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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

  • Ask Bernie a Question

    Have a question you would like to ask Bernie? Use the message box below, and be sure to include your e-mail address. Bernie will answer questions each Monday on his blog (see below). Thank you for sharing your question!

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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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  • 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.


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    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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    Perfect

    PERFECT – A Poem by Bernie

    God didn’t ask my wife to be perfect
    I did
    so I ought to be perfect and set an example
    well there goes my plan

    I’d rather tell her how to be perfect
    but then she tells me about my imperfections
    well there goes my plan again

    I guess God was right
    His plan is easier
    just give them free will and life
    because perfection is not creation
    and don’t forget to keep your fingers crossed

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 22, 2017

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie

    It’s been 4 years, just had lymph node removal in neck, praying it’s not a reoccurrence. Are you speaking in the New York City/Long Island areas in the future?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    No, I am doing less traveling and speaking.  I am focused on writing, and encourage you to take a look at recent titles you might want to read. Go to QUICK LINKS on my website at www.berniesiegelmd.com to find descriptions for all of my books.

    Begin now to visualize what you desire, and to love your body and your life.

    Peace,
    Bernie


    Question for Bernie: Below is a new Question and Answer with multiple parts beginning last year and leading up to the present.

    I would like to get in touch with Dr. Siegel to let him know about my nephew.  At the end of his first semester of college, he came home not feeling well. After a visit to a medical center he was diagnosed with glioblastoma.

    My brother arranged to send him by ambulance to a pediatric neurosurgeon who successfully removed the whole tumor, which was wrapped around his right optic nerve.  He received radiation and chemotherapy simultaneously, without side effects.

    My nephew has always had a very positive attitude during this whole illness and has done quite well.  He is back at college and is making up the semester he missed. He has a great support system with his high school and college friends, and with the whole family; his positive attitude has remained strong.

    We have always known Dr. Siegel has encouraged positive attitudes and this reinforces that. Dr. Siegel has had a powerful influence on many people and we thank him for all he does. If you could see that he receives this e-mail, I would be thankful.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Let me tell you about a medical student I knew whose story sounds like your nephew’s experience.  The student I knew had eye symptoms and they discovered a glioblastoma.  He woke up blind after surgery and they told him he would be blind until he died in about a year.

    Well, his sight came back and he got angry at all the books and doctors telling him when he would die. He took the prescribed medical treatments, but to prove them wrong about when he would die, he changed his life and his diet, too. The tumor disappeared and never came back, with the added bonus of his colitis disappearing as well.

    I think if he had become depressed instead of angry he wouldn’t have survived.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Response to Bernie’s Answer:

    Dear Bernie,

    I appreciate your prompt response and encouraging words.  We have always maintained positive attitudes and this just reinforces that it can make a difference.  My nephew had no side effects from the surgery or treatments and considers every day a gift, as do we.  Your attitude and encouragement to all has a great impact on people and you are a great inspiration.

    The doctors are very pleased with his progress and with his attitude, and keep in touch with him while he is at school.  They are very dedicated, caring doctors as are you – it all makes a difference.

    At the meeting about the treatments the oncologists asked if Matt had any question and he had one – would he be able to go back to college.  The answer was yes and Matt’s response was “Bring it on – I am going to kick this cancer’s butt.” And he has.

    We always remember your encouraging this positive attitude and will always be grateful to you for this.  You are an exceptional person.

    Thank you so much!!!

    Bernie’s Response:

    Sounds good; keep me in the loop.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Update:

    Dear Bernie,

    Just an update on my nephew – he was driving to the gym last Monday, suffered a seizure and had an accident.  Thankfully no one was injured as the cars were totaled.

    He was taken to an excellent medical center and evaluated.  After meeting with his doctors, he got the okay to go back to school.  He is maintaining a great attitude, and his roommates are his big cheerleaders and support.  So he is doing really well – the attitude is there and he is kicking butt with this cancer.

    You are an inspiration to many people and you have encouraged all of us to have the positive attitude.  Thank you very much for being interested and concerned.

    You are an awesome person!!!!!

    Bernie’s Response:

    I get to be the coach for talented performers like your nephew.  It is good news to know that your whole family is on the “Be Positive page” for getting the most out of the great gift of life.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Latest Update:

    Dear Bernie,

    My nephew finished the year at University and had a great year.  Yesterday he went in for a meeting about his MRI and found that he has a 1 inch tumor near his spine in his neck.  He is having surgery Thursday and will spend 3 weeks recovering.  Then it is followed by 6 weeks radiation (and possibly chemo) and he will then have a few weeks to relax before he goes back to school.

    We know this is a tough cancer to beat and he was upset after the meeting yesterday.  However, this morning he is ready to fight again and can’t wait to go back to school.

    We talk about you and how you encourage people to keep a great attitude and this has helped my nephew considerably.  So I thank you for all the positive thoughts from you.  You are an inspiration to all!!!!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I recommend that you get my book, The Art of Healing—Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-healing, to help your nephew appreciate how much the mind affects treatments, too.  Also, on my website (www.berniesiegelmd.com) go to QUICK LINKS at the top of the homepage and click on Articles by Bernie to find the one titled “Deceiving People into Health.”

    Tell your nephew to visualize in his mind just how he wants the treatments to be—good results, no side effects, etc., and to picture this several times a day to prepare his body for the same result he visualizes, all of which allows the body to accept and believe this outcome.

    If he does some drawings of the treatments, himself receiving the treatments, and more, I could review them for him.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Look, See

    Dear All,

    One of my core beliefs is that we must first search for and find our authentic selves before we can really thoroughly evaluate choices that come our way throughout life.  Here is a poem I wrote about knowing ourselves.

    Peace,
    Bernie


    LOOK, SEE
    by Bernie Siegel, MD

    We can’t know each other until we know ourselves.
    Who are we?

    Does the mirror tell the truth?
    No, it does not see inside me.

    Only I know how beautiful my inner garden is,
    I bloom and blossom unseen by anyone but the divine—how sad.

    Raise the blinds,
    let the neighbors see the real me.

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 8, 2017

    Question for Bernie

    Hi Bernie,

    My daughter is coming here for a visit. I have not seen her in a year.

    She wants to go to Gloucester for 4 days. Because of my serious health condition, I do not want to go, and that would make her very angry. She is an addict just like her sister, which is not to her benefit.

    How do I handle that, going to Gloucester? I have been having a difficult time with illness. Thanks for your guidance.

    Bernie’s Answer

    Tell your daughter “no.”  Survivor behavior emphasizes being comfortable saying “no” when you do not want to do something.

    It is about your life—about what makes you happy.  It is not about just doing what makes your daughter happy.  Survivors know that loving and taking care of themselves—body and spirit—starts with getting completely comfortable with simply saying “no” when the situation calls for your honest response.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie (second question from same person)

    I hope to see you on Tuesday. It is really rough when one does not have any family support.

    I am losing the use of my legs.

    Spiritually, I have learned a great deal about life. As you know the world is falling apart.

    God is all about Love, and learning about life through the eyes, and the wisdom, of God.

    Bernie’s Answer

    You’ll be a gift to the world in your next life because of your experience and wisdom. Bodies are simply our tools, and like all mechanical things, they do wear out—but spirit never does.

    Love,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie (third question from same person)

    Yes, you are right on the mark of truth. The body is a vessel to get one around.

    I am alive because I am full of the Holy Spirit to help me finish my mission here upon earth.

    And the body is breaking down.

    People today do not like death, dying, being disabled. Boy, do they avoid me.

    Thanks and love for your guidance.

    Bernie’s Answer

    They are afraid to face reality and deny their chance of dying or being disabled.

    To further obscure reality, these people do not use the word “die” but instead use euphemisms like “pass away” or “go to a better place.” Denial prolongs the intensity of grief.  The truth is dignified when people feel safe to fully express the grief of loss.

    Peace & Love,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 1, 2017

    Question for Bernie:

    I was wondering if you can help me with another dream interpretation because it is important.

    I met a guy from the UK online and we met twice in person. He is from the UK and it was going well until he started having fears of not having enough money or time to visit me and make this work.

    Last night when I went to bed, I had this weird dream in which he said to me that he is bored with my lifestyle. Then, in the dream, there was a 5-year old little boy he brought along as his son. That kid said to me that he liked Macedonia and playing with little kids in the kindergarten.

    Then I said that he should tell his dad that and talk to the teachers. Then he started behaving as an adult and a bit like his dad, saying that he is not so crazy as to let adults discover his feelings.

    Then he went away and I woke up.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    His inner child is causing both of you a problem.

    Encourage him to talk to you about feelings, and just listen as he talks so that he can hear himself.  When he hears his own words, he will learn who he is and what to do.  You must resist telling him what to do—you can help him the best by just quietly and attentively listening.  When people hear themselves talk through problems, often great clarity and understanding emerge.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – April 24, 2017

    Question for Bernie:

    My fiancé (who is an M.D.) is diagnosed with cancer. I know the chemo regime he is on is too strong, but I cannot get the Dr. to adjust the course of treatment.

    I also became extremely sick from the secondary chemo exposure.

    John has now moved out into a facility to give us both some space and time to heal and create new choices.

    Would it be possible for John to have an appointment with you to discuss options?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    We have a support group which meets twice a month from 1:30 to 3:30pm in Woodbridge.

    You could attend a meeting along with your fiancé.

    Read my books, starting with Love, Medicine & Miracles and The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing.

    Explore my website (www.berniesiegelmd.com) for information on books and about groups to contact for support.

    When your fiancé changes his image of chemo, his body’s reaction will also change—is it the Devil giving you poison or a lifesaving gift from God?  Get a new box of crayons or colored pencils, and then guided by my book on the “art of healing” as mentioned above, see how drawing our perceptions of treatment can help focus our minds on healing.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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