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 179: Reinventing Your Body



We have a completely new body every two years!

The physical body has an extraordinary capacity for healing and constant renewal, so why are some people in continuous pain?

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

So why is it that some people do not heal, even though their bodies have the capacity for complete renewal?

The answer might surprise you. They reinvent their body the same way over and over again, so that:

  • It retains the same patterns
  • It has the same illnesses
  • It has the same problems

The same pain:

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

Do you see how this works?

The body CAN heal, but the thoughts, feelings and beliefs must work in the same direction with the healing process, not against it!



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 178: A New Body In Two Years!



The body you have right now is not the same body you had a few months ago or a year ago.

You create a new liver every six weeks; a new stomach lining every five weeks; a new skeleton every 3 months. Even the actual raw material of your DNA changes every 6 weeks: the DNA which stores memories of millions of years of evolutionary time.

In fact, if you consider every atom in the body, they are all replaced in less than two years.

That’s right: you have a completely new body every two years!

In his book “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You”, Dr. Deepak Chopra explains the body’s infinite capacity for change and renewal. He offers five breakthroughs for the body and five for the soul to help build awareness and change the distorted energy patterns that create disease, infirmity, and aging.

Your body has an extraordinary capacity for healing.

So why are you or someone you know still in pain?

I’ll explain tomorrow what’s standing in the way.



365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 35: Beyond Fear Part 3 – Collective Fear


I am very grateful to have known and understood fear. For the last couple of years I have been studying it; actually I became fascinated by it, because of the grip it had on me personally. I learned a lot about it, defined it and categorized it and now am ready to share it all with you. This is important; too important not to share.

Healing cannot occur in the presence of fear. The healing process requires the full release of fear. Most people are afraid to look within because fear is the only field that they have been truly trained in, repeatedly and consistently, every single day throughout their lives.

Let’s start dismantling the concept of fear together. Understanding that fear defines our limitations will give us the tools to unleash the force of inner healing.

Intrinsic part of our lives, fears can be categorized as follows:

  1. Sociological
  2. Perceptual
  3. Temporal
  4. Universal

I will explain these categories, one by one. Hold on to your seat, this is big! Let’s start with the the first category, which can be divided farther.

  1. Sociological fear can be:
  • Societal or collective
  • Familial
  • Individual

Today let’s look at the:

  • Societal or collective fear

We are the children of our society and we have been forged and conditioned, taught and chiseled by our forefathers’ beliefs, rules, accomplishments and fears. This would be all good news if our society was based on love, compassion, understanding and respect. Unfortunately it is not. With maybe a few isolated and small cultures around the globe, we live in a world shaped and defined by fear.

Society has been very effective in teaching us to live in fear: fear of war, of cancer, of financial crisis and depression, fear of God, of heart disease, of terrorism, fear of going to hell, of not having the right job, fear of other people, of other nations and other customs, fear of being too fat to be considered beautiful or too weak to become successful, of illnesses and viruses and epidemics.

We live our lives in various gradients of fear without even being aware of this fact. We are imbued with fear in all its colors, flavors and intensities.

Fear is everywhere. People take their first dose of daily fear with their morning coffee, while watching the news, reading the newspaper or listening to the car radio on their way to work. They start to feel the fists of fear in their guts right after brushing their teeth in the morning.

The truth is that fear sells. It is also true that for every sad and disconcerting thing that we hear about in the news, there is a beautiful, uplifting and empowering thing that is happening somewhere in the world in the exact same time. Unfortunately, that would not sell, so the accent is put on what sells: tragedy, pain, and fear. A continuous stream of fear-creating news is bombarding us all day long.

Scientists study the effects of fear on individuals and society. Dr. Deepak Chopra and Jim Clifton in their article entitled “The Fear Factor: How Scared Are People?” say:

“Over the past decade the word “fear” has become all too familiar. After 9/11, critics of the war on terror called it fear-mongering. After the financial crash of 2008, living in a climate of fear became the lot of millions of people who lost their jobs, retirement accounts, and homes.

In the face of such violence, the prevalence of fear can have a profound effect on the health, well-being, and economic development: if a society is in a constant state of fear, it won’t produce anything good.”

Fear is a phenomenon with a strong grasp on our society, and if we are in a constant state of fear, we cannot produce the antidote.

I will explain all the categories of fear in my future posts. Stay tuned!


365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 4: Synchronicity


Before I wrote my first post three days ago, I shared with you that I had this idea to start a year long journey of gratitude. Well, this is not quite the whole truth. The idea was born out of a moment of alignment with something greater than me. As I was thinking about the Facebook challenge, I was in resonance with the energy of gratitude and in an inner state of coherence. I felt grateful for so many things; I felt so light and full of joy that all I could think was that every single person needs to know this secret: gratitude heals our wounds and sets us free. The words started to pour into my mind, so I sat down at my desk and posted my intention to start the 365 Days of Gratitude and write about it, so that others can learn about the power of gratitude and use it in their own lives. So, you see, the idea reached me.  And then I took action; I sealed the deal so to speak. I made a commitment to myself and to you, because I had just felt what I now know: there was a greater purpose for me to start this journey. How do I know? Because the Universe/Source/God (or whatever name you use for this great energy that we are all part of) gave me a sign.

OK, I can imagine some people rolling their eyes after reading my last sentence. If you are one of them let me explain, and then you can make whatever you want of it. I will relate to you two events that happened since I started my posts.

On Day 2, after trying to write about a different topic and encountering laptop slowdown and words slowdown, I went to take a shower and then wrote about Water. My words were then typed with flow and ease. I published the post and a couple of hours later, a client sent me this email: “Rucsandra, I smiled when I saw your gratitude piece on water – during my class at Mitrea Wellness today water kept coming up and the teacher joked that it was a “water class” – we and your studio are in harmony!”. The class happened before I published my post. I smiled too, and felt grateful for paying attention to Water.

On Day 3, which was yesterday, I wrote about Ioana’s healing journey following her stroke, but did not write about the fact the she was killed in a motorcycle accident 4 years ago. I would not have shared this with you today either, because I know that I will write about her death later and tell you about one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. But now I had to tell you, because of what happened yesterday.

Yesterday I wrote the first draft for my post about Ioana and then went to have breakfast with my friends from Vancouver who were returning home in the evening. I decided the night before to take them to Marchè on Bay Street, because it’s close to the subway, it has great architecture and many food choices. At the restaurant, I realized that my last time there was about 6 years ago, with Ioana and my friend Fraser, whom I have not seen in a couple of years. I felt a little giggle coming up and sent a smile to Ioana to thank her for inspiring me that day.

And now, get ready!

As I was relating these very facts to my friends, Fraser walks into the restaurant!! He had a breakfast meeting right there, while I was there, on the day I wrote about Ioana.

What do you think now? Was that a sign? It was for me. I will write this blog every day for a full year, because it feels right, true and powerful and because of the synchronicity. The Divine/Source/God/Universe gave me signs two days in a row so I know that I am doing something that will inspire others, that will help someone find the gift in a great challenge, feel gratitude for the challenge itself and become free.

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” – Dr. Deepak Chopra

Today I am grateful for the synchronicities and I am ready for the miraculous!

Have you read “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul“by Deepak Chopra? Dr. Chopra has inspired millions of people with his bestselling books that explore the mind/body connection and the power of spirit. Experience with him the miracles that unfold when we connect the body directly to the awesome mysteries that give life meaning–directly to the soul.