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Self Soothing Practices

    When your emotional body is overstimulated or out-of-whack what actions do you take to soothe yourself? If you aren’t conscious of your behavior, now may be the time to give yourself a look-see. I have my standard practices: Ground, breathe and become present. Meditate. Sit in affirmative prayer. Chant. Take a walk. Call a friend who loves me and reminds me of who I am. And, today I added a new one. Adult coloring. I know, I am late on the coloring train; yet I want to say that there is brain technology that supports my new-found self-soothing practice. Check this out…according to an article by Dr. Nikki Martinez in the Huffington Post there are seven benefits to adult coloring: It works with the subconscious to access information and become more self-aware. By concentrated focus it helps with many mental and emotional disorders. Returns us to a simpler time in our life. It utilizes advanced brain functions like organization and problem solving. Calm down parts of our brain that...

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Space that Regenerates and Enhances Healing

  All space is not created equal. I am aware of this as I am in the process of renovating an empty condo and making choices that directly impact my soon-to-be living space. I try on colors, textures, woods, prints, within my mind and feel into the energy combination of each choice. In my bedroom and meditation space I want tranquility. No televisions, no computers, and colors that relax. In my office I am looking for vitality, movement, and design choices that encourage and energize my creativity. The kitchen feel I’m going for is a bit funky and the living room inviting. With my focus on space, I picked up a new magazine named Experience Life and read an article on space. Finding the writer’s conversation aligned with what I know, I want to share her article on Healing Space. 1. Windows that look out to nature have healing properties. In a Pennsylvania hospital, a study was done in 1984 comparing patience who had undergone gallbladder surgery. Half in recovery had...

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Take Your Healing NOW

“The Holy Spirit has descended upon you, now reach out and take it,” says former actress and faith healer Sara O’Meara as she walks amongst seated individuals coming to experience their own recognition of Wholeness.  It is a hot, Phoenix evening, and maybe 100 of us are crammed next to each other in The Little Chapel with more in an overflow room.  It is June 1st with the temperature hovering over 100 degrees outside and it is warm inside.  “The energy of the Holy Spirit is warming,” she says with a smile.  “Aren’t we blessed?” I have always been attracted to faith healers and jump at opportunities to be in their presence.  These healers have touched within themselves an inner knowing and robust faith that allows them to stand courageously before others and call forth a deep, knowing within each of us that we can, have, and are the Whole Person we came to be. I studied with Dr. Eric Pearl, spent a weekend with Ron Roth, had my...

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The Impact of Trauma on the Emotions with Kim Lipsman

“Trauma, I would define, is the inability to stay in the present.”  Kim Lipsman Emotions are wonderful nuggets of energy which rise up in response to an idea, thought, perception, or reaction.  If, however, you are traumatized, these nuggets may proceed thought and/or direct it.  Even more likely, is the chance you are separated from thought. During my two years of solitude I worked with Kim, above, to restore my emotional self to a place of balance and trustworthiness.  I relearned the  nuances of emotion and came to fall in love, once again, with the miracle of self expression through emoting.  I allowed myself to write poetry, paint and wallow in emotional states not from a place of judgment, but from a place of gratitude. When is the last time you gave thanks for your ability to become angry, disgruntled, happy, frustrated or giddy?  It is a wonderful practice.  Catch an emotion rising up from within, name it and then with delight say “I love this feeling.”  This freedom...

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How Did You Commemorate 9/11?

I had grand plans for commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 which became obsolete after eating some food last night which resulted in extreme belly bloating. I experienced pain akin to childbirth. At one point, I managed to roll from the bed to the floor, crawl to the bathroom four feet away and roll around on the bathroom floor so I could feel the cold tile against my belly. Falling asleep at 6:15 am in a guest room, I awoke groggy to see the DVD player flashing 11:47 am. Between the time I went to bed and fell asleep at 6:15 a.m. I honored 9/11 in the perfect way. I prayed. With each rising pain twisting some internal organ I prayed for others in the world who lived chronically in pain. With each belabored breath and tear I prayed for my fellow humans who suffer from lack and sadness. I would rub my belly and tell it how much I love it and then I would extend the love...

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May I Come to Dinner Quinoa Recipe

Ring, ring, ring. “Hello this is Bonnie speaking.” “May I come to dinner?  I really want some of your quinoa.” I started noticing a trend developing.  Friends began wanting to come for dinner to share in my quick and easy, throw together in minutes quinoa dish.  Several weekends ago I went camping with a group of girlfriends.  When we were planning the menu the question came  up, “can you make your quinoa dish for one of our meals?”  Maybe the heart and stomach truly are connected. This recipe is ridiculously easy and you are encouraged to put your own twist on it. Bonnie’s May I Come To Dinner Quinoa Recipe 1 cup Quinoa 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or avocado oil) 1 pinch ground sea salt 1 handful of fresh basil sliced into strips 1 handful fresh mint leaves sliced into strips 1/2 cup chunked tomatos (real fun to mix baby red, yellow and orange, but not necessary) 1/4 cup sliced green onions (optional) 1/2 can...

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