Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lessons From Hillary

Last night I read an Elle magazine article on Hillary Clinton.  Hillary reminded me of the importance of knowing your personality and being yourself.  During the 2008 presidential campaign Hillary was advised that if she wanted to compete in the big boys club she would have to act like a man, and was advised to be a "father figure" for the country.  This bad advice lead to disastrous results for her political and presidential ambition.  She was by far the most experienced, skilled, and qualified of the presidential candidates, but her rigid, egotistical persona made the voters run, and she lost her hopes of a nomination to a more charismatic, though less experienced, candidate.

As the current Secretary of State she has not only been able to fulfill her passion of advocating for women and children's rights while making a positive difference for peace and change in this world, she is also finding herself, and allowing her authentic self to emerge.  She is becoming more personable, friendly, and shall I say, womanly.  No longer is she trying to be "one of the boys" she is holding her own as herself, a powerful, intelligent, bright woman.  As she is allowing her authentic self to emerge her popularity and likeability ratings have risen.  Many are expressing desires for her to run for president again, and desires for her to swap roles with Biden for the Vice Presidency in 2012.

As she is becoming more authentic she is also honoring herself and what is best for Hillary.  Hillary now recognizes that she is not like her extroverted husband who thrives on the public and gets energized by the crowd.  She has identified herself as having an introverted personality and as much as she loves the public, being in the public depletes her energy.  Recognizing this aspect of herself, and honoring this part of who she is, she no longer craves for or strives after the presidential nomination.  She also has no intention to continue as Secretary of State if Obama wins the 2012 election.  Will she stop advocating for change and women's rights?  Hardly, but she will do it in a way that honors and supports her.  She is choosing to move her life forward in a way that allows her to live fully, enjoy her life and be herself.

By Carolyn Almendarez

Monday, April 23, 2012

Infinite Love and Gratitude

I like to listen to Hay House Radio to get inspiration and ideas for improving health and healing.  Recently I was listening to a lecture by Dr. Darren Weissman, he teaches the lifeline technique and repeats the healing phrase "infinite love and gratitude".  On a recent show a caller called in saying she had applied his technique by repeating "infinite love and gratitude" to a mole on her face while looking in the mirror each morning, until one day the mole fell off and the skin beneath it had healed.  I found this to be an interesting concept of loving the parts of ourselves we do not like or wish would go away.  I also decided to try it out myself.

I decided to start with my uterine fibroids.  Uterine fibroids are masses of smooth muscle tissue in the uterus.  It is normal to have small fibroids, 1-2 cm in diameter, but anything larger is considered abnormal.  Mine are about the size of grapefruits, definitely abnormal.  (But not as bad as they could be, some get as large as a full-term baby!)  These growths feel like rocks.  Most are hidden in the uterus, but some protrude like an alien is growing inside you.  They can cause pain, bleeding, sexual problems, and can cause problems for neighboring internal organs like the urinary and digestive system.  The standard treatment is surgery to remove the fibroids or uterus.  Medically fibroids are believed to grow from an excessive of estrogen in the blood system.  Psychologically/Energetically fibroids are believed to come from regrets of not giving birth to children or regrets of not giving birth to dreams, projects, or ideas.

I haven't been to keen on surgery so for the past three years I have been trying non-surgical methods of reducing my fibroids.  Biochemically following an estrogen free diet of all organic and no red meats, dairy, or pesticide laden foods.  I also have done visualization exercises imagining the fibroids shrinking, and imagining a healing white light blasting them apart like asteroids while the body naturally flushes the remaining particles out.  And of course affirmations of "I love my body", "My body knows how to heal itself", and "I release the pattern in me that attracted this experience.  I create only good in my life."  Haven't noticed much change in the fibroids yet.

So today I decided to try the affirmation "infinite love and gratitude".  I placed my hand on one of the protruding fibroids and lovingly thanked it for the messages it was trying to tell me and letting it know it was time for it to go.  I then repeated "infinite love and gratitude" several times.  While I didn't notice any shrinking in my pelvis rock I did notice that I felt a whole lot better sending messages of love to my body rather than the typical frustration and anger.  I felt happier and calmer.  Like taking a warm bath of love.  I could feel a warm flow of loving energy now encompassing all of my body.

Today is day one of my "infinite love and gratitude" experiment.  I'll keep up with my diet, visualizations, and affirmations.  But hopefully with this added tool of love energy I can convince these masses that it's time to leave my uterus home.

By Carolyn Almendarez

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gratitude Journal

What are you grateful for?

Research suggests that daily journaling of what you are grateful for is as effective as anti-depressants for elevating mood.

So skip the anti-depressant and record your gratitude!  Ending your day with a list of what you are grateful for will raise your levels of happiness and well-being by 25%.  The same percentage that anti-depressants are said to raise your emotional feelings of well-being.  So drop the pills* and pick up your pen.

Writing about your gratitude, what makes you feel happy, and what fills you with love and joy increases your sense of well-being, feelings of love and happiness, and purpose in living.  Writing about these positives reduces your cortisol levels, calms your mind, and will help you sleep better at night.  It is one of the best drug-free ways to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

By Carolyn Almendarez

(*Note: Only stop prescribed medication after consulting with your physician.)