Aug 12, 2018 /Blog/ Hows Your Gratitude Quotient? Sacred Spacing

Published by: janean strong on 08-12-2018

How's Your Gratitude Quotient?

OK, to be honest, I don't know if there is such a thing as a gratitude quotient.
My point however, is.. how often do you express gratitude? I know for a fact that I don't do it enough. I tend to be critical... I have high standards for myself and therefore for everyone else too. It would appear that those standards are a challenge to live up to for most people. Obviously, I do not feel they are unreasonable. You know... Do your best... Be honest... Have Compassion... Generosity... Help others out... spend your time off the computer and get outside or anything besides staring at a screen (you may think that's funny, and normally, I would too.... but I am dealing with that issue in my household).

I was reading an article on Dr. Mercola's website about how showing gratitude... expressing at least 3 things you are grateful for each day... is associated with increased happiness and even helps relieve depression. Feeling gratitude throughout the day releases mood altering chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin and inhibits cortisol, the stress chemical that puts fat on your belly.
Your sleep probably will improve as will your blood sugar and blood pressure and most important... your immune functions!

It would be great to start keeping a journal and write down 3 things you are grateful for each day. You know... your kitty greeting you at the door, the parking place that showed up just in time, that fart you managed to stifle in front of a bunch of people, you went to buy something and thought you had more cash in your wallet but you had just enough (I know, who uses cash anymore), the friend you ran into who gave you that big hug you needed, the honey coffee ice cream in the freezer (happens to be MY favorite). Gratitude that you have enough to give a dollar or even five to the homeless person up ahead. I have been known to hand out $20 bills when I am feeling truly inspired and walk away with a huge smile on my face... feeling gratitude.

We have a practice that we do frequently in our house. It was suggested by my dear friend Bev (Dr. Beverlee Marks Taub). We pass around a feather after dinner and each person says something/many things they are grateful for.

And remember just the act of smiling, even if you are 'not feeling it' can increase your sense of gratitude. Looking up or at least straight ahead while smiling helps too. Smiling also releases those mood altering chemical that make you feel better and also triggers the release of endorphins... those natural pain relievers.

Here's one more benefit! Feeling gratitude in your body and smiling makes the people around you feel better and respond to you more positively!

Sometimes it is hard to feel gratitude because we are hanging on to 'negative' emotions. Let's chat about that in the next newsletter.

The link for the new Keepin it Real w/ Janean Podcast YouTube channel:
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Sacred Spacing with Marc Gilson Ep. 44

The Importance of creating time and space for something 'Sacred'. Perhaps a mental health break, or time for "Wu Wei" or non action & making a place for value in our lives.
It we let it... Life will fill every moment of every day!

Marc leaves us with some great takeaways you can use right now.


1. Successful Breast Cancer Outcome w/ Rebecca Pauline & Shinning-Bright Cancer Support w/ Jeni Badger

Jeni Badger has been supporting people with life threatening illness since childhood. This has become her calling in life.
Over the last 7 years she has been supporting friends and loved ones with various forms of cancer. She has learned how to help someone suffering from cancer and sift through the huge amount of conflicting information that is out there.

It became clear to Jeni that the people who get back to wellness and have radical remissions seem to have a common thread in what they do. So she put together her own program to help people diagnosed with cancer.
This has become
Her experience with her partners leukemia diagnosis is heartwarming as well as humorous!

In 2007, Rebecca Pauline Tinglin found a lump in her breast during a self exam and felt instinctively that it was a cancerous tumor. Friends and family insisted on her being tested and a needle biopsy confirmed the presence of cancer. The procedure was painful and invasive and it seemed to her that the tumor had increased in size afterwards.
Rebecca's husband found a clinic in Hawaii which offered the Gerson Therapy.
She was attracted to the strict protocols down to the timing of juicing, enemas and detailed menu and felt she could do it even though it proved to be rigorous and time consuming.
She also discovered Kundalini Yoga and other therapies and ended up a Healthy Breast Practitioner.

2. Death by Regulation w/ Dr. Mary Ruwart (EP 36)

Death by Regulation: How We Were Robbed of a Golden Age of Health and How We Can Reclaim It

In 1962, Congress passed possibly the deadliest regulations of all time: the 1962 Amendments to the Food & Drug Act. This “living law” continues to metastasize to this day, reshaping the pharmaceutical cartel, the supplement industry, the practice of medicine and transforming our health care paradigm from prevention to treatment. Research shows at least half of Americans who have died since 1962 lost about 10 years of their lives to the Amendments; in all likelihood, each of us has been affected.

Dr. Ruwart's new book, Death by Regulation, is now available for purchase through Amazon or
Death by Regulation Website

Learn why Congress passed the Amendments in the first place? Have they made a difference?

Find out how The Amendments added about 10 years to the time it takes for new drugs to get from the lab bench to the marketplace. They destroyed over 50% of our innovations and censored the dissemination of life-saving information.

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Sacred Spacing with Marc Gilson
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Death by Regulation: How we were robbed of a golden age of health and how we can reclaim it.
with Dr. Mary Ruwart

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Successful Breast Cancer Outcomes with Jeni Badger and Rebecca Pauline

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Your Healthy Yummy Recipe

Turkey Burger

3 lbs ground Turkey
1/4 Italian Breadcrumbs
1/4 C chopped Parsley
1/4 minced Onion
2-4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Slat
1/4 tsp Blk Pepper
2 Egg Whites, slightly beaten

Mix all in a large bowl. I like to use my hands (washed, of course)
Form into patties and cook.
If you have the time, let sit in the fridge for 20 mins or more before forming patties.

Additions for variety:
Diced green chilies
Black olives
A few small chunks of cheddar cheese in the middle
Smoked paprika
Chopped green onions (the green part)

Keywords: Gratitude, meditation, sacred space, Marc Gilson

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