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Replacing Stress and Depression with Joy! Joy! Joy!: #BookReview and #AuthorInterview


Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.34.25 AMThe subtitle of Joy! Joy! Joy! says it all. Read this book and you’ll discover 7 Mind Body Spirit Self-Help Practices to Relieve Stress, Reverse Memory Loss and Live Happy – I Did It! You Too Can Bust the Blues.

Ellen Wood, author of the award-winning Think and Grow Young, now shares how she transformed her many physical and emotional problems to remain peaceful and joyous by making these practices into daily habits: observing your thoughts, releasing toxic emotions, using affirmations, power posing, dry brushing your skin, meditating and doing something good for someone.

Her gripping memoir of depression, Alzheimer symptoms, cancer and other distressing situations are interwoven with how she coped, and then miraculously freed herself of chronic stress and the blues.

Ellen cites many experts and clinical studies that show how these quick and simple Mind-Body-Spirit practices help people remain calm, productive and joyful no matter what is happening in the world around them.

She also sprinkles words of wisdom throughout her story:

“When something bad happens, say ‘Something good will come of this,’ then expect something good and watch for it.”

You can take charge of your thoughts and emotions, says the author, for example…

“Stress doesn’t come from what’s happening to us, but from our response to what’s happening.”

The book is entitled Joy! Joy! Joy! because if you put these techniques into practice, you’ll find yourself, like Ellen Wood, filled with joy for no reason, with a closer connection to your inner knowing and to spirit.

“Love is often an action first, then a feeling. You love yourself by taking actions in the direction of your wellbeing.”

Ellen Wood, at 80, is an inspirational speaker and writer, and I encourage readers of Joy! Joy! Joy! to follow her blueprint, using the bonus Daily Practice Checklists in the back of the book to help you anchor new habits that will transform your life too.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Ellen Wood, author of Joy! Joy! Joy!:

What would you like readers to take away from your new book?

 In just minutes a day, by making these 7 mind/body/spirit practices into habits, you can change your life forever. If you’re stressed out and have the blues, and it seems like the whole world is going crazy, these habits can calm your mind and help you access inner peace and joy. If you are experiencing mild memory loss (and perhaps worrying about Alzheimer’s because a parent died of it), take heart: through these practices I was able to reverse early Alzheimer’s – even though I have the Alzheimer’s gene, APO-e4. Meditation alone has been proven in scientific studies to reverse memory loss, in addition to reducing stress, anxiety and depression, among other benefits. Some of these studies are cited in my book.

You write of reconnecting to your true nature. How does one do that?

By practicing Meditation (Daily Practice #6) and by experiencing “life” in the present moment through our senses (as explained in Daily Practice #7) – inviting our divine nature to see through our eyes, hear through our ears, taste with our mouth, smell with our nose and feel through our skin or fingertips – we can reconnect to our true nature. Observing our thoughts (Daily Practice #1), Releasing Toxic Emotions (Daily Practice #2) and Affirmations (Daily Practice #3), especially surrendering control and allowing our Inner Self to lead, are also techniques for reconnecting.

How can a person have joy – no matter what?

Our essential nature is JOY and we have access to that joy when we stay rooted in the present moment. Joy and love are innate. (On the other hand, HAPPINESS is dependent upon a situation or circumstance – often fleeting – that delights our human nature.) We suffer when we dwell on something terrible or regretful that happened in the past or we fear something that might happen in the future. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychologist and author of the book, Man’s Search for Meaning, survived and even experienced BLISS in the concentration camps of the Holocaust.

 Why is it so important to be in the present moment?

There is POWER in the present moment. And we can access that power when we still our mind and experience the NOW moment.

Can you summarize how we can love ourselves just as we are, when we want to be better people?

Loving yourself just as you are is part of the PROCESS of creating a more magnificent you. I’ll give an example of why I say we can love ourselves just as we are AND want to do practices to CHANGE the way we are: Suppose you buy an old house – one that had been neglected and has a garden that is nothing but weeds. Shortly after fixing up the house and moving in, you go to the nursery and bring home flower seedlings. As you stand there for a moment and look at that garden full of weeds, if you’re like most people, you won’t think: Oh, I hate this garden. It’s so ugly.

No. You feel a thrill of creation as you decide which patch of earth to start on. Then you kneel down and pull out the weeds, turn over the soil, dig some holes, put the seedlings in, cover the roots with earth and pat around each one with both hands. And you love the feeling of creating your beautiful garden. In fact, you love your beautiful garden already even though most of it is still full of weeds.

Think of yourself as a garden you’re creating. Love yourself just as you are as you weed and till and plant the seeds of a more magnificent expression of you. Celebrate every sprout and the eventual flowers. Loving yourself just as you are is essential for creating happiness.

How would you recommend this book be best used?

Read it all the way through once or twice, then commit to making those 7 practices into habits. In the back of the book is a section that contains 12 weeks of daily checklists to prompt you as you go about each day. (Or request a Word doc of the checklists by writing to ellen@bookofjoyjoyjoy.com.) Start with just two practices. Choose the two you feel will be the easiest for you to do for 21 consecutive days. Then after three weeks with the first two practices, add two more for another 21 days and three weeks later add two more and when you start your tenth week, you’ll integrate all 7 practices into your daily routine. If it works better for you, aim for 5 days a week for three weeks instead of 21 consecutive days. Check the box to the left of each practice to indicate which practices you’re working on that week. This is the process I used for myself beginning 13 years ago. It totally changed my life. I no longer need the checklists or sticky notes or other reminders. Well, actually I still have sticky notes in my life, like the ones on my desk that say, “Something good will come of this” and “What marvelous things do you have for me today?” Here’s one I recently put by my TV, “Where my attention goes, energy flows. (Do I really want to be stuck in politics?)”

To sample Ellen’s inspiration, sign up for her free gifts, including Affirmations to Grow Younger, plus sample Chapters from Think and Grow Young and Joy! Joy! Joy! at http://bookofjoyjoyjoy.com/. Both her books are available at Amazon.com.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra DiariesChakra SecretsBalance Your Chakras-Balance Your Lifeand The Chakra Energy Diet
www.theChakras.org

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Review and Author Interview on “Inspirations” by Stephanie Clark


Many thanks to guest reviewer Heather Corbet, who is a spiritual mentor, medium and Reiki Master.

inspirations-coverInspirations by Stephanie Clark is a guidepost, illuminating the way back to your authentic self. This book will help you open yourself up to new perspectives, and will allow for a vast array of new opportunities to come your way. Your sense of fulfillment will deepen, and you will gain an increased understanding of your true essence, which is pure love.

As a mental health provider, Stephanie Clark knows the human experience all too well. After years of working with patients who were grappling for understanding of their place in this world, Stephanie began seeing similarities, a common thread of limiting and false perceptions, which were holding her patients back. To further assist and understand this process, Stephanie began furthering her own spiritual journey in order to seek answers.

During meditation and journaling sessions, images and ideas started to flow that allowed Stephanie to see her own limiting beliefs and perceptions in a new light. Then like an artist to canvas, Stephanie took the images received and narrated them into stories of hope and love. As she was witnessing a transformation in her own life, Stephanie felt inspired to share these uplifting messages with others.

As you explore the exercises and reflections in Inspirations, there is opportunity to witness your own transformation, as you are invited to take the most meaningful journey, which is the empowering journey within.

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR STEPHANIE CLARK:

1. How did the idea for Inspirations start?

The initial seed for this book started a year ago, when I began to work with a spiritual mentor. Prior to that, I had been feeling an urge to look further within myself, but wasn’t sure how exactly to do it. By working with a mentor, I was able to open up a part of myself that I did not even know existed! I started to write stories from images that I would receive in meditation practice. I could see these rich visual images in my mind and then was able to translate them into short stories. I had the idea to make the stories into a workbook format in February of this year and the rest of the pieces all seemed to fall together within a few months.

2. What themes are present in your book?

The themes of Inspirations speak to the issues of worthiness, overcoming doubt, releasing limiting beliefs and beginning to live from a place of authenticity. Each story revolves around self-love. I feel most of the struggles that we face as humans can be traced back to the root feeling of being unlovable in some way. Every person can relate to not feeling good enough, which is why I feel this work speaks to people no matter what their spiritual background is. This is also why I wanted the book to focus primarily on self-acceptance, as once you truly believe that you deserve an abundant existence, then you will start to see miracles manifest in your everyday life.

 3. Can you explain the workbook format further?

 Inspirations contains 21 brief daily stories which are 2-3 pages in length. Each story is designed to ignite a spark for further self-reflection. I envisioned this book to be a devotional of sorts, for the reader to review the daily reflections, ponder the messages, and then do the exercises throughout the day. The exercises themselves are mindfulness practices, meditations and visualizations.

 4. What would you most want readers to take away from reading your work?

 The main message that I want to share is one of hope. I feel that we are all worthy of having an enriching life, full of love. My intentions for writing this book were for the reader to feel empowered, needed, and wanted in this life.

 5. What advice do you have for other first-time authors who feel they have inspiration to share?

 My advice would be to develop a daily spiritual practice that resonates with you. This could be anything from meditation, to mindfulness practices or prayer. I believe that developing a sacred place between you and Spirit allows for your authentic messages to flow, which then ultimately will speak to the heart of your readers. Simply put pen to paper, suspend your self-judgments and let your inner spirit share your gifts with the world.

Inspirations is available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback editions.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras-Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet
www.theChakras.org

Put Energy Medicine to Work for You and Experience Holistic Healing


cover high def Heidi DuPreeFor a complete, easy-to-understand, and illuminating introduction to energy healing, see The Other Medicine…That Really Works! by Heidi DuPree, RN, CTN. She was a nurse who found Western allopathic medicine lacking in her own healing, which led her to explore and integrate alternative healing modalities into her practice and healing way of life. DuPree explains how the Western model of health care revolves around symptom elimination, while energy medicine gets to the cause of imbalance and can lead you into growth, transformation, and healing of body, mind and spirit.

DuPree uses her own personal experiences, healing stories of her clients, and references to the work of many well-known healers to explain our bodies’ energy systems, such as the chakras and meridians, and how to heal any blocks. She also explains how to recognize your own healing process, what can block your healing and how to work with it. The book ends with useful energy medicine techniques that you can put into practice, including homeopathy, flower essences, craniosacral therapy, meditation, and acutapping (such as EFT and Dynamind, which I explain in my book, Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life).

Both the stories of healing and the explanations of healing modalities are beautifully written. After reading this book, you feel you’ve been given a comprehensive introduction to the true path to wholeness.

Here, Heidi DuPree, award-winning author, energy healing therapist, holistic nurse, Certified TraditionalNaturopath and transformational entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in healthcare – half in clinical nursing and half in energy medicine – answers my questions about her work.

BECCA: What can the reader learn from your own life journey?

Author Heidi DuPree

Author Heidi DuPree

HEIDI: If there is one thing a reader can learn from my life journey, I hope it is the realization that every difficulty in life is an opportunity for deep healing. We have a choice between focusing on “getting through,” surviving or conquering challenges, or embracing these challenges as a vehicle for transformation. If it feels like your life is falling apart, that may be what needs to happen to clear the way to your authentic self.

BECCA: What hope or message do you wish to offer others with this book?

HEIDI: That self-love, acceptance, and compassion are the most powerful medicine in the world.

BECCA: In your book, you write of reaching self-love through compassion. Could you explain that further?

HEIDI: Many people have been conditioned from an early age to judge and reject themselves. This has far-reaching effects on our energy, which compromises health and stunts growth. Transitioning to self-love is a process that begins with accepting every part of you, even the part of you that is self-rejecting! It’s about applying a higher vibration intention to a lower vibration thought or emotion and raising your frequency toward self-love. If you are currently in a low-frequency state such as fear, anger, grief, apathy, guilt or shame, if you can identify what affirmative action you have the courage or willingness to take, this will raise your frequency. Here’s an example: “Even though this thought, feeling, or situation is unacceptable to me, I am willing to accept myself.”

BECCA: What self-care healing practices can benefit the majority of people?

HEIDI: I refer to self-care healing practices that can benefit anyone as “everyday energy medicine.” These practices would include spending time in nature and with supportive community, and using water, nutrients, sunlight, play, rest, movement, creative expression, sound and music, and ritual and ceremony for healing. These practices may sound simplistic, but they can facilitate deep healing.

BECCA: What technique(s) would you recommend to orient to one’s core, and experience oneness with the universal energy field?

HEIDI: Any meditative, mindfulness, or deep-breathing technique would orient self to core. To step into one’s core and into the oneness is to step into the heart center. We all step into and out of our heart moment to moment, and day to day. It’s a process of living more and more in our heart-centered higher self, and less in the head-centered, fearful lower self. My favorite techniques to do this I call Energy Medicine First Aid and Energy Medicine Daily Care skills, which can be downloaded from my website and found in my new book Awaken Your Greater Health.

BECCA: What model of integrated health care would you like to see available?

HEIDI: While I can’t speak to what model of integrated health care should be available for others, as I believe health care is an individual choice, I can share my personal approach. Although energy medicine is typically used as a complement to, or an alternative when Western medicine fails, I use it the other way around. For any health issue that is not life-threatening, I use energy medicine as my primary health care and Western medicine as an adjunct when necessary. Unfortunately, many people have been traumatized by Western medicine and may avoid it all together. The current widespread availability of both Western medicine and energy medicine at the same time is unprecedented in U.S. history, and empowers us all with health care choices.

BECCA: What suggestions do you have for other writers who feel they have an important message to share?

HEIDI: I would suggest that writers use the law of attraction to attract all the support they will need to take their message from concept to published book. This would include the time and space to write, a good writing coach and editor, supportive readers, a publisher if they want to traditionally publish, or financial support if they want to independently publish. Visualize the completed book, the people who helped make it happen, and the people who are benefiting from reading it, and feel what that feels like, as if it has already occurred. And then…this is the hard part…let go of how you are going to get there. Don’t try to figure it out. Let go and stay alert for the signs that will guide you that come through the coincidental, serendipitous, and synchronistic events that occur in our daily lives. These guiding signs usually come one step at a time with the next step revealed once action is taken.

For more information or to contact Heidi DuPree, RN, CTN, please visit her website at http://HeidiDuPree.com.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet

www.theChakras.org

 

AWARENESS IS THE FIRST STEP TO COMMUNING WITH THE INFINITE


Communing with the Infinite took me by surprise – it really did awaken me to new ways to feel more connection with the energy that flows throughout us all.

While I have done chakra work for years, I had only briefly worked with numerology. I have used colors to energize my chakras, but have not worked with the elements of air, fire, water and earth in a systematic way.

The reader can use what feels right to her, to make her feel more connected to the Infinite. I love how Blair offers different tools, such as visioning, journaling and being in nature, that worked for her, to bring her into the present moment, away from her story of pain (which we all have) and to find comfort in her connection to the Infinite, to the energy, the Divine spirit that is always there to inspire us.

The author said she wrote the book to help you discover your true worth, your life purpose and have the courage and guidance to pursue it. She highlights the importance of self-love as she allowed the Infinite source of love to show her how to love herself. This is the first step that all of humanity needs to take. As she writes, “The ultimate truth is ultimate love, which is all there is, because it is the Infinite.”

If you want to feel the Infinite’s presence in a way that resonates with you, in your own individual way, use this book as a map on your path.
Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

www.IndieAuthorCounsel.com

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