Barefoot

I walk barefoot when I can.
Each walking step feels like
I’m kissing the Earth with my feet.

I respond rather than react to the
sounds and sights around me
as each step tells me a story.

Sometimes I don’t talk at all
in order to listen.
While thinking
I must never assume anything.

In every single moment,
there is plenty of time.
In this very moment,
I am precisely where I should be.

Each day forever shows me
the infinite possibilities
already living in me,
because they are me.

Dr. Deb

Purposeful Anger

Anger has a purpose when
it forces us to change,
Things that made us tired of
the shallowness of games.

Anger can be creative when
through our fury, we can see,
The blame we placed on others
with whom we could not agree.

Anger can direct our focus
allowing true intent to find,
The purpose and a definition of
the actions that keep us blind.

Anger can bring awakening
to the souls who were led astray,
Replacing their reason for being
by sending apathy away.

Anger teaches many lessons
with viewpoints never the same,
As we learn to change our attitude,
to not continue shame and blame.

Here’s to hoping you get so angry you break
a bad habit instead of a flower vase.

That’s good anger!

Dr. Deb

Believe In Yourself

I wrote this many years ago when I was teaching. The paper was a bit yellow and faded, but the words are still empowering.

Stop All Criticism:  Criticism never changes anything. Refuse to criticize by accepting yourself exactly as you are. Everyone changes; when you criticize yourself, your changes are negative.  When you approve of yourself, your changes become positive.

Don’t Scare Yourself:  Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts; it’s a dreadful way to live.  Find a powerful mental image that gives you pleasure (mine are white daisies).

Be Gentle, Kind & Patient: Be kind to yourself as you learn new ways of treating yourself as someone you really love.

Be Kind to Your Mind:  Self-hatred is hating your own thoughts. Please don’t hate yourself for having them.  Gently let them go.

Praise Yourself:  Criticism breaks down the inner spirit – praise builds it up. Frequently praise yourself and let “self” know you support it.

Support Yourself: Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. Be strong enough to ask for help when you need it.

Be Loving to Your Negatives:  Acknowledge you created your negatives to fulfill a need. Incorporate new positive ways to fulfill your needs. Lovingly release your old negative patterns.

Take Care of Your Body:  Learn about good nutrition that fuels your body’s needs. Take a walk in the temple of nature.

Mirror Work:  Look into your eyes often. Forgive yourself for all things that need to be forgiven. Tell yourself, “I love you, I always love you.”  (Forgiving yourself can be a bit difficult, but you CAN do it.)

The above recommendations keep us in a calm state rather than a furious state. Learn to simply “be.”

Dr. Deb

Easter Bunny Rabbit Time!

Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is not on a set date every year as most other holidays are. It is always celebrated on a Sunday immediately following the Paschal (Passover) Full Moon date of the year. Easter is the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the day of the vernal equinox. The dates for Easter can range from March 22 through April 25 in western Christianity. The Paschal Full Moon can vary as much as two days from the date of the actual full moon, with dates from March 21 to April 18. (Vernal has to do with spring; equinox is the time when the sun crosses the equator, making night and day of equal length.)

The day before Lent, known as Fat Tuesday, is the last fling of food and fun before the fasting begins. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a time when ashes were used to make the Cross’s sign on the forehead of the believer. Then, the week preceding Easter is known as Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with His disciples; Good Friday, which was the day of His crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between crucifixion and resurrection. Next, the fifty-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide; this includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. The word “Lent” comes from an Anglo-Saxon word, “Lenten,” meaning spring.

The Easter bunny was said to have been introduced in America by German settlers arriving in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. According to legend, the Easter bunny brings baskets filled with colored eggs and candy to the homes of “good” children on the night before Easter.  It was also a custom for the children to build brightly colored nests, sometimes out of their caps or bonnets, for the bunny or Easter Hare to place eggs in the nest if the children had been good. (Sounds as though this custom could have been borrowed from Christmas, doesn’t it.) The first edible Easter bunnies were made of pastry and sugar and were introduced in Germany during the early 1800s.

As we think about the significance of Easter, we should consider the real meaning of this season. Spring itself is a time for awakening, renewal, and a new beginning.  Even though Easter is a serious and thoughtful time of year, all of us can enjoy hiding Easter eggs and have family gatherings to celebrate as we are reminded of the significance of the season.  Unfortunately, an unexpected issue clouds Easter just a bit because of the new rules regarding the pandemic. Hopefully, we will soon see our lives improve as we get closer to how things were before the Coronavirus interruption.

Happy Easter, everyone! Here comes the “sugar rush” from all the candy!!!

Dr. Deb

Sacred Medicine Wheel

Many people are not familiar with the magic of the sacred medicine wheel.  Yet, mysteriously, many of us seem to be drawn to circles.  I know I get excited when I see the growth rings within the heart-wood of a tree.  Most of us learned that counting the number of rings tells us its age.  Amazing colonies of colorful lichen grow in gorgeous, intricate circular patterns.  It seems circular patterning exists everywhere.

Circles are examples of the cycle of birth to death.  They also show us which path to follow or which direction to choose.  Consider Stonehenge in England, where the sun’s annual movements of the pre-Christian labyrinths. The Roman mosaics on temple floors are all based on circles. Even the circle of a wedding band has become a circular universal symbol of devotion.

The sacred circle has long been a basic form of Native American artwork, dwellings, clothing, dances, and healing practices and rituals.  A year’s passage of time comes full “circle” and continues again. Circles embrace and teach us about the interconnections of life.

Embedded deep within the circle’s history lies the ancient theory of healing the “self” from within the medicine wheel.  medicine-wheel-444550_1920 (1)The Medicine Wheel is a physical manifestation of our spiritual energy and mirror reflecting everything within the human condition to us. It takes a great deal of courage to look into the mirror and see the reflections in our individual lives.  It helps us create a “vision” of sorts to see where we are in life and what areas we need more balance to realize our full potential.

When healing within the medicine wheel, the “person” does not exist only on the outer circle – the “person” exists within the center of the circle and crossbars themselves—the center of it all. The person, at all times, is in complete control of their personal healing and balance. They may choose to walk the crossbar toward a medical doctor for help, but the person who remains in charge of healing their physical self.

Because we are each a central focus within the center of the wheel of health, we must mindfully be aware of our physical, mental, social, and spiritual status.  Self-care is primary because it resonates so deeply in all aspects of our health and well-being.

We cannot blame the physicians, the clergy, the psychiatrists, or our family for failing us. The ability to heal and live in balance resides within each of us. We can call on others to help, but we must commit to doing the work.

Each of us controls our healing. We are responsible for what we do, feel, and if we choose to heal or not.

Dr. Deb

(A thought – I have been trained in the medicine wheel theories.  If anyone wants more information about it, let me know.)