Author: Dr.JenineMarie

It’s Alright to Be a “Runner”

For the longest time I have felt very honest with myself, and others, when classifying myself as “a runner”. It means I take off when things are not working for me, hurtful, harmful, or when I am completely “done” with a situation. This does not mean running from responsibility or what I know is right. It means running from what is wrong for me. I suppose a better way of describing it is a “turning away from” a situation in search of a new experience. When I look back, I have realized that often my issue is not running from bad situations but actually staying way too long in them, or around them. Then I’ve come to a point where I have had enough and really don’t care to experience it any longer. I leave it behind me. It’s what we are supposed to do! It’s what I should always have done from the beginning. It’s not selfish, it is self preservation. You see, it’s part of the human navigation system. When we sense danger …

Everything Shifts

Early this morning I heard there was a 4.5 earthquake in the state of California. The faults are just adjusting and relieving some pressure. I feel that same need sometimes too, don’t you? When life gets on my nerves it’s almost like sleeping on my arm too long. Sooner or later it’s time to adjust. Movement causes relief and we always know when we need to do it. The pressure builds up. We become uncomfortable, emotional, and sometimes down right cranky. Let it go long enough, next thing we know there is a fire blazing. California is a great example of this too. I think the state has a temper. Or maybe she just needs an adjustment? When scientists study the reactions that happen from beneath the earth’s surface they come to theories as to why things need to shift. We have those same excavation capabilities. Go deep enough and it is easy to see where the cranky is coming from. Usually it means a change is coming or needed. If we don’t recognize the …

“First Do No Harm” and Modern Medicine

When I was growing up, my family had this person in our lives we called “the family physician.” We all went to him and he knew us all by name. I was not always keen on our family physician’s bedside manner, as he could almost sound a bit insulting. He knew his stuff though. I remember my father calling him brilliant one Christmas holiday he saved my grandmother’s life. She went on to live many many years longer, even with heart issues, and well after our doctor’s retirement. He treated my chicken pox, strep throat, allergies, severe reactions to antibiotics, and diagnosed my first pregnancy. I saw him into my early 20’s from when I was a child. Everything that could have been known about me medically, he knew. He treated everything, including some of my tears. Now, we have a “primary care physician.” We are very fortunate when we get a good one. I know there are a lot of good ones out there. Although, what happens now, our insurance company pretty much determines …

Does Hypnosis Really Work?

Did you know you are always “on”? What I mean by that is, your mind is always working. Not just your brain, but your mind. This includes what we call the “unconscious” mind. You have both consciousness and a part of you that is always running in the background. The unconscious mind is kind of like a computer program that just runs and monitors everything. The only thing is, the unconscious mind also controls a lot of things; much more than you might believe. Also, like a computer, it can be programmed to change things you desire to change. It’s really quite simple. You tell it what you want instead of having it run on autopilot in the background telling you how life will be. Much of what is there can be attributed to what you have experienced in the past and other things are habits you have picked up along the way as a result of past and choices you have made. In an article printed this month by Chicago Magazine, a writer speaks …

“Compassion” Will You Please Stand Up?

As I picked up the vacuum this morning to do a little house cleaning, I found myself becoming more than emotional. It’s not unusual for me. I am an empath, so this happens to me a lot. My heart suddenly felt like it dropped into my stomach. I stopped the vacuum and took a deep breath. Something has been on my mind and in my heart lately and it has to do with compassion in this world. A memory came back to me during a time when I published a newsletter that circulated around for a couple years or so. One particular article was submitted by my mother concerning my reaching out as an editor and writer. One way she described me in the article was an individual who could never understand why people treated each other with such lack of love and compassion. As I grew I came to know and understand that the dark sides of life tend to make the light look so much brighter. In the balance of things we tend …

When “Things” Are Not Meant to Be

I believe that life has a natural flow and when we are willing to look deep enough we can see where things are shifting. This flow is not as easily seen as the seasons when they change in weather but they can be seen, felt, and discerned. It’s always hard to shift to a new season, or direction in life. This means it’s time to say good-bye to that which no longer serves us so there will be room for that which does. Some indications that something is meant to leave your life or your direction is changing: Nothing seems to go right any more when attempting to do what you have been doing. Suddenly it feels very negative and is filled with negative people. Authority is shifted and you no longer have the upper hand in your own life path when it comes to this certain thing. People who normally feel very connected no longer do. Your heart just does not seem “in it” any longer. You no longer feel joy from what you …

Have You Thought About Legacy?

Over the last few months I have been engrossed in looking at my family lineage. I have never gone as far with it as I have recently. Oh, the amazing things I have discovered! I’m not going to bore you with my family background and details but what I want to do is spark your interest about “legacy”. As it is with our own past, the idea is not to live in the places we discover or uncover, but to learn from them. One thing I really took to heart were the ways my ancestors pressed through the difficult issues that presented themselves in the days they were here. They were overcomers. Some died, and some had to be left behind to deal with the grief. I am all to familiar with that part. Drawing from that strength gave me more courage instead of sadness. I suppose it depends on how I would choose to look at things; from the negative or positive. I always try to pull from what is positive and bring that …