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Quote for Today – Kindness

Posted by Angela on May 10, 2007

Guard well within yourself that treasure, Kindness

Know how to Give without Hesitation,

how to Lose without Regret,

how to Acquire without Meanness

 – – George Sand

 

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Consideration of the Day – Gratitude

Posted by Angela on April 30, 2007

Gratitude can be an incredible healing process.  Shifting your perspective from negative self-talk and judgement to appreciation and gratitude can change your field of grace.  Here are some ways that I have found helpful in practicing gratitude:

  • Keep a Gratitude Journal – make a contract with yourself to find three things you are grateful for every single day
  • Look for beauty in the details – a blooming flower, the scent of lilacs on a spring day, a welcoming sunrise.
  • Tell uplifting stories
  • Practice random acts of kindness
  • Tell those you love that you Love them
  • If you catch yourself with feelings of frustration or anger, look for the blessing  (for example, someone is on their cell phone and runs a red light – bless and feel the gratitude that an accident was avoided . . .don’t give away your energy by feeding the anger)
  • Start and end each day with a prayer of gratitude

What ways to you spread gratitude?  How has feeling gratitude impacted your life?

 Blessings and Grace to all,

*Angela

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Cell Phones killing off the Bees?

Posted by Angela on April 17, 2007

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder is the name that has been given to a mysterious occurance of bees disappearing.  Why is this important?  Consider for a moment how many of our crops are pollinated by bees. . . . In fact Albert Einstein once speculated that if the bees disappeared then humans would be wiped out within 4 years.

Researchers are now questioning the possibility that cell phone radiation waves may be the cause.  Apparently the cell waves interfer with the Bees navigation system and the theory is that they can’t find their way back home.  This certainly explains why many hives are found with only the queen and a few young workers – all the others have left and then couldn’t get back.   A full report on this possibility can be found with the UK Independent http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2449968.ece

We have to wonder if the cell waves are indeed responsible – what are they doing to other species – will bats be affected?  They contribute to our food cycle by keeping potentially damaging insects at bay.  And of course the question still remains the long term effect of the radiation waves on humans – speculation ranges, time will eventually tell.

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Quote of the Day – Forgiving

Posted by Angela on April 3, 2007

I can have peace of mind only when forgiving rather than judging

 – – Gerald Jampolski

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Quote of the Day

Posted by Angela on March 28, 2007

A ritual allows us to participate in the enactment of a myth. 

One prepares internally to move with the image and the transcendent comes through.

 – – Joseph Campbell (Thou art That)

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Quote of the Day – Authentic Self

Posted by Angela on March 22, 2007

The greatest accomplishment in life is to be who you are,

and that means to be who God intended you to be when he created you.

 – – Thomas Keating

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Common Back Pain and Craniosacral

Posted by Michael on March 20, 2007

Low back pain is a very common condition in our society.  There are literally countless ways that our bodies manifest back pain. The low back conditions I see most in my private practice are usually manifested from a few main causes.

The first is occupational posture syndrome, caused by sitting for long periods of time, improper body mechanics, and occupational stress (both emotional and physical).  Sometimes it’s the way we sit at our computers, such as sitting on our wallets, sitting with one leg under our buttocks,  or an setup that  leads us to often sit with the weight of our body to one side or the other.   Any emotionally stressful situations that may occur while we are already in a compromised physical position work like synergy and exponentially increase the physiological impact.   All of these scenarios may cause and/or contribute to hip rotation and low back discomfort.

The second important cause of low back pain is bad exercise habits. No argument that exercising is a good thing for mind, body, and spirit, but improper exercise can be harmful. Bad exercise habits may cause back pain by pushing our bodies beyond tolerable levels, faulty loading, (exercising only one side of the body or one part of the body while ignoring the rest), poor body mechanics during exercise routines, and exercising when pain is present. 

A third common cause of back pain can result from car accidents, often resulting in whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a traumatic event that causes the head to move swiftly in one direction and then back into an opposing direction. Whiplash injuries are not to be taken lightly. They can cause significant damage to the ligaments of the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (mid back), and the lumbar region (lower back). Along with ligament damage, the vertebral discs of the spinal column and joints can be compromised. One of the main reasons why whiplash is so devastating to the body is that often you are in a somewhat relaxed state prior to the injury and you are not prepared for sudden impact or trauma. The muscle tissue of the body is somewhat relaxed or supple, which allows more force to internal structures of the body such as ligaments, tendons, discs, joints, and bones. 

Craniosacral Therapy can have a positive effect on relieving low, mid, and upper back discomfort. This profound therapy intimately works with the fight or flight syndrome of the central nervous system to help release the negative holding patterns that our body has created in response to the traumas of work, play, personal injury. Many of my clients have experienced relief after as little as one session. 

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Entering the Castle – New Book by Caroline Myss

Posted by Angela on March 14, 2007

Caroline Myss’ new book and CD audio series are out this month.   One of the things that I really admire about Caroline’s work is that she never stops growing and learning herself.  For those that have studied Sacred Contracts in depth the Archetypes can take on a whole new level of meaning and understanding through the castle work.  Caroline brilliantly guides us through the Interior Castle which is based upon the work of Saint Teresa of Avila. 

This book and CD guides you through the different Mansions of the Interior Castle where you go deeper into yourself, Your Soul and grow closer to God.  In each of these mansions there are a variety of rooms – some described in the book or CD and some that you will discover for yourself.  In each of the rooms you communicate with Your Soul – and my experience is that often the archetypes,  especially those in my chart of origin,  are part of this communication.  Symbolic language is deeply ingrained in understanding Sacred Contracts, and for me is even more deeply a part of working in the Castle. 

This is not a one time read or listen exercise – it is the embarkation of a journey to sacred living.  It has the potential to facilitate completely changing your life – if you choose to continue the journey.  For me, I have a new found sense of Awe, a deeper appreciation of the Mystery of Life, and on occasion a sense of connection that is beyond words – sometimes this connection is a split second – sometimes a bit longer.  It never fails to bring tears to my eyes – the work is that powerful!

One of the things that Caroline recommends is having soul companions to embark upon this journey.   If you are in or near Boise you are invited to join a study group of soul companions to work together and support each other on the journey of the interior castle.  If you are interested in joining us, let me know at www.transitionalhealing.com/contact.htm

Blessings, Light and Grace to all

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Dreaming to Wellness

Posted by Angela on March 9, 2007

Scientists are learning more and more about our dream life and utilization of dream interpretation in achieving health and balance in our lives.  Dreams have many layers of interpretation – that is part of the wonder of symbolic language.  For example dreaming of a suitcase could literally mean travel, or it could be that you are preparing to embark upon a spiritual journey of personal growth; along with many other layers.

Dr. Jeremy Taylor works with the thesis that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. By exploring dreams we can often unearth early warning signs of potential or developing health issues.  What are your dreams telling you?  Exploring your dreams with others often mirrors back to you a deeper or different meaning to your dream.  You as the dreamer are the only one who will know if a suggested meaning is true – often you will have an ‘aha’ or deep sense of Yes, that’s it.  Most often the dream is reminding you of something that you already know on some level – the ‘aha’ is often recognition and brings light and attention to the topic.

I was led to explore dreamwork more deeply as I found clients wanting to discuss dreams during craniosacral or sacred massage sessions.  Perhaps the relaxed state allows someone to be willing to gently explore the possibilities, perhaps my training with symbolic language attracts them to want to discuss dream symbology – for whatever reason clients who choose to open up and discuss their dreams typically report back at the next session the incredibly difference dream exploration makes in their lives. 

So what have you been dreaming?

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Quote for the Day – Experience

Posted by Angela on March 2, 2007

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

                  – – Franklin P. Jones

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