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Finding Your Fortune, by Roslyn McGrath

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What if . . . you received each dollar that came your way with appreciation for all the unknown people through whose hands it had passed, as well as for its potential uses in your life?

 

What if . . . you looked at each penny spent as a clear expression of your values and priorities?

 

What if . . . you felt the balance between what you are giving and what you are getting, each time you made a purchase or received a check?

 

What if . . . you deeply appreciated the wide range of exchange options a monetary system can offer?

 

What if . . . you intended that all the money you spend or give brings good to all its future recipients?

 

Take a moment to imagine doing one or more of these practices. How does it feel?

 

What kind of impact do you think integrating such practices in your life might make on you and others?

 

Most of us were not raised to act on, or even consider, such possibilities. Typically money has been both deified and vilified in our society, yet money is simply a tool, a vehicle for exchange, whose potential is what we make of it. Often there is tension around the topic, and/or reluctance to look at it clearly.

 

How might you bring more clarity, playfulness and positive creativity to the subject in your own life?

 

As we come into a new season of giving and receiving, and each new moment of living, I think it’s well worth considering how we might best clean up our thoughts and ideas about money in order to bring our best to all our future exchanges. Your imagination can be a powerful tool for jump-starting this process.  For example, you could play with imagining a divine hose that clears off any muck from your concepts of money, making way for fresh possibilities, and then act upon them.

 

It takes commitment to change old patterns. If there’s an idea in this article that appeals to you, or one of your own that comes to mind, you might begin there. Gratitude journals have been touted by Oprah and others for their effectiveness. How about keeping a “Re-Creating Money Journal” to reflect on your experiences with this?

 

Or consider the simplest thing you might begin doing right now toward improving your relationship with money and start there, adding your next step when ready.

 

If you prefer an in-depth re-creation of your relationship with money, you might consider implementing the program offered by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin in their classic book, Your Money or Your Life.

 

The world is what we make of it. Let’s bring our best to the topic of money and create our financial relationships anew. You might be amazed by all the other relationships this clears up too!

 

Roslyn Elena McGrath publishes Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, and shares energy, insights and  inspiration to shine your light at Empowering Lightworks.  She’ll be facilitating a “Maximum Manifesting Workshop” on Oct. 15, 2017 For more info., visit http://www.EmpoweringLightworks.com.

 

Adapted with permission from the Winter 2011 – 2012 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, copyright 2011. All rights reserved.

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NEW Issue & NEW Prize Drawing!

HH 30 CoverThe Winter 2014- 15 issue goes to print today. 9,000 copies will be distributed in 6 U.P. counties over the next week!

Check out great articles on happy AND healthy holiday eating, what Seniors REALLY want for the holidays, parenting positively, how to get mercury out of local fish, the power of pumpkin, financial wellness tips & much more!

Click here to see where you can pick up a copy near you!

And be entered to WIN PRIZES!

LIKE US on Facebook (if you haven’t already; see icon at upper right), and tell us which are your favorite H&H column(s) to be entered:

Healthy Cooking
Bodies in Motion
Senior Viewpoint
Here Ye, Hear Ye
Gifts from Nature
Inner Nutrition
Money Minding
Natural UPdates
Creative Inspiration
Holistic Animal Care
How To . . . (Naturopathy articles)
Green Living
Natural/Chinese Medicine articles

You could win a 1-hour Massage from Angie Cherrette at Sage & Spry, a $35 gift certificate from the Brownstone Inn, 1/2 hour Reading plus Meditation CD from Roslyn Elena McGrath of Intuitive Learning Creations, total value of $145!

Winner will be announced on Facebook on 12/20/14.

Please SHARE on your social media – we’ll add prizes and give you ANOTHER CHANCE to WIN if we double our likes by this date, and TWO MORE chances to WIN if we triple our LIKES by then!

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Note from the Editor

Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine is celebrating its 7th Anniversary AND its expansion to serve 6 Central & Western U.P. counties!

Today, distribution of 9,000 copies of our Fall 2014 issue will begin. That’s 6 times our original quantity to 6 times our original number of distribution spots.

We’re also starting our 3rd year of additional support to a specific area of community life. Previously Health & Happiness increased its coverage of both senior and youth issues, and provided related donations to Marquette Adult Day Services, Start the Cycle, and Music for All Kids.

This year, we’ll begin an added focus on Nature, with additional related content and local donation.

THANK YOU for your important part in making all this happen.

The local businesses and organizations that support healthy lifestyles, overall wellness and preventative care by advertising in our publication play an important role too in this too, so please give them a big THANK YOU!

And be sure to check out the rest of our website as well as our Facebook page, where you can learn more, get updates on upcoming events and share your comments, questions and ideas.

To your health and happiness,

Roslyn Elena McGrath

Adapted with permission from Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, Fall 2014 issue, copyright 2014.

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Your Goddess Is Calling

Tomorrow, June 6th, Discover the Goddess Archetypes that most speak to you and how you can benefit from their inspirational messages for personal growth!

Author, artist and intuitive Roslyn Elena McGrath will be sharing personally meaningful, helpful messages from her recently released books, Goddess Heart Rising: Paintings, Poems and Meditations for Activating Your Divine Potential, and The Third Mary: 55 Messages for Empowering Truth, Peace & Grace from the Mother of Mary Magdalene.

Some of the original Goddess paintings featured in Goddess Heart Rising will be on view.

The event takes place 6 pm at Panara Imports, 125 W. Washington St., Marquette, MI.

Free Admission. Autographed books and Goddess posters will be available for sale.

For more info., go to www.IntuitiveLearningCreations.com, www.GoddessHeartRising.com or www.TheThirdMary.com.

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Creative Inspiration: Spinning Your Web, by Roslyn Elena McGrath

Glimpse the shimmer within shimmer within you

that snags your dreams

and digests them into poems,

stories, anecdotes, detailing  your pursuits.

Glimpse the shimmer within shimmer within you

that composes melodies,

visualizes songs, and arranges cantatas

into vessels that carry your essence.

Glimpse the shimmer within shimmer within you

that turns sounds into words, words into stories,

stories into epics and epics into history

that echoes your perspective.

Glimpse the shimmer within shimmer within you

that causes thoughts to grow into patterns,

patterns into beliefs, and beliefs into panoramas

of living art that creates itself.

You are now enchanted here,

the believer of the tales you’ve spun.

Turn this weaving at an angle now

and watch the kaleidoscope rearrange.

The colors shift and change

to elaborate new stories.

Cause and effect continue unbroken

‘til the strand holding them together changes.

Allow one piece of the puzzle to emerge

and the whole puzzle is recreated.

You are a shape-shifter,

turning with the tides set in motion

by your self-created patterns

that shine upon reflection

and remain invisible in the dark,

netting the nuggets that fuel their weave.

Beauty lies in the lace of creation,

its tensile strength and endless adaptability

mesmerizing us deeper into its geometric repetition,

echoing the sound wave its Originator made.

Strum a strand for your own expansion, expression,

create a new form that propagates itself for you.

Witness the shift

of one heart humming

with Original creation,

hanging in the mystery of the Void.

You are endless patterning

recreating itself

with thoughtwave

after thoughtwave.

Channel the changes you desire

into your warp and weft

as part of the Eternal Tapestry

that lives and breathes and moves.

Continue your hum louder.

The chorus grows to support you.

You emerge with poetry

laced throughout your skin

and echoing through your pores

into your cells and out to the world,

a    spinner     spinning       itself       into      glory.

 

Roslyn McGrath facilitates healing experiences through her art, poetry, intuitive counseling, energy healing, workshops and guided meditations. This poem was inspired by her painting Spider Woman, and will be part of her meditation CD series. Listen to other meditations, view art and learn more at  www.intuitivelearningcreations.com.

This article was reprinted with permission from the Fall 2013 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

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Celebrating Our Fifth Anniversary!

by Roslyn McGrath

Anniversaries can be a great opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate what got you there, as well as what is and what can be, and refine and recommit to your vision of what you’re celebrating as you move forward.

Five years ago, I recognized the need for a truly local wellness publication, one where community members share their expertise and insight with us, increasing our understanding of the many ways we can increase our health and happiness and the many wellness resources available locally to support us in this

A big thank you to each of our writers –regular column writers Barb Dupras, Victoria Jungwirth, Jenny Magli, Miriam Moeller, Jessica Nagelkirk, Heidi Stevenson, Steve Waller and Val Wilson, as well as all those who’ve contributed articles and photographs along the way, (see full list on p.3), who so impress me with the quality and care they bring to each article. I and our many readers get to learn so much every time!

A big thank you to all our advertisers, whose passion and purpose are a big part of what makes our community tick, and who help make presenting this wealth of wellness information possible. I think you’ll enjoy discovering more about what their big hearts and expertise gift our community on pages 10 and 11 of this issue! And please consider letting them know how much you appreciate all they do.

A big thank you to proofreader Tyler Tichelaaar for his expert eyes and mind, kind heart and helpfulness, Curtis Kyllonen for his years of cheerfully and faithfully getting over a quarter of our many copies to where they need to go, to Tom O’Connell for making our early covers beautiful, to the various photographers whose eyes for local scenes have also helped create beautiful covers, to all our print shop helpers who’ve assisted me in getting the job done right, the many businesses and organizations who’ve made a place for Health & Happiness to be easily picked up, and to my husband, Kevin McGrath, for always pitching in with whatever’s needed, whether it’s a warm hug and smile, sound advice, listening ears, great ideas, timely deliveries, inspiring, light-hearted articles or encouraging words.

And a big thank you to YOU, our readers, for all your support and appreciation. You make it all worthwhile!

It’s the support of all of you that has made it possible to cover topics ranging from cooking with rutabaga to traditional Chinese medicine, child rearing tips to overcoming writer’s block, mortgage and energy-saving advice to mindfulness practices, pet treat recipes to U.P. kayaking, long distance elder care to wild crafting and so much more; increase our distribution to 7,500 copies at over 250 locations, five times where we started five years ago, (and there are still places where we run out of copies!); and further invest in our community with donations to the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, Devos Art Museum, Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Hiawatha Music Festival, Huron Mountain Club Gallery, Lake Superior Hospice, Marquette Arts & Culture Center, Marquette County Health Department, Marquette Maritime Museum, Marquette Regional History Center, Medical Care Access Coalition, Northern Initiatives, Oasis Gallery, UPAWS, Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, and Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition’s Celebrate the U.P.

Below are a few excerpts of the congratulations I’ve received on our fifth anniversary. Thank you so much to all those who’ve made a point of expressing their appreciation, whether in person or in writing!

I look forward to continuing to serve our community’s wellness information needs with high quality and creativity, as well as launching our five year commitment to supporting a different area of community life each year through increased coverage and donations, starting this year with the increasingly important issue of elder care.

So fittingly, this issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine is dedicated to the topics of celebration, age and “fives” – enjoy!

Roslyn Elena McGrath, Publisher, Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine

 I want to congratulate you on your fifth anniversary of Health & Happiness. Every cover has been beautiful and the wide array of articles has provided a wealth of information and insight to readers. Your vision of a need and your willingness and excitement to fill that need has been remarkable. Here’s to many more issues! – Gareth Zellmer 

Congratulations on the 5th anniversary of Health and Happiness!  It’s some of the best reading to come out of our “far northern outpost” community.  May the coming year be the best yet; here’s to five more! – Sue Schenk Drobny 

Congratulations from Natural Connections!  We celebrate you for your commitment and passion in providing a wonderfully effective information connection between our holistic community and U.P. residents through your beautiful magazine, Health & Happiness!

Happy 5th Anniversary from Lake Superior Holistic Connection!   Your magazine is a bright light in our community!  It’s a beacon illuminating paths of possibility to those seeking natural ways to align their body, mind, spirit!  Congrats! – Diana Oman

It’s a joy, truly an inspiration to witness this evolution of Health & Happiness, how you have brought this brilliant idea, an idea that lit you up and lit us up as well, into manifestation.  I look forward to receiving this uplifting publication with its focus on our possibilities and potential, and the labor of love that you as creator, as bridge-maker, as editor, as publisher, as marketer have put into each and every issue.  It is a template for all of us, the way that you have taken a dream and made it reality, learning the next step and the next step as you’ve walked this creative path.  And look how we all benefit, what you have brought to all of us!  – Helen Haskell Remien

Health & Happiness’s Contributing Writers & Photographers, 2007 – 2012:

Leslie Allen, Linda Andriacchi, Stuart Baker, Leslie Bek, Gina Brown, Audra Campbell, Lisa Cerasoli, Joan Chadde, Pam Christenson, Amy Clickner, Stuart Cooper, Patty Cornish, Martha Crenshaw, Kim Danielson, Sarah Dean, Chuck Delpier, Sara DeFrancesco, Melinda Dollhopf, Barb Dupras, Cindy Engle, Sydney Giovenco, Lee Goodwin, Genean Granger, Kathy Harsch, Victoria Jungwirth, Kristen Karls, Kim Kee, Mick Kiaros, Virginia Kleaver, Amanda Klein, Tammy Krassick, Lucy LaFaive, Jamie LaFreniere, Betsy Little, Jeaneen Luokkala, Alanna Luttenton, Dawn Lundin, Jenny Magli, Karen Mallinger, Amy Mattson, Kevin McGrath, Roslyn McGrath, Lisa McKenzie, Brian McMillan, Kristine McPeak, Miriam Moeller, Neil Moran, Mohey Mowafy, Jessica Nagelkirk, Kim Nixon, Colleen O’Hara, Valerie Olson, Diana Oman, Marissa Palomaki, Kris Harris Pfaffle, Phil Poutinen, Gretchen Preston, Diane Raven, Robert Regis, Helen Haskell Remien, Carol Rose, Sherri Rule, Christine Saari, Jon Saari, Diane Sautter, Deb Sergey, Dar Shepherd, Mary Soper, Jennifer Stelly, Heidi Stevenson, Tyler Tichelaar, Lynn Vanwelsenaers, Cassandra Vore, Steve Waller, Nicole Walton, Fran Walters, Cynthia Whitehouse, Val Wilson, Gareth Zellmer, & Joseph Zyble.

Reprinted with permission from the Fall 2012 issue of Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, copyright 2012.

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Why Sounds Are Part of Sound Health

by Roslyn McGrath

“Vroom-vroom-vrOOM” roars the motorcycle below my open bedroom window, followed by silence, intermittent bird song and eventually far-off mowing sounds. Each elicits a response from my body and mind, as I tense or relax with my perception of each. Every day, every moment, we hear, make and respond to sounds. We can close our eyes to sights, but not to sounds, even when we sleep.

And it’s not just the ear that is sensitive to sound. As naturopath, musician and psychologist Dr. John Beaulieu explains so well in his book Music and Sound in the Healing Arts, every cell in our body vibrates, so they too can receive and respond to sound.

The link between sound and health has been recognized since ancient times, most notably with Apollo’s position in Greek mythology as a God of both medicine and music.

In the more recent past, Harpo Marx regaled audiences with his mesmerizing harp music, bringing moments of tranquility to the manic mayhem of the Marx brothers’ comic films. And currently, organizations such as the Chalice of Repose project offer compassionate end-of-life vigils of contemplative music chosen to meet the individual needs of the dying.

Greek mathematician, philosopher and musician Pythagoras considered the universe a vast musical instrument. This view is echoed by Native American author Joseph Rael in his book Being and Vibration, as he describes, “We are nature’s music singing to God.” Indeed, modern science has shown us that everything has a vibration, though we usually experience most of them subliminally.

So what is music? According to Dr. Beaulieu, it’s the appreciation of sound, and this appreciation can impact us profoundly.

And we can create music from our very own bodies – just open your mouth and . . . SING!  As Marquette Choral Society Director Dr. Floyd Slotterback explains, “Singing leads to many healthy outcomes. When you sing you use your breathing apparatus and lower abdominals more actively. You are encouraged to sit with good posture by stretching the spine and feeling an expansion of the rib cage. There are also benefits to the social aspects of singing, including attainment of group goals, enjoyment of working together, and the opportunity to laugh and share a love of singing. For those choirs who move or dance, the physical workout adds an extra dimension. Any age can be involved (I have a woman in my church choir who is 105 years old!) And, it’s just plain fun!”

Musician Jan Cloutier has performed for many local elders and veterans, sharing a repertoire from their era with her guitar and voice. She actively encouraged group members to sing as much as they were willing and also made percussive instruments available for use. Jan says it wasn’t long before feet began tapping, shakers rattled and gentlemen rose to ask ladies for a dance or two, thus enhancing their cardio-vascular systems and pleasure.

Many elders have trouble with their short-term memory, though their long-term memory is basically intact. Hearing these songs would bring back detailed personal memories from the era when these tunes were popular. All benefited from their recollections. Jan adds, “For me personally, I feel that music transcends self. Without it, life would be like living in black and white.”

Recently, Toby Christenson, a recognized expert and innovator in the field of healing music, shared his work at Marquette’s People’s Festival. Toby uses the sound energy of the drum to create a force that disrupts unhealthy patterns and then combines elemental rhythms to restore and realign the mind, body and spirit. Toby says, “What I have found in my work is that the greatness of our being resides in our bones – hidden gifts from our ancestors and our souls’ journey are waiting to be awakened. The sound vibrations and rhythm of the drum resonates through the body, releasing our greatness and providing unmatched power and balance.  The sound of the drum is the tuning of the soul!

Another sound healer, Nicole LaVoie, had a revelation about the primacy of sound when considering the biblical quote “In the beginning was the Word.” She realized the “word” was sound, and came to conclude that sound is key to everything on earth. Within the full range of frequencies – matter, sound, light, x-rays, gamma rays, etc., matter is the lowest frequency, and sound is the next-to-lowest. Nicole theorizes this may be why “Matter responds very well to sound because it is the closest neighbor in the frequency spectrum.”

The impact of sound on matter has been studied. Dr. Hans Jenny spent thousands of hours experimenting on the effects of different frequencies on inorganic substances, such as plastic, dust, etc. In the hundreds of photographs he and his staff took, these materials come to look like marine life, bacteria, human organs, and other living, breathing creations while under the influence of the vibrations.

There have been many studies on the impact of sound on human health as well. For instance, Dr. Norman Weinberger, research professor in neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine, cites studies showing that passive musical involvement can reduce the release of stress hormones in various circumstances, including some types of pre-surgical anxiety; decrease distress in newborns and in certain cases, reduce the length of hospital stays.  [“The Musical Hormone”, MRN, Fall 1997, IV (2)].

Dr. Weinberger also explains, “Perhaps the most unexpected use of music in therapy is in a highly passive and unique situation, that of comatose patients who have uncontrollable epilepsy, that is, brain seizures, even while they are unconscious. Playing classical music reduces the incidence of brain seizures.” [“The Powers of Music: A Treatment for Epilepsy?”, MRN, Fall 1998, V (3)].

So what about unavoidable sounds that grate on our nerves? As a fairly sound-sensitive person, I’ve coped with this in various ways. If I try to ignore the offending noise, I tend to become more aware of it and increasingly irritated. When I pay attention to something else, something more important to me, it becomes a non-issue. I can also block annoying sounds with ones I prefer. For instance, when a nearby warm weather outdoor party goes late into the night, my best antidote is playing a recording of ocean sounds loud enough to cover the partiers’ noise – I actually sleep better with it on!

Recently, I was on a conference call for a silent group meditation when a car horn began going off outside. I felt disturbed, then brought my attention back to the focus of the meditation, without trying to wish the sound away. Within seconds, I spontaneously began experiencing the sound as Gabriel’s horn and blissfully soaked it in.

I am not always in such an ecstatic state of mind, and I’m guessing you’re probably not either. Thankfully, there are many more enjoyable and therapeutic sounds we can choose in creating our auditory environment. Take some time to notice how your body and mind feel when you hear wind chimes, waterfalls, rock ’n roll, classical, therapeutic and other forms of music. Pay attention to what kinds of sounds serve you in different situations. And consider increasing your exposure to them. You just might reap the pleasures of more sound physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health.

Marquette resident Roslyn Elena McGrath has been sharing healing arts since 1996. She has am M.A. in Painting and a B.S. in Art Education from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and has published well being-focused periodicals, including this magazine, since 2002. 

Sources:

Music and Sound in the Healing Arts, John Beaulieu, Station Hill Press, 1987

Being & Vibration, Joseph Rael, Council Oak Books, 1993

Return to Harmony, Nicole LaVoie, Sound Wave Energy Press, 1998

Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics, Jonathan Goldman, Element Inc., 1992

MuSICA, the Music & Science Information Computer Archive, www.musica.uci.edu/index.html

From Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, Fall 2010

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