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— and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:
“ If we don't change the direction we're going, we're likely to end up where we're headed.”
Ancient Chinese Proverb
“ Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be
lived forwards. ”
“ To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“ Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
“ Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
“ You can't do anything about
the length of your life, but you
can do something about its width and depth.”
Welcome to the June newsletter, I hope it finds all of you doing exactly what you want to be doing.
It’s been a while since my last newsletter. I’m so sorry about that, been dealing with a lot of things and a lot of changes.
First, June 21st is the Summer Solstice, also known as: Alban Heflin, Alben Heruin, All-couples day, Feast of Epona, Feast of St. John the Baptist, Feill-Sheathain, Gathering Day, Johannistag, Litha, Midsummer, Sonnwend, Thing-Tide and Vestalia, to name but a few.
The Summer Solstice (celebrated in June in the Northern Hemisphere and December in the Southern Hemisphere) is officially the first day of summer and is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe. It is also when our nights are shortest and our days long and somehow I just feel as if I have so much more time to do the things. It’s a subconscious reaction to it being light until late in the evening..
People celebrate the Summer Solstice in a variety of ways, some of which you may be familiar with and maybe some that you are not.
In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come.
The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives.
In Ancient China, the summer solstice ceremony celebrated the earth, the feminine, and the yin forces. It complemented the winter solstice which celebrated the heavens, masculinity and yang forces.
Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires. It was a night of fire festivals and of love and of magic. It had to do with lovers and predictions, when pairs of lovers would jump through the luck-bringing flames. It was also through the fire's power that maidens would find out about their future husbands.
In Ancient Sweden a Midsummer tree was set up and decorated in each town. The villagers danced around it. Women and girls would customarily bathe in the local river. This was a magical ritual, intended to bring rain for the crops.
Midsummer is also traditionally the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power; the earth is green and filled with the promise of a bountiful harvest. It is a time for divination and healing rituals and divining rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time. It is also an ideal time to use the power of the sun and the energy that is filling our world to make lasting changes in your world as well.
Linda Simmon C.Ht
This month I couldn’t decide what I wanted the focus of this newsletter to be, then I remembered a suggestion from a friend that a subject could be “Trust”. Trust encompasses so many things and I find my thoughts all over the place, but I have written something that I think you might enjoy and I hope you all find helpful.
I have discovered something about myself; when things aren't going exactly the way I would like them to or perhaps someone I'm hoping will call doesn't or something I want to have or do, doesn't materialize, I've practiced and I've learned and I've gotten really good at telling myself that it is these times when I need to trust in the Universe more. Trust that things will happen when they should, that sometimes delays are there for a good reason. That reason just might be that perhaps I need to rethink what I'm planning to do or the way I'm planning to do it, or maybe that I just need to look at it from a slightly different angle.
Looking at things this way, I’ve been able to see much more clearly and easily the patterns that my life and this world have to offer, I have enjoyed so much more watching events unfold and I no longer spend hours and days experiencing the frustration of continuously trying to push people, events and things that simply won’t be pushed. I’ve stopped trying to control everyone and everything around me and have learned to believe and trust in the theory of prosperity and abundance that I teach.
I was reminded just the other day that I get so involved in my projects, my goals, my workshops, my clients, friends, pets and family that sometimes I forget just how important “I” am to me. And I’ve seen this same thing in many of you. I get so involved that when an opportunity I’ve been waiting for shows up or that call I’ve wanted and waited for finally comes when I least expect it, my first reaction has been “I can’t do that now. I can’t possibly meet you. I don’t have time. I’m in the middle of a project or at a crucial point in reaching one of my goals. I certainly don’t have time to play. Next week would be better for me. Call me back next week or maybe even next month!”
And I realized that as much as I’ve learned to trust when there are delays or things aren’t going my way, that it might just be for a very good reason, I stopped trusting that when good things appear, they appear for an equally good reason. Maybe even a better reason. A reason that means it is definitely the time to pay attention to what the Universe has offered you. Look at that job offer that comes out of the blue, go to that party you’ve just been invited to, get together with that friend you’ve been hoping would call and they did. Take a look at the business opportunity that just fell into your lap. Trust that perhaps the time is just perfect.
And this brings me to my next point. In my workshops I lecture about the value areas of our lives. These value areas are Career; Family; Relationships, Personal Growth and Development; Health and Fitness; and Spirituality.
We look at this diagram, pick a value area that we want to improve or work on and we focus on that area. Removing and releasing negative emotions and old garbage that may be holding us back and, in addition, I teach how to breathe life and energy into that area or into a goal, moving it from some distant future time into the present, into this very moment and helping to make it a reality. It is all very powerful and very effective.
And, I know that I’m certainly not the only practitioner out there that uses techniques like these. Recently I re-read a Traveling Hopefully Newsletter from Libby Gill and it reminded me of an important fact, a fact that I seemed to have forgotten; our lives get out of balance.
Libby uses a tool in her work, very similar to the value areas diagram I’ve used here, something she calls a Life Wheel. Libby uses the life wheel to show
“- where you are living in - and out - of balance by asking you to measure satisfaction levels in eight key areas of your personal and professional life.”
Libby’s Life Wheel has two more sections than the Value Areas Diagram that I have used in my workshops. Looking at Libby’s Life Wheel I realized that I have been totally missing two crucial areas! I have now revised my Value Areas Diagram and added two very important aspects. Using my Diagram and Libby’s Life Wheel as models, here for the first time is my new Value Areas of Life Diagram:
With Libby’s permission, here are her suggestions for using this tool:
“- Now look at each area of the Life Wheel and, as objectively and honestly as you can, rate your satisfaction level on a 1-10 scale in each of the eight areas, one being least satisfied, ten being most satisfied. Don't worry about past or future, just rate your satisfaction level in each area as it is today. For example, if you are single and would like to get married someday, but you're currently satisfied with your solo status, you might rate that a seven or eight on your satisfaction scale. Or if you're earning decent money, but it's not quite where you want to be, your assessment could be a six or seven.
Take a look at your ratings. Any surprises? How do you feel about the overall balance? Are there areas in your life where you'd like to increase your satisfaction levels? When I first completed this exercise, I was shocked to see that I'd given myself such low ratings in areas like Health & Fitness, Friends & Family and even Career. The Life Wheel put my life in focus in a way I'd never looked at it before. Having that focused awareness was the first step toward starting a fitness regimen, losing twenty-five pounds, making new friends, and beginning the journey toward an entirely new career as a coach and lecturer.
Maybe now it's time to focus on my Fun & Recreation rating by taking up a new hobby - photography!” Libby Gill, http://www.LibbyGill.com.
When I did this exercise I realized that my Fun/Recreation and Romance/Relationship sections were way down there in satisfaction levels to about a 3 or perhaps even a 2!?!?! Oh yes, I’ve been going out and doing things, but those things were more for family and friends than they were for me and somehow, sometime I’d obviously made the decision that I didn’t have time for a real relationship, career had to come first. I’d made that big mistake of saying to myself “I can’t have it all.”
Yes, you can have it all, if you trust and believe that you can!
So, it is important to do this exercise every now and then, to look at the core values of your life. Notice what you are neglecting and then begin the process of consciously focusing on those neglected areas, “trust” a bit more that they are yours if you want them. Trust that they are there for you and become aware. With awareness comes clarity and with clarity comes even more focus. Visualize and imagine all the value areas of your life working their way up to a 9 or 10 on the satisfaction level.
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “… in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” So live your life fully, all of your life, not just one or two core areas, but all of them!
And now, some —
Add These to Your Sandwich to Stop Strokes
Whether you're noshing on a lean turkey with tomato or a veggie delight, add these to your sandwich to reduce your risk of stroke - onions.
Onions are brimming with flavonols, and new research suggests that these nutritional goodies could downsize the risk of stroke by as much as 20 percent. The key flavonol compounds for stroke prevention appear to be myricetin, apigenin, luteolin, kaempferol, and quercetin. But don't worry about pronouncing them. Just know that they have inflammation-cooling effects -- especially the quercetin -- and that translates into a lower risk of stroke-inducing blood clots. Flavonols also appear to relax and dilate blood vessels, another buffer against strokes.
More Foods with Flavonols
Tea seems to be the major source for flavonols in many people's diets, but if you're not a tea drinker, no worries. Onions contain a much more bioavailable form than tea does. Or get your flavonol fix from apples, broccoli, dark leafy greens, or berries.
There are many types of flavonoids, and their concentration in specific foods varies greatly, depending on how a product is grown and processed. So use the list below as a general guideline for foods that tend to be rich in flavonoids. Eating a diverse diet that regularly includes some of the following foods will provide you with a healthy helping of flavonoids.
Here's a list of flavonoid-rich foods:
Apples (flavonoids are in the skin)
Chocolate (dark, not milk) and cocoa
Tea (all kinds)
A Live-Longer Strategy That Starts in Your Head
Want to live longer? Then you better have a really good idea of what you're living for. In a study of older adults, those who lived a goal-driven life were 57 percent less likely to die during the 5-year study period -- compared with those who didn't have much direction or purpose. Exactly how does a Purpose protect you? Are you making plans for the future? Is there something that you're actively trying to achieve? Does your life have meaning? A resounding yes to these questions could mean you get more time on earth to accomplish things. Having a purpose in life was so helpful in a recent study that it even appeared to improve the longevity of people with depression, disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or financial difficulties.
Other Tools for a Longer Life
Having a purpose in life can boost your emotional well-being -- which in turn may lower the risk for chronic disease. Stay young, active, and driven with these simple additional live-longer habits:
Stand up. Sitting all day may take a bite out of your personal timeline.
Slack off. You might live longer if you indulge a few frivolous whims.
Load up. Foods high in vitamins C and E may lengthen your life.
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