From Cuba, With Love.

From Cuba With Love … 
‘We’re stranded. Please send money!’  :O 
That was the email I envisioned having to send when our Saturday flight home from Cuba was cancelled, due to weather. Direct flights on Jet Blue Cuba to Boston only run once a week. Worse was the fact we were nearly out of cash and U.S. ATMs and credit cards cannot be used in Cuba.
Stranded in Cuba. What do you do? Cuba is not a bad place to be stuck, but without a cell phone or computer (off the grid on purpose), it was not easy to book a flight. And no extra cash to stay longer. e scrambled to find an alternate flight to Florida. At least if we could get to Florida, ATMs, credit cards, a hotel computer and phone would be available.

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Happy Father’s Day! Teach Your Children Well …

… and know they love you.  Happy Father’s Day! 

Teach Your Children Well, for Children Learn What They Live – 

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

—excerpted from Dorothy Law Nolte’s Poem, Children Learn What They Live.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Dreamtime Wellness™

Developing a Daily ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ is Good for Your Health.

While we often think to express gratitude at Thanksgiving, cultivating a daily sense of gratitude can improve your health and happiness. Research has shown that a sense of gratitude can improve your: self-esteem, sleep, relationships, empathy, physical and psychological health, resiliency and overall satisfaction with life.

My Role Model for Gratitude – I credit my grandmother with my deep sense of gratitude. A woman of great strength but few material possession, she expressed gratitude in prayer and practice daily. In the almost 24 years I had to privilege to know her, I never heard her express one negative thought or unkind word. Who is your role model for gratitude?

What are you grateful for today? Keeping a daily gratitude journal can help you focus on the positives in your life. Simply write one or two things. Contact me if you’re not sure where to begin. One suggestion I put in almost all of my hypnosis sessions is – “Each time I see the color of the sky, I relax … and feel happy.” Gratitude can be as simple as that.

Today I am especially grateful for my husband, family, friends and neighbors and their good health. I am grateful for work that I love so much it doesn’t feel like ‘work.’ I am grateful to live on Cape Ann, deeply aware of and grateful for the beauty of nature that we are gifted with every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!   ~ Karen Pischke BSN, RN

Recommended Reading: Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

 

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation and risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that improve health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

 

 

 

 

 

Smile and Express Gratitude: It’s Good for Your Health

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

A Smile Has Health Benefits for Mind, Body and Spirit. Research shows that the simple act of smiling, even when you don’t feel like it activates the brain’s neural messaging system with a variety of health benefits. No prescription needed, and no adverse side effects.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”      – Thich Nhat Hanh

How Smiling Affects Your Brain.  ‘Feel good’ neurotransmitters are released.

  • Release of dopamine (mediates pleasure in the brain, improves focus and attention.)
  • Release of endorphins (natural pain relief.)
  • Release of serotonin (improves mood.)
  • Muscle relaxation (relief of muscle tension.)
  • Lowering of blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Neuropeptides are also released (decreases stress and inflammation.)

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#Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday

Dreamtime Wellness ™

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Dreamtime Wellness™ is Celebrating #Giving Tuesday – International Day of Giving. November 29th. 

The desire to give to others is often inspired by a sense of gratitude. -Karen Pischke

There are many ways to GiveGive a hand, a donation, your voice, share a smile. 

Donations Offered to a Local Charity – In the Spirit of Giving Dreamtime Wellness™ is offering donations from its upcoming December 6th Community Reiki Share. Choose one of these local charities. Winner will receive net proceeds from out Community Reiki Share.

GMG FOB YOU GET to PICK a WINNER – Mention one of these local charities in the post comments. The charity receiving the most comments here on GMG will WIN! All will be winners in their own right, because of their ongoing efforts at giving to others.

  • Action, Inc.
  • Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund
  • Cape Ann Animal Aid
  • Care Dimensions
  • Element Care
  • Friends of Mel
  • Mother of Grace Club
  • the Open Door
  • Reid’s Ride
  • Seaport Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • SeniorCare, Inc.
  • Toots Fore Tufts
  • Wellspring, Inc.

*These are some of the recipients of Dreamtime Wellness™ donations through the years.

OR Write-in Your Favorite Charity! The charity mentioned most in this post comments will receive our December ‘Community Reiki Share’ donations. Winner will be announced December 7th, Along with a Surprise Raffle for those participating in this contes – TBA December 8th.  

Whatever you do on #GivingTuesday, be sure to Share a Smile. 

“If you smile at me I will understand, cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.” – Crosby, Stills and Nash

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Shokuiku: a Japanese Blueprint for Conscious, Healthy Eating

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Some risks for cancer are out of your control (E.g. age and genetics.) Research shows that you can control other risk factors such as healthy eating and regular exercise to help lower the risk of cancer.

Recommendations for prevention includes –

  1. Maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Engage in physical activity at least 30 minutes every day. (Check with your doctor before beginning if you have not been exercising.)
  3. Avoid sugary drinks and food.
  4. Eat a plant-based diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.)
  5. Limit red meat (beef, pork, lamb.)
  6. Avoid processed foods and limit salt.
  7. Limit alcohol. (No more than 2 drinks per day for men, 1 for women.)
  8. Avoid all tobacco products!

Teach Your Children Healthy Eating; Tips From Japan – What is learned at a young age is more likely to become lifetime habits, bad or good. The Japanese government requires that all children receive education in healthy eating. Shokuiku means “eating education.” Dr. Yukio Hattori, who coined the term more than a decade ago calls it a blueprint for conscious eating.

Shokuiku is taught in every Japanese public school, starting in kindergarten. Students learn to:

  • Start the day with a healthy breakfast.
  • Use fresh, seasonal ingredients.
  • Avoid buying foods from convenience stores.
  • Choose a traditional Japanese meal over fast food.

Traditional Japanese Meal. Traditional Japanese meal is based on rice, along with soup and other side dishes. The side dishes often consist of pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth. Fish is common in the traditional Japanese cuisine.

The 'Captain Joe' Sushi Roll at the Studio Gloucester MA copy

Expressing Gratitude Before and After Your Meal. In Japan, gratitude is expressed before and after every meals similar to saying grace or ‘bon appetit’ in the West. Itadakumasu is spoken before meals and means “I humbly receive (this food/meal).” It is used to show gratitude for the food and everything that went into the meal, all the way from farm to table. After the meal, Gochisōsama is spoken and means “thanks for the food.” Gochisō literally means “feast,” so the translation is something like “It was a feast.” Often these words of gratitude are spoken while having palms pressed together, head slightly bowed in ‘gasshō.

Beautiful copper Buddha statue at a shrine near Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

‘Gasshō.’ Buddha statue at a shrine near Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.

Teach your children well, and enjoy your healthy meal with gratitude, and be well.   ~  Karen

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

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