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  • New from Bernie Siegel – Love, Animals & Miracles

    Introducing Bernie Siegel's new title, Love, Animals & Miracles: Inspiring True Stories Celebrating the Healing Bond . The stories in this new book offer funny and heart-touching, true-life experiences that convey loving connections, amazing rescues, and healing with (and by) animals — both wild and domestic. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Wisdom of the Ages, Barnes & NobleAmazon or New World Library.
  • Amelia’s Ark Angel Society

    Please support my friend Amelia Kinkade with her new charity, ARK ANGEL, which enables her to go into schools in rural Africa and educate children about wildlife conservation so that they don’t grow up to be poachers.

    Amelia Kinkade has written a book called Whispers from the Wild: Listening to Voices from the Animal Kingdom. In this book, she takes us all over the world, revealing the inner thoughts and feelings of a huge variety of animals, including dangerous ones. She shares the advice she has gleaned from working with such a diverse group of animals — words about tenderness, reconnection with nature, life after death, and the possibilities of magical awakenings inside the brains of an ever-evolving human race. Learn More

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  • Today’s Prescription for the Soul – Prescription #122 – Getting to Know You

    I hope that my “365 Prescriptions for the Soul,” will be a welcome and healing addition to your day. The prescriptions I ask you to fill are designed for your total well-being. They come from hard-earned wisdom and experience with the difficulties of life. They are dispensed “as written” with love. At the end of each prescription is my “Soulution” to help you develop healthy self-love, self-esteem, and self-worth. Please take the prescription I have written for you here and fill it right away.


    The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.

    ~ Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish Historian and Essayist

    Getting to know yourself better takes courage. It is far easier to hide behind a mask than to see yourself as you really are. There are many who think they are perfect and need not change, who think they’re the center of the universe, and they have a problem.

    If you wish to know yourself and change for the better, you need to accept your inadequacies, fears, weaknesses, mistakes, and more. If you need others present constantly to entertain and distract you, then you are afraid to be still and know yourself.

    So spend some time being totally alone and see how you feel. If you are comfortable, then I would say you are in the process of knowing yourself. Knowing yourself means being willing to be with yourself. Once you can do that, the frantic search for distraction and escape will stop ruling your life and you can choose to fill your life with the things that bring you joy.

    Soulution of the Day

    Even if it feels uncomfortable, go away with yourself
    and spend some time together getting to know yourself.
    You may find that you are great company.

    - Bernie

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  • The Art of Healing – The Simsbury Talk

    Dear Everybody,

    First, I’ll remind you again to regularly take time just for yourself in your busy life.

    And for this week’s post, here is another suggestion for your consideration.  Watch my talk, “The Art of Healing” on Simsbury TV, first broadcast in May 2014. You can watch the video below or click on this link to view it on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7rWXVeMElA

    Summer is still here, so please, stop and smell the roses!

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – July 31, 2017

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    Something tragic has happened to a family we know. The 49 year old dad just died in his sleep the other night. The three kids are in high school and belong to our parish. And the mom has been battling colon cancer (we think it’s stage 4).

    I have ordered her your guided healing and enhancing the immune system meditations for when the time is right. I am so haunted by this news and don’t even know what to do besides pray.

    If I get to connect with her in the next few weeks, I’d like to introduce her to your philosophy and find out where she is in her fight in her head.

    How do you mourn while trying to stay alive for your children? I am at a loss. Anything you got would help and be greatly appreciated.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    My recommendation is that you get a copy of my little book titled Buddy’s Candle on my website www.berniesiegelmd.com.  I wrote Buddy’s Candle for people who have lost a loved one.

    Tell them all to look for signs from their dad. He is still with them through consciousness.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    The Immune Competent Personality Test Revisited

    Dear Everyone,

    I often recommend to people who write to me about both preventing illness and coping with illness when it is present in your life that they read something on my website called The IMMUNE COMPETENT PERSONALITY, based on Dr. George Solomon’s research.  I decided to feature it this week in my post for those who haven’t yet tried it.  Please let me know what you think of it. Here it is:

    The Immune Competent Personality Test

    The IMMUNE COMPETENT PERSONALITY is based on Dr. George Solomon’s research.

    1. Do I have a sense of meaning in my work, daily, activities, family and relationships?
    2. Am I able to express anger appropriately in defense of myself?
    3. Am I able to ask friends and family for support when I am feeling lonely or troubled?
    4. Am I able to ask friends or family for favors when I need them?
    5. Am I able to say no to someone who asks for a favor if I can’t or don’t feel like doing it?
    6. Do I engage in health related behaviors based on my own self defined needs instead of someone else’s prescriptions or ideas?
    7. Do I have enough play in my life?
    8. Do I find myself depressed for long periods during which time I feel hopeless about ever changing the conditions that cause me to be depressed?
    9. Am I dutifully filling a prescribed role in my life to the detriment of my own needs?

    Answers: If you answer no to the first seven questions and yes to the last two you need attention.


    *Siegel’s three additions:

    1. I am taking you to dinner, what do you want?
    2. What would you hold up before an audience to demonstrate the beauty and meaning of life?
    3. How would you introduce yourself to God?

    Answers:

    1. Your response should relate to your feelings not your thinking about what to eat.
    2. Mirror
    3. You are a child of God
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    Overcome Life Stress and Strains

    Dear Everyone,

    As a gift to yourself, I recommend that you set aside 45-minutes or so to completely relax your body and your mind.  Click on the link below and listen to my guided meditation titled Overcome Life Stress and Strains.


    Overcome Life Stress and Strains with Dr. Bernie Siegel

    You may also watch the video on YouTube by clicking the link below.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-7ttCJqGt8

    Remember what one of the world’s greatest leaders said,

    “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    Slow down and live in the moment.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – July 10, 2017

    I have heard from so many people worldwide who know me from my books, and who really need an explanation of how to incorporate my recommendations into their personal and professional lives.  For this week’s post, I’m revisiting one of those questions, along with my answer, in case you missed it.  Peace, Bernie

    Question for Bernie from 2014:

    I hope you may be able to help me.  In your writings in many books about healing, the technique of visualization is presented as an expected “given” for the healing process….I am not able to “see” pictures. I hope it is a skill that can be learned. Up until now, I have not found the teacher who can help me learn or “heal” to aid me in removing the blockage that prevents me from seeing into my inner world.  I pray I will find such a gifted teacher.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    It is very unusual, but today people write to me asking what I recommend for how to get out of a black hole, or how to just have faith and really believe that “This, too, shall pass.”  My recommendations have not changed at all since I started writing books.  To find the authentic you, learn to love the life you have right now, and enjoy life for as long as it is yours.   Also, do the following:

    Find a mantra and the kind of meditation that feels right for you in which to use the mantra. And then, as you begin to meditate, say the following:

    “Thank you for everything.
    I am happy.I am healthy.
    I love my life just as it is now and I will love it wherever it leads.
    I have no complaints whatsoever.”

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    An Interview with Bernie: Faith, Hope & Healing

    During this July 4th holiday week, I thought you might enjoy listening to an interview I did in 2013 about my book Faith, Hope & Healing.  Whether you have some time off from work or school and plan on gathering with friends and family for holiday events this week, or you are giving yourself the gift of some totally stress-free time, take this hour to just completely relax and listen.


    Interview with Dr. Bernie Siegel: Faith, Hope & Healing

    You may also watch this video on YouTube at:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdik78L2HBU

    Have a safe and happy July 4th,

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    A Quiet Mind

    I often recommend meditation to people coping with difficult situations in their lives brought about by illness or problems within relationships. The purpose of meditation is to quiet your mind which allows you to see situations more clearly.  Also, a quiet mind is needed to help you heal both physically and emotionally.

    Here are two of my guided meditations to try. Giving yourself the gift of regular meditation is a way to love your life and body. These are both short, so either one will easily fit into even a very busy schedule. Play the video here or click on the YouTube links below to enjoy the power and beauty of a quiet mind.


    View on YouTube
    Free Guided Meditation: Overcome Life Stress and Strains with Dr. Bernie Siegel – (about 16 minutes)



    View on YouTube
    Free guided Holistic Meditation with Dr. Bernie Siegel ~ Monday Meditations – (about 23 minutes)

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – June 19, 2017

    Question for Bernie:

    Can you please teach me how to feel good about my life, love myself and others and achieve peace of mind? I am just going through your book and I can pick up on some of your positive energy resonating with me. You know well what I so much need to learn.  Do you think you could help me?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You need to follow your heart and quiet your mind.  Thinking is the problem. Learn to stop filling your mind with negative thoughts.  Recognize negative thinking immediately and tell yourself to redirect the subject of your thoughts in a positive direction.  Accept that you need to do this continually, even when you begin to actually see that your brain is retraining itself to opt for more positive than negative thinking.

    Pay attention to your feelings.  Abandon the wounds of the past and love yourself and your life.

    Reparent yourself by putting up photos of yourself where you see them daily, and tell that person you see that you love her.

    Stop judging yourself (especially by comparing yourself to others—you are unique as they are so comparison is not productive in any way). Instead just act like the person you want to be starting now.  Live in the moment because that is all we really have, and it is unfettered by the baggage of nostalgia or anxiety about the future.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – June 12, 2017

    Question for Bernie:

    How are you? I hope you are keeping well. I wanted to get in touch to tell you I have met someone really nice.  We have a budding romance which I am really happy about.

    I have recently been incorporating your morning mantra to start my day; I love it… I have no complaint whatsoever… what a great way to begin the day!

    I am feeling vulnerable just now as it feels like there has not been much “living” in my life for most of it. And I do not want to suffocate it now either, but am simply trying to accept that reality and let me be me and other people be who they are.

    My fear of rejection reminds me that I need to love myself more. I have more work to do there! Accepting “who we are” can be quite a task (to me anyway).

    Hope you don’t mind me sharing my thoughts!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    What you say is very true. I tell people to “let your heart make up your mind” and to “stop thinking and start feeling.”

    A quiet mind sees and finds the truth, like the ugly duckling on a still pond can see that he is a swan.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – June 5, 2017

    Question for Bernie:

    My nephew has come through surgery fine – the tumor was located near the base of his spine so, after a 5 hour surgery, he was in recovery wiggling his toes.  By 7:00, he was eating dinner.  So he came home yesterday afternoon and finished his on-line course. He is making up the semester he missed for treatments after the brain tumor.

    He is in good spirits and feels well – he will start chemo pills this week and radiation in the middle of June.  I have discussed your attitude with him and he is all for it!!!  He can’t wait to get back to school in September—his younger brother will be with him.

    I am hoping, in the fall, that he is able to come to one of your group meetings so he can meet you. He is a fighter with a terrific attitude and is ready to kick butt again.

    Thank you so much for your help and support. You are an amazing person, very caring and giving!!!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Tell your nephew it is about healing his life and body— not about fighting a war or battle because that approach only empowers the enemy. Mother Teresa once said, “I will not attend an anti-war rally, but if you ever have a Peace rally, call me.”

    Also, for all future therapies, I suggest that he picture them happening now and everything going beautifully. This visualization will prepare his body for the actual treatment experience with excellent results and free of side effects.

    For help in using the powerful tool of visualization, he can find CDs on my website (www.berniesiegelmd.com).  This, along with using techniques in my book, The Art of Healing—Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-healing, as I mentioned in earlier correspondence, can provide strong support for his positive attitude.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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