At Elan, March has been our month of “Patient Appreciation Day” for a few years, so it seemed like the appropriate theme for the month-a chance to invite you to participate in our Yearly Event, a chance to highlight a great charity, Made by Momma, and show our appreciation for the local businesses that help us to make this day happen. Last year we were able to raise over $700 for Made by Momma, and we look forward to beating that number this year!

Having a focus on Appreciation is an instant mood switch. Deciding what to write made me suddenly see with more clarity-we were recently in Banff and enjoyed a weekend in the beautiful Rockies (and I am one to drive through them multiple times a year without even seeing them); we've been enjoying some late winter merging into spring weather and getting outside more; and I've been stewing on what I can most appreciate and write about.

Then the book on my bedside table jumped at me, “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. How do we bring Gratitude into different aspects of our life?

Her chapter specifically on Magical Health has a few great quotes which I want to share with you:

The Greatest Wealth is Health.” Virgil

Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” John Henry Jowett

The Gift of Health is Keeping me Alive.” (that's Rhonda Byrne).

Whoever has gratitude (for health) will be given more, and he or she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude (for health), even what he or he has will be taken from him or her.” (who knows this one?).

Spend a few minutes first thinking of what you are grateful for in your body, then feeling the gratitude and why you are grateful.

As an example (from The Magic)... Think about the miracle of your eyes. They enable you to see the faces of your loved ones and friends, read books, emails, Facebook, see the beauty of the sunrise, sunset, the freshly fallen snow... and our way through life. 

 Say thank you for my eyes that enable me to see everything.

All of our senses require our brain and nervous system to coordinate and make sense of our world. It processes a million messages a second! Our brain and nervous system enable us to sense and experience life. 

 Say thank you for my brain and my beautiful mind.

The more you can list and feel what you are grateful for in your body, health, and life, the more that you will have to be grateful for.

Please join us March 16th for our Patient Appreciation Day or ask us in office for more details!  There will be activities for BOTH current practice members and community members-all are welcome!  

P.S.  Watch for more posts this month from our office practitioners on ways to bring more appreciation into our lives.  


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