Sunday, 8 March 2015

Gratitude for Books, Reading and Google

I've been wanting to start a blog for a long time. Every once in a while, I will be riding home in my car, thinking about something I've read or heard recently and I'll start a discussion with no one in my head. Seems like a bit of a waste to have it stop there. So I think I'll start this out as a gratitude journal entry.

The first thing to mention is that I'm grateful to Google for making it so easy for me to get this underway.

Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, MD
The next thing that comes to mind is that I have had the privilege to read some absolutely amazing books over the last year or so related to healing; trauma's effects on health, what causes illness, how emotions play into disease, how we can heal ourselves. I'm just so happy and full of gratitude today that those books exist and that they have found their way to me. I'm looking forward to sharing some of them with you.

These are just a few to pique your curiosity:

I'm also really grateful that I know how to read. I don't even give it a second thought most of the time but I can't imagine what my life would have been like, would BE like if I couldn't read. I consider myself one of the truly lucky ones for that gift.

My mother was key in sparking and supporting my interest in books and my first grade teacher at Marie V. Duffy in Wharton, NJ was the one who taught me how to do it. I remember I couldn't stop reading billboards once I was able to figure out what they meant. So today I'm sending out gratitude to both my mother and Mrs. I-can't-remember-her-name as well.

I like to make a list of about 3 to 5 things when I do a gratitude journal entry, not too many that it will take too much time -if it takes more than 5 minutes, I probably won't do it at all- and not too few that I won't have to sit and think about my day for a little while.

What's in your gratitude journal entry today?


  1. Hi Kelly,

    I'm also very grateful I can read and that there is so much information available to us thanks to the Internet. For someone with a love of learning, it's wonderful.

    I started reading Lissa Rankin's book, which I think is great, but I was hoping for way more placebo/nocebo stories. If you know of a good book like that, please let me know!

    1. A quick look on Google shows me a book called "The Nocebo Effect" by Stewart Justman and "The Ultimate Guide to the Placebo Effect" by Nicky J. Westen. I haven't read either of them though. One would hope they have stories! Maybe it's a book you need to write. :)

      There's a placebo/nocebo story that's well known in the hypnosis world and here is a version of that told by Bruce Lipton:

      If you find any more Placebo/Nocebo books, let me know.

    2. Just want to add that I recently saw Dr. Joe Dispenza speak. He's a great one for integrating science and spirituality. His book is called "You Are the Placebo". Great name, eh?