Three Keys to Promoting Healing, Resilience, and Transformation

website image and butterflyWe live in challenging times. Through personal and professional experiences I have come to appreciate three keys to remaining healthy and resilient amidst constant stress and change:

1.  Increase Self-awareness

2. Use Self-care practices

3. Reconnect with your heart and authentic Self

To increase Self-awareness we need to ask: Who am I? What do I want and/or need? Where am I going? What are the unique gifts and talents I possess, my “original medicine,” which will nourish and support well-being for myself, my family, and others?

Many options are available for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual Self-care practices.  Self-awareness will promote discernment regarding which practice(s) serve us at specific times, along with when, where, why, and how to use these tools to promote healing, resilience, and transformation.

Physical Self-care practices may include: walking, dancing, yoga, tai chi, qigong, exercise, movement, nutrition, bodywork, spending time in nature, and getting sufficient sleep and rest. Mental Self-care practices may include: learning to manage stress; discovering work, vocations, and callings that promote self-esteem and well-being for ourselves, others, and our world; balancing and promoting financial well-being. Emotional Self-care practices may include: relationships and social connections; laughter and play; developing listening and communication skills. Spiritual or life force Self-care practices may include: reconnecting with our hearts and why we are here — our life meaning and purpose; experiencing gratitude, joy, beauty, and  creativity; giving and receiving love; partaking in spiritual connections that ground, align, and support us as bridges between heaven and earth that is described in Chinese medicine. There are many other Self-care practices that could be added: music, art, gardening, pets, crafts, hobbies, sports, etc. Add your own flair and preferences to whatever you choose.

Reconnecting with our hearts and authentic Self occurs through Self-awareness and Self-care practices. These tools and strategies shed Light on our path and bring new insights and learning. Each deepens our connection to inner wisdom and guidance. Each promotes soul actualization.

Healing is a lifelong process of growth, development, and transformation, a journey that is enriched as we invite and encourage Self-compassion, Self-trust, Self-respect, and Self-love with ourselves and companions we meet along the way.

Who are you? What do you want and/or need for your life journey? Where are you going and with whom? What unique gifts and talents do you possess that can promote peace and healing one minute and/or one person at a time?

What specific physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual Self-care practices will best serve you this week? When, where, and how will you use them?

Witness how it feels to connect with your heart and authentic Self or true nature. What do you notice physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually during each reconnection?

Namaste…….Gina

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Several years ago I watched in awe as a family of doves created the nest pictured above near our garage. The doves patiently sat upon the eggs, which would soon break open and bring forth new life that spring. I was reminded of this event and the birthing process as Mother’s Day approached this year. Clearing out boxes of photos and memories last month, I unexpectedly came upon a Mother’s Day card I had made for my mother when I was six years old. This precious memory was with other memorabilia I had saved since Mom’s passing in 1992. The drawings I sketched on her card, the love I so freely expressed, and my handwritten note took me back to childhood — a time of innocence and magical beliefs.

On Mother’s Day I still miss buying a card for my Mom and my other mother, Aunt Lilly, who is no longer in physical form. They each walked with me, held me in their hearts, and shaped my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Today I felt a strong sense of their presence surrounding me, an unbreakable connection that is alive and runs like a thread through time. As I sensed the magnitude of this poignant connection I began to consider what they each birthed in their lives, and what they helped me birth in my own through their presence, modeling, and love.

My mother’s example taught me about unconditional love. She continuously demonstrated the joy of giving from a full, strong, clear, and open heart. Her love of family and cooking attracted many to our ever expanding family circle. Mom’s best friend, Aunt Lilly, was the one who recognized and nurtured the real me that was hidden behind defensive walls in childhood. She demonstrated the power in speaking her truth without blame or judgment. Her feisty spirit showed me that this was not only possible, but beneficial to myself and others. Her knitting needles were magic wands, from which she created heartfelt gifts that surrounded others with her love. Aunt Lilly was a character, whose strength, determination, and tough exterior were balanced out by a great sense of humor and deep love for her family and friends. She helped me give birth to the strong, heart-centered woman I am today.

There are many other women who continue to act as midwives in my life. They support each new birth and help me manifest the ever-evolving being I am. Counselors and therapists help me recognize my strengths and growing edges – places of new growth and development. Bodyworkers engage my whole being with their presence and hands, which serve as reflecting mirrors, revealing and connecting me with body wisdom within. “Giggle friends” continuously remind me to bring joy, play, creativity, and laughter into each day. And soul friends grace my life, as we share beauty, honesty, gratitude, compassion, and love.

Who and what are you grateful for this Mother’s Day? Who have been the midwives in your life, and what have you birthed that has affected your life and our world?

Happy Mother’s Day! May your day and hearts be filled with love and joy,

Gina

 


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Events Schedule

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

MAXIMIZING WELL-BEING THROUGH SELF-CARE:  Learn about how to live and remain healthy and resilient amidst daily stress and change. Three solutions will be presented during each FREE introductory evening. See Seva Acupressure classes below for opportunities to learn a specific acupressure program for Self-care following this introduction.   Location: Holmdel, NJ   Wednesday:  May 1 OR  June 12:   7-9 PM
Registration required: 732-706-5216


SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE: Seva Stress Release: Part 1 (3 hours)
The Seva Stress Release program helps manage stress and promotes general relaxation, well-being, and Self-healing. In this three-hour workshop you will learn Seva through demonstration and hands-on practice, and take home six valuable and practical Self-care tools: acupressure, meditation, breath practices, mindfulness, journaling, and body-mind movement (Chakra Tai Chi). $60. Location: Holmdel, NJ.
3 CEUs: massage therapists, nurses, social workers


SEVA ACUPRESSURE WITH OTHERS: Part 2 (3 hours)
Seva Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2. In this three-hour workshop you will learn how to use the Seva Acupressure protocol with others. You will learn through review, demonstration, and practicing the Seva protocol with class participants, seated in chairs and lying fully clothed on massage tables. You will also deepen Self-awareness through meditation and breath practices, Chakra Tai Chi, and use of an Awareness Journal. $60. Location: Holmdel, NJ.
3 CEUs: massage therapists, nurses, social workers

Saturday: May 4 OR June 15  (Take Part 1 & 2 together or separately)
Part 1: 9 AM – Noon      Part 2: 1 – 4 PM
Registration required for Seva Part 1 and Part 2: 732-706-5216


WOMEN’S RETREAT
, VILLA PAULINE, MENDHAM, NJ, May 24-26, 2013

Deepen Self-awareness using meditation, reflection, movement and play. Learn to navigate from your heart and authentic Self. Enhance your ability to show up during change and transforma-tion. Redefine and renew your intuition and life purpose. Explore the beauty and wisdom in Mother Nature and your own nature. Strengthen your connection with Spirit and the Divine Feminine. Presenters: Monique Arcand, Spiritual Advisor; Lu Pierro, Health Coach; Sharon Rasa, DC; Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA
Registration: $444 includes lodging & meals 
www.rasahealth.com/teleseminars-and-events/


SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE: WELLNESS ROCKS, Clinton, NJ
Saturday, June 1:  9AM – 12 Noon. $60
Registration: www.WellnessRocksNJ.com  908-268-0724
3 CEUs: massage therapists, nurses, social workers


MAXIMIZING WELL-BEING THROUGH SELF-CARE: Brandeis National Committee, Wednesday, June 12:   10:30 – 12 Noon, Jackson, NJ

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Happy Spring!

DSCN3937March 20th is one of my favorite days. It’s not only the beginning of spring, but it is also my daughter’s birthday. Today she celebrates four decades of being here on Earth, an almost surreal passing of time. Each year on her birthday I am reminded of the sweetness of spring blossoms, the feelings of expanded freedom to be alive, the unfolding of new life all around, and the welcome joy and sunshine in each day. The flowering cherry trees that grow in Holmdel Park, near my home in New Jersey, are harbingers that remind me of the beauty and expansive gifts Mother Nature presents us with each spring.

Spring takes us from the stillness and hibernation of winter into brighter and longer days, more hours of warmth and sunshine, and a time of new growth and blossoming. In spring we begin to consider what we want to plant in our gardens. Our lives are like a garden. We need to consider what, when, where, and how we will plant. What part(s) of your life are calling for new growth and blossoming? What seeds will you plant this spring? When and how will you plant them, and how will you nourish them? Like a garden, your life needs water, Light, and tending. How will you nourish yourself and the soil in your life garden? What do you need to add so that your blossoms contain abundant beauty, color, and fragrance?  Don’t forget to add the magical elixir within your heart to your gardens….your personal ”Miracle Gro.”

Self-care practices will bring you home, and cultivate increased awareness about new growth pushing forth from within. There are many practices to choose from: meditation, mindfulness, yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, dance, music, art, pets, gardening, sports, etc. Each will nurture you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Become aware of how practices change with each season, especially as spring brings you once again into the warm outdoors.

Take time to consider what you will plant and grow in your life garden as spring begins. How will new growth add meaning and purpose to your life? Cultivate your garden with Self-care practices, clear out the weeds, enjoy watching each new blossom burst forth, and witness what grows when your heart becomes the master gardener.

 

 

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Book Release: “The Heart of Healing”

THOH CoverIt is with great joy that I welcome a new “baby” into the world…a book that has been incubating and developing over the past ten to fifteen years. The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care is here and available at Create Space, www.createspace.com/3970183, and at Amazon.com.

Throughout life we witness births and new beginnings in our families, our jobs, our relationships, our careers, etc. Can you remember the ones that stand out for you?

I still remember watching my father breed and raise canaries when my siblings and I were small. I was filled with awe as each baby canary broke through their shell at birth. Their mother patiently stood by, trusting their ability to do this. I loved being present when my father’s stern exterior softened, as he fed each newborn canary with a small eye dropper, until they could eat on their own. His gentleness revealed the very sensitive heart that existed beneath the surface. Births and new beginnings have a way of opening our hearts and enabling them to blossom.

My children, too, had many pets as they grew up…hamsters, gerbils, goldfish, parakeets, the snake my son brought home during summer break from college, and our dog Max. Each pet needed tending and care, as did my father’s canaries. On most days, this occurred without complaints. Looking back I can see how each pet provided companionship and taught us about showing up and being present from our hearts. The greatest lesson our dog Max gave us, over 14 years, was how to give and receive unconditional love. I find it interesting that we often take better care of our pets and cars than we do of ourselves. This has been true during many times in my life, when I was challenged to learn and practically apply Self-care as a way to regain health and balance.

A significant problem we face today is how to live and be healthy in a world filled with constant stress. During the thirty years I have worked with clients in physical therapy, three solutions to this problem continuously became apparent:

  1. increase Self-awareness
  2. use Self-care practices
  3. return home to the heart and authentic Self

It was these experiences with clients that pushed me to write this book about the themes we encounter during healing, and how to maximize well-being through Self-care. The healing journey is challenging, and often brings us into the dark, muddy waters of life….like the waters in which the lotus grows. Healing tools and strategies help us to become empowered and grow through these times. As we come out the other side of healing journeys, we frequently discover what remains beautiful in ourselves and our life. We, too blossom, like the lotus, as we reach up and out of darkness into the Light.

The Heart of Healing will be a valuable resource guide for each reader, one which reminds us of the vast widom that exists in the last place we often look, within ourselves.

Namaste….Gina

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events: Seva Acupressure for Self-Care

DSCN4266Acupressure for Self Care: Seva Stress Release: Part 1 (3 hours)

Many cultures around the world practice giving service from the heart. Giving to another person with no expectation of personal gain (Seva) benefits the giver as well as the receiver. The Seva Stress Release program helps manage stress and promotes general relaxation, well-being, and Self-healing.

In this interactive three-hour workshop you will learn Seva through demonstration and hands-on practice, and take home six valuable and practical Self-care tools: acupressure, meditation and breath practices, mindfulness, journaling, and body-mind movement (Chakra Tai Chi).

Fee: $60 (Seva Part One is a pre-requisite for Seva Part Two)

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Seva Stress Release: Part Two (3 hours)

In this dynamic three-hour workshop you will learn how to use the Seva Acupressure protocol with others. You will learn through review, demonstration, and practicing the Seva protocol with other class participants, seated in chairs and lying fully clothed on massage tables. You will also deepen Self-awareness through practicing Chakra Tai Chi, meditation and breath practices, mindfulness, and use of an Awareness Journal.

Fee: $60

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Holmdel, New Jersey Class Schedule: (pre-registration required for Introductions and classes; Introductions not required for Seva Class)*

*Questions/Registration: Regina Rosenthal — 732-706-5216

May, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7-8:30 PM: Free Introduction to Seva & Self-Care

Saturday, May 4, 2013: Seva Acupressure for Self-Care Part 1 AND Seva Acupressure with Others Part 2

Seva Part 1: 9 AM – 12 Noon. Seva Part 2: 1 – 4 PM
(Part 1 & Part 2 can be taken on the same day or on separate days)

June, 2013:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7-8:30 PM: Free Introduction to Seva and Self-Care

Saturday, June 15, 2013: Seva Acupressure for Self-Care Part 1 AND Seva Acupressure with Others Part 2

Seva Part 1: 9 AM – Noon. Seva Part 2: 1 – 4 PM
(Part 1 & Part 2 can be taken on the same day or on separate days)


                                                                                          

 

 

 

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“The Heart of Healing” Book Launch Celebration

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We travel together on life’s journeys.

Come celebrate your life and the publication of

  “The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care”

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hope Lutheran Church

211 Elton-Adelphia Road

Freehold, New Jersey 07728

2-5 PM

 RSVP: Regina Rosenthal

732-706-5216

OR

Ginarose88@comcast.net

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News Release: The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care

For immediate release:

New Shelves Distribution
614 Fifth Avenue
Troy NY 12182
(518) 261-1300

Contact: Nicole Riley – nicole@newshelves.com

Regina Rosenthal brings three decades of experience to The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care.

Exciting new book explores the seven universal themes of healing and serves as a guide on the journey home to the heart.

TROY, N.Y. – January 11, 2013 – As a child, Regina Rosenthal stood alone in her family’s backyard, lost in awe while pondering the Great Mystery in the night sky. But Rosenthal acted on her wonder. Today, she is a respected physical therapist, teacher, and health coach, and she has distilled her three decades of experience in the field into The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care (Dimensions of Wellness Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-9885267-0-9, $16.95).

The Heart of Healing fulfills a promise Rosenthal made to clients, to share insights gained during sessions, to help others searching for a path to clarity, Self-awareness, and harmony.

Rosenthal’s exciting manual explores the seven universal themes encountered during healing, while awakening readers to the dynamics of Self-care and life-affirming qualities of the joyful heart.

“We’re living in a world that’s so challenging and heavy,” Rosenthal says. “How do we lighten the load and restore balance to daily life?”

As noted, The Heart of Healing is aimed at anyone interested in maximizing well-being through Self-care, but it is also an invaluable tool for health-care practitioners, social workers, clergy, and others who need to survive, deal with the very real threat of burnout while caring for others, and thrive.

“Healing,” Rosenthal says, “is a path to Self-discovery.”

The Heart of Healing fosters well-being at every stage of life’s journey. It shows readers how to utilize inner strengths, resources, and wisdom, and guides readers on the journey home to their heart.

Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, lives with her husband near the New Jersey shore, where she becomes present daily with the heart of healing as it emerges in individuals she works with in her private practice.

Visit www.reginarosenthal.com for more information.

To arrange an interview with the author, or to request a review copy, contact Nicole Riley at New Shelves Distribution – nicole@newshelves.com, (518) 261-1300.

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Events: The Heart of Healing — Acupressure for Self-Care

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Where:  Brandeis National Committee, Westlake Chapter, Jackson, NJ                    

When:   June 12, 2013

Topic:   The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care            

             Maximizing Well-being Using Acupressure for Self-Care”

The problem we face today is how to live and be healthy in a world filled with constant stress and change. I have discovered three solutions, which supported clients’ healing, during the thirty years I have worked as a physical therapist:

  1. increase Self-awareness
  2. learn and use Self-care practices
  3. reconnect with your heart and authentic Self

Come and be introduced to a simple, non-invasive acupressure formula to relieve stress that can be self-administered in about twenty minutes. The Seva Acupressure for Self-Care program*, created as a gift to the world to relieve suffering, was developed and used at Ground Zero following the events of September 11, 2001. Since its inception, the Seva program has been presented nationally and internationally. In the US it has been taught and used in hospitals, private practices, colleges, schools, shelters, houses of worship, and Walter Reed Medical Center. No special equipment is required. This extremely useful tool addresses a wide range of needs, including general relaxation and shock and stress. Clients who use this program report reduced stress, improved sleep, enhanced focus, and an increased ability to respond to daily challenges. I, too, have personally benefited from this program.

*Seva: Sanskrit word for service

http://soullightening.com/acupressure-for-everyone/a4a-workshops/#seva_stress_relief_one

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