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    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.
    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.
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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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  • Disciples

    Disciple to a philosophy, disciple to a set of principles, disciple to a set of values, disciple to an overriding purpose, to a super-ordinate goal or a person who represents that goal…You are a disciple, a follower, of your own deep values and their source.
    ~ Anonymous

    Jesus asked his disciples to give up everything and follow him.  I do not think that today we need physically to follow someone to attain spiritual knowledge, because the words and teachings are available to us all.

    I asked my friend Gloria a question about disciples.  She writes Heaven Letters, which come from the words she hears from God.  Here are some words she shared in answer to my question:  “We are entwined partners.  Be a disciple to your own heart.  Be a disciple to truth.  Your willingness to be with Me is your discipleship.  Know our oneness.”  I agree and feel we commence to be disciples when we listen to the truth and to our hearts and become one.

    Become a disciple of the teachings of your heart.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Senior Moments

    To be seventy years young is sometimes more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
    ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

    There are benefits to aging that include discounts and other privileges, but for me the greatest gift is being in the moment.  When you live in the moment you have no age and it allows you to experience life differently.  The difference is a gift that we all should appreciate before we grow old.

    When you are older you don’t have to explain everything you do that doesn’t make sense to your family.  After all, you are older and are having a senior moment.

    When you live in the moment, you stop thinking and worrying and begin to contemplate the world around you.  When you do, you begin to see a much more interesting and beautiful world.  You become a teacher and wise elder for the young ones, something their younger parents cannot do.

    When you live in the moment, even your “senior moments” don’t matter.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    An Important Sign

    There are many fine things that you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances.  But the only time that is yours is the present.
    ~ Grenville Kleiser (1868-1935), Yale Divinity School

    I frequently participate in conferences where the organizers are quite compulsive and very concerned about keeping each speaker on schedule.  So they hold up signs to keep you on target and forewarn you.  When it is time to conclude your presentation, they hold up a sign that says TIME.

    The organizers happily consented to my taking one of those signs, which I now use when lecturing.  I hold it up in front of the audience and say, “If you take any concepts home with you from my talk, make this one of them.  We are all here for a limited period of time.”  I want them to accept the fact that we are all mortal and shouldn’t postpone living.

    As long as we are in our bodies, time is an important factor.  Because our bodies age and are vulnerable, our lifetime is limited and therefore extremely precious.  So do what needs to be done to keep your life’s presentation on schedule.

    Don’t wait until your time is almost up to call home and say, “I love you.”  Don’t bring flowers to the grave; rather, bring them home or send them to the person who is precious to you today.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Advice for those suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder

    If you find yourself feeling low at the same time every year, it’s possible you suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  In most cases, SAD comes along during the dark, cold days of winter.  Fortunately, there are ways to manage SAD and feel better.

    Wintertime blues. Generally speaking, SAD sufferers experience symptoms during winter months, although a small portion of sufferers struggle during summertime.  When the seasons change, symptoms subside.  Because of the correlation between symptoms and the seasons, SAD is believed to be connected to changing amounts of daylight.  Our internal clocks can get off-kilter and body chemistry is altered, causing the symptoms associated with SAD.

    According to Medical News Today, some symptoms of SAD include:

    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression or despair
    • Social withdrawal
    • Trouble concentrating
    • Weight gain
    • Crying
    • Fatigue and increase in sleeping
    • Reduced libido
    • Irritability
    • Indecision
    • Moodiness

    The summertime version of SAD may include agitation, weight loss, lowered appetite, depression and insomnia.

    Who gets SAD? Women are more likely than men to suffer with SAD, although men tend to experience more severe symptoms.  Usually the farther you live from the equator the more likely you are to suffer with SAD, and those with a history of depression are more likely to get the disorder.  If a family member suffers with the disorder, your risk for SAD increases.

    When to get help. Many people may feel a bit sluggish during winter months, and you may be wondering if your symptoms reflect SAD.  If your symptoms are interfering with your daily life, some experts advise seeking professional help. Talk to your family physician about potential therapy options.  If you or someone you love is trying to manage symptoms with substances or experiencing thoughts of suicide, reach out for help immediately.

    Stop suffering. SAD is a treatable disorder.  If you or a loved one suffers with SAD, it’s important to find ways to manage symptoms.

    Therapies. Thankfully, there are several methods for combating the symptoms of SAD.  If someone’s symptoms are impacting the ability to live a normal day-to-day life, light therapy is often recommended.  With this treatment, the SAD sufferer sits next to a special light for 30 to 90 minutes per day.   Another option is a special light that gradually wakes SAD sufferers, simulating dawn.  These light therapies are felt to help restore the body’s natural rhythms.

    Another treatment option is prescription medication.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the FDA approved the use of two antidepressants for treating SAD: bupropion and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).  It may be necessary to try several antidepressants to find one that is effective and there may be side effects in taking some medications.  Concerns should be discussed with a doctor or pharmacist.

    If you prefer to avoid prescription medication, you could consider a supplement like CBD oil, or cannabidiol. More research continues to show this supplement provides needed relief of anxiety and depression. CBD oil is not a cure-all, as some people claim, but, as Remedy Review explains, “The benefit of introducing cannabinoids into your body is that they can help your body better regulate itself, or achieve more balance.” Of course, this form of treatment is still considered somewhat controversial. And before starting any sort of supplement, you should always speak to your doctor.

    If your symptoms are relatively mild, you may benefit from increasing your activity level.  Working out boosts feel-good chemicals in your brain, and some professionals feel you may be able to manage SAD symptoms with an appropriate fitness program.

    Some SAD sufferers benefit from behavioral therapy or adding vitamin D, and some people do best with a combination of therapies.

    SAD doesn’t have to control your life. By acknowledging your condition, you put yourself in a position of power over it. Talk to your doctor. Together, you can find ways to manage your symptoms that work for you. It will take time, but you can beat SAD this and every season.


    This guest post was submitted by Kimberly Hayes, chief blogger at PublicHealthAlert.info and author of Holistic Recovery: Everything You Need to Know About Alternative Addiction Treatments.

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    Fear Less

    All healing is essentially the release from fear.
    ~ A Course in Miracles

    The next time you dream of a monster chasing you, turn, confront the monster, and watch what happens.  Once you have dealt with the fear, the dream will stop.  The same is true in our lives; we must face our fears in order to heal them.

    Our brain is wired so that fear can protect us from life-threatening situations and help us react quickly.  If you see a rattlesnake before you, your brain will bypass conscious evaluation of the danger and make you freeze so that the snake is not attracted by your motion.

    But what happens if you think every stick is a poisonous snake?  You are going to get nowhere. Abnormal fear can paralyze us.  We must face our monsters and work out things that can be done to help us through the fear.

    Music can soothe, heal, and relax us.  Visualization and meditation can help reprogram the system.  Physical activity produces natural antidepressants that can help us feel better.  Create a program that works for you and will help resolve your fear and tension.

    The following quote by Dr. Robert Anthony offers good advice for tackling your fears:

    “Overcoming fear and worry can be accomplished by living a day at a time or even a moment at a time.  Your worries will be cut down to nothing.”

    Peace,
    Bernie

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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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    Award Ceremony

    Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
    ~
    Cicero

    There are so many ceremonies at which people are presented honors for things I question.  So many awards seem to have no meaning or are very shallow.  What we need is an award that is given out to outstanding human beings.

    My friend Ashley Montagu certainly agreed.  He said, “At graduations, many honorary degrees are given to horses’ asses.” He hoped some day that “they will give a degree to an entire horse.”

    Why do we admire what is superficial and related to material things?  We should respect and honor people for things like wisdom, compassion, charity, love, and faith.  And do it often.  We do have some awards for noble deeds, but far more frequently, and almost always on prime-time TV, we see the meaningless awards that are forgotten in two weeks.

    Let us hope that someday we will have a “full horse” award.  It would be like the Oscars, but far more meaningful.

    Live each day in order to win that “full horse” award.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – December 31, 2018

    A Letter to Bernie:

    Bernie – hope this email finds you well and enjoying the holidays. I’m currently in Florida; living full-time in my RV with my 16 year old Basenji mix dog Cookie.

    Not one to follow rules or guidelines very well, after my wife of almost 38 years died from Leukemia (last December), I quit my job, sold my Arizona home and hit the road in search of my future. Long way around to the point of my email, I read and kept a copy of an article you wrote in 2014, The Beginning of the End.

    I’ve read, reread, and applied it at different times over the years. After re-reading it yet again this morning, I wanted to tell you how it always brings tears to my eyes and a peaceful comforting to my soul. Thank you.

    Bernie’s Response:

    Bless you and yours. I have many more stories and books about life, animals, and more which you might find both helpful and enjoyable.  My wife died a year ago, but they are still with us in spirit. I have had amazing experiences.  Look for pennies from Heaven.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – December 24, 2018

    Question for Bernie:

    Hello Dr. Siegel,

    It has been a long time coming, this email…my mother has encouraged me to reach out to you for years. I know that you and she have had some correspondence over the years, and that she told you a bit about what happened in my family to me as a child.

    I also know that my Aunt had stage 4 Lymphoma, and went into full remission, using your practices; AND my cousin Renee had all these uterine fibroids, and was told she’d never have kids. She did The Art of Healing and all the tumors went away, and she now has one of the healthiest, most awesome babies ever!

    I have Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). I just spent a week in the ICU, due to going into recurring anaphylaxis, probably caused by hormones, stress, and some chronic infections I’ve had. I also have PTSD and a history of anorexia; I have 3 years in recovery from my Eating Disorder, and have made incredible progress on my relationship with the very traumatic trials of my childhood and adolescence, I feel.

    I am a musician, vocalist, songwriter, visual artist, and poet; I have a beautifully rich life, and incredible, grounding partner, and a career that is blossoming before my eyes. I feel less fractured as a person than ever before in my life, and I know there are only more discoveries to come. I am doing what I love, and I am doing what I can to step out of my own way to the purposes I know are mine in this life.

    However, my MCAD seems to be getting increasingly worse, and I DO NOT WANT IT TO. I feel angry and frustrated with my body, and these cells that just decide when to reject elements of life.

    I have a very deep belief, in my bones, that I can maintain health and do the things I love, and not have to be afraid of going into anaphylaxis all the time. I believe that I can be sustainably healthy – I believe I AM healthy – and I want to do everything in my power to change the health spiral I’ve been in.

    I know that my body is speaking to me. And I want so badly to listen, and to work with myself, instead of against myself, to really have sustained healing.

    I just don’t really know how to do any more than what I do now…

    Dr. Siegel, I have witnessed the miraculous power of healing that your practices have unlocked in my loved ones. I know that I can heal; I know that this traditionally progressive illness does NOT have to get worse. I believe that I can get to the point where my physical body can remain healthy and thrive while I am doing the things I love.

    I don’t know exactly what I’m asking in this email…perhaps for guidance, or even a simple validation…I don’t want to be afraid of my body anymore. I want to work with it….

    I am going to start The Art of Healing practices this week, when I get out of the hospital.

    I want to thank you for the amazing gifts of healing you helped my Aunt and Cousin give themselves. I know I can do it, too.

    Thank you, Dr. Siegel! Thank you for all you do, to recognize the validity and healing power of both modern/western medicine and the inherent properties of our bodies.

    However, my MCAD seems to be getting increasingly worse, and I DO NOT WANT IT TO. I feel angry and frustrated with my body, and these cells that just decide when to reject elements of life—love and light to you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    The above is what I want you to change. Stop feeling angry and frustrated with your body. Instead, love your body and it will change.

    One young woman didn’t want to die hating her body due to childhood polio and neurological disease, so she sat naked in front of mirror loving her body inch by inch, and she recovered.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Target Practice

    You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going,
    because you might not get there.

    ~ Yogi Berra

    Your target in life helps you to direct your course.  So before you aim, be sure you choose the right target.

    What are aiming for?  What is your goal?  What goals are you trying to achieve?  What are you trying to hit?  These are the questions you need to ask yourself, because they tell you your direction and where you will end up.

    The more target practice you engage in, the more likely you are to hit the bull’s-eye.

    Remember to take the time to refocus on your target. Ask the questions often to be sure to hone in on your center.

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