Feeling physically and mentally well is our own individual obligation.
THIS WEEK DAN AND I ARE CONTINUING ON THE SERIES, HOW THOUGHTS AFFECT OUR HEALTH/BODY? PLUS, THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
It is that time of the week to get motivated again.
Yes, its Monday!
And it is getting closer to another year of fun and excitement.
As Dan and I continue how thoughts affect our health, I keep in mind that each day is a blessing.
The other day I heard that one of my best friends from high school passed on.
Although she may be gone, the memories we share will always be treasured.
So, this brings me to yesterday, this is the past and we cannot bring it back.
However, we can remember them and learn by them.
The future, we can plan.
However, it’s only a goal to look forward to.
The most important alignment in our thoughts should be the present -NOW.
This is the only thought that we can control.
So, let us get ready!
And as we go into the Christmas mood, our mind-body connection is far more powerful.
This leads us to our new series, how thoughts affect our body/health?
Negative thoughts about harming others, violence, homicide is more dangerous than having thoughts of guilt, regret because the physiology of these thoughts appears to be different.
Violent thoughts can lead to criminal activities, whereas thoughts like envy, regret will make the person unhappy but will not be so intense that it drives the person to avenge violently towards the person.
However, these negative thoughts should not be ignored as they can become progressively intense with time and can lead to violence, murder, and hateful crimes.
Serial killers, rapists, abusers, and perpetrators of domestic abuse had these thoughts but never sought professional help to address them.
As a result, they became antisocial and committed such crimes.
In contrast to negative thoughts, there are positive thoughts which can counter these negative side effects.
In general, the rule of thumb is to have at least 3 positive thoughts to counter the effects of one negative thought.
Thoughts of gratitude, forgiveness, and emotional resilience can help us deal with our stressful thought patterns and create a sense of wellbeing.
When we challenge our negative self-talk with Socratic questions and dispute the irrationality and make positive counter statements, we can reverse the physical effects of negativity and build up psychological resources that contribute to a happier lifestyle.
When we show generosity, be grateful, and forgive, we generate positive emotions and overtime become more resilient in the face of adverse situations.
Professionals have found that there is a relationship between joy and gratitude.
We are happier when we show gratitude, and it also improves our spiritual wellbeing.
Similarly, forgiveness decreases feelings of hurt, anger and physical complaints such as, gastrointestinal upset, and dizziness.
DECEMBER 5th, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about December that is so significant during this month?
Light up A Life – December 5, 2022
I choose this holiday to honor one of my best friends from high school that just passed on.
Looking back and treasuring the time I spent with you, Mary Kay.
Light up A Life is a holiday held every year on December 5 in Ireland.
It takes place close to Christmas right when Christmas lights are going up.
The holiday is an opportunity for people to put up lights that honor loved ones they may have lost.
The day is a celebration of life and a great way to remember those who have left us.
It helps to keep the memories alive and provides emotional relief for anyone who may be grieving during the holidays.
The holidays are a time we usually set aside to spend with the people we love.
When those people are gone, it can be very difficult to cope.
Commemorating them with others makes it easier.
Light up A Life is a special holiday that is all about honoring the memories of loved ones who have passed away.
Hospitals and hospices have adopted the tradition to help people cope with grief.
The first Light up a Life was held in 1996.
The Light up A Life event helps to raise funds for patients who are in hospice care.
The more donations they receive, the better care patients can receive when they need it the most.
The events are held in different establishments around Ireland.
Each location hosts the event differently.
Some hospices allow the families of former patients to add lights to a displayed Christmas tree.
The donation for the lighting of the tree goes to the current patients receiving care.
It is a chance for the families to honor their lost loved ones by paying it forward and helping others.
Depending on how the organization observes the day, you can participate and help make a hard time a bit more comfortable for people.
In the United States, the first hospice was opened in the year 1974.
It was located on the outskirts of New Haven, Connecticut. That is where the first National Symposium on Hospice Care was convened.
Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut was founded by Florence Wald, along with two pediatricians and a chaplain.
Hospice care became very popular in the country.
They opened in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes, one quote and share with you.
ONLY A LIFE LIVED FOR OTHERS IS A LIFE WORTHWHILE.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; TOUCH
TOUCH THE ESSENCE OF CARE-
SWITCHING ON THE SENSE
TEN-MINUTE EXERCISE-HAND FOCUS
Explore your space for ten minutes in either your home or your yard.
Touch things with your fingers and hands and use your focus to really feel the difference between things that are living.
Like plants or pets and things that are inert.
Like stone, glass, metal, or ceramic.
How does the feel of something alive differ from something that is not?
What kinds of texture feel good?
What kind do not?
Sit down after ten minutes and consider what you experienced.
Tomorrow, starting on SIMPLE FACE MASSAGE-
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
Until Tuesday, use your health; even to the point of wearing it out.
That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.