Nurse Your Way Back to Health with a Plant

Taking care of plants can be very therapeutic. I can personally verify this. After my miscarriage, I was drawn to plants. Taking care of plants helped to redirect my focus during a difficult time. Appreciating the simple beauty of these unique floral arrangements then allowed me to experience gratitude in other areas of my life. Because they helped me to relax and bring me peace of mind, I started to feel better. That is why I have assembled these unique and beautiful plant terrariums. My hope is that they will help bring relaxation and peace of mind to anyone who needs this. Or maybe you know someone who could benefit from a gift like this?

I’m not the only one who feels that plants can benefit your health. Take a look at what is being said about the health benefits of plants:

“Researchers…found that plants in the office significantly increased workplace satisfaction, self-reported levels of concentration, and perceived air quality.”…“A study by Ulrich and Simons found that being exposed to natural settings and plants can reduce stress levels within a five-minute period.” http://www.urbanplanters.co.uk/benefits-of-plants-article/increase-workplace-productivity/

Plants in offices increase happiness and productivity – What was important was that everybody could see a plant from their desk. If you are working in an environment where there’s something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better,” Knight said. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/31/plants-offices-workers-productive-minimalist-employees

The Healing Hand designs both Air Plant Terrariums and Tropical Plant Terrariums. Scroll down to learn more.

Air Plant Terrarium

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Air Plant Terrarium with Cool Beach Theme

No time for a vacation to the beach, no problem!  Just stare into this terrarium and IMG_0489daydream about it!  It’s a unique item that’s sure to please.

So what is an air plant?  Well, its a special plant that can be placed just about anywhere.

This glass terrarium is about 8 1/2 inches tall by 5 inches, and it comes with everything you see.

To care for it, you need to either spray it or soak it once or a twice a week.  See how here.

Here is another variation of this cool beach theme!  

If you’re interested in one of these unique gift ideas – please email me.

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Tropical Plants Terrarium

Terrariums were popular during the Victorian Age and are making a comeback.  Gazing IMG_0567into a terrarium can have a very calming effect and be a good source of relaxation.

It could be a unique gift for that hard to buy for person, (or, better yet, treat yourself!)

This is a special and unique floral arrangement that is pretty easy to take care of.  Because a terrarium is somewhat enclosed, it helps to keep in moisture that tropical plants need.  A few sprays of room temperature water a couple of times a week should do the trick.  See how here.

And just so you’re all set, I’m including a spray bottle with the terrarium.

To give you an idea of the size – this terrarium is about 11 inches in height and the diameter is approximately 4 ¾ inches.

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Here is another variation of a tropical plants terrarium.  This terrarium is about 8 inches in height and the diameter is approximately 7 ½ inches.  To make a purchase, please email The Healing Hand.

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The Pond of Everlasting Hope

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Here you will find a Collection of Ideas, Images, Meditations, Reflections, and Thoughts – These items resonate with me. I hope they will inspire you. Passion is the path to health. If you find your passion, you find your vitality and you revitalize. Stay on the path!

 

I have always liked poetry, both the reading of it and the writing of it. Here is one written by my younger self, at age 18.

 

The Pond of Everlasting Hope – a poem by Darlene Novak

In the back of the yard

Exists a pond, a man-made pond.IMG_0473

And in the summer

The pond was alive;

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Birds in tune

And the fish – yes – the goldfish

– So many together

So bound, forever

 

And then autumn fell

And the flowers were gone.

The birds, they too, flew away.

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Honk! Honk!

The goldfish removed

To an indoor pond

To safety, to warmth

But a temporary home

All of them secure

To carry on the tradition.

 

All of them? – No, not all,

All, except two

Two which could not have been caught.

Two which would not be caught.

Although it was tried again and again

The two remained in the pond.

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All said, they would not – make it.

But the two remained in the pond.

 

Some time has passed since that autumn day

And many cold days have come

Some rain has fallen

And snow has stormed

Hiding the pond from all’s view

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So many footprints!

All are fine, though rain still falls

The two are still in the pond

-Presumably dead, though no one will know

Until the breaking of ice.

 

The time has come

For the sun to shine.

The ice is beginning to melt

Slowly, though,

The process takes time

But through warmth, it will become clear.

The birds have returned; the flowers in bloom

Through faith, the two have survived

And one day soon, the others will join them.

God has brought them new life.

 

 

“Let my hands help you maintain your health!”

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What is Stone Therapy?

Visit www.thehealinghand.ca to book an appointment or purchase a product.Stone Therapy is the therapeutic use of stones that are either heated or cooled in water with the combination of massage. A variety of different stones (basalt, jade, soapstone…) with different properties (relaxing, revitalizing…) can be used consistently to help relax physical tension and anxiety, soothe aching muscle pain, and ultimately lift your spirit. As ongoing stress can lead to serious health issues, Hot Stone Therapy can be thought of as a preventative measure, and thus should be a part of your health maintenance program.

History

Hot Stone Therapy originated more than 5000 years ago. Here are some examples of how different cultures used stone therapy. It was used in Ayurvedic medicine in India with the stones being warmed in water or on hot coals to relieve muscle pain and discomfort; Native Americans used stones heated by the sun’s rays (heliotherapy) to ease pain, https://thehealinghand.ca/hot-stone-massage/particularly cramps felt during menstruation. They also used them to heat sweat lodges and believed that this ritual could purify and cleanse the body of disease; in Hawaii lava stones were wrapped in ki leaves to heal and protect the body. As you can see, the therapeutic use of stones has been used all around the world for many years as a healing remedy.

Modern day Hot Stone Therapy is rooted in a practice that started in 1993 by Mary Nelson of Arizona, who was guided by an inner voice that explained the basis of the current techniques used in Hot Stone Therapy. Since then, Hot Stone Therapy has become quite popular, and is viewed as a holistic healing therapy that both relaxes, refreshes, and revitalizes body, mind, and soul.

What are the Benefits of Stone Therapy?

The benefits of Hot Stone Therapy are many, especially if Hot Stone Therapy is received on a regular basis. While the holistic modality of Hot Stone Therapy does not diagnose, prescribe, or treat for a specific condition, it can help to:

  • Improve back, shoulder, and neck painhttps://thehealinghand.ca/contact/
  • Alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Improve relaxation and breathing
  • Improve mental clarity and peace of mind
  • Improve lymphatic circulation
  • Improve circulation
  • Release toxins
  • Regulate metabolism
  • Reduce menstrual pain
  • Reduce joint pain
  • Reduce tension headaches
  • Reduce sciatic pain
  • Improve overall well-being and vitality
  • Promote grounding due to the high magnetic field found in basalt stones

Cold Stone Therapy can be combined with Hot Stone Therapy. Contrasting hot with cold dilates and constricts blood vessels, and as a result this process helps to improve circulation, reduce swelling, and improve tissue healing.  Ultimately, the result is a refreshing feeling. Cold Stone Therapy can help with:

  • Local swelling, inflammation, redness
  • Acute injuries
  • Tension headaches
  • Sinus congestion
  • Toning and stimulating the body

Most people can benefit from Hot Stone Therapy, however, you should avoid it if you have:

  • Advanced diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, kidney, liver, or heart disease
  • Acute pneumonia
  • Severe hypertension (high blood pressure) or unstable blood pressure
  • Hemophilia (internal bleeding), phlebitis (inflamed veins)
  • High fever
  • Contagious or infectious conditions
  • Rash or a condition with open wounds

If you have the following local conditions, please inform me so that the treatment would be avoided in these areas:  flare-ups of inflammatory arthritis and nerves, surgery in which nerves have been cut or altered, open wounds, recent burn or frostbite, skin conditions aggravated by heat, and metal implants.

Treatment modifications can be made by reducing the temperature of the stones (and a doctor’s note may be required) with the following conditions: cancer, hypertension, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy, kidney disease, heart failure, diabetes, fibromyalgia, elderly people and young children, people with varicose veins and those who are on anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants.

For these reasons, it is important to communicate with me in regards to your health conditions, and also to complete your intake form with care and accuracy. And if at any time during the treatment, you experience any sensitivities, please let me know so we can discuss and so that adjustments can be made. Individuals with medical conditions or health issues are advised to consult a healthcare professional where appropriate. Always take your own health seriously and seek advice when needed.

About The Healing Hand

The Healing Hand is located in the beautiful Town of Port Perry, Ontario, Canada.  The Healing Hand does not diagnose, prescribe, or treat for a specific condition. However, the goal of The Healing Hand is to help improve and maintain your overall wellness. With this in mind, The Healing Hand offers Healing Services and Healing Products to help you “Relax, Refresh, and Revitalize”. Together, we can strive towards your health goals.  Current services include Reflexology and Hot Stone Therapy.  The Healing Hand in Port Perry also offers Healing Products that have a therapeutic objective. I design Plant Terrariums with Tropical Plants and Air Plants, as well as Zen Gardens. Looking at and taking care of plants, and tending a garden can help you develop peace of mind, focus, and balance.  I also design Bath Salts to help you relax both your mind and body.
In addition to serving Port Perry, Durham Region, The Healing Hand is conveniently located a short drive from the surrounding areas of Uxbridge, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Courtice, Ajax, Pickering, and also not too far from Stouffville and Peterborough too!  The next time you plan to visit Port Perry, why not plan a visit to The Healing Hand!  And let my hands help you maintain your health! To book an appointment, please email me.

Your Feet are in Good Hands!

 

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?

reflexologyReflexology is a natural healing art in which special technique pressure is applied to reflexes in the head, feet, and hands, which correspond to other parts in the body.

When special gentle pressure techniques are applied to the reflex points and areas, the corresponding locations in the body are stimulated and blockages and toxins are encouraged to clear. Thus, reflexology stimulates the body to heal itself.

Reflexology can help balance the body’s condition, improve your health, as well as boost your immune system. It is an overall support for wellness, and there has been success with treatments. For more info, please visit http://www.reflexology-research.com/?page_id=161

The main goal of reflexology is to help you relax by triggering the body into a parasympathetic state, which then stimulates your body to heal itself.  Besides releasing endorphins and reducing the production of stress hormones, reflexology also improves your circulation of blood and energy.  As a regular treatment, it can help you maintain your health.

HISTORY

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has been around for over 2000

years. Reflexology was practised in

both China and India. There were

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Egypt. Clearly, reflexology has stood

the test of time.

Modern day reflexology is rooted in Zone Therapy which started with Dr. William Fitzgerald in Connecticut in 1913 and spread with his colleague Joe S. Riley, M.D and student Eunice Ingham. According to Dr. William Fitzgerald, the body is divided into ten vertical zones. Energy travels throughout these body zones via the nervous system. Applying pressure in any of the zones sends a signal throughout the body via the nervous system, stimulating improvement in body functions. The body is balanced and in good health when our energy is flowing freely through the zones. But when a blockage occurs, often felt as a crystalline or gritty deposit (likely from uric acid), the body becomes out of balance. A reflexology treatment works to break up the deposits and helps to restore the natural flow of the body’s energies.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY?

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It doesn’t’ matter what your age is, you can benefit from reflexology. While the modality of reflexology does not diagnose, prescribe, or treat for a specific condition, it can help improve your overall wellness with respect to the following:

  • relax your mind and body,
  • improve your circulation and energy,
  • balance your body’s condition,
  • maintain your health,
  • and boost your immunity.
  • And many clients report that it makes them feel good!

Reflexology should be a part of your health maintenance program!

Furthermore, success has been achieved with evidence based research.

According to Reflexology Research Project, http://www.reflexology-research.com/?page_id=155 “The proven benefits of reflexology include:
• Creation of relaxation
• Reduction in pain
• Amelioration of symptoms of health concerns
• Improvement in blood flow
• Impact on physiological measures
• Enhancement of medical care
• Complement to cancer care
• Adjunct to mental health care
• Post-operative recovery and pain reduction
• Easier delivery and post-partum recovery.”

Reflexology is a good choice for everyone, unless you are experiencing pain in your feet, or your feet have been injured or altered. For localized conditions, modifications to the treatment can be made. For example, in the case of pregnancy, there are certain areas I would avoid during treatment. Or in the case of neuropathy, the amount of pressure used would be adjusted. For this reason, it is important to communicate with me in regards to your health conditions, and also to complete your intake form with care and accuracy. And if at any time during the treatment, you experience any sensitivities, please let me know so we can discuss and so that adjustments can be made. Individuals with medical conditions or health issues are advised to consult a healthcare professional where appropriate. Always take your own health seriously and seek advice when needed.

 Book an appointment today and you can be a part of “Reflexology for a Cause”. https://thehealinghand.ca/2018/03/29/your-feet-are-in-good-hands/Give your feet some lovin’, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause. A portion of the proceeds from each new Reflexology appointment from Heart Month to Ride for Heart Day will go to advance Heart&Stroke research. Click on the following link to find out why this cause is important to me:  http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/thehealinghand  

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It comes down to one simple thing: How bad do you want it?

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Here you will find a Collection of Ideas, Images, Meditations, Reflections, and Thoughts – These items resonate with me. I hope they will inspire you. Passion is the path to health. If you find your passion, you find your vitality and you revitalize. Stay on the path!

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Inspired by J is for Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it – DALAI LAMA -LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE

There are many ways to define success, but this entry is not about that. For the purpose of this entry, I am thinking of success as something towards which you are working.

Sometimes when you work hard towards something, you may begin to wonder if it is really worth it after all? You are putting in so much time and as the saying goes: “a lot of blood, sweat, and tears”. But remember, no one said it was going to be easy. At this time, you need to dig deep and do some soul searching. You need to ask yourself, “Is this something I really want?” It is important that this is your goal and not someone else’s. After all, it is your life. If it is definitely not what you want, then stop reading right now. But if it is what you want, or even if you’re not sure, please read on. You can decide on this later. Maybe you’ll have an “aha moment”, and realize that it is what you want, after all.

You should try to visualize what things would look like if you achieved this goal. If you have doubts and are not happy with what you see, then paint a different picture:  see it in a positive light; see it as though things worked out. See yourself being confident in this role; see yourself being happy in this role. Now, keep that picture at the forefront of your mind, and don’t let go of it!

“The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.” As you work towards a goal, it’s okay to pause and reflect, even if you are so busy. Take a moment, and remember all the little successes that have brought you to this point. Yes, it was hard, but focus on the positive. It might be good to write down your successes and or talk to someone about them. Your successes are very real, and you are the one who did it! You made it happen! Don’t discount this – there is great value in what you have done so far! Give yourself a pat on the back! Take a moment to relish these little successes that have brought you to this point.

“Success is no accident. It’s hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love for what you are doing or learning to do.” “Success demands for sacrifices: Sacrifice of sleep, sacrifice of entertainment, sacrifice of comfort zone.” And

really “it comes down to one simple thing: how bad do you want it?” I know, you’re tired, and you don’t know if you can do this anymore, but you are loved and you have lots of support. Believe in yourself. You can do this! And sacrifice always comes before success, so you’re going to have to work for it. As it is said in microeconomics, there is an “opportunity cost”. You are going to have to give up something in order to get what you want.

You may not even like what you have to do now, but remember the shape of things to come will be different. And what you have to do may make you feel uncomfortable – but you are going to have to get out of your comfort zone to see this through. And you will grow, as a result: “Be willing to sacrifice comfort for growth.” This is the time to remind yourself of: “See the end result in a positive light; see it as though things worked out. See yourself being confident in this role; see yourself being happy in this role. Now, keep that picture at the forefront of your mind, and don’t let go of it.” In other words, “keep your eyes on the prize!”

In the meantime, “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” And remember, “in order to achieve your goals you must make sacrifices, commit daily, overcome challenges and work your plan. No one can do it for you. It is up to you.” But no matter what, “Never sacrifice these three things: your family, your heart, or your dignity.”

And when you achieve your goal, and you pause, reflect, and judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it, I hope you celebrate and say that it was worth it! The harder you work at something, the more you appreciate the result. This is similar to Newton’s Third Law: “Every action has an equal but opposite reaction.” And if you didn’t work that hard, it’s still a win! But what I mean is that you appreciate it more if you worked harder – it’s the equality of the exchange.

Right

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Here you will find a Collection of Ideas, Images, Meditations, Reflections, and Thoughts – These items resonate with me. I hope they will inspire you. Passion is the path to health. If you find your passion, you find your vitality and you revitalize. Stay on the path!

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Right – A poem by Darlene Wiggers

 

Think, feel

Feel, think

Right, left

Left, right

 

Right is not wrong

But left is not right

Two become one

That is what’s right

 

Sense makes dollars

Emotions might

Two become one

That is what’s right

 

Save, spend

Keep, give

What makes sense?

What feels right?

 

Work to live

Live to work

Live it up

Live for life

 

One life to live

Or is there more?

Make it right

Make it right

 

What do you think?

What do you feel?

What will you do?

What will be right?

 

Life is hard

Life is light

Light is love

Love is light

 

 

Head, heart

Truth, dare

What will you do?

What will be right?

 

Sad, happy

Disease, health

Follow your heart

Your heart is what’s right

 

That is what’s right!

Right is what’s right!

Subtle Sensations

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Here you will find a Collection of Ideas, Images, Meditations, Reflections, and Thoughts – These items resonate with me. I hope they will inspire you. Passion is the path to health. If you find your passion, you find your vitality and you revitalize. Stay on the path!

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Subtle Sensations

A poem by Darlene Wiggers

 

An assortment of attributes

Somewhat skeptical

A barrier, a boundary

A distinct divide

An uncertain uneasiness

Letting loose

Trying to trust

Peeking, peering

Basic breathing

Mindful meditations

Raising reflections

An activated awakening

Joining the journey

Very vulnerable

A collective calling

A distinct drive

Mysterious music

A signal, a sign

Suspecting, sensing

A sixth sense

Curious coincidences

A picture of perceptions

Uncommon, unfamiliar

Cautious clarity

Loosening the left-side

Initial introductions

A range of realms

Variegated violet

Prismatic pink

Invitational indigo

A calm cool current

A hint of heat

A sense of smoothness

Fuzzy, faint

A tiny tingle

A tittling twitch

A fleeting flutter

A tapping thump

Vibrant vibrations

Repetitive ripples

Trembling tremors

A crackling clearing

A taste of titanium

Dehydrated, dry

A touching of tresses

A rearrangement, a realignment

A wag of warmth

Heightened heat

A suggestive scent

A smoldering smoke

An earthy emergence

A primal perfume

A murky mustiness

A clammy crispness

A petite pull

A tad of tugging

A slight surge

Significant sensitivities

Pieces of the puzzle

Telepathic tendencies

A coming of clarity

Developing depth

Intriguing ideas

Realizing the realness

The clear “clairs”

Fluent familiarity

Increased intensities

Dreams that direct

Descriptive déjà vu

Visions that visit

Testing the truths

Knowing now

Rented relationships

Lease of life

Somber shifting shadows

Subtle soft silhouettes

Evolved energy

Surrendering the self

Developing discernment

Understanding unknowns

Strengthening symbols

Handling habits

Greatest of good

Systems of space

Transcending time

Elapsed endurances

Passages to the past

Deep, dense

Troublesome tightness

Eliciting interventions

Forgiving faults

Living and letting live

Receiving remediation

Mending memories

A withdrawing wall

A white wave

A luminous light

Connected courses

Electrical, exciting

Brilliant bridges

Gateway gazing

Angelic apparitions

Mesmerizing, mystical

The language of light

A relaxing rhythm

A surprising spark

Remarkable revelations

A fresh feeling

Absolute awareness

Peaceful playfulness

A soulful spirit

Welcomed whispers

An effervescent embrace

A kind caress

A velvet vitality

A wealth of wellness

An energized experience

A pleasing phenomenon

A marvelous miracle

A leading life-force

Priceless, powerful

Insightful, intuitive

Maintaining, mastering

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Don’t Be a Backseat Driver

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Here you will find a Collection of Ideas, Images, Meditations, Reflections, and Thoughts – These items resonate with me. I hope they will inspire you. Passion is the path to health. If you find your passion, you find your vitality and you revitalize. Stay on the path!

Inspired by I is for If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock, Build a Door – DALAI LAMA -LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE

When I first read this quote, I was pleasantly surprised about the part “build a door”. Perhaps you were, as well? Other responses might be, “oh yeah, that’s what I would do” or “no way, who would do that?” Our experiences and our genetic makeup play a role in shaping how we are, and will unquestionably have an effect on how we would react to any given situation. If you’ve had a string of bad luck, you could react pessimistically. Your faith is being tested, and your doubts could be on the rise. If you typically think “outside of the box”, you may approach “building this door” with creativity.  On the other hand, you may be afraid of “building this door” because you lack confidence and or skill.  You may also be in need of motivation, if you aren’t willing to put in the work it takes. But if you are naturally a proactive person, chances are you will be prepared to “build the door”.

As stated previously, our experiences and our genetic makeup shape how we are, and past experiences can be an indicator of future performance (that’s why many establishments rely on behavioural interviews). However, a paradigm shift can change all this. It begins with becoming more aware of yourself, and being open-minded to seeing things from a different perspective. These things don’t, of course, change overnight but little changes in attitude can go a long way.

The point of this is that sometimes we all feel stuck or trapped. Some of us do something about it, and some of us don’t. Responsibilities may play a role in this, when timing isn’t right. But you can still do something about it. Use this time to prepare – take a course, research, network, put aside some money…All of these will help you to get unstuck and move you forward in the direction of a new opportunity. The key is to live each day in hope – always have something to look forward to or to work towards.

Every day we are faced with decisions, big and small, which ultimately affect the direction of our lives. Where are you going? Where do you want to go? Sometimes we forget we are in the driver’s seat. A variety of choices are always available. Don’t be a backseat driver; take the wheel in your hands. Adjust your approach to change your outlook, and make it happen!

Are you ready for opportunity?

Are You Sleep Walking Through Your Life?

TODAY’S MEDITATION | THE HEALING HAND

Here you will find a Collection of Ideas, Images, Meditations, Reflections, and Thoughts – These items resonate with me. I hope they will inspire you. Passion is the path to health. If you find your passion, you find your vitality and you revitalize. Stay on the path!

Inspired by H is for Hold onto Your Dreams – DALAI LAMA -LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE

Excuse the apparent dichotomy, but this reflection is not going to begin as you might expect. Although it is inspired by Hold onto your Dreams, I’m beginning with the idea of Letting Go; not of letting go of your dreams, but rather letting go of other things that hold you back – things such as not liking change, fear, guilt, and the past.

  1. We need to let go of not liking change.

    People get used to their routines. Routines can be very helpful, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up – “Variety is the spice of life”. Trying something new is different from what we are used to. We feel safe with what is “tried and true”, so it’s natural that there is some resistance. But with change, comes growth – and growth means vitality. Think of someone you know who is following their dream(s). Wouldn’t you say they are full of life? That’s because they are being true to themselves. They are full of passion because they have figured out their purpose. Following your dreams bring out your passion, and having a passion is invigorating. Dreams can be the seeds of your future, if you let them. So be open to embracing change so you can move forward.

  2. We need to let go of fear, but not all of it.

    If something gives you fear and excitement, it might be worth a try. Balance is key in letting go and holding on – let yourself be more inspired and less terrified. Of course, we feel safer with both feet on the ground, but you’re never going to fly with both feet on the ground. On the flip side, you can’t live on Cloud 9. There’s a fine line between being practical, realistic, sensible and being idealistic, ambitious, and visionary. A little fear is good because it helps to keep you grounded. And yes, I know there is risk involved with having one foot off the ground. But if you don’t take a calculated risk, you lose the chance. I have come across two acronyms for FEAR – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise, very reminiscent of the flight or fight response to stress. So how do you Face Everything and Rise, especially when doubts are plaguing you? You need to have some courage, hope, and faith. “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.” Surround yourself with people who support and encourage you. Once you believe and have a vision of your dream, the next step is to create a good plan, and follow through. “Dream big, work hard, make it happen.” That’s how you make your dream a reality.

  3. We need to let go of guilt, sometimes.

    We all have responsibilities, and we are accountable to so many people for so many things. Yes, the bills need to get paid, and we need to get our children to that soccer game…, but we forget that we also need to be accountable to ourselves. Often, we get so wrapped up in what other people will think if we do or don’t do something that is expected. If we always succumb to other people’s expectations, we are held back from realizing our own. This is where prioritizing, compromising, and time management come into play. Time is so precious, and we can’t always be everything to everyone everywhere. Sometimes it’s okay to say “no” to someone else so that you can say “yes” to yourself. This gives you the time you need to just be yourself, or it puts you on the path to discovering yourself. You shouldn’t feel guilty about that. You are very important too. So, follow your dreams, you deserve it.

  4. We need to let go of the past.

    We need to accept the past, not live in it; no matter what you do, the past cannot be changed. We often feel bad about something that we did, and it gets lumped into our bag of failures. This eats away at our confidence, and we are back to number 2 from above – fear. It’s a vicious cycle from which it can be hard to break free. We often feel sorry for ourselves and get stuck in a deep well.  In short, we beat ourselves up over it, again and again. The key is to turn that lemon into lemonade. Accept that a mistake/failure happened, but don’t sabotage yourself by dwelling in it. If you allow yourself to live in the past, you will have regrets in the future about not pursuing your dream. Instead, take a few steps back from the situation, and ask yourself, “What can I learn from this? How can I improve? What would I do differently next time? What is my takeaway?” There is always a lesson to be learned, so decide to focus on that. Let go of the past, and allow yourself to set a new goal or dream a new dream, before you run out of time. We only have one life to live – what are you waiting for?

Letting go can be hard, and it may take some time before you’re able to do it. “When you let go, you create space for better things to enter your life” – just like when you buy new things, you should eliminate one of your belongings. It’s part of housecleaning and decluttering. I believe that letting go to pursue your dreams may be related to minimalism. Things that hold you back also hold you down. There is freedom in letting go.

So, what would you rather do – “sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them”? Do you really want to be sleep walking through your life? Let go of things that hold you back. Yes, there will be unknowns. Step out of your comfort zone. It will be both exciting and scary. After all, it is an adventure. You will learn, you will grow, and you will find yourself! Just have some courage and believe. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

Carpe diem!