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Top Healthy Lessons You Can Learn from Your Dog!

 

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I am a pooch fan.

While I have owned a variety of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, turtles and even a snake during my life, my affinity is drawn to the canine!

But let it be said, that being the wellness passionista that I am, I believe that all pets can have a beautiful and powerful way of helping us to live healthier and happier lives.

Currently, I am the proud owner and mama of two awesome male Samoyeds in the image above: Turbo (who is 12 years old) and Tazer (who is 3 years old.).  Alpha by all means!  They were historically bred to be herding or work dogs.  However, because of their kind, gentle nature and very furry coats, people often snuggled up to them at night for warmth, companionship and affection. They are a very loving, gentle breed. And they have taught me so much about love, nature, loving the moments of life and staying young and carefree.

So how does your pet dog help to optimize your wellness? Why is he/she so special? Here are some of the top lessons on what your canine companion can teach you and how that doggie love can ramp up your wellbeing too:

 Dogs give unconditional love.

Those challenging days when nothing seems to be going quite right and you feel the overwhelm, your pup is there to always BE love. That’s just one of the reasons they are called “Man’s/woman’s best friend.” Dogs have a very innate sense of your emotions and feelings. They intuitively pick up on what you are feeling , but they obviously can’t verbalize it. So what do they do? They LOVE you…whether you are happy, sad, frustrated, anxious, lonely, depressed or are just having an “off” day. They greet you with wagging tails and big smiles! Dogs share the love. (A sweet Tweetable!!)

 Dogs don’t judge.

Media often seems to lend itself to making you more self critical. How skinny you are or aren’t. How much money you have or don’t. How popular you are or aren’t. But dogs….Ahhh…they don’t care. They want you to love them and love your life. How beautiful of a lesson is that? Can it get any better? They don’t care how you (show your) age, how you may not be so fashion forward, how you snore, how you are a tad off pitch when you sing or how that home cooked meal tastes not so cookbook-like! Dogs don’t judge you.  Many people constantly compare appearances, physiques, financial status, or relationships. So the lesson here is to learn let go of comparison. Judge others less and instead focus on becoming a better you. Become a “you” of significance.

 Dogs inspire you to be playful.

Seriously, what dog does not LOVE to play? It’s in their nature. Dogs love action and mobility. They love to be engaged in new activities. Yes, you can teach an old(er) dog new tricks–rather behaviors. They love to run (especially when they are young) and love for you to run with them. They love fetching almost anything, playing hide-n-seek, rolling in the grass, mushing through mounds of snow. Join them? Heck yes. Being playful keeps you younger both emotionally and physically.

 Dogs make you laugh.

They sometimes do the craziest things. Rolling, licking, rocking, howling, just silly behaviors that we smile at, grin at, giggle at or have a full belly laugh for. Unplanned, unscheduled, they just seem to know exactly when we need to lighten up and like magic, they tickle our funny bone. Laughter increases the “feel good” hormones, endorphins  and reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body which ultimately help inspire healthy cell growth. When you are feeling the need for an uplift, get down on the floor and have a light hearted face-to-face with your pup. Betcha he will become one of your most favorite comedians.

 Dogs are forgiving.

You may have forgot to set out a bowl of clean, fresh  drinking water, been an hour late for their walk, misplaced their favorite toy or after a long, frustrating day at work scolded them in appropriately. But even with their disappointment, they will always forgive you and behave as if you never erred. Can you be as forgiving as your dog with your dog OR with people? What a beautiful world this would be if we could forgive as easily and move toward love!

 Dogs never have a real agenda.

You are always on a schedule right? Not so with your dog. She will relax when you need to, play when you are ready, be hungry when she hears the dinner bell, and be ready for snuggles when she gets a glimpse of your yawn in the evening hours. Dogs “roll” with you. No hidden agenda to do something or anything particular. How cool is that ? Can you enjoy that kind of flexibility in your own life? Maybe you need to loosen up your agenda a bit? Ahhhh…that freedom feeling!

 Dogs encourage you to get outside and enjoy nature.

Canine buddies are lovers of walks in grass, dirt, mud, sand, water and snow. Wherever the venue, they don’t seem to really mind being outside. And one of the most wonderful things you can do is to walk your dog as often as possible. Get him outside to run, romp and play. And while you are both breathing fresh air, take a closer look at the beauty of nature all around you. The sky, clouds, trees, plants, birds, squirrels and butterflies will soon take on a new perspective. Take time to marvel at the beauty of nature which surrounds you but which you may sometimes forget is there to nourish you.

 Dogs learn their “place” and respect it.

Through your own instruction or a trainer’s, dogs learn to understand their role with you and what they can and can’t get away with. And with positive reinforcement, they will learn great respect for their owner/handler. Even among other dogs, they quickly size up “pecking order” and quickly determine who is “king of the castle” in any particular situation. You can readily observe this in your own home if you own several pets. Your dog(s) will learn and adapt to who is the leader of the pack. In life, people can learn to appreciate how respect for others can have a profound effect in not only how they live their own lives but how they demonstrate leadership qualities to others.

 Dogs teach you to nourish yourself through touch.

Belly rubs, tummy scratches, nose kisses, paw massages or just plain petting–they love it all. Touching your pup is very soothing for them. Pay close attention to their relaxation and sense of calmness when you touch them in a very soothing, caring way. Humans, like dogs, receive pleasure from nourishing, nurturing touch. So allow yourself to be a bit more vulnerable when it comes to being touched in a positive, loving way. As long as the intention behind that touch is positive and kind, soak it up. The power of positive touch can be extremely healing for both your dog and for you.

 Dogs revel in the moment.

We never do enough of this: Be in the moment. We are always regretting the past or projecting a future with anxiety. Dogs don’t think and behave like this. They are always present and up for whatever comes next. How great would it be for you to truly live like this? How different would your perspective and life be? Both chronic regret and anxiety are precursors for chronic disease. Just think how much less stress you would have if you let go of the past and let the future just flow! Ahhh…learn from these canines !

 Dogs can be the ultimate helpers, warriors, leaders and protectors.

They guide the blind or visually impaired, search for IEDs, assist the elderly, calm children with a range of diseases or simply bark to signal to you that there is a stranger approaching your property. Dogs by their very nature are companion oriented and bond to their owners to serve them. Observe their courage, determination and ability to lead and use it to become a better leader in your own life.

 Dogs love to mark their presence!

Y’all know what I’m talking about here. Whether it’s on a tree trunk, a fire hydrant, a trash can, a snow bank,  or any other stand alone abject, they love to let everyone know they were there. That yellow defining mark! Symbology: “I am canine. I am here. And I am marking my spot to purposefully let you know I was here!” So in a gentle, creative, passionate way, mark your own significance in the world. Show the world why and how you can and will make difference. Baby steps are allowed ;)

Our furry canine friends are loaded with affection and ultimately make fun, compassionate pets because they have no reason not to. If you treat them with love and care, the lessons and love  and (ultimately) health benefits you will receive back from them will be unmatched. The dog lessons are doggone life changing when you learn from them!

With dog loving affection and passion, 

~Pam~ 

The Guitar Gal in Me: A Prelude to Well Being!

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It all started when my 4th grade teacher,  Mrs. Darby, would bring her acoustic guitar to class (usually on Friday afternoons) to play for us. As students, we were encouraged to sing along, and it became a really a fun way to end the school week.

Thats when I fll in love with the guitar. I wanted to learn to play this instrument. The melodic sounds were magical to me. So I begged my parents to grant me guitar lessons with a guitar we rented for about a year. The rental wasn’t the best; the strings were hard and made new calluses and indentations on my virgin fingertips.  But I didn’t care. I was learning to pick and strum and train my ear to detect the notes of the scale. I was learning to hold chords across the fretboard that I thought my young fingers could never reach. I was in guitar heaven!

And about a year later, my parents surprised me with a new Martin acoustic guitar of my own. I still own her. She is absolutely beautiful!  (see picture below).  Lets just say, “I adore her!”

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Thats how it began. I took lessons for about 6 years until the diversions of sports, academics and boys got in the way during high school. LOL…yep…guess that what happens when you are in your late teens. But aaahhh…

The “guitar gal in me”  never ceases to move me. To this day, it has taught me amazing lessons of tuning into my soul, expressing myself through music, understanding the benefits of hard core practice (yep…you just got to practice) and just letting go and allowing music to move me. I am a Motown gal…grew up with soulful sounds which still resonate with me today.

Research has shown that playing an instrument or moving to music has wonderful mindful and medicinal and healing effects.   For me, the guitar is all that. I can feel melancholy with it. or super joyful. It reflects me. It can be soothing or hard a**s rocking. I get to choose.

So if you are new to playing a guitar, (or desire to play one) here are a few things I can share with you to help you on your guitar journey:

1. Practice your musical passion. Play your instrument as if it were an extension of your physical body. Yep. An additional appendage for your soulful enjoyment.

2. Feel your instrument. Don’t just touch it, but FEEL the music you are able to create from it. How special is that?

3. Know that the music you make may seem methodical at first, but after you become comfortable with it, your body will magically adapt and the music you create will flow with ease. It will soon become medicinal…magic melodic medicine for your soul and for others who will enjoy hearing you play.

4. Play genres of music which “speak to you”…whether its rock, pop, country, latino or everything in between.  Experiment with other types of music as you improve your ability to play.

5. At a certain point, you will naturally just begin to create your own sounds and melodies. Happy dance here ! You will create chord progressions which sound just perfect for your very own song. Dont worry about lyrics..just get the basic melody down…hum along as you play with chords that might fit with your own song.

6. Give your guitar some real love. Keep it tuned, restring it as necessary and keep it away from damp or cold/dry places/storage.

7. Play when you feel you want to be expressive ..during both sad/melancholy AND joyful times. You will be amazed at the different types of music you can create depending upon your moods when you play. Your guitar will become your bff !

My love for many genres of music was certainly heightened by learning to play my guitar. The “guitar gal” in me will always be there. The guitar not only echos the music in me, but the harmonies of my soul. (A sweet Tweetable!)

Wishing you the melodies of music in your heart to keep you happy and optimizing your Well Being !

 

~Pam~

Keep Living Life Passionately !

Making Things Bloom!

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

So there you have it. A nursery rhyme about Mary growing her garden. And a beautiful garden she grew! How about you? Do you like to grow things? For simplicity sake, lets start with flowers.

 I love to grow flowers. In the summer months, I plant and cultivate a beautiful outdoor flower garden each year. But during the cold, snowy winters of Chicago, I grow my own mini flower garden indoors near my kitchen sink in an area where two windows converge. Friends (in dismay) have asked me how I could possibly get my green plants to bloom beautiful flowers in the dead of winter. They tell me I must have a “green thumb”.”Nope,” I respond, “my thumbs are the same color as yours.”  :)

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The Healthy “In” of Intimacy!

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What do women want more than sex? Seriously? Did I hear someone whisper chocolate? What about wine? Heck, did I hear a shout out for ice cream with a peanut butter brownie, caramel topping and whipped cream? Wrong. Wrong and wrong again.

Women like sex. We ARE sexual beings. But we are SENSUAL beings too. We were born to entice, engage, seduce, and endear in preparation to produce offspring. Yep. Thats our biology and physiology. Lets face it, we were physically structured to procreate and that primordial instinct still resides within all of us, some more than others. Continue reading

Welcome…So Glad You Are Here!

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I am so excited to welcome you to  PassionatelyPam.com.

So, what’s Pam passionate about?

Well, I am passionate about many things, but my “sweet spot” is health and wellness.

The world of health and wellness is forever changing, and I am passionate about the exciting fusion of cutting edge AND ancient holistic wellness disciplines that can catapult your health from GOOD to BETTER to VIBRANT!

I invite you to Wake Up Your Health! Challenge yourself to pursue your Health in a whole new way!

Why? Because I want you to SHINE with great health and energy and help you become unstoppable in all that you want to accomplish and create in your life.

This blog is just the beginning. I’ll be expanding this into a full website with resources to help you as you make your journey toward vibrant health.

So join me on this journey…because it’s going to be FUN!

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Who Does She Think She Is?

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I often get asked:

“Pam, what made you create PassionatelyPam.com? You have a unique background…from engineering school to getting your MBA at the University of Michigan and have worked primarily in a corporate setting.. Why the change in direction to becoming an entrepreneur in the health and well being industry?  You are not a doctor, so what can you teach me about improving my health?”

First and foremost, I LOVE creating change and growing things. The entrepreneurial bug bit me when I was about 10 years old and hosted kid shows in my neighborhood to raise money for animal shelters.  My mom relentlessly tells me how I was self driven and persevering at a very young age…and so it goes….

I created PassionatelyPam.com because I have a relentless desire to inspire others to optimize their health through balanced lifestyle, positive thinking and practicing their life purpose.

I created PassionatelyPam.com because I’ve learned that there is more to true vibrant health than nutritious eating and exercising. For the past seven years I have studied Ayurvedic health, a 5,000 year old Hindu system of holistic health and healing (including workshops at the Chopra Center in San Diego, CA), epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, emotional mind-body connections and many other disciplines of health.

I created PassionatelyPam.com because I want to blend my passions for science, health, dance (yep, I LOVE dancing) and music (I was born in Detroit and am a “ Motown” gal at heart) to create a more imaginative, free-flowing directive.

I developed PassionatelyPam.com to create a whole mind-body-spirit methodology that helps others find the way to greater health and happiness.

I started PassionatelyPam.com because of the work my daughter and I have already done supporting teens in the healing process. Collaborating with organizations such as Children’s Memorial Hospital-Chicago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Ronald McDonald Houses, I have seen first-hand how inspiring creative passions can bring healing and hope to those in most need.

And now that I’ve answered YOUR questions, I always like to ask one of my own:

“How can I help you find YOUR path to create vibrant health?”

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