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April 12, 2019

Spring Forward!

Happy Aloha Friday everyone! April is being true to it’s reputation and showering us with a little rain that has greened the grass and sprouted more daffodils this week. The forsythia is just about to bloom, a reminder of my son’s birth week. He arrived a few weeks early and we stayed in the hospital for a week together as he sunbathed under bili lights for a few days. My husband brought me forsythia from our yard and it has been the beautiful reminder of new life and new beginnings ever since.
Spring is such a great time to think about new beginnings and how we are reminded of rebirth and renewal. It is a time to break free from winter blues and burst forth, creating new healthy habits that lighten us physically, mindfully and spiritually. What can you let go of to lighten your life? Declutter your house? I have been Marie Kondoing several areas of my house lately, so much more to go. I have been decluttering my mind lately, listening to some meditations to slow down and quiet my mind, allowing new ideas and creativity to flow in, I am lightening up my food intake, moving my body more as the weather warms the air and losing a pound or two. Looks like I will be getting a new hip this summer as well after a year and a half of therapies and pain and MRIs. After some thoughts of Oh My have I reached THAT age already, I have accepted it and know I will be so much MORE active once it is done. No one in my family had arthritic hips and I wondered why it was happening to me?
I have always been active, not exactly an athlete, but I have always enjoyed walking, skiing, biking, taught aerobics in the 80’s, did dance aerobics for years, etc. etc. Maybe it was those step classes! Haha! For those of you who have bodies that can bend, step, run , dance, hike and bike, say a prayer of gratitude for them. I watched a Rachel Hollis documentary where the audience was asked several yes and no questions on paper, one being, “Do you hate the way you look?” Hundreds of women stood up to YES. How disturbing is that? Our bodies that multi-task everyday, feeding our cells, boosting our immunity, healing and seeking homeostasis every single minute. How could we hate that? Turning hate into LOVE will fill our bodies with the NURTURING it needs, fill our MINDS with the words it needs and our SPIRITS the connection it requires to feel JOY. Pay attention to how you talk to yourself and your body, it listens and responds accordingly. Try saying a prayer of gratitude to your body and ALL its’ parts for working so hard to keep you healthy. After reading about Masuru Emoto’s work on water, showing the effect of words on drops of water or rice in a jar, I wanted to write LOVE all over my body. I have been sending love and gratitude to my hip lately, thanking it for all the support it has given me for decades. The pain is less so who knows? The point is, what we say and feel about our bodies is important to our well-being.
On this Aloha Friday, what part of your body can you connect to and give love and gratitude to? Your spirit will lift, you will feel lighter and your body will respond in kind. Your body is a gift, open it today and say MAHALO for its wondrous ability to keep you well and whole. Begin a new habit of lightening up and feel what it is like to sprout fresh new ideas for you that can spring you forward. What healthy way of being can you give birth to? Have a great Spring weekend! Aloha.

heart in hands
Happy Mindful Monday everyone! This week we are looking to mind our heart health and in the process, be as optimally and holistically well as possible. Most of my professional work has been in the care of the Heart and what used to be a mostly physical connection.  However, in my years of mind/body/spirit study, I started teaching relaxation techniques and educating cardiac patients of the connections to their hearts otherwise ignored in the past.  “Meditation” was  a no-no back then so other words were substituted while I guided them in imagery exercises to quiet their bodies, minds and stir their imaginations.  Music and imagery were their favorites and soon I took it from the Community Centers to the Hospital where each session of rehab today always ends in relaxation, meditation and imagery exercises. Since then, many mind/body  links to cardiac health have been documented in  studies and implemented in programs across the country where diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, group therapy and spiritual mindfulness have become the new model for treating and preventing heart disease.  I have just finished a new book titled, The Whole Heart Solution by Joel Kahn, MD,  preventive Cardiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  His philosophy parallels the idea of “it takes a village” and uses is as it takes a whole body to beat a heart. We have fragmented medicine into so many specialties, most doctors look at their specific organ of expertise and ignore the rest of the picture. For a heart to be and beat healthy, it takes a healthy gut,  healthy adrenals, non-inflammed blood vessels, good levels of sex hormones, a strong immune system unencumbered by antibiotic use, less toxins in our food and environment and that’s just the physical!  We are responsible for helping our bodies stay in the healthy continuum of homeostasis or balance to optimize our health.  DNA is not a death sentence either.  Having heart disease in your family may make you more prone but now we know with epigenetics, we have the ability to choose a lifestyle that will turn those genes on or off.  This book looks at the medications used in heart disease, important dietary supplements to use in conjunction with those meds or at times, for prevention.  From decreasing toxins in our food, environment, products we use for our hair, teeth and bodies to mindfulness meditation, yoga, pet therapy and cultivating social and spiritual connections are all part of not only a healthy heart but a healthy body that will help defend against other diseases and cancers. I highly recommend this book to you which can be found on Amazon, The Whole Heart Solution,. Despite it’s title, it is filled with good advice for a great Wellness Prescription and gives you the option to write your own. Mind your WHOLE body and heart this week and set the intention to write your own Rx for Health.  See you on Aloha Friday!

Happy Aloha Friday everyone! Hard to believe the end of January is around the corner and this is in fact the last Aloha Friday of the month!
Last year, I predicted 2018 to be the Year of the Woman and Empowerment and indeed it did not disappoint. Instead of resoluti
ons this new year, I have borrowed the title from Michelle Obama’s new book and have declared 2019 the year of BecOMing the Best Version of Yourself! As we focus on self-care and the tremendous energy that has been released through empowerment and self-awareness, we are ready to RISE UP and continue the rEvolution of Health and Well-Being in our personal and professional lives.
As we explore this theme of BecOMing ( and I capitalize OM as it appears in the name of my coaching business, cOMe hOMe to O
M, as it represents cOMing hOMe to our center, our soul guide), I will choose a theme for the month as it pertains to the calendar and our own growth cycle throughout the year.
February is Heart Awareness Month and I will be talking about the four quadrants of the Heart represented by the physical, the emotional, the mindful and the spiritual aspects of our life sustaining organ. There are new ideas regarding heart disease, it’s cause and how to prevent it. We will look at new and old ways to heal the heart and how to keep ourselves strong and healthy by loving ourselves more and honoring the inner wisdom that always has our Well-Being at heart. (pun intended).
Aloha Fridays are about connecting to something from our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves. As we say Aloha to the first month of the year, let go of the harsh self imposed resolutions you might have made and focus on connecting to who we are BecOMing instead. Every tiny habit change you make ripples out to affect others and it enhances the Health and Well-being rEvolution. Have a great weekend and look for next week’s Aloha Friday Heart Month Celebration! Make it a good one, Aloha!