365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 225: Cruelty Cutter

beagle puppies

I have been using a great app lately that allowed me to switch all household cleaning products to cruelty free ones, as well as all my cosmetics.

From what I have read, around 80,000 animals are used for testing and then killed in Canada alone. You read it right: 80,000; dogs (Beagles because they are even-tempered and forgiving), cats and other small animals. Some of them get rescued, the vast majority do not. The number made me cry. Even one animal used for testing is one too many!!

The suffering we inflict on powerless animals is horrific and completely unnecessary!

There are great cruelty free choices, and this app gives you a growing list of options. They are better for you and don’t contribute to the suffering of innocent beings.

CRUELTY-CUTTER is cruelty-free shopping made simple! Cast-away any doubts when purchasing items by using this app to scan an item and have an immediate response about it’s animal-testing status. Cruelty-Cutter has every company in the “Leaping Bunny” and PETA lists and thousands more. It is the most up-to-date and vigilant cruelty-free list on the market.

Download the app at Cruelty-Cutter.Org and start switching your products now.

And share with your friends and family, so that they can use less chemicals in their lives.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 224: Intelligent Healing Machine


Does your body need healing? Is your back hurting or your digestive system in trouble? Do you suffer from high blood pressure or asthma? Is there osteoarthritis in your hips?

There is one powerful, intelligent healing machine that can do it all!

And the good news is that you do not need to go and buy it. You already have it: it is your BODY!

Your body’s innate healing power is far greater than anything you could ever purchase. It has the capacity to heal completely, unless its healing processes are tempered with.

What can hinder, slow down or stop your healing process?

  • Lack of awareness
  • Not understanding how the body heals
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Mistreatment
  • Buying into the fear spread by the medical profession
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Chronic use of anti-inflammatories
  • Lack of exercise
  • Fear of exercise
  • Excess of exercise
  • Wrong exercise
  • Dehydration
  • Emotional distress
  • And more…

“Remember, your body is an exquisite machine that is tuned to create health. The question to ask each time you prepare to eat or decide when to go to bed or what type of exercise to do is: Do I want to degenerate, or regenerate? The choice – and the power – is yours. “

– Dr. Joseph Mercola




365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 223: Feeling Like A Pressure Cooker?

pressure cooker

What happens when a closed pressure cooker is heated on the stove? Simple: there is  a lot of pressure created inside the hermetically closed pot.

If you try to open it when hot, you will get burned and the stuff inside will splatter all over your kitchen.

A hot pressure cooker: this is how people who cannot express emotions, who do not communicate how they feel and what they want, get to feel on a daily basis. They are ready to explode and sometimes they do in violent, inappropriate ways, angry with random people or unrelated events.

Did you ever feel like that? Did you ever lash out at the person in front of you only to be left exhausted, confused and drained once it was all over?

If you did, then there are things inside you that you are keeping hidden even from yourself. Until you get in touch with them and heal your hurt and anger, you will continue to function like a pressure cooker.

And here’s the thing: the building pressure of the burning hot steam will hurt you physically, emotionally and mentally.

Take the pot off the stove, let it cool off completely and then open the lid, willing to look inside.

Examine what you find with compassion and love for yourself.

Let go. Heal. Don’t let the steam burn you.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 222: Mothers And Daughters

mother and daughter

Before you were born, YOUR CELLS were FEELING everything that your mother’s cells felt. When you were formed as a new life potential in your mother’s womb, your continuously growing number of cells were nestled at the core of your mother’s body, surrounded by HER CELLS. Your cells were PART OF HER BODY. Do you get this? This is BIG. This is POWERFUL. What it means is that your cells were already responding to her emotions, to her feelings of joy or despair, fear or love.

Most of what we believe to be true might not be a personally formulated opinion, but rather a transfer from our mothers. Unless we decide to live an examined life and become conscious in our thoughts, emotions and actions, we live in a pre-programmed, unquestioned manner.

Here’s what Dr. Christiane Northrup says about this:

“The mother-daughter relationship is at the headwaters of every woman’s health. Our bodies and our beliefs about them were formed in the soil of our mother’s emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. Even before birth, our mother provides us with our first experience of nurturing. She is our first and most powerful female role model. It is from her that we learn what it is to be a woman and care for our bodies. Our cells divided and grew to the beat of her heart. Our skin, hair, heart, lungs, and bones were nourished by her blood, blood that was awash with the neurochemicals formed in response to her thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. If she was fearful, anxious, and deeply unhappy about her pregnancy, our bodies knew it. If she felt safe, happy, and fulfilled, we felt that, too.” –  excerpt from Dr. Christiane Northrup’s article  “How Mothers Influence Their Daughters”

My deepest wish for you is to be free of any limiting beliefs, thoughts and ways of being you inherited from your mother, before you had the option to choose your own thoughts and formulate your own opinions.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 221: Stop The Brutality Of Thought Towards YOURSELF!


Are you kind to yourself?

Or are you being brutal in how you think about and talk to yourself?

It is time we start being kind, truly kind to ourselves.

Anna Pinkerton is a psychologist working with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), a powerful and experienced coach, author of “How to Smile Again: Recovery for those in public life but private pain” and the initiator of the “Magic of Kindness” movement in the UK.

Wonderful, inspiring, beautiful and touching video.

I have the honor to call Anna my friend. I have learned a lot from her.

“Kindness is the key to all recovery and healing.” – Anna Pinkerton

Watch. Share.

Be kind to yourself!



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 220: Stepping Out Of Victimhood

you are not a victim

Is there an area of your life where you feel trapped, without solution or escape?

First of all, even when you do not know what to do and cannot not see a way out, I want you to know that there is always a solution.



But here’s the thing: as long as you feel like a victim and believe that what you are experiencing is happening TO YOU, you cannot see the solution.

Victimhood keeps you a long ways away from the very thing you desire.

So what do you do?

Here’s sage advice and great wisdom from Louise Hay:

“When we want to change a condition, we need to say so. “I am willing to release the pattern within me that is creating this condition.” You can say this to yourself over and over every time you think of your illness or problem. The minute you say it, you are stepping out of the victim class. You are no longer helpless; you are acknowledging your own power. You are saying, “I am beginning to understand that I created this. I now take my own power back. I am going to release this old idea and let it go.”
― Louise L. HayYou Can Heal Your Life



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 219: Chased By The Tiger?


I made a commitment to myself to live FEARLESSLY and I do. I follow my heart, my intuition and make my decisions in alignment with who I am.

Living without fear does not mean that I put myself in dangerous situations in order to prove to myself or to others that I can overcome fear.

Living in the absence of fear means that I do not have a knot inside my stomach everyday, from fears known and unknown; unfortunately, most people do.

In the process of releasing fear I have acquired skills that allow me to recognize when fear starts to peak its head, so that I can look at it, understand where it’s coming from and release it.

Refusing to live in fear means that my decisions are not based in fear, but rather stem from trusting the processes of life.

Most people are consumed with fear and are devoured by it every single minute. The stress fear creates is tremendous and can cause serious illness.

Lissa Rankin, M.D. author of ‘’Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself ’’ says:

“The stress response is there to protect you in case a tiger chases you. But these days, we’re pretty safe from tigers, and yet our stress responses get triggered, on average, over 50 times per day. How? The amygdala in your lizard brains perceives negative thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, such as financial fears, relationship worries, work stress, loneliness, or pessimism, as threats equally scary as a tiger. Then BOOM. The scaredy-cat amygdala goes on red alert, and when this happens, our bodies can’t repair themselves.”

Do you have a tiger in your life?



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 218: Are You Feeling Pain Or Are You Suffering?


Suffering and pain are very different things.

The physical body is fully equipped to heal and release pain. I have witnessed this process in my clients countless times throughout the years. Even when the actual pain sensation is acute, sharp and intense, it can dissipate quite quickly; that is, if the body is allowed to do what it knows.

Now, falling down a ladder and breaking a few ribs will be painful, of course.

What I am talking about is the fact that in the absence of fear and panic, the physical sensation of pain diminishes considerably.

Suffering is something different altogether. Suffering is the hidden culprit behind chronic pain; it is the vicious circle that must be broken so that the body can heal.

Pain is not the same as suffering. Left to itself, the body discharges pain spontaneously, letting go of it the moment that the underlying cause is healed. Suffering is pain that we hold on to. It comes from the mind’s mysterious instinct to believe that pain is good, or that it cannot be escaped, or that the person deserves it.” ― Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Is your body in pain?

Ask yourself if deep inside, you are suffering.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 217: Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

body and mind

The cells in your body react to everything your mind says. Negative thinking and attitudes create chronic stress that upsets the body’s hormonal balance. Negativity is known to bring down the immune system.

Negative thinking is more destructive than you think. It can ruin your brain, body and overall health on the long term.

Traditional Chinese Medicine associates emotional conflicts/negativity to specific organ functions:

  • The heart can be affected by excess excitement
  • The kidneys can be affected by fear or shock
  • The lungs can be affected by sadness or suppressed grief
  • The spleen and pancreas can be affected by worry or pensiveness
  • The liver can be affected by anger or frustration

Ancient Greek Medicine considered the mind and the body as being strongly interconnected.  The ancient Greeks ideal of health was holistic and is expressed in the maxim, “Mens sana in corpore sano”, which means “A sound mind in a healthy body”.

Native American Medicine promotes mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Traditional healing includes a wide range of activities to improve well-being and restore the balance of a person’s mind, body and spirit, which is necessary for healing. They also say that diseases are more likely to invade the body of a person who is imbalanced, has negative thinking, or lives an unhealthy lifestyle.

Change your mind. Change your body.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 216: Creating Your Body


The body you have right now is not the body you had one year ago.

You reinvent your body every year:

  • New stomach liming cells every 5 days
  • All new red blood cells every 4 months
  • A completely new skeleton every 10 years
  • New lungs in a year

So why is it that if you suffer, let’s say, from chronic pain, you do not get to feel better month after month after month, as your body keeps replacing old cells with new ones.

The problem is that even though your physical body has an extraordinary capacity for renewal, you reinvent it the same way over and over again, through your thinking, emotional health and beliefs.

Your body retains the same patterns; it has the same illnesses; it has the same problems.

The condition that is creating discomfort or pain:

  • Is recreated over and over again
  • Remains the same month after month, year after year
  • Is now a powerful belief
  • Controls you

Dr.  Andrew Weil, author of  ’’SPONTANEOUS HEALING: How To Discover And Enhance Your Body’s Natural Ability To Maintain And Heal Itself.’’

“People can get better. More than that, they can get better from all sorts of conditions of disease, even very severe ones of long duration.”

What is required in order to heal?

What do the people who get better tap into in order to change their condition?

More on this tomorrow.