You cannot know how much I wish I don’t have to wear a mask.
I pray for a bright, joyful day for each and all of us.
Masks stifle joy. I want this virus gone!
I’m in a tough spot.
If I see 10 people in town, 6 of you are likely vaccinated.
Four of you are not. Two or 3 of you will be adults. One or two will be children, who cannot get a vaccine.
These numbers mean if I throw away my masks I will put some of us (including children) at the risk of getting this deadly virus and passing it along.
Without a mask, it’s best for you not to be around me; no matter how much I love you.
This is painful to write, as it may be for you to read.
I’m sorry I’m not sure where we are on the pandemic scale. Is it over? Are we halfway through this disaster? Is it all just a fantasy? Or, do we have much more disease waiting for us?
I simply can’t guess.
Even if you disagree, please be kind.
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This article today was inspired by a large poster I saw on the window of SoCo Ice Cream Store in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The words went straight to my heart and I could not let them go. So I’m sharing them with you.
The SoCo Ice Cream Store has wonderful ice cream. If you ever pass by that store on 5 Railroad Street in Great Barrington, please drop by and enjoy one of the delicious flavors.
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This book is filled with all the wellness information I would have loved to have had when I was a young mother with two active, curious children.
I would love to have shared this information with my two daughters when they started their families. Time turned this book into a resource for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to use as they go through life.
This book is your ticket to your healing adventures. After all, wherever you go, if you are healing yourself or caring for someone else, you are on a journey.
The information took me decades to discover and organize. I’ve presented it in practical and uncomplicated ways so you can use it in today’s hectic world.
This healing information has stood the test of time. Medical training isn’t necessary to read and understand the words on these pages.
Information in this book does not diagnose or treat a disease. I do not prescribe medications or treatments of any kind. “A Healer’s Handbook – Wellness for All” is not a substitute for an X-ray or MRI.
This book adds a spiritual layer of personal care to every situation in your healing life. The goal is to enlighten and empower you with information and insight you can use on your healing journey.
If I’m successful, you will read things and then discuss them with your healthcare provider, your family, and other persons of importance in your life.
I hope you’ll see how these suggestions and this information fit into your core values.
For thousands of years, reflexologists (for example) have successfully treated these health issues from common ailments to complex diseases. Because I’m a reflexologist, you’ll find references to this modality on many pages.
That doesn’t mean you need to be a reflexologist to use this knowledge.
It’s there to adapt to to your needs. If you know nothing about reflexology, you can still benefit from its philosophy about health and healing.
Reflexology teaches: Your body is different every day.
My healing practice teaches: You are not just a physical body. Your components are made up of physical, mental, emotional, and spirital aspects.
Your health changes continually.
If you are twenty years old, the information you read in this book will interest you in one way.
After fifty years, you’ll be focused on your health in different ways.
Children in your life will point you in yet another direction.
Use the information you find on these pages to see your health and its maintenance through the added dimension of a spiritual event or situation. Doing this, you will enhance your well-being.
Part 1 of this book focuses on your health, healing, and wellness. Good habits can be tough to start. Most of us don’t pay attention to what we should be doing until its obvious.
This book gives you a boost to care for yourself and those important to you before problems develop or get serious. The first part of this book answers and explains many questions.
You may find several listings repeated in many places. Their impact has multiple implications.
Part 2 focuses on the spirituality of your body systems. It’s much easier to care for yourself or someone else when you know how your body parts interact with one another.
Essential Foods are listed in each body system they support.
Personal care information is included.
Part 3 is your toolbox. Information listed here lists ailments and their remedies alphabetically. Each entry begins with spiritual qualities unique to the disease you are investigating.
I’ve listed essential oils for easy reference. Each health issue listed has practical information specific to that disease.
There are no one-size-fits-all solutions in this book.
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Please allow me to introduce you to my favorite relative – Aunt Ruby.
Aunt Ruby was a nurse – and I’m convinced that there has never been a better nurse than Aunt Ruby. She was 80+ and together. Then, one day she wasn’t.
When Aunt Ruby came to live at our home,she was wearing a back brace. She barely knew the day of the week. She fell asleep repeatedly throughout the day. She walked with the aid of a rollator and a cane. She wore a lift on one shoe. A mysterious rash covered one leg.
Aunt Ruby could no longer dress herself.
It took us 18 months to get Aunt Ruby back again. One reason it took so long was that we weren’t sure what the problem was.
And, what was the problem? After much trial and error, we finally found out. Aunt Ruby, as good as she was a nurse, took whatever pills, drops, lozenges, creams she felt she needed at the moment. And, when she didn’t need the particular product anymore, she just kept on using it.
Aunt Ruby ruined her health by overmedicating herself with several OTC and prescriptives that never should have been taken beyond their practical use.
And, truth be told, Aunt Ruby’s story is pretty common.
A number of medications are commmon culprits.
Antacid drugs – Heartburn drugs
All of the above listed medications can and will help you if you need them. If you don’t need them, they can change your behavior, alter your personality, give you an itchy rash, make you feel so tired you can’t walk across the room.
However, they should be taken if they are needed.
They can cause many health problems if they are taken with other medications which don’t mix well. Taking several drugs can create interactions: fatigue, depression, confusion, jumpy skin, insomnia.
An interested medical professional should periodically monitor every pill, liquid, salve, you use. If they don’t work, and if they don’t work together, they should be discontinued.
If a product doesn’t work, doubling the dose is not going to help.
Very few drugs should be taken for an extended period of time without periodic blood tests and observation to be sure they are still doing what they need to do without causing problems.
Sometimes, when these drugs are discontinued, these feelings are replaced by mental clarity, and better energy. If you feel better after stopping the medications in question, work with your physician and/or pharmacist to discover the way to your best health.
While this is happening to you, you will feel very different as your body returns to a healthier state.
Regular reflexology and Reiki therapy sessions will keep your body grounded and encourage homeostasis as your body gains its new good health.
And, ideally, regular reflexology or Reiki therapy sessions are a part of your weekly wellness schedule over time to help you maintain your best possible health.
Aunt Ruby’s body underwent many changes while some drugs were discontinued. Other drugs were adjusted so that she received fewer amounts. The homeostasis encouraged by reflexology and Reiki helped her daily life balance itself.
This whole process took months.
I’m definitely not suggesting that all people taking several drugs or even one or two drugs are over medicated. However, a periodic review of your medications can help you learn whether or not you are taking the proper medications in the correct amounts.
This includes your vitamins. I get all my vitamin and mineral preparations from Woodstock Apothecary. I recently reviewed everything I take.
This also includes many herbs and other preparations sold without prescriptions. Any product which has the capacity to improve your life can also wreak havoc with your life if it is not the right time for you to be taking this drug or herb or other medication you are considering.
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Forever changed is our future:
The pandemic and its surrounding life events changed us dramatically. We each experienced the pandemic differently. This event transformed us. Even if you denied the pandemic and ignored the events…
Especially if you denied the pandemic.
We have a new life now.
Remember those plans you made for the future? Are the goals the same? Do they need updating? Improving? Now is a good time to update them.
We can keep them as simple or complex as we want.
One thing is still the same: feeling happy everyday.
Everyday habits keep us healthy and happy. By that, I’m referring to what we eat, how well we sleep, how much exercise we get…
To plan my life again, I took stock of my days. I focused on the everyday habits that I never even thought about. I focused on things I ignored in the past.
I asked: “What works? What doesn’t?”
I realized I have a chance to be happy today and tomorrow and next week.
I hope you’ll join me in this review.
First step in your new life: feel, really feel your feelings. All that anger, fear, stress, curiosity. Acknowledge it. Feel it. Somewhere in all those feelings, you’re going to discover happiness.
Spend some time on this. Feel your past. Feel your present. Feel your future. Take some time now to think joyous thoughts. Catch those happy thoughts and hang onto them.
In step two, don’t blame anyone – not even yourself. When you don’t blame anyone, you jettison everything but happiness. When you don’t blame anyone, you suddenly control your life as you leave your past behind and move into your future.
In step three, choose happiness. This is where you have a gift card to all the goodies in the deli. This is where you choose all the things which make you feel good. This is where you choose your future. What you focus on becomes your future. Meditate on this happy future. List all the things you like about your happy future.
What comes next!
What comes next is healing!
Practice Reiki with the intention of choosing a happy future. Heal your future self with Reiki and reflexology.
Your feet are your command center. Focus on a healthy future for your feet and for the rest of your body.
Did you study Reiki in your past but never really used it? Now is a good time to bring Reiki with you to your future.
Schedule regular sessions. The homeostasis offered by Reiki and reflexology cannot be overblown.
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We’ve all got a lot on our plates these days. All of us.
We’re at a point where it’s time to return to normal.
The question is this: What is normal anyway?
Certainly it’s not what we had before. It’s time to make way for a better life..
Whether we’re interested or not, our spiritual centers need encouragement, support, and protection. Inner fitness smoothes out the bumps in our travels through life.
I don’t know if I speak for everyone, or even anyone, but I find myself embracing this new normal while experiencing grief.
With a grounded inner core, a new normal is easier to find and recognize. Essential requirements for inner fitness include encouragement, support, safety, and self-confidence.
There are things you can do:
Positive thoughts are essential – even before you get out of bed. When you wake, ask yourself “How can I be happy today?”
Happiness is the great equalizer. You are never too young or too old for happiness. Happiness doesn’t need education. Happiness doesn’t need good health. Happiness is the only thing I know that is available to everyone.
All happiness needs is for you to “be happy.”
Listen to Your Body.
When you listen, your body will talk to you. It will never lie to you as healing begins. Inner fitness is real.
Are you trying to adjust to your new reality? Do you want to change your life? Is something wrong, and are you trying to find out what?
Tune in to your body several times a day. Do you have pain anywhere? Is your spine aligned? What is your energy level? Are you hungry? Thirsty? Tired? Joyful?
Good Health is a Priority.
When you value your good health, you become a valuable person. You love yourself. When you expect excellent health, your thinking changes. Life unsticks itself.
Claim your wellness!
Respect Your Emotional Self
Your feelings are opportunities to grow. Emotions are messages from your body which will help set you free. Your emotions can help you understand pain, extra weight, sorrow, fear.
When you remove these feelings, you make way for joyful health, peace, grounding.
A better life emerges.
Connect with Your Community.
Get a part time job.
Or a full time job.
Read a newspaper.
Use your library.
Volunteer at a food pantry.
Join your local church or synagogue.
Teach someone to read.
Include Exercise Every Day
In 1513, Ponce de Leon discovered the Fountain of Youth in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. The Fountain of Youth still exists and keeps people everywhere healthy. There is at least one branch of it in your neighborhood, located on a sidewalk or roadside where you can walk every day.
If that’s not convenient for you, another nearby branch is in your local fitness center. You’ll be healthier when you visit it regularly.
Take a Grounding Break
Try meditation, walking your dog, giving your cat a massage, or staring out the window into nothingness.
The activity isn’t so important. What’s important is that, when you complete this small task, you’ll have given yourself a refreshing, grounding break.
You’ll continue with your day feeling more positive, relaxed. Your fresh new take on the day will ripple out to those around you.
Review Your Situation
Now might be a good time to write about important moments in your life. You don’t have to focus on what happened in your life. Focus, instead, on what you did about what happened to you.
Write short stories, essays, poems, or keep a journal.
Whatever you choose, if you need help, you may find it at your library.
Reflexology and Reiki
Do not overlook a weekly session. Both these modalities bring homeostasis which is crucial these days. Both these modalities are adaptable to many different situations.
Do you practice Reiki? No? Find a teacher. If you do…have you thought about a Reiki circle for your area?
We all need more Reiki. We all need more reflexology.
When I think about Reiki and reflexology, my heart sings!
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When you were a child, did you ever hear “Eat everything on your plate. Hungry children need this food.” ?
I certainly did. It never occurred to me that I was never going to help a hungry child get enough food by eating everything on my plate.
As an adult, I found a better way to help alleviate hunger. I donated food to a food pantry or soup kitchen. (And, that led to a whole new career path!)
Leaving food on my plate has no impact on whether another person a block away or around the world gets enough to eat. Donating food to a food pantry or soup kitchen will help.
Do you see that extra serving of lasagna sitting on a shelf in your refrigerator as something you don’t need? Toss it in the garbage instead of eating it. Better yet, toss it before it even gets to the refrigerator.
It’s better to throw the food away before you feed yourself something you don’t need. Eating too much food is bad for your health and well being.
Instead of eating that extra slice of apple pie, get it out of your life.
There are things you can do to prevent overeating:
Schedule a weekly healing reflexology or Reiki session. You will be calmer. Your life will be less stressful. The homeostasis offered by regular reflexology sessions will help make your diet experience easier.
Learn a new hobby: painting, knitting, boxing, walking, singing. Your choices are endless.
Join a gym. When you work out at the gym, you’ll feel better, meet new friends, and look better too.
Learn some healing skills to use on yourself, friends and family. Both Reiki and Reflexology are fun to learn and use.
Replace your hunger for food with water. Your body may be telling you it’s thirsty – not hungry. The moment you feel hungry or thirsty, drink something.
Water is the most important fuel you can give your body. Drink water at the first sign of fatigue. Why? Your body is about 60% water.
Have a water bottle you like and carry it with you everywhere.
There are several hydration apps to remind you to drink water throughout your day, all day. Add one to your smart phone. One example: Waterlogged.
Don’t like the taste of water? Add lemon, lime, sliced cucumbers, frozen berries to your water.
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A Reiki moment surfaced several years ago when a co-worker embarked on a diet. 100+ pounds overweight, when she told her husband her plans, he didn’t hesitate :
“NO. I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU IF YOU GO ON A DIET. ”
My co-worker was rewriting her destiny and he simply didn’t want to share her experience.
It was time for Reiki.
Diets are all about weight loss and spiritual offloading.
As your diet progresses, you first become more conscious of yourself and others.
Second, you become responsible for your own healing.
Third, you make changes to support your wellbeing.
Many times, when you release your past, you understand how it connects with your present situation.
Do you want to make necessary changes in your life? This moment offers three paths.
First, this moment sometimes stops the diet completely. Second, your weight loss may pause for several days. Or, third, the weight loss continues on.
Whatever happens, this is a good time to add regular Reiki sessions to your schedule.
When it comes to Reiki therapy, most of us never give it a second thought – until we need it.
Why do you need Reiki? What can it do for you? Again, the situation offers three options:
Do you know about Reiki? Have you received Reiki in the past? Do you receive sessions now?
Jump right in! Take a Reiki 1 class. Then a Reiki 2 class.
That’s how I learned Reiki. I knew I needed it but didn’t even really know what it was. I looked around for a teacher and scheduled an introductory (Reiki 1) class from Mary Ruth Van Landingham at Terra Christa in Vienna, Virginia.
For starters, Reiki offered me a spiritual support system when I needed it. Neither religion nor cult, Reiki is a destiny tool giving me much when I was open to its light touch.
Second, I found Reiki when it was time to change my old patterns and declare freedom from some baggage I’d been dragging around for years. I wanted to see beyond a limited reality.
It worked. I saw an expanded one, filled with light.
When I became a Reiki practitioner, I sent the light.
Third, you won’t read much about Reiki in diet books, but it’s there for you. It works well and smooths the transition to your new life when you rewrite your destiny.
What more can you ask for?
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I’ll be offering a series of five hand reflexology classes online beginning January 19th. The classes will be offered on Zoom through the West Hurley Public Library.
You will learn a basic hand reflexology protocol that is both easy to understand and use.
The second class shares a hand workout to use when a person complains of sinus and respiratory issues.
When stressed, many people experience shoulder, joint, and arm discomfort. This third workout stimulates stress release and pain reduction.
When spinal, hip joint, and leg issues surface, this fourth class helps with pain relief.
This final class is a basic reflexology session to be used on children, adults, the elderly.
There is ample time for questions and answers. Students leave each class feeling relaxed, energized, and more positive than when they came in.
The first ten people who sign up for the class will attend all five classes for a total of $10. After that the series will cost $25.
Imagine that! Five classes for only $10. And you’ll get to learn the skills in the comfort and privacy of your own home!
You have another option: You can find a partner an the two of you can learn together. Or, you can work on your own hands.
To sign up, please contact:
West Hurley Public Library
Your handouts will be given to you when you sign up.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
What are the most important meals of your day? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
When you eat something every three-to-four hours, you provide energy to your body. You’ll be less likely to overeat.
I begin each day with a 5-ounce serving of nonfat plain yogurt which has about 90 calories. I mix the yogurt with a 1/4 cup serving of Trader Joe’s Muesli which has about 125 calories. This mixture is delicious, nutritious, and a good breakfast because it prevents hunger until noon.
Meals don’t all have to be large. The goal is to give yourself nourishment so you’ll be less likely to overeat.
When you plan your meals so that you schedule something every 4 hours, you can choose what you’ll eat in advance. This scheduling not only prevents overeating, it minimizes your chances of grabbing a candy bar.
For lunch, I may have a nourishing smoothie or 1/2 an avocado, or sliced tomatoes.
When you plan your meals, you’ll also be able to avoid pizza, Chinese food or other fast foods.
Another choice is a meal replacement shake with a protein powder base.
This shake will ideally have 20-30 grams of protein powder and a maximum of 5 grams of carbohydrate. There are several brands and flavors on the market. Try them out until you find one with the flavor and texture you prefer.
Sample both pre-made shakes and the protein powder mix. Use unsweetened almond milk or water to make your own shake.
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