This is my tribute to all survivors of life, all my patients, friends, and all the people I have ever touched here and there! “We live outside ourselves — in our heads, our memories, our longings — absentee landlords of our own estate. If you wear out your body, where are you going to live?” –Gabriella Roth MONTHLY MOMENTS Bettina’s How often do I see myself rushing through the day, making sure everybody gets the care they deserve, finishing documentation notes long after my patients have left, and answering emails into the crack of dawn? I find myself completely removed from reality in a world of stress! Then, I pause because I realize life is never to be taken for granted. The stories my patients tell me — the breath, the pain, the suffering — reach into my soul and crawl under my skin, and I know, this is real. When this realization hits me, everything else seems small and unimportant. It is the story of life. This is when I breath and connect with the moment, listening to the wisdom of my body; this is where the healing begins and doors open; this is where we can heal and find peace and happiness. This state of happiness is finding your home and living in your body, where you can hear, see, smell, taste, and feel the experience. Your body is your sanctuary. Welcome home.
RecipeforaGreatSummer B uild Y our F amily ’ s S ummer B ucket L ist
Summer vacation is a wonderful time of year. It gives kids a much-needed break from school and gives families a chance to bond. But three months is a long time, and soon the summer days of limitless possibilities turn monotonous and boring. Make fun an intentional part of your summer by creating a summer bucket list in three simple steps. 1. Have every member of your family write down 10 things they would like to do this summer. 2. Type up the list or make a poster to hang on the fridge. 3. Start checking things off and have fun! A bucket list is a great way to keep your family from spending the summer in front of the TV. It can also help your kids stay busy. When the dreaded chorus of “I’m bored!” starts, you can point to the list and suggest they check off a few items. Things like “Go camping”will require adult planning, of course, but the kids can turn a dog day of summer into a fun afternoon with “Build a pillow fort” or “Make homemade bubbles.” GET THE BALL ROLLING Some kids might instantly know 10 or more things they’d love to do this summer. Others might struggle to fill out their list. Take care to not make suggestions yourself; your kids’ ideas should be entirely their own. Instead, ask some questions to help spark ideas. • What are your favorite things to do? • What is something new you’d like to learn? • What is something you’ve always wanted to do? • Is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Here are a few things to keep in mind to help your family create the ultimate summer bucket list.
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