How To Worry Smarter

Today I stumbled across Dr. Beverly Potter’s little book,  The Worrywart’s Companion, Twenty-one Ways To Soothe Yourself and Worry Smart.  How many of us would be a more balanced woman, if we could only worry smarter?  The author points out that “Worrywarts worry themselves sick”,  and like a mantra, silently chant their fears.  However, it doesn’t bring serenity, it only generates anxiety and we know the emotional mind can trigger disease.

How To Worry Smarter

Healthy coping requires a balance of different thinking styles.  Creativity expert Edward DeBono in, The Six Thinking Hats, identified six basic styles of thinking: objective, emotive, supportive, possibility, critical, and strategic. Negative worrying habits can be replaced when practicing any of the following different thinking styles to provide a constructive mental approach dealing with worrisome situations.  For each style of thinking there is a corresponding question.  Asking this question will automatically set the corresponding thinking style in motion.

How To Worry Smarter

Practice Flexible Thinking

Objective Thinking:  Ask yourself  “What are the facts?”  Practicing objective thinking helps bring you back into balance.  It reminds you that the actual facts are not the same as the disastrous scenarios envisioned when worrywarting.

Emotive Thinking:  Ask yourself  ”What am I feeling?”  Look at all of your feelings, whether or not they seem justified, make sense, and even contradict each other.  Physical sensations can be linked to emotions.  It also is important to consider your preferences of likes, dislikes, values and desires, which are ways of looking at what you want or don’t want out of a situation.How To Worry Smarter

Supportive ThinkingAsk yourself  “What is working?”  Supportive thinking looks at the positive aspects of a situation and focuses on ways to enhance them.  Supportive thinking often feels unnatural to worrywarts who tend to focus on weaknesses, what’s wrong, what’s not working.  Engaging in supportive thinking brings you back to a more balanced view of the situation.

Possibility ThinkingAsk yourself “What’s possible here?”  When engaged in possibility thinking, let your creativity run.    Don’t try to be logical or realistic.  The key is to allow your mind the unfettered imaginative freedom of a child at play.  Avoid critiquing your ideas.  Even the most unrealistic or implausible scenarios often contain seeds of valuable new ideas which in the end turn out to have practical applications.How To Worry Smarter

Critical Thinking:  Ask yourself  “What’s wrong? What could go wrong?”  Critical thinking is where worrywarts get stuck.  It looks for what is wrong and is linear and logical.  However, critical thinking is an important skill.  Without the ability to make an accurate assessment of the real risks in a worrisome situation, you are likely to encounter many avoidable difficulties.  In order for critical thinking to be helpful, it must occur within the context of a full range of thinking skills.

Strategic ThinkingAsk yourself  “What’s the next step?”  Once you have engaged each of the preceding five thinking styles, you will have identified the facts of the worrisome situation.  Hopefully you have determined how you feel about it, what you want and what you don’t want to happen.  Final step is to view the worrisome situation from a detached perspective.  Chances are your next step will be some combination of the six thinking styles.  Keep practicing Flexible Thinking, it will become easier.How To Worry Smarter


Women Connect to Goddes Selene

Selene, Goddess of the Full Moon, is a Titan – the generation of Greek divinities that ruled prior to the Olympians.  She is called Luna by the Romans.  Selene is depicted as a woman riding side-saddle on a horse, or in a chariot drawn by a pair of winged horses.  She wears a crown with the lunar sphere or crescent on it, or has these moon images on her cloak.  Author Jean Shinoda Bolen writes the following in her book,  Artemis, the Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman: “With the description of Selene as the full moon incarnate, I was struck with the realization that it was her fullness as she is that needs emphasis.”   I agree with the author when she also shares that a woman’s maturity brings qualities of her passions, dedication, and perseverance to the place where a woman can say, “I Am A Full Woman”.  This affirmation appeared in Rachel Bagby’s (award-winning artist, author, composer) dream when she was feeling anything by full.  It was a healing song for her.   Since then it has been so for countless other women, who dance and chant, ”I am a full woman, I am a full woman”,  and take this message to heart.

Women Connect With Goddess Selene

What can we learn from Selene’s Archetype – The Lover?

Women Connect With Goddess SeleneThe Lover Archetype represents passion and selfless devotion to another person. It also extends to the things that make our hearts sing, like music art or nature.

The shadow aspect is obsessive passion that completely takes over and negatively impacts on your health and self esteem.

How To Work With The Lover

You may be drawn to this stereotype if you are looking to attract a new lover or to re-ignite the fire in an existing relationship.  The Lover can also be a useful tool to discover what you are passionate about in life.

On the shadow side you need to ask, whether the energy and time you are putting into relationships, or enthusiasm for projects is excessive? If this continues for too long you are likely to suffer from stress and physical ill health.

Women Connect With Goddess Selene



Singing & Humming Heals

August 20th, 2016 | Posted by Velda in SOUND,CHANTS,MANTRAS

Singing & Humming Heals

The voice carries healing energy, or intent, and when we sing or hum with love, we can bring ourselves into a state of ‘harmony’ resulting in health.  Through sound healing it may be possible to bring the diseased organ into harmony with the rest of the body.   A pilot study published in the British Journal of Nursing found that singing therapy could greatly reduce the anxiety and depression patients can experience following a major surgery. The effect was strong enough that the authors suggested doctors prescribe therapy before trying antidepressants.

Singing & Humming Heals“Nothing accesses the inner world of feelings, sensations, memories, and associations as directly as music does,” says Diane Austin, adjunct associate professor of music therapy at New York University and executive director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in New York. “The voice is like a bridge from your heart to your head. Singing freely releases what’s locked up in your body.”

In a session, Austin might start with deep, slow breathing and then suggest that you turn each exhalation into a wordless sound, or that you improvise a melody while free-associating words. The exercises take surprising and revealing turns—playful, silly, angry. “Your voice doesn’t lie,” she says. “You can have all sorts of self-knowledge, but through deep breathing and using your voice, you can get closer to what’s really going on for you.”

  • Breathe out loud: Lie on your back on the floor. Relax, breathe deeply, and as you exhale make a sound. “Just let any sound out that wants to come out,” she says. “Play. Be imaginative like a child.”
  • Tone: While lying down, sing a long, sustained note on a vowel sound. Take a breath and continue, allowing the pitch to change as it wants. Keep it up for about ten minutes. “This is like meditation,” Austin says.Singing & Humming Heals

Humming may be one of the simplest, most natural things a person can do, yet the benefits are surprisingly far reaching. By humming one of your favorite tunes or the  sound “Om”, will relax  you mentally and physically.   It can bring down blood pressure, reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, help with sleep difficulties, and sinusitis.   Humming combined with breath is a powerful way to release and let go of stuck energy and tension.  Great for clearing and refreshing your throat chakra.  Imagine filling your head with the vibration of a calming “humm” for one, two or even 5 minutes.  It’s bliss.






Vowel Sounds Balance Chakras

September 11th, 2015 | Posted by Velda in CHAKRAS | SOUND,CHANTS,MANTRAS

Please enjoy revisiting this bwb post.  It was first published December 21, 2012.  

Vowel Sounds Balance Chakras

balancechakraswithvowelsoundsonwomanundertreeFirst Chakra (Root) – Tone 7 times with the deepest “UH” (as in cup) low guttural sound gently riding on the breath. Stay comfortable with the sound – don’t force it. (Red).

Second Chakra (Sacral) – Tone 7 times using a higher pitched, but still deep “OOO” (as in you).  (Orange).

Third Chakra (Solar Plexus) – Tone 7 times using a higher pitched “OH”(as in go). (Yellow).

Fourth Chakra (Heart) – Tone 7 times using a higher pitched “AH” (as in saw).  This sound embodies compassion. (Green).

Fifth Chakra (Throat) – Tone 7 times using a higher pitched “EYE” ( as in my).  (Blue).

Sixth Chakra (Third Eye) – Tone 7 times using a higher pitched “AYE” (as in say). (Indigo).

Seventh Chakra (Crown) – Tone 7 times a higher sound of “EEE” (as in me).  (Violet or White).

Finish by sitting in silence to experience the energy.  If you feel light-headed, chant the universal words of AUM also known as “OM”.  This will ground you.

sacred vowel sounds balance chakras



Chanting Is Healing

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Velda in SOUND,CHANTS,MANTRAS

Chanting Is Healing

I like to revisit Barbara Levine’s book,  Your Body Believes Every Word You Say, to share her wisdom and exercises.  The author was stricken with a massive, life-threatening brain tumor at the age of 32.  After being misdiagnosed for years and undergoing hundreds of tests, she began looking at the role her language played in reinforcing her illness.  Her discoveries led her to fifteen years of research-and an amazing recovery.

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This is her Self-Help Experience #38 – Chanting

Purpose:  Relaxation, quieting the mind, using sound creatively


1.  Have a reverent attitude before you begin to chant.  You can choose to sit cross-legged, kneel, sit in a chair,  or stand.

2.  You can chant any mantras aloud or silently.  Some teachers believe it is best to chant aloud at least part of the time because the sound vibration produces the healing results.

3.  This chant is one of several the author used successfully—Om Ta Ma Ra Om.  When you chant Om think white, Ta think red, Ma think blue, Ra think yellow, and again Om think white.

Chanting Your Own Affirmations:

Chanting Is HealingDuring an MRI test the author needed, to make sure her brain tumor had not recurred, found the banging noise of the test made it difficult to chant, meditate or pray.  She started using an affirmation in step with the noisy rhythmic beat of the machine, (more like chanting inwardly).  She repeated over and over “Relaxed and happy from head to toe”, saying one word for each beat.  This helped to keep her mind focused and calm, preventing thoughts like, “I can’t stand this”.   Thoughts which were waiting to emerge.  She reported how much it helped when the test was completed.  I am sad that I hadn’t remembered this before a loved one of mine had to experience the noise of a MRI test.

Goddss Wisdom-Atlantia's Ritual Chant

Here is what Amy Zerner & Monte Farber shared about Atlantia in their Goddess Guide Me Divine Wisdom For Your Head, Heart, and Home.  Atlantia is a conception of the attributes that would have been ascribed to the Goddess by women and men of the mythical lost continent of Atlantis.  In their writing,  Atlantia is Goddess of the Unexpected and the Atlantean Goddess of Invention.  She, ultimately, represents the completely independent female half of a partnership with an equally independent male.

The following Is Atlantia’s ritual and chant: MAKE THAT CHANGE!

Goddess Wisdom-Atlantia's Ritual Chant1.  Use at lease three stones or crystals to form a triangle on the ground large enough for you to sit within it cross-legged.  Hold a small drum, rattle or other percussion instrument, which represents woman’s connection to the rythyms of life.

2.  Breathe deeply and with each inhalation, visualize new and exciting changes entering your life and your triangle of power.  With every exhalation imagine the old and outdated leaving you and your triangle.  Strike your drum or shake the rattle as you recite the following words:

Goddess of the new,

Goddess of all change,

Help my situation,

Watch it rearrange.

3.  Keep reciting these words in time to the drum until you lose yourself in the chant.  You will find that when you have stopped dwelling on your situation, you will be struck with a new idea on how to proceed.  You can then leave the triangle.Goddess Wisdom-Atlantias's Ritual Chant

4.  Next move eleven things in your home, that you have not moved in a year.

5.  Give away eleven articles of clothing you have not worn in a year.

Hopefully with practicing this ritual, you will take on the roll of Atlantia and begin to address any necessary issues.   Unexpected positive results from your efforts to make changes in your life will follow.


The Benefits of Chanting

The Benefits of ChantingChanting benefits every aspect of life,  including physical issues, emotional imbalances, mental imbalances, spiritual blockages, relationship challenges, financial challenges, and more.  Chanting mantras works because they carry soul frequency and vibration with love, forgiveness, compassion, and light.  Chanting is Sound Power.  You become what you chant.

There are two ways to chant: silently and aloud. Silently vibrates the smaller cells and spaces in the body; it is yin chanting.  Aloud vibrates the bigger cells and spaces: it is yang chanting. Both ways are correct. You may choose to do one or the other or both. Always chant silently when lying down so as not to drain your qi (energy).

You might enjoy practicing the following Divine Soul Song, Love, Peace, and Harmony,  given to Master Sha on September 10, 2005.   Each line of this chant is a treasure to transform not only our souls, hearts, minds, and bodies, but to create love, peace, and harmony for humanity.

Relax. Sit straight but comfortably. Open your heart and soul.  Now chant,  your choice silently or aloud:

I love my heart and soul

I love all humanity

 Join hearts and souls together 

Love, peace and harmony

Love, peace and harmony

 (Repeat as often as you want throughout the day)

The Benefits of Chanting

Music Can Help Harmonize Chakras

In the book and CD,  Ease Chronic Pain, by composer Howard Richman and Music Therapist Judy Nelson, we our introduced to the healing of sound and music.  They share that certain types of music can stimulate specific chakras due to the lyrics, style, or intent of the composer.  Below are some of the examples shown in their book.  As with all vibrational sound healing, if these suggestions don’t resonate with you, go with what does.

Music Can Help Harmonize Chakras

Who is Reponsible for Me?

September 27th, 2014 | Posted by Velda in ENERGY HEALING | SOUND,CHANTS,MANTRAS

Who is Responsible for Me?

Today I want to share Barbara Hoberman Levine’s, Self-Help Experience #36 - Who’s Responsible for Me?  This exercise is found in her book, Your Body Believes Every Word You Say.  I recommend you use these instructions as mantras.

Purpose:  To accept personal responsibility for your life without condemning or judging yourself.

Instructions:  Remind yourself daily until these ideas become second nature.

  • I am responsible for my life.
  • I choose what to think and feel.
  • Responsibility does not imply blame, shame, or a negative evaluation of myself.
  • Responsibility is my acceptance (without judgment) of the control I do have over my life.
  • If not me, who?
  • If not now, when?

 Who Is Responsible for Me?

Universal Healing Mantra Ra Ma Da Sa

Ra Ma Da Sa connects you with the pure healing energy of the universe. It is considered one of the most powerful mantras known and is extraordinarily effective in dealing with health challenges. It works on many levels; the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical.

Mantra meaning: Ra = sun energy; Ma = moon energy; Da = earth energy; Sa = infinity, universal energy; Sa (repeated); Say = the personal embodiment of Sa; So = the personal sense of merger with Sa; Hung = the Infinite, vibrating and real

Ra Ma Da Sa Healing Mantra Meditation

Universal Healing Mantra Ra Ma Da SaSit in easy pose with your legs crossed and spine straight, or sit in a chair with feet flat on the floor.  Eyes are closed and focused at the third-eye point.  Mantra: Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung should be sung in one complete exhalation.

As you chant the first Sa, your navel point is pulled in so that this syllable is abbreviated. You should also pull your navel point in as you chant HungHung should be vibrated at the root of the nose. The rest of the syllables are drawn out in a strong, powerful chant at full volume throughout the meditation. Time: 11 minutes.

End: Inhale deeply, hold your breath and visualize the person you want to send healing to (it can be yourself). Make that image in your mind very clear and see a glowing green light around the person. Exhale. Inhale deeply, hold your breath and continue to send the person healing green light. Still keeping that vision in your mind, exhale. For the last time, inhale deeply, hold your breath and see the person very clearly, see the green healing light bathing the person, bathing every cell in the body. Exhale and relax.