Holidays gratitude is the attitude

Gratitude is the attitude -pay it forward


Trees for the Troops is a nonprofit that has been giving holiday trees to families of the military since the Iraque war began as a way of saying thanks for your sacrifices and servce to us all. The following are 2007 final statics of who they served. You could help this year by clicking on http;// and donating or purchasing a tree for an affiliate across the US.

Number of trees -Delivered 16,846 trees

Number of farms donating trees – More than 750 farmers

Number of states from which the trees came – 29 states

Number of Trees for Troops Weekend (December 1-2) Locations where consumers could purchase trees and donate to Trees for Troops program – 40 retail locations and farms

Number of trees collected during Trees for Troops Weekend – Approximately 4,500

Number of bases to which the trees were delivered – 37 bases plus National Guard families in four states (CA, IL, NY, TN) Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy

Number of countries to which trees were shipped – 15

Number of miles the FedEx trailers traveled in delivering the trees – Estimated at 51,000 over the road miles … does not include miles to pickup and delivery points

Christmas Tree farmers and FedEx

donating trees and transportation to say Thank You to our troops and to make their holidays a little brighter.

Others are grateful too

Christie Boyd and Nancy Kemp probably choose to be thankful.
Because times are challenging, Christie and Freddy Boyd will forgo celebrating their anniversary at an expensive Buckhead hotel. That might make some people feel really down, but “Life’s too short to get bent out of shape over petty things,” said Kemp, a 58-year-old schoolteacher from Cairo. “Like my daddy used to say, ‘Sometimes you’ve got to haul off and be happy.”

Boyd and Kemp responded to a Thanksgiving blog posted on Most who responded expressed gratitude for their families and their homes even as they faced difficult personal problems. Boyd and Kemp were among those who responded most positively.

“I wake up in the dark every morning,” said Kemp. “But when I walk out on my porch, I see stars.”

Is happiness all a matter of perspective? Can one consciously choose to be happy?

“Absolutely,” said Paula Bloom, a clinical psychologist and contributor to CNN Espanol. “We all have a hypothesis for how we see the world, and we look for data to support it.

“If you think the world is a crappy place and that people can’t be trusted you will always look for it and find things that strengthens that belief,” Bloom said. But if you think the world is a good place, a safe place and that people are inherently good, you can look for data to support that as well.”

“You must decide daily if the world is good or hostile,” said Bloom, quoting Albert Einstein.

Boyd says she’s managed to maintain a positive attitude despite enduring personal tragedies such as spending 18 months caring for her terminally ill brother and moving into a motor home when her husband lost his job.

The current economic crisis is no different, she said.

In tough times, they choose to be thankful – BEN SMITH Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am grateful today for the life and music of Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

Musicians, poets and politicians paid tribute In n Johannesburg for South African singer Miriam Makeba life. The 76-year-old performer stood for freedom of life and expressed it through her music for more than 30 years in exile after lending her support to the campaign against apartheid.miriam-makeba

She lived in harmony with all. At her national memorial service, her music reverberated with consciousness about the real conditions of South Africans. It was a national event with the former South African President Thabo Mbeki and current Deputy President Baleka Mbete present.
President Kgalema Motlanthe, in Washington for a G20 economic summit, paid tribute to Makeba in a video message.
South African trumpet player Hugh Masekela, once married to Makeba, performed a solo version of her song Welele to the accompaniment of soft clapping from the crowd.
Poet Maishe Maponya spoke of how her “lips touched our hearts with hymns of beauty” and how she had inspired her people with hope for the future.

“Let us say it loud and clear. Miriam Makeba was not affectionately called Mama Africa for nothing,” he said. “Her music reverberated with consciousness about the real conditions of South Africans.”
Makeba was the first black singer to win a Grammy award, which she shared with Harry Belafonte in 1965.
She was one of Africa’s best known singers, famed for hits such as Pata Pata and The Click Song.
Former president Nelson Mandela said she was the “mother of our struggle” and “South Africa’s first lady of song”.
Her body was flown home to South Africa on Wednesday; the country began a period of national mourning a day later.

Hundreds bid farewell to Makeba GMT, November 15, 2008

Courtesy of BBC image and excerts:

Life your life is priceless. Do not waste a moment! You and what you do counts.
Please share something you are grateful for or how you are helping. It may inspire others.

I am grateful for each of you. Thank you.

Clearing communication challenges

“As people see their predicament clearly – that our fates are inextricably tied together, that life is a mutually interdependent web of relations – then universal responsibility becomes the only sane choice for thinking people.”  – Dalai Lama


I am so grateful that  you are peaceful, supportive,

abundant, loving, healthy and fulfilled!

Taking a risk to open up step by step

It is a challenge like no other to talk from your heart.

Step One: You must get clear inside yourself about what point you are trying to share with another person.

Ask yourself How do I feel  about this issue?

Am I mad, sad, hurt… Then ask yourself where does this feeling come from.

Is it the first time I’ve felt this way or through reflection can I remember other times  I’ve felt this way. Maybe those times are not with this peoson, but the feeling  feels the same.

Spend time making a through study on the source of this reaction or feeling inside you.

Part Two: Ask yoruself what am I trying to learn our of this reoccuring situation.

What is the other person trying to helpo me learn. Be honest and listen to yor heart now for guidance.

When you have gotten this “message” so to speak. You should feel a release of this emotion or feeling inside. Relief. Now with this new insight decide if you want to share  what you are learning with the person you had the challenging interaction with.

Part Three: If you want to share you new insights with the the person that helped you become aware of the basis of your emotion you can. Remember the purpose of sharing this insight is not to change the other person, but to share from your heart how the words or situation made you feel.

An example is  Are you in a space to listen to me? “When you said… I felt…   Then I thought and prayed about it and learned this about myself.  Thanks for listening to me. I love you.

No Shame -No Blame ever.

There is only one way through and with an open heart.

For information on communicating with an open heart. email:

Integrative medicine assessment part 1

Integrative Case Taking & Assessment – Step by Step

Your integrative assessment of a new client (or child,
or anyone you wish to understand better).


When should the assessment begin?

It begins at the first energetic interchange as soon as you see them the first time and every time you have any exchange with the person.

What do I look for when I first greet a client?

Look for the HOWS

How the person enters the room.
How they interact with the companion.
How they dress.
How they greet you.
How do they describe their problems?
Quality of patient history.
Ability to describe the presenting problems or symptoms.
Duration of symptoms and description.
Which emotional/pain body are they telling their story from?

If you're feeling down so am I. Why?

From the latest research on brain cells, comes a glimmer more of understanding for how we can sense another’s pain or joy. This would also help us understand why we sense when another person is not being totally honest with us.

It seems some brain neurons have the ability to sense another person’s emotions. This may be part of the mechanism for how we learn both emotional and kinesthetic responses like bouncing a ball, crying at a happy ending or sensing one half a world away the pain of someone in crisis.

Do mirror neurons help bring us closer to a better understanding of shared conscious experiences?

“Researchers at UCLA  found that cells in the human anterior cingulate gyrus (part of the older portion of your brain -editor’s note), which normally fire when you poke the patient with a needle (“pain neurons”), will also fire when the patient watches another patient being poked. The mirror neurons, it would seem, dissolve the barrier between self and others…Dissolving the “self vs. other” barrier is the basis of many ethical systems, especially eastern philosophical and mystical traditions. This research implies that mirror neurons can be used to provide rational rather than religious grounds for ethics (although we must be careful not to commit the is/ought fallacy).”

Our old library of memories

Why do I keep playing the same old tapes in my head and heart?
I wish I could have…
I know I should have.
If only I would have one more chance I would…

Do these mental images of the old times, the old ways keep play over and over again?

Do you want to stop replaying the old programs in your mind and body?

Remember our brain is composed of a vast network of nerve fiber connections. Messages from the brain to the body or messages that need to go from the body to the brain move along the neural h9ighway of connections from brain to sensory systems of the body. It is a continuous highway of information.

However along this highway the nervous system stores information in various organs, tissues, fluid s, systems, and even on the cellular, biochemical and other energetic levels of the being.  Over time we develop a library of information that is storage until an old memory is resurrected and the old thought and reaction pattern is activated. This activation of jour old reactions can be consciously recalled or triggered by a certain taste, smell, certain patterns of thought or words or traumas.

So our work if we want to be free to live in peace is to clear those reactive old files step by step.

Step One: Become aware of when you begin to say I wish, I could, I should have…
Write it down in your awareness notebook.  Do not attach anymore blame, sham or negative feels to it.
Step Two: Study the words you are saying or the thought pattern.
Write down when you have thought said or felt that way before. Keep writing until you feel you have gotten back to the first time you felt this way. Write down the full memory of the event.

Step Three: Rewrite the original emotional event for a positive outcome for everyone involved.
Step Four: Clear and harmonize and Forgive, Simply from your heart repeat I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. And thank you for helping me to become a more grateful and loving person at peace with the universe and myself.
Step Five: Anytime you think of this situation or words again do the clearing for yourself and everyone involved past, present and future.

Memories hurt

Do you have an old reoccurring thought or feeling or event in your life that makes you feel sad, hurt or fearful?

Do you know where these are coming from?

Do you often react in a certain situation with an emotion response and have no idea where this response is coming from?

All energy is universal and totally unprejudice. If you feel it it belongs to you

It goes with the old addage of what you see is what you get.

Mirroring what we need to learn

Do you have an old reoccurring thought or feeling or event in your life that makes you feel sad, hurt or fearful?

Do you know where these are coming from?

Do you often react in a certain situation with an emotion response and have no idea where this response is coming from?

All energy is universal and totally unprejudiced. If you feel it the energy belongs to you.

It goes with the old adage of what you see is what you get.

Looking at a person or situation an event whether it is a visit with relatives, seeing one of many wars, the inconsistencies of country leaders or other horrors on TV, it is all a mirror.

What we see as a challenge is a reflection of the universes of emotions and challenges that are found within us. That is the job of the universe to lovingly support us while we peek first then with all honesty look in the mirror, not with horror, but with love and say.

Creator of all of these worlds inside and out, I open myself with love to your guiding inspiration. Let me bring only love and understanding to all that I come in contact with and free me from my own ignorance. I love You. I love and forgive all involved with me now, in the past and the future. Thank you.

If you can think of no others words to say and think simple say
I love you. I forgive you and myself and I am grateful.

Find peace within and you will also experience it without.

Dr. M