I Want to Live

Yesterday while lying on my warm healing amethyst crystal biomat, and listening to 40hz music with headphones on, I gathered up every single “I want to die” thought that I’ve had over this past decade, and I sent all of those thoughts out to a black hole…

Then I visualized a golden portal opening above me, and StarFire Radiant Healing Energies were pouring down into me from that portal… And as the healing energies flowed into all of my cells, I affirmed, “I want to live – healthy, strong, and in my power… shining light to others, and loving my family.”

That “will to live” visualization arose from my desire to be alive for my Mom now that my Dad suddenly died, and from my desire to be alive for my precious adult sons, and from my incredible gratitude for the generous donations I just received from two good-hearted people who cared enough to help me reduce my debt. (Those donations brought some much-needed relief to my anxieties about money, and they gave me some hope for the future.)

May All Beings Be Healed of All Wounds.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo of red dusk with cactuses by Loreta Pavoliene on Unsplash.

 

Another New Year!

Dear readers,

How is 2020 going for you so far? Are you feeling like you need yet another fresh start? Well, today is your chance! It is the New Moon and the start of the Chinese New Year of the Rat!

In the Chinese zodiac there are twelve animal signs, and the Rat is the first, so this year is all about new beginnings, and there should be a lot of creative energies for accomplishing your goals!

In my last post (“Maintaining a Balance”) I shared that I was going to take a few days off from blogging in order to re-read the books I published last year… Well, that same day my Dad went into the hospital and he ended up having double bypass heart surgery on Thursday, so I’ve taken a longer vacay from the blog than I expected to… and I didn’t even write a StarFire Friday Blessing post… so please consider my Chinese New Year wishes as my StarFire Blessings for you this week!

In China, to wish someone a happy new year they say “Gung Hay Fat Choy” which literally means “Wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”

Happy New Year of the Rat 2020 to you and your loved ones!
May the Force of Good Luck be with you!
May you be happy and healthy! 🙂

With much love,
StarFire Teja

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Photo of Red Chinese Lanterns by Lauza Loistl on Unsplash.

Happy Chinese New Year image found on google images.

 

Something to Ponder: Pomegranates

Dear readers,

Can you even believe that something as amazing as the pomegranate grows on this Earth?

Super high in antioxidants, pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits, offering us many health benefits!

Something to Ponder: Pomegranates!

 

Photo of pomegranates by Jonas Renner on Unsplash.

 

4 Helpful Tips for Looking for a New Doctor

Hello readers!

In today’s post I will share a bit about why I just did the search for a new doctor, and then I will share a few tips I gleaned in the process.

For the last five years (of 23 years) of living in Ashland, Oregon, I worked in a wonderful medical office, Morningstar Healing Arts, and I saw Howard Woodwind Morningstar MD, and his wife Sue Morningstar WHCNP (Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner), as my doctors. They were very caring people, and I got used to a high standard in terms of quality medical care.

So, last Fall, when I visited my new doctor here for the first time, I was pretty shocked by her demeanor. I will just call her “Dr. B” here because she has so many terrible reviews online that I don’t feel the need to do that. When Dr. B walked into the room, after curtly introducing herself, she asked me point-blank “Why are you here?” I replied that I was there for an annual exam, and I started sending her loving energies, hoping she would soften and be friendly to me. Well, that did not happen, and many months later, when I was reflecting on that visit, I thought that when she asked me that question, a good response would have been, “Actually, Dr. B, the question is, Why are YOU here, when you clearly are not good at this work!”

At the end of the appointment I scheduled my follow-up exam with her for one year later, and I was actually planning to give her another chance, but then I read the scathing reviews about her online, and several people said that they gave her a second chance and she still wasn’t nice!

So, when I started having lots of uncomfortable health issues again in the late Winter and early Spring, I did not have a doctor that I felt comfortable with, and I felt too sick and tired to look for a new doctor… Fast-forward to this month of July, and here is the background story on why I got motivated to look for a new doctor now…

In my ideal world, I would like to regularly sleep well, and have a normal, healthy body, and be able to do satisfying, financially successful work, and live in Sedona, Arizona. Well, none of that is happening in my current reality, and while I am doing my best to make the best of the situation I’m in, some days it is just really hard to accept that I am not living in my ideal world. Those days usually coincide with “bad” days, which typically come after “bad” nights.

It is possible that I am experiencing a relapse of Fibromyalgia (after I had been symptom-free for almost 3.5 years), but it is confusing because the symptoms are always changing and the aches keep moving around. At the moment I am feeling completely fed up with this frustrating body situation, thus I am motivated to go to a doctor. Hopefully the doctor can help me figure out why I feel so bad. If a diagnosis can be made, then hopefully I will learn whether or not it can be treated, and whether or not I’ll ever be able to work again. (I have been unemployed for 3 years and have been living as a boomeranger with my parents for the past 1.5 years.) Currently I cannot imagine being able to go to a job.

So! Here are a few tips if you find yourself also looking for a new doctor:

1. Read online reviews and/or talk to people who know the doctor.

2. Look at their photo if possible. You can really tell a lot about a person by gazing at their photo.

3. When you call their office and speak to the receptionist, ask questions about things that are important to you. If they don’t know the answers, ask them to go ask the doctor!

4. Consider typing up a list of your health issues and health goals to bring with you to the first appointment. Before writing the list, spend some time getting really clear about your health goals. While typing the list, be aware that you are sending a positive message to your body that you really care about it and you are going to do everything you can to help it be healthy.

Do you have any other tips to add to this list?
Do you love your current doctor, or are you looking for a new doctor now?

 

Photo* of sunset on the trail in Sedona, Arizona, taken by Teja in November 2018.

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Soaked Oats: A Super Easy Breakfast Recipe

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast recipe? Did you know that oats have many health benefits?

High in antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber, oats are very good for your heart’s health, and can lower cholesterol as well as improve blood sugar control. And, if you eat a gluten-free diet, you can buy gluten-free oats.

Have you ever heard of eating soaked oats?

Yes, it is true. You do not have to spend any time cooking oats. Instead, you can soak your oats overnight. This saves a lot of time in the mornings! When my sons were little, I made them each a jar of soaked oats the night before, and in the morning when they were ready to eat, they simply opened their jars, stirred, and began eating.

So, for this recipe you will need an empty jar, oats, optional ingredients such as raisins and dates, and some pure filtered water. Sometime in the evening, as part of your bedtime routine, add ½ cup oats to the jar and top with any dried fruits you like (I prefer raisins and medjool dates), then add water until it covers the top of the dried fruits. Secure the lid tightly and sit on the counter. Then enjoy some sweet restorative sleep, with happy dreams…

In the morning, you can simply stir and eat out of the jar if you are like my sons… Or, you can pour your soaked oats into your favorite bowl. I prefer my bright red bowl! Next, sprinkle on cinnamon (I use a heaping ½ teaspoon), and any other spices you like, such as ginger powder, turmeric, or cardamom. Then add any nuts, seeds, or nut butters. I love walnuts and almond butter stirred into mine. And finally, if you have any fresh fruit or berries, you can add them also. I really love the soaked oats with strawberries and red grapes.

Before taking that first yummy bite, take a relaxing breath, cultivate gratitude for the blessing of having healthy food, and then eat mindfully. You might also consider doing a practice of offering the food to the Divine… to your concept of Something Greater, such as God, Nature, Source of All Love, or the Universe. I offer my food to Hanuman, who is an aspect of God in Hinduism. He represents Love, Devotion, Strength, and Positive Energy, so I invite those qualities to come into me through the food.

I hope you enjoy this super easy breakfast recipe! Please let me know how it goes… Who knows, it might just change your life!

Please buy organic food whenever possible, as it is best for your health and best for the environment.

Thank you for reading the StarFire Teja Blog!
I hope that these posts help you to happy up your life.

May All People Have Healthy Food and Pure Water.