Playdough = A Simple Power To Heal

imageOne of the truly best ways to heal your own heart comes so much easier than we even realize! This beautiful time of the year can bring it home to our hearts, but we need to be cognizant of it throughout the year. Giving of yourself, giving of your time, giving in prayer, giving in love and in patience are all gifts that heal a soul.  Sure monetary gifts are nice and always kindly received, but there is something so melting to one’s soul to give of yourself.

I know this year will be tough financially for my family. My husband just lost his job this week! Oh joy.  However, I love to give and there are so many simple and sweet ways to love others, in spite of not having or giving discretionary funds.  Here are a few of the things I have always done and enjoy giving. I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions to use personally and that others might share also. Please leave your comments below and may each of you find healing for a past or current broken heart by giving and loving others!  There are so many out there that need YOU. They need your preciousness.  They need your witty humor.  They need the sweet ways that make you special in their lives.  They need your prayers and to know you are really praying for them.  They need touch – a huge loving genuine hug or holding their hands can mean so much to someone aching.  You may be in just as much pain, and the wonderful crazy part is that healing will come to you too.  Win win loved ones!

A few simple ideas to give love to anyone that is hurting:

  1. Go get groceries for them. If you ask and they are too prideful to let you know what they need/want and poo-poo you off, surprise them and go anyways and pick up some things you think they might like, as well as the basics (butter, milk, chicken, beef, soup broths, bread, eggs).  You could call/text/message and tell them there is a “love package” at thier front door or let them know you have something to just drop off or stay and visit with them, whatever works. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
  2. One of the simple joys I share and you may laugh, but it brings back the child in most everyone, is making a little “love package” of playdough, and a note.  I will either pick up a small package of a sample color playdoughs (around 5$) or sometimes just a single color large playdough (Walmart .50 cents!!) and pack it in a gift bag with their favorite type of munchie and drop off to them or will mail it to them.  My favorite is to mail it to them because who does not love to get a package in the mail? You usually wonder what on earth and who sent it.  Then you wonder if it’s for some holiday you forgot about, but you open it and discover it was “just because ” someone loved you and thought about you. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  3. Use your culinary skills and whip them up something special or just double/triple your own family dinner and take a “love package” in a freezeable bag or in containers, in case they need to eat it at a later time and they don’t have to do dishes afterwards, but just throw the packaging away.💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
  4. Take somene that cannot get out and enjoy the things we take for granted.  Above is a photo of my Gran Rosie, who is mostly confined to her assisted living home in a wheelchair.  My mom and I took her to the Dallas Arboretum for just a few hours to enjoy the flowers! We took my youngest daughter (my most amazing surprise to give birth to at 44 years old!!) who kept us all laughing. In fact, my mom and I had our own humor going on because we had an unpredictable toddler and a 91 year old to be in charge of.  It was a special day for all and a memory to cherish forever! Loving gifts we all received that day! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Get Your Snuggle and Hug On!

 

Seriously, who does not NEED a hug?  I am talking about a rich and genuine deep LONG heart to heart hug.  Also, how about snuggling?  I am talking about laying in bed or on a sofa with someone you trust and truly just laying there holding and being held with no agenda, but giving and receiving simple joy. Hugging and snuggling have powerful healing properties, so find a “hug and snuggle buddy” and heal some hurts.

~Hugging can heal, even if it’s temporary, feelings of loneliness.  I know how easy it is to isolate and withdraw when you are hurting.  A genuine deep hug can be the biggest drink of refreshing water as if you had been in the desert.

~Hold the hug. Don’t let go so quickly.  Melt into this beautiful person who is giving so freely of themselves.  They may need your hug as well and it feels wonderful to give what you can, ESPECIALLY since a hug is free!

~A hug can give you shivers, truly allowing your nerves to settle down.  Sometimes we can be under so much stress that we become hypersensitive to any additional stresses. Your body reacts to stress in many bizarre ways and a wonderful deep hug leading to snuggling can truly be such a gift to your nerves!  Do not underestimate your “fight or flight mode” that takes over when you are dealing with a broken heart of any kind (job, marriage, children, death, financial, etc).  Your nerves are speaking to you.

~Allow a hug to settle you down.  A hug can transport you out of where you are and into a place of joy.  Let go and let your skin feel every aspect of it.  Your serotonin and oxytocin levels amp up, adding to a relaxed state. Take in the moment and savor it like a piece of chocolate, hot bath or whatever it is that makes you chill.

I love hugs and snuggling!  Thank goodness I have 3 precious daughters who all believe in the power of hugs and snuggling!  My youngest daughter, all of 5 years old, gives them freely and very often.  I am so very thankful and cherish them.  Occasionally,  I will get an unexpected hug that touches my soul and the humorous part of it is that I get HOT.  Yes, all my life when I get emotional, my body temperature increases.  I had someone ask me, “if I was getting sick and said I felt feverish?”.  I laughed and explained to them that they warmed my heart, literally. So go make a difference and hug and snuggle with someone today!  Surprise them by giving and give to yourself the power to heal your own body!

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A Creative Twist At Fear

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Have you ever prayed for something that was a mixed blessing AND it was answered? I recently did. Being in a position of consistent and wearisome turbulence, I prayed for exactly what I feared.  What a concept! Pray FOR what you fear? The turbulence did not go away, but there was a peace that came over me (and is still there) and has given me patience to face whatever lies ahead.

Within weeks what I prayed for presented itself and while in some ways it hurt my heart, I also knew that this was His answered prayer.  It was incredibly humbling and put me in complete awe of how God listens! I am slow to make decisions and my faith really weighs heavy on how I TRY to live my life. That does not mean I do not mess up every single day.  There have also been some other factors that have played out miraculously and it’s been so “in my face” how God has been aligning some details that only I would know He has, according to the fears I have/had. It’s not that i still don’t worry HOW I am suppose to handle the situation according to His will. I very much do. This mixed blessing has made me smile, even though from a secular standpoint I should be so upset, the spiritual side has seen a prayer answered in a way that is creatively beautiful. Thinking about a bigger picture and how God works for all of our good so that none shall perish, I can’t help but wonder if He’s lining up each one of us in different ways to grow our faith, relax and rest, learn a new lesson so we can give back to others and repeat the whole cycle again!
In your own situation and don’t we all have something it seems that needs healing, try praying for what worries your heart and giving the power back to God to be creative. He is the Master of Design after all.  What I feared and fretted over, I actually then prayed to take place. It did. Then, as quick as it presented itself, it timed out and is gone.  Look at the bigger picture if you can, once you are on the other side. If it’s just a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day process, then that is exactly what your heart, mind, and body need to attempt to heal.
*This adorable photo of my most precious youngest daughter having a hissy fit in the bluebonnets reflects sometimes how we all feel, doesn’t it?  We can be surrounded by beauty and just having a good old fashion meltdown.  So, find positive ways to heal your heart.
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The Healing Power of Touch — Suvarna Ventures

Sometime last year, I accidentally bumped into someone I knew few decades ago. He owned a music shop and I would buy audio cassettes from him regularly. Both of us were overjoyed to meet after such a long gap. He went on to tell me that he was in deep financial trouble and how his family, […]

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The Great Outdoors And Pink Fleece

Happily capable of donning my cowboy boots and walking acreage for a living, being mindful of snakes, feral hogs, bee hives, and the such, I love being female! Have you seen the great pink camouflage outfits at Bass Pro Shop?  There is such soft comfortable pretty and useful outdoor gear for us ladies.

When was the last time you truly were in the great wild outdoors? I’m talking about hiking, camping by tent or motorhome, skipped rocks over and over at the river, kayaked, jumped rocks until you fell in up to your ankles or knee, grilled over a campfire, noticed a starry sky in the woods and so much more to enjoy.  When you are hurting, this is the perfect place to allow some rest to your nerves.  Slowing down and noticing the fragrance of certain trees, hearing the wind rustle the leaves and birds versus a cell phone attached to your hand, the TV, radio, or Ipad.  A break from social media, certain people, expectations, and pleasing others can be a drive away.

Put on something that makes you feel good. I know that can depend on your mood.  I have a favorite pair of pretty black Luccese high shaft boots that I wear to walk acreage when I’m working.  I feel safer in them and they look great, plus they are like wearing soft old broken-in tennis shoes.  When I am not working and my soul needs the outside, if it is cold I wear something fleecy and pink or black.  I wear old Levi jeans (because I still think of snakes and think they are sturdier than yoga pants!) and some old Dan Roper broken in boots.  If it’s hot outside, I usually choose one of my husbands dress shirts and tie it up.  Make yourself look pretty, even if you are alone and won’t see a soul.  This is for you. It’s a date for yourself, for your stressed out nerves, for your eyes that need to cry, for pent up feelings that need to be expressed in solitude to a forest, to catch your breath and give you a chance to heal what hurts. image

In The Heat of The Moment

image When you think of your seasons of being exhausted, have you ever truly considered the relaxing powers of a hot bubble bath?  There are so many ways to enjoy a bath, whether its a large garden tub or the standard size found in most homes.  I’ve had both, but over the last 7 years it has been the standard size.  While I dream of one day again having a larger bath tub, I am still wonderfully transformed in a yummy hot bath every single day!

Yes, my knees come up out of the water. However, I have found a brilliant way to offset that little negative aspect.  I make the water very hot, for me that is around 120*.  So, having my legs bent with knees exposed to the cool air feels great!  It has become a quiet ritual for me to add Epsom salts,  a fragrant bubble bath product that smells Heavenly to me, maybe a candle (this depends on how much time I truly have because I want the candle to give off a scent, not just glow), and a washcloth that has a few sprinkles of an essential oil.  Because the heat of the bath makes me thirsty, I usually prefer a cold glass of milk beside me to enjoy.

You will be so pleasantly surprised how your body will thank you for allowing it to melt in the water and relax. Let your mind go. Rest. Play some pretty music on your IPad, listen to a motivational speech or sermon.  Close your eyes, shut the door if needed, and let the day wash away. Tomorrow is tomorrow, but today can end peacefully in the heat of the moment or in hot water. It’s a different way to view that negative figure of speech…. Go enjoy a bath!

Enfusia Cocoon Baby Bubble Bath     is one of my favorite new lines!  I fell in love with their Frankincense bath salts initially.  They also have their Fizz and Foam Bath Bombs, which are so fun, make the bath smell so yummy and if you place it under your shoulders while bathing, it tickles your back!  This is a Texas lady who started this line and I am very picky about my bath products.

The Will To Heal

imageWhen you are overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, I think it’s interesting how you can be exhausted and at the same time feel your heart racing like you’ve had too much coffee.  I let my body feel these strange symptoms today. To me, they were conflicting symptoms and if I looked at the bigger picture, my mind and heart were also processing conflicting scenarios.  Fight or flight, being absolutely physically and emotionally exhausted but unable to sleep.

Being IN the emotions, taking IN the pain or heartache as they seemingly take your body to its own place of bizarreness are putting you on a path of healing. It may not seem like it, but the process can be fascinating if you will appreciate HOW your body and mind repair itself.  The brain is either analyzing or numb. The body just wants a soft cozy place to lay or is fidgety.  The emotional side of your heart will be wherever it is based on WHY you are even in this overwhelming situation.

Allow yourself to notice these details. Be thankful for the miracle of your body attempting to heal itself. Your body is stepping up to the plate when you feel you cannot handle the stress.  How amazing that these conflicting symptoms are working together to bring peace to your spirit. It may take a while depending on what the stressors are, but  noticing the small details of your BEAUTIFUL body at work is something incredible. You may think you are down and out or cannot keep going, but look at your body’s will to live, to heal, to survive. Let it do its job and you just find the small simple things that bring you joy.  Remember these details of your heartache so you can lift another soul in their time of need and give back to the body that has healed you in your time of need.

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