“Healthy company = less stressed out workers = more $$”- Comp Med Assoc.

Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year.”

Here are a few ways that workplace stress the costs us:

  • 300% increase in behavioral disability claims in one decade.
  • 70 % of all visits to the family doctor.
  • 30% rise in disability claims.Statistics adapted from http://www.stress.org/workplace-stress/Stress

Isn’t it time we charge a few things?

Wouldn’t you like to feel confident that the place you work was taking steps to reduce your stress?

Let us know with a comment or a call.

 

 

 

“Behind our wounds”

What is a wound?
A wound is an emotional and  or a physical imbalance that is transmitted from generation to generation.
How do you know if you are carrying such wounds? There are often physical and emotional clues to their existence.. An example would be Hearing a young person say I am afraid of having a heart attack in my 40s, because my dad had one at 45 out of the blue and died.
Or My family has always not trusted those___kind of people because his brothers killed my grandfather.

“To interrupt the transmission of wounds from generation to generation
precisely because their persistence is so disruptive” to our
health “and because the problem of passing on intergenerational
trauma is so often overlooked.”
Do read James O’Dea’s book “Cultivating Peace” if you are serious about helping heal yourself and the planet.
Thank you James for laying out so clearly the steps to help our world heal from the inside out.

Holidays gratitude is the attitude

Gratitude is the attitude -pay it forward

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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;//treesfortroops.org 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 ajc.com. 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
http://www.ajc.com/holiday/content/atlanta-holiday-guide/stories/2008/11/26/choosing_to_be_thankful.html

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: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7729701.stm

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.

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: healthylivingcenter@gmail.com

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).

Overview

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?

Change the Flow – Create New Self

Creating a new self, don’t be stuck. You are total
energy, a spiritual being made in perfection. Learn to
reach for that true love, deep abiding, creative,
peaceful being that you are designed to be.

You are filled with creative energy, deep intuition,
guidance and surrounded with love and success.
Learn how to awaken your true self

Forget the past
Live a life full of hope, joy, prosperity and helpfulness.

Try the following meditative affirmation or prayer. It changes conscienceness rapidly.

When consciousness shifts you will have new insights, better communication, and opportunities will come to you.

If you visualize another person who could use a boost of positive energy, do the affirmation for him or her.

“Lord,
Open my options and territory.
Keep me from harm and let me cause no harm.
Protect me from my ignorance.
Thank you.”
–modification of the Prayer of Jabez copyright Dr. M.Wolken 2008

mary.compmed@gmail.com