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October 28, 2006

Carnival of Healing #57: Lost in Good Hope

Welcome to this week's edition of the Carnival of Healing. The Carnival of Healing is a weekly round-up of blog posts on the topics of holistic health, wellness, spirituality, and self empowerment.

This past Wednesday, my husband and I went on a shopping trip out of town. He had been sent a Senior Citizen Discount Coupon from a department store that was good for Wednesday only. We both were in "want" of a new winter coat so off we went to see if we could find both warmth and a bargain. We did! On the drive home, Joe missed his exit and we ended up driving several miles off our trail. We didn't realize we had gone astray until we ended up in Good Hope, Illinios. We'd never been to Good Hope before. We still haven't been there actually since we drove on through without stopping. There was a gas station where we could have stopped to ask for directions. Of course, we didn't... because a man was driving the car!! The day was young and we had plenty of daylight to find our way home, which we did. Neither one of us had anywhere we had to be anyway so we simply enjoyed the extra time in the car with one another. The day was a blessing, an especially Good Hope outing. I wondered if I would have been grumpy about being lost if it were not for the name of the town? Good Hope, a seemingly quaint rural town had a delightful Halloween decorations displayed for passerbys to enjoy. The centerpiece was a gigantic inflatable spider... not so scary, but it was funny and made me smile. As we made our way home I was comforted knowing that my life is full of "hope", and for that I am also full of gratitude.

We have several carnival attractions this week, I hope you have the time to relax and enjoy them all. Don't forget to change FALL BACK your clocks tonight...

Let's start off with a a little gratitude...

Daniel Brenton's post What a Difference a Day Makes "is a recognition of the transformative power of gratitude, which is an integral part of healing, of positive mental attitude, and of spiritual growth."

Nneka presents Body Talk posted at Balanced Life Center. Nneka writes:

    ...give thanks for every square inch of your body... How about giving thanks for your nose hairs? They warm up and strain the air that passes down your airways and into your lungs.

Stretching Your Mind

Jacob, Parapsychology, posts 10 steps to improve your ESP, healing and psychic abilities. beginning with DESIRE (step 1) and ending with EXPERIENCE (step 10).

Victor Fam, Towards Better Life attempts to explain "subjective reality" by sharing an experience among his co-workers in his postBeyond Total Responsibility. I'm not quite understanding the connection between the work story example and the concept of "subjective reality." But, I decided to go ahead and include his post in the carnival, why discard it just because I can't wrap my head around this one? Maybe someone else can better explain it to me.

Erek Ostrowski, Verve Coaching, posts Being Effective With People: Part 2 (Speaking Your Mind). Erek writes:

    Cultivating the ability to speak your mind is like learning to tap into your own inner sense of things and articulate that sense. Speaking your mind is telling the truth…your personal truth. The truth that you have come to know through your experiences, your knowledge, and your unique point of view. Truth is subjective, but it can be heard by all. When you speak your truth, others know it, just like you can hear when the truth is being spoken. Speaking your mind in this way, without filtering, diluting, or twisting your words in order to avoid looking bad or subjecting yourself to criticism, is a great strength. People respect those who speak the truth. People trust those who speak their minds.

Your Diet and Health

Ruth, Eating Fabulous presents Probiotic and Anti-Allergenic Properties of Kefir. Ruth says:

    Kefir is a fermented milk product, like yoghurt, and results from the labor of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts.


Linda Freedman, Everyone needs therapy? Lessons from a family therapist, posts Speaking in Code: Marital Secret Language.

    Communication is healing. The meeting of the minds, heart, EYES, is what maintains relationships, and the best ones sometimes do it in secret, with secret language. They have a code. This post spills the goods on how to develop one.

Brandon Peele, GT, posts about his recent break-up in an intimate posting Lessons and Lesions: Relationships Brandon writes:
    " What I now understand is that relationships are vehicles for growth. A constant mirror. A significant other, due to their involvement in the vast majority of your affairs, gives you the opportunity (although at times this “opportunity” seems like a huge pain in the ass) to reexamine your life, behaviors, goals and dreams.

Cynthia McKenna, CounselingBlog, Cynthia shares a few thoughts while preparing a workshop on surviving an affair in her post Emotional Honesty.

Heart Ponderings

Susan Palwick, Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good postsMaking Peace With God, a story about meeting a soldier who was trained to kill became disillusioned with the military/government, went into exile and eventually became a spiritual healer.

Polliwog Bob, bobbarama posts A boy and his tiger... This one tugs at your heart strings, grab-a-tissue.

What’s Age Got To Do With Anything?

Patricia (a grown-up), A Better You Blog posts 15 Signs An Adult Is Stuck Thinking Or Acting Like A 3-Year-Old.

Raymond David Salas, ZenChill.com - Power Tools for Mind, Body, and Soul shares tools for How to Stay Forever Young. Raymond writes:

    The key to remaining young is to drop the concept of “anti-aging” altogether. “Anti” anything sounds like you’re waging a battle or war.

Goal Setting

Reb Chaim HaQoton. suggests that everyone adopt R. Zvi Broide's ten resolutions for our own goals in his post The Fire Within.

Medicine and Patients

Wenchypoo, Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket posts Florence Nightingale No Longer Works Here. Wenchypoo writes:

    Florence hasn’t completely left the healthcare industry…she just shifted her focus. Instead of moving amongst sick people in wards and waiting rooms, she now hangs out where the healthy people are, and where the healthy people go to STAY healthy.

Madeleine Begun Kane, MAD KANE'S HUMOR BLOG posts a limerick she has entitled Attention Wal-Mart ... Patients?.


Simonne, All Tips and Tricks posts Cholesterol Friendly Foods where she gives a short list of heart-healthy foods (apples, walnuts, onions, legumes, olive and canola oil) that help lower cholesterol.

Aparna Beauty & Personality Grooming. advises "Coughs must not be suppressed and should be allowed to run its normal course. In fact ‘coughs’ are good for the lungs. The phlegm should be expelled out."
Home Remedies for cough.

The story of "Sleeping Beauty" came to mind when I was reveiwing Vishal P. Rao's two carnival entries this week, Holistic Approach to Healthy and Beautiful Skin and Natural Ways to Treat Insomnia.

That's all Folks!
Thank you for attending our carnival.

Looking Back: Last week the carnival was held at Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul.

Looking Forward: Next week (November 4) I'll be hosting the carnival at About Holistic Healing.

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October 21, 2006

Carnival of Healing #56

The 56th edition of The Carnival of Healing, hosted by Hueina Su has been posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul.

Hueina says if you wish to nurture others "...it is extremely important to nurture & heal yourself."

This is her first time hosting our carnival and she's done a great job categorizing all the carnival attractions into three areas: Mind, Body, Spirit.

Looking ahead: Next week (October 28) I will be hosting the carnival here at Spiral Visions.

Looking back:
Last week the 55th edition of our carnival (Wishbones) was hosted at About Holistic Healing.

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October 11, 2006

Sandbox therapy

Sometimes you just want to share something cool!

October 7, 2006

Carnival of Healing #54: Self Care

Welcome to our 54th edition of the Carnival of Healing. "Taking Care of Yourself" is the underlying theme of most of the carnival submissions that trickled in this week. It is important to remind ourselves often to be mindful of our own needs. It is not a selfish act to take care of ourselves. We are not of much help to our family or others when we let ourselves get down-trodden from self-neglect.

Weathering A Potential Storm

Patricia, A Better You Blog, posts Waiting on a Biopsy: How to Handle Uncertainy. She writes:

...my first reaction is fear. My natural instinct wants to give in to my old habit of worrying about what might be. I have learned, however, that life is better when I ride with the waves rather than swim against the current. So I choose to float along, keep my head above water, and wait out the storm. And I find I am remarkably at peace.

This is a beautiful and thoughtful posting --- don't miss it. Patricia's personal post gives good insight on weathering the storm that may or may not hit.

De-stress Yourself

Ricky, Redneck Health, posts about rediscovering playing Nintendo as a way to relieve stress in his post Video Game Therapy He writes:

Escape the rat race for a few hours, and revisit your stress-free childhood by stomping the be-jesus out of a few flying turtles or something.

Ya know, I never really GOT Nintendo. I thought it was probably more of a guy thing, but my grown daughter has proved me wrong about that. She enjoys playing video games. I personally don't get a lot of relaxation from flashing colors and zapping or crashing noises. To each his own paradise I guess.

Whine Therapy

Phil for Humanity suggests Complaining is Good for You - Huh? Well, It guess it's okay to whine if you do your complaining with a postive attitude. How's that? Phil writes:

If you are not in the habit of complaining, give it a try. See how much stress is removed from your shoulders. I recommend that you try complaining to yourself, your best friend, or your spouse. First, try just complaining about traffic or the weather, but try staying in a positive attitude. Instead of saying “the weather is awful”, try saying “I hope the weather improves.” You will quickly find that just talking about it makes it less depressing.

My complaint with this post is that I can't SEE the post very well with its black text on dark green background. I had to "highlight select" the text to be able to read it. I sure wish more bloggers and webmasters would test the views in several different browsers for better user experience. Humpppff!!

Energy Medicine

Elise Lebeau, An Inspired Life Traveler posts
Is Intuitive Energy Healing a solution to the Health Care crisis?
This blog post is a testimony of a migraine sufferer who found miraculous relief from an energy healing session. Elise writes:

Intuitive Energy Healing is not about getting rid of traditional medicine. On the contrary, they work beautifully hand in hand! If we could clear up emergency rooms with some Intuitive Energy Healing, then those who do need traditional medicine would get access to it so much more easily!

Home Remedies

Aparna, Beauty and Personality Grooming, posts Home remedies for wounds. She lists nine ayurvedic remedies for the treatment of minor cuts, abrasions, bleeding, and, burns.

Dietary Choices
Wenchypoo posts An Engineer Dismantles the Food Guide Pyramid (L-O-N-G). Oddly enough the whole discussion between Wenchypoo and her husband about the so-called "fudge-factor" (room for error) in the government developing the Food Guide Pyramid got me to thinking about The Fudge Factory. I'm certain that's not what was intended but that's what happened to me.

Joanne Hay, Nourished Magazine, posts Anti Fatigue Factor of Liver. This is a health post about the benefit of taking raw liver pills as a superfood supplement to boost your energy.

Coffin Insights

Michelle, American Inventor, posts a pre-Halloween blog entry, 10 Valuable Life Lessons ...Learned from Coffins. This is a clever and interesting post... included photos of interesting coffin choices. Would you like to have your body laid to rest inside a gold-leaf pod?

Heal Yourself First

Hueina Su, Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul, announces her Intensive Self-Care Kit (free-download) She writes:

Self-Care is an act of self love and self respect. Intensive Self-Care is essential to your survival and well-being, and it's critical when you are in a nurturing position. It's like putting on your own oxygen mask FIRST before you help others, when the plane is in trouble. Sadly, many people (especially moms) focus all their time and energy on taking care of others, they forget to nurture themselves. As a result, they feel overwhelmed, stressed, burnout, or even get sick, and their loved ones suffer with them. This "Intensive Self-Care Kit" provides you insights, tips and practical tools to help you practice Intensive Self-Care, reduce stress, restore inner peace, manage life's changes with ease, achieve work/life balance, and live a more purposeful life. It's a valuable resource for anyone. "Heal yourself first before you heal others"

Thank you for attending today's carnival. Please keep reminding yourself that Self Care is important.

Looking Back: Last week the carnival was hosted by at Live Consciously.

Looking Forward:
Next Saturday (Oct. 14) I will again serve as host for the carnival, this time the Carnival of Healing returns home to About Holistic Healing.

October 4, 2006

Carnival of Healing #53

The 53rd edition of The Carnival of Healing has been posted at Live Consciously.

This is Ben Spencer's first time hosting our carnival. He did a good job of introducing us to each blog article featured in the carnival. Ben says "What makes these Carnivals so great is the diversity of the articles and the passion each Blogger brings to their work." Be sure to visit the carnival and click through to the topics that interest you. And, don't forget to explore more of Ben's Live Consciously Blog while you're there. It's the weekend! Plenty of time for exploration.

Carnival attractions include health diet suggestions, yogic breathing, preview of a not-yet-published book about a mother coping with the suicide of her teenaged daughter, and a posting about ethnocentricism.

Carnival Content Call: Next week (October 7) I will be hosting the carnival here at Spiral Visions so be sure to come back then to browse all the new carnival attractions. Also... submit your blog posts to be included in the carnival.

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