The Impossible

Last week, I received a message in a dream during the night. The message was clear, and it said, “Imagine the impossible.” I do not fully understand the message. However, I can sense feelings around it. My feelings are of wonderment, mystery, awe, and expansion. I get the feeling that humans are on a path to new knowledge and enlightenment.

Humans are powerful. The history books only tell a short story – and not the full story. The new enlightenment will open our eyes to new and hidden discoveries. We will understand the concept “Where thoughts go, energy flows.” The power of the mind, imagination, and mental telepathy will gain new understanding.

It’s an exciting time to be alive. The cracks are opening for all human beings. The power of our minds will help us imagine the impossible.

Namaste, world.

Tips to Reduce Stress II

Clearwater Beach, Florida (Photo by Gina M. Gafford)

The best way to reduce stress is through self-care. My self-care includes slowing down, resting, taking a bath, eating well, taking the time to reflect, getting a massage, listening to a relaxing podcast, meditating, doing yoga, walking my dog, and spending time with good friends and family.

Here are a few more tips for reducing stress (taken from the Ridgeview Medical Center, Home Health Services resource sheet):

  1. Stress reduction in five minutes. Meditation, deep breathing, and yoga increases oxygen, moves your body, and focuses your mind. Just take 5 minutes twice a day (morning and evening) to do yoga and meditation. Studies show that this lowers blood pressure, releases healing hormones into your body, increases creativity, increases productivity, and increases your ability to handle stressful situations.
  2. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Walk your dog, walk at lunch, or set a treadmill up in your living room so you can exercise and watch your favorite show while you give your body life. Discover new exercises such as Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong. Death rates from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, are much lower in people exercising 30 minutes a day. Exercise lowers the risk of strokes, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
  3. Laugh as often as possible to release healing hormones such as endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Do not buy pills for your stress. Rent a funny movie or go online to a humorous site daily. Laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts your immune function.
  4. Play and re-establish “child-like” qualities. Science tells us when we play; it increases our immune cells that combat disease. Playfulness also increases creativity and optimism at home and work.
  5. Pay attention. When we daily pay attention and learn to live a life of awareness and mindfulness, we become aware of our emotions, our choices, our relationships, our home life, our work, we can begin to live a rich life of awareness. Practicing mindfulness reduces anxiety and depression.
  6. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters are healthier and live longer than non-breakfast eaters. Research has shown that people who live to the age of 100 were consistent breakfast eaters or they consumed breakfast more frequently than non-breakfast eaters. People who eat breakfast consumed less fat and had a higher intake of essential vitamins and minerals, and lower serum cholesterol, which leads to a lower instance of heart disease.
  7. Get a pet. Studies reveal there are benefits of owning a pet, such as reduction of blood pressure and inducing a relaxation response in our bodies. Pets are emotional lifesavers, they help people experience intimacy and help with changes and loss in our lives.
  8. Create Friendships. Friendships are strong indicators of mental, physical and spiritual health. Friendship is not a luxury but is essential to work-life balance and your health. Studies show that isolation decreases immune functioning and increases mortality risk.
  9. Attitude of Gratitude. It is physiologically impossible to be grateful and experience stress at the same time. Research shows grateful individuals report having more energy and less physical complaints than their non-grateful counterparts. Studies tell us daily gratitude exercises resulted in high levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy.
  10. Altruism and philanthropy. A generous soul lives a rich, abundant life. Altruism neutralizes negative emotions that affect immune, endocrine and cardiovascular function. Altruism creates physiological responses or “helpers high” that makes people feel stronger and more energetic and counters harmful effects of stress.

I hope these tips are helpful to you.

Namaste, world.

The Gift of Being a Woman

God wants women to be on earth. We are part of life and embody virtue and sacredness. No one and nothing can take that away. No suppression, or oppression, or aggression can stop the goodness of women.

Most religious texts leave out half of the population – as if women do not exist. Also, women are seen as less than men. Male children are favored over female children. It goes on and on.

Some religions celebrated the femininity – like Egyptian and Pagan religions. It is a fact that women are better humans than men in all aspects of life. Women, unlike men, do not need to hide behind religion to be great.

It is a gift to be a woman. As a spiritual being, the ascension to enlightenment can be accelerated because of the trials and tribulations of living life as a woman. Life is more difficult for a woman than it is for a man. The spiritual lessons that we learn are not done in vain.

Every religious path is open to women – whether it is recognized or not. No one can take away a woman’s yearning to learn about the spiritual life. If her heart beats with love and her mind shines with wisdom, she will excel in the eyes of God.

Namaste, world.

New Year Blessing

Loving-Kindness Blessing

  • MAY YOU BE SAFE AND PROTECTED
  • MAY WISDOM AND COMPASSION ALWAYS LIVE IN YOUR HEART
  • MAY YOUR BODY/MIND BE HEALTHY AND STRONG
  • MAY YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO TURN FEAR INTO LOVE
  • MAY YOU BE FREE FROM INNER AND OUTER HARM
  • MAY YOU BE MINDFUL EVERY DAY
  • MAY YOU BE HAPPY
  • MAY YOU LIVE WITH EASE IN THIS WORLD
  • MAY YOU BE FREE FROM SUFFERING
  • MAY YOU LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF JUST AS YOU ARE
  • MAY AWARENESS AND LOVE ALWAYS PROTECT YOU
  • MAY GOD (UNIVERSE) BE WITH YOU

Happy New Year!

Namaste, world.

My Covid-19 Vaccine Decision

As a healthcare worker, I have the opportunity to get the Covid-19 vaccine. I am surprised at how fast this vaccine has arrived. So, now it means that I have to make a decision. I gave myself a few days to decide before I had to email the nurse manager my decision.

There are a lot of controversies around the Covid-19 vaccine. I am not going to discuss them. I understand how vaccines work, so I am informed. But I also need to listen to my intuition (or gut feeling). I decided not to get the Covid-19 vaccine at this time. My main reason is that I am worried about immediate side effects (I have a shellfish allergy) and the long-term side effects. There are no long-term studies on this Covid-19 vaccine. Once you get the vaccine, there’s no going back.

After I made my decision, I emailed my nurse manager. I felt relieved, and this is a good sign that I made the right decision. As a healthcare worker, I feel pressure to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

In my last blog post, I wrote about being a sovereign being. Ultimately no one can control me. With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has placed more rules and control on society. Humans need to “be in the world but not of the world.” As spiritual beings, life on this planet is a journey – not a destination.

There is light and dark in this world, just like the dualities of night and day. Right now, it’s of crucial importance to be the light in this world.

I am sending love and light to you.

Namaste, world.

Be Yourself

It’s easy to see negative things during this pandemic. However, there are some positive things too. One positive aspect is that you understand what is important in life. Also, you have an opportunity to go deeper within yourself. Let this unique opportunity crack you open and allow yourself to be who you are.

Be honest with yourself and be secure within yourself. It doesn’t matter if people judge you. You know who you are.

Ultimately, no one can control you. You are a sovereign being. Sovereign means possessing supreme power. If you are secure within yourself, then you know your power.

Dear Life (December 2020)

Oh dear life
I want to emerge from my shadow 
Allow me to be me
To find beauty, laughter, and joy
Oh dear life
Show me the power of my being
Let me dance to the rhythm of my heart
Oh dear life
I taste moments of bliss 
As the sun always shines
I turn my shadow around, and there I am

- Gina M. Gafford

Namaste, world.

Calling All Spiritual Leaders

Dear Spiritual Leaders,

We are born in this lifetime for a reason. We must help our fellow human beings – it is our most important task, especially now with the worldwide pandemic. Please step-up to your leadership role. There are several things we must do:

  • Show people how to develop consciousness (awareness) and how to retain it.
  • Encourage people to meditate every day.
  • Control and manipulation in energy form will come from the technology that we use every day (smartphones, computers, television, and smartwatches, etc.). Help people limit their screen time. The pandemic is pushing us more and more to use technology (especially children).
  • Teach people how to keep the love energy running – instead of fear-based energy. Give them the tools (meditation, Reiki, prayer, mantras, symbols, connect with angels/teachers, scripture, visualizations, love-mantras, etc.). Love energy is power and protection (armour = protection + amour = Love).
  • Teach people how to access their holographic brain. We need to understand the concept of living multidimensionally. We have access to the past, present, and future. We can heal past events.
  • Remember, energy is connecting to information. What kind of information is beneficial to us? And what kind of information is damaging?
  • Help people move the focus of their spiritual practice from yoga to pranayama (start with alternate nostril breathing). The breathing practices balance the human brain. Everyone should still do yoga and meditation every day.
  • Teach people how to use intention and how to open their third eye.
  • Help people realize there is strength in their religious and spiritual beliefs. Everyone needs to stay connected with their church or spiritual center.

Thank you.

Namaste, world.

“The Coronavirus is Ruining Everything!”

Yesterday, I went to my bank to have them look at my statement and order a new credit card. But when I got there, the person who greeted me at the locked door said that I needed an appointment. Usually, I can walk into a bank – no problem. I got frustrated and said out loud, “The coronavirus is ruining everything!” At that moment, I realized how much our world has changed since March 2020.

Right now, we all need a heavy dose of patience. The virus and the condition of our world will challenge us on every level. It is a good time to become centered and strong-minded. We must not give up on our integrity and goodness.

We all want life to go back to the way it was in 2019. The virus will make drastic changes in human life on this planet. However, if we look at history, the virus will subside. It will be interesting to see how the virus changes our technology, communication, and politics.

So, hang in there! Take one day at a time. Nothing can stop the power of love. Use your energy to empower yourself and others.

Namaste, world.

Quotes: Count Your Blessings

The mere sense of living is joy enough. – Emily Dickinson

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. – Marge Piercy

The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. – Oprah Winfrey

The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. – Robert Louis Stevenson

The vibration of gratitude attracts more positive things into your life. – Cherie Roe Dirksen

Thank God for dirty dishes; they have a tale to tell. While other folks go hungry, we’re eating pretty well. With home, health, and happiness, we shouldn’t want to fuss; For by this stack of evidence, God’s very good to us. – Anon.

If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape. – Anon.

Welcome everything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else. – Andre Gide

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. – Maxim Gorky

Jesus, please teach me to appreciate what I have before time forces me to appreciate what I had. – Susan L. Lenzkes

Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day. Without suspecting our abode, until we drive away. – Emily Dickinson

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. – Massieu

It is possible to own too much. A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. – Lee Segall

I wept because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet. – Ancient Persian saying

He who is contented is rich. – Lao-tzu

Everything has its wonders, even darkness in silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein in to be content. – Helen Keller

A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won’t be so hard in the end to lay down and rest. – Pearl Bailey

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Namaste, world.