Monday, April 12, 2010

Unit 7 Post

Meeting Asclepius was an excellent visualization exercise. I chose my grandmother who has been gone for for 15 years. She was such a kind person and believed in love, family and God above all. It did not matter how bad someone treated her, she responded with love. This would often make me angry! I remember as a child, not understanding at all. I wanted to hit them. She would say "Ginger, do you think that is what Jesus would do?" Grandma lived her life as tribute to her beliefs. She firmly believed in the power of love and positive beliefs.

When I started visualizing her, I immediately became sad. I thought this isn't what this exercise is about. That's when it hit me, I was going about it the wrong way. I was remembering how her loss affected me not how her life did. She was a beautiful human being with the ability to be kind beyond belief. She never had material possessions but she had a heart of gold. I can only hope that when I continue these exercises I will gain some insight into her life and bring them to my own.

The saying one can not lead where one has not gone is quite accurate. I think that is why so many of the new health care professionals are detached. I believe that it is my responsibility to give as much of myself as possible in a whole and healthy manner which includes my spiritual well being. I believe that you can relate to people much better if you have been there or at least experienced it. Many patients feel more at ease with someone who can relate and are more likely to accept advice.


Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: the path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications.


  1. That is good that you were able to control your thoughts halfway through the exercise and switch them from negative to positive. That is not an easy thing to do. Great job!

  2. Hi Ginger,

    I like how you wrote about your grandmother and how she was so spiritual and tried to share that knowledge with you even though you were too young to understand at that time. It's amazing how we begin to understand what adults were referring to when we were children and we find our own ways of teaching our children the same experiences but in our own way so they understand at their age. I'm glad you looked up to your grandmother and I am sure she has taught you well. It is amazing how close many of us were to our grandparents in our posts this week and how we thought about them for our exercise. Keep up the good work and may you continue to get reacquainted with your inner-self.


  3. Hey Ginger, your grandmother seemed to be a very wonderful woman and great role model. I hope to be like that to my grandkids one day! I am glad you realized your feelings and was able to correct them to the true feelings for this exercise. We can all definitely learn from the people we love and loved.

  4. Hi Ginger,

    What wonderful memories you have from your grandmother. I have always heard the old saying (kill them with kindness) and looks like that’s what your grandmother was doing. God does looks after and take good care of his own so trust me them mean people paid for the things they did or said to your grandmother; because we all reap what we sow good or bad. So your grandmother knew no matter how people treated her she had to still love them like Jesus loved and loves us. We are not all prefect at all, and God knows that this is why he still loves us all in spite of all that we do just like your grandmother did people around her. Nice story.

  5. Beautiful post Ginger! A lost of a loved one is hard but you know what she has left a lasting impression on your life and guided you to be the great woman you wre today. Sympathy is important to offer when someone you know has lost a loved one to death. Perhaps you have had a parent, spouse or sibling die, and remember what it felt like when others were kind and understanding. You think back to your raw emotions you had immediately after the death, and recall what the helpful sympathy sayings that were said or written to you were. You want to offer the same comfort you were given. Now you can help someone and show how devine you are as a person because of your grandmother you are now a comfort to the world. SHE IS STILL MOVING IN YOUR LIFE IN PARADISE AND GLORY WITH GOD! YOUR ARE A LIGHT TO THIS WORLD AS YOUR GRANDMOTHER WATCHES OVER YOU!

    Jesus Christ knew about grief:
    He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:3,10

    "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
    --- Kahlil Gibran


  6. Remember Ginger is wanting to be the grandmother she was to you, she is motivating people that she does not know through her legacy through. Thank God!


  7. Ginger,

    Your story about your grandmother touched my heart but to see the realization that remembering how you lost her instead of how she was living was a GREAT acheivement within itself. I hope that you are so very proud of yourself for recognizing the technique in a more positive way. Remarkable!

    As for your comments about health care professionals having experience and knowledge about their professions is an agreement I do share with you. I know that when I visit my PCM, if I do not like him/her or just feel they are not what I need for me; well, I find another. I do want someone that understands what I am going through but has thorough knowledge of how to help.

    Thank you so much for sharing!