A Grateful Heart is Full and Overflowing with Thanksgiving

thanksgivingAutumn is the season of the harvest and the season of abundance. During this time we come together to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. But every day should be a day of giving thanks for family and friends and life itself.

We are living in challenging times, in an uncertain world disconnected from our hearts and from one another. We don’t have answers, or unity or harmony. We are unsure of our footing and the next steps to take, whether alone or together. All the more reason now to truly harvest the spirit of Thanksgiving and be grateful for all we do have. A grateful heart is full and overflowing with Thanksgiving. Gratitude is an attitude of grace, and encourages us to share with those who have little.

Thanksgiving means living in the moment with an open heart, accepting and appreciating one another, despite our differences. It means giving generously and loving abundantly. We are all one race in the eyes of our Creator: We are the Human Race. The only difference is we are individuals with many paths and many ways to connect to the heart and mind of our Source.

This Thanksgiving, remember that words of praise and acts of kindness are ways to give thanks. They express our compassion and caring, and have the power to touch and uplift others. When you give your best, it returns to you in equal measure.

Keep your heart open. Laugh a lot, and everyday give that you may receive.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For a unique and effective way to encourage your grateful heart, we recommend the Awakening The Sacred Heart CD/MP3


Thyroid Health by Dana Trentini

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Guided Meditation for Thyroid Health

Dana Trentini is a thyroid advocate and the founder of the popular HypothyroidMom.com blog. Dana had an opportunity to try out the Thyroid Meditation, and she shares her thoughts in this post. It starts:

“I recall vividly the day several years ago when I visited my acupuncturist. She brought up a topic that I had never heard before. She explained how from a holistic perspective the throat is associated with communication and that the inability to speak up for oneself can contribute to thyroid disease. I love my acupuncturist and feel totally comfortable with her but I remember that visit sitting in my seat feeling uneasy as if she was suggesting something negative about me that caused my health condition. I dismissed the conversation by saying that it didn’t seem to ring true in my life and our appointment ended.

I’ve thought long and hard about that conversation for years. I realize now that she was not blaming me for my condition. She wasn’t suggesting my health condition was not real. She was suggesting to examine how I speak up for myself as one way to help in my healing. The truth is she was right…”

Read the entire article at HypothyroidMom

The Following is Written by Demo DiMartile, Founder of One Light One Spirit

You are never given anything in life that you cannot handle. Everyone comes into this lifetime with a psychic wound that needs to be healed in order to transcend the struggle, evolve and grow. When you embrace the wound, it becomes a gift and the very thing that will make you whole. If you see the wound as a stigma, and you are ashamed of it, you cannot truly belong to yourself or anyone else. Shame breeds the fear of not belonging. It disconnects you from your self and makes you feel undeserving and afraid of being seen or heard.

Shame is the emotional root cause of thyroid dis-ease, and shame causes deep seated feelings of unworthiness. Unworthiness produces a lack of self acceptance and self esteem, and it can be summed up by an overall feeling of “I’m not good enough.” which leaves you in an state of constant insecurity. Fear disconnects you from your courage, your core beliefs and numbs your instincts. The psychological effects of the internal struggle with unworthiness triggers disturbances within your thyroid function which can leave you, stressed out, overwhelmed and constantly feeling vulnerable.

Shame also creates guilt and guilt locks you into toxic beliefs that keep you hostage to inequality. You know the cliches, “It’s a Man’s World.” which means men control it… and… everything in it.

“Women are the weaker sex.” “Men take care of women.” and “women are dependent upon men.” In the work place, men are valued more than women and paid more for the same types of jobs that women can easily perform. The message is, women are lesser than men and don’t deserve the same pay. Therefore, women are not equal… and anyway, men are more intelligent than women even though women have higher IQ’s.

Male dominance has oppressed women for ages. Shaming is an abusive and traumatic form of control. It has been used to belittle, degrade, humiliate, harass, intimidate, and put women down. Women are seldom respected for their point of view, and they have little voice to be heard, or validated.

When you loose your voice, you loose your self, and when you feel your story is not worthy of being told, you stop dreaming.

But take heart! This is the Age of awakening and Women are about to take back the mantle of power. In a very short time, it will no longer be a Man’s world as Women rise into positions of power.

The physiology of the human body reveals the exquisite intelligence behind its design. The thyroid gland, crafted in the shaped of a butterfly, sits on the windpipe just above the thymus gland and below the voice box. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation and transcendence. It evolves from the vulnerable earth bound caterpillar and transforms itself into a butterfly.

It is a fitting symbol for the thyroid’s function which is to transform food into life sustaining energy.

In spiritual anatomy, the thymus gland is considered the etheric heart. It is the place from which intent emanates and fosters courage, compassion, and forgiveness which are essential for healthy thyroid function and a healthy self esteem. The voice box produces sound vibration which is an amplification of the soul’s intent to give voice to your inalienable right to speak up and be heard. When shame and unworthiness inhabit your soul, they inhibit your voice and disturb thyroid function. A repressed voice needs to be owned and expressed. There is one qualification, that the voice be spoken with courage, compassion and forgiveness… not shame, anger or retaliation.

There are over 50 million American Women who suffer from thyroid dis-ease. They are at the end of the chrysalis stage of transformation in their evolution and on the verge of ascending into their spiritual power. Imagine 50 million Women embracing their psychic wound and coming together empowered as one voice to prepare the way for future generations of women to speak their hearts and minds with dignity and self respect.

Reclaim your inner voice and you’ll regain your self worth. This is the Women’s way to self empowerment and liberation.

Your inner voice speaks to you through gut feelings not logic, and you begin to reclaim your inner voice by listening to and trusting your feelings. Acting upon your feelings substantiates self worth, and strengthens your inner resolve. It is through your empathy that you derive passion, strength, self validation and regain your outer voice. Fearlessly make the commitment to speak up, and speak out. Own your self worth and demand nothing less than equality. That is your birth- right.

This is meditation, not medication and there is a great difference between healing from within and treating symptoms. Meditation goes to the root cause of dis-ease to restore balance. Medication treats the effects not the cause of dis-ease. Meditation is one of the most powerful and restorative practices for opening your heart, overcoming stress, promoting peace of mind and emotional well being. Meditation connects you to the deepest parts of your soul where all true healing takes place, and it is the connection with your soul that gives validation, purpose and a sense of belonging to life.

Meditation brings you directly into the heart of your subconscious mind which is the master control center for all functions, all glands, all organs and all systems. The subconscious holds the blueprint for radiant health, and holds the internal code to reestablish harmony, balance and self reliance.

The human body is a highly sophisticated creation that is engineered for self healing. Everything in the body is set up to self correct and sustain vibrant health and well-being.

You can listen to a free 6-minute sample of the Thyroid Meditation here

The full 30-minute guided meditation is available as downloadable MP3 and CD through CDBaby.

Read Demo’s interview with thyroid advocate and bestselling author Mary Shomon.

Weight Loss by Mary Shomon

Guest Blog By Mary Shomon, Patient Advocate
New York Times Bestselling Author of “The Thyroid Diet Revolution”

Are You in the Right Frame of Mind for Weight Loss?

If you are struggling with extra weight, you may be self-critical, and have a running commentary of negative thoughts going through your mind about yourself and your body. No matter what sort of weight loss approach you’re planning to take — or trying to follow — one of the most important aspects of success is to make the mental shift from a negative perspective to a positive one.

The most important aspect is how you talk to yourself about your body. Your body is NOT your mind. They are connected, but they are not the same. Start thinking about your body as if it were a beloved friend or child. The next time a negative thought – “I’m so fat” or “I hate my thighs” or “I’m such a pig” comes into your mind, say out loud “STOP!” Then, consider whether you would ever say something like that to someone you loved who was trying to lose weight. Then, reframe the statement to a positive one, in the caring, supportive way you would talk to someone else. For example, “I am beautiful, and am working on being healthier and slimmer.” “My body does amazing things every day, and I’m going to help it become even more amazing.

I know, easier said than done, right? But there’s one truly helpful tool to shifting your thought patterns about food, weight and exercise? I highly recommend Dr. Steven Gurgevich’s audio program, “The Self-Hypnosis Diet.” It helps get the consciousness and the body speaking the same language, in a positive way. You can find it online.

Another approach you may find useful is the “Yet” approach. If you have a negative thought, restate it, but add the word “yet” to the end. For example: “I can’t lose weight” becomes “I can’t lose weight…yet.” Or “I don’t like how I look” becomes “I don’t like how I look…yet.” It takes a definitively negative statement, and with the addition of one word, opens up the possibility of improvement, and converts it into a more positive statement.

Another important state-of-mind issue is learning how to separate eating and stress. Here are two simple — but in today’s busy world, not always easy-to-follow — guidelines:

1. Don’t multitask while eating. Driving, watching television, standing at the kitchen sink, talking on the phone, or reading while eating does not allow the brain – and digestive hormones — to register satisfaction and active the hormones that make you feel full. When you’re eating, try to make it the only thing you are doing.

2. Look at your food and smell it before eating. Try taking several deep belly breaths before you eat, and even better, between bites. Chew food slowly, and thoroughly. This lowers stress hormones (which when elevated, encourage fat storage) and again allows for brain and digestive hormones to be activated, which helps reduce hunger.

A terrific resource to help shift to a healthy, weight-loss-promoting state-of-mind while eating is Marc David’s book, “The Slow Down Diet.” You can find it online.

Focus on stress-reduction in other areas of your life. Stress raises cortisol, and cortisol is the hormone that makes fat cells more receptive to sugar, and less able to release energy and burn calories when needed. Daily, active stress reduction will put you in a more relaxed and receptive state of mind to make healthy diet and exercise changes that will help your weight loss efforts.

Some ways to actively reduce stress? Meditation, guided meditation, prayer, relaxing breathing techniques, pranayama (yoga breathing), gentle yoga, contemplative walking, tai chi, qi gong, and handicrafts (like knitting, crocheting, beading, painting, artwork) and activities like relaxed gardening and bread making.

If you are interested in guided meditation, I highly recommend Demo DiMartile’s “Mastering Deep Relaxation” audio program, from One Light One Spirit. You can listen to a free sample here.

Finally, one essential mind-body element essential for weight loss is sleep. Lack of sleep raises hunger hormones and cortisol, and is a known factor that can sabotage even your best efforts to lose weight. Some doctors even say you’re better off getting an extra hour of sleep in the morning, versus getting up and going out jogging! So make sure you get enough rest to leave you feeling relaxed and energetic, and more able to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle choices.

Mary Shomon, Thyroid Patient Advocate


7 Self Care Tips Mary Shomon

7 Depression Self-Care Tips by Mary Shomon

When you are experiencing depression, it is always important to first talk with your health care practitioner to rule out strictly physical causes. Autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems, menopause, hormone imbalances, and many other conditions — as well as some prescription medications – can cause depression as a side effect. Your health care practitioner can also determine if what you are experiencing is “dysthymia” — which is more of a temporary depressed mood — versus a more significant clinical depression that would warrant further investigation.

But if you are feeling slightly down, here are some basic self-care tips that may help you get back on track.

1. Challenge Unhelpful Thinking

If you are stuck in patterns of negative thinking, challenging those thoughts can help shift a depressed mood. One helpful technique is the “4 Questions” approach featured in Byron Katie’s method, called “The Work.”

2. Get Enough Sleep

If you are not getting enough sleep — and for most people, that means at least 7 to 8 hours per night – that an trigger or aggravate depression. Aim for a good night’s sleep every night. Avoiding computers, phones and television at least an hour before bedtime, and making sure your bedroom is dark can help you get a better night’s sleep.

3. Eat Well

Overdoing sugar and simple carbohydrates (breads, pastas, desserts), or eating too much or too little, can aggravate fluctuations in mood, and leave you low in energy. Focus on nutritious foods, and eat mindfully — taking time to chew slowly, and take deep breaths between bits. Aim for two to three healthy meals a day plus snacks, spaced out to help maintain blood sugar balance.

4. Move

Any type of physical activity can have an effect on brain chemicals that help improve mood. Even a gentle daily walk with a friend or pet can improve your mood.

5. Get Sunlight Exposure

Exposure to sunlight has been shown to help improve mood. Aim for 10 to 15 minutes of exposure — without sunglasses – to help. If it’s winter, or sunshine isn’t available, consider using a light therapy box. (A lightbox that is a 10,000 lux strength is the minimum level needed to have an effect.)

6. Avoid Toxic People, and Seek Out Affirming People

When you’re feeling down, it’s not a good time to be around people who are negative, toxic or draining — the “energy vampires” who increase your stress level, or make you feel anxious or frustrated. Better to schedule time with family and friends who make you feel relaxed, who help elevate your mood, and who are supportive and positive.

7. Lean More

Explore other self-care skills. You can download several free resources, including a Depression Self-Care Skills Workbook (PDF), and the MoodJuice Self-Care Depression Guide.

8. De-Stress

Stress can make even a mild mood shift more difficult to overcome. One of the most important things you can do is to incorporate at least 15 minutes of some form of active stress reduction — note: reading and watching television don’t count — into your daily routine. Some of the most effective approaches? Guided meditation, deep breathing and pranayama techniques, tai chi, qi gong, or prayer. For some people, activities that involve repetitive hand motions – like needlework, beading, gardening, bread making, and crafting – can have a similar de-stressing effect when done regularly.

If you are interested in guided meditation, I highly recommend Demo DiMartile’s “Mastering Deep Relaxation” audio program, from One Light One Spirit. You can listen to a free sample here.

Mary Shomon Thyroid Patient Advocate
-New York Times Bestselling Author of “The Thyroid Diet Revolution”


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