Gratitude

happy thanksgivingAs we are into the week of Thanksgiving in the U.S., I am reminded of all the things for which I am grateful. So many blessings around me. I count you as one of my connections via my blog as a blessing and I am grateful that you continue to follow me here.

What do you feel gratitude in your heart for today?

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Vision

A few posts back I shared about the power of a vision board and how I believe it supports the manifestation of those things which I intend to attract into my life. I completed the vision board and had promised to share it with you. Here it is:

VisionBoard

Do you have a vision board? I’d love to see it!

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Acupuncture Continues…

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Acupuncture needles from today’s session

I just completed my 3rd acupuncture session, and have experienced many interesting things at each appointment.

When I lay on my back, I find it difficult to be entirely comfortable. For example, I felt a little bit concerned that if I let my leg rest too much to one side or the other, I might jab myself with one of the needles. Then when I flip over to my stomach, for some reason I’m able to relax more completely.

How each session has worked so far is that I disrobe and put on the gown (like a hospital gown, with the opening to the back–LOL). Then the acupuncturist comes in and inserts the needles, then lets me know she will be back in a short while (I believe around 15 minutes or so). They leave me with a buzzer in my hand, in case of emergency – I can push the button and someone will come to my aid. There is also a lovely heat lamp they place over my feet or my back (depending on which side I’m laying on).

In last week’s session, I experienced “flashes” of a bunch of different things while I was probably in a light sleep cycle. Of note, one of the flashes I received during this session is that the acupuncture isn’t going to be what restores my voice…I sought an answer to the question: “what will be the solution?” to which I did not receive a ‘flash.’

I did a bit of research on the topic of visual flashes and acupuncture and apparently, the scientific explanation is that I was experiencing an increase in blood flow to my visual cortex. I don’t know how to fully describe what I experienced, it was very interesting. But I was in no way alarmed or scared, it was quite relaxing.

An interesting thing happened at this week’s session. After the needles were removed from my back, the acupuncturist advised they were going to do one more “hot treatment” on my kidneys in an effort to help my vocal cords. I think the needles were heated and placed into my back, where my kidneys are located. After today’s treatment, I was fairly light-headed for a few minutes after the session and had to be careful as I dressed afterward.

As of this writing, my vocal health has not yet been restored but I am still optimistic that acupuncture will support me in achieving the goal of full vocal restoration.

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Hallelujah – Uplifting Post

Do you ever hear a song and it makes you take pause, find out who is singing? Maybe even look up the lyrics? I heard Jason Castro’s rendition of “Hallelujah” today on Pandora and I had just that experience. Here is the YouTube clip I found of it (lyrics are also on the video):

And here are the lyrics:

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s real and going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

What has inspired you recently?

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The Power of Patience

You know that adage “Patience is a virtue?”

I’ve been thinking about my vocal condition and how I haven’t been able to recover my voice and I remembered off and on over the past few months thinking that God was working on my patience. I reflected on all the happenings in my life over the past almost 9 months that I’ve been without my voice and reiterated that my patience has definitely been strengthened.

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Today, it struck me while I was driving across town for my acupuncture visit in Roseville that I hadn’t written ‘patience’ on side 3 of my Strategic Attraction Plan. Stacey Hall, the author of Chi To Be! ChiToBe Achieving Your Ultimate B-All, discusses the Strategic Attraction Plan in Chapter 4 of the book. Side 3 (on page 88 of the book – get your copy here: http://www.gofundme.com/Buy-A-Book-To-Save-A-Life), she shares “At the top of Side #3, write:

“What do I Want My Perfect ________ (Fill in the blank) to Expect of Me?”

There are 4 sides to a Strategic Attraction Plan:

  • Side #1: The qualities of my perfect ___________ (fill in the blank)
  • Side #2: What makes me tick?
  • Side #3: What do I want my perfect ___________ (fill in the blank) to expect of me?
  • Side#4: What I AM in the process of Improving to Be More Attractive!

If you’d like more details, feel free to PM me – I’d love to share more.

And yes, when I got home from my acupuncture treatment, I wrote ‘patience’ on Side #3 on each of my Strategic Attraction Plans.

What are you in the process of attracting? I’d love to hear about it!

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Acupuncture: To Needle…or Not to Needle?

At my last doctor’s visit with the specialist in September, I was left at a crossroads: get botox injections into my vocal cords or seek a new doctor…so I began researching other holistic approaches (I had already been using my essential oils, seen medical intuitives, seen biofeedback specialists, etc.) to help heal my vocal cords (I am now at about eight and a half months without my voice). A very dear friend of mine who has been fighting breast cancer for the past few years recommended her acupuncturist to me. She even pleaded with the office to get me in sooner than my April 2014 date and I got a call a few weeks ago that they had an opening. I was so thrilled! I booked the appointment and filled out the paperwork they sent for my completion.

I did little to no research before I went because I knew that would only add to my nervousness about what the appointment would entail. I did look up things like Is it ok to eat before? and How will I feel after? but nothing specific.

I got to the office for my 2 pm appointment and was greeted by a friendly receptionist who assisted me in the completion of my new patient materials (signing a few more papers and receiving my “welcome packet”). I then sat, nervously awaiting my name to be called. A few minutes later, I was called into a room. The gal who walked me back advised that the acupuncturist would be in within a few moments and that I would then disrobe and put the gown on and the procedure would commence.

The acupuncturist’s assistant asked me a series of questions about my medical history, looked at my tongue and then asked me to put the gown on (opening to the back–always good to know), returning a few moments later to take my blood pressure. She advised it was relatively low and then had me lay back on the table and try to relax while I waited for the acupuncturist to come in.

As I lay on the table, I was pondering all of the “what ifs” and “how about this or that”…in my head.

Acupuncture When the acupuncturist came in, she immediately got to work. I felt the needles placed on my skin and then a light tapping as she set them into place (she is so good at what she does, I really barely felt it though!) She put in somewhere around 20 on the front (chest, front of elbow area, stomach, calf area, and inside of my ankles) of my body and said “Ok, try and relax –we’ll be back in about 15 minutes and we’ll do the other side.” All I could think was “OTHER SIDE!?” LOL…. As I lay for the first 15 minutes, it took what felt like forever to “relax” as she suggested. I finally did though and then a few minutes later, she returned, took all the needles out and had me rotate to my stomach and inserted another 20 needles or so into the back of my neck, all down my back, the outside of my shoulders and the calf area on my legs – and again, another 15 minutes to relax.

When the time was up, she came in, took out all of the needles and asked if I felt I could sit up, which I did. She said I tolerated the procedure very well and she believes that I ought to begin seeing results in a few sessions. We are scheduled for once a week for the next 6 or so weeks.

I am hopeful, after she shared with me two other patients she has helped back to vocal health (they are both recovering their voices after similar conditions as mine) that I too will have a return of my voice in the near future.

I will keep you posted…

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Throwback Thursday: On This Date…

Throwback-ThursdayIn 1994, I graduated high school in June and started college in the fall – and I thought it would be fun to start doing a “Throwback Thursday” post to reflect on what was happening on this date in 1994 (random selection for this post).

Here are 3 random things that happened in October 1994:

  • On October 12, 1994: NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus (the spacecraft presumably burned up in the atmosphere either October 13 or October 14).
  • On October 29, 1994: Francisco Martin Duran fires over 2 dozen shots at the White House; he is later convicted of trying to kill President Bill Clinton.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh attends a ceremony in Israel, where his late mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg (Princess Andrew of Greece), is honoured as “Righteous among the Nations” for sheltering Jewish families from the Nazis in Athens, during World War II.

What was going on in your world in October 1994?

Throwback Thursday: On This Date…

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