Vitamin G: A Powerful Way to Start Everyday!

Gratitude-is-the-hearts-memory-a-French-proverb1Gratitude, another key to happiness and well-being. We all know this innately, but sometimes it’s like forgetting to put our napkin in our lap or turning off the light before we exit a room.
Gratitude is more than an intellectual exercise of just giving thanks or uttering the platitude, “I feel blessed today”. Not of course that those things aren’t true, but it is the ability to really feel this emotion.¬† When we drop into our heart we activate a consciousness and create a new reality ; this is where the magic happens!

I remember saying grace every evening at the dinner table growing up.¬† It was the prerequisite to beginning the family meal, and looking back, it felt more like sitting at a red light, waiting for the signal to turn green–and permission to GO. This morning, when I look around at all the hardship and¬† daily struggle, my gratitude extends to many things in my life; I note my beautiful home, my purposeful career, my friends–and family. My boys are good,¬† my health excellent–and my parents still alive in their 80’s.¬† And, although I am no longer 30, I have more life lessons under my belt. ¬† I have more experience, wisdom and insight that melds with who I have become today.¬† I look forward to whatever the future brings.

So, gratitude for me is about really feeling it in my heart. It’s yours to own as well when we are able to get out of our head. The heart, is 5000 times more powerful than our left-brain intellect. The hearts mystery contains the powerful feminine-side of our emotions, feelings and love. It is the seed which is able to move mountains–that tiny seed when nurtured is able to grow through the toughest conditions.¬† It all begins with intention. Do we show love and have gratitude for our earth, the plants and animals–our forests and oceans and all the abundance contained therein?

I send the challenge out to you too: gratitude for 60 seconds today? And, if you are having a really “bad”day, can you think of just one thing–and then notice how you feel? What about one more? Better huh. On a good day these things are easy– but the power comes when we are challenged. So, what do you have gratitude for, and what does it feel like when we choose from our heart?¬† After all, recent studies indicate, about 40 percent of our own happiness is entirely within our control.¬† What if it was even higher than that?¬† 100 percent?¬† Who knows?

A massage for our soul, certainly our mind, and also the place the seeds to health, and wellness are nurtured and grow.  And, by the way, gratitude and happiness include at wide range of health benefits for us including, less incidence of strokes.  We have better immunity against colds and flu.  We have less pain, lower cortisol levels, less stress and inflammation in our body. Like a beautiful garden, see what shows up in your life when the seeds of gratitude are planted! Better than any supplement. Happy is healthy. Have you had your energetic and transforming Vitamin G today?

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Cathy Silver, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Warrior

Say “Yes to You!”

Catching up on a weeks worth of calls, I finally listened to a voice of my friend Jen. She called to tell me in a voice of uncertainty, sadness and trepidation that she and her husband were separating. She was moving to a nearby house with her son. I reflected back to my own divorce seven years ago and the intense sadness I experienced.  It was my own journey and growth.  I am stronger, happier and free to be myself.  I wish her the same.  Now, I must call her and extend any emotional support and wisdom she needs; even if it is just the opportunity and safety to cry.  The Universe is love, Jen is love and I know she will be fine.

One of my favorite authors is Paulo Coelho.¬† He writes most profoundly about change and titled it “Closing Cycles”. ¬†“One always has to know when¬†a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have¬†to go through.

Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters ‚Äď whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have¬†finished. . . . Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back.

Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person ‚Äď nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.¬†This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.

Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.

Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.”

These are good words for me and for you?¬† Maybe somewhere in us all, are there things we have held onto that no longer serve us?¬† I know I can¬†relate, can you?¬† Let go! Just like winter turns to spring, and dormant trees and flowers bud and blossom,change affects us all, but we too can¬†blossom.¬† Sometimes easy and sometimes difficult, this is life and tomorrow is a new day.¬† “Say Yes to You”.

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