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.
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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From the Resilient Heart Art book
“What if every illness had an angel assigned to it and we could call on that angel to help us return to perfect health? Why not? Most of us love angels, no matter what religion or spiritual path we follow. I feel a sense of peace when I see pictures of angels. I love the idea that there might be an angel for every illness and feel it is worth taking time to explore.
So, let’s say there is an angel assigned to heart disease. It is the same angel that can heal our broken heart…”
Intro to Chapter Four of Resilient Heart “The Angel of the Heart”
We can let this angel hold our illness for a time when it becomes too much for us to handle. Just by letting go and letting the angel hold your issues for a while you open up a space for healing to happen.
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