Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

December 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

Follow this recipe to enjoy a happier, more stress-free holiday season this year ~ FOR YOURSELF!

Holiday Stress-Free RecipeIngredients:

 1 package of patience with yourself and others.

 1/2 cup full of gratitude for what’s going right.

 A pinch of forgiveness for not taking care of yourself.

 2 times more positive self-talks than negative self-thoughts.

 1 juicy moment for reflecting on the importance of compassion for all.

 1 large focus on making happiness more important than perfection.

 Add as much self-love needed for personal me time.

 A dash of humor to taste.

Directions:Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

1. Chop holiday preparation chores into bite-sized, easily digested pieces, and distribute to others when possible.

2. Sift out and discard comparing yourself to others.

3. Trim off all worry about what others might think.

4. Generously sprinkle words of encouragement for yourself and others. Blend until hearts melt.

5. Gently whisk away the need for perfection.

6. Skim off your need to control.

7. Simmer your nerves. If your temperature runs hot, take time out to cool down if needed.

8. Combine family and friends together. Mix in laugh-out-loud memories.

9. Top with awareness that you’re not alone. Enjoy the Holidays.

 

Holiday Stress-Free Recipe

Healing Power Of Being Thankful

November 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Healing Power of Being Thankful

Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, has been a leading researcher in a growing field, termed “positive psychology.” His research has found that those who adopt an “attitude of gratitude”, as a permanent state of mind, experience many health benefits. Lisa Aspinwall, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, suggest that grateful people may be more likely to:Healing Power of Being Thankful

  • take better care of themselves physically and mentally
  • engage in more protective health behaviors
  • get more regular exercise
  • eat a healthier diet
  • have improved mental alertness
  • schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor
  • cope better with stress and daily challenges
  • feel happier and more optimistic
  • avoid problematic physical symptoms
  • have stronger immune systems
  • maintain a brighter view of the futureHealing Power of Being Thankful

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

Healing Power of Being Thankful

Letting Go

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Letting Go

To let go does not mean to stop caring,
It means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off,
It’s the realization I can’t control another.
To let go is not to enable,
But to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means
The outcome is not in my hands.

Letting Go

To let go is not to try to change or blame another,
It’s to make the most of myself.
To let go is not to care for,
But to care about.
To let go is not to fix,
But to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
But to allow another to be a human being.

Letting Go

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
But to allow others to affect their destinies.
To let go is not to be protective,
It’s to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny,
But to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold or argue,
But instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

Letting Go

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
But to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To let go is not to criticize or regulate anybody,
But to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past,
But to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more…
Remember: The time to love is short.

~author anonymous

Letting Go

We can truly accept and love ourselves and others without judging, when we LET GO!

She Walks in Beauty

 She Walks in Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She Walks in Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She Walks in Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY WALK IN BEAUTY!

She Walks In Beauty

Lady of Liberty

Lady Of LobertyLady of Liberty

Lady of Liberty and Mother of Freedom and Justice to All,

who offers her welcome to whomever may call,
be them rich, poor or oppressed,

she stands watch in her robes, so dressed,
a gift of friendship from France to the U.S.

dedicated in 1886 and designated a National Monument in 1924,
an historic landmark to its very core.

she passed her torch from Bedloe’s to the renamed Liberty Island,
never frowned, but kept on smiling.

she raised her torch of eternal light and freedom upwards toward the heavenly clouds,
evoking cries and tears of emotion from the visiting crowds.

so, thanks to the great genius of Bartholdi and Eiffel, our symbol
of freedom still stands by the bay,

to signal all passing through, that liberty, justice and the
pursuit of happiness and opportunity in America is here to stay,
in the good ole U.S.A.

  ~Joseph P. Martino, Poet, Writer, World Traveler

Lady of Liberty

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Author's Inspiring Quote

Author's Inspiring Quote

Author's Inspiring Quote

 

 

 

To All My Relations -THANK YOU!

Women, please join me during the month of February to read and use the following Lakota Sioux Prayer as a mantra of spreading, peace, love, and gratitude.

MITAKUYE OYASIN: A LAKOTA SIOUX PRAYER

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin….All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer.

To All My Relations-Thank You!To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

To All My Relations - THANK YOU!

Thank you!

 

 

New Beginnings

January 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

New Beginnings

~ Gertrude B. McClain

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New BeginningsHappy New Year

Healing Power of Poetry

Healing Power of PoetryI can’t.  I just can’t.  I can’t do it all.

I can’t be all things to all people At all times and under all circumstances.

I can’t be the one to always change my plans to suit another’s.

I can’t be the one to pick up after others all the time.

I can’t work all day and stop at the grocery and cook dinner And have it ready by 6:30.

I can’t carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.

I need some support, too, and a rest.

I can’t; can’t, can’t cantaloupe, can’t canticle, can’t cantilever,

Cantina, cantata, cantankerous, cannon,

 

Canape, canard, candelabra, can… can…,
Healing Power of Poetry

Can I? Can I just do it? Can I do it all?

Can I ration my time to allow for my priorities?

Can I ask others to share the burdens?

Can I refuse this role of superwoman?

Can I just ‘say no?’ I can. I can just say no.

I can just say, “I’m out of the business of doing it all.”

I can take time for myself to breathe

And dream or just sit quietly.

And I will!

 

Healing Power of Poetry