Art therapy / Health and Wellness / Inspiration

Take care of what’s between your ears

A genius is a talented person who has an exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.  It’s those who transcend boundaries such as those of the time and space continuum and provide solutions that extend into the future who we recognize as geniuses. However, if we pause to consider the definition we may recognize … Continue reading

Conscious living / Health and Wellness / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

A Difficult Week in Review

Last week was typical week for me.  I was busy and productive and though I had to deal with several difficult people I was happy. I have resolved not to shun the so-called difficult people in my life for two self serving reasons. They teach me important lessons about myself, and learning from them provides  … Continue reading

Buddhist Meditation / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Inspiration / Tonglen

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

Even when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working through stiffness and pain requires accepting responsibility to become your own healer and summoning the courage required to stay the course. When … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Food / Health and Wellness / Recipes

7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health

Today’s nutrition message is ‘dump the junk; eat real food’.  I heard the call to eat healthy and enjoy life and acted on it.  Have you? Obesity, heart disease and strokes are prevalent. It’s clear that many people aren’t either wise or moderate when it comes to the variety of foods and quantities they consume.  So … Continue reading

brain training / Buddhism / Conscious living / Gratitude / Happiness / Health and Wellness / Inspiration

Train Your Brain to Become Happier

Depression has played a major role in my life since I was a child. There have been many times I had to struggle to make the happiness choice minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. Granted in some cases of depression therapeutic intervention may be necessary.  But I am unable to take … Continue reading

Happiness / Health and Wellness / Humor / Relationships

Learn to Include More Humour in your Life

Learning to include more humour in your life can have a significant effect on your overall health. Being able to see the funny side of things can produce general health benefits, and can also help to build and reinforce relationships. Some ways to boost your humour levels include not taking yourself as seriously, while knowing … Continue reading

The Power of the Smile
Art therapy / Emotional healing / Happiness / Health and Wellness / Psychology

The Power of the Smile

There are hundreds of different variations of smiles expressing the full range of human emotion.  From Charles Darwin’s  facial expressions interpretations to Stanford University’s “Happiness” class — smile scholars have puzzled over the range of emotions smile depict. Experts including anthropologists, biologists and psychologists agree, the smile is recognizable worldwide and can be viewed as … Continue reading

Buddhism / Health and Wellness / Relationships

Spring is Cherry Blossom Time

The cherry blossom season from March to mid-April is a relatively short and brilliantly beautiful beginning of  spring.  Cherry blossoms are the quintessential expression of Mono no aware. It’s the Japanese aesthetic concept that highlights awareness of the inherent transience and impermanence of all things.  The custom of hanami dates back many centuries in Japan: … Continue reading

Alternative Medicine / Aromatherapy / Depression / Emotional healing / Health and Wellness

Blues Be Gone Aromatherapy Bubblebath Recipes

Homemade bubblebath is easy to make and I have two seasonal homemade bubblebath recipes to share in this post. The color blue is a mentally-relaxing color that has a pacifying effect and encourages relaxation. It’s frequently used in bedrooms and hospitals for calming hyperactivity and evoking sleep. The calming effect is also uplifting on a … Continue reading

Alternative Medicine / Aromatherapy / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Meditation / Yoga

8 Fibromylagia Therapies

People with fibromyalgia experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane. Those symptoms are usually invisible to others  and many people with fibromyalgia push themselves too far until they trigger collapse.  What’s  key to well-being for people with fibromylagia is  taking charge of their own health,  employing  effective therapies,  learning how … Continue reading

Conscious living / Emotional healing / Gardening / Health and Wellness / nature

Seed Thoughts From the Garden

Gardeners are perennial optimists.  In the cold of winter they  pour over seed catalogs making plans for a new beginning in spring.  Come spring they plant their seeds — seeds that are  symbols of potential,  each one carefully sown by a hopeful gardener who intends to care for them throughout their life cycle. When planted … Continue reading

Conscious living / Health and Wellness / Meditation / Personal Development / Relaxation Techniques

Exploring Spaciousness: Experiencing Peace

In Are You Afraid of Stillness and Space? Part 1, Sandra Pawula suggests nourishing yourself with space. She explains how space is a vital element that brings balance into our lives, helping to keep stress, distress, and illness at bay. In Are You Afraid of Stillness and Space? Part 2   Sandra’s  advice is to  slowly … Continue reading

Alternative Medicine / Depression / Emotional healing / Health and Wellness

Bach Flower Remedies For You

This summer I  shared my experiences as a  person with invisible disabilities (fibromylagia, chronic fatigue,  multiple food and drug allergies) and how I have learned to take care of myself by overcoming chronic illness and stress. Without doubt the quality of my life experience is influenced by my attitude.  Happiness is a state of mind … Continue reading

Aromatherapy is alternative medicine
Alternative Medicine / Aromatherapy / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness

Aromatherapy is alternative medicine

I’m an aging woman coping with disabilities including fibromyalgia and focused on improving my life. I use many alternative medicine methods to reduce stress and to control pain and I share them with my readers in this personal development, self improvement and conscious living blog.  Three of my mainstays are aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies and … Continue reading

Abstract art / Art therapy / Creative Visualization / Depression / Emotional healing / Health and Wellness / Psychology

Art Therapy: Abstract Painting

We begin our lives being spontaneous happy and playful. Challenging circumstances,  relationships and events in our lives can cause us to lose that childhood sense of wonder and joyfulness. That loss can result in depression ie. a mental state in which we don’t feel happy to be alive any more, and some of us are … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Relationships / Spirituality / Yoga

Yoga, Aging, Intimacy & Sexuality

Touching is a vital human need and an essential ingredient for healthy relationships. Studies have shown that without touching, many animals – including humans – will die in childhood. Being caressed also lowers blood pressure and releases natural opiates in the brain, as well as the chemical oxytocin, which is essential for human pair-bonding. Continue reading

Health and Wellness / mindfulness / Personal Development

Overcoming Chronic Illness and Stress

Over the course of 3 years I have avoided becoming too personal in this blog, lest I become maudlin and repel readers. Today I’m choosing to share my experiences as a  person with invisible disabilities (fibromylagia, chronic fatigue,  multiple food and drug allergies) and how I have learned to take care of myself.  Hopefully, my … Continue reading