There’s Wonder Here / Non-drug Remedies for Anxiety / Important Dates

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In this moment resides Infinity.

We have all felt
a profound longing
for our Spirit to be taken
back in time,
to be lifted up.

My Dear Friends,
you can
go back in time.
You can enter your mind
through the door
of your Heart.

You can go back
to when you
were simply and memorably
Happy.

You can take yourself
back to your childhood,
and take your child,
with you.

And you can stay there.

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The moments we Love are held in our Hearts forever.

You do not need
to dream
that Joy will again
one day
come your way,
that it will last,
that it will stay.

In our past
lies a key
to our Future.

For we never
leave the moments we Love.
They are held
in our Hearts
Forever.

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         You can go back in time.

“She smiled and said with an ecstatic air:
“It shines like a little diamond”,
“What does?”
This moment.
It is round,
it hangs in empty space
like a little diamond;
I am Eternal.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason

As you breathe slowly in
and breathe out,
quietly listen.
You can hear the beat
of your precious Heart.
There’s wonder here.

There is a Miracle
in the moment
you finally come to realize
you are really here,
you are alive,
you are a Miracle,
and a Child of God.

Let it bring tears
to add to your Joy.
Taste them as they fall
ever so softly from the Wellspring
of your Sacred Heart.

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                They are you.

You are everyone
in your
Family of Man.
You sing in your Heart
every song
they ever did sing.
The Joy in your Heart
your child will, one day,
be remembering.
You are a precious Child
Almighty God brought into
Being.

Only this moment
is Life,
This
is the day we see,
for the next
may never be.

You are the promisejohn-d
of all the ages,

you are the Prodigal Son,
You are the vision of prophets
and sages,

you are the only one.
The gift you are,

like the very first breath of Spring.
The gift you are,
all the joy that Love can bring,

The gift you are,
all of our dreams come true.

– John Denver

Love
is not only
a kind of energy.
It is
the most powerful force
in the Universe.
Love is the dynamic
force of Creation.
Every living thing
exists because of
Love.

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You are more than many things.

Look deeply into the reflection
of your own eyes.

You will see your Mother and Father.
You will see their likeness,
that you are an image
of their Sacred Being.

Open the door of your Heart
and you will see them.
They still exist.
They are you.
And,
in a Spiritual way,
more real than real.
They still Live within
YOU.

Such is the nature
of Life and Love,
of survival,
of the will
to be.

Reproduction
bypasses the constraints
of death.
It moves Life
forward in time,
circumventing the many
avenues of death.

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In the Secret Garden of your Being grow many Flowers.

Look closely
and you will see all the generations
that preceded your birth.

Every one them is alive
in this moment.

They are still alive
in YOU.

Yes,
in this moment
resides Infinity.

“With you Eternally mine,
in Love

there is no measure
of time.
– Barry and Robin Gibb

Each person
perched upon a branch
of your Family Tree,
is present in your body.

You are the continuation
of each and every one
of these precious people.

The Reality of your being
transcends every meager attempt
you can ever make to conceptualize
your existence on Planet Earth.
There is no way to adequately describe
who you really are.

Our Sacredness
is encoded into every
fragile cell of Human Life.
It can emerge
from the wasteland of living
and become our Consciousness
in a new birth
of freedom and deliverance.

The choice
is yours.
                                

God
cannot be defined,
described.
And neither can
His deeply Loved Child:
YOU.

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                    Love will last.

You are far, far more
than you can ever imagine
who you are.

The DNA possessed in the blood
of your veins,
flowing through your precious Heart
and very fragile Mind,
has traveled many millions of miles,
coursing through the veins of
many, many generations.

You are,
My Friend,
the culmination,
and the combination,
of all the Family
that came before
you.

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Brian Barrett

“It seems like something out of a movie,
but there’s some scientific evidence
that we actually carry the memories
of our ancestors with us
in our genetic code.

Our DNA determines our physical appearance,
and our predispositions to various illnesses,
and plays a role in our general disposition and skill set.
All of that has been passed down to us
through countless generations.
So why not memories?

It sounds far-fetched,
but there are still vast swaths of genetic code
whose purpose is unknown.
And the evolutionary advantages
of having memories passed down –
even one as simple as “FIRE BAD”,
are overwhelmingly clear.” 
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– Brian Barrett (Gizmodo)

And much more than this:
you are height and breadth
and the very depth
of every Dream,
every desire
and the destiny
of all those
who came before.

man-and-sunsetting

            Live in this rare Gift.

You are more than
many things.
You are ALL things
that Mankind and God
has ever Loved,
ever desired.

You are the precious Child
of His Holy Being.

You are to Him
everything.
Just as your precious child
is everything
to you.

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Look closely and you will see all the generations that preceded your birth.

Drink in the likeness
with your eyes,
and with every sense
God pleases with you
to be,
all the beautiful people you meet.
Lest I remind,
these too are family
of the very same Tree.

Slowly and reverently,
without rushing toward the future
in your fragile mind,
come to see.

You live in this rare Gift,
this moment.
Only this actual moment is Life.
The next,
may never be.

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In the Secret Garden
of your Being,
grow many Beautiful Flowers,
most of which
you have never seen.
The fragrance
of our Being
has never been Graced
by full awareness,
the beautiful colors and fragrances
of Life,
never gleaned.

For what is within,
is far beyond our meager ability
to add or detract,
to understand,
to see.

opening-sky

There is a Miracle in the moment.

Dear Friends,
your child
needs to hear you say:

“I wish you could know,
how much
I LOVE YOU.”

You will not have enough time
left on this Earth
to convey
what is in your Heart.

So,
get started.

And on this Sacred Day,
speak to your Father in Heaven above.
Go to Him in Prayer.
And Love and Joy will again,
one day
come your way.
And that Love
and that Joy
will last,
Forever.

May you
and your precious family
experience God’s Loving Embrace.

Merry Christmas to all!

And to all,
Goodnight.

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I wish you could know how much I LOVE YOU!

“All my years to this momentfisher
All my roads to this wall.
All my words to this silence
All my pride to this fall.
– Songs of Sapphique”
Catherine Fisher, Incarceron

From our friends at Health.com:
non-drug remedies for anxiety

There are many safe non-drug remedies for anxiety, from mind-body techniques to supplements to calming teas. Some start working right away, while others may help lessen anxiety over time.

Chamomile:    If you have a jittery moment, a cuppa chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.

You can also take it as a supplement, typically standardized to contain 1.2% apigenin (an active ingredient), along with dried chamomile flowers. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms.

L-theanine (or green tea):  Japanese Buddhist monks could meditate for hours, both alert and relaxed. One reason may have been an amino acid in their green tea called L-theanine, says Mark Blumenthal, of the American Botanical Council.

Research shows that L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety.

Valerian:  Some herbal supplements reduce anxiety without making you sleepy (such as L-theanine), while others are sedatives. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is squarely in the second category. It is a sleep aid, for insomnia. It contains sedative compounds; the German government has approved it as a treatment for sleep problems.

Valerian smells kind of nasty, so most people take it as a capsule or tincture, rather than a tea. If you want to try it, take it in the evening – not before you go to work! Valerian is often combined with other sedative herbs such as hops, chamomile, and lemon balm.

Lemon balm:  Named after the Greek word for “honey bee,” lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), has been used at least since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, and help with sleep. In one study of healthy volunteers, those who took standardized lemon balm extracts (600 mg) were more calm and alert than those who took a placebo.

While it’s generally safe, be aware that some studies have found that taking too much can actually make you more anxious. So follow directions and start with the smallest dose. Lemon balm is sold as a tea, capsule, and tincture.

Exercise:  Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University.

The 21-minute cure:  Twenty-one minutes: That’s about how long it takes for exercise to reliably reduce anxiety, studies show, give or take a minute. “If you’re really anxious and you hop on a treadmill, you will feel more calm after the workout,” Dr. Ramsey says.

Passionflower:  In spite of the name, this herb won’t help you in love. It’s a sedative; the German government has approved it for nervous restlessness. Some studies find that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety as effectively as prescription drugs. It’s often used for insomnia.

Like other sedatives, it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness, so don’t take it – or valerian, hops, kava, lemon balm, or other sedative herbs – when you are also taking a prescription sedative.

Be careful about using more than one sedative herb at a time, and don’t take passionflower for longer than one month at a time.

Lavender:  The intoxicating (but safe) aroma of lavender (Lavandula hybrida) may be an “emotional” anti-inflammatory. In one study, Greek dental patients were less anxious if the waiting room was scented with lavender oil. In a Florida study, students who inhaled lavender oil scent before an exam has less anxiety – although some students said it made their minds “fuzzy” during the test.

In one German study, a specially formulated lavender pill (not available in the U.S.) was shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Hold your breath!:  Ok, let it out now. We’re not recommending that you turn blue, but yoga breathing has been shown to be effective in lowering stress and anxiety. In his bestselling 2011 book Spontaneous Happiness, Andrew Weil, MD, introduced a classic yoga breathing technique he calls the 4-7-8 breath.

One reason it works is that you can’t breathe deeply and be anxious at the same time. To do the 4-7-8 breath, exhale completely through your mouth, then inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Now let it out slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat at least twice a day.

Eat something, quick:  “Almost universally, people get more anxious and irritable when they are hungry,” says Dr. Ramsey, coauthor of The Happiness Diet. “When you get an anxiety attack, it may mean your blood sugar is dropping. The best thing to do is to have a quick sustaining snack, like a handful of walnuts, or a piece of dark chocolate, along with a glass of water or a nice cup of hot tea.”

In the long term, diet is key to reducing anxiety, says Dr. Ramsey. His advice: Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet with carefully selected meat and seafood, plenty of leafy greens (such as kale) to get folate, and a wide variety of phytonutrients to help reduce anxiety.

Eat omega-3s

You know fish oils are good for the heart, and perhaps they protect against depression. Add anxiety to the list. In one study, students who took 2.5 milligrams a day of mixed omega-3 fatty acids for 12 weeks had less anxiety before an exam than students taking placebo.

Experts generally recommend that you get your omega-3s from food whenever possible. Oily, cold-water fishes like salmon are the best sources of the fatty acids; a six-ounce piece of grilled wild salmon contains about 3.75 grams.

Other good choices: anchovies, sardines, and mussels.

Experts generally recommend that you get your omega-3s from food whenever possible. Oily, cold-water fishes like salmon are the best sources of the fatty acids; a six-ounce piece of grilled wild salmon contains about 3.75 grams.

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Important Dates 
(subject to change)

Dec. 22 (Thur, – changed from Dec. 20)  Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 23 – Jan. 4                      Winter Break Holiday

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                     Second Semester begins

Jan. 16 (Monday)                      Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Jan. 20                                       Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                      President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                  Spring Break Holidays

April 14  & 17 (Fri. & Mon.)      Good Friday & Easter

April 28                                     Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                 Adventure Trip

May 26                                      Last Day of Semester

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We never leave the moments we Love.

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One thought on “There’s Wonder Here / Non-drug Remedies for Anxiety / Important Dates

  1. Your message should be a required lesson for the students each month. Thanks for sharing.

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