That love weighs more than gold!
– Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
The Holiday Season is now in full swing. Thanksgiving Day has gone by, but Hanukkah on December 20th, Christmas on December 25th, and Kwanzaa on December 26th are fast approaching. Whether you are celebrating the Season in a traditional way or not, it is a great time to either begin or renew a commitment to learning from their message and living holistically. Make the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection your foundation for life. It represents empowerment to take control over your health and well-being.
By using the healing potential of your mind with techniques like visualization and meditation, you can build up your immune system. It is astounding how much the immune system is strengthened by reducing daily mental stress levels with either visualization or meditation. The other great tonic for the immune system is love—loving ourselves as well as others. Because of their painful pasts many people have trouble with the idea of learning to love themselves. Visualization can be the key to breaking through that barrier.
Remember, as I’ve written before, the immune system responds to complex chemical reactions designed to keep us well and also to respond internally when disease is not contained adequately. We now know that stress is a definite factor in developing life-threatening illnesses like cancer and heart disease which gain a foothold in the body when our genes do not get live messages. The most powerful tool in the doctor’s “little black bag” to prevent or treat illness is the patient’s (your) own mind!
The Holiday Season is also a perfect time to practice the art of laughter. Merriment goes along with most traditional celebrations, but whatever your plans are for the rest of December leading up to New Year’s Day, 2012, make sure you do plenty of laughing.
As you probably know by now, one of my recommendations for just about any problem is to laugh out loud several times a day—for no specific reason, but you could do it by recalling how a joke someone told you really made you laugh, or the memory of a childhood antic, or thinking about a holiday gathering with the family when as children one year, you and your sister burst out laughing when “Aunt Mildred” once again said the same thing she said every holiday—like clockwork!
Think about giving yourself gifts to help you begin or strengthen your commitment to the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. Find a meditation workshop, browse through the CDs here on my website on effective visualization techniques, and, if you need more inspiration, treat yourself to A Book of Miracles. Among the many wonderful and inspirational true stories shared with me throughout the book were five centered around the Holidays, so I devoted a chapter to “Holiday Miracles.” If you don’t believe in miracles put your empty shoes outside your door on the eve of the holiday and see if Santa leaves a gift in them for you.
I am wishing for each of you the gift of a strong Mind-Body-Spirit Connection as your foundation for living. Love represents the bricks, and laughter the cement, which holds the foundation together. The control we each have over our health and well-being when we use the power of our minds is truly awesome. I’ll leave you with the quote that starts the “Holiday Miracles” chapter in A Book of Miracles,
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world
in a conspiracy of love.
-Hamilton Wright Mabie
Peace, Love & Healing to all,