Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
BEGINNING A NEW SERIES OF FORGIVENESS AND CONTINUING THE SERIES ON HOW SAFE IS MEXICO?
Dan and I hope that your Tuesday is going in a positive way.
I have learned, that the person I have to ask for forgiveness from the most is: myself. You must love yourself. You have to forgive yourself, every day, whenever you remember a shortcoming, a flaw, you have to tell yourself “That’s just fine”. You have to forgive yourself so much, until you don’t even see those things anymore. Because that’s what love is like.
Forgiveness is not just about saying the words. “It is an active process in which you make a conscious decision to let go of negative feelings whether the person deserves it or not.
As you release the anger, resentment and hostility, you begin to feel empathy, compassion and sometimes even affection for the person who wronged you.
Studies have found that some people are just naturally more forgiving. Consequently, they tend to be more satisfied with their lives and to have less depression, anxiety, stress, anger and hostility.
People who hang on to grudges, however, are more likely to experience severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as other health conditions. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t train themselves to act in healthier ways. In fact, 62 percent of American adults say they need more forgiveness in their personal lives, according to a survey by the nonprofit Fetzer Institute.
QUOTES ABOUT LIVING
Forgiveness to another says, “I love myself more than I dislike your actions toward me.”
Forgiveness to yourself says,” I love and accept that I am not perfect, I release regret, and I know that now and, in the future, I will not repeat the actions that caused me to feel this regret. I can do nothing to bring back yesterday, but this lesson has changed all tomorrows.”
Forgive in love, be grateful for the lesson, and be free.
Choosing forgiveness doesn’t mean your wounds will suddenly vanish. All healing-physical, emotional, and mental-takes time. Choosing forgiveness means you’ve decided to begin the healing process.
Instead of thinking, I will not forgive that person because …. shift it to I choose to hold on to the resentments of that pain because….
How does holding on to that pain really help your life? What benefit is there for you to keep it alive?
Once you make that shift inside, you will always find reason to forgive and will never find reason not to. The key benefit of forgiving is the freedom to love and trust again.
SEE THE VALUE IN MINGLING
If you’re looking to socialize, chances are you don’t have a shortage of people to spend time with.
Not everyone has a life filled with friends and while social overload is not to be recommended, some people are genuinely lonely. Why not use your time to volunteer at a charity shop or community center?
Serving someone a cup of tea and cake and having a little chat will transform their day and will help you take stock of your own life.
If you are interested in reading Dan’s and My Journey Through Cancer without Surgery, Chemo or Radiation, just click on the books for more information:
MY JOURNEY OF COMPLETION (Body, Heart and Soul) – Enjoy Life While Managing Cancer
CONTINUING THE SERIES ON HOW SAFE IS MEXICO?
DAY OF THE DEAD - Nov 5, 2015
Enjoy the mini video of the events we attended.
Dan and I have been participating for the past three years in the Mexican Tradition, similar to All Saints Day. This year was no different, we went to Chapala to visit the alter displays.
Then to the grave sites in Ajijic. After those stops, we then went to Ajijic square for more celebrations.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures.
The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008 the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The holiday is sometimes called Día de los Muertos in Anglophone countries, a back-translation of its original name, Día de Muertos. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. It was moved to October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christian triduum of Allhallowtide: All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day.
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed within other deep traditions for honoring the dead. It happens to be a holiday that has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation's schools, but there are families who are more inclined to celebrate a traditional "All Saints' Day" associated with the Catholic Church.
Originally, the Day of the Dead as such was not celebrated in northern Mexico, where it was even unknown until the 20th century; before that the people and the church rejected it in northeastern Mexico because they perceived the day was a result of syncretizing pagan elements with Catholic Christianity. They held the traditional 'All Saints' Day' in the same way as other Christians in the world. This is due to the limited or nonexistent Mesoamerican influence in this region, and the relatively few indigenous inhabitants from the regions of Southern Mexico. In the early 21st century in northern Mexico, Día de Muertos is observed because the Mexican government made it a national holiday by its educational policies from the 1960s and has tried to use it as a unifying national tradition in the north of the country.
The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other observances, including the Spanish tradition in which festivals and parades are frequently held and people often gather at cemeteries and pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day.
This is the time to get ready for food and remedies that heal; alchemy of herbs.
Continuing blogging on the herb - PARSLEY. Parsley can be used in many different ways to support almost every aspect of your health. Yesterday the topic ended with how parsley prevents tumors and deals with respiratory distress? Also, parsley lowers cancer risk and boosts immunity!
Today I’m blogging how It eases menstruation and helps in freshening up your breath?
If you’ve been having bad breath issues lately, then you definitely need to try parsley tea.
Except for that, even taking a bit of parsley and chewing it can make your breath better.
The freshening aroma and essence of parsley help a lot in maintaining bad breath issues. So, make sure you get to have some parsley whenever you feel like you need a refreshment.
Parsley essential oil has a compound called apiol which helps in regulating periods and reducing the severity of them. It’s the most useful after a woman gives birth and needs help in regulating her monthly periods.
Parsley has so many powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties that it can be useful in so many ways. It can be a really good breath freshener, as well as a huge help in easing menstruation in women.
NOTE AND REPEAT – PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth
THIS IS AN ENCLOSURE – will be at the end of all the blogs, for I stress; this daily routine will heal and keep your body cells happy.
As I end this blog, Dan and I for several years have shared our experiences with enjoying life while managing cancer. By keeping healthy, our routine daily has been walking (exercise), meditation (for stress), Qigong (exercise and for stress).
Explored a park yesterday that we went to two years ago, Happy Hollow Gardens Park. 92F very hot 🔥, but walked under the tall 🎄 trees.
I know some will say they do not have enough time with work, kids and household chores!!!
Dan and I have put together videos from WALK AT HOME together on our website, that you can follow in home; when you have short periods of time and unable to go out. They are from 15 mins up to 30 mins depending on the miles. This is one of the first steps to making your cells happy!!
Also, meditation videos, help to lower stress and is also one of the first steps to making your cells happy; click on https://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/meditation. Again, they are no more than 10 to 20 mins and they are guided meditations.
“Surrender is a gift that you can give yourself. It’s an act of faith. It’s saying that even though I can’t see where this river is flowing, I trust it will take me in the right direction.” ~ Debbie Ford
Guided meditation. Trusting the Universe for guidance and protection. FEAR NOT, ALL IS WELL
This guided meditation has been designed to take you to that place of peace and power within yourself. As you relax in the awareness of this indwelling presence, it invites you to let go of your reliance on the things of this world, and place it entirely in to the hands of your creator, where help is always available.
Experiencing peace in the midst of a storm, is key for you to move thru the storm successfully.
As you listen to this guided meditation often, and are able to experience peace often, it will lead you to a place where harmony and abundance are available to you.
We are still working on Qigong video’s to be posted on the website for easy access, until now you can go to the blog https://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/blog and on the right-hand side are hash # tag words, just click on the word #walk #Qigong #meditation. The post will pop up and then you can begin. Have fun with it!
Until Wednesday, forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.