Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

Healing and Giving

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Surrounded by family and friends, and with some time for reflection on all we have to be grateful for, Thanksgiving imagesweekend was a time for healing and giving.

There is a direct link between healing and giving thanks. In studying Soul Healing Miracles by Dr. and Master Sha, we learn that the first step towards any healing is giving thanks to the creator and all beings who share our higher soul purpose. During Thanksgiving we are able to stop our normal flow of activities and focus on resting or undertaking leisure activities that can nurture what ails us or requires attention. We do not need to limit this attention to physical issues only. Often the holidays can be a time to heal emotional wounds and, as I am learning not just from Dr. and Master Sha but also from my other wonderful healing client, Uwe Albrecht, M.D., emotional issues are often at the heart of physical maladies. (more…)

THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 29th, 2013

This most American holiday is perhaps the most important holiday we celebrate. Reputedly a celebration by the original10761336926_f61e7ebc20_o European settlers in New England thanking their creator for providing the abundance to live freely in their new land even the indigenous Americans, who in many instances assisted the early settlers, were invited to attend. At least the official version of this holiday has no violence and no animosity between religious or ethnic groups.  Too many of our religious holidays have become controversial as religions too often exclude rather than include those who do not share similar religious orientations.

Thanksgiving is only about giving thanks.   It has been stated by great religious teachers that the only prayer that one needs to make is Thank You. I believe that this is true. We exist because of the life force of creation itself.  We should express gratitude to this life force no matter what the specific circumstances of our lives may be in any moment. We are blessed to be living on this planet at this time, and we should acknowledge this gratitude every day, not just on Thanksgiving.

But it is good to have a holiday that directly focuses on giving thanks. For most people in America the holiday becomes focused on eating a large turkey dinner with their immediate or extended families, remembering Thanksgivings past, and perhaps acknowledging past family members who may no longer be alive. Increasingly, watching football on TV is part of the family ritual, or engaging in other leisure activities. Based on what I am reading in the newspapers Thanksgiving is now becoming a day for shopping as well. Forget Black Friday. You can now start shopping on Thursday. Oh well, I guess we should be thankful people are working and the economy is making a “come back”.

In our film Tapping the Source we interviewed more than 122 people asking them the source of their happiness. The primary response was ‘feeling gratitude’ and being of service to others. Since the film was released, I have done additional research and discovered that scientific studies confirm that a sense of gratitude is the most important single quality for being happy.

My advice for you is to bring Thanksgiving into your heart every day of the year. I hope you had a wonderful dinner yesterday with family and friends, and I hope you are dodging the Black Friday shopping mania. Just think, you now have 364 days before your next Thanksgiving dinner. But you can have thanks in your heart now and remain in the flow of that feeling of gratitude all year whether traffic is fast or slow.

 

 

Factory in White

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

In my previous blog I wrote about the family of Dr. Claret and his famous white parties in Cadaques.  It is an honor that myfactory foto daughter is marrying into such a wonderful family. Not only was Dr. Claret one of  the most esteemed  child surgeons, professors, and medical experts in the world, he was a great humanitarian who offered his services for free to clinics in Sierra Leone and elsewhere in Africa both during and after he had retired from teaching and medicine. Perhaps just as importantly, Dr. Claret was a man who knew how to enjoy life and who focused on his five daughters and thirteen grandchildren as his primary source of happiness and joy. Even above his children, grandchildren and work (he considered the thousands of children whose lives he saved or improved his extended family), Dr. Claret noted in his autobiography that the greatest joy and inspiration in his life was his wife Toña. Dr. Claret met Toña in 1952. She was a nurse and he was just completing his internship. They worked and socialized together for four years and then married in 1956. They built his medical practice together and raised five children and lived an extraordinary life. But the most extraordinary aspect of this life, according to Dr. Claret, was his sixty-year relationship with his beloved Toña.

It is not surprising to me that a Catalan of such world renown and accomplishments would place his relationship with his wife above all other joys, Catalans are known for their romanticism, loyalty and commitment to family.

But throughout the rest of Spain, Catalans are known above all for their work ethic. Catalonia is by far the richest province in Spain. In part this may be due to natural resources.  But the biggest factor is the work ethic of the Catalans. Dr. Isidro Claret was no exception. (more…)

GRATITUDE

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Gratitude has been a major theme in my novels and film projects for the past several years. In filming Tapping the Source we learned that having a sense of gratitude and verbalizing gratitude to oneself and others, or even just in meditation, is the most important single act anyone can do to increase their sense of happiness and connection to their source. This short Ted talk video presentation captures, as well as any presentation I have viewed, the essence of gratitude and why it is so easy to  sincerely feel gratitude simply for being alive. Enjoy!!!