This year the Thanksgiving holiday falls on October 9th. In Canada, We observe Thanksgiving the second week of October. This is much earlier than in the United States, but the climate is generally colder ! Many Canadians have the experience of celebrating twice – in October, then in November with Our American neighbours.
Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Reflect on this. Gratitude creates a key which unlocks the doors of healing and prosperity. Replace stress with peace, worry with joy, and sadness with laughter. Make a list of ten things You love. Focus on this list. Add to this list each day. We spend far too much time focusing on problems and worries.
Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family and friends for a fantastic meal. The fall scenery in Alberta is exquisite. Many people make it a point to get away for the weekend one last time before winter sets in. Each Thanksgiving I am invited to two different dinners. I am fortunate, indeed.
This year I plan to start My Christmas shopping early. I say this every year, but this time really mean it. Blogging holds a person accountable !!! In addition to this, I have prepared a list of projects I intend to complete this autumn.
I will prune all of the trees in My yard.
I will clean out My garage.
I will organize the storage area in My basement.
I will phone friends I have been meaning to phone.
I will reorganize My filing system and sort through paperwork.
I will read a new book a week.
Taking time out to spend time with family and friends is not a foolish luxury. It is an important way to build family unity and community involvement. Too often We rush about, never taking time to do the things we love to do. Time out on a holiday weekend gives us the opportunity to rest and rejuvinate. This is an essential part of the healing process.. Too often, We are so caught up in responsibilities, We neglect Our health and well being. We choose work over relaxation, material wealth over family, never questioning our strategies. This approach purchases a one way ticket to disease, anxiety, and debt. Remember to have some fun.
Listen To Your favorite music.
Read a book .
Go for a walk.
Spend time outdoors gardening.
Cycle on Your bike.
Hang out at the library
Spend time with a pet.
Start a scrapbook.
Learn a new langauge
Sign up for a course.
Play a musical instrument.
Watch a favourite movie.Visit a friend.Make a list of all of Your favourite activities. Keep this list handy. When You are dealing with anxiety or depression, look at this list, and choose an activity or project. Often a project may provide focus for thought and worry. All of this thought and worry can be transmuted into a creative channel. See this as an opportunity for self expression. Start a journal and record Your thoughts, feelings and impressions.
When You decide to book an appointment for a holistic therapy session, research qualifications of any holistic practitioner. Many will belong to a professional association.
Ask questions. A simple phone call or email will deliver results. What training, background and experience does this person have ? What holistic services are offered ?Word of mouth is still a reliable and popular method of searching for information.
Family, friends or colleagues may offer suggestions. Another option is to search online for reviews on Google Plus or Yelp. Many people research for health online. Investigate everything.. Visit the public library to search for books and DVD’s. Because holistic therapies are not a substitute for medical care obtain the consent of Your doctor if You have a medical condition.
Book an appointment when You feel rapport with a holistic therapist. Trust Yourself – The decision to heal is part of Your unique healing process. It is important to trust Your intuition. Healing begins from within. Making an appointment for a session may feel frightening . Many people ignore the body’s need for rest and relaxation until disease comes calling. Never ignore signals and messages the body sends out. Only You know how You really feel inside. Over time stress creates illness. When You make a decision to reverse this, be patient with Yourself. Transform old habits and develop a plan for wellness and vitality. This process is could be compared to weeding out the old clothes You may have in Your closet. Some outfits are old, outdated, or worn out. Other garments no longer fit – physically or emotionally. To create a fresh and new look, You may have to let go of what no longer works. Just as We may form an attachment to a favourite sweater, our regular routines often bring us comfort. Changing this is stressful. We seek comfort out of routine, even if is unhealthy. Healing begins at a point where We no longer accept less for ourselves.
September 18 to September 24 is World Reflexology Week. Because of this I would like to provide readers with a comprehensive list of benefits reflexology could provide. My intention is to provide valuable information and resources related to reflexology.
Reflexology is a gentle holistic pressure therapy. Each of the feet contain 7200 reflex points with correspondences to every organ, gland, bone, and tissue in the body. A light three to five pound pressure is used over the plantar, dorsal, medial and lateral surfaces of the feet. The pressure used may be used to stimulate or sedate reflex areas as required, according to a Client’s specific health record. A professional foot reflexology session offers many benefits..
The Benefits of Reflexology
Relaxation of the central nervous system might improve the quality of sleep.
Stimulation of the immune/lymphatic system could build and improve immune function.
Stimulation of the endocrine system might promote hormone production and balance and improved glandular function.
Elimination of toxins via the various body systems – urinary, digestive, respiratory, and the skin.