Archives for the month of: September, 2012

One Month Down, Eleven to Go!

I did it!  As planned, I did the Self-Chakra Connection every day for the entire month of September.  (Insert applause.)

I experimented with doing the SCC in the morning, during the day as needed, and in the evening.  Hands down, I prefer morning, since I felt calm and peaceful until at least lunchtime.  As a high school teacher, feeling calm and peaceful is a good thing!

I also followed these other suggestions that the Healing Touch International Level 1 Student Workbook recommends for self-care.

  1. Hydration (6-8 glasses of water/day, provided no medical restrictions)
    I managed 5 glasses a day, plus an evening tea and lots of high-water content food.  I’m aiming for 6 glasses a day in October.
  2. Movement (build up to 30 minutes/day)
    There were only three days this month that I didn’t move for a consecutive 30 minutes. I really like to walk, so walk I did,  part way home from work, in my neighbourhood, and to the grocery store with my husband.  I also just bought new walking shoes which will keep me moving into October.
  3. Nourishing food
    I upped the fruits and vegetables, hence the lots of high-water content food.  Since the first of month, I have lost 6.5 pounds.  (Insert more applause).  I eat three meals a day, plus snacks, and I am never hungry.  More details to come about food and how I have lost the weight.

Thanks, September, for a great start to my year of self-care.  I am excited for October.  Tune in tomorrow to see what I have planned.


I have finished each of the past eight days doing the Self-Chakra Connection in bed.  Once, I fell asleep doing the technique but awakened enough to finish.  Once, I made it as far as my elbows, before giving up, turning over and falling immediately asleep.  The other evenings were uneventful, with a few lapses in concentration, not to mention a few deeply relaxing moments when I had to remind myself to keep the hands moving.  Since I rarely have trouble falling – or staying – asleep, it’s unlikely I’ll continue with the SCC as preparation for sleep.  Instead, I find that mornings are the best time for me to use this wonderful technique.

Self-Care Circle Part 5 of 5

Think fast.  Name five things you are grateful for.
Today, I’m grateful for:
1.  Friday
2.  a delicious dinner salad
3.  the fact it’s not my turn to do the dishes
4.  a great walk home after work
5.  my husband

Giving gratitude is one way we can nurture the SPIRITUAL aspect of ourselves.  Remember Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy?  I used to love writing down five things I was grateful for before going to bed every day.  Maybe I’ll revisit that habit.

Here are other possible ideas for spiritual nourishment.

  • Simplify your life.
  • Find your community.
  • Determine who or what your higher power is.
  • Honour the song of your heart.

Self-Care Circle Part 4 of 5

If I were grading myself on how well I support my mental functions, based on the list below, I’d have to assign a C+.  I get top marks for reading; I am a voracious reader, from Nora Roberts to Harlan Coben to anything on the Healing Touch International Booklist.  I also get top marks for learning something new.  Since becoming a certified Healing Touch Practitioner in 2009, I’ve learned hot stone massage, Swedish massage, foot reflexology, and Spa Facials.  Most recently, I completed my Healing Touch Level 1 Instructor training and I am now a Certified HTI Instructor.  As for the positive self-talk, I do a pretty good job for the most part and I am very careful what words I throw out into the universe.  Finally, I try to visualize my life in the future, where I am doing exactly what I want, but it can be rather challenging to imagine any real changes occurring.

So, based on this list, what grade would you receive on how well you support your MENTAL functions?

  • Read.
  • Learn something new.
  • Engage in positive self-talk.
  • Visualize.
  • See yourself in the future.

Self-Care Circle Part 3 of 5

How do you nurture yourselves EMOTIONALLY?  Do any of these ideas make you sit up and say, “A-ha”?

  • Choose to be happy.
  • Confront your losses.
  • Journal or write.
  • Claim (or reclaim) your joy.

Self-Care Circle Part 2 of 5

Healing Touch is all about paying attention to our holistic natures – our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-beings.

If you filled out your self-care circle, what did you put in the PHYSICAL quadrant?

Here is my list, many ideas which came from my Healing Touch Instructor Training in Colorado in July 2011.

  • Eat well.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Dance, run, stretch, ski, bike, or just get that body moving!
  • Play.
  • Sun your aura.
  • Walk barefoot on the ground.

Self-Care Circle Part 1 of 5

Let’s take a moment to think of what we do to nurture the different aspects of ourselves.  How do we care for ourselves
-mentally, and

You might want to take a piece of paper, draw a circle and divide the circle into the quadrants shown below.  Then take as much time as you need to fill in the ways you nurture yourself in each area.

Tomorrow I will give a list of possible ways we can take care of ourselves physically.  It’ll  be interesting to see how your list compares to mine.

I didn’t even bother sitting up in bed last night.  I stretched out and visualized my hands connecting from my feet up.  Visualization isn’t my strong suit so I kept repeating   “left foot, left foot, left foot”, “left ankle and knee, left ankle and knee, left ankle and knee”, etc.,  until I reached my hips, when I could comfortably place my hands on body.  I was able to stay awake from start to end even though it was close a few times.  If you have never tried the Self-Chakra Connection in bed, give it a whirl.  I’d love to hear what you think.

On a different note entirely, I had the most amazing day.  For the first time in I don’t know how long, I felt calm, peaceful and, for lack of a more exciting word, happy.  Even when I got some news which should have been disappointing, I felt calm and peaceful and, yes, happy.

Last night, my first attempt at the Self-Chakra Connection as preparation for sleep..
9:40:  I climbed into bed and propped my pillow against the wall.  My back was unhappy in this sitting position, which forced me to stretch out once I had finished connecting my hips .  Much better.  I remember wondering, as my hands were on my solar plexus and spleen,  if I would be able to stay awake.
10:20:  I was awakened by my husband coming in the room.   My hands were still on my solar plexus and spleen.
10:30:  Lights out.  Maybe tomorrow evening I will be able to finish the technique before falling asleep.

Dr. Oz + OprahRadio = A worthwhile ten minutes and twenty-three seconds

On July 10, 2008 Dr. Oz interviewed Dr. Kathleen Hall, director of the Stress Institute.

For the entire radio interview, visit

Here is my summary of what Dr. Hall claims are the FOUR ROOTS OF SELF-CARE.

Do any activity that will quiet your brain, such as affirmations, guided imagery, or sitting quietly.  I think Dr. Hall would approve of the Self-Chakra Connection.  🙂

Move three to four times a week for at least 20 minutes, whether aerobic or low-impact.

Keep in weekly contact with friends for at least 20-30 minutes .  Pick up the phone or join a club together.  Maintain your community and group support.

Look at food as nourishment, as medicine.  Eat a balanced diet and take supplements when necessary.