Have you ever “tweeted” someone a compliment?

AUR_78196191[1]These days, it may seem like bullying through social media has taken over schools across the country. Everything from aggressive taunting to death threats quickly spread through Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs.

Students often fall victim to these harsh words and find themselves in uncomfortable situations as their self-esteem plummets and uneasiness takes hold.

To combat this problem, Jeremiah, an Iowa-based High School student decided to use social media for good and compliment his classmates.

So, I was especially inspired to see  how this teen used Twitter to combat cyberbullying.  Isn’t it great to see someone do something so positive?

What do you think about using social media to build people up?  Sometimes, a simple positive message can make someone feel better emotionally and spiritually. Try it today and let us know how it felt!

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How can Reiki help you?

CIMG6795Have you heard the term “Reiki” before and ever wondered how it could benefit you? Simply put, Reiki is a Japanese practice promoting healing and stress reduction that creates spiritual growth and positive energy throughout the body. This energy flows to where it needs to go and can heal whichever part is in need of help.

Last Sunday, a dear friend of mine and trained Reiki master offered me a session. When I arrived at her house we shared a cup of tea and just relaxed a bit before I climbed onto the Reiki table (much like a massage table). As I lay in a comfortable position, she moved from my head to my feet, placing her hands on certain parts of my body to allow this energy to flow more freely. The most powerful feeling I had was when she put her hands on my upper back. I remember feeling some pressure in my chest and a lot of heat moving through the upper part of my body. After the session, which lasted for about an hour, I felt incredibly relaxed and told her I hadn’t felt this calm in long time. She told me that she had felt the most powerful sensation in my heart and that she felt my heart was open to new things and that the energy she worked with during Reiki was flowing freely through that area of my body. I found this interesting because that is exactly the area I had felt the most intensity as well!

Throughout my experience with Reiki, I’ve learned that it does not discriminate with certain areas of the body. In order for this energy to flow, the person receiving Reiki does not necessarily even have to believe in it fully. Its effects take place simply because of the connection between the practitioner and a universal energy flow.

Interested? You might enjoy it and even if you’re skeptical, Reiki is a relaxing experience to try as the New Year unfolds.

New Year’s Resolutions

new year(photo taken from Pinterest)

I’ll be honest. I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because although they seem like good ideas on January 1st, most of us are creatures of habit and resort back to our regular behaviors a week or 2 after the first of the year. The gyms clear out, diets cease to take hold, etc. However, this year I’ve heard a few creative “resolutions” that I thought I’d share. Some are mine and others are ones I’ve read on blogs, heard from friends and seen in articles.

Cheers to 2013 and all the goodness that is in store for us!

Resolutions that caught my eye:

1. Spend more quality time with family and friends. This cannot include “screen time” or any activity that involves being on the computer, watching TV, etc. Make a coffee date, play board games or join a book club. Talk. Laugh. Reminisce.

2. Cook. Plain and simple. Throwing a frozen entrée in the oven doesn’t count. I mean really cook. Pick the freshest ingredients from the store, chop, dice, stir, experiment and TASTE. Savor a new recipe and enjoy the warmth of what this food brings to your home and your family.

3. Go on adventures. Find some hiking trails in your area when the weather warms up and explore! If you can, save up a bit to try something new like skiing, rock climbing or train for a race in another state.

4. Start a new ritual/tradition. It can be daily, weekly, monthly or just on holidays. Try a ½ hour of yoga each morning when you wake up, bake a cake every Sunday, or enjoy a spa day each New Year’s for detoxing and rejuvenating your spirit for the coming year.