Thanksgiving Day In The USA

 American Thanksgiving  Day allows Canadians to celebrate the holiday twice!  Many traditions are  the same, with a few variations. The pumpkin pie, the traditional turkey dinner and  the pumpkin spice lattes  are observed across the border in Canada. The American holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday  during the month of November each year. It has been celebrated as a Federal holiday since 1863.  The “First Thanksgiving”  was celebrated in the year 1621. This was one of the original observances of the holiday after a successful harvest in the New World. The American holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday during the month of November each year. It has been celebrated as a Federal holiday since 1863.

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Other popular  holiday foods include mashed potatoes with gravy , stuffing,  sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, squash, brussel sprouts and pumpkin pie. Other official activities include shopping on Black Friday, and  watching NFL football. Thanksgiving Day is a day to relax, spend time with friends and family,  and enjoy a festive dinner with all of the trimmings. The day is marked with parades throughout the country  including following cities – New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. Plymouth, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, El Paso, Fountain Hills, St. Louis, Charlotte, and Seattle.

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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. Black Friday shopping is a time honoured tradition for many people. Cyber Monday follows.  Create Your own holiday traditions to mark events. Be creative. Do things that appeal to You and Your family. Spend time together.Watch a movie or read.  Sleep in, if possible. Communities across North America host a charity Thanksgiving Dinner for low income families and the homeless. Many people enjoy volunteering for these events annually. Keep in touch with friends and family. Holiday events can be  lonely or tense for some people. Isolation may intensify this feeling. Keep in touch with family and friends. Celebrate with family living far away by writing letters,  or sending cards, flowers or emails.

 

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Thanksgiving week creates the opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Focusing on the positive aspects of life creates a magnet. This force attracts more good.  What We focus on expands and increases. Life in itself is the biggest miracle of all. We are all here on the planet for a purpose. Discover  this purpose?  Take this time to align Your feelings, thoughts, emotions, words, and actions with clarity. People have become too busy to stop and take a break. Inner reflection is an important tool for self discovery. This Thanksgiving day take time out to create a list of one hundred things  the things You are grateful for. Set this list aside, but check it from time to time through out the year. Clear out clutter and donate what You are no longer using. Donate non perishable items to the  local food bank – Baby food and formula is always in high demand.

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                       Thanksgiving Day Affirmations

  • I give thanks for the love of My family.
  • I am thankful for My great health.
  • Great things happen to Me each and every day.
  • I am grateful for the air I breath, the water I drink, and the food I eat.
  • I am grateful for the  many opportunities that come My way.
  • I give thanks for the support and encouragement of My colleagues.
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How Stress Affects Our Health

Stress is an undeniable element today. Each person is affected in a  different way. Emotional trauma creates an unstable environment. The mind  often works overtime, with thoughts racing through our heads. Worries and responsibilities compound. How and why does this happen?

The human anatomy  has a “flight or fight” response to danger. It is this physiological  response  that has allowed us to evolve through the ages. When danger threatens us, the physical body responds. During a natural disaster or a political upheaval this ability to respond literally saves lives. The “fight or flight” response is  called  hyperarousal, or alternatively,  the acute stress response.  When danger subsides, there is no longer a need to be on high alert. Modern day stress continue to activate this response.  Mental health clinicians  recommend tai chi , breathwork. and visualization  techniques to combat chronic stress.

There are many medical conditions that can manifest through the stress portal. Diabetes, thyroid imbalance, hypertension, migraine headaches, and digestive disorders are but a few. A medical diagnosis conducted with a doctor will determine results. Your  doctor may also recommend further diagnostic treatments, x-rays, or ultrasound, or provide a referral for appointment with a professional dietitian, psychologist, or physiotherapist.

 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a fantastic  tool available to combat depression and anxiety.  CBT differs from traditional psychotherapy. The CBT model is based on the idea that thought distortion and maladaptive behavior are a factor in the development of psychological  disorders. This modality focuses on building coping strategies to deal with stress, along with changing unhelpful thought patterns. It is an action based therapy, focused on transforming thought and behavior patterns. CBT has proven effective in the treatment of depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Talking about our problems is important. Holding feelings in creates tension and disease in the physical body.  Connecting with others may offer strength, courage, and hope. Friends and family may have good intentions when listening to problems. All too often, we are told to “get over it”, “stop feeling sorry for ourselves”, or “forget about it, and move on”.  Our institutions program us further – We are taught and encouraged to do as we are told, be quiet and behave. A qualified therapist may be able to suggest additional strategies and solutions. There is great value in talking to a professional counselor.

Self expression is an part of daily life. Writing, drawing, or painting offer an avenue of self discovery. Learn to play a musical instrument. Make time in a busy schedule to pursue interests and hobbies.  Discover the creative capacity within. Express feelings and emotions in a constructive way.

Cultivate healthy lifestyle choices. Create a wellness plan before stress creates imbalances in the body. An excellent place to start is with a healthy and regular meal plan. Fresh air, exercise, and sunshine are good for you. Take time out  to relax with meditation or yoga. Consider holistic therapies such as Reflexology or Reiki. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep. Avoid the use of tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs.

The Wisdom And Teachings Of Reiki.

Mikao Usui taught and shared with His students the Reiki Principles. The purpose and meaning of the Principles  is to share the wisdom of Reiki. The Reiki Principles are often referred to as “The Reiki Ideals.” or “The Reiki Precepts”.  Reiki is more than another healing modality.  Reiki is a way of being. The Reiki Principles  build the  foundation of for the Usui System Of Natural Healing.  Although the origins of Reiki are may be traced to Buddhism, Reiki is not a religion. It was Mikao Usui’s clear intention that Reiki was to be shared,taught and practiced internationally,  by people of all different faiths.
Reiki Principles

 The Reiki Principles

1.Just for today, I will not anger.
Anger is an emotion which must be kept under control. Unleashed, anger harms every aspect of Our affairs. It destroys the body, clouds  judgement, and creates division and turmoil in families, communities and nations. When anger arises, look deeper as to how, why,  when or where this occurs. Record disturbances and stressors. If anger is an issue, keep a small journal close at hand, to monitor your feelings and behaviours. In moderation, anger motivates the soul to a greater purpose, but in excess, anger destroys.  Develop peace from within.

2. Just for today, I will not worry.         

Worry wears away life force as water flows over and around a stone. Through time the stone is worn down by the flow of the water. When one issue is resolved, another manifests. In the web of life, brush away the cobweb of trauma with stillness and peace. Mikao Usui  taught His  students to practice meditation daily, chanting the precepts, upon rising, and before retiring.

3.Just for today, I will be grateful for all of My many blessings.

Gratitude is key to to success . We forget to admire the beauty  that surrounds Us – The sun, the moon, the sky, the clouds, and the trees. We forget that life is a miracle and a gift. Every challenge You have  experienced is a soul choice, necessary for  growth and self mastery. When a person reflects back over  a lifetime,  challenges overcome are considered the greatest accomplishment. Focusing on the positive  already present gives the mind focus and clarity of purpose.

4. Just for today, I will do My work with honesty and integrity. 

 Do the best You can, in every given circumstance. There is always room for improvement. Persistence in all things leads to results. Being and doing Your best  over times builds confidence and success. Every task is worthy of your full attention and concentration. Finding joy in each moment dissolves tension,  frustration and worry.

5. Just for today, I will be kind to all living beings.                                                       

All life forms are sacred. Every person, every animal, every plant, every rock,  every element, and every particle of dust and soil.  We are all responsible for the thoughts and feelings we send out. Every action, thought, and feeling has an effect on the planet earth. The practice of kindness and compassion sets an example for others to follow.  Each vibration holds an intention. Each intention builds a thought. Each thought leads to an action. Each action becomes a habit.

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