The Natural Healing Magazine - Nov-Dec 2021 Issue

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Healing Magazine


Nov/Dec 2021

Some of the Articles Inside

What Is Type 2 Diab

Warning Signs of Mental Illness Smoothie Recipes Poetry for the Soul The Healing Power of Forgiveness

A Spirit Warrior's Mindset

Vacation as a Way of Life

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CONTENTS Page 34 The Wellness Wheel

4 Letter from the Publisher 5 List of Writers/Contact Us 6 Vacation As A Way of Life 8 What is Type 2 Diabetes 9 Schizonoia 10 Natural Health for Kid 11 Healing or Destroying Your Body 12 There is Power in the Pause 14 Health Benefits of Fruit 15 Health Benefits of Vegetables 16 Poetry for the Soul 18 My Healing Journey by K. Marshall

20 Healthy Smoothie Recipes 23 3 Negative Habits That Make Forgiveness Seem So Difficult 24 Men's Health 25 Warning Signs of Mental Health 26 A Spiritual Warriors Mindset 29 Top 10 Benefits of Meditation 30 10 Tips For Living Longer

Page 33 Shamanic Transformational Healing

32 Reiki Energy


LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER Welcome to our Nov/Dec 2021 Issue I am so excited that this is our second issue of the Natural Healing Magazine. Our magazines will focus on health, wellness and fitness with an emphasis on living a holistically healthy lifestyle mentally, physically, emotionally, soulfully and spiritually. We support individuals who want to prevent lifestyle diseases and medical conditions or who already have them but want to live a healthier lifestyle. The main goal of the “Natural Healing Magazine” is to popularize a lifestyle of health and well-being through preventative practices. The format is one of self-help designed to provide readers with basic information and valuable skill sets to help them make healthenhancing changes in their lives. Our magazine is unique. It’s the first every other month holistic health magazine designed to inspire, motivate and educate people on all aspects of health, wellness and fitness. We support healing for the body, mind, spirit and soul. We take a deeper look at the key elements that make us happy, healthy and successful – a combination of physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects, for a whole person approach. By bringing together this information, we aim to provide our readers with the tools to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, whether that involves nutrition, alternative therapies, lifestyle changes, talking therapies, spiritual development or allopathic medicine.


Natural Healing Magazine aims to become the go-to destination for reliable health information, with accessible but in depth studies of lifestyle diseases such as stress and type 2 diabetes, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, ADHD, the autistic spectrum, aging, arthritis, cancer, gut health and auto-immune conditions. With contributions from leading authorities from the entire spectrum of medicine, health and wellbeing, real-life stories, practical techniques, self-help ideas, new discoveries and ancient traditions, Natural Healing Magazine blend expertise and the latest thinking in a fresh and accessible format. Please share our magazine within your community, with your coworkers, friends, family and your favorite person. Sharon Fant, RN – CEO and Publisher of Natural Healing Magazine

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Contact Us Editor in Chief: Sharon G. Fant Intern Writers/Page Designers: Alise Morgan Sandra Mustopa Jenny Lu Jenny Rae Tapia Leana Eugene Contributors: Pieter Broekharst,

Kamilah McShine, Kate Marshall,

Valerie Lyons, Sistah Soldier, Susan

Downs, Whitney Olmo, Jo Ann


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Valerie Lyons

I absolutely love Ft. Lauderdale, the beach, the sun, the palm trees! I love it all! In late June of 2021, I had the pleasure of traveling to Ft. Lauderdale with my dear friend Vanessa to visit her sister Renee and her brother-in -law Frank. I was thrilled. This was the first trip I had taken since 2019 and I was eager to leave the confines of New York and spread my wings! Prior to the pandemic, I would have reserved a shuttle van to the airport, which would have meant getting up super early to jump in a van and make a number of pit stops to pick up other passengers on the way to the airport. This time around, I chose to reserve a luxury car to pick me up from home to take me to the airport. This was the first time in my life, I was consciously choosing luxury! I wanted to be intentional with starting my vacation early! We stayed in Florida for 6 days and maximized each and every moment -- eating at great restaurants, relaxing on the beach, and simply enjoying each other’s company which truly was a novelty. I almost forgot what it was like to be with people!


"Vacation as a Way of Life”

When we arrived back in New York, a car was waiting for Vanessa and I (yes, I booked the luxury car service round trip!) to drop us off at our respective homes. It was then that the thought came to me “Vacation as a Way By Valerie J. Lyons, CPC, LMHC, CRC of Life” This is now my life motto!

“Vacation as a Way of Life” for me means planning to take time of vs. waiting to take time off. It means creating time for travel, near or far. It also means allowing my physical health, mental health and spiritual health to lead me It is a reshuffling of priorities. It means work is a priority not THE priority. It means not getting myself worked up over things that I have no control over.

Valerie J. Lyons, founder of Valerie J. Lyons Enterprises, is a career empowerment coach, personal and professional development facilitator, and author of “Power Networking from the Inside Out: Where Your Career and Your Well-Being Meet”.

Valerie has over 20 years of experience positively impacting and teaching others how to be the leaders of their own lives and careers. Valerie’s platform “Vacation as a Way of Life” has me for her coaching business and her life is choose Joy! There is a difference “Creating Your Joy Driven Life”. between happiness and joy. Happiness

is a reaction to something external In her work with women in the 50 + age range she seeks to support women who someone, something, some circumstance. Happiness is fleeting. Joy are juggling the demands of their career and personal life or career changers is a way of Being. It’s a commitment willing to step out of their comfort zone grounded in peace, acceptance and to find work that aligns with their love. It’s a choice. Outside influences values, purpose and passion. She is a cannot rock your joy. I look forward to Certified Professional Coach, Licensed expanding my “Vacation as a Way of Mental Health Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Life” mindset to see just how far it can take me!


“It has been said that time heals all wounds. The truth is that time does not heal anything. It merely passes. It is what we do during the passing of time that helps or hinders the healing process.” – Jay Marshall


What is Type 2 Diabetes? RESEARCHED BY SHARON FANT, RN

Type 2 diabetes was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-

onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed

cases of diabetes. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of

diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and

race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian

Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is now the fastest spreading disease in human history. It’s incidence around the

world has doubled in the past 3 decades, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a global “pandemic”. Type 2 diabetes and the condition that lead to it, insulin resistance

(also called pre-diabetes) currently affect close to 30% of the world adult population. In the United States, diabetes affects an estimated 30+ million adults and teens, with an additional

100 million unsuspecting people walking around with pre-diabetes. Since diabetes is largely a

disease without symptoms as it develops, many of these people will not get a diagnosis until it is too late for a full recovery. I don’t want this to happen to you! Many people have been led to believe that having diabetes is no big deal because it has become

such an common affliction these days, and because so many diabetics seem to be living normal

lives due to all of the new drugs available to treat diabetes, and new technology for monitoring

blood glucose levels and administering insulin injections. In addition, most people believe that type 2 diabetes is just another unfortunate normal occurrence while growing old, just like cancer and

heart disease. No one is free who is not master of himself. - Epictetus

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Book Written by: Pieter W. Broekharst Translated to English from Dutch

SCHIZONOIA is a novel. Not a psychiatricscientific dissertation. When Marin is 15 years old, he sees his father die on the football field from a cardiac arrest. This trauma causes psychosis and pursuit delusions in later life, which makes madness events as blood-curdling reality. He creates his own reality, and the contact with reality is then lost for a short time. When Marin's dominant mother seeks refuge from a deeply believing church community after the sudden death of his non-believer father, Marin decides to live independently. When Marty comes to live next door to him, a serious relationship develops with her, which slowly but surely brings him into more balance. But first Marin still has a long way to go with a series of terrifying experiences. Psychoses do not always cause events of a bizarre nature. But it's possible! And that tells "Schizonoia".

Pieter Wouter Broekharst was born (1943) in a little town in The Netherlands Where he still lives and writes. His Book "Schizonoia" is Available on Amazon USA

Pieter W. Brockhorst Author


The Holistic

Approach to By: Sandra Mustopa

A child’s health is every parents concern and often parents want to avoid pharmaceutical

medication for babies or young children or

even want extra help alongside what their GP may be prescribing.

Let’s be completely honest with ourselves—the health

of one’s child comes down to a million little moments—

Fruit for lunch? A long nap? Stress over a math test? A holistic approach considers them all. From time-to-time, a child’s health comes down to a simple formula: Fever? Pass the ibuprofen. But when matters are more complicated—for instance, when there’s a chronic condition, like asthma, or a stress-related ailment, like migraines—popping a pill may not be enough. According to the holistic approach to pediatrics, the best way to get a kid healthy, and keep him that way, is to consider every aspect of his lifestyle—his diet, his environment, his way of handling stress. You might be wondering, “what’s the best way to take care of children’s wellness, all while providing quality nutrition, and natural support for their growing brains?”

Holistic medicine o ers the easiest ways to keep your kids healthy, happy, and t, while supporting mom’s ability to raise them with the guidance they need, but the independence they crave. Holistic or integrative medicine is surprisingly still considered ‘fringe’ in many medical communities, despite a substantial amount of research backing it’s e ectiveness and life-saving applications.


Integrative medicine when applied to children’s

wellness, simply means that a practitioner will use all

modalities available to address and treat the root cause

of symptoms, not merely the symptom itself.

This paradigm acknowledges the impact diet, lifestyle,

and environment can have upon your child’s gut health, nervous system, and immune health.

Integrative modalities include: • Acupuncture (many practitioners use laser therapy if your child has a fear of needles) • Food sensitivity testing • Nutrient de ciency testing • Cognitive evaluation • Compassionate patient care

Raising kids in a holistic way begins at home, and there’s a lot still left to do if we want to raise a smarter, happier, and tter generation of children. But change is possible.

By prioritizing real food, plenty of activity, and time

spent away from the overstimulation of electronics, we

can help our children reach their potential in health, and in the rest of their lives.

Remember parents, your child’s health and happiness is worth advocating for.

HEALING OR DESTROYING YOUR BODY? By Cassandra Hill Your body has an immune system. The immune system was designed to help protect your body from foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. Your brain is probably spinning right now thinking about the immune system. Why doesn’t it always step up and protect you? The answer is simple oftentimes your body is deficient of the nutrition it needs to achieve maximum performance. One lesson that many have learned from the pandemic is the importance of living a healthy life. In this article we will explore how utilizing herbs, essential oils, and proper nutrition can improve your overall health.

Cassandra R. Hill is a Holistic Wellness Influencer, Life Coach, Best-Selling Author, and Speaker. After overcoming systemic lupus with a regimen she developed; Cassandra birthed Holistic Living Consulting. Her mission is to empower women by renewing their mind, body, and soul utilizing an allnatural approach.

ESSENTIAL OILS What exactly are essential oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds pressed or distilled from plants. The three primary ways of utilizing essential oils include: Diffusion Inhalation Topical Three essential oils to include in your daily regimen. 1. Basil: The benefits of basil are endless however one primary benefit is its antiviral property. 2. Clary sage has a long history of relaxing the mind. 3. Lemongrass will function as a detoxifier to the body getting rid of the toxins your body does not need.

NUTRITION Everyone has heard the saying you are what you eat. This is true however a more accurate statement is you are what your body absorbs. Keeping a healthy gut helps in ensuring the nutrition you consume is absorbed into the body and used properly. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that your body is craving which produces the healthy bacteria for your body. Fermented food like pickles and sauerkraut contain probiotics. Certain brands of yogurt are also probiotic. In addition to getting your probiotics consuming nine to thirteen fruits and vegetables per day will benefit your health. HERBS The Cadillac of herbs is turmeric. Turmeric has many benefits such as fighting inflammation, acts as an antioxidant, and has anticancerous properties. Black pepper combines well with turmeric. Black pepper also acts as an anti-inflammatory. WHOLE BODY WELLNESS Now you are steps closer to healing your body naturally. When treated correctly your body will provide you with more energy and you will finally reach a healthy weight. Every thirty-five days or so your body is transforming as your organs grow new cells. You have an opportunity to transform into your best self!



POWER IN THE PAUSE! By: Kamilah McShine-Gregory, Felicitea Lifestyle + Wellness Co. What has your gut been pulling you towards lately? In a society driven by action, taking a pause isn’t always the easiest. I have to continuously check myself on honoring my own time, feelings, and energy. It is in this honoring, that I created a shift. When we can shift our perspective and our environment with genuine intention, we can respond rather than react. We can put more love and trust in ourselves. We can lead by Spirit rather than people. Healing is not always convenient or comfortable. This space of being, this sense of deeper awareness and connection, evolves from the lessons and blessings you allow you to see, feel, and embrace your wholeness. Wholeness requires exploring and healing the whole self. There are many ways to tap into healing and using intuition offers the freedom to do them all as we see fit. To deepen our trust in our own intuition we first have to ask ourselves... Am I willing to let go and trust my intuition? Am I willing to listen? How do we listen? Stillness. Life is full of these little messages if we open ourselves up to seeing and feeling them. Life is happening around us. Each day we see how society is impacted and that in turn can have its own impact on us, or not. We learn that both joy and pain manifest in different ways- in

KAMILAH MCSHINE-GREGORY Kamilah McShine-Gregory is a board-certified holistic health practitioner. She helps people design their sacred self-care routines for whole health that honors their time, energy, and personal vision. She also creates immersive experiences to explore the mental, physical, emotional, and energetic body. Within these spaces, people can engage in practices that energize self-healing and improve chronic dis-ease and burnout,

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the world and within our mind and body. The mission, if we chose to accept, is finding that sweet balance of being fully present in our mind and body while navigating the world we live in. The act of staying grounded. But first, we have to be open to being still enough to hear the messages. A shift will take time. But we are powerful, we are creators, and we are born healers. Choice of action is our power.

TIME TO TAP IN! By: Kamilah McShine-Gregory, Felicitea Lifestyle + Wellness Co.

There are times when we may find ourselves looking outward in search of answers or understanding. This often leads to blaming and disappointment. We have an incredible internal navigation system to tap into: Our Intuition. Our intuition is insight from our own deeper consciousness. This deeper consciousness is best when it comes from our divine source, Spirit. It opens up our mind and body to our deepest needs and desires for clarity in our direction and purpose. In stillness, you deepen your intuition. Time to tap In! Start by creating your own routine to engage in your self-care practices. Give yourself grace as you navigate the triumphs and trials Choose the time of day that feels right for your body and your schedule- morning, midday, or evening. Then, grab your journal, a warm cup of tea, and sit with your self. Give yourself permission to chart your own course. Trust that you know what you need. Enjoy your sweet spots!

KAMILAH MCSHINE-GREGORY As the Founder of Felicitea Lifestyle + Wellness Company, she offers tools and resources using knowledge from traditional intuitive practices as well as her roles as a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Exercise Specialist, Yoga Teacher, and Naturopathic Reiki practitioner within healthcare, corporate wellness, and the community.

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The Health Benefits of Mango

1. Prevents Cancer 2. Lowers Cholesterol 3. Increases Libido 4. Improves Vision 5. Improves Digestion 6. Promotes Skin Health 7. Improves Memory 8. Helps Fight Diabetes 9. Prevents Anemia 10. Lowers blood pressure

The Health Benefits of cherries

1. Antioxidant Powerhouse 2. Promotes A Restful Night of Sleep 3. Reduces Effects Of Chronic Inflammation 4. Relief From Gout Attacks 5. Lowers Cholesterol 6. Reduces Blood Pressure 7. Prevents & Helps Treat Type II Diabetes 8. Boosts Mood 9. Reduces Symptoms Of Arthritis 10. Enhances Memory 11. Decreases Chances of Cancer Development 12. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease 13. Vitamin C and Heart Health 14. Aids Weight Maintenance 15. Reduces C-reactive Protein


The Health Benefits of Okra Okra, also known as “lady’s fingers,” is a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible seedpods of the plant. Okra has long been favored as a food for the health-conscious. It contains: potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid and calcium

It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content. Recently, a new benefit of including okra in your diet is being considered. Okra has been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Incidences of diabetes diagnoses are only increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Trusted Source. The verdict is out on whether okra can be used successfully as a direct diabetes treatment. However, the okra plant does have many proven health benefits. Read on to see if okra could be a viable part of your diabetes treatment plan. Highlights 1. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible seedpods of the plant. 2. Okra contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content. 3. Popular forms of okra for medicinal purposes include okra water, okra peels, and powdered seeds.

The Health Benefits of cucumbers

1.Your body will stay hydrated 2. It will prevent constipation 3. Eating cucumbers can help you lose weight 4. It helps in maintaining the blood sugar level 5. Your immunity will be strengthened 6. Consuming cucumbers can help with your vision 7. You will thank cucumber for glowing skin


☆Diabetic Warrior☆


Poetry for the Soul! Diabetes Inspired Poems By Whitney Olmo

As I run the hedges of the rosemary vineyard. Trying to find the paces of the race. The sun is beaming a crystal amber against the arabesque morning sky. There is a strive for perfection with the quick check of my blood sugar reading. Before the start of the race. My heart mildly fluttering. My mind trying to find serene. The wind gently blowing in my hair. As the race grows closer, I find myself rechecking my numbers to relax my mind and apprehension. What can I do? I need to use a grounding technique quickly. So, I imagine myself at sea. There is a beautiful lighthouse at a distance and the sound of the windchimes soothe me. The race begins....

☆♡Perance*♡☆ Like an intriguing, silent wind. I feel the intensity of your eyes, seeking mine. Like water, balance is invisible cool, warm tempered. The water’s edge is clear sending ripples down one's spine as goose bumps of apprehensiveness arise. Your subtle touch shakes me quietly inside. Moving my blood sugars like candy to a mime, movements unlike mine.

Whitney Olmo Whitney Olmo is a Diabetes Awareness Advocate. Whose love for supporting people with diabetes, leads her to care for and educate the community on a personal level.

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The balance of two is key in exotic rhythmic music of fun. A rhythm of symmetric perfection of two different worlds combined by the waters ripples with minute communication align.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

Quote by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine.


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My Healing Journey

Journey to a Holistic Approach to Health By Kate Marshall

At some point in my life I was bitten by one or more ticks that transmitted an infection from a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, also known as Lyme Disease. At another point this infection was activated, likely through physical and emotional trauma. When the symptoms began, it was much like a snowball effect. I didn’t know why I was having joint pain, nerve pain, anxiety, headaches and extreme fatigue. I went from doctor to doctor, and they weren’t quite sure either. Unsatisfied with the lack of definitive diagnosis, I delved into a lot of self-guided research. I was confused, as many of my symptoms matched those characteristics of many other diseases. Lyme is sometimes called the great imitator, making diagnosis difficult. Then I watched a documentary called “Under Our Skin”. It all made sense. After a year of inquiry, research and strong speculation I had Lyme, I found a doctor that agreed with me to make it official. Next came 8 months of antibiotics. Toward the end of this period, I got fed up with the abdominal pain and unabating symptoms. I decided this was not the path for me. I listened to my body and began my own treatment. I did my own research, gathered feedback from groups and others partaking in holistic treatments. This experience was incredibly empowering. Though much of it felt like a rollercoaster, I never relented, and I made progress. I spent about 8 years using herbs, essential oils, acupuncture, muscle testing and homeopathics.


I found unparalleled nutritional support which increased my energy, focus and mood. The last month, February of 2019 I used CBD oil and a turmeric blend called Golden Milk 2-3 times a day. This is what finally kicked me into a new realm of health. This journey of healing my body also involved healing my mind and soul. I removed myself from an unhealthy relationship in which I felt lost and oppressed then explored and implemented various personal development strategies to reconnect to who I am and who I am willing to be. I use great speakers like Louis Hay, Les Brown, Tony Robbins and Abraham Hicks. Our bodies take on our emotional stress which aids in disease. Until we overcome trauma and better regulate stress, healing cannot be complete. As a result of all that I have learned and been through, I now help people with nutritional support and sharing my knowledge of herbs and oils. I’m using various energy healing modalities too.

Kate Marshall Holistic Health Advocate

Biography: Kate Marshall has a background in Computer Aided Design and has worked for a couple different oil, gas and chemical companies. After some impactful life events with chronic illness and the end of a marriage, she strives to help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Kate Marshall Independent Brand Promoter w/ Le-vel



Green Smoothie Recipe!

GREEN SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS While the the ingredient list is extremely flexible, here’s one of my favorite combinations that’s simple yet so delicious: ·Milk– 1 1/2 cup of milk, or any nut milk ·Spinach– 2 cups fully packed ·Banana– 1 banana (frozen is best) ·Apple– 1 apple sliced into pieces ·Avocado– 1/4 avocado HOW TO MAKE THE BEST GREEN SMOOTHIE Just toss the above ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend for about 30 seconds. That’s it! By the end of it, you’ll have a deliciously creamy and vibrant smoothie. SMOOTHIE TIPS ·If you like your smoothies a bit thicker, add another 1/4 slice of avocado. If you like your smoothies a bit thinner or you’d like to save a few calories, you can substitute the milk with water. ·Don’t add ice cubes as it will dilute the smoothie. The best way to keep the smoothie cold is to use a frozen banana.


Smoothie Recipe

How to Make Golden Glow Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie Ingredients Banana Frozen pineapple Coconut milk Turmeric Method Simple put everything in a blender and blitz until smooth, that’s it! Top Tip: Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a thick texture and makes it really cool and refreshing. If you don’t use frozen fruit then the smoothie will be more juice like. 21

Healing Quotes "All healing is first a healing of the heart." - Carl Townsend "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller "Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it." - Tori Amos "Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is." - Gary Zukav



By Jo Ann Rotermund

Jo Ann Rotermund, author, speaker, and forgiveness coach, spent her life being a victim until 2001, when her study of forgiveness helped heal her past and bring personal power, freedom, and joy into everything she does. Now retired from a 30 year career in social research and married 54 years, Jo Ann, who is absolutely passionate about forgiveness, has committed the rest of her life to inspiring others to make forgiveness a natural way of living, healing themselves and their world in the process. Her book, THE FORGIVENESS HABIT: an Action Plan for Healing Ourselves and Our Planet, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu, provides all you need to know to start making forgiveness a natural part of your life. The book is available thru Amazon and thru Jo Ann Rotermund at

In the first issue of this magazine, I wrote about forgiveness and how it is not so much an action after the fact, as it is a powerful way to enter each moment. Unfortunately, many people have great difficulty with that idea because, growing up, most of us learned three habits that have very powerful, and very negative effects, in our lives. Those three habits are blaming, being right, and negative judging.

All three of these habits are deeply ingrained and very tribal. Whenever you find yourself caught in this behavior, remind yourself that you are the ultimate victim here. You are allowing your life to be controlled by the behavior of others, and no matter how much you may justify it, you are still a slave to the whims of others when you think and act this way. And there is no such thing as a happy slave! Forgiveness is actually very simple. It only seems difficult because we are all locked into blaming, being right, and judging. Having only one of those habits would make forgiveness difficult.

Having all three habits, which is the case for most of us, makes forgiveness almost impossible. This is the reason forgiveness has been largely ignored even though it has been touted by spiritual leaders and other great thinkers for millennia. We have not been able to let go of our ancient habits long enough to hear the message. Just in case you want to hold on to any justification for blaming, being right, or judging, let me be very clear about what it costs you to do so. The cost is nothing less than your life, your aliveness. It costs you authentic freedom, inner power, and any real joy. Eventually, it will even cost you your physical health. Choosing not to forgive—which is a choice even if it is unconscious— and choosing to keep these habits active in your life imprisons both your mind and your emotions. It is like chaining yourself to the people you want nothing to do with and dragging them around with you everywhere you go, while also

keeping a brick wall between you and all those you love and care about so that love cannot get through in either direction. By choosing not to forgive, you are locking yourself into angry, dissatisfying relationships with those you want nothing to do with. Even worse, you are locking yourself out of truly satisfying, joy-filled relationships with all the people you most love and want in your life. Instead, by choosing forgiveness in any and all situations, every hour of every day, you are gifting yourself with joy, happiness, and good health. Who would not want that? Be sure and watch for my Forgiveness article in the next issue of this magazine. I will begin writing about habits you can form that make forgiveness natural and simple and real. You do not want to miss it!!!

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MEN'S HEALTH 10 WAYS MEN CAN IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH Were you aware that men are 80 percent less likely

to use a regular source of healthcare, like a primary

care physician, than women? In fact, many men go to

the doctor only if they’re sick or have a medical

emergency. However, regular check-ups are important for preventing things like cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. If you are a man and you haven’t had a preventative care check-up in over a year, it’s time to visit your doctor. Many diseases and conditions don’t have obvious symptoms but may put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.


Aside from eating well, staying physically active and

avoiding tobacco products, we have discovered 10

additional tips for improving your health and staying

healthy: 1.Protect yourself from injury 2.Protect your prostate 3.Manage your stress 4.Get regular check-ups and screenings 5.Eat natural foods 6.Get moving and exercise 7.Maintain a healthy waist 8.Get your vitamins 9.Break unhealthy habits 10.Protect your skin Content Credit:


SUSAN DOWNS Susan Downs is an author, speaker, and Caregiver Coach who is also a volunteer with over 30 years’ experience with More to Life, a non-profit educational organization. In her book Minding the Matters of the Mind—A Guide for Anyone Who Has Been Touched by Mental Illness and Wants to Make a Difference, she interweaves the story of her son’s mental illness with practical strategies and resources for coping with a family member’s disease. More information can be found at

WARNING SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS By Susan Downs Have you ever looked back on the past week or two of your life and realized that things are different. And you are different as well. You are not enjoying your day to day experiences. In fact, you may be dreading the days and weeks ahead. It is hard for you to get out of bed in the morning. And you really don’t feel like taking a shower, getting dressed and going to work or to school. Life has become boring and difficult. You have become isolated and lonely. Something is wrong, but you’re not quite sure what it is. You may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. Don’t worry, you are not alone. There is relief out there. According to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, there are ten warning signs of a mental illness: 1. Excessive worrying or fear 2.Extreme mood changes, including uncomfortable “highs” or feelings of euphoria 3.Avoidance of friends and social activities 4.Changes in sleeping habits, feeling tired, or having low energy 5.Changes in eating habits, such as increased hunger or lack of appetite. 6.Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs. 7.Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes, such as headaches, stomach aches, or vague and ongoing “aches and pains.” 8.Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger. 9.An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance. 10. Confused thinking, or problems concentrating or learning. Mental illness is a disease of the brain. It is not diagnosed with a blood test or and X-ray.It is not caused by bad parenting of lack of will power. If you are experiencing 3 or more of these symptoms over a two-week period, make an appointment with your family doctor or a mental health practitioner. The earlier you begin treatment for a mental illness, the better the outcome will be.


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Making amends with our past creates room for expansion for the future. It becomes laborious to move forward in life if we never give ourselves permission to grow and live in the moment. To do this, we must be grounded and present. For years people would ask me, "where is your book?" Always shying away from the idea, I quietly laughed and would reply with, "I don't have one." I never imagined myself being an author. Yet, I noticed peculiar moments when I couldn't explain how my ability and efforts could produce the outcome I've experienced. It took me years to recognize the uniqueness of my life as God began revealing how I view my journey differently than most people. I knew it was a must-share. Throughout the years, there were times I encountered unusual experiences as usual until I recognized otherwise. It may have been months afterward, and sometimes years. In the process, I've identified others who are spiritually gifted and unaware of what their intuitive connection beholds and why God chose them.

A Spirit Warrior's Mindset gets to the core of the gift and guides readers with discovering their divine identity and unique power meant for their impact on humanity. God intends for His children to obtain wisdom through each other's experiences, become empowered, step out and practice what we've learned. Duplication and amplification. Instead, we've allowed past experiences to stunt our voices, impart fear, and hold us hostage. It's time to acknowledge our gifts and access our rightful place as children of the most high. I believe we all have miracle moments, and because we are not as genuinely connected to the Spirit of God as we can be, they aren't recognized. If we would look beyond the physical realm and not just move on to the next big thing, we would discover the miraculous messages meant to guide us with our physical walk here on earth. In A Spirit Warrior's Mindset, you'll discover 7 Distinctions of A Spirit Warrior and awaken your senses to the daily miracles surrounding you moment by moment so you'll no longer view occurrences as the norm but recognize the Spirit of God covers you. ·Trust ·Purpose ·Identity ·Courage ·Spiritual Gifts ·Owning it All ·The Discipline to Put it Into Practice Connect with your divine identity, learn to trust Him in any situation, and not just when you desperately need Him. Spiritual Warriors are being called now more than ever. There's work to do, and it's time to guard your post! This guide will help you unveil past experiences to create clarity for the journey ahead. You have an inherited right to understand, operate and align with the plans and thoughts available for you, to prosper, and access the success destined for you to have. Gain an understanding of how you can build a relationship with God, and have a conversation with our heavenly Father anytime you choose as if He's standing right in front of you. It's time for you to open up your heart, let your guards down, take a deep breath of refreshing air, soothe your Soul, and Own your divine spirituality! Your life as you've known it will never be the same!






Quote You have the power to

heal your life, and you

need to know that.

We think so often that

we are helpless, but

we’re not. We always

have the power of our

minds… Claim and consciously

use your power. By Louise Hay 28




MEDITATION By Sharon Fant, RN Research has documented many health benefits of regular

meditation: 1.Reduced stress: Meditation may decrease stress. It also can improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including

irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia. 2.Improved memory: Better focus through regular meditation may

increase memory and mental clarity. These benefits can help fight age-related memory loss and dementia. 3.Increased attention: Meditation helps with attention span. 4.Enhanced will power: Meditation develops the mental discipline needed to avoid bad habits. 5.Better sleep: Meditation can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and improve sleep quality. 6.Less pain: Meditation can reduce pain and boost emotion regulation. Together with medical care, this may help treat chronic pain. 7.Lower blood pressure: Blood pressure decreases during meditation and over time in people who meditate regularly. This can reduce strain on the heart and blood vessels and help prevent heart disease. 8.Less anxiety: Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and related

mental health issues like social anxiety, fears and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. 9.Less depression: Meditation can help reduce the occurrence of depression. 10.Greater compassion: Meditation can help you better understand

yourself, find your best self, and increase positive feelings and actions toward others.



LIVING LONGER by Leana Eugene







DO NOT SMOKE smoking increases one’s risk of cancers and stroke


adding 15-20 minutes of exercise 2-3 times a day can decrease the risk of all major

health complications


64-90 ounces of water a day can help with weight management and skin health


nuts are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds


heavy drinking is linked to liver, heart, and pancreas disease


MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SOCIAL NETWORK studies have linked a healthy social network to positive changes in the heart, brain,

immune system, and hormonal function




sleep helps regulate cell function


PRACTICE MINDFUL EATING mindless eating leads to greater calorie intake and less satisfaction



DO NOT HOLD GRUDGES anger and stress have negative effects on your heart, metabolism, and immune system

MAKE HAPPINESS A PRIORITY feeling happy can significantly lengthen one’s life

Healing Quote

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.

By Marianne Williamson


Reiki Energy

by Leana Eugene

Reiki is an alternative healing technique for stress and relaxation that originated in Japan. Developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s, Reiki is now used all over the world in places such as hospitals and hospices.

The full treatment can take up to an hour to complete and throughout the process, the patient may feel sensations such as heat, pulsing or tingling while also feeling relaxed (Cleveland Clinic Wellness).

The term Reiki stems from two Japanese words, “rei” which means universal, and “ki”, which refers to life force energy (Cleveland Clinic Wellness). The universal life force energy is the foundation of Reiki energy.

There are no harmful effects from Reiki, the process is used in efforts to improve overall health. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Reiki treatment has the following benefits: detoxifying the body, dissolving energy blockages and tension, stimulating the immune system, relieving pain, stimulating tissue and bone healing, and increasing the vibrational frequency on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.

During a Reiki treatment, the patient lies on a massage table, and a Reiki practitioner serves as the catalyst connecting the patient and the universal life energy force. This energy flows through the hands of the practitioner to the patient. It is important to know that this energy is coming from the universal source, not the practitioner. Throughout the massage, the practitioner uses their palms in specific energy locations on the patient’s body, there is no pressure or manipulation.


This all happens through supplying the universal life force energy into the body. Reiki practitioners see patients for the following conditions: cancer, chronic pain, infertility, digestive problems, psychological illnesses, Parkinson’s disease and stress related diseases.

"Reiki can never and will never belong to just one person or one organization. Reiki is the spiritual heritage of all humanity."

- Dr. Mikao Usui

Shamanic Transformational Healing! by Ann Adam

Shamanism is an ancient healing practice that has been utilized for thousands of years in many parts of the world. Shamanism is a form of energy healing to transform imbalances in mind, emotions, and physical bodies by connecting people with our innate wisdom through nature and spirit. Everyone and everything is alive and is energy. All energy can be shapeshifted and transformed. The role of the Shaman is to facilitate this connection. Can anyone be a shamanic practitioner? There are many ways a person is called to shamanism; some people are called to shamanism by their ancestors or through visions or dreams. My ancestors were of the Lipan Apache, Cree Native Americans, and Indigenous peoples of Guanajuato Mexico. I remember as a child seeing my aunts practice traditional healing (curanderas), and my father’s uncle was a powerful medicine man. When I was in my teen years my left brain told me that it was all superstition and ignorance. In my early 20’s I had spontaneous experiences with spirits and healing; true to left brain people, every time I had an experience I would happen upon information via a book or group, and I would study and apply the practices to my own healing of traumas.

I learned how everything, and everyone is alive and is energy that can be shifted and transformed through shamanic energy healing. I began my own healing of traumas with traditional therapy which I found helpful in understanding my traumas and to realize that what I had experienced had affected me emotionally, mentally, and the unhealed trauma was affecting me physically. But I felt stuck in the victim mentality and felt a need to connect with myself and heal in a different way. I began to hear and sense my Cree great grandmother Isabel calling me to the traditional ways. With shamanic healing I was able to release and transformed crystallized energy embedded in my body from my traumas. And other gifts were connecting with the earth, spirit, and all of nature. It felt so magical in some ways and challenging in others, it was calling me to my innate wisdom and to follow spirit when it called (it always calls but we don’t always listen) it was a challenge to let go of the many beliefs about myself that kept me in imbalance and to embrace the love that is abundant in nature and spirit.

Photo of Ann Adam, Shamanic Transformational Healing

Ann was inspired by her shamanic ancestors to follow the shamanic path. Ann grew up in the world of curanderas and shamans; she also studied with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and with shamans in Peru. Ann has been practicing shamanism for over 30 years. Ann is also a Researcher, Licensed Addictions Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Certified Restorative Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner, and Sound Healer with the gong and crystal bowls. Ann Adam offers Shamanic Transformational Healing Sessions which can help facilitate the release of physical and emotional blocks including old trauma to help create shifts and guide you through personal growth and transformation. Ann also offers soul and power animal retrievals, extractions, cutting cords, home cleansings, and shamanic death and dying work.​Ann also offers Weekend Retreats, Shamanic Apprenticeship Programs in Houston and Austin, Texas. 33

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