By Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A., CHES
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can take a breath and actually breathe and think, even though it really wasn't stressful. I had the opportunity to come back to Virginia from Florida to see three of my daughters, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren (not the ones I raised). I have only been gone from Virginia for five months but found how much I missed my kids and grandchildren. The children were so cute. My grandson often suffers from ADHD and loves to have me rub his hands and then work my "magic" on them. Then the little girls wanted me to do the same to them. In turn they rubbed my hands and then cupped their hands around mine to transmit energy between our hands. "Wow," I said, "You are going to be great healers some day." We get into that type of thing.
Oh how I miss these little girls climbing on my lap. I was reading the other day about how to change a depressed crummy mood into something more pleasant. One of the suggestions was to think about something that brings you Inner Joy and focus on it. Well what came to my mind was how rocking a baby and singing brings me absolute "pure joy." I can literally not think of anything that has ever brought more joy to me than singing and rocking a baby to sleep or a small child. So that is what I have been trying to do. Whenever, a sad feeling creeps in, I visualize and let myself feel this feeling of "pure joy." It is not as good as the real thing, but it does get the mind temporarily off of negative thoughts.
I have a lot of things that I find fun, but few things bring the "pure joy" of rocking a child. I am glad I had years of experience. I often had two or three rocking chairs throughout my home. I guess it is just my thing.
Holistic Health & Wellness Educator