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I’m always intrigued by stories of miraculous healing. This is the story of Jiro Murai, a consummate over-eater, when he was on the verge of death:
“…he had a reckless nature and overindulged in food and drink – even to the point of entering eating contests, in which he was awarded cash prizes for consuming huge quantities. By the time he was 26, he was seriously ill. A succession of doctors treated him, but his condition only worsened until he was pronounced incurable and given up for terminally ill. As a last request, he asked his family to carry him on a stretcher to their mountain cabin and to leave him there alone for seven days. He asked that they return for him on the eight day.”
“There in the cabin Murai fasted, meditated, and practiced various finger postures. During this time he passed in and out of consciousness. His physical body grew colder. But on the seventh day he felt as if he had been lifted out of a deep freeze and thrown into a blazing furnace. When the intense heart subsided, he experienced a tremendous calm and inner peace. To his great surprise, he was healed. He dropped to his knees, gave thanks, and pledged his life to the study of healing.” – from The Touch of Healing, Energizing Body, Mind and Spirit with the Art of Jin Shyin Jyutsu
“Premature babies who survive are tiny miracles of modern medicine. Kyrie (red dot) and Brielle Jackson are also examples of a far more primitive science, that of the loving touch. Born 12 weeks early, the twins were whisked into separate incubators.
Kyrie, the larger at two pounds three ounces, slept peacefully. But Brielle had breathing and heart-rate problems, didn’t gain weight and fussed when anyone tried to comfort her. Finally, a nurse tried a technique called ‘double bedding’ and put the sisters together for the first time since they shared a womb.
‘Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie,’ reports mom Heidi Jackson, ‘and she calmed right down.’
With her sister near, Brielle began to thrive. Sooner then expected, the girls went home…”
–Life Magazine, June 1996
The power of love, the power of kindness, the power of touch lies within your heart right now. Let it free! You never know… It might just save someone’s life.
Photo: Chris Christo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette called “The Rescuing Hug.”
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The idea of choosing One Powerful Word as your guidepost for the new year seems to have a highly positive magnetic charge. There’s so much excitement and enthusiasm for this simple alternative to New Year’s Resolutions.
If you haven’t chosen your word yet, that’s OK. There’s no rush. Let it germinate and blossom in its own time. You’ll find inspiration and simple tips for choosing and working with your perfect word in my original blog post – One Powerful Word: A Simple Approach to New Year’s Resolutions – and in this article too.
By the way, we cheat! One word, two, or three – it’s all good. It’s all OK.
Your Powerful Words
It was a supreme pleasure to hear your enthusiasm and read your chosen words in your comments. Here are the words that you have either embraced or been seriously tempted by:
- Balancing Serenity and Full Throttle Ahead
- Continuous and Never Ending Improvement (CANI)
- Creativity – Express and Embrace
- Just Breathe!
- Kindness and Positivity
- Nying je – the Supreme Emotion
- Peace and Abundance
- Rise and Shine, Sunshine
- Simplify and Grow
You will find more inspiration for finding and working with your special word in these insightful blog posts.
- Lance at The Jungle of Life chose shine.
- Galen at 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place chose yield.
- Tess at The Bold Life chose love.
Or if you need more words, try these simple approaches:
- Sandi at Deva Coaching entertains us with More Joy, Less Oy
- Bob at Satisfying Retirement hits the mark with real goals in New Year’s Resolutions: No Way
If you’ve written a blog post on your One Powerful Word 2011 please leave the link in the comments.
My One Powerful Word 2011: Healing
Almost all of us need healing in one way or another, don’t we?
It might be a small hurt from sharp words, a funny kink in an important relationship, a deep childhood wound, a severe trauma, or sudden serious illness that’s caused us to lose our ground.
But sometimes healing isn’t easy to come by.
Then the planets shift. A karma completes. Grace penetrates. The time is suddenly and gorgeously ripe for healing.
I didn’t choose healing. Healing chose me.
It all began gradually last summer, a month or two before my birthday. In astrology, this is the time of the solar return when themes and issues in your life naturally shift. It’s not the exact time of your birth time. It may be the day before or the day after and it changes each year. As astrologer Mary Fortier Shea explains.
“A solar return chart is a chart erected for the time that the transiting Sun returns to the position of the natal Sun.”
“The significance of the solar return runs birthday to birthday, with a three month overlap at the beginning and end of each year. The symbolism of the new solar return can be felt as much as three months before the birthday by very intuitive people. Usually, at this time, one becomes aware of new directions, opportunities, and problems. …On the other hand, the significance of the old solar return may not feel passé until three months after your birthday.”
This may be one reason that many people aren’t successful with New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not a natural time to make changes for everyone.
Since my own birthday in September, I’ve noticed an increase in spontaneous occurrences related to healing. For example, I happened upon a medical intuitive who graciously tuned in and told me the name of a specific remedy I need. I didn’t know this person and didn’t ask for a reading. It was a brief, chance encounter. I may never see her again.
So HEALING is my One Powerful Word 2011
Profound healing. Deep healing. Joyful healing. Playful healing.
Healing encompasses faith, contentment, comfort and ease – the other contenders for my 2011 extraordinary word. A single word doesn’t have to be limiting. Like a jewel with many facets it can and most likely will reflect different aspects of your transformative process.
What am I healing?
- A frazzled nervous system
- An overactive immune system
- The remnants of trauma
My Healing Tool Kit
Here’s my healing toolkit:
- meditation and mindfulness
- loving kindness
- faith and trust
- breathing exercises
- the elements
- chi gong
- expressive writing – blogging and journaling
- eco-friendly conscious living
- intuition and receptivity
- NAET and other unconventional approaches to healing
- meaningful relationships
Meditation itself is profoundly healing. It’s the core of my approach to wellness and a primary focus in my life.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
What does healing mean to me? This definition captures the essence of healing:
“Healing means to ‘to make whole.’ It, in fact derives from the same root as ‘health’ and ‘whole.’
from The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook – A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth by Glen R. Shiraldi
Recovery means returning to your former state of health. That may not always be possible.
But healing – feeling whole again – always is. Here’s a toast to feeling whole again. For me and for you!
Have you chosen One Powerful Word for 2011? Please tell us in the comments and let us know how the process has been for you.
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