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    Dr. Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his monumental book Love, Medicine and Miracles. Today Bernie continues to impart wisdom about the true nature of life and love in his entertaining and enlightening debut fiction novel Three Men, Six Lives. A grand adventure born of Bernie's experience of his current and past lives awaits you. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Go on a journey of wonder and grace with NY Times bestselling author Bernie Siegel, MD and his grandson, Charlie Siegel. Open your heart as grandfather and grandson weave a conversation of love across the generations, sharing what it means to see beyond the challenges of life to the beauty in life’s lessons. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Introducing Dr. Bernie Siegel's new book, No Endings, Only Beginnings. Bernie Siegel is the author of many books on the healing power of the body and the spirit, but this time he wants encourage readers not only to learn from his life and advice, but to create their own manuals for living as well. With the quotes that have filled the pages of his journals and the lessons he has gleaned from them over the years, this book serves as inspiration for readers to assemble their own book of collected wisdom--and their own understanding of the answers to life's big questions. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Barnes & NobleAmazon or Hay House.
    Introducing Bernie Siegel's new audio download, Daily Meditations for Optimal Health. Selected for Dr. Bernie Siegel’s Prescriptions for Living best-selling series, these recordings are a combination of guided imagery, auto-hypnosis and meditations that relieve stress, open the heart, and deeply heal your mind, body and spirit. Learn more.     Available now. Order your copy online today at:  Hay House.
  • The Art of Healing Support Group

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    The group meets on the first Friday of every month from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time. You may access the teleconference by dialing into the conferencing service at: 1-857-232-0158. Then enter Conference code 379552 and you will be connected to the group.

    This free phone support group will bring people together who are experiencing health challenges and create a community devoted to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. With the help of Dr. Bernie Siegel’s sage wisdom, patients can find hope and healing as they embark on their path forward. By participating in this group, you may learn to embrace each and every challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.

    HOST: Dr. Bernie Siegel is a writer and retired pediatric and general surgeon who writes and teaches about mind-body medicine and the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is internationally known for his best-selling book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles”. In 1978 he founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patient’s drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP helped to facilitate personal lifestyle changes and personal empowerment of the individual’s life. He has been a global pioneer in improving and humanizing medical education and medical care.

    CO HOST: Dr. Tobi Mansfield is a medical psychologist specializing in helping patients with chronic illness and is the author of “When God Talks Back: Madness or Mysticism?”. She is the director of the Miami Wellness Center in Miami, Florida and a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England.

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  • Your Celestial Candle

    Although the world is full of suffering,
    It is also full of the overcoming of it.
    ~ Helen Keller

    When you are born a candle is lit in Heaven. Its length depends on how long you are going to live, so some children have short candles and some seniors have tall ones—no bells, just candles, so everyone has a celestial candle.

    When you die and get to Heaven, you are given that candle to carry and light your way, which will burn eternally except for two reasons. The first reason is if your spirit is born again into a new body and life, the light will go out on your old candle, and a new candle for your new life is lit. The second reason the candle you receive in Heaven goes out is if your loved ones grieve excessively, beyond what is reality and appropriate, their tears put out your celestial candle, causing you much grief.

    Celebrate the life of the person you lost, and keep their celestial candle burning to light their way in Heaven.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    How to Cheer Yourself Back Up When Your Health Takes a Hit

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    Hello, lovely you!

    I hope this finds you in good spirits. I will admit, I found myself in a bit of a funk last week. Yes, I can find myself in a bad mood from time to time. Usually, I catch myself, recognize what’s going on and quickly make a mood adjustment. But last week I got stuck in my mood. I snapped at my darling Dave. I wasn’t feeling or acting like myself.

    I think my mood stemmed from a combination of the weather suddenly getting colder. And all the beautiful leaves I mentioned in my post the other week are gone. The trees are bare, and it’s getting dark earlier, and, yeah, it’s pretty cold. Also, COVID and our insane politics affect us even when we don’t watch TV!! So I slipped into a bit of a funk and let myself sit there for way too long.

    It’s good that I did because my funk inspired this blog post idea.

    You’ve Got to Feel Good to Get Better!

    I learned something way back when I was learning how to cope without my dear dad and fighting my cancer, and that was for my body to heal, I had to FEEL GOOD emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Mahatma Gandhi said that we must BE the change we want to see. Whether you have a cold, a bladder infection, or cancer, it is tough for your body to heal when your mind and heart feel sick.

    I know all-too-well how hard it can be to be in a “good mood” when you literally think you are dying in a matter of months. But I learned quickly that if I had any hope of healing from cancer and living to see my 30th birthday, I would need to turn my head and heart around.

    This realization came when I began to read some of my now dear friend Bernie Siegel’s books.

    Bernie has a quote that I responded to very much:

    “The mind and body are not separate units, but one integrated system. How we act and what we think, eat, and feel are all related to our health. Physicians should be capable of teaching this behavior to patients.”

    Bernie helped me to understand that all of me affected my health. And thank God he did, or I don’t know if I would be alive today, writing this blog post. Once I understood that I would have to find a way to dig myself out of my darkness in order to allow my body to heal, I set to work to figure out exactly how to do that. Today, I want to share some of the ways I learned to “cheer myself up” when I was battling cancer.

    It’s Not About Denying Your Feelings

    I always tell people that it’s essential to feel your feelings. Fighting for your life is scary as hell and it can put you in a really bad mood. So if you are facing a health challenge, it is 100% OKAY for you to take some time to feel the pain, grief and sadness that comes along with facing a serious illness.

    What’s NOT okay for your health and overall well-being is to allow that darkness to linger. So I just want to be clear, cheering yourself up and getting yourself into a place of light has ZERO to do with denying your feelings. Feel them, and then shine some light on that darkness.

    Observe Your Feelings

    So now you might be wondering how you move on from feeling your darkness.

    You shift into a space of observing your feelings instead of feeling them. When you observe your thoughts and feelings, you tap into your higher self and then respond to an experience instead of reacting to it.

    Understand How the Brain Works

    Did you know that the verbal part of our mind processes roughly 40 bits of information per second whereas the non-verbal part of our mind can process roughly 11 MILLION bits per second? Why is this important for you to know? Because when that voice in your head is telling you, “Life is scary and horrible and there is no hope,” you need to know that it is not basing this doom and gloom message on very much information at all. So, know that your thoughts and subsequent feelings are not typically based on the WHOLE truth.

    Shift Your Awareness

    Another way to move past your funk is to shift your awareness somewhere else. I could still move my body back when I was battling cancer, so I would put on my favorite music and dance. This took my awareness out of my thoughts/feelings and put them into my body. You can go for a walk, swim or ride a bike if you prefer. If you are not well enough to move your body, use your imagination to explore someone else’s life instead of yourself. Read a good book or watch one of your favorite movies. Download my Daily Walk & Talk and shift your awareness.

    Meditate

    If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I am a big proponent of meditation. Meditation was one of the most important tools I used to heal myself of cancer. Meditation takes you out of your mind chatter (Link to:https://prudencesinclair.com/what_is_your_power_statement/) and places you in the eternal NOW. Meditation helps you to be an observer of your thoughts and feelings instead of a slave to them.

    Surround Yourself with People Who Make You Feel Good

    Only spend your time with those friends and loved ones that make you feel good; that make you laugh and put you in a good mood. If you’re dealing with a health crisis, now is NOT the time to try and be NICE and spend time with those people who are sourpusses, negative, or who bring toxic energy into your life. Hell. No. Stay Away from those people!

    These were some of the most profound ways I got myself out of the dark and into the light so I could heal. If they worked for me, they can work for you, too.

    Here’s to brighter days ahead.

    Prue
    https://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    An End to Wars

    We have met the enemy and he is us.
    ~ POGO

    What are we trying to kill or eliminate? Why make war? I believe there are very few legitimate reasons to kill others. FBI agents are asked during their training if they could kill. Soldiers know they are being asked to go to war and kill other human beings. The question of whether it is okay to kill or go to war is a difficult one to answer.

    In most cases, I believe we are projecting onto others all the negative qualities we wish didn’t exist within ourselves. So we strive to kill what we can’t accept, causing ourselves and others great suffering. We go to war in the outer world because we can’t face the War in our inner world. The internal war is even more painful, yet it is the true war we all face.

    We must seek out the enemy within and destroy it. When we do, we will be able to help others do the same in their lives and stop being destructive toward one another. When we learn to love ourselves more than we hate our enemy, wars will cease.

    Be a courageous warrior and go within to defeat the true enemy.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – Noveber 9, 2020

    Dear all,

    For those of you who have followed my work for many years, it will come as no surprise that I believe doctors harm patients with words that are poorly chosen and patronizing. Years ago, my son pointed out to me the impact of these two words together:

    SWORDS ~ WORDS ~ SWORDS ~ WORDS

    Words certainly can be used as swords to wound both superficially and deeply. I always encourage people to find doctors who value partnering with their patients for optimum health, who have faith in their patients, and who always treat patients with respect and focused attention.

    A reader shares the experience she had deciding to stand up and defend herself from a dismissive, uncaring doctor. It may help anybody in need of getting some power back over their health and healthcare. As a full partner in our care, there is so much we can do in our lives to enhance what mainstream medicine might be doing for us.


    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    Thank you so much for getting back to me, I’m honored and grateful that you have taken the time to respond. I received your book yesterday and have been reading it.

    I’ve already done things that you’ve mentioned in the book before even seeing your words.

    Attached please find a note I sent to my oncologist a few weeks ago after a disturbing phone call with him. He has apologized to me and also has said he appreciated the feedback. I’ll keep him on my team for now!

    Here is what I sent to the doctor:

    “So let me start by saying I was and have been a nervous wreck since we found this tumor.  I’ve been trying like hell to hold it together and surprisingly I’m doing fairly well.  Our phone conversation today has left me quite upset.  I KNOW you can’t predict anything and I wasn’t asking you how long I will live. What I was expressing was how scared I am of the treatment, which I am going to do because I want to live as long as possible, and I was looking for some reassurance that I will get through this! I understand you have to deal with this crap day in and day out, but please have some compassion for us women who are struggling with our disease, and I want to survive it.

    When we first met, I couldn’t have been happier with you and your credentials; I thought I had struck gold, especially coming from the NY area where Sloan Kettering and Yale are the top hospitals.  I want to continue all of my care with you, but I need you to stop getting mad at me if all I am looking for is a little encouragement and support.  I don’t think that is too much to ask.”

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Good doctors apologize; the others make excuses and blame their patients.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    Thank you so much for getting back to me, I’m honored and grateful that you have taken the time to respond. I received your book yesterday and have been reading it.

    I’ve already done things that you’ve mentioned in the book before even seeing your words.

    Attached please find a note I sent to my oncologist a few weeks ago after a disturbing phone call with him. He has apologized to me and also has said he appreciated the feedback. I’ll keep him on my team for now!


    Here is what I sent to the doctor:

    “So let me start by saying I was and have been a nervous wreck since we found this tumor. I’ve been trying like hell to hold it together and surprisingly I’m doing fairly well. Our phone conversation today has left me quite upset. I KNOW you can’t predict anything and I wasn’t asking you how long I will live. What I was expressing was how scared I am of the treatment, which I am going to do because I want to live as long as possible, and I was looking for some reassurance that I will get through this! I understand you have to deal with this crap day in and day out, but please have some compassion for us women who are struggling with our disease, and I want to survive it.

    When we first met, I couldn’t have been happier with you and your credentials; I thought I had struck gold, especially coming from the NY area where Sloan Kettering and Yale are the top hospitals. I want to continue all of my care with you, but I need you to stop getting mad at me if all I am looking for is a little encouragement and support. I don’t think that is too much to ask.”

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Good doctors apologize; the others make excuses and blame their patients.

    Peace,

    Bernie

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    Autumn is a Chance for Us to Let Go

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    Good morning, lovely you!

    I have just returned from my walk. It was amazing to see so many trees with their colorful leaves. And we finally had some sun this morning so all of the red and yellow and orange leaves were lit up like jewels against a bright blue sky. Just breathtaking!

    As I walked, with many leaves crunching beneath my feet, it dawned on me that we tend to see fall as a death of sorts. After all, the trees shed their leaves, and we won’t see them again until spring!

    But this morning, it dawned on me that autumn can and should be thought of as a time of letting go of things that no longer serve us. Shedding unnecessary “stuff” so that we can ready ourselves for a renewal of life.

    So many of us carry around baggage that does nothing but weight us down. I encourage you to take a look within to see what you may be able to discard this fall season.

    Toxic Relationships

    When loved ones first come into our lives, whether in a friendly way or romantic way, we tend to feel a rush of excitement and perhaps don’t pay attention to the red flags that may present themselves to us. Eventually we can find ourselves in a toxic relationship where we give more than we get; where this other person makes us question our own worth.

    Toxic relationships demean us, devalue us, and can make us sick. Look around. Are you in any toxic relationships that need to end?

    Disappointments

    Life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan. And that’s because God often has even bigger and better plans for us.

    For example, let’s say you were really hoping to land what you thought was a dream job with an amazing company. You went through three rounds of interviews and it looked like you had the job in the bag. But in the end, the company decided to go with someone else.

    Now you have two choices: hold onto your feeling of disappointment and sulk and stew in your own pity. But this will stop you from seeing what other plans may be in store for you. Maybe you didn’t get the job because it was going to take you to another city, and your future wife or husband lives in your current city.

    God has a plan for each and every one of us. But, as we cannot begin to fathom the mind of God, we may see opportunity as disappointment. Don’t. Let them go and instead look around at what is in front of you.

    Resentments

    Resentment is poison. It kills us slowly from the inside out. Do you really think the person you resent is being hurt by your feelings? Nope. They go about living their life while you stew and fester.

    People are going to harm us in this life. People we never imagined would “do us wrong” will sometimes do us wrong. It doesn’t feel good. And you should absolutely allow yourself some time and space to grieve when you have been harmed or hurt in some way.

    But then you need to put it behind you and move on. Resentment only hurts YOU. It stops you from living your life. It ages you and makes you sick. It sends negativity out in front of you so when you meet new people who may add joy and value to your life, they avoid you because they get such a negative vibe.

    Grand Ideas That Aren’t What You Really Want

    From the time we’re young we are programmed to like what other people like and want what other people want. What success means to someone else… it’s supposed to mean the same thing to us. And so, we commit our lives and our energy to achieve grand things that aren’t really what we want.

    Grand ideas often come from the head and ego. It’s time to connect with your heart and spirit. When you close your eyes and envision your perfect life, is it filled with yachts and lavish homes? For some maybe. For most of us, we just want to have enough so that we don’t struggle. What we really want is real connections with others, real love. That’s what life is about. Love.

    Let those grand ideas go, the ones that aren’t really from your heart but from someone else’s mind and focus on what really matters to YOU.

    Self-Hatred

    And last but certainly not least, it’s time to let go of self-hatred. Make this season about self-care and self-compassion. You won’t BELIEVE how your life can change for the better when you stop hating yourself and start loving yourself. God loves you and it breaks his heart that you don’t love yourself. Since God is WAY smarter than we are, if he finds us to be infinitely lovable and loves us unconditionally, than why question that?

    This autumn, I really encourage you to take stock of your life and let go of those things that are hurting you. Then, after you take some time to regroup and heal, you will be ready for a glorious new life to emerge!

    Much love,
    Prue https://www.prudencesinclair.com


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    An Election Pledge

    My Friends -
    I thought I would share the Election Day pledge below from Glenn Berkenkamp. Good thoughts for all of us during these turbulent times.
    Peace,
    Bernie


    Dear friends,

    I wrote this in 2016. And here we are again. The only element I’d like to add is: Breathe.

    My 2016/2020 Election Day pledge to you, me and all.

    No matter the outcome of this election, I will continue to give gratitude for life.
    I will continue to honor those with different views than my own, and will continue to hone my listening.
    I will continue to admit when I am wrong.
    I will continue to love as deeply as I can.
    I will continue to try my best to look first for the good in all people.
    I will continue to seek to understand those who are different from me.
    I will continue to look for common ground.
    I will continue to address my fears.
    I will continue to build bridges between myself and others.
    I will continue to bring light to the darkness in my own being so I can more readily see the light in others.
    I will continue to notice the beauty in the world.
    I will continue to make time for self-reflection.
    I will continue to embrace life as life comes to me.
    I will continue to rest into the fact that I am part of something much larger than me.
    I will continue to realize the power and influence of both the written and spoken word – and I will remain mindful not to use either of them frivolously.
    I will continue to seek into the mysteries of life, knowing that I will never understand all, but the very act of engaging shall enrich my path and allow me to be of greater service to all.
    I will continue to cultivate kindness for myself and others.
    I will continue to halt hate from taking root in me.
    I will continue to fuel my passion for learning.
    I will continue to give myself permission to be imperfect.
    I will continue to support the passions of others.
    I will continue to remain curious, understanding and flexible.
    I will continue to let joy blossom within and around me.
    I will continue to lead by example.
    I will continue to live solutions into existence.
    I will continue to believe that the country that I live in is still young, and like all of us, still evolving.
    I will continue to hold onto all that is good in the USA.
    I will continue to be the proud son of immigrants and a citizen of this world.
    I will continue to be your friend.

    Blessings to one and all,
    Glenn Berkenkamp

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    Cooperation

    Behold how good and how pleasant it is,
    for brethren to dwell together in unity!

    ~ Psalm 133:1

    On my first visit to heaven as an outside consultant to the Board of Directors, I was surprised to see so many angels with only one wing.  I asked one of the angels why he wasn’t healed of his affliction.  He didn’t answer but simply turned and embraced another one-winged angel, and off they flew.  It was so beautiful to see how what we as humans view as an affliction could be turned into a blessing, with a little cooperation.

    I was struck by the thought of what humankind could achieve if we all embraced each other and worked together.  Imagine a world where we all cooperate with each other; then all our actions would reflect the work of angels.

    When we all learn to work together in harmony, we will be uplifted by our acts and notice our feet are no longer touching the ground.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    What You Believe Can Ruin Your Life

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    Good Morning, Lovely You.

    We took a trip this weekend up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. There is nothing I love more than New England during the Fall. Walking in the mountain air among the bright red maple leaves made me smile.

    I found myself thinking great positive thoughts as I walked in nature. I cleared my stressful head this weekend.

    Do you ever hear yourself saying any of these things?

    I don’t want to bother them.

    It wouldn’t do any good anyway.

    Would I have to change my whole life to do that?

    They can’t help me with my problems. My problems are different.

    Our beliefs become our resistance.

    Did you know that we grow up with beliefs that become our resistance to changing our lives?

    Do you have any of these limiting beliefs?

    Spiritual people don’t get angry.

    My family never did that.

    I can’t drive that far.

    That is way too expensive for me.

    I’m not that kind of person.

    My mother never did that.

    What about the way we think about ourselves?

    We use these things as limitations or resistance to change.

    I’m too old to do that.

    I’m too fat.

    I’m too stuck in my ways.

    I’m too tall for that.

    I’m not strong enough.

    I’m not good enough.

    Fear is, by far, the most significant resistance category.

    I can’t do that.

    What would my friends think?

    It might cost too much.

    I don’t want anyone to know about it.

    I can’t talk about it.

    It’s too hard.

    What about my image?

    I’m just not good enough.

    Do any of these statements above sound familiar?

    Why are you hesitant and resistant to change?

    Try this exercise…Write down the old beliefs that are holding you back from living your best life. Keep writing until you have everything written out on paper.

    Be kind to yourself as you do this exercise.

    Can you recognize where the resistance came from? When you understand where it came from, you are on your way to releasing it. Just let it go.

    This exercise is powerful and will bring you many Ahha life-changing moments.

    I do this exercise when I’m overwhelmed. We never stop learning about ourselves and why we do what we do.

    Share your thoughts and beliefs over here https://prudencesinclair.com/what-you-believe-can-ruin-your-life/

    Love you,
    Prue

    https://www.prudencdesinclair.com

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    Q & A with Bernie – October 26, 2020

    Dear everybody,

    A young woman called me decades ago to help her find Jack Kevorkian and commit suicide.  Instead, she became my chosen daughter and is alive and loving today.  Read her recent message to me which she sent along with a revision of an earlier poem.  And then read her poem.

    Peace and love,
    Bernie


    To Bernie, Chosen Dad, from His Chosen Daughter ~

    BDad,
    Hi! I wanted to write to you and add my poem-revised and certain parts that I wrote on October 13th, 2020. It is the first poem I have written in several years. Give me your honest opinion on the subject.

    I thought about putting it on www.CaringBridge.org.

    Love you so much.

    What It Means To Me to Have Multiple Brain Lesions

    It means having short hair as a result of brain surgeries.
    It means, after 31 years of living with this, still longing for long hair, at times.

    It means, thanking God each morning that I have another day!
    It means having pain though & at times, cursing God because of all the pain caused by the brain lesions & multiple brain surgeries.
    It means, having to make out my first will at the age of 19 years.


    It means, after 31 years, my heart still leaps every time I think about it.
    It means still having the support of friends & realizing I am not alone, ever!
    It means, due to side effects, I am reminded of the brain lesions every day, even after 31 years!
    It means, having Gamma Knife Radiation again!

    It means being “medically retired” from my Computer Programmer/Analyst position.
    It means going on Medicare-Yay!
    It means no longer being scared & facing death because of my position I was facing.
    It means loving life!
    It means, because of my position I was facing, still being older than others my own age.

    It means still enjoying the innocence of a young child & loving how they love life!
    It means having learned to give myself some time and space.
    It means losing friends and gaining new ones.
    It means strength and weaknesses.

    It means looking at medical textbooks out of curiosity more than anything.

    It means going thru several dogs-thank you Charlie Brown, Tosha, JJ, Sonny, Sheba, Foxxy, Bandit and Stanly! Each dog has helped me learn about loving myself.  I owe so much to each dog.

    It means having Stanly, an emotional support dog that loves me for me!

    It means, FINALLY, realizing I LOVE myself-ME!


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    Self Care is the Best Medicine

    Dear Bernie:

    I meant to tell you this, Bernie, about what kind of a friend you are. Years ago I read in one of your books that before going into surgery, we should ask our blood supply to move away from the surgical site.  Not long after that, I had to have a complete hysterectomy, and I remembered what you had said.

    So the night before surgery, I did that—spoke to my blood supply and sent it support and love and asked it to stay back from the site.   After the surgery, I remember hearing the doctor say to the nurses that never in all her career had she seen so little blood at the site!

    I didn’t know you then, so couldn’t tell you.  Thank you for your incredible healing advice.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    It is always positive to hear from someone who has experienced the power we all have of intentional healing over our bodies when we understand how to help our mind, body, and spirit work together to attain healing balance.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It reminds us that we should take the time to really focus on caring for ourselves first so we can be there for others in our life.

    Peace and love,
    Bernie

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