Welcome to the November edition of the Carnival of Healing, a monthly roundup of helpful blogs from across the web. We hope you enjoyed last month’s edition, which was hosted by Phylameana lila Desy. In this month’s edition, we explore the many facets of healing – from having animal helpers in our healing journey, to healthy ways to get your caffeine fix.
Laura Grace Weldon shares with us a charming story of renewal in Engage the Window Box Effect, which explores the possibility of creating something big through a very simple and small act – in this case, planting a few packets of seeds.
Animal lovers will find comfort in Barbara Techel‘s account of how her beloved pets helped her heal through layers of woundedness. Warm up to this inspiring story in Evolving Spiritually through the Love of Animals, a guest post featured in Kathy Pooler’s blog, Memoir Writer’s Journey.
Kimberly Pratt explains how we can Ignore those Old Beliefs and Grow, and in Hypnosis, is this a Special State? cognitive therapist Rebecca Clark explores hypnosis from a clinical perspective. Find out how your thoughts can affect your life in What a Man Thinks, He Becomes.
The holiday season is just around the corner! Here are some helpful articles that can help you stay healthy through the holidays and beyond:
- 10 Ways to Healthy Eating
- 11 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
- 15 Healthy and Creative Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix
- 10 Ways to Create a Mentally Healthy Workplace
- 4 Ways to Deal with Depression
Thanks for dropping by and here’s wishing you all health, wellness, joy and fun!
Welcome to the 249th edition of the Carnival of Healing! This month’s carnival focuses on using words to help us heal.
One way of harnessing the power of words is through journaling. In From Grief to Hope: My Pathway to Healing Through Journaling, posted at Writing for the Health of It, Kathleen Pooler explains: ” The journal tells its own story. The pages sit blank and patient just waiting to receive my words. As the words fall on the page, the emotions get sorted. There is something about labeling a feeling that helps to put it into perspective. The feelings that grip and gauge on the inside take a different shape on the outside. Knowledge is power and when one becomes clear with one’s own feelings, there is a sense of empowerment. When I recently journaled my way through my father’s 11-day illness and death, I found clarity and solace in my own words. In sharing my deepest, heartfelt grief, I received support and love in return.”
Going further, from journaling to writing our Memoir, Kathleen explains how writing our memoir further deepens the healing process. In Healing with Words- the Power of Memoir , she says, “Psychologist and Author Dr James Pennebaker has studied value of writing. He has conducted research suggesting that ‘writing makes people feel healthier and happier, even easing the pain of non-psychiatric illness.’ Long before I even heard of Dr Pennebaker, I experienced the healing power of writing. Who would think that writing down words could hold such power in the healing process?”
When Diana Raab was diagnosed with cancer, her surgeon prodded her to write in her journal. In Jerry Waxler’s Interview with Diana Raab about Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey, Diana shares her experiences with journaling. She narrates: “My mother gave me my first journal when I was ten years old after my grandmother committed suicide in my childhood home. She didn’t know of any other way to help me cope with the loss of my beloved grandmother who was also my caretaker. She told me to pour my feelings onto the pages of my journal. That seemingly innocent gesture set the platform for a lifetime as a writer and for journal-keeping. Later during my teen years, I wrote in my journal to help me navigate through a tumultuous adolescence. I then journaled when my children were young and then again to help me through my cancer journey, which resulted in my recent self-help memoir, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey.”
Sudheer presents another form of therapeutic journaling in Benefits of Stream of Consciousness Writing, posted at Inspiration Bonanza. Sudheer writes, “Stream of Consciousness writing, or Free writing as it is called in this article, has many health benefits. People have waxed eloquent about it being a source of creative ideas. I have not experimented deeply in that terrain. But I can vouch for its therapeutic effect. In Free Writing, we just write- we just move the pen. We do not think. We do not judge. And we do not stop until the timer is up. We don’t bother about spelling, grammar, logic, punctuation, meaning, coherence, commonsense, taboos, nothing. That is it. It does not have to make any sense. We are not even to think of sense. We only have to keep moving the pen. Or keep typing on the keyboard. It isn’t important to keep the i dots and t crosses and other marks correctly, either. ”
Dearest Hearts, As always I pray you are well. You may have noticed in the past few months I have not been writing new articles, and many have asked me why.
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Briefly, I have been spending a great deal of time in gentle silence. Life for us all has decomposed in so many ways while simultaneously resurrecting. I have chosen to give my full attention and presence to each, releasing and blessing, clarifying and embracing. In each, I am deepening my authentic relationship to myself, in each moment that I Am. Bless Ram Dass who said it best in three words: “Be Here Now.” I Am, finally.
Though deeply helpful guidance is given by many (myself included,) as to how best to embrace and move with the tidal wave of transfiguration into the New World, another’s words and methods are often valuable guiding lights, though not all inclusive for our unique Soul’s path as to how we, as complex individuated Beings of Light, would best be served to move our multi-dimensional Divine Self towards new shores without looking back to the curvature of the shores left behind. It’s personal and requires more than stolen moments of silence.
Further still, I have been on a focused quest to utilize every ways and means available to open my heart in ways I had not done before. In my silence I came to realize I had been going about that in ways that were still tangled up with old consciousness. Though I realize truly opening one’s heart is a never-ending process (as it is the nature of evolution), at this particular time I required unique on the ground help.
I got it, in the form of a tiny being of Love and Light.
His name is Ateya, my five-week-old grandson. Words can barely describe the miracle and opportunity one is presented with when they witness and participate in the pregnancy and birthing of a brand new being of God’s Creation onto Planet Earth, by our God Parents.
My daughter, Ateya’s earth mother, shared with me long ago that this child would change me. Months prior to his birth, she insisted I be the first to hold him and welcome him into this world, even before she or her husband. Perhaps an odd request, she is a wise one.
Watching Ateya being born was a surreal experience. I sensed I was in many places at once. I was watching and being watched. I heard Divine voices talking to me, but not those who were on the ground.
There were many Angels in attendance while those in human form, seemed to fade before my eyes. I haven’t a full conception as to what really occurred in those moments of his entry, other than it was profoundly Divine in its nature, spanned many dimensions, and clarified without a doubt more than I had anticipated.
Within a blink of an eye in an eternal setting, I was holding Ateya in my arms, moments after he was born. In him I saw me. I was him and he was me. I held both of us in my arms, and I knew it. That was the plan. Tears gushed as I spoke deeply heartfelt words of love and welcome and promise to this precious being of Light.
I sobbed deeply and my heart let go completely. In my deepest heart I knew I was welcoming and loving both of us into this world and pledging words of Divine promise. This was something I had never experienced when I arrived on this Planet; no different than many.
Later, in stillness, I heard the Divine say, “all of humanity can begin again, if they will simply welcome and love themselves right now, where they are, and then nurture their own growing up as a Divine New Human.”
I know what a miracle fashioned by God truly is. It is each one of us. Please take a breath and let that Truth in. Please let that mean something new to you. I know there can be no doubt that we are born worthy, for look to that which gave us Life. I know life is a gift, fashioned in such unique packages, even though infinite numbers of times it doesn’t feel so. I know we are loved and held always, by a loving Presence that I call God, regardless of what our earth parents may have instilled in us or what our veiled beliefs have convinced us of. Our eternal parents are God. To know God is to know who we truly are. To know who we truly are is to know Love. To know Love is to know there is only One of us expressing as many.
We all have the same parents. I now know the responsibility of being the most authentic and impeccable being of God’s Light and Love that I can be. I owe that to the One who gave me Life, I owe it to the Divine Mother Earth who holds me every day, to humanity, who is my family and to which I am deeply grateful to serve, and to myself. That is my commitment, above all else.
I honor each of you for being born and saying yes to this profound journey. Welcome precious Beings of Love and Light.
God Bless you. Know you are loved.
Mini Online Course:
1. Find the time during the day to sit down in a quiet place.
2. Close your eyes and feel your breathing.
3. When you feel relaxed, focus on your heart.
4. Just stay focused on your heart and enjoy the silent communication with your heart center.
Happy new year and welcome to the 245th edition of the Carnival of Healing! The Carnival of Healing is a monthly roundup of helpful blog articles focused on the various ways we can bring about healing in all aspects of our life.
Healing One’s Self, Helping One’s Self
We start off this month’s carnival with several self- help articles:
At Personal Hack, Mike Smith Jr. presents Productivity and Success – Why You Can’t Have One Without the Other. Mike says that “Productivity is a requirement for success and success is a requirement for productivity. It might be obvious why you need to be productive to be successful.”
Leah Carey talks about Knowing we are worthy to show up at The Miracle Journal. Leah recounts an experience when she was reminded of this: “Speaking to a group of middle school girls about being a journalist reminded me that we all need to know that we are worthy of showing up and being who we are.”
Over at Your Joyous Life, Cari Campbell talks about Four Awesome Ways to Stop Caring About What People Think! Cari’s blog is “a humorous take on how to stop judging and how to stop caring about being judged.”
The healing power of remembering and honoring our inner child is explained by Jean Chee in If it seems a childish thing to do, do it in remembrance that you are a child, posted at The Phoenixplains.
You’ll find helpful ways to plan the new year if you read Charles Chua C K’s 7 Effective Ways to Review 2011 and Plan Productively for 2012 at All About Living with Life
“With January being Self-Love Month, here are 10 reasons to love yourself and pledge to do something kind for you for the next 31 days,” says Daylle Deanna Schwartz presents in 10 Reasons to Love Yourself – Lessons from a Recovering Doormat at Beliefnet.
This new year, you may want to redefine your concept of success. Tom Hass offers some pointers in Secrets of Success. Don Ramson’s From Lame To Fame – 5 Steps discusses the issue of success further. And in case you’re sick of trying to be successful, Randy Mason says Forget Success – Try to Fail Instead.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has been scientifically proven to be beneficial to all aspects of our being. Here are some blog posts that may help you reap more benefits from this ancient practice:
You can read about Rory Sullivan’s discourse that says Truth is the offspring of silence and unbroken meditation at A Carpenter from Nazareth.
Jean Gray discusses meditation at length and tells us how you can Meditate Your Way to Success.
Children can be very good teachers and Laura Grace Weldon says that you should Let The Youngest Teach You Mindfulness in her blogsite at Laura Grace Weldon, where she reminds us that we can “Learn to live in the present moment, letting the very youngest be your guide.”
Does Meditation Help With Stress? Jon Rhodes provides the answers to this question at Meditation Den. Rhodes says that “This article shows you how meditation can not only help you deal with present stress, but also deal with future stressful situations.”
Help for the Mind and Body
There are many things we can do to heal our mind and body. Here are a few suggestions:
“When it starts getting cold outside and dark earlier, many of us feel like snuggling up in a blanket and just going to sleep as soon as we get home from work. But for as many as 14 million Americans, winter can bring on a period of major depression.” If you relate to this, then read Tracy Miller’s discussion focusing on the 9 Myths About Seasonal Affective Disorder at Insurance Quotes Blog.
Jane Jasko says she uses every strategy to cope with any stressor – from psychology to nutrition. Women in particular will learn much from her blog post about 6 Important Things to Know About Basal Body Temperature featured at Ovualtion Symptoms.
We’ve all heard about acupuncture, but have you heard about Changa? Greg Laden says it’s an African healing modality and in Greg Laden’s Blog, he tackles the question, Which works better, Acupuncture or Changa?
Melissa Rothstein writes about cancer and says, “Killing an average of more than 1,500 people a day, cancer has been the bane of epidemiology for more than a century. Radiation and chemotherapy, while well received, have been effective in stopping the spread of early-to-mid stage cancer but can be lethal themselves. On the other hand, alternative treatments and therapy have not yet produced the results necessary to gain any major recognition, although cancer immunotherapy is quickly gaining ground. So what is this new vein of treatment, how does it differ from past failures, and is it worthy of contending with today’s go-to cancer treatments?” What is Cancer Immunotherapy? posted at Best Online Colleges.com explains this novel approach of healing cancer.
When we understand how our brain works, we can better deal with situations because we’ll know how to use our brains. You’ll learn how sound frequency can help in personal development if you head on over to Annaly Curzon’s Brainwave Entrainment | Self Development featured in her blog Working On Me.
And for those suffering from the symptoms of menopause, Nesher’s 16 Ways to Beat Insomnia during Menopause posted at All about Menopause: Well-being and Symptoms Relief offers suggestions and helpful tips to combat insomnia due to menopause.
Weight Loss Tips and suggestions
Thank goodness we never run out of suggestions for losing weight. After the Christmas holidays, we certainly need these little bits of information and advice on how to lose weight:
If you’re one of those people who can’t seem to lose weight, Tom Has says you are probably focusing on the wrong thing: “Almost everyone focuses on the ‘outer game’ of weight loss: dieting, eating right, exercising and so on. This is why they never lose weight or if they do, they always gain the weight right back. Many people have never even heard of the ‘inner game’ of weight loss.” Lose those unwanted weight! Read Why You?ll NEVER Lose Weight at Personal Hack.
Jen Samson’s Popular Diets for healthy living discusses the different popular diets like the Atkins and Southbeach diets.
Finally, for those who want to go vegan, Yosef says, “Following Thanksgiving, we decided to to become vegan for a week, allow our bodies to detox and to get to a healthier state. It was not a difficult challenge at all, and these burgers were the highlight of the week.” Grab this yummy recipe at Smokey Chipotle 15 Bean Veggie Burgers posted at This American Bite.
Food for the Soul
For some soul food, you may want to read True Stillwater’s How to Want What You Have By Doing Happy! featured at Letters, Messages, and Prayers, and Ashley Reid’s Don’t Underestimate the Limits of God’s Ability posted at The Real.
Whew! That certainly was a hefty serving of food for the mind, body and soul. I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t miss next month’s edition of the Carnival of Healing which will be hosted by Clara Myers of Mind Mart. If you want to browse through last month’s edition, you’ll find it at Cari Cambell’s Your Joyous Life.
Have fun everyone!
Mini Online Course:
1. Spend a few minutes reading through the carnival page.
2. Take note of the articles that strike a chord in your heart.
3. Read those articles. Take notes, follow suggestions – see where this will lead you.