Heart, Romance and Recover

tulips and a plush heart with I love you embroidered on itHeart and romance

February is all about heart health, both emotional and physical.

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the fifth century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. No matter the history, it is the day that gives many a BIG reason to recognize and celebrate those heart connections with loved ones in their lives.

AND you still have time to get that extra special gift for that special person in your life!

February is Heart Health Month

This is the month we’re made more aware of how we can improve the health of our hearts so we can decrease the chances of heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is an equal opportunity killer which claims approximately 1 million lives annually. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.

Read more about how to make a BIG difference in having a heart-healthy life.
https://www.theheartfoundation.org/heart-disease-facts/heart-awareness-month/

Giving Service from the Heart

Here’s another “Heart Connection” — and it is doing something really big for the community.

Shiroko Sokitch, M.D.My dear friend and colleague, Dr. Shiroko Sokitch, director of Heart to Heart Medical Center in Santa Rosa, has created an amazing event that is FREE and available online to help you deal with physical and emotional challenges after a traumatic event, like a disaster, an accident or a death in the family.

This event is entirely at no cost and it will be yours to keep when you sign up for it. It’s all about being able to heal no matter where you are or what is going in your life. Register to hear talks by healthcare experts February 12– 19.

The Disaster Recovery Online Summit

This event is here to help those who have endured the disasters we’ve recently experienced—fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and others—to help them heal and overcome, physically and emotionally, the impacts of living through a disaster.

After a traumatic event, people begin to go back to their daily lives, but it doesn’t mean they’ve completely healed. And, far too often, there are very few resources that address the emotional difficulties and latent health issues that such events can cause.

Health care experts will provide advice on helping children cope, anxiety, mindfulness, self-healing, mold toxicity, even disaster recovery itself.

Get complimentary access to these talks about traumatic recovery now

These 32 talks are yours FOREVER! Meaning, you’ll gain access once they’re unlocked on February 12, and retain it for whenever you need to address trauma for yourself, or anyone else.

No purchase required and no commitment necessary for you to participate.

My interview with Dr. Shiroko on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm

I’m honored to be participating in the Disaster Recovery Event! Dr. Shiroko will be interviewing me on Facebook Live Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm (Pacific Time). Tune in to hear my suggestions for how we can make use of Easy Self-Help Acupressure to help deal with the stress and challenges of traumatic events. I’ll give you energy tips that can make a big difference in the quality of life.
Go to Dr. Shiroko’s Facebook Page.

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Childhood Memories Yank the Heartstrings

My first baby doll

Memories Live in Our Hearts

Childhood memories and mementos. We never know what items and memories from our past will be useful for keeping track of and keeping close to our heart. Some will stand out as truly significant and can when we recognize their profound effect on our well-being. On the other hand, we may find out that what we thought was important is something that bogged us down and got in our way of moving forward.

I discovered in my journey down memory lane that there were a few items and recollections that I needed to let go. But I’m blessed to say that the vast majority were happy and pleasant, and I see them as important to hold in my heart.

Childhood Memories and Mementos Don’t Just Live in Boxes; They Fill Our Hearts

My visit with my Minnesota family is continuing to pull on my heart strings even when I’m back at home. The mementos that I brought back with me are probably a big part of that!
But there is one particular item that I opted not to bring home with me that darn near brought me to tears. When I opened one of the boxes that my mom had hauled down from the attic, I discovered that it was full of dolls and stuffed animals, some of which were in pretty bad shape. It was sad to let them go when I had just rediscovered them. But my first baby doll was a keeper. Her face and eyes were even perfect. I set her aside to so I could pack her into a box for shipping. But I had a rude awakening. When I picked her up to wrap her for packing, she started falling apart in my hands.

Acupressure points to help with transition

Do you have anything you are ready to let go of but you could use some assistance in doing so? Here are a few energy balance points that can help you create new patterns and new ways of doing and being.

  • Hold little fingers
  • Cup right hand over left shoulder,
    Hold left hand at left groin area
    Then sit on left hand (still holding shoulder)
  • Cup left hand over right shoulder
    Hold right hand at right groin area
    Then sit on right hand (still holding shoulder)

To make that transition an easier one by releasing the tension around the old pattern (e.g., throat tension and jaw tightness, “holding” the breath)

  • Right hand – cup sternum directly below clavicle
  • Left hand – hold fingertips in a vertical pattern below the navel

Enjoy your journey down memory lane!

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