2020: Celebrating the New Year and Expressing Gratitude … Gloucester-style

2020: Celebrating the New Year and Expressing Gratitude … Gloucester-style

New Year’s Day began with a ‘walk of good intentions.’ Blessed with sunshine and mild temperatures on Cape Ann, friends and strangers came together for a walk in Dogtown. We hiked to Whale’s jaw. A piece of the Whale’s jaw boulder broke off in 1989, but Whales Jaw still stands as it has for over ten thousand years. Standing as a reminder of strength, resiliency and endurance, and symbolic of Gloucester’s fishermen and women. There, we celebrated the new year with a guided meditation and sharing good intentions of gratitude, tolerance and peace. 

With Gratitude. Thank you to Jimmy and Laurel for extending their annual New Year’s walk to this community event, to Wendy for her soulful guided meditation, for the all those who came out for the walk and their positive energy, and to Laura, for the beautiful space to gather! One sentiment shared by the the group was the hope that our beloved Dogtown endure throughout the ages, for many new generations to come. We came upon many others celebrating the new year in Dogtown Commons, walking, jogging and biking, enjoying the peace and beauty of nature. 

Appreciating Babson and his reminders of virtue. Babson donated more than 1,100 acres to the city of Gloucester in the 1930s “as a park and watershed.” Carved Babson boulders found throughout Dogtown Common remind us of some of the virtues that are the foundation of good moral being, the fabric of a healthy society. Among my favorites are Industry, Courage, Help Mother, and Kindness

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Practicing Gratitude, Counting Blessings

Practicing Gratitude, Counting Blessings

Taking time off through New Years, I was looking forward to some planned ‘down time.’ Be careful what you wish for! 

I have been home with a bug since before the holiday. Generally, I am in very good health, but a lingering cold put a damper on my holiday plans and festivities. I sit at home today, enjoying a cup of hot tea, with honey, lemon and ginger. My Reiki Teacher, Hyakuten Sensei, a Buddhist monk from Kyoto Japan teaches that – “A cup of tea. A cup of enlightenment.” Hopefully, along with enlightenment comes a cure for this cold!   😉

The message on my Yogi tea bag (each bad has a written positive saying or quote), gives me pause to reflect –  “An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities.” 

‘End of Year’ Accounting. 2019 is nearly over and I find myself making time for a retrospective accounting of the year. Not the financial kind that the IRS is looking for, but the psycho-spiritual kind, making note of that which has fed my heart, nourished my spirit, and brought Joy.

New experiences and adventures, meeting new people, exploring various cultures, and learning … all bring me joy. They also bring opportunity to gather new information and skills to share with students and clients. Their positive feedback and improved results is what brings me joy. Do what you love. Love what you do. Seeing their smiling faces after sessions, hearing their reports of “feeling better,” “more hopeful,” learning of their positive changes, hearing their expressed gratitude …, makes my work Joyful.

Gratitude is a two-way street. Whether we give or receive, there is Gratitude.

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Tips to Enjoy a More Peaceful and Healthy Holiday Season

The holidays may be happy and joyful for some, but not all. For many, the holidays can also be a time of added stress

Some Tips to Enjoy a More Peaceful and Healthy Holiday Season – 

#1. Moderation. Moderation. Moderation. Simply your life, especially at the holidays. Moderation in everything, eating, drinking, shopping, and holiday parties and gatherings. Don’t feel like you have to do everything and accept every holiday invitation. L

#2. The 80/20 Rule. Also known as the “Pareto Principle,” named after founder, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, back in 1848. Pareto found that people can achieve 80% of success with 20% effort. Knowing that we cannot do everything, and perfection is a myth, Instead of trying to do the impossible, a Pareto approach could be, deciding which holiday projects or events are most important to you. Then, consider 20%  of the specific tasks to focus on to achieve those goals that make you happiest. Do those, then drop the rest.

#3. Learn to say ‘no” and loose the guilt. Overextending oneself, even for fun activities, can lead to frustration, stress and even exhaustion and illness. Guilt weights heavy, both literally and figuratively. Make heart-centered, healthy choices, with a me-first attitude, knowing that taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, allows you to be more present for others, when needed.

#4. Make Time for Yourself to Relax Each Day. Breathing relaxation, mindful meditation, guided imagery and meditation, self-hypnosis, self-reiki can all be learned and put into daily practice. Even 3, 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes can make a difference and promote health and wellbeing. Treat yourself to an acupuncture, massage, reflexology or reiki session. Take a gentle, yin yoga class.

#5. Make Time to Exercise Each Day. Research shows that exercise (especially aerobic) helpfully boosts our mood and make us feel better by releasing healthy hormones and raising healthy neurotransmitter levels (i.e.endorphins, serotonin). Mantras for Healthy Exercise: “Exercise energizes me.” “Exercise makes me feel better.” Exercise makes me smile.” “A day without exercise is like a day without brushing my teeth.”

#6. Healthy Holiday Eating/Drinking. Eat a healthy meal or snack before the party. Small plates and bowls allow for healthy portions. Maintain healthy thoughts around healthy eating. Guilt-free holiday eating from Harvard Health PublishingMantras for Healthy Eating: “Healthy, balanced, nutritious meals energize me.” I make healthy choices in line with my highest good.” “Healthy is as healthy does.” “A sliver instead of a slice.” “One is enough, two is too many.” “One and done.” Another 80/20 Rule – Stop eating when 80% full. From the teachings of Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei, Buddhist monk and Founder of Komyo ReikiDo™  – “It is advisable to eat frequent, small amounts rather than two or three big meals, and to leave the stomach 20% empty. A feeling of slight hunger goes a long way toward many health benefits.”

#7. Create Special Holiday Memories. Rather than purchasing material items, consider making the holidays about making fun memories with family, friends and neighbors, at low or no cost. Consider a movie, music, cooking baking or scrap booking night. Walk or drive to view holiday decorations. Enjoy an evening of star gazing. Material things can get lost, broken or discarded, but memories live on

#8. Do Something for Those Less Fortunate. Research shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and well being. It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health. Consider gifts and/or letters to those serving in the military overseas. Visit someone in a nursing home. Volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen. Offer to bake, cook or decorate for someone who is not able.

#9. Maintain and Daily Attitude of Gratitude. Keep a daily gratitude journal; find one to three things you are grateful for each day. Think about or meditate on people and things you are grateful for. Recommended reading: Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach.

#10. Seek Professional Help. The holidays can lead to increased thoughts and feelings of depression. If that is the case, seek support. Talk to your doctor. Reach out to family, friends, neighbors that live alone, and offer support. 

For Information on and Services for Relaxation and Stress Relief – Emaildreamtimewellness@gmail.com or phone 978-283-4258.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and memorable holiday season,   

~ Karen Pischke BSN, RN

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Sedona Reiki Teacher Training with INAMOTO Hyakuten Sensei, Founder of Komyo ReikiDo™

Komyo ReikiDo; a ‘Keep it Simple’ Reiki System from Japan – “Place Hands. Surrender. Smile.” 

Hyakuten Sensei, Buddhist monk from Kyoto Japan and Founder of Komyo ReikiDo™ (formerly Komyo Reiki Kai™ ) will be offering a Shinpiden (Teacher) Reiki Training Workshop, for his first-time in Sedona Arizona. Reiki Teachers from all lineages from around the globe (in-person training only) are invited to attend.

Inamoto Hyakuten-sensei, founder of Komyo ReikiDo™

Friday through Monday, April 24 – 27, 2020.

‘Introduction to Reiki’ and Reiki Share. Open to All. Reiki Practitioners and Non-Practitioners alike are welcome to come hear Sensei speak about the origins of Reiki Ryōhō (Japanese Healing Art/Method). Participate in a Reiki Share with Reiki Teachers from all over the globe. Friday Night. April 24. 5:00 -8:00 pm

Join in Reiki a Mawashi (Circle) for Earth Day (Wednesday April 22) and Arbor Day (Friday April 24). An auspicious time to hold a Global Reiki Gathering, for the purpose of peace and healing, for ourselves, others, and the planet.

Sedona Arizona is known for its beautiful red rocks and scenic views. Add on extra days when you come, to enjoy walking and meditating surrounded by beautiful nature, hiking, biking, local tourist attractions, shopping and more. While here, visit the Grand Canyon, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world, just two hours away by car.

For Details and to Register, Contact Reiki Teacher Karen Pischke, BSN, RN: dreamtimewellness@gmail.com or call 978.283.4258.

Integrative Therapies; Support for Breast Cancer Patients

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Free Lecture on Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care for Breast Cancer Patients. 

Thursday, October 17th from 6:00 – 7:00 pmPeabody MA. This one-hour lecture is informative, interactive, and includes evidence-based research and case study.

Integrative therapies* such as acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, meditation, reiki, and yoga can help support people during treatment for cancer, through survivorship.

Learn how these therapies can help support your physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, and how to safely access them for your optimal wellness.

Contact us for details. Advance Registration is Required: Call 978-283-4358  or Email: dreamtimewellness@gmail.com. Space is limited; breast cancer patients and members of their support team only.

*Note: These therapies are not meant to be used ‘in place of’ conventional treatment, but as added, supportive care. For safety and efficacy, consult your physician(s) before beginning integrative therapies and let your medical team know if  you are using any complementary therapies, herb, supplements or over the counter (OTC) medications. Open communication is key to safety and ‘best outcomes.’

 

Added Reiki Shares/Clinics this Month to Support ALS Research

Added Reiki Shares/Clinics this Month to Support ALS Research

Two Additional Reiki Shares/Clinics this month – in memory of a dear friend and colleague.

Sunday, October 27,  1:00 – 4 pm. Greene ME

Monday, October 28. 5:15 – 8:15 pm. Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease(MND) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This month’s donations will be donated to support the ALS MA Chapter’s efforts to better treat and defeat this disease.

So far, there is no cure and only two medications approved for treatment by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

This month, our Reiki Shares/Clinics are offered ‘in memory’ of dear friend and colleague Nancy Earabino, Western Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Reiki Shihan, a nurse who offered reiki for many years at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA, North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Peabody and Danvers MA and at many charitable events, including the NSMC Cancer Walk, MGH Brain Cancer Support Group, Friends of Mel’s, Reid’s Ride and LungForce. Nancy spent her life in service to others, and gracefully accepted everything that came her way.

This is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives. Ask your doctor about a screening mammogram.

Our Monthly Reiki Share/Reiki Clinics (1st Tuesdays) offer low-cost reiki sessions ‘by donation’ and help support people undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer, offering low-cost reiki sessions (‘by donation.’)

‘Rest. Relax. Rebalance. Re-energize. Renew. Restore.’  

Preliminary research indicates that reiki may help decrease pain and anxiety, and improve comfort and sleeping, with patients reporting generally feeling better.

Reiki Trainings also available. The practice of Reiki Ryōhō begins with self-reiki for self-care.

Contact Us for More Information on these and other programs, and to Register in Advance. Email: dreamtimewellness.com or phone: 978-283-4258.

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Special Discounts and Stories of Survivors

Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives! 

Talk to your doctor about screening for breast cancer and for other medical advice. 

Stories from Survivors and More Information on Breast Cancer:

Breast Cancer Affects Men and Women. Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles opens up about his breast cancer diagnosis on Good Morning America.

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