Gratitude for Grains of Sand

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving - a time to be grateful. Why do we need a spacial day to focus on gratitude - an essential ingredient of health and well-being? Another topic for another day…

I am grateful for the grains of sand breathed in from a 3-week class entitled: LITERARY MIDWIVES: ASSISTING IN THE DELIVERY OF WORDS AND STORIES, offered at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in St. Paul, MN. The course description defined “literary widwife” as, “Someone who helps another find words or stories, whether for the unspeakable, the challenging or the sublime....” It was about giving birth to voice, words and poems to experiences in life that might be left untold. The class provided an ...

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I attended the 2014 ADVANCING CANCER HEALTH EQUITY Conference in Bloomington, MN last week. It was a half-day program. You will noticed in the agenda that there were two Plenary Sessions and two break-out opportunities. The plenary speeches gave me much food for thought. I need to better understand what attitude is being irritated by these grains of sand.

Here is the briefest synopsis of my afternoon:

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." World Health Organization, 1948. Speakers at the 2014 Advancing Cancer Health Equity were united in expressing the reality of, the nature of and serious degree of health inequity in Minnesota. According to Keynote...

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This kind of press enlivens my mission. Thank you Julie Pfitzinger and Southwest Metro Magazine.

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I am so blessed to be able to initiate and support this work. Thank you Drs. Annie Heiderscheit and John Wagner.

Healing notes

A U of M study evaluates music therapy’s potential to soothe, relax, and maybe even accelerate healing

By Nicole Endres

His sick son was irritable, and the father didn’t know what to do. The South American family had come from literally the other side of the world to University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital so the boy could get the blood and marrow transplant (BMT) they hoped would save his life. But that day, the father felt helpless. It seemed like nothing could soothe his son.

Then he picked up a small instrument called a reverie harp, which he’d received from music therapist Annie Heiderscheit. He sat by his son’s bed and played until the boy fell asleep. Read more...

Change is inevitable. In the song, “Closing Time” there is a lyric, “Every new beginning comes at some other beginning’s end.” Transformation is intentional. While a gift of grace, it is purposeful and not effortless. Within the depths of winter, it is hard to imagine spring. The beauty of nature takes time. Think of transformation as tending a garden – your very own little plot of earth. Trust that it can be cultivated and that cultivation will bring it to its full potential. Even though it’s full of rocks and the soil is dry, you begin to plow this plot with patience, sowing the seeds of your future well-being. At the beginning, joy might be found in just feeling that your situation – you...

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This week I had the privilege of being invited to share my message with a group of adults with various neurological diseases at the Fairview MS Achievement Center’s (MSAC’s) day program in St. Paul, MN. I was invited by the staff chaplain, who had happened upon my book in a retail store, purchased it, and subsequently participated in the full-day Healing on Purpose which I conducted for The Center for Spirituality & Healing in April.

I was asked to provide a 60-minute, informal program to inspire the patients. I prepared for my time there, deciding what I would include in my comments and how I would involve those present. I had asked and been encouraged to bring copies of my book to sell at the end of our time together. W...

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Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at the Mayo Clinic’s National Cancer Survivors’ Day Event in Rochester, MN. It was a terrific crowd of enthusiastic people who understand the importance of living life every day. The theme was Italian – was this meant to be? Penso di si.

National Cancer Survivors Day in Rochester

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day and it is celebrated in many communities around the world and the U.S. The celebration is normally marked every first Sunday in June and today Rochester had its own inspiring survivor who shared hope and resilience to a crowd at the International Event Center.
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And a second media coverage:

Hundreds come together in celebration of cancer survival in Roche...

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