From a nurse's perspective, I want to bring healing to those who read my blog. I believe in integrative/nutritional medicine. Mind, body and spirit. I would like to be a positive influence on my followers.
What If I Say Love Poem by Emily Dickinson What if I say I shall not wait?What if I burst the fleshly gateAnd pass, escaped, to thee? What if I file this mortal off,See where it hurt me, – that’s enough, -And wade in liberty?
They cannot take me any more, -Dungeons may call, and guns implore;Unmeaning, now, to me As laughter was an hour ago,Or laces, or a traveling show,Or who died yesterday!
"Not less excellent, except for our less susceptibility in the afternoon, was the charm, last evening, of a January sunset. The western clouds divided and subdivided themselves into pink flakes modulated with tints of unspeakable softness; and the air had so much life and sweetness, that it was a pain to come within doors. What was it that nature would say? Was there no meaning in the live repose of the valley behind the mill, and which Homer or Shakspeare could not reform for me in words? The leafless trees become spires of flame in the sunset, with the blue east for their back-ground, and the stars of the dead calices of flowers, and every withered stem and stubble rimed with frost, contribute something to the mute music." "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Chapter III)
Sometimes it's great to relax with a glass of wine and a nice meal, after a long day. Red wine has many health benefits. When consumed in moderation, it can help to prevent heart disease, kidney stones, Alzheimer's disease, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, some cancers and stroke, just to name a few. Below are listed the studies these findings are based upon. Alcohol and Wine’s Effects on Mortality - Findings From Around the World United StatesEuropeAsia/AustraliaFramingham Heart Study (MA)Seven Countries StudyJapanese PhysiciansKaiser Permanente (CA)British Regional Heart StudyBusselton Study (Austral)Nurses Health Study (MA)British Doctors StudyDubbo Study (Austral)Physicians Health Study (MA)Copenhagen City Heart StudyNew Zealand CohortHealth Professionals (MA)MONICA (WHO)Shanghai China CohortNHANES (USA)Italian Rural Cohorts StudyHonolulu Heart Study (HI) It may be due to resveratrol that exists naturally in grapes and red wine. Other foods that contai…
After all the rain and stormy weather it's nice to just take a moment and breathe. Contemplate the week ahead. Start fresh and clear your mind for what lays ahead. It has been said that you can add years to your life if you let go of stress. This can be accomplished with meditation before you start your day and right before you head off to slumber. Try it! Let me know if you like it. Deepak Chopra has a center in San Diego and a new one in Santa Barbara where you can go for meditation classes, seminars, spa therapies and much more. May I wish you the best of weeks ahead! And just breathe...
Do you believe in angels? Well we all know that when babies are born they are angels!! But does anyone believe in angels of another variety? We're not talking "Charlie's Angels" either!Although those that played the part of his Angels were very good in their roles! I, for one, believe in angels. I believe they are like guardians on your shoulder! Always whispering in your ear what to do to stay out of harm's way!! That's why I always trust my instinct or my conscience. I think they try to guide us to do the right thing! But that is just my personal view. Everyone has to decide for themselves if they do. But who can resist the cherubs of Michaelangelo, not me!! This last one has to be my favorite! And they always say "Nurses are like angels" (so I may just be a little bit biased.) It can't hurt to believe that there is something ethereal beyond the humdrum of everyday life. It brings a little miracle in our daily routine. Something of wonder! T…
“The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe."
Kubla Khan By Samuel Taylor Coleridge In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately Pleasure-Dome decree,
Where Alph, the sacred river ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.So twice five miles of fertile groundWith walls and towers was girdled ’round,
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.But, oh! That deep, romantic chasm which slantedDown the green hill, athwart a cedarn cover:
A savage place! As holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath the waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her Demon Lover!And from this chasm with ceaseless turmoil seething,As if this Earth in fast, thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced,
Amid whose swift, half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail;
And ‘midst these dancing rocks at once and ever,
It flung up momently the …
The sea is calm to-night.The tide is full, the moon lies fairUpon the straits;--on the French coast the lightGleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!Only, from the long line of sprayWhere the sea meets the moon-blanch'd land,Listen! you hear the grating roarOf pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,At their return, up the high strand,Begin, and cease, and then again begin,With tremulous cadence slow, and bringThe eternal note of sadness in. Sophocles long agoHeard it on the Aegean, and it broughtInto his mind the turbid ebb and flowOf human misery; weFind also in the sound a thought,Hearing it by this distant northern sea. The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down…
Believe it or not, if you have a chance to get outside in the sun for about 15 minutes a day, we get a daily doses of Vitamin D! Sunshine and Vitamin D is not only good for our bones, teeth, muscles and heart. But it definitely affects our energy levels, immunity and mood! If you can't get outside, Vitamin D can be found in a variety of foods such as; fish, milk and soymilk, seafood, orange juice, breakfast cereals, mushrooms, puddings, eggs, pork, ice cream, cheese and infant formula.Well you get the idea.
Supplements are available but can lead to Vitamin D toxicity so should be used with caution. So let the sun shine in!