Health List: The little things add up!

Little things add up to stay healthy

What I’ve been doing since (or before February 2020 to stay healthy (your results may vary):

  • Align spirit and soul
  • Practice self care: mind and body
  • Practice meditation
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Do a GRATITUDE ritual every morning
  • Say a heartfelt “Thank you” to people and things in my environment (telling someone they’re wonderful is aWEsOMe too!)
  • Consume 4 ounces of a certain redox signaling molecules liquid daily (3+ years)
  • Consume Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, B vitamins, Zinc
  • Practice intermittent fasting (IF)
  • Heal my gut issues (thanks to Paleovalley)
  • Hydrate my body by drinking about 64 ounces of pure water each day (I add Primal Life Organics’ Hydrate to it also to help)
  • Continue improving my fascia – thanks to Ashley Black’s fascia blasters:
  • Open public doors (like at the Post Office) with the bottom of my shirt
  • If my face itches, wipe it with my shirt sleeve or neck of my shirt
  • Wipe my fingers on my clothing after touching anything in public, especially after inputting my PIN during checkout process
  • Bag my own groceries
  • Do breathwork, especially after going out in public
  • Breathe out forcefully (through my nose) several times immediately after leaving a store
  • Use hand sanitizer immediately upon getting back into the car
  • Wash my hands thoroughly (when I get home) before doing anything else after going out—thanks to nurse Trina Felber, creator of Primal Life Organics for her informative hand washing video!
  • Shine my Photonic Health 660nm red light up my nose, in ears, and on my head and neck especially after going out
  • Brush my teeth with Primal Life Organics’ Dirty Mouth Toothpowder – Buy here:
  • Use Primal Life Organics’ copper tongue scraper (and drink water out of a copper cup once a day—I believe in the health benefits of copper!
  • Sing (Self tuning Sound Therapy!)
  • Move my body often: Pilates, Qigong, Yoga, walk, dance, Yamuna (thanks to ongoing encouragement of my former teachers via their texts, podcast episodes, Facebook groups, and Live videos!)
  • Log my food and water intake (been doing that for 2+ years)
  • Weigh in each morning (since 9/19/20) thanks to Florida Blue’s Omada weight management program
  • Hug my body in new ways
  • Use self acupressure (nightly routine to beat the nighttime snacking habit and kick it to the curb!)
  • Hug my husband
  • Hug my son, his girlfriend, and our neighbors
  • Strengthen bonds with friends
  • Stay busy, but take time to rest and relax
  • Be “Present” MORE
  • Bring my WHOLE self into my work
  • Learn new things (Living “Off Grid” has been quite challenging!)
  • Take cold showers (thanks to Wim Hof and our new “Off Grid” pioneer-like lifestyle)
  • Released the COVID lockdown weight (thanks to the Omada program and Primal Life Organics weight loss supplements!)


Yes, I had gained 20 pounds in 3 months due to being stressed and depressed—mood can trigger all kinds of hormonal changes… plus, all the self sabotaging-thoughts like, “we’re all gonna die, so I’ll eat what I want” that seem to crop up when all you hear is doom and freaking gloom crap! But, thankfully, when I got my head back on straight, I released all 20 pounds in about 4.5 months.

Now, I feel so accomplished and motivated to lose the rest of the excess weight I’ve carried on my body for over 20 years! —Read more about what I’m doing here:

Little things add up!

A bit about me:

Personal Energy teacher with a brand new, 4-week, small group, self-coaching transformational program called, Integrated Spiral. All about transformative daily practices that apply what we have and bring us back into balance: mind, body, spirit, and soul. We expand our perspectives to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, my updated health book (that took 13 years to research, test, and write), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here:

More Off Grid RV: Living in Nature with Mold

As you may suspect, I am on a quest to be able to live in BALANCE with mold. I am not one to run from a fight, though after thoroughly studying fungus and mold toxins, both experientially in my body, and reading through tons of articles and comments of others experiences—most would RUN and throw all moldy items away!

There’s even a Low Mold Diet for those who are battling toxic mold exposure. And to be sure, if you are one of these unfortunate souls, it is no joke—mold toxicity is serious business!

Living in nature: Mold

Yet, after removing all our RV cabinet doors today, here we sit, feeling much freer of mind. In fact, though I know this is only the beginning, I am feeling a sense of victory!

Off Grid means more than living without a power pole

You see, when we moved our 5th wheel, (or fiver), to the northeastern part of Florida to live Off Grid, nearly a year ago, we knew we’d face challenges.

We didn’t think about the dampness here though. Even though ferns and moss grow here. Even though Spanish moss hangs from the trees. And the ground itself is squishy in spots, where vines and roots grow abundantly in the dark of the earth.

No, I must say that I bought it when people said, “Move to the country, it’ll be fun!” and “Get back to Nature.” Oh, yes, I said those things too. And then Life showed me what a bitch it could be!

How the hell did people live in Florida a hundred years ago?

Insert evil gregarious laugh here.

Some still live in Florida without climate control. Shocker, right?

I drive by many places, especially in the rural areas of Florida and Georgia, where I doubt folks have air conditioning. And many people think Florida is tropical and balmy with a near constant breeze. Not where we live.

We live inland, about an hour’s drive to the Atlantic ocean. And while we don’t get sunshine daily, we also don’t always get the rain that surrounding areas get. It’s been a bit strange.

Solar with trees all around

Speaking of low sunshine, we live in the Sunshine state, but we also live on wooded property. Probably not the best place to live Off Grid, but that wasn’t my idea. And now, all I can do is apply the Serenity Prayer.

Learning from the trees

As I meditate, I come away with lessons from this experience, and from walking among these trees. I can stand strong in my power, changing the things I can!

  • I don’t use chemicals for bug repellent
  • I enjoy watching bats and dragonflies eat mosquitoes
  • I wear natural fiber clothing (against my skin), that can be thoroughly cleaned, and I know the difference now, as only natural fibers mold
  • I wear jackets and coats (heavier things that are more costly), made of recycled synthetic materials
  • I don’t color my hair or wear makeup
  • I don’t need to shower daily
  • I enjoy what’s in my immediate surroundings: stars, moon, birds, and neighbors
  • I work to be more present for those I love
  • We truly are All Connected
  • Swaying brings Balance
  • Life always finds a way

Applying Qigong principles

Instead of chemicals, I look to Nature and lean into it for answers to the issues we face.

I learned a thing or two from growing up in The Chemical Valley of West Virginia (and if you want to know more about that place, watch the excellent movie by Mark Ruffalo called, Dark Waters).

I learned,

  • You can’t beat Mother Nature or Multi-national corporations like, DuPont.
  • The body is fabulously resilient with a bit of help
  • When your heart says, “Move”—Listen. And move. Thank God I moved from WV to FL when I was 22
  • Let nothing (No Thing) stop you

I learned Life is good, and God is good, ALL the time.

You can read more here (and see pictures of where we live):

A bit about me:

Personal Energy teacher with a brand new, 4-week, small group, self-coaching transformational program called, Integrated Spiral. All about transformative daily practices that apply what we have and bring us back into balance: mind, body, spirit, and soul. We expand our perspectives to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, my updated health book (that took 13 years to research, test, and write), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here:

Working out at home!

Working out at home!

So, after working out for 12 sessions with a personal trainer, Michael Slotin, I figured out several ways to get my workouts done at home. Good thing too, because we’ll be moving in a few weeks and I will lose my “in person” access to my trainer anyway.

Lifting 200 pounds!

Thank you, Michael Slotin at Fitness Therapy in Cocoa Beach, Florida!

Plus, after visiting another gym, I am not comfortable going to a place full of fit people or highly muscular types. I know how that sounds, and while I am sure they are all wonderful and nice people, I am in my late 50s and don’t feel like I connect. Please feel free to comment and help me improve my mindset about that, as I don’t want to think age limits any of us!

Anyway, here’s the list I have put together for my home workouts, and maybe it will help someone else too!

The list

Remember to speak (verbally or mentally) to the body while working out because the cells listen to us. Also, visualize the movements and outcome you desire pre-workout.
Use Energy Medicine techniques first, to prepare the body for movement.

Walking (swing the arms with the elbow bent)



Yamuna stretching

Calf raises on a stair or other solid and stable object

Leg curls laying with belly on the floor while wearing ankle weights and gripping resistance bands (though I was up to 160 lbs of weight for these on the MedX machine and I doubt I could find ankle weights of that weight! Haha!)

Leg extensions using Pilates techniques while wearing the same ankle weights and holding a resistance band, though again, I was up to 200 lbs for this exercise on the MedX machine. As an alternate way to get this leg work in, a timed slow standing squat, counting to 10 on the way up, and counting to 5 on the way down for 2 minutes is working well for me!

Standing hamstring stretch by crossing the feet and bending at the waist til head reaches the front knee. Place chair in front for balance. Keep knees straight.

Standing thigh stretch holding each foot (one at a time) with the same hand (right hand on the right foot) and pulsing back 10 times while standing by our kitchen island for balance support.

Figure 8 thigh raises to loosen hips and increase hip flexibility.

Tricep and bicep arm work using 20 pound weight dumbbells.

Inner thigh squeezes, seated, with one Yamuna ball between the knees.

Inner arm squeezes using one Yamuna ball between elbows.

Crunches on my back while squeezing both Yamuna balls between knees and elbows.

Hip raises while lying on back on the floor.

Note: Squeeze the pelvic floor muscles while lifting any weights and doing the hip raises.


Lift weights up to the point of muscle exhaustion every other day (for the same muscle), so as not to overtrain.

Note: See Adam’s comment in the comments section.

Will continuous participation in physical activities promote longevity?
Regular exercise will slow the aging process down without spending much money. A good exercise program you follow regularly is one of the best ways to lose weight, reduce muscle loss, spare bone density, and prevent or slow any form of heart and cholesterol-related disease.


Drink 2 ounces of ASEA post workout to aid faster muscle recovery, improve performance, and reduce soreness.

Rub Renew 28 on your muscles too!

Buy that here.

Drink plenty of pure water after working out. Aim for half your body weight in total ounces of pure water, (or unsweetened tea or clear broth) each day to flush fat and toxins from the body. Remember, that there’s water in fresh raw vegetables too!

And get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.

An invitation

If you are a health coach, or are into the healing arts, please join my private group!

As we are on our individual health journey, we are not alone. This private group is a place to ask questions, and exchange open and honest feedback.

Most of us are healers, health practitioners, researchers, writers, or health coaches. We are here to help.

I am grateful for your participation.

You can invite anyone to the group who is seeking better health. But especially those who are people open to believe in miracles. ❤️🙏

Some of the leaders we learn from in this group are:

Nathan Crane

“One of the weakest areas in most American’s bodies is their core, which leads to all kinds of back pain and poor movement patterns. Since I started @crossfitconjugate I now do multiple core workouts every week which I subconsciously avoided before just because it’s not always fun😂😊☹️. Even 10-15 mins a day can change your life for the better. This is a good one. Accumulate 2mins parallette hold above 3×45# plates.” Nathan Crane

#crossfit #core #health #fitnessmotivation

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Use your serviceable mind:

Much love and many blessings to each of you in ALL ways.


#healthcoach #Heal #FeelBetter #Wellness #HealthPractitioner #HelpEachOther #research #writer #healer #prayer

For more ideas on working out wherever you are and with whatever equipment you have access to, contact:

Adam Hoffman –

Kali Bernardo and Lauren Thew of Awakened Goddess Coaching –


About your blogger (me):

Focused on holistic health and wellness since 2005, I continue to practice all the methods and use all the protocols that made a difference to improve my health and life. The bottom line is that when we help our cells repair and rejuvenate, the rest elegantly falls into place. Would you eat toxic, synthetic food? Not knowingly I bet. That’s why I promote non-toxic products, both for internal and external use.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures.

I am an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

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I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

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Oh, snap! Natural Health and Wellness is big business

In 2005, when I began writing a holistic, natural health and wellness book, I set a Google alert for simply, “natural health and wellness.” And I’d get an email from the alert every few days with one or two results.

But yesterday, I realized the email often contains twenty or more results!

In the years I’ve been writing my book (and blog articles because everything changes so fast), the industry has taken off in a big way–and I’m seeing an even larger market for my book–it’s always been needed, but I didn’t think many people would be ready for it.

I am sure one of the reasons that I’ve lagged in finishing my book was due to a kind of lackluster interest. I mean, I’d talk with people about holistic health and they’d look at me like I had three eyes. Okay, I have a third eye–that has opened up in the last five years–but that’s another post for another day.

I’d try to give family or friends advice about the alternative treatments I’d been getting, the healthy organic food and clothing options, or herbal and homeopathic remedies for colds and flu, etc. Yet, most of my attempts to help were often frowned upon, sometimes I’d even be scolded! I learned to only offer suggestions when asked. And that asking wasn’t happening with any regular frequency, so I kinda gave up.

I threw my hands in the air and decided to let them spend their money on outrageously priced health insurance premiums and co-pays. After all, it was their choice.

I sat by while family and friends underwent painful medical procedures.

I read emails and Facebook posts from them. I did the best I could to remain compassionate and loving. But, I knew deep down, I had an understanding that could help, if they’d only listen.

And then today, something happened. I caught a glimmer of hope!

Awareness is E-X-P-A-N-D-I-N-G… for the general populace–about all kinds of things!

With the boomers talking about anti-aging (and how chemically-laden skin care costs a small fortune), solar energy getting easier to acquire and afford, the buzz words of green, eco-friendly, and sustainable being used all the more, the list of chronic ills growing larger by the minute (with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease seeming to lead the way), more people (college age or boomers) living in “tiny houses” or RVs full-time to downsize, live simply ,and save money, the March against Monsanto movement gaining a strong foothold (due to the multitude of bees dying), National Geographic highlighting the massive deforestation that’s been going on for some time–for all these reasons and more–masses of people are waking up!

And many of these awake and aware folks are now looking for natural health and wellness options to ease the rising tidal wave of humongous healthcare costs–better late than never in my humble opinion!

So, among other things on my daily alert, I found such things as articles on collagen peptides as a non-surgical solution to reduce facial wrinkles, how to throw a healthy dinner party, natural health trends, how many companies now make tea tree essential oil, whole body healing products like mats and pillows, and of course the latest in nutricosmetics–yes, I’d heard of nutriceuticals a few years ago and have written blog articles about some, but nutricosmetics made from natural elements was a new term for me!

When Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Jin Shin Jyutsu, and my 660nm red light therapy go mainstream, I’ll really hoot and holler!

I mean, natural health modalities of detoxification, organic food, physical therapy, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, Pilates, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, Kinesiology, colon hydrotherapy, and essential oils are fairly common now, with insurance covering acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy for certain situations.

However, it may still take some time for raw vegan food, Reflexology, the Energy medicine modalities like Theta healing, Healing Touch, Reiki, Pranic healing, past life regression, and Pranayama breathing techniques to be accepted. And other more hands on or physical approaches to wellness of Feldenkrais, Cranio-Sacral, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yamuna, herbal and Bach flower remedies, biofeedback, oxygen, chelation, and stem cell therapies to become commonplace.

Note: March 21st, 2018 The Tomah, Wisconsin VA center is offering a new Tai Chi class to help veterans find relief! Yay!!

There really are (gasp–apparently), lots of people like me out there in the world who care about all this natural stuff! Haha! Yay, finally!

I knew I’d been able to buy a lot more organic food (produce, canned, and frozen items) at our local–non-health food type–grocery store, which has been especially time-saving! But, what I hadn’t realized was just how the whole “get healthy naturally” idea has blossomed!

Someday soon it seems, I may be able to buy some of the cottage industry clothing, skin care, organic recipe ingredients, and so on from our local grocery store. For now, I’ll continue to support (in alphabetical order):

Awakening Wellness Center

Blue Canoe Organic Clothing

Cottonseed Casual Wear

Dan McDonald

Ecoland Organic Clothing

Gerson Institute

Healthy Traditions

Hippocrates Health Institute

Markus Rothkranz

Oh My Gauze Cotton Clothing

Olive Drab Farm

Raw Food World

Suja Juice

Synergy Organic Clothing

Tree of Life Center

Life’s sure amazing! And to think it wasn’t but just a couple of years ago that I was called a “crunchy mom”! (As in granola, not because of my scrunchy, curly hair). I guess I’d better get back to finishing my book.

I’ll leave you for now with this quote, “How blessed it truly is to stumble upon a Soul that wants nothing but smiles and sunshine for you, for the rest of your life.” Author unknown — (Please comment if you know who the name of the original author.)


UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book I have been writing for 13 years was completed 8/6/2018. The artful layout production is now complete. The book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution in PDF files that I can email to you.

Buy it here:

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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2017: Review of a deeply profound and busy year!

Yes, 2017 was a deeply profound and busy year for this full-time writer, analyst, and health researcher. Let me break it down for ya:

Jan. 8th: I attended a beautiful “Soul Connected Sister” kind of meditation event at Awakening Wellness Center with Kristen Tenpenny and found a deep kinship with several of the participants, opening me to more ways of experiencing my mantra, “We Are All Connected.”
Jan. 14th: I attended a raw vegan cooking class at Ionie’s cafe in Sarasota, FL and picked up a new raw vegan pizza recipe from Ionie Berg and her instructor pal, Kathy, and met more like-minded people when I got to share my healing journey (which my book is about).
Jan. 21st: attended the Native American festival in Brooksville, FL and picked up tiny moccasins for my two new granddaughters (who were to be birthed in February), talked with Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle and got to introduce them to my friends Kim and Marie! What aWEsOMe weather and beautiful afternoon we had learning more about the 500 different Native American tribes who used to live free in America, speaking different languages and even different dialects within the same tribes, and sadly how only 200-300 tribes remain, since many died off due to famine, disease, war, or slavery. We learned that the Semoran tribe (now known as the Seminoles) were not an original tribe, but a collective of tribes that moved to Florida many years ago. We learned a couple of ways to say “hello” also, and that “how” was only an invention by Hollywood.
Feb 5th: Made a quick unplanned trip to NH for the birth of my twin granddaughters. Normally, I wouldn’t go north in the winter, but when my daughter called me that the twins were coming a week earlier than planned, we figured out a way to make it happen. Ever so thankfully, I was able to be there when our beautiful Jaclyn and Jewel were born! I was actually driving from the small airport in Portsmouth to their local hospital (about an hour or so away) as they were being delivered! And yes, I drove straight to the hospital! I was so excited to be able to go right in and see my daughter and babies in their private maternity room! This was such a precious and surreal time. Once in a lifetime!
Then, I got to spend the first night with my five year old granddaughter, Jennifer, at their house, to take care of her and bring her back to the hospital the next morning. Unfortunately, I had breathing issues at their house, so I had to stay at the hospital with my daughter and wonderful newborn granddaughters for the next three nights, so I had the most wonderful privilege of getting to help out with the girls, while my son-in-law cared for Jennifer at home. I still got loads of me time with Jennifer though, when Mike would bring her to the hospital during the day (since she had snow days a couple days that week), and then when it was time for me to fly home on Thursday, my flight was canceled due to a snow storm! While normally it would seem a hassle, not so this time! I just called a fabulous hotel resort across the street from my daughter and son-in-law’s home and I got an incredible room for one night, where I could catch up on my sleep, eat a delicious meal (no more hospital food for me!), and then fly home on Friday (after stopping by my daughter’s house one more time to give grand hugs and kisses and say goodbye–for now!

Feb. 18th: I went with my friend Terri, to a DoTerra Certification Technique Class. I’m so thankful for having experienced this class because not only did I perform this technique in my husband and myself to help our bodies heal, and sleep better, but I was also able to apply these oils to my mom’s feet on the last visit I had with her before she passed away! Thus, this class was very important to me, even more than I could have known at the time.

Mar. 3rd: My husband , Richard, and I got to do something I had wanted to do for years! We got to see Willie Nelson perform at the amazing Strawberry festival! Willie was fantastic and Richard and I really enjoyed our day and this concert!
Mar. 4th & 5th: I was given the honor of being an emcee for several performers and speakers at our local zen festival “Awakening Into The Sun” the first weekend in March. I ran around both days at the festival, totally in my element, helping where I could, chatting with vendors to ensure their needs were met (or exceeded), and letting speakers know when they would be next! It was an exhilarating and thrilling weekend experience!
Mar. 11th: I assisted SCIONS at the Green Frog Moon festival at Sacred Lands. I was able to learn more about SCIONS and the Pachamama Alliance.
Mar. 18th: This was my second of two Fluid Movement classes with Donna Waks at Ionie’s in Sarasota. I love these classes using the Yamuna balls, and this is something I do at home also, at least once a week when I feel any tightness in my legs, shoulders, back, or neck. I have written an article about the benefits of Yamuna before and will put a link to it here. Donna’s classes are geared more toward people in my age group or older.
Mar. 19th: I went to Visit mom and dad and on this visit, I had found mom’s Bible on the floor near the front door of their double-wide mobile home. I asked dad why it was on the floor and he said that every time he’d try to give it to mom, she’d throw it down. I knew for sure that was not like her, and that she was slipping away. I couldn’t breathe well enough to go in, so I had been visiting from the open front doorway. Quite synchronistically though, I could stretch my arm just far enough in the door to grab the well-used book. Mom’s Bible, since that day, has been my most cherished possession. Her writing in the margins and underlined passages are proof positive of her strong desire to learn and follow the teachings of the Holy Word.
It was also on this particular visit that I distinctly remember a few moments before I left that my beloved mother gently placed her hand on my face and looked me straight in the eye, her eyes still with a sparkle. She couldn’t speak well, but what she could manage let me know with no doubt that she knew I was her daughter. From this day forward I would know that to remember her and her love for me, all I would need to do would be kiss the palm of my hand and feel her blood that runs through my veins. I am never alone. My mom, dad, and ancestors are always with me.
Apr. 2nd: I had the eternal privilege to attend a SCIONS event at First Unity to meet and hear the first US lecture and presentation of Lama Nicholas Packard.
Apr. 9th: I attended a Lars Muhl and family concert in Sarasota. I loved seeing Lars’ wife and sons all perform together. What an aWEsOMe musical family! They put on an enchanting evening of entertainment and I would go again sometime whenever they return to the area.
Apr. 14th: I attended my first Intuitive Development class to learn about how to meet my guides and guardians with Kim Cintio, and later, I sat in on a sound therapy class with Lindy at Awakening Wellness Center. Throughout the year, I attended several more of Kim’s classes and was overjoyed at the information that came through her and others. Meeting like-minded friends at Kim’s classes are so thrilling!
Apr. 15th: I sat in on a sound therapy class with Lindy at Awakening Wellness Center. Amazing information was shared during this class and I was so glad that I’d been able to be there. Making new friends at these kinds of classes are an added bonus!
April 16th: Once again, I drove across the state to visit my mom and dad on Easter Sunday. I went totally prepared though, with hymnal in hand and all of my essential oils.
I had a plan for my visit and I’m so happy to say that it really all did go the way I’d envisioned it would. I will forever be grateful for this visit as I sung hymns to my mother, put essential oils on her feet, and showed her pictures and videos of her great granddaughters, Jennifer, Jaclyn and Jewel. I also took a short video of mom, dad, Matt, and I to send to my daughter in NH, so we could share in the day–at least a little bit. However, though I might have known it subconsciously, I did not know for fact that this was to be my last visit with my beloved mother, but it was very special and beautiful, thus, I am incredibly blessed that we shared this day together.
Apr. 21st: Maria from Awakening Wellness gifted me with 3 tickets to the Listening Room festival at the Palladium theater. My husband and I, and friend Serena, enjoyed a fantastic night of top-rate live music entertainment!
Apr. 22nd: I celebrated Earth day in a big way while enjoying music and education at Williams Park, with friends, Kim and Marie, then went to author and friend, Patricia McGiverns’ second book launch in Dunedin.
Apr. 27th: I attended a special talk by Christa and Ainsley as they recounted their individual near death experiences at Blissful Beginnings Center.

May 1st: Attended a James Van Praagh event at First Unity with Kim, Marie, and several of my Sedona sisters.

I continued attending a series of lectures and Qigong classes by Lama Nicholas Packard throughout the year learning much about Balance and Chi.

May 4th: I attended the long awaited Snatam Kaur concert with Alania, Serena, Kim, Lynda, Heather, and Carolyn at Palladium in St Pete. I felt like a teenager again, but instead of going to a rock concert, all of us spiritually-inclined gals were out on the cosmic town for an other worldly experience, and Snatam Kaur did not disappoint! Though this style of music was brand new to me, I was entranced with the first song! I can see why my new friends enjoy it so much. This was a much needed night out of pure joy.
May 6th: I had several sessions with Linda and attended an event about Reconnection at Blissful Beginnings this year. Once again, profound and enlightening shifts have been occurring for me since these sessions all year. I love this kind of energy healing work.
May 7th: I met with Alania Starhawk to open my Akashic records and learn about the Pathway Prayer Process.
We also had the pleasure to visit with Richard’s siblings on two separate occasions when each came to Florida. On the last day of our visit with Billy and Mary, Richard sat in the truck with me while I interviewed for my new job. It was a short call and the next day, I was thrilled to get the call that I had the job!
Sometime early in May, my mom and dad left Florida to spend their summer in West Virginia (WV). I can only imagine that my mother enjoyed at least some of the long distance drive, and knew she was on her way “home.”
May 13th: I taught an EFT class at Awakening Wellness Center and then went to Awakening the Dreamer event. I only taught EFT 3 times (I think) this year at the center. As the participation seemed to drop off, I didn’t prioritize this as highly on my calendar. I will see how the Universe guides me in 2018, but I may only offer sessions via Google Hangout from home. This is still yet to be decided. Thank you to those interested in bearing with me.
May 19th: I went with my friend, Marie, to see Jim and Deserie perform at a house party listening room live concert event.
Jun. 3rd: I went to a Jin Shin Jyutsu class in Sarasota and met artist friend, Brenda Robinson. Later on, I met her at a beautiful gallery in Lakewood Ranch where she was exhibiting her art.
And of course, I wrote a blog article about her. You can read it here.
And then Heaven opened for me and blessed me with an aWEsOMe new job on June 5th.
Sadly, on June 8th my dad called me and I learned that my mother had passed away.
My husband and I packed a bag and jumped in our truck and drove to WV to be with my dad. My son also drove up and met us there.
We stayed a couple days in my dad’s hometown and on our way home my uncle called me and asked if we could come to visit them before heading back to Florida. We went to my uncles’ home it was there that my uncle surprised me with having my first cousins come by for a quick visit to see us too. Our hearts were very full that we could share this time together.
My mom had left many things at my uncles’ house in 1980 that he wanted me to have. I felt so much love from my mom that she had put these things back for me, so one day I could share them with my children. One of the most important things she left for me was a long handwritten letter.
After my mother’s transition to the Great Beyond, I spent several weeks writing her eulogy–you can read it here.
Jun 24th: Still kind of out of my own body from my mother’s transition and our long drive to/from WV, I felt the urge to attend the Spirit University Fairy Faire in Sarasota with my friend, Marie. It was an aWEsOMe experience, especially attending all the lectures and having a magical reading with Tere Greenwald. Not only did Tere give me such a reassuring feeling about my mom continuing to be with me, but the live music outside changed from a completely different genre of music to a Celtic band within a few moments of my sitting down with Tere! It really spoke profoundly to me, reiterating that, We Are All Connected.
I met John Springer at the fair, but just listening to him expanded my look into the mystery of trees and all the little “Fairy doors” in trees!
June: I had signed up for the Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive online program, but I dropped out after a few weeks, realizing that I was in overwhelm. Yes, I actually can say “no” when I need to, and when I feel it in my body that I have taken on too much, or am not aligned with someone or something “at this time.” And so it is. I have asked Pachamama if I can retake the Intensive in the New Year, and they’ve gratefully agreed.
July 4th week: I flew back to NH (we’d had it planned) and stayed at a nice resort for several days. Jennifer was able to spend one of the nights with me, which was definitely a highlight! I was thrilled to help her get ready for her first day of summer school the next morning and get to visit her school! We really had a jam packed week, fireworks on the 4th and celebrating my daughter’s birthday on the 6th! I love visiting my family in NH in the summer!
July 16th: I participated in a weekend Reflexology course, which all together cost me about $500. The only good thing that came of this for me was to learn from one of the masters, and learn that I could feel the God bumps, while giving Reflexology to others. I can’t charge for this though, even after getting certified, because in the state of Florida you have to be an LMT or Reverend to place hands on people for a fee. Note: I have treated 10 people thus far with Reflexology. I took 16 hours of foot Reflexology coursework and would need to take another weekend of classes and do 90 more sessions before I could get certified.
Jul 23rd: I attended a Reiki / mediation by Carissa experience with Susheila in Sarasota. Carissa did a very nice job. And it was a good number of ladies at the class, not too many, not too few. Really enjoyed the experience, though I didn’t have anything earth shattering occur. And it seems when I do things on a weeknight I’m always sleepy driving home. I decide to limit my weeknight activities.
July 29th: I went to see the Lars Muhl movie called, The Seer. The film was so riveting, with exotic scenery and beautifully spoken story, that you could hear a pin drop from the audience during the presentation! I had been excited to go with one of my friends, but at the last minute, she was not well enough to attend. I was very pleased when I arrived at the venue though, to find two of my wonderful friends, Alania Starhawk and Patricia McGivern, in attendance also!
Aug 5th – 6th weekend: I flew in WV near my dad’s hometown and dad and his friend picked me up at the airport and we were blessed to stay with this gentleman and his wife near Charleston on Friday night. Then the next day dad and I drove to my uncles house in Parkersburg WV where we had mom’s Memorial service. Mom’s Memorial was so beautiful. I could not imagine a better experience, though no one looks forward to things like that, saying goodbye to a parent, or other loved one. But for me, with my fairly recent knowing of a LIMITLESS God, and that my mother lives on in an unimaginable beautiful bountiful dimension, I was able to enjoy family an friends as they paid their respects and be there to comfort my dad, who was taking it very hard.
I was blessed to reconnect with several cousins, and one of my aunts who could be there since she was in town from CA for a reunion during the same timeframe. I held hands with a couple of my first cousins during the service and will always remember their love. One of my parents good friends sang a special song, and it was the only time I cried. The song Gary sang was about releasing “our tears.” Thus, in that moment it all made sense. I cried into one of the two handkerchiefs mom left me.
Aug 25th: attended Tina Malia concert with friend Pam, and my Sedona sisters Kim and Lynda when Alania had to go out of town quickly and had her ticket for sale. I enjoyed this concert at Unity of Sarasota even more than I had expected. I’m a fan of Tina’s for sure, now!
Early Sept. Florida had a hurricane, so we easily left for 2 weeks and went to Kentucky and very much enjoyed staying with family. I was able to work from there, and in the evening enjoy taking beautiful sunset pictures, and even some of the hummingbirds that hangout in Rose and Alan’s backyard! We enjoyed many delicious meals, lively conversation and games, watched favorite shows, and even did some sight-seeing on the weekends!
Sept. 28th: Lama Nicholas returned for a couple more talks this year. I got to attend the first one at Sacred Lands this night, but had a conflict for the next evening and decided to keep my plan of going to Joran and Billy’s concert. There are just so many wonderful and enlightening people to see and support in our community that sometimes we have to make hard choices.
Sep. 29th: I attended an aWEsOMe intimate concert by Joran Oppelt and Billy Mays III at the Metta center. I sat in quiet contemplation before the concert began. As soon as Joran started to sing, my tears fell. I believe Joran sings from his heart and soul Connected, and that is a beautiful thing to experience. Billy plays ambiant music that takes me into a mystical place. I wish I could have had all my friends and hubby there for this event, but I cherished it as ME time.
Oct. 7th: I began participating in a Bible Study Class at the Metta center. Joran Oppelt guided this group every Saturday morning at 10am. I have many notes from the classes and am drafting another post just about that. The article I wrote, Metaphysical Musings on the Beattitudes, was directly inspired from the study I engaged in during the 10 week journey. Though I became ill and missed the last two weeks, I deeply enjoyed every Saturday morning with our small and often changing group at Metta. I made several new friends there that I hope to see again in 2018.
All of preceding events, still do not cover every single outing or online event that I attended in 2017, as I am continuing to glean knowledge of natural health and wellness for my book, Take It Upon Yourself, set to self publish in 2018.
I definitely slowed down after August, as far as my outings were concerned because unfortunately, I had two different dental situations occur (the first tooth abscessed a week after I got back from my mom’s Memorial service) and then when we got back from Kentucky, the second tooth (on the other side of my mouth) began to abscess.
Dec. 2nd: I was so thankful to get to hang out with Pam and Kim again and see musical friends Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle at another Native American powwow in Wimauma, FL (very near to where we live). This was a very special event for me, especially when Shelley and Fabian performed one of my favorite songs, Everything Is One Thing, off their Full Circle CD.
Finally, by mid December I experienced a bad sinusitis and double ear infection. I was glad to be able to work with Dr. Sharon La Rosa of Awakening Wellness Center to help get my body back into balance using homeopathy, acupuncture, and the Behmer mat.
I can’t say wonderful things about my dental experiences (as of this writing), so I won’t say anything. Nor will I name names. I can say that eventually, my pain was relieved, so that was good, but there was so much pain during the second root canal, that I’m still contemplating what to do next–and I am okay at getting dentures (it’s the path of least resistance) if that’s what I have to do to avoid any other horrid experiences. You just cannot explain root pain to people who have not experienced it. It’s a pain that seems to emanate down to your toes! UPDATE: I wrote about my dental experiences after finding the silver lining–>Click here.
One a financial note, which also corresponds to my stand with the water protectors:
For many years, my husband and I both have been credit union members, but when we began to travel and spend more time away from the credit union service area, we had opened a Wells Fargo checking account. Over a period of a couple of years, I realized that since we didn’t use that account much, we were leaking $10-$12 a month to Wells Fargo fees!
During the Standing Rock protests for clean water (No DAPL), I wanted to close out the Wells Fargo account. So, without really trying, some information came to us easily whereby we could switch our two credit cards over to one LendingClub monthly payment, saving us money in our total monthly payments too! But, most importantly, making this change allowed us to break all ties with Wells Fargo.
Thankfully, our credit union can now accept checks via smart phone scan, so we can bank anywhere we have internet access. And thus, in this regard, we feel much more at ease about our banking.

The following is a brief summary of what I learned, or was brought to remember this year:

  • I learned from my wise sister-in-law, Rose, the following thought: Never let anything or anyone steal my joy!
  • Everything resolves to Gratitude.
  • Faith is Belief. Really. And Faith IS a substance.
  • There’s a spark of God, a fractal, inside of everyone.
  • No one ever dies. We are never alone. We are always loved. And love is always unconditional. so, if your love for someone is conditional, you like them, you do not love them.
  • From Pachamama I learned to do a quick visualization exercise before beginning any presumed difficult task, “Breathe in while visualizing our feet pulling up energy from the center of the Earth; breathe out and visualize the energy leaving from the top of our head and connect to the Heavens.”
  • I learned from my dear friend, Kim, to say, “Open heart” before encountering any potentially challenging situation.
  • I learned from my friend, Darlene, you can always “Choose Happy” (even during painful situations).

Meditate or affirm in prayer: Any negative issues that are brought to my attention are raised, so that I can bring them to the light to be cleared, and move with positive vibrations (both forward and back in time on the frequency band) to help ALL heal.

As the year ended, it found me in need of implementing many of the mind-body and spirit-filled tools, that I’ve been blessed to understand. I’m continuing to work on getting my body back into balance. The dental issues, and then the sinusitis and double ear infection gave me a renewed awareness to put an emphasis on boosting my diet with more raw and living, high Qi foods and recipes.

I have also entered into deep prayers for many friends dealing with cancer this year. I believe they will be given profound insights as they walk through their health trials, to find a reason, yes, even for cancer, in their lives, and God willing, they will be stronger after they recover–in a renewed, vibrant body. I know it’s almost difficult to comprehend, but I believe they can grow stronger in their mind, body, and spirit, through this process.

I began monitoring my steps taken, and time spent walking, as well as performing squats throughout my work day (now that I’m working from home), with a belief that this will also help me to improve my overall health. I’m just walking more steps and doing more squats each day than I did the day before. That’s my simple plan.

I continue daily to practice meditation and Qigong, with the occasional singing / chanting to reach a higher and deeper sense of self and spiritual connectivity with our LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator Source Energy God. Oh, what a deeply profound and intrinsically beautiful year it has been!

I send you all many blessings, in ALL ways for a brilliant and uplifting 2018! Happy New Year!


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Even scientists and doctors disagree – how to find a good remedy

When scientists and doctors disagree, how DO you find a good remedy for your health issue? Most pharmaceutical prescription drugs only mask symptoms – they do not heal or cure. And what about natural remedies?

In my opinion, the number one way to know you’ve found a good natural health remedy is: it resolved your issue. You found relief. If you had a headache and you tried something that relieved your headache, you’re satisfied. Yet, what about all the other remedies you may have spent an arm and a leg on that didn’t work? If you’re reading this, you’ve probably bought a dozen over-the-counter (OTC) or natural remedies that didn’t do much for you (though you may not be willing to admit it).

I am not a doctor or licensed health practitioner, but I am an analyst and I spend a lot of time researching and trying out many natural health and wellness products. Being such a savvy gal in this regard, I can share some of the natural health remedies that have worked for me, and some of them may help you too!

7 ways to know you’ve found the right natural / holistic health remedy

#1- It worked. Admittedly, just because the natural remedy worked for you once, it may not always, or may not work for you in every instance. Also, that same remedy may not work for everyone else.

If you’re like me, you’ve raced out to tell all your friends and family of your delightful natural remedy discovery, only to find a less than enthusiastic response to your new found awareness. Most want want to hear about it, much less try it. Of those who love and trust you enough to try it – far less will experience the same astounding relief as you. Yet, it’s beneficial for you to keep a list of the things that worked for you. If and when others notice your results, they’ll get curious (perhaps) and ask you what  you are doing.

#2 – It’s been a successful remedy for centuries. This is certainly a good reason to try something, but until it has proven itself by actually resolving your problem, I don’t think it’s the best reason to rely on a particular remedy. Granted, before anything can work for you – you have to open your mind to try it and then, actually use it.

Just because a natural remedy hasn’t been used in your family, or even in your country, if it’s worked for millions of people, or been used for centuries, it’s probably worth checking into. Favorites are: Prayer (asking), Meditation (listening), exercising your Faith (Read the book, Biology of Belief for the science about how your very beliefs change cells), Acupuncture, Medical QiGong, Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), therapeutic essential oils (food grade quality only such as Young Living or DoTerra brands), consuming whole fresh (or cultured) food as medicine, moving your body–even gently to get your lymph moving, and deep breathing (such as the Yogic breathing called, Pranayama).

Did you know that you can burn Bay leaves (like sage) to use its smoke to clear the allergic response?

#3 – It’s made from common natural ingredients. This doesn’t always mean the remedy will be inexpensive, but if you read the ingredients and you can pronounce each one, you’ve at least narrowed down the list of potential side affects (granted some people are allergic to natural ingredients you can pronounce).

One of the best natural remedies I rely on for reducing sinus congestion is garlic capsules (a little tip from a registered nutritionist). Another I like, is a natural remedy for colds / flu, it’s a mixture of apple cider vinegar, garlic, onions, cayenne, horseradish, and ginger. I’ve tried a few different formulations of this concoction and it works every time. Or, I take a few drops of Young Living Thieves blend of therapeutic essential oil on my tongue and drink some water after a few seconds, or use one drop of P73 Oreganol on my tongue–depending on which oil I have handy. 

If those remedies seem too strong for you, try some warm tea and one or two of any of the following: onions, garlic, apples, oranges, turmeric, black pepper, sea salt, ginger, and/or Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar with the Mother to your diet (one, some, or all – probably not all at the same time) while your experiencing the cold/flu and see if you don’t find some relief. I’ve tried colloidal silver – pretty good stuff, but I cannot say it works on everything every time.

I love the Moringa tree leaf for natural energy and clarity, however, I am allergic to it (and I’ve even experimented with taking a small dose, or every other day)! So, some of these things just must be tried, one at a time, in order to know if they are helpful for YOU. Currently, I am taking Magnolia Extract with Honokiol. Honokiol is being researched in conjunction with Alzheimer’s prevention — A 2012 study showed that Honokiol reduces inflammation in brain tissue and another study indicated that it may reduce neuronal (brain) cell death, a factor of Alzheimer’s disease. As a preventive, I am personally trying hemp CBD oil now.

#4 – It’s been handed down through your family (or your friend’s family) for generations. I know by this time we’re really dealing with “word of mouth” and no one in your family kept a list of who all used the remedy, for how long, and what outcome they experienced. But eh, if it’s a simple remedy and one you can wrap your mind around – why not give it a try? I once had a friend help me easily get rid of a ganglion cyst on my wrist and I am quite sure that saved me a lot of hassle as well as, hundreds of dollars. As well, I didn’t have to take any drugs for it, endure x-rays, or surgery. I was a bit skeptical at first but she swore by the remedy and it was free! I used her procedure myself in the privacy of my own home and it worked! I really love those kinds of natural remedies. My grandmother (of Native American Cherokee Indian ancestry) could take the fire out of burns with a feather light touch to the area along with an intention and prayer (a form of Energy medicine) which, was handed down generation to generation male to female, then female to male. During my youth I experienced her healing touch several times–burns on my skin always healed quickly without a blister or scar.

#5 – it’s been recommended by my alternative, integrative or complimentary doctor, nutritionist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, or other holistic health licensed professional. I’m sure it depends upon how much pain you’re in, or how close to death you feel, but I’ve let it be known for awhile that I’d go to a witch doctor (okay, I think the more appropriate term Shaman) if I thought they could aid my body to heal itself. I believe God always wants what is best for us and will provide us a way, even if to some that “way” seems wacky. We’re meant to live a long, healthy, and abundant life! For those of you who believe, “I’ll only try it if SCIENCE has proven it to work” odds are, you’ll suffer (and die) before science figures everything out! If something works for me – that’s MY science. Case in point, there’s no “flu season”, that’s a marketing ploy from the pharmaceutical companies! I’ve gone out in the cold with wet hair daily for years, and never “caught” a cold or flu! (My mother bought into that myth, but I’ve proven it false). And it’s also been stated that one third of all people healed via traditional medical treatments are due to the placebo effect! (Read Dr. Bruce Lipton’s book, The Biology of Belief.)

I’m an observer too. And I am more than capable to log and track (uh, I’m a writer!) what works for me. I don’t care if it’s anecdotal experience. We are all anecdotes. Each of us are unique!

I’m asthma free because I never gave up until I found a combination of natural remedies that allowed my body to naturally heal from that issue. Oh, and actually I didn’t have to go to a witch doctor. Science changes – and it changes every day. Science is about experimenting, observing, testing, documenting the results, and using the same method, replicating the experiments in order to quantify and validate the results… and yet, many scientists and doctors argue and disagree!! That’s why you can’t just buy the latest book of scientific evidence on any topic. There will always be one group that says it’s quackery and one group that claims their “revelation” (what they are going to reveal) is God’s gift to humanity. Ugh. Everyone has to make money, but no one has to suffer!

#6 – It’s been recommended by my doctor. My husband’s doctor once made a quiet remark of a recommendation to my husband (I was in the room) whereby he stated that my husband “could eat a better balanced diet, OR take a few pills” while explaining that most people just “prefer pharmaceutical drugs” for their ailments. I listened respectfully, thought it really pissed me off. If the doctor would have given my husband a food diary, book on nutrition, maybe a cookbook, or calorie chart of some sort, then I might have believed his feeble attempt to change my hubby’s eating habits. Doctors only get one class on nutrition in all of their years of medical school, why? I have an idea, but you might not want to hear it! (Shhh… follow the money).

#7 – It’s been touted as effective by Prevention magazine, Dr. Oz, Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI), Natural News websites / shows, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, etc. I don’t always agree with every article I read from these authors, doctors, or publications, however these experts are scary smart! They experiment, observe, test, and track results from thousands of patients and their outcomes in a systematic way. I often try their advice because I am the brave and adventurous type. However, I don’t take just one of their opinions, studies, or books, as the end all be all. I am also careful when someone says to, “trust me”, because I only really trust my body. If one of these doctors or scientists had all the answers, they wouldn’t disagree with each other! Remember, studies can be interpreted in multiple ways!

For me, I’ve just had too many different experiences from everything I have tried, to believe the one size fits all approach. Nonsense! I’ve tried the low-fat diet and I experienced brain fog, so much so in fact, that it impacted by logical analytical thinking (my job) — and because I’m in a technical industry, I must have a highly functioning brain!

There are many ways to naturally increase beauty – even small changes can have a big impact for your health and well being.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Mind-Body-Spirit guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful. And yes, it’s important to take good care of yourself because, We Are All Connected.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here:

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8 easy free things you can do to improve your health at home

A conversation this week with Chris Waltein, a very “tuned in” Holistic Health Practitioner at Awakening Wellness Center, and Director of Operations at Awakening Into The Sun (St. Petersburg, Florida) gave rise to this blog post! Thank you Chris, for an aWEsOMe conversation and tour of the new wellness center!
There are many easy and free things all of us can do at home that can improve our health. Most of us know and do some of these things, but we may not have tried them all–and we might be able to increase our vitality and longevity by incorporating more of these tips into our daily routine.
So, here’s a short list for consideration. Click any of the highlighted words to learn more about each:
  1. Drink more water
  2. Get more sleep
  3. Meditate
  4. Eat fresh home made meals — including raw veggies/juice
  5. Massage your body — if you live alone, you can do self massage or acupressure!
  6. Deep breathing — there are many benefits and techniques
  7. Laugh! Yes, there are real measured benefits just from laughing daily!
  8. Move you body–Any kind of movement!

Some ideas on how to get the cells of your body moving:

Yoga, Qigong, Pilates, Tai Chi, gentle stretches to improve mobility and flexibility, lunges and squats, walk (either alone or with a neighbor or friend), run, dance, garden, walking meditation, stair climb, swim, golf, play any kind of sport, etc.
There are many ways to get your blood and lymph moving (some within a very small place)! Always go at your own pace and be kind to yourself — there’s no competition, just move a little more every day and measure your improvements!
While practicing deep breathing you can add any of the following healing energy medicine modalities, such as: Jin Shin Jyutsu, EFT or Reiki to calm, relax, and rejuvenate your body.
There are many aspects to yoga. You might want to begin with the yoga postures (how you move your body) and progress to the other mind-body and spiritual enlightenment aspects. I would recommend you to find a well-rounded yoga teacher and take some classes. I initially learned yoga when I was a teenager, by watching x on television.
Many years later, I took an in-person class and there was a world of difference! Dr. Alison J. Kay teaches a more complete yoga because she was trained in India as an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, and also trained as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher of 200 hours (RYT-200).
Pilates has been a modality that I’ve only recently explored. I take classes at Blue Sage Pilates in Bradenton, Florida and I LOVE IT! I can’t say enough about how it’s gently strengthened my muscles, increased my flexibility, and enabled me to breathe much better! It’s so much more healing than I ever knew! It’s not just for dancers. Anyone, young or old, can learn and practice Pilates for health. I highly recommend it!
Now, take out a pen and paper. Jot down some of the things you want to improve about your physical body. Try one or two of the things from this article that you aren’t currently doing. Give it a couple weeks, and then write down all of the improvements.
Come back to this article and comment to let us all know what you did, and the differences you’ve experienced in your energy level, overall health, or vitality! I’ll be looking forward to it!
Also, if you’ve already been doing these things, or have another alternative, natural, or holistic health recovery experience to share with me, please comment or email and let me know – especially if you’d like me to add your story to my third book (in progress).

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Mind-Body-Spirit guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful. And yes, it’s important to take good care of yourself because, We Are All Connected.

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