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Who Else Thinks Love is Better than Chocolate?

“If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

 I love love. Don’t you?

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I love being in love and falling in love. When love is reciprocated, it is absolutely the most delicious of experiences, don’t you think?

In her book Why We Love (2004), the renowned love researcher Helen Fisher purports that the chemical reactions of norepinephrine and dopamine and other brain chemicals we manufacture when in love create a genetically predisposed bliss in the brain that is as natural and potent a drive as hunger. Love and food are both biologically adaptive and addictive. In order to survive, we need to desire love and food. It’s obvious why we require food to live, but love? Certainly less apparent.

We need love to ensure the protection of our offspring. Without love, men would just run around having sex with everyone else and blowing off their children in the pursuit of more sex. Meanwhile, dinosaurs, sable-toothed tigers, and other cave dweller groups could potentially do their children and the mothers in! In their defense, they are the (somewhat) victims of their own biology.

In heterosexual relationships, love prospers when women have a higher, egalitarian valence within the relationship and within society; in turn, men value the relationship and the woman in a manner that supports monogamy and intimacy. Additionally, love and intimacy thrive in nuclear families when the parents are the only adults present in a household (DeMunck, Korotayev, & McGreevey, 2016). Apparently, too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the love soup!

Feminists Rock Love

When heterosexual couples transcend traditional gender parameters, research shows that eros, or passionate love, is the relationship ball in play. Eros blossoms when more egalitarian male-female roles exist within a relationship. Interestingly, when both partners are feminists both partners report overall better relationship satisfaction (Ogletree, 2010). The old saw appears to hold true: Happy wife. Happy life!

medieval-knight-lady-his-beloved-red-dress-66334338There is the notion that romantic love derived from knights protecting royal women and research shows that “romantic love was most likely to be culturally endorsed and valued when female status was relatively high” (DeMunck, et al., 2016, p. 2). When women outrank men, love is nurtured. It seemingly doesn’t work very well the other way around, though. When women are viewed as inferior within a culture, love cannot thrive (DeMunck, et al.).

There are some challenges in a nuclear world (pun intended!)

It’s not all a bed of roses in the world of love within nuclear family societies, however. Unfortunately, those who are identified as unsuccessful at love are also considered to be unsuccessful at life overall (Jenkin, 2017). As a woman who did not have children, I have felt the pressure from many people over the years to clarify why I didn’t have children. The overall sense I receive is that I am perceived to be less of a woman because I chose not to breed and create the idealized nuclear family. So I can certainly understand how someone who is not in a long-term relationship may experience the subtle censure society imposes on the unattached. Our own nuclear families in particular may pressure us to get married and start a family. In response to those pressures, do we as women overestimate our feelings towards a potential love interest (a form of confirmation bias) in order to get “in line” with societal expectations? And then do we add in a good dash of wishful thinking when choosing a mate? Scientists think so (Jenkin, 2017).  Cher says, “The trouble with women is that they get all excited about nothing. And then they marry him.” Sorry guys, but it is funny!

I love chocolate. Do you?

Shakespeare may have thought that music was the food of love, but we know better—chocolate is! Robby, one of my interviewees on the Spaz on Health podcast episode What is Love on Green Ink Radio answered the question, “What is Love?” with, “It’s like the same way I love chocolate. I eat so much chocolate and it makes me happy. But that’s limited to as much as you can eat. But I can always think of my girlfriend…it’s constant.” Robby feels that love is better than chocolate. I do agree, but hell, chocolate is a close second and doesn’t watch football at ear-splitting decibels!

Apparently, eating chocolate releases several neurotransmitters, one of which is called phenyl ethylamine. Phenyl ethylamine discharges certain endorphins (dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline) in the brain, which decrease stress and pain. These endorphins create a feel-good wash that mimics how we feel when we’re in love. It also creates excitement, well-being, focus and clarity, feelings of happiness, and a quickened pulse rate. Woohoo! All that for the price of a candy bar!

Chocolate has been around and wedded (I know, I know. I’ve been on a pun roll lately and can’t stop myself) to romance since ancient times. The history of chocolate starts with the name: Theobroma cacao, literally “food of the gods.” It has also been known and utilized as an aphrodisiac. Hellloooo Zeus!download (1)

Chocolate is believed to have been indigenous to the ancient Maya culture, where the royals drank it at ceremonies, particularly at weddings where cacao seeds symbolized the marital union. Nowadays, it’s equated with Valentine’s Day and love in general. Life imitates food instead of art…

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Romantic love appears to be somewhat of a choice based on culture. In freedom-focused western cultures, it is the dominant love style. It’s no wonder that we give it positive valence in societies where we prioritize the autonomy of choice…and equality! Who can love something that one feels is inherently inferior? Feminism supports romantic love by elevating the status of both sexes within a union.

While bonding is an evolutionary imperative, passionate love (eros) versus companionate, pragmatic love seems to be culturally influenced. Chocolate, on the other hand, appears to be a universal. We all love chocolate with a passion, regardless of our heritage. Here’s to you, kid. Wishing you chocolate kisses.

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Resources

De Munck, V., Korotayev, A., McGreevey, J. (2016 October-December). Romantic love and family organization: A case for romantic love as a biosocial universal. Evolutionary Psychology, 1-13.

Fisher, H. (2004).  Why we love. New York, N: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Jenkins, C.S. I. (2016).  Knowing our own hearts: Self-reporting and the science of love. Philosophical Issues. Knowledge and Mind, 26, 226-242.

Jensen, J. F., & Rauer, A. J. (2014). Turning inward versus outward: Relationship work in young adults and romantic functioning. Personal Relationships, 21, 451-467.

Ogletree, S.M (August 5, 2010). With this ring I thee wed: Relating gender roles and love styles to attitudes towards engagement rings and weddings. Gender Issues, 66-77

Phiilips, L.A (2017, February). Getting close. Psychology Today, 47-52, 80.

 

What Will 2018 Bring?

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It’s the big question of the New Year—what’s to come?? Love and romance? Big adventure? More money? Better health? A new home? Great happiness? An appealing exercise regimen?? The possibilities dazzle our imagination, inspiring many of us to set intentions that we solemnly resolve to fulfill with fresh zeal and vigor starting January 1st and continuing throughout the year without fail.

How’s that working out for you?

Setting an intention to achieve a goal has been proven to work remarkably well. When we back a desire with our will and step into the feeling of what we want, we can change our lives. So why can’t we stick to our New Year’s resolutions?? Why does our zeal and vigor fizzle out before February even hits?

Some researchers say that we set big, game-changing resolutions at the new year and, indoing so, set ourselves up fpexels-photo-110473.jpegor failure. Sticking to large-scale goals demands a great deal of commitment and discipline. It’s pretty unrealistic to expect ourselves to suddenly turn on a dime and make all the big changes that we hadn’t been able to manage making any headway on all year. Other reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail are: impatience; not believing in ourselves; little to no social support; time management issues; financial difficulties; not having a plan; or focusing on the negative.

Now what??

First of all, the “new year” is only a new year because we’re told that it is. Western culture has created a division in time called a “year” and January 1 was chosen as its starting point. This is said to have started in 45 BCE with Julius Caesar, who changed the caesars-palace-las-vegas-hotel-casino-40655.jpegcalendar from lunar to solar and set January as the start of the year. The symbolism worked—Janus was the god of gates and had one face looking forward and one face looking back—but the reasoning was weak. January 1st was merely the day that the newly-elected consuls started their year-long term. After Rome fell, some countries set the new year on Spring Equinox; some set it on Christmas day; some set it on Easter. Pope Gregory put an end to the free-for-all by designing a new calendar (the Gregorian calendar, natch), and most of Western culture got on board eventually.

But what are the ramifications of setting the beginning of a new year based on political expedient rather than the wheel of the year? In the northern hemisphere, January is a terrible time for rebirth and renewal! The natural world is largely cold, bleak, and dead.Even in warmer areas, the days are shorter, the sun is weaker, and new growth falters.In the southern hemisphere, January is full blazing summer at its peak. The days are long, the sun is strong, new growth is all around, but it’s not the beginning of anything. It’s the climax before the denouement.

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Is the season the real reason?

Many cultures begin their new year in March or April, a time of year that seems, in the northern hemisphere, far more appropriate to new beginnings. In the southern hemisphere, however, March and April herald autumn and hint at the winter ahead. The new year there would more appropriately start in September or October. But no!! We can’t have half the world on a different year!! That wouldn’t do at all.

What’s a determined intention-setter to do?

The best way to set an intention and have it come to fruition is to follow your own calendar. Know your numerological influences and your astrological chart. Familiarize yourself with the general numerology and astrology of the day, week, month, and year. Set yourself up for success by working with the energy of the natural world and your sacred contracts rather than against them or in complete ignorance of them.

Get started with Mystic Kat’s podcast The Year to Come 2018 for a full year tarot card reading at greeninkradio.com. And maybe make yourself your own calendar à la Julius Caesar. What gives him the right to legislate your renewal? Take ownership of your transformation process and start the year on your own terms!

 

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Are Your Thoughts Killing You?

Written by Janice Messino 

Do 100 Year Old People Say The Glass is Half Empty?

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I feel like a lucky person. I take care of my health and I intend to be in my son’s life for decades to come; I want to get to know my grandchildren and great grandchildren. Time doesn’t have to be running out—it’s about how we choose to age. Every day is a new day.

I often tell the stories of certain residents who I came to know in various healthcare facilities. There were some residents who got together and talked about their ailments and there were others who made the best of every day.  Those who chose to enjoy their days seemed to be happier people than those who lived in their problems. As time went by, I noticed that those who lived in a happier state actually lived longer. Unhappy residents with negative health beliefs became ill and passed away sooner. How many people do we know who are in their 90’s or 100’s and who look at their glass as half empty? Not many.

Are We Signaling Our Bodies to Live or Die?

Our subconscious mind has triggers; it triggers our bodies to react to what we’re telling the brain. This phenomenon is known through the science of epigenetics.

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Epigenetics Unravel the Mystery of Life

Epigenetics looks at the ways in which our body “turns on” certain genes and not others. The basis of this idea is a recognition that just because we have a certain gene doesn’t mean that gene will express. Every day, our body is getting one of two signals: the signal to live or the signal to die. The body takes those signals and produces what it needs to live, or to begin the process of deterioration. There are “signals” that impact life, our thinking, our level of exercise, our diets, our social lives, and our mental engagement.  We don’t know our future or when our end will come, but I think it’s important to manage our thoughts and feed the right triggers, so that no matter our chronological age, we don’t trigger ourselves into a dying mode.

Training Your Brain

Be careful when thinking negative thoughts. When I have a cranky back or a pain somewhere in my body, I don’t utter anything age-related about it. Instead, I simply tell myself that I want to work hard at not accepting physical limitations. After all, some limitations may be genetic and age-related, but they are usually worsened by some other factor in our lives, like proper diet or regular exercise. I do everything I can to assist my good health rather than just accept my limitations and then call it “aging”

Six years ago, I discovered multiple challenges with my back. Movement was painful and that slowed me down. I refused surgery and kept consulting professionals and doing research until I learned that there were other ways to address the issue. As a result, I enhanced my yoga practice, learned mind-body wellness techniques, and began a daily practice of qigong.  Now through further studies, I am also able to help others as well.

We Become What We Think About

What we talk about, what we spend our time on, is what feeds our mind. I try to avoid talking about my health and, when friends start sharing their aches, I try to change the subject to talking about positive solutions.

My answer to aging is that we should assume that we have unlimited amounts of time.hammock-2239788__340 (1)

I am not insensitive to major health challenges; I am saying that your attitude can make a significant difference. The key is being engaged mentally and physically. Feed your mind to trigger a long healthy life. Don’t place limits on yourself about how much time you have left. Assume you have a lot, because maybe you do! Include behaviors and a lifestyle that supports your energy level and good health.

There is so much we can accomplish throughout our lives. I ask myself, what am I doing that is not supporting my ability to live a strong, healthy, long life, then I take appropriate action.  You might want to ask yourself the same thing.

Janice Messino

Create Health, (860)970-7383, Facebook/CreateHealthCT

creatinghealthmindbodyct@gmail.com

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Corbie Mitleid Delivers Messages from the Other Side

Spirit is Everywhere

CAM11471 copy (1)Corbie Mitleid’s is such a gifted psychic and intuitive medium that she has a worldwide following, completing well over a thousand readings a year (in addition to teaching, providing psychic parties, performing speaking events, and authoring books). Corbie resides in New York, and performs most of her readings remotely. Apparently, Spirit is everywhere and long distance sessions do not impede accurate readings from occurring (even if the sitting is an international one!). Any limits imposed are fashioned by our own perceptions; we are the ones that define time and space as linear, not Source Energy.

Cool news for all of us is that she is willing to bring her talents to our door!

Corbie hopes to guide us to our own Cosmic Truth and align ourselves with Source Energy in order to live a life of love, miracles, and joy. Corbie has over 40 years’ experience in providing psychic readings, intuitive counseling, tarot and oracle card readings, and channeling messages from the other side and from our own divinity. Newsflash: She’s currently offering a New Year’s Special of two readings for the price of one!

Her messages on this plane are to dig in and discover your purpose, release your blocks from your present and past lives, open to communications from your spirit guides, and to even receive the wisdom from your own higher self that you currently may be a little tone deaf in receiving. With Corbie’s help, we can all access the courage to seek the insight and direction available to us. Check out her wonderful interview on Tag You’re It on Green Ink Radio to learn exactly how this all happens.

Past Lives Matter

A brilliant talent that Corbie has is providing detailed past life retrieval and analysis. What if we have blocks that we don’t even know about and remain stuck in previous life muck? As a past life regression hypnotist, I can attest how powerful and healing past life work can be. But this is a different approach, with all the benefits sans any of the risks of past life regression hypnosis. Let me explain further: you don’t have to experience your previous life first hand, Corbie will do the hard work for you and your past life story can unfold without you having to be directly involved in it. Sort of like having a story read to you about yourself before you were this you. Sometimes, during hypnosis a person can experience intense emotions, called an abreaction. As a therapist and hypnotherapist, I can bring you out of the experience or have you rise above it and view it as a movie or even have you stay in it if there is therapeutic value to having you work all the way through it. However, Corbie’s method reduces any risk of an abreaction happening as she is the one accessing your memories for you.

Clean Out Your LifeCloset

While Corbie is intensely tuned into alternate energies, she is also extremely grounded in this world, too. Her book, Clean Out Your LifeCloset is a no bullshit self-help book (with a great Kirkus Review). I bought both the Audible and paperback versions (hey, it was for research!).  I purchased the Audible version, so I can multitask while listening, and the paperback in order to complete the end of the chapter assignments in the four main areas: achieving clarity, simplifying your life and living with less, learning to adapt, and using stress as a growing tool. I’m so glad that I bought the Audible version since Corbie is a talented voice actor. I usually dislike when the author reads his or her own work (I am an audio book junkie) because they are usually pretty stiff and expressionless. Not Corbie; she’s a pro (so much so, I would hire her to read my own imaginary book). It’s a great read with abundant practical advice on how to realize the best you and free yourself of useless stuff.

Corbie’s path to finding her true life course has been as challenging as anyone’s, perhaps more: unsuccessful marriages, several different career trajectories, fighting breast cancer three times, familial abuse, and economic privations. However, despite these trials, she exemplifies the examined life with grit, humor, and more than a little metaphysical magic. She is one of us, teaching herself how to connect with higher energies and is unequivocally reassuring that we too can access our Spirit Guides with a little help and elbow grease.

Alice’s Rabbit Hole

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Check out her website for further information, but I warn you, her website is so intriguing, it’s sort of like Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, once you fall into it, the enchantment holds you far longer than you intended.

www.corbiemitleid.com

www.firethroughspririt.com

www.cleaningoutyourlifecloset.com

FOLLOW HER ON:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firethroughspirit

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CorbieMitleid

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/cmitleid/

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/corbie_mitleid/

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/corbie-mitleid/6/627/993

 

Colette Lopane-Capella, the Meryl Streep of Psychotherapy

The Therapists’ Therapist

Colette Lopane-Capella of  New Day Vitality Psychotherapy in both Westchester and the Bronx, New York is a therapists’ therapist. It’s not because she sees only other therapists in her practice, but because another therapist, such as myself, can understand how truly talented she is. I know how difficult and nuanced our craft is and how spot on every one of her answers were when she was interviewed for Therapists Talk! on Green Ink Radio.  By the end of the interview, I wanted to grill Colette on every conceivable diagnosis, her preferred treatment modality, and her therapeutic approach to confirm if we were on the same page.

The Meryl Streep of Psychotherapy

While she is my junior by a few years (okay, okay, probably more like 20), she has the innate confidence, wisdom, and compassion that separates the great from the good in the world of therapy. Think of Meryl Streep, Emily Watson, and Jodie Foster. Now compare them with Jennifer Anniston, Kirsten Dunst, and Cameron Diaz. I think we would all agree that the second set is a very competent group of actresses , and have even had moments of greatness on film, but they are not The greats of film. Same with therapists. A lot of us are damn good therapists, but there are very few greats. Colette Lopane-Capella is one of the greats. Let’s just say that Colette is the Meryl Streep of psychotherapy. Watch her and cheer, baby!

And She Said Yes!

I met Colette through a shared Facebook group. I once again did my new weirdly wonderful thing and reached out to Colette and asked her if she would be interested in being interviewed for Green Ink Radio and she said yes! As with Gail Doy, something about Colette spoke to me. Her pretty, sweet face and her soothing energy reached out from the flat media screen of my phone like a  genie-in-the-bottle vapor mist, and before I knew it, I was asking her if she would like to be on Green Ink Radio! Just in case you think I do this all the time, I don’t.  I encounter thousands of people in my Facebook groups and so far only one woman compelled me to reach out from Facebook, and one on Twitter. My upcoming interviews with Suzanne Giesemann and Corbie Mitleid were also intuitive connections but through different channels (more of that in upcoming blog posts and podcasts).

Colette is in Love

Colette is a rare thing, a young woman unabashedly in love with her husband and vocal about her gratitude for her happy union. She is also madly in love with her work. Both passions show in her joyous commitment and enthusiasm. Her dogs too are up there in the love triad of her life (a girl after my own heart-I have a boneless, chubby, dachshund-mix rescue melted onto my lap as I type this).

From Pet Therapy to Eating Disorders

Colette sees individual, couples, family, and support group clients. She even has a Pet Loss Support Group! She created the group because her heart was breaking as she was losing her beloved dog. And while at the vet’s office, she noticed others were grieving as hard as she was. She went on high alert and inquired if they offered a support group for the devastated families. They did not. So, Colette immediately created one and has provided empathetic care to many grieving pet owners over the years. She also offers animal assisted therapy! Sign me up!

Check out her adorable co-facilitator of change–Aurora.  

Her specialty areas are Eating Disorders, ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety. Colette sees clients in her Bronx and Westchester offices, both of which are beautiful, intentionally healing spaces. And while she is physically in New York, the good news for the rest of the country is we can contact her for phone sessions. She uses a secure server and some insurances will cover the sessions. If not, she will consider a sliding scale on an individual need basis. You can call Colette at 914-752-4759 to set up an appointment or to obtain additional information. You can email Colette at vitality@clopanetherapy.com You can follow her on Facebook at New Day Vitality Psychotherapy, or go to her website at clopanetherapy.com

Colette also has a blog and covers great subjects, from relationships, to work stress, to holiday challenges, to self-esteem (just to name a few of the covered and ever-growing topics). Also, cool news: Colette has a brand new podcast, too! Listen in to discover how to find the right therapist, hear her fabulous Green Ink Radio interview, or do some quick and easy mindfulness practices. Her pithy, cool topics, range from 1-5 minutes. Super easy to tune in.

I really like Colette. Her generosity of spirit is evident in both her professional and personal lives. If she lived closer, I’d ask Colette to hang out and go for tea and to the dog park (with her dogs, not mine, because mine are the anti-therapy dogs–hating most people and all other dogs). She’d be the girlfriend (or the therapist) you’d call when you really needed some compassionate support.

I  think after listening to her interview, you’ll totally agree and probably want to do exactly that–call her, that is, not go to the dog park.

 

 

Gail Doy is a Kick Butt Medium

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I found Gail Doy on Twitter. I chanced upon her tweet and something in her face, her energy, called to me and compelled me to message her and ask if she would be interested in being interviewed for Tag, You’re It on Green Ink Radio. It was an impetuous and bold move I had never done before. Surprisingly, and with no additional prompting, she said yes! And within one phone call and a technically-derailed interview, we became friends. There was an instant, easy familiarity between us that makes one think that certain connections are not happenstance.

To my embarrassment and frustration, the first time we were to interview, my computer and the Skype recording software went AWOL. I had experienced this only once before with Kadrolsha Ona, Queen of the Paranormal. Kadrolsha was very kind and nonchalant about it. Apparently, she explained, intuitive energy workers jam up technology all the time. That alone should lend credibility to their abilities. But oh, there’s so much more!

Gail Solves a Fifty Year Family Mystery

While Gail and I were chatting and my technology was running scared, Gail suddenly said, “There’s someone here that wants to talk with you. Are you okay with this?” Hell, yeah! Mom? Mom, are you there? Mmmmooooooommmm? No Mom. Nary a peep.

My sister, who is a little clair-pain-in-the-ass-ant herself, later told me that she kept having sightings of her at slot machines that weekend while in Atlantic City. That is so my mother—gambling instead of talking with her daughter! So, while my mom was blowing me off to gamble with my sister, the grandfather I barely knew came to visit.

He passed away when I was five. I remember the day he died vividly, my mother receiving the phone call, crying out, her knees buckling out from underneath her, her slow motion slide to the ground in a boneless puddle of shock and grief, her agony of sorrow slashed across her face and indelibly imprinted on my child’s brain for the eternity of this lifetime.

My virtual stranger of a grandfather’s message was one of love. He had been and continues to watch over me my entire life (that may explain a lot of my bonehead near misses). She said he was insistent that he wanted me to know that he had an excruciating pain across his forehead. He kept showing her his forehead and Gail began to feel extreme pain in that area. He had died suddenly in his yard when he was 60 years old and no one knew the cause of death. We had always assumed a heart attack or an aneurysm. It looks like it must have been either an aneurysm or a massive stroke.

She also said there was something wrong with his stomach. My mother enjoyed sharing the story of how my grandfather was plagued with ulcers and cured himself when she was young the old Spanish way (he was from Spain) with raw garlic. And during the time of the natural treatment, he reeked of garlic. It came out of every pore. Garlic being a natural antibiotic, the Spaniards were centuries ahead of modern medicine. Stinky, but smart.

Green Ink Radio is Going to Rock the World!

And then Gail shared that the passion project I was working on was what I should and needed to be doing. It was the entirely right path. This is my passion project. Yay, Green Ink Radio! Gail told me all this in just a few minutes. I can only imagine what sort of information she must provide during her untimed sessions. She says she goes as long as Spirit needs and does not look at the clock. After our actual interview, she described, with stunning accuracy, the ice pick headaches I get behind my right ear and says they are caused by stress. I know! She’s goooooooood.

Gail Communicates with the Spirit Realm

10055905-doorway Was she always this good? Gail Doy’s mother knew she had special sensitivities since childhood, but was at a loss as what to do with these exceptional talents. Energies called to Gail from many places, the basement, the mall, and even from houses they drove past. But it wasn’t until years later, when her Aunt Doreen facilitated her fully realizing and honing her gift, that Gail completely embraced the abilities that allow her to communicate messages from the Spirit world. Gail has learned how to raise her vibrations to a level most of us cannot attain in order to communicate with the Spirit realm. But luckily for us, we can call Gail.

Gail mediates messages between spirits of the dead and living human beings. She has perfected her extrasensory awareness and can interface with the spirits in other dimensions. She is clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient, clairgustant, and claircognizant. Gail is a channel between two worlds and is able to send and obtain information from the Spirit realm, and she connects the life of the ‘here and now’ to the Spirit side of life.

Gail is also an intuitive healer, but her messages may not always be of the gentle kind. She just may rattle your cage with messages from Spirit. The communication might be that you need to make radical changes and now. She won’t candy coat it, hence the Kick Butt Medium moniker. She even told one client to run!

Contact Gail to Receive Messages from the Other Side

12507421_953776148024568_4541664326220097524_n.jpgGail is available for readings via Skype, Face-time, or over the phone. You can call her at 780-966-6921 or email her at littleone4me2@outlook.com to book an appointment. Check her blog out at intutioncalling.blog and her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GailDoyMedium/ .  You can also follow her on Twitter at @GailDoyMedium.

I strongly recommend you give Gail a call or shoot her an email. She won’t disappoint. And who knows? Gail just may end up being your new best friend, too.

Be Great & Full

Be Great and Full!

Written by Janice Messino of Create Health

Mindful Eating

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Eat Joyfully

 

In the past several years I have become in harmony with my inner life and the mind, body connection.  Part of becoming more aware of my surroundings is realizing that I was eating unconsciously and barely tasting my food.  After a loss in my life I became aware of honoring myself by creating attractive and healthy food.  Setting a beautiful table and intuitively knowing to be grateful for the food. This is not the way things always were. I am not saying that changing was easy.  I had always read while eating alone and this was a hard habit to break. It took determination to realize the benefits of eating mindfully, this is part of living mindfully.  In addition, I started noticing that as I naturally slowed my eating and became attentive to the flavors, this gave my body time to give me clues, weight started dropping off and I finally had a realization, that eating mindfully allowed my body to balance itself in its own wisdom.  Now I understand that learning to show love for myself is eating well, by myself.

scared-eggs-2939061__340Mindless eating happens most often when we eat because of clues other than true hunger, addictive eating, which can be because of triggers to a situation, when the clock strikes 12:00, walking in the door, grocery shopping day.  Or because we are busy, distracted, stressed, in a hurry, sad, angry, impatient, lonely, or happy.  Part of learning to eat mindfully is learning to notice the signals you are receiving that make you want to eat; is it true physical hunger?  Your mind is looking for pleasure, our body is looking for nourishment.  

Mindful eating on the other hand, helps you to include awareness of the foods selected while preparing a meal.  Having inner thoughts of why you are eating, what and how much you are eating, how delicious or not the food tastes. When quietly eating our brain becomes more sensitive to the fusion of taste and smell, this will allow you to choose foods that are at the same nutritious and delightful to your senses.  In addition to having a more pleasurable experience every time you sit down to eat, mindful eating can re-energize you, so you can fully show up for your life.

Being grateful for your food allows you to be more conscious of the earth, plants, and animals.  When you take a moment to say, “thank you” we begin to reflect on what we’re doing more consciously. Be grateful for the sun, rain, the farmer and that you have access to these nourishing foods.  Be grateful for our body that works in amazing ways every time you eat and for and the energy it gives.   

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Breathe Deeply

 

Before you start cooking, take a couple of deep breaths, breathe in to the count of four, and then breathe out to the count of six. This will help you to clear your mind and make you more conscious of what you are doing.  When you are concentrating on something like your breath or your meal, your body is unable to have stressful thoughts, this is caused by the parasympathetic response.  As in any mindful practice, what you practice grows stronger, this is known through neuro-plasticity, repeated experiences shape your brains. What do you want to grow?

Janice Messino

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