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Continuing Wellness Journey & Mama Duck

Traveling in Wellness

Last week we looked at The Way of the Traveler by Joseph Dispenza and learned that travel transforms us as we move from one place (the old) to another (the new). I am learning the lessons of this new place. I started a course in Mindfulness and took my first Ta’i Chi Class since the accident. There are many new insights I have learned. The biggest one is that I need to have patience with myself in my recovery that is still in progress. It is difficult to go back to being a beginner in practices that I used to be proficient in or teach. I am learning a new “me” and I need to stop comparing what I could do with what I can do. So more lessons learned. Are you recovering from an accident or illness? Be patient and kind to yourself and learn with me. Patience with oneself is priceless!

I am expanding my awareness and undertaking this trip with mindfulness. I also attended a Reiki Share and had a moment with no pain which was the first truly painless moment I have had since September 23, 2014.  I am a Reiki Master and it is wonderful to share Reiki with others. It was rejuvenating.

My traveling companion, Mama Duck, is in the photo looking at me as I take the picture. I don’t want to disturb her and she isn’t happy at all with me taking pictures. I will try again in a few days. Life is truly an adventure and we must live mindfully in each day. Continue Reading

Next Steps In My Wellness Journey

Dreams, Plans & New Directions

I like the fact that I am a mindful traveler. In The Way of the Traveler, Joseph Dispenza states,  Travel transforms us fundamentally  as it moves us literally from one place (the old) to another (the new). When we have learned the lessons of that duck eggs_4654place, travel takes  us once again to the next level of consciousness. Here again new insights about ourselves await. As I start my  search, it is also a figurative search of another higher level of consciousness.  In this way all travel has a spiritual character.  On every trip we have the opportunity to expand our awareness especially if it is undertaken with mindfulness. I have or still am  undergoing the first part of the journey in imagining how it might be, dreaming the journey. The next step will be preparation, deciding what is to be taken and what is to mamaDuck_4687be left behind. The third phase will involve the journey. After that is the homecoming and the recounting of the journey. So I have been called to travel this new wellness path.  As I start my travels it looks like I will have a traveling companion for the next couple of months starting her journey. Mama Mallard has decided to make my yard her nesting area among my three dogs. Life is truly an adventure and we must live mindfully in each day. Continue Reading

Spiritual Wellness: Being like a Butterfly

Spirituality includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. This week we are looking at the Spiritual Dimension of the Wellness Model. When we apply the Six Dimensions of the Wellness Model, by Bill Hettler of the National Wellness Institute, we become aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and the development of belief systems, values and creating a world-view.  This dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in life. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe. You’ll know you’re becoming spiritually well when your actions become more consistent with your beliefs and values, resulting in a “world view.”

  • If we are spiritually well, we will find it better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others, rather than to close our minds and become intolerant.
  • We will live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.

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Getting Back to me

It is very cold today in Ohio, but luckily I am south of all the snow. Thinking of the hydrangeas reminds me of the summer and warmth of the day when I painted them on my deck. I can even smell them if I close my eyes and think hard enough. We can talk about wellness with no problem when everything goes right, but what do we do when things don’t go right and problems occur. This week is a really good week for me because I started to paint again. In September of 2014 I was in a car accident and it was life altering. Continue Reading