I Was Moved To Tears This Morning

I was moved to tears this morning with gratitude for my strong, flexible healthy body, for my home, my husband, my cat, my family and friends and for all of you – my extended community. I am so grateful for all of the blessings in my life!

I say these words of gratitude often and this morning especially because next week is my 70th birthday. Yikes! Yes, Earth Day is my birthday – April 22nd.

I am grateful to be as healthy as I am at this age, in spite of achy joints, dry skin, thinning hair on my head (I’m actually grateful for less hair on my legs!), brown spots on my face and arms and the delay in retrieving words – thank goodness it’s just a delay…

Here Is How I Stay As Healthy As I Can

I sleep at least eight hours every night – from about 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. when our beloved cat, Sophia wakes us with urgent requests for breakfast.

I take supplements daily – Melaleuca Women’s Peak Performance plus a D-Mannose supplement to prevent bladder crankiness. Recently added a Glucosamine supplement from Vasayo – I’ll keep you posted about how this is helping with inflammation.

I exercise almost every day – Moving vigorously in the water for forty-five minutes three times/week and walking most days in between for at least thirty minutes. Constantly stretching to keep from complete immobility. Ahhhh…

I avoid watching or listening to the news – I’m so sensitive that the news – mostly negative – upsets me. I read the Sunday NY Times every week – glancing at the headlines and then savoring the entertainment sections and the book review.

I Meditate, Tap, Pray & Journal – I feel very blessed and grateful that since I coach and teach from home, I am able to have a leisurely morning routine. Some of the time I wake up feeling great and some of the time I wake up achy and grumpy and it takes a while to get moving and ready to roll.

I use Young Living Essential Oils – This is completely anecdotal and it works for me. A drop of Thieves oil on the bottom of each foot before bed, a few drops of Frankincense and Manuka oil in my moisturizer, a drop of Lemon oil in my cup of herbal tea and a sniff of Peppermint oil when I am congested.

Derma-E Skin Care – I wash my face with Anti-wrinkle cleanser then apply Anti-aging regenerative serum (with drops of Frank & Manuka oil), then Anti-aging regenerative day cream in the morning and night cream at night. I find these at Pharmaca or your local pharmacy.

I read uplifting books & historical novels – I’m completely absorbed lately with Diana Gabaldon’s latest Outlander book “Tell the Bees That I Have Gone” and love all her books in this series. For inspiration I’ve just begun Lissa Rankin’s newest book “Sacred Medicine.” She is an MD who has researched complimentary medicine and all sorts of energy healing practices, including EFT.

My happy place is the ocean – For some reason I am happiest, most relaxed and joyful at the ocean. I grew up in Southern California going to Huntington Beach every chance I got, then enjoyed Bodega Bay and Pt. Reyes when we lived in the Bay area and now we love Cannon Beach and the Oregon coast as often as possible.

I hope that my sharing my self-care practices is helpful for you and I’d love to hear how you have found what works well for you.

Just reading “Radical Compassion” by Tara Broch and this is what jumped out at me:

Tara asks, “What does the wanting energy want to experience?

This is what came to me when I responded to the question:

  • To relax – to be part of something
  • To make a difference
  • To be connected and accepted
  • To be seen and heard
  • To feel safe and protected
  • To be honored and acknowledged for who I am – just as I am

Wow! That’s a tall order. And I feel better just having written/typed that list of wants. Perhaps you are willing to answer this question for yourself.

Write the question in your journal and write down what comes up for you – it may be surprising! I’m noticing that none of this is materials things – it’s all about beingness. Very interesting…

Tara goes on to write that unmet needs may lead to addiction.

This is important information, I believe. Because stress causes a decrease in our dopamine receptors that register pleasure, we are driven to high intensity rewards, such as food, alcohol or drugs to light up our pleasure centers.

Think about that for a moment…

We have all been swimming in a great deal of stress lately – yes? Perhaps you have been experiencing a health challenge, caring for ill or dying loved ones, raising children while working and schooling from home, or searching for work.

I share all of this with you with an invitation to

awareness, a focus on self-care and a big, warm,

juicy dose of lovingkindness.

Please be gentle with yourself and your family and friends.

Remember to stay hydrated, rest when your are tired, if possible, and plan ahead for nourishing, fresh food.

Tapping To Relieve Stress & Unmet Needs

Set Up Statement: (while tapping on the side of both hands)

“Even though I am not getting my needs met, I’m noticing how I feel and acknowledging my feelings. Whatever part of me that’s holding on – even if it’s keeping me safe – I choose to relax and let go with love and acceptance for myself and everyone else.”

Reminder Statements: (tapping around on the body points)

All this wanting * part of me is never satisfied * all this longing * I just want peace * all this wishing and hoping * will I ever get what I need? * This is crazy making * will I ever feel better? * this feelings are so intense * I’d really like to be able to relax * acknowledging my feelings * letting the energy flow * feeling so stressed and exhausted * what do I really need?

Remember to continue to tap and feel your feelings until you begin to feel relief and the intensity comes down. Stop to close your eyes, check in and notice your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.

Then begin to alternate what you say on the points with Releasing Statements:

All this wanting * I’d really like to let it go * it’s time to relax and let go * It’s safe to releasing the longing and urges * any part of me that’s holding on * I’m ready to open to healing * relaxing and letting go of the past * listening to my guidance * just getting some water or tea * going outside for a walk * taking a nap * that would feel really good!

Complete your tapping session with Gratitude or Happy Tapping: Tapping around on the body points while expressing your gratitude for all of the blessings in your life.