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Holistic Happenings - The Power of Love plus Upcoming Healingfest
February 11, 2012
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Table of Contents1 - A Note from Val - The Power of Love
2 - Featured Articles - Alone for Valentine's Day? and Two Valentine Articles from the Archives
3 - Upcoming Event - Springforest Healingfest
A Note from Val - The Power of LoveIs there anything more sung about than love? Here are just a few songs that popped into my head at the thought.
All you need is love...( the Beatles)
What the world needs now is love sweet love...(the Carpenters)
Love makes the world go round (Bob Merrill)
The Power of Love (Huey Lewis And The News
Whether you are attaching thoughts of romantic love, world peace, family and friends, or just some kindness toward your fellow man when you read these titles and let the melodies play in your head, you would be right.
There are different kinds of love. There is infatuation. And brotherly love. There is love of family and friends. These types of love are good. The feelings and attachments we form and keep add richness to our lives.
Then there is unconditional love. This is the love of acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude and kindness toward yourself and others.
True unconditional love is the most healing force on the planet. In a moment, an act of love can end war - at home, in your heart, or on a grander scale. It heals hearts and lives. It brings joy and blessings.
When we are loved and loving we feel it deep within. Giving and receiving this love makes you and others feel good. It is deeply spiritual.
This love may be associated with romance and loved ones, but it goes way deeper than that. This love resides within and radiates out to others. It is truly something you can only give to the measure you have it within. This is the love that nurtures and heals the soul.
This is the love I encourage each of us to cultivate this Valentine's and every day.
Alone for Valentine's Day?No other holiday elevates the idea of love, particularly romantic love, more than Valentine's Day. This may be a nice tradition for people in relationships. But I can say firsthand that for those who are alone, and don't want to be, it is a very stressful time.
Ironically, my relationship with my first husband became official on Valentine's Day and the divorce decree became official eleven years later on Valentine's Day. Needless to say, it wasn't my favorite holiday.
Unfortunately, I didn't know then what I know now. I didn't have the energy tools, wisdom, or sense of self worth I have today. If my now self, could have advised my then self I would have told her:
Your sense of self and love can never come from someone else. It has to come from yourself. Loving someone else, and being loved by them is a wonderful thing, but the most essential love is loving yourself.
This isn't the egoic, shallow love that leaves us feeling even more empty once the hype wears off and no one is looking. It's the deep, abiding sense that you are here, and worth-while and immensely valuable. That depth of love, whether you are in a relationship or not, can only come from inside you.
So this Valentines' Day, instead of mourning and being angry and depressed about what you don't have, nurture and be loving to yourself. Shift your thoughts and energy. Give yourself that gift you want someone else to give you.
If you are struggling with negative feelings, do something about it. Fully acknowledge your feelings of aloneness. Own them and then shift them.
Challenge negative self talk with the Work - Ask yourself, is what I'm telling myself really true? Who would I be without this thought? Feel into your feelings and tap, tap, tap until you feel better. Shift to a better feeling thought. Tell yourself the real truth.
This and any day is really what you make it.
One way to really feel good on Valentine's Day, whether you have a significant other or not, is to reach out to someone who is alone. I mean really alone.
There are lots of elderly widows and widowers who have lost their mates and friends of many years. They have almost no one.
There are so many ways to brighten their day. Visit. Bring them flowers, take them out to dinner and a movie. Go for a walk together. Let them talk and really listen.
When you reach out to someone like this, not only will they feel good, but you will be surprised how great you will feel too. It will be a truly happy Valentine's day.
Two Valentine Articles from the ArchivesThis first article will appeal to the chocolate lover in you. Read to find out why we love chocolate and the health benefits you can enjoy from eating it. Chocolate is the perfect gift after all.
Valentine's Day: Give the Gift of Heart Healthy, Feel Good Chocolate (Expired Link Removed)
If you are looking for some simple and meaningful ways to reconnect with your partner and reignite the love spark check out:
Valentine's Day: Gifts From the Heart For Your Significant Other (Expired Link Removed)
Upcoming Event - Springforest HealingfestThe Spring Forest Healingfest is coming on March 12, 2012!
During this six day free on-line event you will learn how to use "qi" and qigong to help yourself heal from pain, stress, and illness.
Qigong is a natural self-healing energy process that anyone can do at home. As Richard Gerber, M.D. puts it, "…by moving Qi through the body, you can heal yourself of many ailments." Bill Manahan, M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School said, “I would place Qigong equal in importance to the incredible discoveries in the forties called antibiotics and in the fifties called immunization.”
Springforest qigong has helped tens of thousands of people unlock inner health, healing, natural beauty, higher energy, and happiness.
Here are just a few of the many problems that have been helped through this system:
Migraine headaches, sinus problems, allergies
Weight control, high cholesterol, and digestion problems
Hearing or sight problems
Female or male organ problems
Diabetes and high blood sugar
Heart disease, high blood pressure, and circulation problems
Autoimmune dysfunction such as AIDS and lupus
Mental disorders: anxiety, PTSD, addictions, OCD, hyperactivity, dyslexia, depression
When you sign-up today, you can listen to 10 professionally produced audio sessions (all about 30 minutes long) and watch a video program (about 60 minutes) absolutely free.
Wishing you happiness, healing, and wellness by design.
Until next time,
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