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  • Way of Life’s September Newsletter

    September marks the start to our Fall/Winter Way of Life Free Lecture Series. Our first lecture will be Wednesday September 27th. Aimee Miller will be talking on PMS and painful periods.  

    Schedule is as follows:

    • Sept. 27th Aimee Miller, LAc A Holistic Approach to Overcoming PMS and Painful Periods”
    • Oct. 11th Julie Mazi, ND “Promoting Healthy Circadian Rhythms”
    • Oct. 25th Diana Cunningham, NMD/ND “Homeopathic Medicine for Depression”
    • Nov. 8th Dar Birch, D.C. “The Microbiome
    • Nov. 29th Kathryn Graham, Ph.D. “Energize Your Healing Journey: Four Simple Practices for a Life with Less Stress and More Joy”

    Hope you can make it in for some great education given by our Local expert holistic doctors. Also, please come in to see the many New CBD and Hemp options now available


    Four Simple Habits That Protect, Heal and Enhance Your Well-being

    by Dr. Kathryn Graham

    Tao Te Ching (Way of Life)

    “Peace is easily maintained;
    Trouble is easily overcome before it starts.
    The brittle is easily shattered;
    The small is easily scattered.
    Deal with it before it happens.
    Set things in order before there is confusion.”

    -Lao Tsu

    Prevention has many faces

    For our purposes, let’s define prevention as “keeping dis-ease from happening or existing”.

    Gratitude is a beautiful habit that uplifts us and opens our hearts. I find two simple daily practices — starting and ending my day in gratitude — have a profoundly positive effect on my well-being. You can try practicing these simple exercises:

    Habit #1 Gratitude

    Gratitude is a beautiful habit that uplifts us and opens our hearts. I find two simple daily practices — starting and ending my day in gratitude — have a profoundly positive effect on my well-being. You can try practicing these simple exercises:

    1. Upon waking, (before getting of bed and even before opening your eyes), bring to mind three things* you’re grateful for.
    2. Right before going to sleep, do the same.

    *Of course you don’t have to stop with three! 🙂 It can be a happy thing to get on a roll remembering what we are thankful for.

    Habit #2 Conscious Connection

    Conscious Connection can be an amazing elixir that enhances our well-being & brings new meaning to our lives. Beneficial connection involves listening: we learn to listen to life and the people and experiences it brings us, in addition to listening to ourselves, our intuition, and our mind & body’s wisdom. Through conscious connection we learn to listen to our in-the-moment attuned awareness – what really feels true. We learn to not indulge in our fear-based ideas, limiting beliefs, auto-pilot reactions or draining, destructive emotions. What if we stopped pouring those toxins into our mental and emotional bodies, and that negativity no longer flowed through us into our connections with others and our response to life?!

    You might want to give this habit a shot: before starting an internal dialog or engaging with anyone else, ask yourself, “what is the highest and brightest truth I can bring to this moment?” Who knows what you will be able to rally in any given moment – still, this habitual inquiry can serve you well to change the quality of your interactions.

    Habit #3 Presence

    Bringing your full self to each moment can give you the clarity and power to continuously create a happy, healthy life. Cultivating the habit of being fully present and mindful is one of your best protections against dis-ease. Especially when you can combine this focused moment-to-moment awareness with acceptance (not resignation) and maybe just a hint of curiosity. Many find living in the now promotes a welcome ease and confidence.

    If you have a favorite mindfulness technique, consider committing to practicing it daily. One simple exercise available to all of us is breath awareness. This technique might work for you if you are looking for a simple practice:

    • Set the timer on your phone for 5 minutes. Find a quiet place to sit comfortably and close your eyes. Let yourself settle into relaxed, even breathing. Then begin to focus on your breath, noticing the inhale and the exhale. Continue watching your breath for the remaining minutes. If your mind gets distracted, gently bring your attention back to your breath – over and over as needed.

    After practicing this regularly for a while, you will find it easier to use your breath in any given moment to be more fully present.

    Habit #4 Silent Joy

    Finding time every day to be in silent joy promotes healing and keeps negative stress at bay. No matter your spiritual or religious beliefs, you can benefit from this powerful habit. Whether you choose to spend magical quiet time in nature, praying, meditating, savoring a beautiful experience or enjoying a heart-opening passage of poetry or prose, developing the habit of immersing yourself in joy will serve you well as a preventative practice.

    I also encourage you to be on the look-out for those spontaneous chances to embrace a happy moment and deepen it into joy. For instance, let’s say you are at work, perhaps you’re walking down the hall to a meeting and out the window you see a rainbow – try taking a moment of stillness to fully experience it: the beauty, the magic, the joy – feel and delight in it! Those few seconds could change your day.

    By adding the power of silence to a moment of joy, you invite the possibility of new perspectives & more optimistic responses to stress. Give yourself the opportunity to listen to the wisdom of the spirit.

    I hope you will choose to weave these habits of Gratitude, Connection, Presence and Silent Joy – with all their healing and enlivening possibilities- into your daily life.

    A Santé! – Kathryn

    Dr. Kathryn Graham is a certified professional coach. She stands for young leaders redefining success as more than their high–paying jobs – meditators, seeking first to live a luminous and heart-driven life. You can reach Kathryn at kathryn@pivotalinightscoaching.com

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