Our gifts or talents are not always recognized right away. We are all unique and sometimes, we are in circumstances that don’t allow our talents to shine. But if we pay attention, we can see how over the years, we are given the chance to develop our gifts and if we allow ourselves the chance to use them, we can really build an amazing life. [Read more…]
I have shared many times that for years, I suffered through a period of anxiety and depression. In desperation I found myself hunting for ways to claim my wellness. Having tried almost everything that came my way, I am happy to report that my search ultimately resulted in an anxiety and panic attack free existence. I wanted to share a little on forgiveness because it is something that I think not only had the biggest impact on my life but also something that I am discovering continues to add to the quality of my everyday life.
How does forgiveness improve health?
This article from Johns Hopkins Medicine does a great job breaking down WHY forgiveness is so important in our physical and mental health.
“There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure and immune response. Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.
Can You Learn to Be More Forgiving?
Forgiveness is not just about saying the words. “It is an active process in which you make a conscious decision to let go of negative feelings whether the person deserves it or not,” Swartz says. As you release the anger, resentment and hostility, you begin to feel empathy, compassion and sometimes even affection for the person who wronged you.
Here is an excerpt from my weekly Facebook LIVE chat. Let me just warn you, I go deep in this video.
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For more of my views on forgiveness, check out these posts.
We don’t always know what our purpose is but when we do, and pursue it with passion… magic happens.
|Operation Hydration SF Valley|
Operation Hydration started out as a simple mission to do something good. We just wanted to hydrate the homeless in Los Angeles during the summer of 2016. The project grew beyond our wildest expectations and a full documentary is now part of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles as a Public Art project. Operation Hydration has served hundreds of cases of water in over 10 cities across the nation!!! The Let’s Be Whole team is blown away by the efforts of all the people that have stepped up to serve and WE LOVE being part of this mission to Hydrate the Homeless. We have met people from all walks of life and we all feel that the gift of service is like no other.
Operation Hydration in Pomona was exceptional. @cholapinup facilitated this event and the collection and pass out of over 50 cases was incredible. Pomona’s homeless situation is dismal. There are families that live out in the hills. It doesn’t matter to me where you have been in life.we all have a story… What matters to me is your heart. Thank to those who participated in this mission. I love showing the world the beauty of my community!
I like starting off my morning with infused water. I have always loved water but I was surprised to find that for my age, body weight, physical activity level and weather conditions, I was drinking only HALF of my personal daily requirement! To find out how much water I should be drinking, I used the hydration calculator at Camelbak.
I took on the challenge of drinking more water by expanding my base of “go to” infusions. So far, I have used ginger, citrus, berries, mint and cucumber but there are UNLIMITED possibilities. Check out http://www.infusedwaters.com/ for some great tips and recipes.
I bought this wide-mouthed water bottle and LOVE it but a mason jar or other recycled GLASS jars would work just as well to make the same kinds of delicious infused waters they serve at spas.
To your health!!!
If you don’t live in an area that is as lush as the Redwoods, find a park, a beach or river, a mountain, a farmer’s market… You get the idea. Look for places to collect the sights, sounds and scents of nature. Listen to what I find on my hikes through the hood.
Don’t be afraid to explore! When you search, you may be surprised by what you find.