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Holistic Happenings - November Wellness, Hands on Health, more
November 09, 2014

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Table of Contents

1- A Note from Val

2- November Wellness Challenge-Forgiveness and Gratitude

3- Ghost Dogs and Spirits

4- New Community Page-Hands on Health

5- From Our Facebook Page-plant facts and more

A Note from Val

Brrr - the temperature here is dropping and there is mention of the "s" word. My students always give me an odd look when they mention snow and I tell them to stop swearing. That's one way I ease myself into the cold, dark months ahead with smile. Speaking of dark-I looked out the window at 5:30 pm this evening and couldn't see a thing. And we still have six weeks of shortening days ahead!

This month we have a 'hodgepodge' of topics. Your comments on any or all of them are most welcome.

November Wellness Challenge

Instead of giving into the temptation to dread and grumble about the upcoming winter, I remind myself (sometimes often) to be grateful. After all, I do live in the North Country by choice and winter does hold its own beauty and gifts.

If you are a fan of Carolyn Myss and other spiritual teachers you are no stranger to the holistic principle that forgiveness and gratitude are two of the most powerful healers of mind and spirit, and that sometimes that healing leads to spontaneous physical healing. Forgiveness and gratitude are in some ways two sides of the same coin. They are gifts of love to yourself and others, and release a great deal of stress and tension from your being. Read the challenge here.

Delve deeper into the art of forgiveness and gratitude in the Spiritual Wellness Guide.

Ghosts Dogs and Spirits

My 10 year ago spirit sighting isn't something I've shared publicly before, but I decided to break the silence and write about it as part of a blog hop. Even though Halloween is past and our attention has turned from ghosts to the spirit of the holidays, you might still like to read my true tale of a visiting spirit and ghost dog.

New Community Page

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Paula Youmell, a holistic health practitioner from another NNY community. Paula wrote a common-sense, easy reading book called Hands on Health: Take Your Vibrant, Whole Health Back Into Your Healing Hands which you can learn more about in our community pages.

In my book summary I share some basic ideas and a few tips for healthier eating and living from Paula's book, plus a recipe for yummy, healthy ranch dressing. Check it out here.

From Our Facebook Page

Plants aren't only good to eat, they are good to be around, too. They oxygenate and clean the air. More impressively, research is showing how important it is for us to connect with nature. A recent study showed that men who spent only two minutes touching smooth plant leaves felt calmer and had less blood flow to the brain area associated with stress than men who touched metal or other materials.

Speaking of plants, have you ever wondered - Can plants hear? Do they communicate with each other? The answer to both questions is yes. Plants are capable of communicating with each other via extensive and complex networks, and can warn each other of the presence of pests so they can produce chemicals to defend itself. Some plants also warn others of like kind of an infestation. These chemicals also give a plant many of its medicinal qualities.

On Facebook? Like Holistic MindBody Healing with Val Silver for wellness tips and more.

Until next time,
Wishing you happiness, healing, and wellness by design.

Val Silver

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