Sunday, November 23, 2008

Take a deep breath, 4 drops of Feel5ive, & turn off the TV

It's slightly difficult to remain upbeat and positive when the television is screaming that bad times are coming and newspapers are reporting financial crisis at every opportunity.

The only way to remain happy and enjoy your life as the current mess is sorted out is to make a conscious effort.

First, realize that the media thrives on bad news and puts the worst possible spin on everything it reports. Just this week I read a long article about the budget cuts in Washington State. It was pure doom and gloom. When I got to the middle of the article I had to go back and read one short paragraph twice, just to make sure I really understood it - because that short paragraph told the truth of the matter.

These aren't spending cuts at all! These are cuts in the budget increases that the governor wanted. The fact was, she'll only get to increase spending about half as much as she'd have liked.

Mark Twain once said "Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." I'm not so sure about all those advertisements, but but I do believe the man made a valid point. We must not believe (and worry about) everything we read or hear.

We can either analyze every piece of information to find out if reported bad news is really not bad news at all, or we can choose to go forward with a positive mindset, so positive things can flow into our lives. If we buy into the panic, we're apt to make choices that aren't in our best interests. And if we spend our days worried, we'll certainly not feel happy!

So, turn off the TV and listen to music that makes you smile. Take a deep breath and think of someone you love. And give yourself a dose of Feel5ive whenever you start to feel anxiety.

Something else Mark Twain said: "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."

So don't waste your life on worry!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Should you see a Bach practitioner, or use the questionnaire?

The answer to that lies in your own personality, and how comfortable you are with sharing your feelings.

A Bach practitioner is trained to help you get to the root cause of an unpleasant emotion. For instance, you may think you're feeling anger at someone who won't cooperate. That may lead you to think that you're too demanding or controlling.

In fact, your feelings may stem from something you've "hidden" from yourself, such as hurt feelings over something that person said or dead - perhaps years ago. By talking through those feelings with the Bach practitioner, you may find a solution that lets you uncover - and release - a long standing hurt.

On the other hand, if you're such a private person that you couldn't possibly explore your feelings with someone else, you'll do better by studying the descriptions of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies found in the Feel Bach! brochure, digging deep into your own feelings, and filling out the questionnaire. The questions are designed to help you get to the root of things, and re-balance the energies that are causing your distress.

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are feeling the stirrings of apprehension that come from knowing we'll be seeing people who always make us uncomfortable. Now is the time to figure out why certain people have that effect on us, and to do something about it!

Make this year the one that truly brings you Happy Holidays! Bach flower essences will help.

Here's to joy!

P.S. If you don't have a copy of the FeelBach! brochure, go here to request it! Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Using Bach Flowers to heal emotional trauma in dogs

This week we had a question about how to help a dog overcome a severe trauma.

It seems the dog had committed a transgression, and the owner had become so enraged, he beat the dog. Now it will hardly eat, has diarrhea, and cowers when people come near.

Since the dog can't tell us exactly how he feels, we assumed that he's suffering from rejection, fear, anger, and loss of trust. We considered the attributes of each of the 38 Bach flower essences, and suggested a blend to help him recover.

We also suggested that his person take the questionnaire and get a personal remedy to treat his own emotional state, since the beating was an out-of-control act that may or may not have had anything to do with the severity of the dog's sins.

Meanwhile, we suggested that the man and the friend who wrote us both take time to lavish love and affection on that dog. Bach Flower Remedies will help to rebalance his energies and let him trust again, but he does need to see some signs that there is someone there to trust.

Many disbelieve that dogs understand English. I personally feel very jealous of them because they can understand me while I cannot understand them. English is apparently an easier language to learn than "dog." Or else they're smarter than we are.

But whether the dog understands the actual words spoken, or merely the emotions conveyed, sitting down beside him and apologizing is the first thing this pet owner should do. That is, assuming he's sorry he inflicted this pain upon the dog.

If he isn't sorry, then perhaps the dog needs a different home, because dogs are dogs. He will undoubtedly "sin" again.

After that, the people in this dog's life need to show approval and affection at every opportunity. That isn't to say the dog should not have discipline. Dogs, like children, need to have limits set. But there's a huge difference between discipline and beatings.

I send good wishes for their mutual healing...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Getting ready for stress-free holidays with Bach flowers

Some folks can hardly wait - they're excited over the shopping, the cooking, the gift wrapping, addressing cards, and most of all - getting together at holiday parties and huge family gatherings.

Others are visibly shrinking as the holidays approach - they're dreading the whole season and wishing they could just go hide somewhere until it's over.

Which are you?

If you're finding yourself among those who dread the holidays, now is the time to figure out why they bother you so much, and do something to adjust your energies. You deserve to enjoy this season just as much as anyone else!

If this is the time of year when you say "yes" to far too many requests, Centaury may be just what you need to help you say "no," while Oak will allow you to take much-needed down time rather than work yourself into exhaustion.

If you spend the holidays afraid because friends and family are traveling, Aspen will help you combat unfounded worry over their travel.

If you've lost a loved one this year and feel bitterness and self-pity as the holidays approach, Willow will help you to enjoy life as it now is.

Get out your Feel Bach! brochure and read about the many emotions that could be blocking your happiness. Then decide which flower essences you need to raise your happiness and enjoyment levels this season.

If you don't have a brochure, please visit to request one - and while you're there you can read the on-line descriptions or take the easy questionnaire. The FeelBach! experts will put together your personal blend based on your answers.

This year, enjoy the holiday season to its fullest, with help from Bach Flower Remedies.