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Living Through Hurricane Irma

  • Posted on September 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm

I live on the east coast of Florida (Palm Beach County) and we just survived with minimal damage during the passing of “Hurricane Irma” this past week on Sunday, September 10, 2017. While listening to the news warnings to prepare for the impending doom of the Hurricane Category 3-5, the anxiety and hysteria began to build in my community by the flurry of shopping for gas, water, food, batteries and lanterns. I actually had to go to my neighborhood supermarket three times before I was able to buy extra drinking water. The anxiety of the shoppers in the supermarket could be felt with seeing emptied shelves of food and water. I was glad our Governor Rick Scott prepared with repeated influx of gas shipments with National Guard escorts and water shipments to be continually brought in. In the last big hurricanes in 2004-2005, shipments of gas, food and water were being limited because the trucking companies did not want their trucks injured during the storm. Having generators put in to gas stations to pump gas after the loss of electricity was another improvement from our last big hurricanes and I want to say the upgraded electrical grids of Florida, Power and Light really shortened our return back to having electricity when the temperatures rising in the low 90’s. Thanks to all the out of state electrical help from our other states that came to help! It was great seeing neighbors helping neighbors with installing hurricane shutters, and with cleanup of scattered branches and debris.

One of the biggest decisions during an impending hurricane is whether to stay or evacuate. As of Monday-Tuesday, the hurricane predictions were the “eye” of the storm was coming through the east coast of Florida. Later in the week, it was predicted to come through the center of the state and on Friday, the hurricane was moving towards the west coast of Florida. Hurricane Irma was so wide it easily covered the entire width of the state of Florida. Where do you drive to, to avoid the storm? My husband and I decided to stay home with our 80 lbs. dog and two cats. We also wanted to be home if the house needed to be protected by flooding or wind damage. We rationalized that having a poured concrete and steel house with hurricane shutters and a relatively new roof would provide safety, but our house was built before Hurricane Andrew and its new improved building regulations. Would the house withstand a Category 5 hurricane winds of 185 miles per hour? My husband and I stated that being caught in the mass exodus, not knowing where to go, and the uncertainty of traffic jams and having enough access to gas was a stressful experience in itself. Some of my friends flew out of town at great cost and are now having trouble getting a return flight home causing increased hotel and rental car expenses.

Once we made the decision to stay, the phone calls from family and out of state friends came by Thursday asking if we were evacuating. The national news was reporting we were screwed! I even received a phone call from my ex-husband who was very displeased I was not evacuating! It was great to hear from family and friends being concerned, however it did add to the anxiety level of questioning ourselves if we made the right decision. On Wednesday before the storm, we received a call that my sister-in-law and spouse, in addition to 2 extra dogs was coming to stay during the storm. They live in a pre-fabricated home and they felt, they needed to be in a stronger house in the big winds. Now we had 4 adults, 3 dogs, and 2 cats like a Noah’s Ark.

I in my preparation stage also began to pack an “important” box of important papers like birth certificates, passports, and especially your hurricane insurance and photos in a waterproof box. I also had to prepare and pack my office in case of window breakage and rain damage. I was trying to imagine if my roof blew off, what would I want to preserve? Seeing the hurricane damage in Houston with all the floods and people running to save themselves with only the clothes they were wearing, having no home to return to, was gut wrenching. I realized the core of our basic security is having your home to feel safe in. The hurricane threatens our basic need of feeling safe and secure. The fear of the unknown if the hurricane is going to threaten our homes or even our lives upped my adrenaline and put me in survival mode.
I began to selfishly pray a protection prayer and hope that the Hurricane move away from my area and keep my home safe. When the winds increased to 70 miles per hour, intellectually, I knew my home would be safe, but the howl of the swirling winds made me feel afraid emotionally. Having my electricity flickering on and off throughout the day of the storm had me resigned we may lose our electricity and at 3 am Monday morning we did lose electricity due to a fallen power line. It is amazing how you feel when no lights, no internet, and no TV cuts you off from communications and news updates. Listening to persistently negatively charged newscasts of doom and gloom did not help in creating a safe mental space. Some of the newscasters were frenetic and fear of doom was transferred to the public. We lost electricity temporarily for 45 minutes twice and at times, it gave us a sense of peace not to listen to the news anymore. Lying in the dark made me have a fatalistic attitude, that I had no control over what was going to happen during the storm. During the storm, I held stress reducing neurovascular kinesiology points on my head to relieve the stress and decrease my fears!

Waking up on Monday after the storm, we recorded a video of what happened around my home to send to my out of state family members. Luckily, only fallen branches and leaves all over the place, and my house was intact. My sister-in-law and family left to go home to an intact home. A few trees in the neighborhood were down, but all of my subdivision did not have any electricity. The county had us on curfew from Saturday 3pm until Monday morning, so no driving was allowed until the city cleaned up downed power lines. We had 8 pm curfew on the following Monday and Tuesday night and by Wednesday, we were allowed to go out until midnight. My friend’s birthday was Wednesday and we found a restaurant to celebrate our surviving the storm, having gotten back our electricity within 24 hours, and the ability to have cooked food!

After the storm, we began cleanup, taking shutters down, and starting our generator up to power our refrigerator and freezer. However, our generator only last 3 hours. Due to why, we do not know? Maybe not having been consistently used in 10 years was a factor! My husband was so frustrated because he thought he had anticipated everything. Disheartened, he felt he failed me. The temperature of the house was 80 and getting hotter. By 7:30pm that night, we were pleasantly surprised to see our electricity go back on! We danced around the house celebrating and felt lucky we got our electricity back on so quickly!
Now, we are experiencing post hurricane fatigue, as we try to resume our normal lives. We pack up extra food to send to the Florida Keys to help in their rebuilding. We have lost a week of work, the kids are going back to school after a week off, and some homes are still waiting for electricity. We feel thankful and grateful for how lucky we are. Now, we await to see if Hurricane Maria is going to threaten us again. There are costs for living in paradise!

Holistic Approach to Prepare for Your Upcoming Surgery

  • Posted on September 17, 2015 at 6:58 am

One of my clients asked me, when my husband had heart surgery, how I was going to prepare him holistically for surgery.  I told them, I planned to balance and support his energy and give him lymphatic massages.  Recently, I have been preparing some of my clients for mastectomy surgeries.  I have found that using my energy balancing protocols, I have been able to decrease their emotional stress related to losing their breasts.  As part of the energy balancing, I am increasing their energy levels to withstand the toll of the surgery and the recovery period.  As a Registered Nurse, I also had previously worked for a plastic surgeon who specialized in breast reconstruction.  I was also able to share some of the healing experiences from former patients.  I gave the women pre- operative manual lymphatic massages to open the drainage ports of their lymphatics.  This helps in decreasing the swelling post operatively, and helps with detoxing the anesthesia medications from the body.I will see these women post operatively to continue decreasing the swelling and increasing the lymphatic flow to heal the wound.  Lymphatic massage (used in wound care in hospitals) moves the food to the cells and brings antibodies to wound to fight any infection.  After the surgery, I will do another energy balance to have the body integrate the new breast implants to be a part of their body’s energy field, and not seen as a foreign body.  I love that “Energy Kinesiology” gives me the skills to assist and support these women in making their surgical experience a less stressful event.

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Food Choices and Buying Supplements: How do I know what to buy that benefits me the most?

  • Posted on May 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Why Be Happy?

  • Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Happiness comes from within; not from without, and not from a reflection of what others think of you!  It is not the house, the money, and perception of success!  It comes from within yourself that makes you happy.  Only you can make yourself happy!

It takes up to 43 muscles to frown and 17 muscles to smile.

Happy people are hopeful, enthusiastic, engaged in life and work, optimistic and are self regulatory in terms of eating and exercise.

Fears and worries stress you out and eventually through cortisol, blood sugar levels cause inflammation and heart disease.  Low social ties to people actually have been found in a 9 year study to double the likelihood of dying!

Happy people experience higher heart rates, flushed skin, smiling causes lower heart disease.  Higher metabolism?  Remember your first love….

Happier people attract more people to want to be near them.  They act more successful.  Having emotional balance and coping skills helps these people face life’s stresses with more adaptability skills.

What is your happy place or memory?  Who was with you?  What makes your heart melt?  We all love watching cute animal videos because we all go Ahhhh!  Open your heart and let love in!  Be happy to be alive!

Pharrell’s song, “Happy”. Had 43 million streams.

happy times

 

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The New Natural, Recovering From A Loss

  • Posted on March 9, 2015 at 8:24 am

It has been written that 95% of our daily behaviors are habits by the time we are age 35.  We have been accumulating habits from our parents, teachers, friends, social groups, social media and our personal experiences.  When you drive to work on a daily basis, you tend to take the same route and sometimes wonder how you got there?  When a traffic accident occurs, all of a sudden you have to put on your “thinking cap” and figure out an alternate driving route.  These habits save us from being constantly overloaded with decision making choices.  E.g. Should I eat an egg for breakfast, French toast, or grab a box of cereal?  You will probably realize we tend to eat the same thing for breakfast, because we are barely awake.

Our habits also give us security and a sense of routine in our life.  When we lose a job, break up with our loved one, or a loss of a loved one, we find we are feeling lost or missing a part of our normal routine of greeting a co-worker or loved one at home.

In loss of a loved one, we lose our natural rhythm of coming home to see that person who welcomes you home on a daily basis.  We miss the kiss “hello”, having to someone ask how was your day, miss having to share a meal, or just having someone in the house.

In my divorce, I missed having someone who loved me and being part of a couple.  I missed the sharing and being a family unit to face the constant joys and trials of daily living.  I missed having someone to do things with, buy gifts for, and to spoil with special meals.  Someone asked me, what home meant to me?  I answered that sitting home peacefully watching TV with my husband and cat, was what home meant to me.

Sudden loss such as a break up, divorce or a death of a spouse feels liked your current life just had the rug pulled out from underneath you.  New feelings of shock, denial, anger, acceptance and moving on all become a healing process. When I got divorced in 1992, I felt like I was on “constant overwhelm” with questions.  How am I going to live without him?  How am I going to support the style of living I have?  Now, I have to quit working for my husband, and find a new job.  I never lived alone, how am I going to deal alone with the running of the house?  How am I going to date again and will I ever trust to marry again?  I went into a swirl of anxiety and feeling lost in all the unknowns.  I didn’t sleep well.  I woke up angry and exhausted.  It was draining to go to work and be so tired.  I was so tired of feeling unsettled, being afraid of my future, and my loss of peace in my life.

In 2001, I discovered the field of “Energy Kinesiology”, where energetically you can balance out your energy blockages caused by your anxieties and fears from your past. I had my first balance and left feeling calmer and things didn’t bother me as much.  I began to realize that a 1 ½-2 hour session could change the repetitive thoughts of insecurities, fears and my behavior.  I no longer woke up anxious all the time.  Over the years, I worked on balancing many issues of feeling insecure, lacking self -confidence, releasing bondage from my Mom, allowing success in to my life, etc…

I have been studying and working in the field of “energy kinesiology” for the last 14 years.  In my kinesiology work, I often use protocols on my clients of balancing self-limiting beliefs and “cutting negative energetic cords” to their loved ones, friends, co-workers, etc…  Negative energetic cords are energetic cords that a person consciously or unconsciously sends out to you and holds on that no longer serve you in the present.  These kinesiology techniques helps you let go of your past negative stuff you are carrying around with you.  After having one of these energy balancing sessions, you feel lighter and more hopeful.  These sessions help you move through your own personal healing crisis more quickly and with less stress, so you can find your “New natural rhythm” of your life.  Why carry negative energetic burdens from your past in to the next phase of your joyful life?  Why poison a potential new relationship with fears of being hurt again?  Energy kinesiology is not a replacement for psychotherapy, however I find it decreases the stress and blockages of the situation, so you can calmly talk about and process what happened with your therapist.  I am thankful, I have a skill that helps me through my stressful times in my life and helps me move forward with hope and joy!

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The Healing Path Says “Be Thankful”!

  • Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Be Thankful

 

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

 

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

 

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

 

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

 

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

 

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

 

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.

 

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings.

 

Author Unknown

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ARE YOU BEING INDECISIVE OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE?

  • Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

Have you ever wondered why you feel anxious or stressed out when you have to make a decision?  Do some of your friends, family, or co-workers think you are a “wuss”?  Are you always balancing “in the middle”, afraid of the consequences of your decision making or feel you always have to be “right” or to “be perfect”?

Some decision makers have to gather or need more information about the question on hand.  Some decision makers have to ask a lot of other people’s opinions, before they make a qualified decision.  Some decision makers make decisions spontaneously, intuitively and do by “feeling their gut instinct”.  Which type of decision maker are you?

Have you ever met someone who no matter how much information or help you give, cannot feel secure committing to a viewpoint.  This type of person appears to be “spinning” and getting nowhere fast.  As you pressure this person, he/she gets anxious, nervous and eventually will cry or get angry at you for trying to pin them down.

As an “Energy Kinesiology practitioner” (This system is based on the Chinese Meridian system from Traditional Chinese Medicine), we say this person may have an “incongruent belief” or “conflicted” belief system.  In kinesiology, we use “muscle testing” e.g.  Testing of both arms as a biofeedback indicator of the body’s biocomputer or as I like to say, the body’s wisdom.

Let’s use the goal statement, “I can make a good decision”.  When there is anxiety or stress while saying this statement, when pressure is applied to both arms to push down, they both go weak.  If the arm muscles stay strong, there is no stress on saying that statement.

So what happens, if you say, “I can make a good decision” and your arms go down, and then you say, “I cannot make a good decision”, and your arms go down?  This is called a “negative conflict” statement.  Your subconscious cannot tell the difference.  Whether you state your goal in the positive or negative tense, it always will be negative to you.  When a person has this conflicted behavior pattern, they get caught in a loop that one cannot get out of and they “spin”.  Imagine that your thought is like a pin ball that keeps bouncing all over the place, and cannot find the way out.  In one of the “Integrated Healing” kinesiology protocols that I use, I can help unblock the client’s chakras, and they will be able to get out of that circular loop.

Imagine that clearing a few blocked energy points in your energy field can help you “discern about making a good decision”!  After I have helped unblocked the energy points, I repeat the muscle test and find that when the client says, “I can make a good decision”, both of the tested arms remain strong.  When I have the client says, “I cannot make a good decision”, both of the tested arms go weak.  Now this client can discern the difference between the two statements, thus eliminating the “spinning”.  My clients feel a decrease of anxiety when they now say the original goal.  Energy balancing is so rewarding when you see your client’s face relax and leave happy!

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Increasing your Visual Fields with Touch for Health

  • Posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:17 am

I recently taught a Touch for Health 1 class and one of the balancing protocols is to increase your visual field range by rubbing acupressure points under your clavicles, while placing one hand over your navel.  My student told us in class that she could not see in the lower left quadrant of her eye since she was a teenager.  She had a systemic bacterial infection that affected her visual field and she shared that it was a very emotional experience for her.  As we were balancing her per the protocol, she realized she was seeing in that lost quadrant for the first time in 40 years.  A simple 2 minute protocol is waking up her visual field range!  Kinesiology is so simple and effective!  I love experiencing  and sharing these small miracles!