Welcome to my November newsletter.
Here in the U.S. we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is supposed to be about giving thanks and quite frankly, sometimes it’s hard to be thankful, especially when you’ve lost thousands in your 401K Plan because the stock market has dropped hundreds of points or you are looking at a foreclosure and losing your home or you are one of the thousands who are facing being laid off. But being thankful can actually change everything if you understand exactly what it means.
So, even though I know it’s hard, I’m including here an article from an amazing woman who, like many of us, has been through some really rough times. Please read her story, I think it will give you hope and reasons why you must be thankful and grateful.
Linda Simmon C.Ht.
By Elyse Hope Killoran
President, Prosperity from the Inside-Out
Do you want to own the power to transform bad situations into good - and to make good situations better? If so, I have one word for you, and that word is...
"Gratitude" has been described as, "the most transformative force in the cosmos" because it can be consciously applied to:
~ enhance the unfolding of the good that is currently present in your life.
~ open channels so that wonderful new situations (people, opportunities and events) will be drawn to you.
~ completely transform situations that are NOT going well for you.
When I was first introduced to the Law of Attraction (in the summer of 1999) I truly had very little to be thankful for.
After a series of very challenging experiences (my husband lost his job, had a breakdown and walked out on the family leaving me with a three and a five year old, a mortgage and no income or child support) I was adrift and alone.
To make ends meet I rented out my house and moved my family into a tiny apartment. I worked 6 days a week (plus many evenings) in a number of different jobs - leaving the children in local day care, with teen babysitters and with family on the weekends. With three of us (and a dog) cooped up in a studio apartment – it was a dismal present. And the possibilities did not look much brighter for the future.
And then, in a turn of events that I now know my life had been leading me towards, I learned about the Law of Attraction.
And, armed with that knowledge, I transformed a terrible situation into a tolerable one. And a tolerable situation into a pleasant-enough one. And a pleasant-enough situation into a really good one.
And now my life is truly outstanding.
How did I do it?
By actively applying an "attitude of gratitude."
Now, I know that you think that it is easier to be grateful when things are going well, but the amazing thing about gratitude is the impact that it can have in your life when things don't seem to be going well.
So, although I initially had little to be thankful for, a conscious practice of gratitude enabled me to completely transform my life.
~ I went from working jobs that I truly disliked... to doing work that I liked... to creating work that I loved... and now I adore what I do (and I make a great living to boot.)
~ I went from feeling betrayed and abandoned... to finding new connections which led me to feel "not so alone"... to cultivating self-love and appreciation... to feeling profoundly seen, cherished and adored in my current partnership (and we'll celebrate the miracle of our connection by being wed next month.)
~ I went from living in a tiny apartment...to moving back into my "needs-a-lot-of-work" house...to upgrading my home with a new roof, windows, siding and furniture... and now I've made the move into the house of my dreams (complete with wrap-around deck, sauna, two Jacuzzis and a private bathroom for each child.
I absolutely credit a disciplined focus on finding things to appreciate in my current environment -- while envisioning better things to come -- for the remarkable whole-life transformation that continues to surprise and delight me.
Having an attitude of gratitude will change your life - literally and figuratively.
In fact, from the "Prosperity from the Inside-Out" perspective, gratitude and appreciation are the most powerful transformative energies that are available to us.
With the United States' Thanksgiving celebration arriving, this is an ideal time for each of us to focus on the magical catalyzing effects of gratitude and appreciation.
Remember, the Universe acts much like a giant photocopier - bringing you more and more of what you already claim to have.
This is why you can't get rich by hating being poor - but you can get rich by honoring the wealth that you already have.
There is a sacred wisdom behind the idea of setting aside a day to be thankful. This year, choose to fully realize (make real) the power of "Thanksgiving" by becoming a true expression of this energy in a way that uplifts everyone around you.
Elyse Hope Killoran
President, Prosperity from the Inside-Out
And I just want to remind each of you that there is no more effective way to make changes or instill within yourself any thought or belief than with the aid of hypnosis. We aren’t even sure yet just why it is so effective, but it is and it works and sometimes that’s really all that matters. Sometimes you simply need to trust.
In researching my next book I’ve been finding a re-occurring theme in successful healing and demonstrating the power of hypnosis. Healing of virtually every illness known to man and several we haven’t even discovered yet. That re-occurring theme is that relaxation (hypnosis) combined with positive directed suggestions work. I feel that I need to clarify something here regarding relaxation, meditation and hypnosis. If the relaxation technique or meditation that you are doing incorporates the use of specific visual images, you are using hypnosis. Hypnosis is not about mind control; it is about reaching a deeply relaxed state both physically and emotionally and giving your mind the power it needs to make the changes you want.
So, here a list of just a few of the clinical studies that I have most recently looked at in which hypnosis and relaxation along with directed suggestion are being successfully used:
Medical rehabilitation for patients with irritable colon (Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fi Kult
As an intervention for chronic pain (Holistic Nurse Pract. August 2008);
Migraines by relieving depression and anxiety (Waldie and Pulton Journal of Neurology);
- And now something that I find absolutely amazing, significantly helping cancer patients who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplants decrease heart and respiratory rates and improve all symptoms by using a 17-minute CD before and after each treatment session (Integrated Cancer Therapy June 2008).
I just want to dwell on that last point a bit more. Patients weren’t even being given a live session. They simply listened to a pre-recorded CD! They work. The subconscious when given images and suggestions that it can use will use them. It will take what it needs and bring it into your life or change what you need changed. It really is rather amazing. I also just want to remind each of you that all of my recorded sessions have suggestions and images that are specifically designed for healing. This is because we can all use a bit of healing. Then in addition to healing each session is also designed with suggestions and images that will help you with a variety of positive specific changes. Just pick the one or two that are closest to what you want in your life or the changes you want to make. Whether it is something you want more of or perhaps something you want changed completely.
We hear regularly “you are what you think”, but I don’t believe that most of us give enough credit or respect to what our subconscious is capable of doing for us and even when we do, most of us have a nagging doubt that we are capable of using that power within each of us to accomplish what we want. The clinical studies above should demonstrate that you don’t have to “do” anything, just listen and trust.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
A few tips to help you start the holiday season off right:
- More Amazing Olive Oil News
Olive oil -- the unsaturated fat that’s great for your heart -- is making headlines again. But this time it’s for helping something a little lower down: your stomach.
Research suggests that polyphenols in olive oil may inhibit the bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers. Heard of H. Pylori? Antibiotics are the treatment gold standard for Helicobacter (H.) pylori, the ulcer-causing bacterium that’s tough enough to survive the acidity of people’s stomachs.
But resistant strains of H. pylori are now found worldwide. Fortunately, some researchers are seeking alternative therapies, and in recent studies, the polyphenols in olive oil showed tremendous potential. Not only could they withstand the harsh gastric juices of the stomach, but they also seemed to kill off H. pylori pretty handily -- even antibiotic-resistant strains.
To protect the polyphenols in your olive oil and get the most out of the stuff, store it in a dark bottle away from sunlight, and don’t overheat it.
Recipe suggestions for getting more Olive Oil into your diet:
Give sautéed veggies a lift with Herbed Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.
Kick up the flavor of salads with a quick homemade dressing which includes Olive Oil, fresh lemon juice, crushed garlic and fresh herbs.
Marinate Olives in Olive Oil and garlic and set out as an appetizer.
- Use Olive Oil with a touch of Balsamic Vinegar instead of butter and dip your bread in for a healthy, fun and filling nibble.
- A Stress-Zapping Mineral
It may not get the fanfare that other nutrients do, but this mineral is a stress-fighting superstar: magnesium.
As your freak-out level raises, your need for magnesium jumps as well, according to Amy Wechsler, MD, RealAge skin expert and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection. Get at least 400 milligrams a day to soothe an overactive stress-response system.
You can get the magnesium you need from foods like soymilk, black beans, poultry, and halibut -- or you can pop a supplement. If you don’t get enough magnesium, it may elevate your levels of substance P, a chemical that promotes pain and also plays a role in your skin’s stress response (yes, stress attacks your skin, too).
So the bonus of getting enough is that you’ll feel better and look better.
- Another Stress-Fighting Hero
Along with magnesium, zinc is another workhorse nutrient you need to zap stress and look and feel your best, notes Amy Wechsler, MD. And you may not be getting enough if you are a vegetarian, take calcium or iron supplements, or are trying to lose weight.
You want at least 12 milligrams per day, but no more than 15. A possible sign that you’re low: itchy and flaky skin.
Myth 1: Potatoes and bread are fattening. Actually: it's just the opposite.
Starchy vegetables and bread (whole-grain bread, that is) are quality carbs needed to fuel every part of you, from your brain to your muscles. What gets you into trouble is how you eat them: Smear butter on a slice of whole-wheat bread or deep-fry potatoes and you can double, triple, or quadruple the calories.
Myth 2: Drinking a glass of water before a meal curbs appetite. Actually: Yes and no.
Water tames appetite if it's incorporated into food, such as soup, or a thick drink, like V8 100% Vegetable Juice. Apparently, when water is bound to food, digestion is slower, explains Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman's Diet. That's why women in one study found chicken-rice soup more satisfying than chicken-rice casserole and a glass of water -- even though the soup had 27% fewer calories! One exception to this rule: It's easy to confuse hunger and thirst, so if you find yourself craving something -- but what? -- drink a big glass of water and wait a few minutes. You may find that's what your body really wanted.
Myth 3: Shellfish is high in cholesterol. Actually: On the one hand, it's true: Just three ounces of shrimp delivers more than a third of your daily cholesterol.
But there's a surprising flip side to this story: Shrimp is low in saturated fat -- the kind that becomes artery-clogging bad cholesterol -- and has a smidgen of heart-healthy omega-3s. In fact, University of Southern California researchers discovered that eating shellfish, such as shrimp, every week reduced heart attack risk by 59 percent!
Myth 4: The occasional burger and fries won't kill you. Actually: It depends on your definition of "occasional."
If occasional means every Friday night and then some, well, you may be pushing it. But if it means every few months, and you're fit, and you've got good numbers (i.e., weight, waist size, cholesterol, blood pressure), AND you're chowing down on vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and other nutritious fare most other days, hey, you'll live. But few of us are that perfect. If you do occasionally indulge, offset the effects of a fat fiesta with a brisk 90-minute walk afterward.
Myth 5: Women naturally gain weight after menopause. Actually: While you can blame a lot of things on hormones (everything from acne to PMS), in this case, slowing down physically is far more likely the cause.
Study after study has found that older women who exercise regularly and vigorously can maintain their figures.
Myth 6: Diet soda is worse than the real thing. Actually: We all would be better off switching to water, diluted fruit juice, and green tea rather than drinking soda -- diet or regular.
Both types increase kidney and heart disease risk, plus they contain acids that erode tooth enamel, inviting cavities.
Final Fact (this one's no myth): Maintaining your weight, waist, and body mass index at a desirable level can make your RealAge as much as 6 years younger.
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