2011-11-18 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Mindfulness And Turkey
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH

DR. NANCY GAHLES DR. NANCY GAHLES “In the US, there are greater than 50% more heart attacks in winter months than in summer months, and it’s mostly about stress.” – Julia Layton, Discovery Fit & Health.

Stressful events in the winter months begin with the Thanksgiving holiday. Being thankful is stressful for some people. It requires that you are in harmony with everyone who sits at the Thanksgiving table with you.

Being thankful means that you are grateful for the presence of the people in your life with whom you share this holiday meal.

Being thankful means that you accept everyone for exactly who he or she is.

Being thankful means that you recognize that each experience in this family is meant for your growth and, ultimately, your greater good.

Mindfulness is the act of staying in the present moment and seeing it for what it is. No strings attached. Sort of watchful, experiential detachment.

Mindfulness means that you stay grounded in the present moment of thankfulness while each family member plays out his or her inherent rituals, antics and unique behaviors.

Mindfulness calls us to thankfulness for the ability to perceive people in their environment and to be OK with that.

Mindfulness allows us to simply smile and eat the turkey.

Mindfulness provides us an opportunity to reframe old situations and put them into a new context.

A context that does not include stress, resentment or grudges.

Mindfulness and turkey and all the trimmings can induce a state of calm acceptance that permeates the occasion with love.

Mindfulness and turkey and a nice glass of wine gladden the hearts of men.

Mindfulness and turkey was the Pilgrims’ way of celebrating their deliverance from the hardships of starting a new life in a new country, an unsettled territory.

Mindfulness and turkey became a metaphor for us to emulate in sharing a meal with those who were initially hostile.

Stress is reduced when we are mindful of all experience as a teaching moment for love, forgiveness and gratitude to flourish.

Hearts are healed and “attacks” are prevented when we promote wellness through compassionate listening, mindful speaking and displaying an attitude of gratitude.

Mindfulness and turkey ... a recipe for successful well-being. YUMMMMM!

May The Blessings Be!

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