There is something about getting up and out before the rest of the world stirs, to experience the morning sunrise filtering through fog, that allows on to contemplate the mysteries of life...the goodness of creation, and experience a bit of that harmony from within.
Sunshine beckons me out into the conservancy -
It’s brilliant light reflects upon the snow.
Soon the sounds of rushing water meet my ears,
and a small fall of water is spotted following a trodden path through the snow.
I stopped to simply listen, and capture it’s transendence on my man-made device.
Onward, I slide across the ice covered trail,
remembering younger days.
I tune into songbirds – unable to identify their kind;
But the red-bellies, nuthatches and downy woodpeckers are abundant in the woods, their calls distinct.
(I know this, because I have stopped to listen, many times.)
Another wall of rocks breaks up the water flow,
creating yet another symphony of splashes into
the calm flowage below.
I stopped to absorb its beauty and energy,
the contrast of dark brown rocks
Covered in brilliant white of snow –
like the patterns of a pinto horse.
I am grateful that Creator God has made this for my pleasure.
The elusive pileated is heard in the distance, with its haunting jungle-like call.
I wish for it to fly across my path…it goes unanswered. Another time…
As I stop to listen yet again to the third rushing of water over rocks
I remember when my son was young, and we would use the rocks to cross the water…
Long before man built the bridges into existence. Seems so long ago… sweet memories.
Moving along, the creek stills and sunshine reflects upon the snow .
As I reflect upon time passed, and look forward to sharing the awareness of nature again,
A drumming breaks through the peace of the moment.
Looking upward I spot a broken-off tree trunk, and a harboring hollow.
I wait, to see what would emerge – always hoping it will be the large, impressive pileated woodpecker.
Alas, it is the adorable little downy…it’s funny how a being so small can make a noise so large.
Amused, the sound of traffic breaks through, as I see the path coming to break with highway.
I turn around, with numb arms and legs due to unpreparedness, fooled by that morning sunshine.
It’s a peaceful walk. I smile sliding across the ice again. The rushing water invigorates as does the cold breeze upon my face.
A needed break from the usual onslaught of work for the day ahead.
Glad that I took time to stop, listen, and reflect with the brilliance of the snow.
Rita S. 2-16-18, Reflections while at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton, WI
Before it melts, it is my wish that all would take time to become grounded in the created world.
The art below is a capture of the same conservancy, captured 15 yrs ago before bridges were built to take us over the water to the other side of the creek. Isn't it interesting how progress can keep us from getting up close and personal with nature?
It has been a long, long time since God nudged me awake at night with words of poetry floating through my head. Oh, how I have missed that!
This past week I listened to a book titled, "Awareness", by Anthony DeMello - which I have shaed under the tab "Mind & Spirit" if you wish to check it out. Many of you, my friends, know that I have been dating again. I meet wonderful people in doing so, and I feel each crosses my path for a reason - and I always learn from each. Hopefully, they learn from myself as well.
Last week I met someone who introduced me to the writings of Anthony DeMello. Not only was the book profound and provoked deep thought, it reaffirmed and offered revelation. As he had promised - a paradigm shift. For anyone who is living in this world with a void of joy - I really encourge you to read the book, or listen to the free audio. If you are dating - I highly recommend it. It is so important to realize that happiness does not come from being with others, it comes from within. The Spirit indwelling is communion with our God.
May you become awake and aware,
Dear Friends and Family
I just received a testimony from one of my clients in the western states. I am compelled to share it with you as so many do not understand the power of energy medicine...but a message one client received for me when I first began doing bio-resonance scanning, "We were each spoken into existence...now that is the highest frequency of all."
I have been doing bio-resonance scanning for this man's family, beginning with his son, starting last fall. The father, who writes me below has worked with me four months, staying on schedule with his scans. He was also very compliant with my recommendations as outlined by the Qest4 system.
I know many of you don't understand what it is I now do as a bio-resonance technician. Because it is "alternative" people are either made nervous by it, or discount it as "wacko medicine". But I can tell you with 100% confidence I love making a difference in my client's lives. I am so grateful that God has put me on this path and I know without doubt that Jesse's legacy of helping others lives on in this work that I now do, as it was discovered because of his cancer journey. Perhaps too late for him, but for a time such as this for those who find me and seek my help.
Here is the testimony that was sent, it made my day:
This last scan was a big one for me! I’m happy to report that my skin issues have resolved!!! And as an added bonus, I’ve been able to reintroduce some of my old favorites like olive oil and avocado (which means I can eat my wife’s guacamole again). I’ve also been able to take the recommended supplements and some other fruits/fruit extracts without any adverse reactions. I can’t begin to relate how happy that makes me! In fact, I’ve been so impressed with everything you’ve done for me and our son over these past few months that my wife and I just purchased a QEST4! I’m doing the training now and hope to start doing my own scans this week! I am really looking forward to being able to share this amazing wellness tool with friends, family, and those in my community. I sincerely hope that I can do for others what you were able to do for me. I feel like it’s important for you to know that your efforts have changed my life for the better. I am happier and have a better outlook now because of you. I am forever grateful for everything.
For this particular client, emotions were truly holding him back from getting well. The Qest4 pinpointed the sources of his "emotional baggage", which is harbored in our cells if we don't let it go. The information the system provided him allowed him to reflect on events that took place in his childhood forward... He found a book by Gabby Bernstein titled "Judgement Detox" that helped him journal feelings he had suppressed for decades.
If you already know you are dealing with emotional issues that are holding you back from getting well, I am going to suggest, from my client's report alone that you consider purchasing the Bernstein book.
If your health is not where you want it to be and you don't know whom or what in your past is holding you back - consider bio-resonance to help you pinpoint your root cause issues and emotions preventing you from living a life of joy and vitality.
Blessings to you all!!! And by the way....not sure I could thrive without my guac!!!
This was dinner tonight...Carribean Quinoa. If you are living in cold winter temperatures “visit the tropics” with this dish. The recipe is by Tri-Chef to Go – Tom Grabot, a personal chef who provides healthy meals to his clients. Previously I was the sole cilantro lover in this house. Now my daughter loves it as well!!
She LOVES coconut and pineapple, and prefers vegetarian food. This recipe seemed right up her alley. I made a few changes, using green onions as it is one of her favorite vegis to munch on. I also added in two tablespoons of coconut milk (single ingredient canned milk – Thai or other brand) to the dish, just prior to serving to add in texture and additional coconut flavor.
For a fun presentation, I added a garnish - a plank of pineapple flesh rolled and a piece of cilantro tucked inside. I also cubed fresh avocado and added bits of toasted coconut, and served it on a bed of fresh organic greens.
My teen gave this dish two thumbs up. If you are stuck in the cold in January give this very easy to make dish a try...and experience tropical flavors that are sure to delight!
(Below is the Carribean Quinoa dish - unplated.)
Today Robyn Openshaw shares her opinion on Paleo and Ketogenic diets. Also known as the Green Smoothie Girl, she shares my opinion that these fad diets do not offer sustainable long term health, for the same reasons I have been doing my best to educate those who are open minded about holistic wellness.
Four years ago I shared my thoughts about Paleo on my blog – and apparently Robyn has also voiced her same thoughts in the past. Now she explains why ketogenic diets may be harmful. I encourage you to share her blog post with anyone who is on the Paleo or Ketosis bandwagon. I fully acknowledge that as an author, your friends may be more apt to heed her words than my own…since I speak from life experience and seven years of self-learning in cancer diets and preventative lifestyles.
I believe in living a primarily ANTI-INFLAMMATORY lifestyle - being mindful of which foods contribute inflammation to my body and for the most part, avoiding them. I learned much of this from trial and error, and paying attention to what my body was telling me. Fortunately, with the discovery of bio-resonance and the food sensitivity and inflammation panel testing I can offer to my clients, we can remove some of that guesswork.
As a certified bio-resonance technician I have created a program for my system that allows me to scan an individual for the well known diets touted in the wellness industry - Gerson, Budwig, Ketogenic, Bali, Anti-Inflammatory, and more...which helps direct a person to a protocol that should prove beneficial and eliminate some of the guesswork.
Please contact me if you want to learn more about my L.I.F.E. (Living Intentionally From Experience), or Qest4 Bio-Resonance services.
Cheers to a HEALTHY and HAPPY 2018!
We are proud to have received a number of emails this week where this website is getting noticed for the educational content it provides to our readers.
I received an email from Shree of Home Remedies for Life and am honored to be included on her list of Top 25 Health Bloggers. Shree highlights my own journey back to health, but of course, personally I am most proud of all the research I have done well beyond 2010 and turning my own health around, as I focus on helping others in their cancer journey and most importantly, educating on cancer prevention!
If you would like to see us listed and leave a comment feel free to visit the article here, and take note of all the amazing women dedicated to healthy living!
Fellow blogger Jesse Miller has offered insight as the benefits of one of my favorite root vegetables - BEETS! It includes 15 health benefits of beets and 8 delicious recipes. Jesse found my roasted beets recipe, here, and as well - I have a variety of smoothie recipes that use beets.
Jenny contacted me from Best Mattress Reviews after seeing the effort I put into educating and providing healthful information for cancer patients. The research her company provides goes hand in hand with some of my work. Her team has been researching how people sleep, and have collected some great information for cancer patients and caretakers. You can read their full guide on the bestmattressreviews site.
Here are a few of their findings:
Sleep disorders vary among different patient populations: The rates of sleep disorders reported by cancer patients vary based on the type of cancer they are being treated for and the type of treatment they are receiving. Some patient populations experience a 75% chance of sleep disturbances, while others experience rates as low as 25%.
Sleep problems can continue after treatment ends: Approximately 25% of cancer survivors continue to report sleep disturbances or daytime fatigue. This is due in part to the long-term effects of some treatments on the body; it can also be a lingering effect of experiencing the trauma of a life-threatening illness. Fortunately, both physical and mental causes of sleep disturbances are treatable, and patients have many options available for returning to a healthy sleep cycle.
Of course I am an advocate of encouraging people to consider sleep as vital in their health recovery program. Chemical foam mattresses are some of the worst cess pools of toxins one can lie down in, or place your head upon. If you have electric mattress pads...they serve as conductors for all the EMFs you have going on in your home (wi fi, cell phones, Smart Meters, etc.) - it is like sleeping on one large antenna! I love my organic latex mattress from Satara Mattress in Middleton, WI and also choose to sleep on a BioMat at lowest temp setting during cold WIsconsin nights. I also have a SafeConnect protective shield on my cell phone, as on the rare occasion where I do need an alarm to get up unusually early, I am at least not swimming in harmful energies from my phone.
Again, I am honored to be recognized in the Top 25 Health Bloggers by Home Remedies for Life. Be sure to explore their site - they have much great information to offer.
Be well and reduce your stress this holiday season!
As we enter into November and the holidays we may already be catching wafts of the smells of the season. Warmed apple cider, cinnamon scent of burning wood as the smoke drifts from the neighbor’s chimney…
On Thanksgiving Day the smell of sage, a seasoning often used in turkey stuffing may trigger memories of family gatherings. According to Mike Castleman’s book, “The New Healing Herbs”, the history of sage used in medicine is vast –prescribed for snake bites, epilepsy, and intestinal worms and made into a poultice to bandage wounds. An English proverb, “He that would live forever/Must eat sage in May.”
With frosty nights in the air, NOW is the time to harvest your perennial herbs if you have not already done so, to preserve and dry leaves for use during the winter. The herbs in the photo above are described in order, left to right, below.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) – Dried sage leaves are an excellent remedy to have on hand for sore throats due to its anti-bacterial properties and containing astringent tannins. In Germany a “hot sage gargle” for sore throats and tonsillitis is recommended by physicians. Some writings suggest mixing sage tea with a bit of apple cider vinegar for sore throats. Sage also helps to settle indigestion. A chemical in sage, thujone, is considered potentially toxic, however the heat used to make an infusion eliminates much of the chemical making the amount recommended for medicinal purposes is minimal.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Yarrow is a versatile herb, having potential as a digestive aid, menstrual remedy and mild sedative – to containing substances that can possibly stop bleeding and offer pain relief in wounds healing, with anti-inflammatory benefits. Chamomile and yarrow tea are a synergestic tea team to help relax the smooth muscle of the digestive tract. Yarrow can do the same for the smooth muscle of the uterus, making it a useful remedy for menstrual cramps.
Chocolate Mint (Mentha peperita) – A cross between water mint and spearmint, this spreading mint plant is wonderful to have on hand for chocolate lovers who wish to curb their cravings. I have enjoyed adding this herb to my chocolate protein smoothies during the growing season for an extra burst of delicious flavor. Check out this link for more ideas on Chocolate Mint uses, such as mojitos and adding 5 chocolate mint leaves to your coffee. I am willing to bet you will want to add this to your springtime planting list!
Mint is known to aid in digestion, and has been used to treat nausea and headache.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)– At Purely Living Wellness Catnip is the key ingredient in our homemade insect repellent. Although felines have an affinity for catnip, humans can benefit as well. Catnip is a wonderful sleep-inducer, much the same as the more well-known Valerian root. For this purpose consider combining with chamomile. When used as a tea it does not give the “kitty high” effect, and instead it calms the nervous system – consider catnip tea for a child, sweetened with a bit of raw honey. Perhaps some catnip tea would do your feline well prior to a veterinary visit… Health benefits of Catnip include anti-oxidants of Vitamins C and E. In the mint family, Catnip is a mellow version of mint minus the menthol.
Each of these plants may make lovely additions to one’s landscape, and of course, catnip grows wild here in Wisconsin so you may find it readily in ditches, along fences, hillsides, and more. Since I began foraging and learning about the health benefits of herbs my spring plant purchases are focused on one thought, “what benefit can my family reap from this plant if I am to purchase and/or plant it”.
As I typed this blog post I added to a shallow pan of water what remained on my towel after rinsing my herbs prior to hanging them to dry. This included two sprigs of chocolate mint, a large sprig of catnip, a sage leaf, and a small piece of yarrow. Once the simmering water extracted the phytochemicals I strained the leaves, pouring the hot water into my mug and added two drops of liquid stevia extract. Without the stevia I was not too keen on the taste, but once sweetened ever so slightly the tea is delicious!
If you do have these plants in your landscape and you have never thought of actually harvesting them for your own benefit, I encourage you to obtain a book on herbs and their benefits, learn, and put your landscaping to work for your health!
Note that to make an herbal infusion I would have allowed the plant leaves to steep much longer. Susan Weed has an excellent article on herbal infusions and is considered a foremost authority on use of herbs.
Please note that pregnant or nursing women, nor children under age 2, should use herbals without first consulting their trusted physician.
Well rested and well healed, apparently!!
I went to bed at 10:30 last night (not my usual night owl habit) and did not wake until 8:30 this morning. I was shocked to see the clock!
I have not slept this long in years - a 10 hour stretch without having a flu bug or something? Very outside my norm. I feel great, and have been feeling fantastic. I don't attribute to the 10 hr. stretch to anything other than my body needed to catch up as I have had a few deadlines with my website and training keeping me up past midnight for the past few weeks - several days at a time. Which of course I realize is not good for me. I often explain to my clients how God designed our bodies to heal while we sleep, and the greatest healing comes between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am. Obviously I miss half my "healing time" by being a night owl. (I heard that time frame mentioned in one of the integrative/holistic healing summits a couple of years ago - and I realized my sleep cycle could be my doom someday if I don't do something about it.)
For 2017 I have made a point to listen to my body. In fact, I will take a break from my bio-resonance scanning, or other daytime work, to use the tranquil therapy room in my healing center to take a mid day nap on the BioMat massage table. I spend 15-20 minutes using the Chi machine first to lull me into la la land. Since adding Wholetones sound to the therapy - these one hour breaks have provided quite the self-care experience!
Last night's long stretch of sleep meant I had to fly out the door this morning "au natural" - wash and go to meet a friend for coffee at 9 a.m. It was wonderful catching up with my friend, who is also a widow. God has blessed her with a new mate, both in their 70s, to share her life with. I love hearing their story, and patiently wait for God to reveal and write the next love chapter in my life. As always, He teaches me patience, as I do not deviate from the qualities I seek. Perhaps God will send me someone with good sleep habits that will encourage me to retire more early in the night.
Healing while we sleep...is there irony in that this article appeared in my inbox today? The Sacred Science Team e-news has an article focusing on this very topic, and the six hours I typically get each night is not enough for the body to regenerate and heal. I will be more on purpose with a longer sleep pattern. How about you? How many hours of sleep do you receive each night?
In May I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow health nut…just on the other side of town! Stacey Bitter shares the same passion for living a healthy life style, is a foodie as well, and also has been gifted with hands that have brought healing relief to his family members since the age of 8.
Once I experienced what Stacey could do for my neck, which had not been able to rotate to the right for months (despite chiropractic and massage therapy), I knew that I had to introduce him to several friends. They now sing praises of how much better they feel after their session with Stacey.
As a single dad who works full time, Stacey will be offering sessions on a part time basis. Certified in reiki, Stacey also has a gift for intuition. Our clients continue to rave how “Bitter's healing energy makes them better”.
A bit about Bitter's background: Stacey has been offering his natural gift of healing touch since he was a child, when he learned to massage his mother as she went through cancer. His grandmother always told him he had a gift.
You may contact 3rd Eye Touch at the number above to schedule a time with Stacey Bitter at his studio.
Purely Living also now offers the healing sounds of Wholetones Ancient Frequency Music in the Wellness Center therapy room. Wholetones is being played world wide in some of the most prominent integrative and holistic wellness/cancer centers. There is no fee to experience Wholetones. All we ask as that you allow your body to inhale the frequency vibrations and allow it to fill your being.
If you enjoy Wholetones, Purely Living Wellness is now a proud affiliate, and you may purchase your own set for home healing enjoyment. It has been reported that pets who have not been faring well improve with the sound of Wholetones. It is also excellent for any being whom experiences anxiety. During the Immune Summit, currently airing for free, one of the speakers talked about the correlation between emotions and healing. The doctor stated how critical it is for every person to spend 20 minutes a day, twice a day, in total relaxation. With each Wholetones track having a time of 22 minutes and 22 seconds – it can be your perfect escape to take you on a journey to a higher, healing plane each day.
Durng a BioMat session in our relaxation room you can experience Wholetones in combination with the original Ancon Chi vibration machine, to assist with lymphatic movement. The cost is $1 per minute for the first 5. $5 for 5 min., $8 for 10 min, $10 for 15 min If you wish to have this service we do need to allow for the extra time between appointments, so please let us know in advance.
We are excited to recommend 3rd Eye Touch and as well, offer you Wholetones and Ancho Chi vibration services to help provide you optimal wellness at the cellular level.
To your health,
Health advocate, educator and wellness consultant...I am a forever student of integrative and holistic approaches to wellness.
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