Joyful Holidays Amidst Uncertainty

The Holidays are upon us once again. Where does the time go? Last year I offered 7 Tips for Holiday Happiness and you may want to revisit that article and get some helpful hints if you are getting stressed already over the season that has just begun. The most important concept to remember during this Season to remember is to be Happy. Forget the rest of the holiday hype. Particularly turn off the news. Turn off the commercials. Turn down the volume. The noise and chaos interferes with the beauty and joy. With the recent Paris bombing, the continuing terrorist attacks around the world and the shootings at home it is easy to fall prey to anxiety, fear and worry. The perpetrators are hoping to create this kind of disruption. These harmful emotions do not serve us. I am happy to see so many responses in the (non-network) news and internet that call for compassion for the misguided and wounded people who would target innocents. In my last article Heal for Your Future and Others I spoke about the triggers that adversely affect our health and attitudes and turn on “bad” DNA such as depression, fear, heart dis-ease, diabetes and other unwanted influences in our lives. Holidays often bring up old memories—sometime good, sometime not-so-good, that may initiate emotional issues or health issues. Science has now found that we can counter these negative effects fairly easily if we pay attention. One of the most effective ways of changing your genome (the ‘triggering’ part of the DNA mechanism to over simplify it) is to be Grateful. An ‘attitude of gratitude’...

Heal for Your Future and Others

Heal for Your Future and Others   We all have 3.2 billion base pair of DNA molecules in our bodies. Most of these are identical with other living species on the planet. What makes humans unique is our self-awareness and our ability to change our environment and our bodies to respond to events.   Changing our DNA patterns is generally a long term process unless there is mutation. DNA is the blueprint that determines our body’s form, much of our health and some of our personality. Science has made massive strides in discovering how these genes operate. In recent years the science of epigenetics (“in addition to changes in genetic sequence”) has emerged and is changing our concepts of how DNA influences our lives.   Caroline Davis2010 _ Foter _ CC BY Genetics is the study of the DNA we inherit from our parents and their ancestors. When a baby is born this DNA is inherited in an almost pure form with very few attachments.   Epigenetics are the ‘attachments’ we all collect during life–physical, emotional, environmental, mental etc. Scientist have found these epigenetics are important because they are the triggers that turn on certain diseases, behaviors and other health factors in our DNA such MS, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases.   If you think of DNA as an ice cream cone (like a portion of the DNA helix) epigenetics is the ice cream we fill in with our life experience. It is the food we eat, the air we breathe, the abuse we encounter, the emotional attachments we make, our lifestyle choices–smoking, drinking, exercise, learning–and the...

You are the Core of 7 Generations

Seven generations is a basic decision-making concept in Native American tradition. Although in our American consumer culture we tend to associate it with the concept of green products because of the now pervasive “Seven Generation” brand of eco-friendly products (Yeah!) that basically started the revolution in sustainability. It originated with the Iroquois– Great Law of the Iroquois – which holds appropriate to think seven generations ahead (about 140 years into the future) and decide whether the decisions they make today would benefit their children seven generations into the future.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_generation_sustainability. The seven generations concept is actually pervasive in the native culture. No person should make any major decisions affecting their life, their family, their community or their interaction with outsiders without consideration of how such decision will affect their descendants down to the seventh generation. I don’t know if it is just my quirky mind but I always wanted to know: why 7 generations? Why not 5? Or 10? Or 3? Or 12?  Somehow no one I asked seemed to have the answer. I think I have discovered it on my own. My family is having a reunion this summer for the first time in over 20 years. My parents are now dead and thankfully all my siblings are still living. As I was going through my family photos to share at the reunion I found a photo from my childhood. I am sitting with my great-grandmother, Elizabeth, my grandmother, Theresa, and my mother, Catherine in my communion dress when I am about 10 years old. Here are 4 generations of “Thomas” women in one picture. Then I considered...

Control or Chaos

When I went out to plant the spring flowers I faced the usual dilemma: do I plant them in a row or a circle or scatter them about randomly? When I look at Mother Nature there doesn’t appear to be any order yet everything is so beautiful to the eye and spirit. How does this happen? The same dilemma occurs in life. If I want everything under control I set a rigid schedule and everyday is planned. I can get many tasks accomplished. I am also exhausted at the end of the day. If someone calls and asks me to lunch or dinner, there is no room for flexibility. I used to have a To Do List that always had at least a dozen items on it everyday. If I finished half of them I was lucky. It left me feeling stressed, unsatisfied and unfulfilled. I continuously felt like I was “not enough” even though no one else was unhappy with what I was doing. I wasn’t satisfying my expectation. It was all about control. The need to control generally arises from fear. Fear of losing our job; losing our relationship; losing authority over children; losing money, often losing emotional control. If we have control over the details of our life, then we tell ourselves, bad things won’t happen. We never can have enough control over the external world. The sun will rise whether we want it to or not. Our children will catch colds at school no matter how careful we are with prevention. The stock market rises and falls and jobs come and go.  We cannot control...

You are Spring

Spring has arrived no matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere. You may still have snow or be in the rain and cold but certainly the first peeking of spring green is on its way. If you are in the South then the blossoming trees and flowers are in profusion all around filling your heart and energizing your thoughts with planting and playing outside. As Mother Earth shows her evidence of spring, notice that you are also showing your spring face of hope and life force. This is the time of year when we begin to make plans to carry out our desires for the year. This Spring Equinox arrived with a Solar Eclipse. A Solar Eclipse give us a suspension from the present–allowing us to detach from our present concerns to see clearly our dreams and desires. Release the fears that may arise when you feel uncertain. Fear is our block to happiness and joy. Spring is time for dreams and hopes to freely flow. Image what life could be like if you reached for the heavens without the past holding you back. The energy of the Earth is surging upward in your veins, pulsing through you and urging you onward toward your finest destiny. The lunar eclipse will arrive in two weeks and the energy will shift  letting the present flow back into our perceptions. This keeps us connected to the flow of time between past, present and future. For this time between eclipses, follow the urging of spring to dream where your life, future and passion can take you. Spring is for pushing through the...