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What Bugged Me Today

Bee on flowersWhile walking down the side of the house to take the kitchen trash out, I stepped on a bee. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t see her. If I had, trust me, I would have avoided her. In the course of my lifetime I have been stung in the middle of my back, on the tip of my finger, on the tip of my toe, on my elbow and now in the center of my foot.

Each and every one of these experiences was quite painful and treated with a different home remedy. Some of them worked rather quickly and some of them provided no relief for me whatsoever.

This most recent experience was treated with the application of Young Living essential oils and seemed to have the fastest healing time and pain relief. On removing the stinger I applied lavender oil and purification oil, and within moments the pain and redness subsided.

As is the case in all home remedies, what works for one person may not work for another. So use your discretion the next time you’re faced with a bee sting. Here are some of the remedies I’ve used over the years for stings and bites:

  • Meat tenderizer and water made into a paste
  • Baking soda and water made into a paste
  • A cold teabag
  • A slice of onion
  • Essential oils

Of course it’s always better if you can just simply avoid being on the business end of the stinger in the first place.

If you know of any other home remedies for stings or bites, we’d love to hear about them.

The Art of Meditation

Meditation is the act of bringing your attention back to whatever you intention was.  ~ Kimberly Rinaldi


Meditation is one of the proven alternative healthcare therapies identified within mind-body medicine. More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance, help people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life. Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. It is easy, free, can be done anywhere and can benefit everybody.

The use of meditation for healing is not new. Meditative techniques are the product of diverse cultures and peoples around the world. It has been rooted in the traditions of the world’s great religions. In fact, practically all religious groups practice meditation in one form or another. The value of meditation to alleviate suffering and promote healing has been known and practiced for thousands of years.

Meditation comes in many forms, from chanting and use of mantra to mindful meditation to prayer and daydreaming; even Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are types of meditation. All focus on you turning inward to either clearing your mind or focusing on specifics. Done properly you reach Alpha state and little bits of healing begin.

As a Hypnotherapist and an Energy Healer, I frequently use a specific meditation to get clients grounded, centered and bring them back to the here and now before I begin a session. You can try it too.

The Raisin Meditation

Prep: Turn off phones, find a quiet place you will not be disturbed for at least 30 minutes, loosen any constricting clothing, and sit in a straight backed chair (I use the dinning room table frequently), feet flat on the floor (barefoot is great)

Take a single raisin and place in on a table in front of you.

Process: Spend 3 minutes on each and every step (you may want to time 3 minutes to get the feel for it initially)

• Take a deep breath, in through your nose and slowly release through your mouth (best done with an audible sigh). Repeat this 3-4 times.

• Feel your butt in the chair and your feet on the floor and be aware of your posture, the temperature of the room, your degree of alertness or for some tiredness. Be aware of any physical discomforts you may have and then release them. Hear any sounds within or outside the room and then release them too.

• Look at the raisin, examine it, what does the texture look like, what color is it, does it look moist, dry, hard, or soft? Really visualize it, close your eyes and recreate it in your imagination.

• Reach slowly for the raisin, touch it, pick it up, roll it between your fingers, place it in your palm and feel the weight of it. Did it match or conflict with your visual assessment?

• Slowly move the raisin to your face and smell the raisin, does it smell sweet, savory, does it smell at all? Close your eyes and really identify the smell, do you smell the earth it came from? Keep your eyes closed from this point on.

• Place the raisin in your mouth and feel the texture with your tongue, roll it against your teeth, your gums, the roof of your mouth, do not bite into it yet. Close your eyes and concentrate on this raisin, here today in your mouth. It is the only raisin you are aware of in the entire universe.

• Bite down on the raisin one time, do not really chew, just bite. Did it explode with flavor?  What was the flavor, what was the texture? Can you smell it better now? Sit with your eyes closed and focus on that single bite. Mentally record any impressions you may have.

• Now slowly chew the raisin, but do not swallow. Chew it to the point of disintegration, notice any flavor changes. Does it change texture, and if yes, at which point does this happen?

• Swallow the raisin, feel it hit the back of your throat, feel the muscles of your tongue in concert with your throat move the soft mass down your throat to your stomach. Is there a residue of flavor, texture or sense of the raisin left  in your mouth? Or is it completely gone?

• Feel the raisin move to your stomach, be aware of it through your esophagus. When you feel it is in your stomach, thank the raisin for the experience, thank yourself for the experience and spend a few more minutes with your eyes closed reviewing all of the experiences this one raisin gave you. How was it different from any other raisin you have had before? Do you want another raisin now, or was this one a sufficient experience for you?

• Take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, open your eyes and be here and now, get up stretch and enjoy the rest of your day.

*If raisins aren’t your thing, use a cranberry, peanut, blueberry, grape, potato chip or any other small food you would normally not eat as a single solitary item.

Understand there is no wrong way to meditate, this is just one way I enjoy.  What ever method you choose is right for you.

Try some of my guided meditations

The Holiday Season Is Upon Us

Welcome to December! The year is winding down and I am setting my goals set for 2014. I am looking forward to some time off between Christmas and the New Year. I will be taking a well-timed break and spending time with family and friends.

© Barabas Attila - Fotolia.comDuring this holiday season, spend some time thinking about your many blessings and see if there is a way you can give back to your community.

One of the ways we are giving back this year is through a group my husband founded; they are taking donations of grocery store and Target gift cards for families in need. The group will be assisting the families in their holiday planning with groceries, a tree and gifts for their children.

Perhaps you can find time to visit an elderly neighbor and take a meal, visit a nursing home and provide toiletries, or just give the gift of time to someone in need.

Whatever you decide to do, I am sure you will give from the heart, and that is what the holidays exemplify.

The Cheese Stands Alone

Mother's Dress

I will soon celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary.

Funny thing is, I swore from as far back as I can remember that I would never marry. I referred to my husband for years as my “first” husband to make light of the fact that I was truly married to this man. Don’t get me wrong, Rick is the most amazingly loving and supportive spouse any woman could ask for. But let me give you some background.

Me, age 4, kindergarten, Mrs. Wellerman’s Class: We are playing the Farmer in the Dell, singing, dancing and all is well, UNTIL… the farmer takes a wife! Yup, an innocent, blond-haired young man — whose name will be changed more so because I have forgotten it than to protect the innocent; we shall call him Billy — walks up and grasps my hand when the farmer takes a wife. I respond in a bit of a crazed manner: I pull my hand away, begin crying and emphatically state, “No, no, no you can’t make me marry you! I won’t marry anyone! I don’t want to be anyone’s wife! Why can’t I just be the cheese? The cheese stands alone! Just let me be the cheese!”

Needless to say a parent/teacher conference followed a trip to the school psychologist.

Seems a bit over the top, but it’s a true story. (And Billy, if you’re out there, really it wasn’t about you. Sorry if there was any lasting damage.)

I did not have very good role models for a healthy marital relationship. I am fond of saying every family has its own brand of crazy — you are just used to yours. My family’s particular brand of crazy involved unhealthy relationships. I knew from early on I wanted no part of it. It never occurred to me to change the behavior, to make better choices. At 4 I only knew avoidance was an option. I signed up for that.

Me, age 21: Aunt “L” asks “When are you going to get married?” My response: “Why do I need to get married? I already have a husband. Three of them actually, they just aren’t mine.”

Yeah, that was me; the other woman, x3. What is the best way to avoid a real committed relationship? Pick men who are unavailable (M, R, & J; I apologize to you and the people in your lives who were affected by our decisions.)

Me, age 28: “Can’t we just live together?” I asked. Rick: “Um, NO.”

I didn’t sign on with reckless abandon. I signed on because he would not have it any other way. I made a tough decision and committed to it. I am not saying I went along with it easily or even readily. My family and friends made provisions to keep me from bolting on my wedding day. Serious provisions.

Today I am 46 years old, married 20 years and I happy; truly, unequivocally happy. Blissed out if you will. Through my life I made choices that served me at the time, made choices that may have hurt others. I am sorry for any pain I caused. But I am the sum of my experiences and I would not be as grateful for my life without those experiences.

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EFT Made Easy

EFT Tapping Points

Looking for a way to resolve some of those old negative emotions, or help with some illness, injury or infirmity? Here is a quick EFT lesson. Try it and let me know what you think.

  1. Choose a problem or challenge
  2. Tune in and rate the intensity of the negative feeling, on a scale from 0 to 10
  3. Begin the procedure
    1. Repeat affirmation 3 times while rubbing the “Tender Spot” or tapping the “Karate Chop Point”
    2. Say, “Even though I have this problem (insert your problem here and be very specific), I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
    3. Reminder phrase
      1. This problem” (insert your problem here and again be very specific)
      2. Tap EFT Tapping Points beginning at the top of had and moving down with each statement.
      3. Tap all points 6-7 times, going through 2-3 rounds.
  4. Tune in again, rate feelings and note any changes
  5. Stay with original issue even if new thoughts arise; write them down for another session
  6. Repeat Step 3 using the new affirmation until you are at a zero (Emotional Freedom)
    1. “Even though I have some of this remaining problem (insert your problem here and be very specific), I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Remember to keep tapping; persistence is one of the keys to using EFT successfully. Zero means you no longer feel any negative physical or emotional load on the issue. If you are working on a memory, it should feel neutral; you can remember it without any discomfort.

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