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Sunday Song – If My Heart Had Windows

The way to love anything deeply is to realize that it may be lost.  

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

A Gift of Love

Without you,
Life is just existing.
With you,
Life is worth living.

You put a name on the
songs birds sing.
And, you bring the smell of flowers
to a breezy spring.

You are my sun.
You are my moon.
Please, get well.
And, come home soon. 

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If My Heart had Windows

You’d see a heart full of love just for you

A tear may appear when I hold you near

But, that’s for the sweet things you do

If My Heart had Windows

You’d see a heart full of love just for you.

By your side I will stay ’til we’re old and gray

Reminiscing young moments we knew

If My Heart had Windows

You’d see a heart full of love just for you

A thief couldn’t steal the love that I feel

Heaven for me has come true

If My Heart had Windows

You’d see a heart full of love just for you

If My Heart had Windows

You’d see a heart full of love just for you

 


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Nurture Yourself – Unplug

Almost everything will work again, if you Unplug for a few minutes, including You!

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This post is about taking time to Unplug from the daily pressure of trying to keep up with social media. We fool ourselves into thinking that we have a grip on how much time we spend on our computers or smart phones but we do not. Our concerns for missing something that we believe is important for us to know prevents us from seeing the addiction. Communication has broken down between people.

For example:

I was having dinner at a restaurant before a play my husband was taking me to see for my birthday in July. It’s a lovely Japanese Restaurant with delicious food, sushi and furnished with traditional japanese paintings and decor.

A family of four came in and were seated at the next table beside ours. Shortly after getting their menu’s and ordering, they all grabbed their phones and focused on the screens before them. Sadly, they did that the entire time they were eating. No conversation occurred during the entire hour they sat at the table. After the father paid for the check, they got up and left.

Are we unable to leave media behind during a short one hour of eating?

Technology has given us many benefits. We can skype family in other states. We can talk and see members of our family during times when traveling isn’t possible. Being able to research subjects or learn on-line is a phenomenal tool; but, somethings been lost. We need to find it soon. Our children are missing many things they could experience from their parents or extended families. They’re lost by a mesmerizing screen that is constantly calling them.

Will this one day be an addiction like drugs and alcohol?

I hope not. Perhaps, finding a middle road for all to be happy can be a topic of conversation: at dinner?

Namaste,

Isadora 🙏🏻

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Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

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Nurturing Yourself – with Tai Chi

It’s been a year since I had my back surgery. It went well but healing has taken all this time. When your back isn’t aligned other joints are affected. Because of that, my knees weren’t behaving. My dancing career helped with those joint issues too. Everything is back to the way it should be for a senior. But, it’s only been 2 weeks. My mind was remembering the peaceful tai chi class I used to take. I went into my e-mails so I could contact my teacher. There in my inbox was her smiling face. I was elated. My first class will be tomorrow. I thought this type of exercise might be of interest to you. I reposted the Tai Chi nurturing I had written in 2014.

Hope you enjoy …. Isadora 🙏

The mind is everything … what you think you become … Buddah

Ni Hao – Hello ( Chinese )

Tai Chi is an ancient type of exercise similar to martial arts that has been practiced in China for centuries. The fluid slow movements make it safe and effective. If you simply incorporate this practice into your lifestyle it will be of great benefit to both mental and physical health.
Tai Chi is popular among senior citizens and those suffering from limitations that prevent them from doing other types of exercises. Some people find it to be easier than meditation for quieting their mind.

How does this ancient type of exercise prevent putting any strain on your body?

Tai Chi is a combination of elegant movements that are performed in a slow and flexible manner. They flow into each other. It looks like a well-choreographed slow motion dance. The movements are soft and fluid without jerking the body from one position to another.

A professional can give you lessons and advise on the movements and their pattern. The techniques are free flowing but there are a few guidelines that are important to keep in mind. Always keep your posture straight but your arms loose. It’s important to never apply force in any movement and to stay totally relaxed in order to refrain from putting any strain on the joints.

Many people are acquainted with the hand movements seen when Tai Chi is being performed in parks, at the beach or in gyms. The flowing movements help strengthen muscles. The quiet thoughtful concentration creates a calming effect that helps the body decrease tension, anxiety and stress. It can be performed alone or in a group. Apart from these benefits, Tai Chi works on your psychological level by improving concentration and focus to strengthen your mind.

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My Tai Chi Dance teacher – Sui

Each movement or posture carries defensive or offensive applications. In order to understand these applications it’s vital to grasp the awareness of the concept of Yin and Yang. Yin is the soft female principle and Yang is the masculine principle.

Tai Chi movements:
• releases tension and relaxes body


• it tones and strengthens muscles

• it improve respiration

• it helps increase emotional balance

• it improves balance

• it improves circulation

• Harmonize body and mind

What precautions ought I take before practicing?
Tai chi is mild enough for pretty much everybody. However, it is a sensible plan to talk with your doctor before making an attempt tai chi.

This is a professional video for those who wish to see the technique.

Tai Chi for Beginners, 8 Lessons with Dr Paul Lam – first lesson

I hope you’ll take time to find an exercise that helps you to become healthier both mentally and physically while creating a calming lifestyle in the process. Our bodies are our temples gifted to us from a greater creator who has gifted us with its care.
Zai Jiau – Good-Bye (Chinese )
Namaste …
Isadora 🙏

Namaste
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

 

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The Fall

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“Anybody hear anything about Jimmy?” Marco asked.

Nah, you know his wife, Clarice, is a bitch. She wouldn’t call us.

We’re dirt in her eyes. You remember the faces she’d make when we’d be together talking and she’d walk into the cafeteria. She’s a real control freak. She thinks every woman wants her man.

Like, I remember the time we were doing the construction job on 5th Avenue. Ladies passing by dressed in those designer clothes; spiked heels; hair flowing in the wind. She’d come by to bring Jimmy some lunch.

Remember?

She evil eyed those women. Gave me a look like I had cancer.

Fear will do that to a woman. You know she’s jealous of any woman looking his way.

Jimmy got a bum rap. He could’ve had Jeanna. Now, that was a good-looking chick.

“Yeah, I sure hope he survives the fall,” Marco said.

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Some Positive Thoughts on Health and Aging

A birthday will always remind you of your age. In my mind, I feel like I’m ageless.

But, on July 20th, I realized I wasn’t. I was having another birthday and this time I felt it.

When you’re flat on your back ( literally ) you’ve got lots of time to think about life and aging.

Did I forget to mention I had back surgery?

No?

Well … yes. I did.
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It was on June 25th. I was admitted 2 days prior because I’m

on blood thinners. They had to get those INR numbers in the right

range or I could bleed out during surgery.

INR stands for international normalized ratio. The INR provides some information about a person’s blood’s tendency to clot which is often described as how “thin” or “thick” their blood is. A normal INR is approximately 1.0. People taking the blood thinner warfarin typically have a target INR of 2.0 to 3.0. info from web md

 

I had the back surgery and a long hospital stay in a private room in ICU

because I’m a higher risk patient of developing blood clots. My body seems to like doing that.

My transit to the blissfully euphoric white light years ago was brought about by those little rascals.

Due to that, I’m on blood thinners and have been for years. After surgery, my blood had to be

brought back to the INR level I had been at before I went into the hospital too.

Extreme monitoring was needed. IMG_1863

In the beginning, I was too sick to care about where I was.

I was on lots of pain medications and tethered to tubes and monitors.

Once I started to heal and feel better, I wanted to go home.

After awhile, I begged the doctors ( my primary physician, my hematologist

and my surgeon) to let me go home. I wanted my pillow, my bed,

my cozy pajama’s, my privacy and my personal space.

In a hospital, pillows are huge marshmallows. Your head is propped up

even if you don’t want it to be. The bed crunches from the vinyl liner

they have under the sheet. The room is ice cold. People pop in constantly. And, those hospital gowns

will not get you on the best dressed list in any fashion magazine. They are made in a one size fits all style.

My gown reached the floor and around me twice. The ties were never the same size which led to a lopsided angled effect.

You never sleep in a hospital. They come in and take your blood pressure, your temperature, draw blood (lots of blood), check and replace your IV fluids, bring inedible food, give you your meds and start the cycle all over again. Basically, you get about 1 1/2 hrs of sleep at a time.

If it sounds like I’m complaining. I’m not. I had excellent care from my doctors, nurses, cna’s and, even, food servers and cleaning staff. They were compassionate, sensitive, kind, understanding and humane. But at home, I had my comforts, my good energy, my quiet spaces and my lovingly caring hubby.

Now, I’m home and healing. I’m continuing to mend slowly. I can see progress everyday. I had lost the ability to do things for myself. I’ve regained about 60% of that at the moment. I can’t sit, stand or walk for any major length of time. I can’t bend, twist or lean side to side. It takes me an hour to shower and dress. I remember whizzing through that. No chance of that now.

I’m supposed to be patient and forbearing for about 6 – 8 weeks. It seems easy but it really isn’t. I know I’ll persevere. I have a renewed respect for my past abilities that are currently limited. I’ve resigned to accept the idea of others doing things for me. I’ve had more time for creative things, reading, listening to music and watching some very good documentaries.

My focus is on keeping my thoughts positive while recovering from this. In a way, I feel like the tortoise in the story of the ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’. I may not get there quickly but I’ll get there eventually.

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The Tortoise and the Hare (Disney 1934)

Some Positive Thoughts on Health and Aging

Throw out NON-ESSENTIAL NUMBERS. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them.

Keep only CHEERFUL FRIENDS. The grouches pull you down.

Keep LEARNING. Learn more about computers, crafts, gardening or anything that is new and stimulating. Never let the brain be idle. ‘An idle mind if the devil’s workshop.

Enjoy the SIMPLE THINGS.

LAUGH often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breathe.

Tears will happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who’s with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH WHAT YOU LOVE, whether it’s your family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, etc. Your home is your refuge.

CHERISH YOUR HEALTH …. if it is good preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve seek help.

Don’t take GUILT TRIPS. Take a trip to the mall or to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where a guilt trip is.

Tell people you LOVE that you LOVE them whenever you have the opportunity.

REMEMBER

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
But by the moments that take our breath away.

 

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The Battle in My Body

flu-bed[1]Are you glad to see a post from me again? Yes?!!! Me too.

I’m sure my absence must have brought up questions to all of my loyal followers. I sure hope so. ~~~~ : – O

I wish I could say I was on vacation exploring and learning about new cultures and foods. Instead, I have been in a medicine coma to relieve the horrific systems of the flu.

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease of birds and mammals caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza viruses. information from wikipedia

The flu virus is spread like most other viruses through contact with infected individuals. This disease can be transmitted through airborne contact too, such as when a person sneezes or coughs or through contact with contaminated surfaces.

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It can be difficult to distinguish between the common cold and influenza in the early stages of these infections, but the flu can be identified by a high fever with a sudden onset of extreme fatigue. The other known symptoms are chills, fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache (often severe), coughing, nausea, vomiting, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort.

Influenza can occasionally lead to pneumonia, either direct viral pneumonia or secondary bacterial pneumonia, even for persons who are usually very healthy. Because I had been hospitalized with pneumonia in July, bacterial pneumonia added to the rest of the intolerable flu symptoms I had had. A good warning sign of this is you’re getting better and then a relapse with a high fever occurs. Of course, difficulty breathing is another severe sign.

how-not-to-get-the-flu-2013-718x523c[1]Flu Remedies

Unfortunately, there isn’t a pill or a liquid you can take that will “cure” you of the flu. Penicillin and other antibiotics won’t work, because they only kill bacteria, and the flu is caused by a virus. There are, however, a few approved antiviral drugs that have shown to shorten the duration of the illness.

The best advice for treating the flu is to rest and drink plenty of liquids. Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies can alleviate some of the symptoms, at least temporarily. Aspirin may relieve fever and aches. Information from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

Sick-in-bed[1]Old Fashioned Home Remedies

1. Breathe steam: fill a bowl or sink with steaming hot water, and add one of the following: a couple teaspoonful’s of chopped fresh ginger, a bit of chest rub ointment, or a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Drape a towel over the head and the bowl and breathe the steam for a few minutes. All of these may help to open up stuffy nasal passages.

2. Drink Fluids: drink a lot of liquids. Try to get at least 8 cups a day. Staying hydrated helps to keep mucous secretions thinner and therefore easier to cough, sneeze or blow out. Some research shows that hot liquids might be more effective for this than cold ones, but the main point is to get the fluids in no matter the temperature. Water, juices, and sports drinks such as Gatorade are the best.

3. Avoid anything with caffeine or alcohol, as they are dehydrating. Use moist heat compresses. For a throbbing head and difficulty breathing through the nose, relief may be had by applying warm, moist compresses to the cheeks and sinuses. Try nasal saline irrigation or saline sprays. These can thin mucus, decrease postnasal drip and add moisture to dried mucous membranes. In addition, the nasal rinse helps to remove virus particles and bacteria from the nose.

4. For a cough: some studies have shown that a teaspoon of honey is as effective as over-the-counter cough syrups for calming a nagging cough.

5. Fever Relief and Body Aches: a fever is the body’s natural way to fight off an infection. If the fever is more than 101 degrees, a doctor visit is a good choice.

6. Rest, rest and more rest is how the body heals itself.

See more at: http://thelcn.com/2013/01/26/home-remedies-to-survive-the-flu/#sthash.IIGsBOib.dpuf

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