I hope my heart health tips for Heart Month are helpful to some of you. I am sharing things that I did to return to wellness. The tip for today is about the importance of gratitude. We all have probably experienced the power of gratitude in our lives, but it is important to remember it when you are not feeling well.
From Resilient Heart
“An Attitude of Gratitude”
“The natural state of the heart is joy and gratitude.
Since ancient times, philosophers and sages from every spiritual tradition have taught that cultivating gratitude is key to experiencing deeper levels of happiness, fulfillment, wellbeing and abundance.
One of the fastest ways to empower our body and move toward health and wellness is through an attitude of appreciation and gratitude. What you focus on and appreciate creates more of the same. By concentrating on how much you appreciate your body, no matter what state it is in, the more likely you are to activate miracles. Even when you are not feeling well there is so much about our body that is working and the more you appreciate that, the more you will feel better over all…
In my own healing journey being grateful would get me out of a funk and refocus me on what I wanted to create. If I paid attention to the little things that were happening, such as being able to walk to the end of the block, where before I could only go a few feet, I started to see the progress I was really making. The more I focused on progress, the more progress I made. When I started to worry about what wasn’t improving to what seemed to be getting worse, I went backwards. When I changed my focus to gratitude and sending love to my heart, the worry would subside. “
When you are sick, especially when you are in a life threatening situation, this is not easy to do. It was a daily practice for me. Some days I did better than other days. It was especially difficult during the months that I had PTSD. I believe this practice helped me move through and out of PTSD.
This piece is from the introduction to Resilient Heart, and it is directed toward women, though it certainly can be true for men too.
“I believe that the real metaphor in heart disease is that many of us are walking around with broken hearts. I know I was and I didn’t even realize it because it was an issue I had worked on for years. I thought I had done the work.
As women, we have had many reasons to suffer broken hearts. We have only just begun to get equal rights with men. We have been paid less, devalued, considered second class citizens and have been held back in all kinds of ways. It’s in our DNA. I also imagine that most women reading this book have had failed relationships, because our generations have been the guinea pigs for creating a new relationship model that was different than our parents and we have struggled to get it right.
Many of us have had our hearts broken and haven’t had time to grieve because we were left as single parents trying to survive and provide for our children. Who had time to mend a broken heart? I didn’t! I was in survival mode for 14 years and couldn’t think about myself. During those 14 years I had other relationships that ended up breaking my heart to compound the issue.
It is time for us to realize that we are the very essence of the Divine, that we are beautiful, have great value,are bright, creative and we are not going to be held back. It’s time to mend our broken hearts and stop this epidemic of heart disease. It is my hope that by reading this book you are inspired to take the steps to heal your heart before you have a heart attack. Women no longer need to be statistics of any kind. “
When you start to research the heart to find ways to make it healthy, like I did, you find all kinds of interesting information.
“Creating Natural Bypasses” from Resilient Heart
“When I read that coronary artery bypass surgery was not only potentially dangerous because they open up your chest and connect you to heart and lung machines, but that hundreds of thousands are done each year, and are usually unnecessary, I was worried and angry. At this point ai had already had two heart catheterizations and a bypass would probably be the next thing the doctor would want to do.
I started doing research and stumbled upon the heart’s ability to create its own bypasses. It isn’t easy but it happens.
This information blew me away! Just the possibility that something like that could happen got my imagination going. I made up my mind then and there that I was going to grow a collateral artery to bypass the stent that they couldn’t open. “
I actually did it twice during this heart journey! The second one was the length of my blocked artery but didn’t grow fast enough for me to avoid surgery. I believe if doctors were a bit more patient these bypasses could happen in a lot of cases and surgery could be avoided.
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Most of you know, if you have followed my journey, that I love trees and that I even adopted a tree named Grace. This tip is about trees.
Introduction to Chapter 40 from Resilient Heart…Hug a Tree
“It used to be that hugging trees was something that only hippies practiced and that it had little value aside from how humorous it looked. Now it has been validated by science to have incredible benefits for both people, the trees and the planet. Contrary to popular belief, hugging, leaning up against or being near a tree can boost your health in several ways.
Part of the healing power of the forest is due to various oils, called Phytocide which are found in wood plants and some some fruits and vegetables. Trees emit them to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher, inhaling Phytocide improves immune system function.”
In Japan walking in the woods is called Forest Bathing and it has been prescribed by Japanese medical practitioners for a long time.
“The scientifically-proven benefits of forest bathing includes:
Boosted immune system functioning
Reduced blood pressure
Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increased energy levels
I experienced all of these things and forest bathing was a huge part of my recovery
Painting is from my series of 32 paintings I did to heal my heart.
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