking and small periods of running).
Passion. Direction. Refusing to give up. When these people failed, they didn’t think ‘I’m a failure, I’m no good at this, someone like me could never get to the top’ – Instead, they used that failure as a learning experience, and they continued on. And don’t think that talent has anything to do with success either. Just ask any successful musician – they didn’t get to where they were because they were talented, they got to where they were because they worked hard, practiced hours on end, and when things got tough they didn’t give up.

New studies have found that extending compassion and care for others not only opens our hearts and helps others, but actually protects us from stress.  Participants in one study who showed more compassion toward others had lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and lower levels of cortisol (which is a hormone that is released when we’re stressed), than the participants who showed less compassion toward others.

I was doing some ‘minor’ yard work last weekend, didn’t notice anything at the time but I felt something not quite right. Slept well that night but later the next day became a little stiff in the low back. Went to work Monday morning and the pain got a little worse. So, against my better judgment I had a massage (my back was quite irritated by then and I suspected it shouldn’t be aggravated; there is a time for everything, this wasn’t the time). I couldn’t get off the table.
I had many thoughts about this event. Here’s is what I’ve learned...
In this article I will talk about unconditional self love and the extensions of it in the form of love that you feel for another. Unless you feel love for yourself you can’t feel it for anyone else. You cannot share what you don’t have but then you can have a need for love and if someone needs you or you need someone, that’s what you call love. That is not love but rather possessiveness. Love is not about neediness, expectation, sacrifice, ownership, vulnerability or anything else that leads to a state of powerlessness.

This is post 137in my series on the Law of Attraction in Action. You CAN use your power to attract all that you need. I do it every day!
In my post, 'Enjoy Being Happy', a reader said that the harder she tries to find peace, self-love and happiness, the more she ends up with anger, frustration and dissatisfaction. She does know she wants those things but sees her life as based on struggling with feeling like she has too little time to take care of her obligations to others as it and feeling fat. She doesn’t see how she can make any more demands for things like self-fulfillment or self-appreciation.

This post is part of a series of special articles about happiness, seeking what I call the happiness golden rules. These are the key guidelines, the conditions you need to satisfy in order to genuinely and instantly become a happier person.This post’s happiness golden rule is based on a quote by Socrates, the famous Greek philosopher.“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.“ – Socrates(469 BC–399 BC) I genuinely believe Socrates is right. Let me explain why.It’s amazing that almost 2500 years have passed since Socrates “revealed” his secret for happiness but we still don’t seem to get it. And the majority of us simply don’t follow it.

Adolescence is intense. And it’s no wonder that statistics indicate 1 in 8 teens experiences depression at some point.If you’re reading this, then you’re either know a potentially depressed teen or you are a potentially depressed teen. But those are two extraordinarily different audiences. To that end, on this page, you’ll find two different sections.
If you are concerned about a teen you know who may be struggling with depression, then right right along.
And if you are a teen struggling with depression, then follow this link to the bottom of this article where I have a special message for you.

If I’m feeling down, or depression is setting in I only have to take a look at my thoughts and I find a mad activity of negative thoughts that only multiply the feelings of hopelessness, sadness and despair.  There is no doubt about it that thoughts affect emotions and vice versa. It’s kind of like the chicken and the egg dilemma, which comes first?

Are you one of those people who gives so much of your energy to others that you have none left for yourself?  Are you the shoulder that everyone cries on?  The person all your friends come to for advice and help?  Do you take care of everyone else’s needs before your own?  If so, you’re headed for disaster.  You’re actually hurting yourself and all of the people you’re taking care of.  I’ll explain.

Menopause and mood swings very often occur in conjunction with one another and both can have dramatic effects on a woman’s life. Understanding that both menopause and mood swings are a natural occurrence and are a basic part of life for most women will help you learn to deal with the problems they create. Mood swings that are directly related to menopause occur because of physical and hormonal changes that a woman cannot control. 

Several years ago, I began the journey of understanding, embracing, and living the practice of compassion.  It seemed a natural progression to take in my quest to be abetter, more enlightened person.  I did my best to set aside 10 minutes every day to open my heart with compassion to my family, my friends, my community, and especially any person with whom I might be experiencing difficulties. 

Have you ever felt those times when the cross you’re carrying seems heavier than it should be? Much heavier than you can bear? Much heavier than the crosses other people are carrying?  In fact, why carry your heavier cross?
Our crosses it seems, vary greatly in the burden and the difficulties they inflict upon us. Why do some crosses appear to be far easier? And why do some appear to be so huge and heavy, our trust upon God’s wisdom and justice is already shaken to its very core?

Botanically referred to as citrus limonum, lemon oil is used by aromatherapists to promote both emotional and physical well being. Having a piquant, lemony odor, lemon essential oil also has antidepressant properties. When the oil is used in an aromatherapy massage, it can aid in relaxation and alleviate depression. Lemon essential oil also stimulates the mind. When the powerful lemon oil aroma molecules are inhaled it is said to help in enhancing concentration and improving memory.

Many of us probably see such scenes on a regular basis. Those of us who are parents know full well that gently nurturing a child’s growing body and mind isn’t always easy. Sometime days it feels as if good parenting requires sainthood. But gentle nurturance is the way that we adults constantly demonstrate, in hundreds of seemingly insignificant ways, that a child is a person worthy of love and consideration. 

A good sleep is most essential for the health of a body. Clear eyes, glowing skin, an energetic body and a happy mind are as much indications of good health as they are of beauty. So one can say, “Sleep well to look well.

I am a blogger myself and I know how much time, effort and energy goes into a blog - so I'm  being generous...

Last month's Carnival of Healing was hosted by Anne Asher of Posturally!.  Next month's carnival will be hosted by Sia Alexander of  Heal Love Now.  See you there!