November 2020: Review and Renewal

On this week of Thanksgiving, I am always drawn to memories of my life and others who in so many ways contributed to shaping who I am. Not all good memories mind you, but certainly places of growth and no matter what, these relationships are interesting stories of the past whether they serve me NOW or not.
As these memories surface at this time, I am so grateful that I am able to find peace and kindness, community, and smiles throughout my life experiences.
I learned years ago, that the prefix “re“ added to so many words can be incorporated into a soothing and grateful memory when old patterns that no long serve me begin to bubble up. These “re” words have more and more meaning these days. So consider a “re“ word when you feel stuck in an emotion related to this month to begin our holidays within the new world we live in now.
Re-member: kindness that we are members of an all one collective of Human Beings
Re-mind: ourselves that our past holds gifts as well as challenges, so access the mind to steep in gratitude often
Re-view: that past with current eyes for vision and growth
Re-newal: time to embrace all these wild changes as a new chance for healing ourselves and the planet.
Re-juvenate: thinking of our youth through the lens of bringing back the youthful fun and laughter
Re-generative: repair of the earth as a way for human survival (see John Fullerton at capitalinstitute.org).
I hope genuinely that during this Thanksgiving time, we can all take pause, slow the breath and see so much beauty and kindness within our close family and our bigger communities. This moment of kindness and service found each day are the keys that open not only balance in our own lives but provide a shift to all in a wave of healing energy.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, however you choose to celebrate and take note.
PS: This Sunday the 29th I am performing a gong and labyrinth walk at www.ericshouse.org
I will also be presenting on December 5th at 10:00 am in an open forum on healing the whole self.
Then on Tuesday the 1st of December I will be speaking with other sound healers about the benefits of sound for health. That site is www.ericshouse.org/events/sound-healing-panel-12-1/ Please see the calendar drop down found on www.ericshouse.org to sign up for any of these events.
PSS: I am attaching a repeat of the protocol (by popular request) for THE current high publicity illness as it has been shown to have very beneficial results in my practice:
Nutrients
Vitamin A supports immune system at the nasopharyngeal and gut mucous lining.
Vitamin A drops (animal based): 200,000 IU single bolus or 10,000 IU daily for 20 days done twice a year decreases the effect of viral exposure. And continue vitamin A for weeks post infection at lower doses.

Vitamin C as ascorbic acid and best if liposomal ascorbic acid (you can make yourself if you are chemistry inclined) and doses up to 1-2 grams daily in split doses throughout the day. Vitamin C is proven to disrupt the viral replication process, decreases duration and severity of viral illness. Enhanced scavenging effect of white cell count is significant with vitamin C. Vitamin C also recycles Glutathione in the cells, further strengthening the cells’ defense against the parasite.

Zinc if taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms may shorten the duration of the illness. Its role appears to be in the ability to improve mucous membrane integrity and offer a direct anti-viral effect on rhinovirus replication. (children 10 mg daily). Zinc also improves the cellular integrity to not allow viral replication.

Vitamin D: protection overall and accelerates white blood cell maturity. Short term high dose (140,000 IU) significantly increased frequency of the T cell replication and activity. Vitamin D showed improvement in autoimmune diseases. Taken in winter months: significantly reduced risk of upper respiratory illnesses. Vitamin D and Influenza-studies showing seasonal drop of Vitamin D can contribute to increase viral illnesses, most ‘at risk’ populations for influenza have lowest levels of Vit D (Nursing home residents).

Magnesium and Epsom salts prevent one of the toxins from pertussis, and possibly from other viral parasites, as well as calms the nervous system which allows the body to build its own defenses. Magnesium and Vitamin C together have been shown to limit the side effects of viral illness especially with the MTHFR pathway dysfunction. Methyl B vitamins help the pathway to allow better defense.

NAC and Vitamin C recycles glutathione. N-Acetyl Cysteine or NAC inhibits viral replication & expression and acts as a mucolytic. At dose of 600mg 2x/day can help prevent viral illness and safe to take year around. To fight the flu or cold can go up to 2-3,000mg/day for several days. Very important for COPD patients. Increased levels of Glutathione in body are protective.

Acetaminophen depletes glutathione.
Ibuprofen decrease gut microbiome and decreases a major body defense.

Increase your minerals and electrolytes to support the cells - Minerals without sweeteners in water and broths are enormously beneficial. I recommend Phytomulti by Metagenics or multiple minerals in glass blue bottle from sprouts. Glass blue bottle and called Multiple Minerals.

Post infection A, D, C intake are important for a few weeks post infection to continue cell strength and integrity.

October 2020: Potential Peek at 2021

The month of October is a time of pause and preparation. As the leaves change, the temperature drops, and nature prepares to slow way down, we put our energy into a rhythm of closure and hope of renewal. It offers a chance for us to glimpse at the potential for 2021.

This month is a “five “month asking us to be flexible in our lives as we wrestle with so much ongoing change. The thoughts important to us this month can be a window to our world for 2021 (a five year). Imagine all our choices and potential during this month.

Let’s add more pressure to the month by entering our last mercury retrograde of the year as well as the last mercury retrograde in a water sign for the next two years. What?

These temporary shifts happen quarterly with stories about potential communication malfunctions in person and by computer. I guess that means this blog is at risk? Well, as I try to understand it, this particular occasion occurring in a water sign of scorpio, providing an amazing gift of heart felt intuition, insight, and instinct. The key though, is to slow our minds every day, open our hearts. Take time in nature, even our own backyards, and allow that internal pace of autumn to guide us to true knowing.

So, this month is especially important to go within, invest in minding your thoughts, increasing moments of stillness to access the highest vibration for the planet right now. What do you really want? Are you trying to control others’ beliefs as THE truth? Are you looking to the highest good to serve humanity?

This is an important opportunity to see clearly, feel palpably, know intuitively, the highest and best chance of optimum health for the planet and ultimately for the human race that relies on the air, water, food, soil, energy of the planet.

September 2020: Passion/Compassion and the Neutral Mind

When the world seems so odd, how do we take the opportunity to find a neutral hold and balance? This month offers that possibility. This is the month of seeking the neutral mind to access meaning in this year 2020.

To even attempt to look back over the last 6 months is still mind boggling to me. So much change and story: Not necessarily facts, but lots of dialogue and certainly passionate ideas, one way or another, are occurring as we navigate through our lives right now.

So, what happens with the passion in life when it is mixed with such turmoil going on all around us? For me, it has been challenging. I see so much disharmony and although my mind can wrap around the importance of polarity and chaos to give us a clearer picture of what needs to be changed, my heart is struggling with the suffering. (Thank you Sangeet for this insight).

Much of our future is depending on what we have considered most important during these times as we grow with all of this. Communication is now different, community is different, work, school, relationships, patterns, habits, beliefs are all different. It feels chaotic.

The word chaos is an interesting concept describing that, within the apparent randomness of everything we observe, there are underlying patterns, interconnectedness, constant and repetitive loops, similarities, fractals of unfolding symmetry, and spontaneous reorganization. So really, chaos is yet to be known rebalancing and we can use our instinct to help manifest from this unknown to what we DO want for the highest good. How hopeful.

With all of these chaotic changes, there are the makings of an enormous potential for a better lifestyle, better nutrition, healthier planet, clearer knowing, peaceful presence, and of course grace. It requires choice.

This September month offers a chance to be still in the moment, in a mindful meditative space, to take time to observe world with all its polarity, and with a neutral mind. This month then provides us with the opportunity, coming from that neutral mind, to stand for what we have learned over the last six months, projecting out our future plans with passion and compassion for our new times moving forward.

Be Well,
Kathleen
Ps: see Essential Family Health and Wellness for upcoming classes through December.

Also, see www.ericshouse.org for a calendar of amazing events including gong, open forum, reiki and more. We are also having our annual fundraiser / donation drive: Please consider donating to ericshouse.org
EricsHouse Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of those impacted by suicide, substance or sudden loss

Line up of Events for September and October 2020

I am not ready for my blog for the month of September but wanted to broadcast a lineup of events I am involved with, either speaking myself, or interviewing/ facilitating others in their discussion. So here is what I know so far:

Presentations 2020: At Essential Family Health and Wellness www.drdelsordido.com

September 16th, Wednesday 6:00- 7:30 Dr. Amy Novotny: Unique Breathing and Body Repositioning Technique. Dr. Amy Novotny will discuss how all types of stress in our lives have physical repercussions that affect our body’s pain, sleep, movement, tension, energy and medication use. In this group visit, she will explain how to calm the nervous system to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain.

September 29th Tuesday 9-10:30 Veronika Campbell, PT, MPT, CSCS, NSC
The WHY, WHEN and HOW of Stretching.
Most people know that they should stretch, but why? And most people don't know when and how.
Before or after exercise? 10 seconds or 1 minute? Dynamic or static stretches?
Come learn the answers to the above questions, plus learn what fascia is, and the principles of how to stretch safely. You will be guided through stretches for the upper and lower body and given a handout of the stretches.

October 8th, Thursday 6:30-7:45 Carolyn Barlow, DO
How to Decrease your Anxiety with Tapping Join Dr. Carrie Barlow at this group visit to learn an easy method called Emotional Freedom Technique, or Tapping, to decrease any anxiety or fear you may be holding. Dr. Carrie will demonstrate the technique then you will get to practice it for yourself. Not only will you have a
new tool to help diminish your worries, you will also feel more empowered to handle the extreme stress of these unprecedented times and beyond!

October 21st, Wednesday 6:00-7:30 Lesley Bludworth, PT, NDT-C
Total Motion Release: A Self-Directed Approach to Healing and Pain Relief Do you experience stiffness, pain, loss of motion? Join Lesley and bring your aches, pains and stiffness to a training that helps you help yourself through a series of principles and movements that provide a surprisingly rapid relief from weakness, pain, loss of motion in joints, and stiffness from eyes to toes.

November 4th, Wednesday 6:00-7-30 Amy Vander Linden, PT
Pelvic Floor Health and Ways to Relieve Painful Intercourse
Join Amy Vander Linden for a better understanding of the pelvic floor and pain associated with dysfunction as well as tools to help strengthen the pelvic floor and to relieve pain.

November 18th, Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm Kathleen Rickard, DNP Sleep and the Circadian Rhythm
We have many different rhythms that help us flow through our lives. Of them, understanding the circadian rhythm can provide a more restful and rejuvenating sleep. Join Dr. Kathleen to discuss tools to improve the balance of your circadian rhythm.

December 3nd, Thursday 6-7:30pm (subject to change) Susan Del Sordi, DO CBD Health Benefits. Join Dr. Del Sordi in learning how CBD works for pain, anxiety, and sleep.

Presentations line up for Ericshouse.org
See line up on their calendar at www.ericshouse.org

EVERY FIRST SATURDAY:
Beginning this Saturday September 5th, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am
We will have an open forum on line discussion about any topic that is important to whole health. I will be presenting tips and insight about a health related topic based on questions offered by the group. We may include a meditation as time allows.
(Future dates are October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th, 2020 )

September 19, 2020 at 10:00 am join in on a conversation /interview about Healing Effects of Aromatherapy with Karen Janusz, certified aromatherapist.
I will have the honor of interviewing Karen about a personalized and prescriptive treatment for pain, insomnia, anger, and anxiety. She will give tips on healing through the use of essential oils and offer an opportunity for receiving an individualized healing recipe. I look forward to learning about this sacred treatment through an interactive interview with Karen.

For October, please frequently revisit the calendar at www.ericshouse.org for upcoming events. We encourage you to join us for our annual fundraiser meeting (October 10th)..

October 17th, 2020 at 9:30 am, we will have a daytime labyrinth meditation (with social distancing) and being guided through this meditative ceremony while listening to the background of the gong.

We will be scheduling soon: New moon reiki sessions as well as full moon labyrinth walks with the gong. More to come.

Also coming up on Saturday October 24th, I will be interviewed by Amy Novotny online regarding the topic of Chakras. Please stay tuned:

August 2020: Stress and Mind Set

Here we are in THE hot month of the year, unrelenting hot where I live, and with that, another opportunity in understanding our stress. This is intended to be a month for accessing the positive mind with a focus on fun, sense of community, choosing service, avoiding distractions on our path…… that is a big assignment when it feels a bit more like a stress filled journey.

Stress is not all bad. It can be very motivating and productive. It can also be debilitating.

In research, if a belief or mindset recognizes stressful situations as negative or debilitating, then the primary motivation is to control, manage or run from that situation and place blame on outside forces.
If the belief or mindset is of a more enhancing nature, then that feeling will provide a sense of motivation. It will allow more room for acceptance of what is, and provide a more productive stress response to choose and act toward real change and achieve enhanced outcomes.
How we work with our mindset seems to be key to living a more productive and peaceful life.

Meanwhile we live in our world with our own set of illusions. Maya is a word that means illusion. The word was explained to me as the illusion of separateness or disconnection with the rest of humanity and the universe. However, to live in an illusion that life is all perfect, does not explain how we need to see polarity. We cannot ever have total bliss, perfect health, continuous success. To live without both mindsets dancing in the game of life, separating ourselves in isolation is certainly Maya.

In Physics, the Law of Correspondence tells us that our outer world is a reflection of our inner world – as within, so without. This simply means that what happens on the outside is merely a reflection of what is happening on the inside. What we see is what we get. An individual that is unhappy and living in conflict with themselves will often see and strongly react to negative behaviors they see around them.

So how can we navigate in this whirlpool of emotion and struggle with our choice of mindset?

One powerful way to build on the mindset that feels the best, is to take control of our own thoughts in the present moment. Ask yourself several times during the day, "what am I thinking about right now?" And then, “does this thought bring joy, or enhance my wellbeing, or serve my highest good?” Should the answer be something that you do not want in your life, then take a moment to change that thought. Practice one thought at a time. This will begin the journey of regaining control in life. It is a huge step in building lasting happiness, a peaceful life and living with a stress-less, empowered mindset.

Beginning in September, I will be speaking in an open forum on line: the first Saturday of each month at www.ericshouse.org
Please check the above website calendar and sign up for or this free/ donation accepted discussion hour. Also, we are adding a gong/labyrinth walk each month at ericshouse. Please consider joining in for this outdoor lovely community opportunity.
In Peace,
Kathleen

July 2020: The Month of Courage and Bravery

Perhaps this month has shown you a glimpse of seeing the bigger picture, a tipping-point month by choosing to see the miracles of life. We just completed some pretty amazing and whirlwind cosmic changes like multiple eclipses, retrograde activity, and the most recent was an amazing comet named NEOWISE. Interesting about that name, who chose that name? New Wisdom! It was lovely to see, and I even saw a glimpse by my eye alone just after sunset near the big dipper. (Thank you to Luke Eden from Friends of Agua Fria National Monument / Dark Sky for sharing his photo for this month as seen from his telescope).
We have had a great opportunity for pause: What do we want? Who do we want to believe? How do we want to engage the world? Where do we want to live and work? What do we want to do about the precious environment we call home? How do we want to empower ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually? How best will we serve?
It is time to step into our courage and bravery:
Courage is defined as the internal strength and fortitude to venture forth and persevere through dangers whether real or perceived, and despite fear and adversity.
Bravery is a human quality that allows us to act and behave with empathy in an activity, even while feeling fear, danger, and loss. Determination to act in the face of adversity real or perceived.
So it is important to repeat: Bravery is being afraid AND doing it anyway. That time is now.
WHAT NOW? Check out this website: www.zachbushmd.com So refreshing. Then try any of these options:
1. Go somewhere you have never been and breathe deep into a new experience.
2. Take a class, learn a meditation and practice it, go on you-tube to find empowering ideas.
3. Eat clean and curious foods, just to try them. Lots of green and bright colored veggies and fruits. Plant a garden, even if it is a pot on your porch. Eat home grown fermented foods.
4. Rebuild your physical body, consider fasting to give the body pause and to clear the liver. And move your body every day, stretch, aerobic, tai chi, chi gong, yoga. See: www.imptaz.com
5. Rejuvenate your emotional body by turning off the TV, removing the addiction of staring at the news for all its conflicting facts and fear-based traps. There has been very little value there except fear. Consider a comedy every day instead: Laughter heals in so many ways.
6. Support your immune system: vitamin D3, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C, quercetin, NAC, organic and food market foods that heal the gut microbiome. See www.drkarafitzgerald.com
7. Keep up with community: zoom, phone calls, gathering with enough distance for your comfort during our re-entry.
8. Avoid controlling everyone else’s behaviors and engage in your own healing.
9. Commit to a limit on electronics especially at night when we need so much more melatonin. Lights out without electronics surrounding your sleep area… Electronics decrease healing of sleep and have been shown to decrease vital melatonin needed for immunity.
10. Engage and see kindness everywhere you look. Bright colors outside, focus on kind people who are all around you, remember the kindness in your own self. Check out www.upliftconnect.com
11. Invest in healing work: reiki, visceral / neuro manipulation, cranio-sacral work.
Be well, begin to see it now and move into your new life with bravery and courage…
Blessings,
Kathleen www.healgracefully.com
PS, I am still treating covid, still no major long-term issues with our patients and still helping folks feel better with this bit of advice:
Vitamin D3 5000 iu: Please take two of these per day in the morning IF ILL for two weeks and then one per day. Otherwise take one per day.
Ultrapotent C ( vitamin C ) 1000 mg: Please take three to four times per day, spread out over the day for the next two weeks then once a day ongoing.
IMMUNE ACTIVE FROM METAGENICS: Please take one capsule two times per day for 3 days and then one per day if ill. Take occasionally if not ill. This is an amazing product. Following incredible research. www.metagenics.com provider code is krickard
Not included is melatonin: naturally happens when sleeping in a very dark and cool room. No electronics, no light so the natural melatonin from the brain can help heal. If not possible then you need to find melatonin at vitamin store not drug store, not grocery store etc.....
Lots of water, no other liquid. AVOID soda, alcohol, sugar, wheat.

June 2020: The Month of New

Have you ever felt sometimes that life is moving too fast while in slow motion? That has somehow been my experience this month. I am late to post this blog because it has seemed to be extraordinarily challenging to stay grounded. This is/ was a month for the reset: do we go, do we stay, which direction? As Sangeet would say, this has been a month for courage. And the way through this month has been service.
Service to self is paramount, and I am the first to admit that I forget that little tidbit.
So, what is needed is presented, whether I am ready or not.
In my case, my dog decided to attach her “dog sister”, why? I learned during a recent meditation that perhaps I refused to slow down enough so I was faced with something that would be certainly gaining my attention. I get it.
And I also had an opportunity to learn about ayurvedic concepts of sleep by the earth’s clock. Our cells are already tuned up for waking doing things by the sun. The moon, the stars, the seasons, the tides, and many other rhythms of the earth are also in play but the circadian clock of the sun is a guide to optimum health.
So, I am trying a couple things based on Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, director of Ayurvedic Healing
www.AyurvedicHealing.Net
Wake up without alarm and with the sun.
Exercise briskly, even if short burst, before food and after a big glass of water.
Don’t be in a rush for food in the morning (intermittent fasting).
Last intake of any food is 7pm.
Melatonin starts kicking in about 9pm so limit any electronics: remove blue light for sure.
Bed by 11pm in very dark and cool (cave) room.
We live crazy busy lives for the accolades given in our society for being BUSY. Hard to grow in self develop while we spend our lives pleasing the outside world so much and proving to everyone how valuable we are.
On June 30th, I will have completed the 5th daily meditation lasting 1000 (thousand) days consecutively. That is for me, I am grateful that helps me.
Blessings to all on your journey: take time to slow, breathe, imagine what you do want with joy and gratitude.
Kathleen
PS: Beginning in July: I will provide energy healing as a one hour appointment at my workplace using insurance. This work incorporates Reiki, hands on healing, reconnective healing, satnam rasayan, visceral manipulation, neuro-manipultion and begins with listening to the body for cue to what it wants…. This process is very calming, and peaceful.
We will be bill your medical insurance as a prolonged visit based on time: If you are not an established patient at Essential Family Health and Wellness, I will be working after hours, without insurance, as well by appointment for a fee of $150.00. That is about what most insurances pay for this hour-long prolonged visit appointment.
See the address at my website: www.healgracefully.com

May 2020: The Month for Mother's Love and Patience

This month may be most frustrating as we begin to move into action only to be stalled and put on pause. If seen from an energetic perspective, we are given bonus moments to be still, breathe slowly through the nose, expand the diaphragm and search within for the sparks of light, those moments of gratitude. Not such an easy task as we are all struggling with so much change, grief, and burden during this global shift in awareness.

What have you been gifted with that would not be possible normally? More quality time with kids, parents, or neighbors? More peaceful time at home? Clean a closet? Express an artistic talent? Garden? Contemplate what the next decade of life will look like?

What do you really want? Do you want to go back to that workplace that was not meeting your needs? Do you really want to ignore the planet and the abuse upon it? Do you really need to eat food with ingredients on the labels that you cannot understand? Are you ready yet to learn more about or move on from a relationship that is not in your highest good?

Consider avoiding the feelings and the behaviors that divide, and remember a most important thought: That which you put your attention to: GROWS. And here is our chance to plant the seeds that we want moving forward.

So here we are at Mother’s day. A day of acknowledgment for all nurturers whether we birth children, and/or aide in the healing of others and of the planet by teaching, being, loving, giving, receiving. Whether our children or our charges are nearby, or passed on to the other side, the love of a Mother never ends. Blessings to all who nurture.

And of course, it is important to include our planet in this discussion. I have a friend named Tera who has a clear and consistent connection with angels and energy (elevatedenergies.biz). She recently taught me a very important concept. What we think of as mother earth is an outdated and exhausting term.

We are adults now in our understanding of the care and nurturing needed for our planet, so we don’t need to wait for the planet (as the mother), to step in and fix things for us. Instead, we are able to act as adults in this context, and have an equal responsibility with the earth, therefore connect as a partner now. And as a partner, we can now feel better guided to own our power to protect our relationship with our friend the earth. Now we can nurture each other, what an amazing opportunity.

So, pick a piece of nurturing with our partner earth. Clean water? Clean food? Clean Air? How about a commitment to keep your bodies as healthy and inflammation free as possible through clean and definable nutrients from the earth? Good sleep? Vitamin D from the sun? Supplements that enhance our cellular strength under severe stress right now? And did I say breathe?

Welcome to our new and enhanced opportunity for partnership with ourselves, each other and with earth. Our greatest hope is with this collaboration. See the spark of light in everything and everyone around you, even if for just a moment, or during your meditation. Then watch that feeling grow. It is our highest and healing Mother-Love way!
Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day to all!

April 2020: Our Precious Earth

As we are all affected by the abrupt changes in our lives right now, what better time could there be to pause each day and assess our lives to this point while considering what it takes to reset our priorities.
When the simple process of going to the grocery store, or going to work, if there is a work to go to, is somehow more than just challenging, it is surely an opportunity to re-evaluate that which WILL bring us inner calm and peace. And with gratitude and curiosity, we can develop new patterns for our future right now. New aisles at the store to explore? New ways to develop prosperity? Important information about the health of the earth that speak out about?

Have you noticed how clear the sky is? What more can be gained from hiking in nature than could ever be accomplished at a gym? What if this universal shake down is necessary in the long run for us to stop what we think we need to do every day, and look again at what is important to ourselves, our families, our health, our world.

We are coming up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day/Week. What will we do without clean air, water, soil, foods? Yes, this is a time for humans to reset, but can we really afford to neglect the very items on the earth that restore us?

Does the topic of electro-magnetic field make us nervous? Progress is important for humans, but to what price? I recommend reading about EARTHING, well-studied research about balancing our energetic bodies with the electrical system of the earth. See: https://earthinginstitute.net/?s=earthing Yes, EEGs, EKGs are examples of how electric our bodies are and balancing with bare feet on the grass, ground, even cement offers an enormous advantage to healing our bodies. Maybe consider turning off your wifi at night, to allow the body rhythm to get back into synch while you sleep.

During this time, choosing to read and listen to mindful programs helps us get and stay on track. One of my favorite authors is Louise Hay. Right now, you can sign up for a free summit with many healers speaking on various topics related to finding your way through these challenging times. See www.youcanhealyourlifesummit.com

Happy Earth Day and enjoy being outside where everything is particularly fresh right now. ENJOY and evaluate with curiosity, your time of pause.

March 2020: The Month of Self Doubt and Accessing the Neutral Mind

I originally started this month’s blog with a warm wish for International Day of Women and then so much of the planetary fear has left me in confusion and worry, so I have been slow to write until I could become clearer. I have often given presentations on the mind, the facets and the negative/ positive/ neutral mind with tools on how to get there. Like everyone, all my thoughts start with the negative or discerning mind regarding safety and survival. All initial thoughts must start there and this month has been no exception for me. It has taken me awhile to see that part of my reality and look deeper for meaning.

The next phase of the mind is the positive mind which is neither good nor bad, just a coping skill. It belongs to the thoughts of denial, charge on, what action can be taken, is there a silver lining, perhaps what comfort is there in cleaning the house or taking a hike??? It provides us a sense of security and has lots to do with coping skills of our youth and of our ancestry.
Finally, with practice comes the neutral mind of “IT IS WHAT IT IS”. This area of the brain is non-reactive, flexible, adaptive and accesses the universal intelligence and higher self. It is here that we heal on all levels. And the most assessable route to get there is well researched through meditation with slowed breath in and out through the nose, holding breath with the shoulders down, calming the nervous body with purpose, focusing on the flow of the breath. This is a shift that happens through a part of the brain called the cingulate gyrus that is the gateway to the prefrontal cortex. AHHHH.
All of this calms the autonomic nervous system allowing food to be digested, rest to occur, rejuvenation, better and higher-level thinking (less need for toilet paper). So, meditate for access to deeper knowing and for gratitude, it really does work. This does not change the circumstance surrounding us, but helps the body’s immune system be in a better state to combat any physical or emotional threat.
Consider this practice two times per day instead of the constant hypnosis of the television. Go for walks, as this can be very meditative. Access your higher consciousness if even for a moment at a time, with access to your own internal message that is just for you, and do this often during the day and before sleep so the replay in your brain can have a different spin.

Ask your higher-self, God, Universe/ Intelligence/ … what is the message for today, what does it take to heal this planet right now, what steps does it take? What could be cleaned up right now, how can I serve? What can I see, hear, feel that offers a sense of gratitude for today?
Many Blessings in Light!
PS: Below is my presentation on immunity for those interested in some other tips to stay in prevention mode and proactive in health right now.

Virus and Ways to Stay Healthy
Kathleen B. Rickard, DNP-C, FNP-C
What is a virus? A microscopic parasite that requires a host cell to survive. Very tiny and different from bacteria, these microorganisms that carry either DNA OR RNA and a protein coating, can only replicate (copy itself) within a host cell. They can not reproduce outside the host because they lack the complexity of the cell itself. Once in the cell, the host allows the virus to produce RNA from that cell’s DNA. Then this parasite builds proteins based on the new RNA message. Meanwhile the virus with the now available RNA information develops a protective layer within the cell that the cell itself cannot destroy. Sometimes a second protective layer is produced called an envelope. The role of the virus is to deliver its DNA or RNA into the host cell so that its genetic information can be spread by the host cell.

The virus must first gain access into the body that has host cells. This is done through the respiratory, gut, or broken skin sites. Sometimes insects provide the break in the skin barrier. Some virus can replicate in both insect and host cells such as in the case of yellow fever, and dengue fever.

The Virus then attaches itself to the host cell surface. It then moves along the outer membrane of the cell. Some virus fuse with the membrane and push through using an envelope (HIV). Others are engulfed by the cell (influenza). Yet others burrow through the membrane (polio).
Once in the cell, the virus releases its genes, and disrupts or hijacks part of the cell energy. The virus directs the host cell to produce viral proteins, then creating conditions that allow the virus to spread, by way of mucous membranes, GI tract, respiratory system.

The Body’s Internal Defense
Physical barrier such as fatty acids, enzymes, mucus secretion, acidity of stomach lining and a healthy microbiome in the gut all keep these parasitic virus’ contained.

Innate immunity is a second barrier of the immune system cells such as NK cells, cytokines, macrophages. White blood cells consist of Macrophages, B – lymphocytes, and T lymphocytes.
Macrophages clean up invaders and the cells they destroyed. They leave behind bits of the invader in the form of antigens so the body can recognize the culprit in the future.

B –lymphocytes are white cells that produce antibodies to attack any invader antigens found.
T-lymphocytes attack the cells of the body that have already been infected. These cells are called the memory cells that serve as reminders if the invader returns.

Vaccines are forms of antigens, that when injected, sounds the alert to produce antibodies and long-term memory T-lymphocytes so that the disease itself will be rapidly recognized and extinguished before it takes over. The ever-changing virus makes vaccines challenging.

Problems with Internal Defense
Nutrient depletion leaves the cells less robust and allows the virus to more readily enter the cell.
The Gut inflammation from the standard American diet decreases the healthy microbiome and does not allow the gut to absorb enough powerful minerals and nutrients. This overwhelms the immune system as a baseline, likely delaying the internal defense.

Vitamin deficiencies, smoking, Tylenol use, ibuprofen use, genes such as MTHFR and COMT, fatigue, stress, sympathetic overdrive are major deterrents for the body’s innate ability to build and maintain its own healing mechanisms.

Defense against Virus
Passive immunity from mom until 6-12 months and is enhanced with breast feeding and skin to skin contact.
No exposure to tobacco gives the best chance for the mucous lining of lungs to provide a vital layer of protection.
Avoid all inflaming foods: soda, diet soda, sugar, refined carbs, “junk” foods that distract the body from seeing the parasitic virus before it has had a chance to overwhelm the cells causing a reaction.

Know MTHFR and COMT status: this digestion pathway dysfunction affects the detoxification process. More of the methylation is needed in this case:

Methyl folate, methyl b 12, and glutathione in the form of NAC are very important for the strength of the healthy cell.
Lots of dark green veggies, smoothies, green food pouches for kids.
Beneficial fats such as omega 3 fatty acids, fatty vegetables such as coconut and avocado, flax, sesame, olive oils keep the integrity of the cell wall healthy and strong.

Increase your minerals and electrolytes to support the cells - Minerals without sweeteners in water and broths are enormously beneficial. I recommend Phytomulti by Metagenics or multiple minerals in glass blue bottle from sprouts. Glass bottle and called Multiple Minerals…..

Nutrients
Vitamin A supports immune system at the nasopharyngeal and gut mucous lining.
Vitamin A drops (animal based): 200,000 IU single bolus or 10,000 IU daily for 20 days done twice a year decreases the effect of viral exposure. And continue vitamin A for weeks post infection at lower doses.

Vitamin C as ascorbic acid and best if liposomal ascorbic acid (you can make yourself if you are chemistry inclined) and doses up to 1-2 grams daily in split doses throughout the day. Vitamin C is proven to disrupt the viral replication process, decreases duration and severity of viral illness. Enhanced scavenging effect of white cell count is significant with vitamin C. Vitamin C also recycles Glutathione in the cells, further strengthening the cells’ defense against the parasite.

Zinc if taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms may shorten the duration of the illness. Its role appears to be in the ability to improve mucous membrane integrity and offer a direct anti-viral effect on rhinovirus replication. (children 10 mg daily). Zinc also improves the cellular integrity to not allow viral replication.

Vitamin D: protection overall and accelerates white blood cell maturity. Short term high dose (140,000 IU) significantly increased frequency of the T cell replication and activity. Vitamin D showed improvement in autoimmune diseases. Taken in winter months: significantly reduced risk of upper respiratory illnesses. Vitamin D and Influenza-studies showing seasonal drop of Vitamin D can contribute to increase viral illnesses, most ‘at risk’ populations for influenza have lowest levels of Vit D (Nursing home residents).

Magnesium and Epsom salts prevent one of the toxins from pertussis, and possibly from other viral parasites, as well as calms the nervous system which allows the body to build its own defenses. Magnesium and Vitamin C together have been shown to limit the side effects of viral illness especially with the MTHFR pathway dysfunction. Methyl B vitamins help the pathway to allow better defense.

NAC and Vitamin C recycles glutathione. N-Acetyl Cysteine or NAC inhibits viral replication & expression and acts as a mucolytic. At dose of 600mg 2x/day can help prevent viral illness and safe to take year around. To fight the flu or cold can go up to 2-3,000mg/day for several days. Very important for COPD patients. Increased levels of Glutathione in body are protective.

Acetaminophen depletes glutathione.
Ibuprofen decrease gut microbiome and decreases a major body defense.

Post infection A, D, C intake are important for a few weeks post infection to continue cell strength and integrity.

February 2020: Home and Heart Through the Lens of the Neutral Mind.

As I sped through January with lightning speed, I seemed to barely get a chance to imagine the potential opportunities awaiting me for this new year. I don’t think I even got a chance to develop a plan for this year yet. But then maybe that is the plan: float, be flexible, and develop a strategy for rebuilding relationships and our world, one step at a time.

Last week, I had the opportunity to experience a wonderful, yet intense, day of meditation and yoga called White Tantric. This is a sacred healing event of concentrated meditations and chanting, where a huge room of folks sit in specific lines, keeping a specific sitting position, and chanting together for either 31 or 62 minutes at a time with short breaks in between. Of importance to me is that three different meditations had the same chant which was I- WE- Wahe Guru. Translation? Wahe Guru means essentially yay God, or Hallelujah. “I – We - Yay God”. Perfect for the month of the neutral mind and heart in the year of new beginnings. It reminds me that this month and year are about inclusiveness, healing on a higher level, and all this instead of a “mine vs. yours” kind of fragmentation.

And then this week provided us with an unusually bright and shiny full moon called the Snow moon. It is/ was closer to the earth than most full moons, therefore called a supermoon. The moon affects so much of our lives including water. And since the human body is composed of a bit more than 50% water, why could we even question the effects the moon might have on our lives. This full moon time and throughout February is a perfect time to slow down, breathe, and be present to our neutral self.

So, this is the Month of family, heart, and home where we are asked to take the higher ground in healing these relationships, re-establishing what home means to us, developing and enhancing a sacred area for practicing silence, peace, the breath. In this way we can practice being neutral toward the chaos that seems to keep us distracted. Breathe in peace, breathe out calm. Enjoy the rest of the month. Happy Valentine's Day.
Check out both Friends of Agua Fria National Monument ( FAFNM), and www.Ericshouse.org Both places offer opportunities to serve in very different ways.

January 2020: New Beginnings with Eyes Wide Open!

Here we are: A decade that has been long awaited by many spiritual and healing circles. No matter where we look, this anticipated decade offers more hope and greater potential than any other. For many, this year offers at least a breath of fresh air after such an enormous roller coaster polarity seen in the year of 2019.

That is not to say this year will be free of challenges, of course growth always comes with challenges, it cannot be any other way. Sometimes the body demands a retreat to better give pause, so I recommend listening to your body early and often to quickly realign. Get enough rest, breathe, and find resources to help define and support what is needed for healing from your concerns and challenges. Look straight at the challenges, see through them to a best, kind, and more resilient way of living.

This is the year of new beginnings, planting seeds, setting the stage for this decade. What have you dabbled with over the last few years, and did you like some of what you explored? And more importantly, did any of those projects and plans allow you to provide service to others as you prosper?

Search for those pearls that allow you and others to have an abundant life of giving and receiving while focusing on true peace and prosperity. Begin to focus on what you do want for the planet and everything / everyone on this precious earth. Anything less than that is wasting energy that is intended for our growth.
So plant your seeds of graceful gifts to the universe, take time to breathe through to the next step as you carry gratitude that you are being carried in your work for the highest good.

Please visit the fireside chat blog about 2020 as spoken by Sangeet at www.healingsource.com Look for her blog section and give yourself a 7 minute conversation of hope.
Welcome to your higher self and the ability to see and grow the spark in everything around you.

December 2019: Pause and Reflect

I had an unusual conversation with an unlikely yet amazingly wise woman at a workshop I went to this month. The workshop was brimming with beautiful souls seeking ways to help others. The way of such healing in this case is called The Reconnections and is taught by a chiropractor named Eric Pearl. For more information about this healing work see: (www.thereconnection.com)

Eric brought in a special guest, a woman who helped him understand his newly found gifts for healing. This elderly woman, named Cipora, was very nervous about speaking so she read a series of her own poems to the audience. One of the poems really touched me with lovely verse offering hope.

I approached this woman later in the evening and asked her what insight she might have for hope of this world, because I felt she might have understood my question based on the beautiful poem that she offered to us. She then spoke simple, truthful words that were so lovely and kind.

She said, “Remember that this world is and always will be a planet of both light and dark. It is also true that there is far, far, far more light than dark. Darkness cannot continue to be dark as long as a spark is introduced. Just like a match in a dark room will remove dark, seeing light in others dispels their dark. It is your job to seek out and see the spark in everyone. Be the Spark. See the spark, so it can dispel the darkness in even the most darkened corners. See the spark in everyone and that spark will grow.” She said that to me, pointing her finger toward my forehead while meeting my eyes in such a wonderful kindness.

So I end 2019, a most challenging year in so many ways, with hope and light. I am also fortunate to have had wonderful guidance from those who have studied under Yogi Bhajan because he said very similar things about the polarity of darkness and light and to serve by being the light. So I have heard these words before in slightly different ways.

I pause, breathe, and reflect as I brace myself with hope for the new beginnings of 2020 with lightening speed. Be the light that sees the many sparks of light as we understand and overcome darkness one spark at a time.

Many Blessings for your special holiday celebrations. See you in 2020.

November 2019: The Month for Retrograde and Flexibility

Reading about mercury retrograde is always a curious thing for me. Even though I am a little uncertain, I take heed enough to be still and contemplate my world during those times. We have entered one of those months now, and it could be a very emotional month indeed.
This has been a “3” year (2+0+1+9, then 1+2) involving numerous opportunities, not only for wonderful and creative endeavors, but also a chance for way too many moments of overload and burn out as we choose ALL kinds of things to add to our must do lists.
So this month of November is very important as we enter the time of Mercury Retrograde. It is inviting us to either emotionally and perhaps REGRETABLY express our anger, rage, and hostility, or choose to sit back and consider our year of too many projects, gracefully observing, letting things flow and roll off our backs. This is the time for waiting for the bite of this Retrograde to pass, some time at the end of November.
So what to do while surrendering to the outward appearance of chaos? A beneficial part of this November is to remind us, while we are waiting, to remain flexible and particularly conscious of our health both mentally and physically. Now is a great time for yoga to stretch, and breathing meditations to remain calm.
When was the last time you had a massage? Great chance now, especially a massage that directly affects the fascia, that sticky stuff between muscles that makes us physically inflexible from overuse and trauma. Attached is a great YouTube video, very much worth watching, to understand how important stretching is for your health: The Fuzz Speech by Gil Hedley ``Fascia and stretching`` https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TwAvT_ucjY&frags=pl%2Cwn
Here are more hints on stretching to check out. Veronika Campbell offers her videos for me to pass on from her YouTube series on stretches as long as you use good judgment and be kind to yourself: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaPezc02A_qgSa0MDwfNSQQ
So what else for physical flexibility? Ever try a foam roller? Here is a pretty good explanation from REI:
https://www.rei.com › Expert Advice › Fitness › Cross-Training
Breathing and meditation are of course the best for our emotional health, especially this month as crazy behaviors surround us; like seeing the headlights of the car behind you, SO EXTREMELY CLOSE for no logical reason??? I have lots of very calm yoga music playing in my car at all times these days.
Attached is one of many meditations that have been designed to help us during these current stressful times. Try this one, it is not like any other meditations you have attempted: https://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/health-and-healing/get-stable-anywhere
Here is another interesting meditation to check out: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/mantra/naad-yoga-how-mantra-works/chi...
Or try any meditations found on www.3ho.org website under meditations and kriyas.
So enjoy family, friends, fun, and laughter, taking nothing seriously while planning Thanksgiving in a calm and collaborative sort of way this year. Stretch, breathe, move to music, listen to music, take your time, be conscious, and invest in your physical self and emotional self through movement and meditation.
Have a peaceful Thanksgiving and November Retrograde!

October 2019: Glimpse of the coming 2020

October 2019 is the month to step back, breathe, and imagine how all the events of 2019 will play out in 2020. As I reflect on this year, I am reminded about how busy 2019 has become. Is that busy life we live, that is so urgent feeling, actually more important than our investment in our own wellbeing? I keep telling myself that this class, that workshop, one more training event… are all wonderful opportunities to gather more and more information needed for the future. And I do believe that to be true, but I am hovering over burnout with the speed and intensity of everything. When is enough, enough? Or I should really say, when am I good enough? And so… I continue my meditative practice.
Last month, I wrote a sampling of some of the forms of healing of which I have been trained or are still training in and that could be brought together for a great healing opportunity. That is still true too, and I am receiving amazing responses from those who have had an opportunity to experience this culmination of work, in ways I simply did not expect. I remain insatiably curious about how to best serve, and to understanding the root of dis-ease.
This is a fortunate time for healing and learning too, as more and more healers are responding to the call of the openly solicited requests to be healed, as well as the availability for healing. More folks are awake to the understanding that healing is not only possible, but also found in a widely varied set of venues.
As this month of October comes to a close, stay in wonder and gratitude at the amazing humans who, when you may least expect it, simply cross your path with a beautiful opportunity to heal. This time to pause is made more necessary as we enter mercury retrograde at the end of the month. So contemplate and meditate on a possible path of healing for you. And reach out to those who heal. We are all at the gate of an amazing crystalline transformation and the profound betterment of our very human existence. It all begins with that still small voice of intuition found in silence, peace, and love.
Happy Halloween, be safe and I’ll be back next month.
Kathleen
PS: Don’t forget to look up Essential Family Health and Wellness for our evening line up of health related discussions. ALSO, please Join Ardas Kaur and myself for a four part series about Developing Your Own Meditative Style, each Monday evening beginning in November. Sign up soon!

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