To get the most out of nature, it’s not enough just to go for a hike. For the most healing effect, here’s what you have to do: when you first enter a wooded area, whether a city park or your own property, call upon the Angel of Trees. Then take a moment to acknowledge the peaceful environment, especially all the trees that rise up around you.
Turn your mind to their root systems. Think about the minerals and water they’re drawing from deep within the earth, up through their trunks, up through their branches. As you let yourself feel surrounded by this deep earth energy, envision roots growing out of your feet and into the Earthly Mother’s soil.
When you intuitively feel it’s time to end this glorious grounding experience, imagine that you’re leaving roots protected and preserved in the earth as you break free and walk away. These roots remain a part of you. Wherever you are, transcending all time and space, you can draw healing energy from their spot in the ground.
This is the most powerful grounding treatment available. It will fortify every aspect of your being. It will reinforce your will to survive, invigorate your spirit to receive positivity and ward off negativity, and create a strengthening frequency for body and soul. It will prepare you to free yourself from fear and live life at its best.
You were Excited for the summer to begin, but now you may be ready for it to end!
Summer can bring longer days and a more fluid schedule that leaves everyone feeling disconnected and out of sorts.
You want to feel connected with everyone again before the school routine picks back up. When my children were still young, I made a point to prioritize family time so we could come back together to bond and become a stronger family unit.
Here are 4 ways you can connect again with your family at the end of a busy summer:
1. Eat together at a sit-down meal at least three times a week.
More often is even better. With busy schedules, family members can end up just communicating logistics—who is going where and when? But a sit-down meal provides an opportunity for everyone to slow down, reconnect, and just enjoy one another's company.
2. Have a family activity once a week.
It can be anything: cleaning up the yard, going to the movies, reading a book together, watching old family videos, or doing something for someone else.
You can even try activities that different members of the family like to do. Family activities give you the chance to try new things and share experiences.
3. Hug your children every day.
Better yet, tuck them into bed, no matter what age they are. Your daily gestures of kindness and attention are important, informal ways to improve family life. And as the years go by, these gestures will matter more than you realize now.
4. Let your children witness often how much you love and respect their mom or dad.
The best ways to improve family life always start with you. Children are aware of the emotional atmosphere in their home. When that atmosphere is filled with love and respect between adults, children feel safe and they have a positive model for how they can treat others as they grow up.
This success story from one of my Healing Center clients shows this to be true:
"I was getting frustrated in my relationships with my husband and children. Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, and frustrated with not knowing what to do, I started just doing figure 8's to my husband and each of my children. After I started doing figure 8's for a few days, I was on Facebook, looking at my "memories" from about 8 years ago, and I noticed from one of the posts that I made, I was repeating a pattern in my relationships. When I noticed this, I bought the "I Am Connected" healing oil. It has only been a few days since using the oil and I can already see a difference. Between doing figure 8's, using the oil blend, and daily clearings, I am now enjoying my time with my family and feel a stronger connection to them." -Jennifer
You have the ability to shift family patterns.
If you have a story of how you've helped your family become closer, please share it in a comment below. I would love to hear about your experience.
If you would like to improve the dynamics in your current family life, join The Carol Tuttle Energy Healing Center today. I will teach you the tools you need to heal the issues in your life that are keeping you unhappy. I look forward to seeing you there.
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
On a recent visit to a local big box store, I needed assistance to find an electronics item for my son. The young adult behind the counter wasn't able to help with my request and he told me he'd find a manager to assist me. As I waited and browsed an aisle away, I saw the manager arrive to the service desk. He asked who needed help and I heard the salesman say, “That older lady over there,” while pointing toward me.
"That older lady over there” immediately realized I was living in the moment that I knew would come eventually: that moment when society saw me in an older state than I feel. That moment when my outward appearance didn't match my inward feelings of youthfulness.
And, like it or not, that moment when you go from a “miss” to a “ma'am” happens to all of us.
Sure, the argument can be made that someone is always going to be the oldest in the room and we are all older than someone, but the fact is, these days those who are 50-plus are no longer willing to be identified as “senior citizens.” In fact, most of us would agree that the only time we were excited to be called “senior” was when we were graduating from high school and college. Back then, being a senior meant we ruled the school. Nowadays, “senior citizen” conjures images of nursing homes, walkers and dentures.
When I was growing up, I used to dream of spending my retirement years living my best life in Florida with my three best friends, like the characters from “The Golden Girls.” I wanted a lanai and I wanted to speak my mind like Estelle Getty's character, Sophia. But, now that retirement is looming in the not so distant future, I realize that I don't want to be seen “old” or “golden” any time soon. I still want to live in Florida, though.
Now that I'm marching toward my 50s and beyond, the word “senior” makes my toes curl. Sure, I want the discounts that come with my age but can't we find a better way to define our generation? Can we all agree that it's time to freshen up the lingo for those over 50? And, the last time I checked, I'm a long way from dentures so you can miss me with the word “aged."
And I'm not alone in my desire to avoid being described as “geriatric” some day.
There's a movement across the U.S. to update the language used to identify those in our population who are no longer spring chickens, if you will.
Words like “senior citizen, “elderly” and “geriatric” are being kicked to the curb because the over-50 set is demanding to be identified in the way that they actually feel: vibrant and productive. “Old fart,” “codger” and “Q-tip” have largely been abandoned, thank goodness.
But, what are the words we should use instead? What should replace terms like “aging communities” and “in their golden years"?
Gen Xers and boomers have been so vocal in their revolt against ageist terms that the AMA Manual of Style has corrected the preferred word usage when referring to older people. The manual states that while “elderly” can still be used to describe an issue specific to that population of people, “Terms such as older persons, older people, elderly patients, geriatric patients, older adults, older patients, aging adults, persons 65 years and older, or the older population are preferred."
The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has changed its lingo, too. In an editorial post in June 2017, the editors stated, “As a result, despite years of progress in our own understanding of aging, public perceptions are still mired in a ‘swamp’ that treats aging as undesirable. The public associates aging almost exclusively with decline and deterioration."
So, basically, it's the wild Wild West out there and it's up to us to start a revolution. Some are switching to “older people"; others are going with “olders.” Maureen Connors, a retail consultant in San Francisco recently told the Boston Globe that she's coined the term “perennials” as a play on “millennials.”
When my son was small, I referred to him as “threenager” so I don't see any reason why we can't throw “third-ager” into the mix. However, I'm hoping to live into my “fourth-ager” and “fifth-ager” years, so that might get confusing. For now, I'm going to start telling people that I'm “chronologically superior” and see if that catches on.
Then we hear that wonderful closing section: "As a young man you fastened your belt and went about as you pleased; but
when you are older you will stretch out your hands, and another will tie you fast and carry you off against your will."
The ultimate test of discipleship is our willingness to abandon our egos and be carried by a power greater than ourselves.
For the Awkward Time Between Summer and Fall
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Stop Using These Common Drugs
Dr. Christiane Northrup
We all face times in our lives when we are rushed and not living as fully as we would like. With increasing demands, it can be hard to slow down even if we want to. But, what’s more problematic, is that when we do have the time to stop and smell the roses, many of us simply don’t. Over time, this fast pace can lead to health consequences.
I encourage you to use these final days of summer to slow down, turn off the news, and reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. I also encourage you to take stock of what no longer serves you, including any “safe” drugs that you are taking.
Of course, sometimes medications are helpful and necessary. But, when an entire population has been led to believe that finding and taking the right drug for every ill is the Holy Grail of health care, we have a problem—especially since most health conditions respond so beautifully to holistic treatments.
Learn which drugs I won’t take—including a newly-approved drug for women—and what you can do to stay healthy at my latest blog.
Our past can read like a document on what not to do, but we have the present and our future to make a change.
When we look back at the past, knowing what we know now, we often find it difficult to understand how we made the mistakes we made. This is because once we learn new information, it is nearly impossible to reenter the headspace we were in before we learned that information. And so we look back at parents who spanked their kids, for example, and wonder how they could have thought that was a good idea. Similarly, our personal pasts are full of mistakes we can't believe we made. We did things then that we would never do now, and this is precisely because we have information now that we didn't have, or weren't able to access, then.
From ideas about how to raise children to how to treat the environment, our collective human past sometimes reads like a document on what not to do. In many ways, this is exactly as it should be. We learn from living and having experiences. It is from these past actions that we garnered the information that guides us to live differently now. Just so, in our personal lives, we probably had to have a few unsuccessful relationships or jobs, learning about our negative tendencies through them, in order to gain the wisdom we have now.
In order to live more peacefully with the past, it helps to remember that once we know better, we tend to do better. Prior to knowing, we generally do our best, and while it's true that from the perspective of the present, our best doesn't always seem good enough, we can at least give our past selves the benefit of the doubt. We did our best with what knowledge we had. Beyond this, we serve the greater good most effectively by not dwelling on the past, instead reigning our energy and knowledge into our present actions. It is here, in this moment, that we create our reality and ourselves anew, with our current knowledge and information.
Shining Light on a Broken Heart
A while back, I shared how pain is like a hardened shell around our hearts, and when that shell breaks, it doesn't literally break. It opens up that exterior to reveal the gifts and joy within.
I also promised to share with you my thoughts about that from a "light" perspective.
You might think of it this way...
Frequently when in pain, we close our eyes. We cover them. We cower. We hide. We do whatever it takes to avoid feeling the pain. We're naturally pleasure-seeking-pain-avoiding creatures, so we instinctually do whatever it takes to make the pain go away.
It's a survival mechanism, and when we were younger it was an important one. As a child, we didn't have the capacity to deal with pain. The way to get our needs met was by pleasing our caregivers, and it's a rare family where emotional pain was supported, embraced, and honored.
Instead, most of us learned that pain had to be hidden if we were to get what we want. So we hid our pain. And we still do that until we learn how to work with it differently.
The perspective of light gives us that opportunity.
The painful hardened shell is a blockage to light. Like a black hole, nothing can come in as long as the pain is blocking the way. Once the heart breaks, an opening is created.
Then a little bit (or a lot) of light can then illuminate what is within the heart. The heart is not inherently made of pain and hurt. It sometimes feels that way, but that's because pain and hurt are the blocks we must go through to get ~to~ the real substance that our hearts are made of.
Within the heart are our joy, love, compassion, and other heart-centric qualities.
Why is it then, that even as adults we withdraw from the pain? Even if we logically know it is revealing our most desired gifts to us, why run from the pain?
It's because the light is so bright we don't know what to do with it. It comes in and highLIGHTS all the dark aspects of ourselves we haven't yet owned, loved, and embraced. That's not something we're taught what to do with. There's no classes in grade school on this.
And so we withdraw.
Even though we know it is that exact light, shining in, that allows us to SEE the joy within.
I choose to look at it this way...
Have you ever sat in a very dark room, and then stepped out into bright light? What happens?
Your eyes cower and withdraw. It's too much light. Your eyes "haven't adjusted."
When that happens, the pain is not from the light itself. It's from your perception of the light. Your eyes haven't adjusted to the light yet.
For most of us who still have our vision intact (or at least well enough with some glasses), we'd agree that we prefer a life of being able to see than one without.
And so it is with our emotional pain as well.
Rather than trying to get rid of the pain, to reject it, to project it onto others, to suppress it, or to override it with positive thinking, we have a different choice:
To acknowledge it...
To own it...
To appreciate it...
To love it...
To let the light in...
To let the light do its "inside job" and do what it does best...
Your Partner In The Light, Chris Cade
Liberate Your Life
CARP - Canadian Association of Retired People
Questions and Answers from CARP Forum
Q:Where can single men over the age of 60 find younger women who are interested in them?
A:Try a bookstore, under Fiction.
Q:What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A:Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you're done, you will have a place to live.
Q:Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the bible... Is that true?
Where can it be found?
A:Yes. Matthew 14:92:
"And Mary rode Joseph's ass all the way toEgypt..."
Q:How can you increase the heart rate of your over-60 year-old husband?
A:Tell him you're pregnant.
Q:How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?
A:Take off your glasses.
Q:Seriously! What can I do for all those wrinkles on my face?
A:Go bra less. It will usually pull them out..
Q:Why should 60 plus year old people use valet parking?
A:Valets don't forget where they park your car.
Q:Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?
A:Storing memory is not a problem, Retrieving it is the problem.
Q:As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A:Yes, but usually in the afternoon.
Q:Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses?
Q:What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores?
A:"Gosh, I remember these!"
SMILE, You've still got your sense of humor!
Judy Canadian Correspondent
A MONTH IN NEED OF A FUN HOLIDAY
by Lourdes Stone California Correspondent
Here we are, summer in full swing, just a couple more weeks until the end of August and not a holiday in sight.
First a short history of how August came to be. Named after Gaius Julius Caesar Octaviamus aka Caesar Augustus aka Octavian, the month of Sixtillus was designated by the Roman senate as a most fortuitous month for the empire. After Octavian defeated the combined navies and armies of Marc Anthony and Cleopatra VII, he became emperor. This ended the civil war and brought Egypt under Roman rule. July, name after Julius Caesar, Octavian’s great uncle, had 31 days. So, the Roman senate added one more day to the original 30 days of the month of Sixtillus after it was renamed August to give it equal importance.
Yet, present day America has not designated an important fun day in August. January has New Year’s day which is celebrated right at the stroke of midnight. New Year’s day is actually hangover day which can be fun or not depending on how well one welcomed the beginning of the year.
February has Valentine’s day which can be fun or not depending on whether you’re the recipient or giver of dozen roses and expensive jewelry.
March has St. Paddy’s day when drinking green beer is so much fun, no argument there, even for wine and water drinkers.
April Fools’ day is followed by Cinco de Mayo. There was a ruckus at how this Mexican pseudo holiday was celebrated at a high school in my town. It had something to do with banning the US flag on that day but that is a political discussion for another day so we are not going there. There’s Mothers’ Day in May instead. A shot of tequila to all mothers young and old should do it.
Fathers’ Day in June is followed by 4th of July parades and barbecues. Weeks in July go by and a whole month of August goes by without time off before Labor Day in September comes along and school starts in earnest.
Kids and parents alike await in anticipation for Holloween in October, if they’re into that kind of thing. Then, after all the costumes are put away and before all the Halloween candies are eaten, Thanksgiving in November comes. And before all that turkey and pumpkin pie have been digested, December and Christmas is just around the corner.
But what about August? Internet search yielded the following: Colorado Day (Colorado), Tisha B’Av (Jewish), Victory Day (Rhode Island), Assumption of Mary (Christian), Statehood Day (Hawaii), Bennington Battle (2) Days (Vermont), National Aviation Day, Senior Citizens Day, and Lyndon Baines Johnson Day (Texas). How boring. August 21 - Senior Citizens Day? Arise all seniors! Let’s dance, eat and drink! Never mind shot joints, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This is our chance to get our National Holiday; maybe not. Why not go on holiday for the whole month of August as Europeans do? Unfortunately, studies show that Americans are such workaholics; it will never work.
Carmela Arizona Correspondent
Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and then a diet coke?
Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?
Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?
Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?
Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do 'practice'?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff??
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
Carmela Arizona Correspondent
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