Gratitude can change your life

Gratitude can change your life… And research has proven it!

HappinessWill you really be happier if you experience being in a state of gratitude? The studies say, “Yes!” And will your body be healthier if gratitude is part of your day? Yes! Your body can’t help but be stronger and more resilient when you live in a state of positive feelings and joy. And there are ways to encourage your body to get to that place of resilience.

You can check out a compilation of the studies at this website —

https://www.happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude.

So many Reasons for Gratitude

I cannot even imagine not having gratitude. Every single day is a fantastic experience of being alive. All I need to do is:

  • watch birds flitting around
  • listen to them singing
  • watch my kitties being cute
  • take a walk in my garden
  • take note of the signs of the changing season
  • watch the sun rise above the hills, feel my breath expand as I do my energy work
  • I experience my body strengthen as I do my Pilates exercises
  • recognize my accomplishments of the day
  • feel the joy of assisting my clients and students as they progress through their journeys towards health
  • watch my animated video of the Daily Clean Your House Flow with a group of kids.

My list can go on and on.

The next step is to express that gratitude, so you’re not keeping it all to yourself! Be the joy, say thanks, and show your smile. I love blowing bubbles as I stand on my deck and look into the garden. Now that brings smiles! I write gratitude notes and put them into a special jar. I connect with special people in my life. I say: “I love you and thank you” to the people I care about. I do my best to move through my to-do list, and I say, “Well done, Deborah” with each accomplishment.

Moving through Stress

Those gratitude moments can really be uplifting when we’re going through stress. We all know those times — too much to do, too many things going wrong, life throwing major curve balls, traumatic events that have taken your breath away, hearing about terrible events that others are going through. The key to helping you get through the stress is to find a practice that lifts you up and then continues to remind your body how to experience breath and a positive state of being.

Radio Show Interview

Voice of AmericaI had the opportunity to be interviewed on Express Yourself, a radio show for teens and hosted by teens. What a fun time to chat with Jack and Joven and share ideas on how we can have more happiness, better health, and an increased sense of well-being. The show is hosted by Cynthia Brian of StarStyle Productions.

Jack and Joven were intrigued that doing self-help acupressure can make a difference in our sense of well-being. As I walked them through a few of the steps of the Daily Clean Your House Flow they were amazed how they immediately experienced expanded breath and were more relaxed. If that can happen within a few minutes, imagine what can happen if we give ourselves 10 to 20 minutes a day to do our energy balancing. And, if that can make a difference, imagine giving yourself that gift off and on throughout the day. That is indeed the beginning of a gratitude practice — giving the gift of breath, health, and ease to yourself.

Jack and Joven especially loved that I created an animated video that kids of all ages can use in schools and in their homes. They’re excited that there is an easy and fun way for youth to learn how to better take care of themselves. And that doing the Daily Clean Your House Flow can be an easy way for all of us to experience health and wellness.

Listen to the episode at the Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/110626/gratitude-and-deborah-myers-wellness

Deborah Myers November 20th 2018Gratitude and Deborah Myers Wellness eCard

Happy Grandparents sitting with their granddaughter on a pier, pointing out at the boats - copyspace

Happy Grandparents sitting with their granddaughter on a pier, pointing out at the boats – copyspace

Gratitude helps us feel GOOD!

  • More happiness
  • Better health
  • Feel less pain
  • Deeper relationships
  • Increased sense of self-worth
  • Increased productivity
  • An increased long-term sense of well-being
  • More appreciative
  • Helps us make more friends than before
  • Makes us more optimistic
  • Stronger immune system
  • Higher levels of positive emotions
  • Brings more joy
  • More compassion
  • Helps us bounce back from stress
  • Makes us more helpful, more trusting, more social
  • Improves sleep
  • Faster recovery from medical procedures
  • More resilient
  • Less likely to develop PTSD
  • More likely to grow in times of stress
  • Increases energy levels
  • Encourages pro-health behavior like exercising
  • Encourages our paying attention to health risks

Gratitude Makes the World Go Round

When we are in a state of gratitude we discover our optimistic self. And the people in your life will notice. Help your body become healthier, stronger, and more resilient by walking around filled gratitude.

I would love to hear about your practice of gratitude. Share your comments on my new Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Myers-Wellness

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Nourish Your Heart with Gratitude and Self-Love

I give myself love cupids, hearts and arrowsNourish Your Heart with Gratitude and Self-Love

Take time right now to think of how you can nourish your heart with gratitude and self-love. You may find that you are always giving to others first. You deserve love.

Welcoming February

If you’re anything like me, you’re happy that January has moved into February. Don’t get me wrong. There was a lot of good stuff in January. I especially loved my Disneyland trip with my kids! As you might have read in my articles, I make a really good little kid and can step into total enthusiasm real easy.

The reason that I like leaving January behind is that it has this “thing” about needing to let go of the old and prepare for the new. All good, of course. But, I for one, can get real bogged down in the lists and the “oh, oh, forgot to do that and didn’t manage that.” It’s pretty easy to get down on yourself in the midst of that mind chatter and forget how awesome you really are.

Dedication to Loving Yourself

So, here comes February — the month for love. It is after all the month that gives us Valentine’s Day, the day that is dedicated to showing our love for the special people in our life. But here’s the clincher: we can’t really love others and be able to fully express that love for someone else if we don’t first love ourselves. That love is all about appreciation for yourself and all that you do, gratitude for your body and spirit that allows you complete expression, and accepting who you are and what you offer in the world.

Louise Hay says it perfectly. “Love is the nourishment that we humans need to fulfill our greatness. As we learn to love ourselves more, we learn to love everyone more. Together we tenderly cultivate an ever more beautiful world.” By the way, you can feed yourself daily with beautiful and meaningful affirmations by going to www.louisehay.com/affirmations.

Gratitude Ritual

So, one of the best ways to discover how great you really are is to have a ritual around gratitude. Because when you’re expressing gratitude you’re discovering how much you really offer and that you are indeed a gift. It’s in that space of reminding yourself of your greatness that you will create your best life. My ritual goes like this. I start every day writing a gratitude and putting it my gratitude jar. I first re-read yesterday’s daily quote on Louise Hay’s daily calendar (thank you to my good friend Ronnie Roche for that annual Christmas gift!) Then I write my gratitude of the day on the back of yesterday’s page and put it into my gratitude jar. I started this last year when my friend and colleague, Cynthia Riggs, was promoting her “Good Things Challenge.” It was a good thing to do last year, so I’m even more committed to following through in 2016. Check it out at www.bizdiva.biz/goodthingschallenge. Discover how good it feels to contemplate gratitude and how it easily feeds into loving yourself.

Self-Help Energy Balancing Creates Appreciation

I continue my ritual with doing self-help energy work which lets my body know how much I appreciate what it does for me and that I’m willing to focus my attention on optimal health and wholeness.

Earlier in the morning I do the Daily Clean Your House Flow so I’ve already helped prepare my body for all that I’m going to ask of it and all that might come at it. Either during the “gratitude ritual” or when I have finished writing and putting it in the jar, I do one or more of these steps to get that feeling set in my being:

  • Hold your upper arms (to bring in breath and connect with heart and love)
  • Left hand: move fingers to right elbow (will help let go of old stuff) and
  • Move right hand to base of right skull (will help be clear and focused)
  • Left hand: move fingers to outside of right wrist while still holding head (will calm the whole being and allow you to be in the moment)

Give Gratitude for Valentine’s Day

And then, when you’re completely in that space of appreciating and loving you for who you are, you can step into fully loving others. Here’s another idea: instead of a regular Valentine’s Day card for that someone special, how about writing a list of everything you are grateful for in that person? Give that as a special “I love you because” gift. I’m willing to bet that you will bring on some huge smiles. Further, try it with the people in your life who are part of your team, whether it’s in your personal life or your business life. That kind of energy and love is the nourishment that we humans need to fulfill our greatness.

Have fun being the great and awesome you!

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Gratitude is an Attitude

turkeyGratitude is an Attitude

Yep! I’m a lucky girl. I’m healing from that accident of one month ago though I’m often hurting and needing to watch what I do. Exercising is pretty much out of the picture — at least for right now. Mild stretching is about the extent of what my body will let me do. My garden beckons me but luckily it’s time to prepare it for winter, and I can hand the clean-up to someone else. Decorating for Christmas? I’ll just have to see what can actually get done. Time will tell.

My Healing Journey

I feel so blessed that my treatment plan is helping me get beyond the injuries and even more blessed that I have the healing team I do. They literally have my back. And all of that self-help acupressure I do is getting me through the days and helping me sleep at night. I can feel how the energy flows help me prepare my body for what I’m going to ask it to do and prepare it for what might come at it. I’m getting more out of each appointment I receive, whether it’s acupuncture, physical therapy, massage or chiropractic. I will get on the other side of this thing called “the accident.”

Creating Positive Energy

Yep. I’m in gratitude. And I know that my gratitude will bring more good things my way because positive energy draws more of the same towards it. Positive energy occurs when there is balance and harmony which naturally happens in our bodies when we help the energy flow.

So do your daily energy work! Start with the Daily Clean Your House Flow to give your body a firm foundation. Then do the following to bring even more good things your way:

  • Right hand – hold fingers on right mid back
  • Left hand – hold fingers on left mid back
  • Right hand – hold fingers on left base of ribcage
  • Right hand – cup sternum directly below collarbone
  • Left hand – hold fingers in a vertical pattern on tummy

The Attitude of Gratitude

When we’re in a space of gratitude we have an attitude that is all about contentment. We’re contented with what we have in our life, what we’re experiencing and how good and happy we feel. That attitude draws more good into our lives that allows more gratitude. That is a beautiful cycle to create and make sure continues! And another huge benefit — there’s not much space to experience stress. Each day has more and more room to just be.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Life is Full of Surprises!

To Do ListLife is Full of Surprises!

Accidents are not planned so when they happen life changes. You have a list of what you need to do in the next few days and within the week. You have plans and then all of a sudden you have to make new ones. My car accident of two weeks ago has created a bit of a scheduling chaos. My calendar now needs to handle doctors, physical therapy, energy work, and massage. Whiplash creates a need to for immediate treatment. I don’t want to wait for the muscles to tighten up even more.

Where’s My Car?

Then there’s the car issue. I really didn’t expect to hear that my car is a total loss after being rear-ended. How could that have bent the frame? After the crash, I was able to drive my car to a meeting and then to my home. Now I get to deal with replacing my car when that was the farthest thing from my mind. I thought my Subaru was going to give me another ten years. I don’t know as of yet what I’ll be driving next.

Ripples and Repercussions

Any of this sound familiar to you? Dealing with repercussions from an accident is a lot of “this wasn’t part of any plan I had in place.” But that’s life: it’s like a box of chocolates. You don’t know what you’re going to get until you take a bite of whichever piece you happen to choose or are given.

Harvest Time and the Holidays

It’s November and my time is supposed to be used finishing the harvest, cleaning up the garden, getting plants into the greenhouse, prepping for Thanksgiving and creating holiday gifts.  And, of course, if you know me, you know that decorating for Christmas is of major importance. And top of the list is seeing my clients and spreading the word about my animated video of the Daily Clean Your House Flow.

Day by Day

So what to do? Take each day, one at a time, just like picking out a piece of chocolate. And I thank my lucky stars that my body is on a fast track to healing. All things considered, my life COULD be a lot worse. I have a treatment plan and I’m doing my energy work around the clock. Whatever gets accomplished from my list is still in up for grabs. The key is treat the list in way that keeps it from turning into stress.

Energy Balance and Healing

I’m doing the following to help my body be in energetic balance and heal.

Breath, Relieve Shoulder and Neck Tension

This flow will help you to be in breath and relieve tension in your shoulder and neck:

  • Hold upper arms by folding arms across the chest
  •  Left hand: cup right shoulder with fingers at top of right shoulder blade
    • Right hand: cup sternum below collarbone
    • Left hand: move to right upper arm
    • Left hand: hold fingertips in a vertical pattern on tummy

Clarity, Focus and Release Tightness in your Neck and Head

This flow will help you create clarity and focus and relieve neck and head pressure:

  • Left hand: cup back of neck
  • Right hand: cup forehead

Gratitude is an Attitude

By the way, you don’t have to be healing from an accident for any of this to work! Try these steps any time you want to expand your breath and improve focus.

I’m hoping YOU have a beautiful November! This IS the month for gratitude. See what each day brings and look for the good.  Enjoy!

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Gratitude

heart smileGratitude

I love the word! And it really does help the world go around. When we’re in gratitude we’re in a space of recognizing that something good has come our way. Then, when we take the next step and acknowledge that we have received, we are showing that we accept it. In that moment in time, we are creating the space that allows more to come our way.

Does that sound like we’re expecting to receive?  That we’re being demanding or feeling entitled?

I don’t think that’s the case. In fact,I believe that when we’re in gratitude, we help our energy move, and movement of energy allows us to draw to us what will help us improve our state of being, whether or not we’re even aware what that might be.  THAT is not being demanding. Rather it’s creating the space for possibilities to happen.

My Right Foot

Here’s what recently happened to me. I needed minor foot surgery. As soon as a close friend heard what was scheduled for me, she informed me that she was organizing healing circles – friends to come and give me healing energy work. My initial response was, “Jan, it’s just my toe.” Her response was, “So? It’s time for you to receive. You have given and now it’s time to be helped by those you have helped.”

Receiving is a Gift

So, I got out of my own way, accepted that the circles were scheduled and allowed Jan and all my beautiful friends to take time to come to me. Then came the actual circles. In the saying “yes” and “thank you” to their gifts of time, energy, and love for me, I allowed magic to happen. Those healing circles (three of them!) helped improve my state of being and the results were magnificent. In addition, many more friends were continuously sending me good thoughts and lots of great healing energy, all of which boosted that magic. I know that the time spent receiving from my dear friends is what has helped my recovery be smooth with very little discomfort. I know that I’ll continue to heal easily and that my body will be happy, healthy and balanced.

Deja Vu

I’ve had this lesson from my friends before. When my husband, Randy, was ill and we needed some financial assistance, these same friends created a benefit. THAT was a big one for both Randy and me to allow. But what an amazing gift! Then, six short months later, after Randy had passed away, those friends came together again to help me organize a beautiful event to celebrate his life.

Surrounded by Love

I’m a lucky one. I have extremely special friends in my life who keep reminding me to open up to receive. I am in gratitude that they’re here for me and willing to say: “it’s time to allow.” I have gratitude for my friends, for all the special clients and students in my life, for my beautiful children, and for my home and garden. I have gratitude for how I get to spend my days – bringing energetic balance to my clients, teaching how we can do our own energy work and become our own care providers, and creating new ways to help others, especially children, be healthy and productive.

Giving and Receiving

My wish for you is to be in gratitude, allow, receive, acknowledge and accept. And the gifts will keep on coming and you’ll keep on giving. Then comes more gratitude. That’s how the world goes around and we create magic.

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