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More FREE STUFF: Treating Pain With Aromatherapy

aromatherapy doctorGrowing numbers of respected physicians and health care professionals agree on the benefits of aromatherapy. They’re finding that pleasurable smells go to work immediately on your brain, easing pain and relieving stress. 

How does this work? It has to do with the way your nose communicates with your brain. 

Aromatherapy affects your brain’s emotional center, also known as your amygdala.


CHI FOR YOURSELF invites you to check out a FREE list of some popular aromatherapy scents available in essential oils and other products, as well as the healing benefits they provide.

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To your health!


JohnK 8-14-2017

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Natural or Not Natural? That Is The Question

We see the word “natural” at every turn. Health organizations and food makers love this word. They tell us that natural is our signal that certain food is healthy and good for us.
You may believe this yourself. After all, you see natural listed on product labels all the time. But what does natural actually mean?

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Consumer Reports magazine warns that natural can be a very misleading word. Some are calling on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to ban the word’s use on food labels.
Now, it’s unlikely that manufacturers will put the word “unnatural” on a product. Yet foods described as natural can be healthy, unhealthy, or have no effect on you at all.
By the way, the FDA has yet to come up with a hard and fast definition of natural on a label. Other modern countries are facing the same challenge.
So, for years manufacturers have had no problem slapping the natural label on food. Some of it is actually unhealthy.
If the “Natural” Labeling Process Seems Confusing To You, You Are Not Alone
Let’s look at a recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center*. 60% of the 1,000 shoppers questioned said they look for the word natural on labels. 66% believe natural means no artificial ingredients, genetically modified organisms, or pesticides. Yet there are no mandatory disclosures that allow foods to carry the word natural.
You can see where this is going. No hard and fast rules for natural as it applies to food can assume too much trust. With that in mind, what steps can you take to be confident that your food is natural?
A good starting point is to contact the manufacturer. It may take some time, but get someone on the phone. Ask some hard questions. Get the name of the person you’re talking to. Ask him or her to send any and all relevant information to you via snail mail or e-mail.
The contact person may tell you such information is “proprietary.” That they’re not allowed to tell you. Consider this a red flag.
Also, keep in mind that food with tons of sugar and calories may actually be natural. But that doesn’t make them healthy.
The bottom line? Stay away from packaged foods wherever possible. Eat whole foods. More fruits and vegetables than processed items.
Take the steps to ensure that you’re getting more natural and healthy foods. After all, you and your family are worth the effort!
JohnK 8-7-2017


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Suzanne Scurlock-Durana and Listening to Your Body

Your body has a language of its own. But how do you tap into the valuable information it gives? That’s the topic of today’s CHI FOR YOURSELF edition.

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana comes back to us with a new book that offers tools to re-connect with the body’s inherent guidance system.

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Suzanne Scurlock-Durana


Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is the author of Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom.


Here are some talking points from the interview:

What the body is saying to us

The Wisdom Areas of the body

The reliability of “gut feelings” or hunches

The pelvic area and sexuality

Latest research on un-resolved trauma

The most important relationship in your life


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I hope you enjoy this edition of CHI FOR YOURSELF. And, know that more great guests are on the way!

Be well..


JohnK 7-28-2017

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More FREE Stuff- And Our Next CHI FOR YOURSELF


Our next CHI FOR YOURSELF guest makes her second visit to the show. Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is one of the world’s leading authorities on conscious awareness and its transformational impact on the healing process. On her last visit she discussed her book Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom. This time we’ll hear about her latest work– Reclaiming Your Body: Healing From Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom

Suzanne Durana on CHI FOR YOURSELF

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

This show will be not be available as a live listen. It’s going to be pre-recorded due to a scheduling conflict. I’ll give you the heads-up post on GenuLines as to when it will be available. 




I hope you enjoyed our 30 day “challenge” on finding your purpose driven life– and that the points in the series are helping you toward living your genuine life. Maybe you’re feeling some resistance and you just can’t seem to get started. If that’s the case, check this new CHI FOR YOURSELF “freebie.”


30 day challenge from CHI FOR YOURSELF


This is a list of suggestions and affirmations to give you more focus.You can use it as your own personal challenge. Or just refer to it from time to time as you feel you need it.  It’s yours free from CHI FOR YOURSELF and you can grab it by clicking on the FREE Stuff button: 

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Be well! 


JohnK 7-21-2017

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Wrap Up And: Where To Go From Here

Well, we’ve come to the end of our 30 Day Living With Purpose Challenge. Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?

The idea was to move you toward living a more intentional and purpose-driven life. And to have these daily blog posts inspire some serious thought and discussion.
checklist with purpose
Here’s what we covered over the past 30 Days..

1. Welcome And What Does It Mean To Live With Purpose
2. Why It’s Important To Find Your Purpose
3. What Is Your Purpose?
4. The Connection Between Purpose and Happiness
5. Why What You Do For A Living Matters
6. How To Find Your Calling
7. Your Purpose Doesn’t Have To Be Huge To Make A Difference
8. Small Things You Can Start Doing Right Now To Make A Difference
9. Do You Know What’s Sucking Up Your Time
10. Going From Existing To Truly Living Life
11. Let’s Talk About TV And The Likes
12. How Much Time Are You Spending On Facebook
13. Embrace Your Hobbies And Interests
14. Never Stop Learning
15. The Big Benefits Of Traveling The World
16. Creating Purposeful And Meaningful Relationships
17. When You Have A Purpose, You’re Taking Action And Aren’t Afraid Of Failure
18. Living With Purpose Is Good For Your Spiritual Health
19. Guess What? Money And “Stuff” Doesn’t Make You Happy
20. Living With Purpose Makes You A Kinder Person
21. When You Live With Purpose, You Don’t Have Time To Worry
22. When You Live A Purpose Driven Life, Your Values Are Clear
23. You Realize The World Doesn’t Revolve Around You
24. Aligning Yourself With Your Purpose Through Mediation And Prayer
25. Avoid Temptations And Wrong Paths Along The Way
26. Living With Purpose Is About Serving Your Community
27. Your Loved Ones Will Benefit From A Purpose Driven Life
28. Your Purpose May Evolve And Change As You Do… And That’s Ok
29. What Do You Want To Be Remembered For?

The next question is of course where you go from here. That’s up to you. I’ve given you a lot of ideas, tools, and suggestions to craft a more purposeful life for yourself and your loved ones.

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What you do with that information is up to you. I hope you’ve been following along, doing a lot of thinking, and taking action.

I encourage you to continue on this journey. Keep bringing more meaning and purpose into your life.

Keep reading, keep learning, and keep on making progress.

JohnK 6-30-2017
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Today on CHI FOR YOURSELF: Dan Millman



Dan Be with us today on CHI FOR YOURSELF, and our guest Dan Millman, author of The Hidden School: Return of The Peaceful Warrior. We’ll start the call at 4 pm Eastern, 1 pm Pacific at chiforyourself.com





JohnK 6-29-2017


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What Do You Want To Be Remembered For?

Here’s an interesting question for you. How will people remember you when your gone?

Since our life on this beautiful earth will end some day, it’s only natural that we want to leave some sort of legacy. What’s yours going to be? How will you leave your mark?

Living a purpose driven life makes this a lot easier.

man considering purposeYou know your direction. And the impact you want to have on your family, your loved ones, your friends, your community, and the world at large.

If that sounds a little overwhelming right now, don’t let it intimidate you. You’ll get there.

The growth can be dramatic. And you’ll notice. Others feel the effects of our intentional and open-hearted living, too.

Even small changes and accomplishments are nothing to laugh at or dismiss. Raising your children well is an amazing feat and a wonderful legacy to leave behind in the world.

Then again, the your small community garden may outlive you. It can show others how tasty and rewarding it can be to grow carrots and tomatoes.

As you start to live with more purpose, you may get to a point where you’re wondering what else you can do. You may be asking yourself how you can help people around you and how you can make the world a better place.

Going inside to find your legacy is a great way to answer that question.

Here’s a little exercise you can do today.

Get out a piece of paper and write down whatpaper and pen for purpose you would like your eulogy to be.

It will condense those values that are important to you. Set it aside for a little while, then come back and read it.

As you do that, compare that eulogy’s values to the ones that most influence your life right now.

What do you need to change? What do you need to work on to make sure your life aligns with the eulogy you wrote for yourself?

That’s your game plan. It may take a while and it may change over time, and that’s all right.

What’s important is that you live your days with purpose and make the most of the years you’re given on this earth.

Remind yourself of this. And live a life full of the things that you’ll be proud to be remembered for.

JohnK 6-29-2017
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Image for overheard with purposeOverheard:  “Notice when your heart leaps up in joyous exuberance…In these moments the voice of your spirit is speaking directly to you.”

                            ~ Justine Willis Toms


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Your Purpose May Evolve And Change As You Do… And That’s O.K.

I hope that throughout this challenge you’ve been thinking a lot about living with purpose. And all that that means to you right now.

game board shows changeAs you apply intention to your life you’re changing things here and there. All the better to align with your purpose. You may even discover your passion and your calling. You’re working toward making things happen.

That’s great, but there’s something we haven’t talked about much. It’s that we all grow and change as time goes by. And with that our purposes change.

Let’s say you’re the mother of small children. Right now, living with purpose may mean spending as much time as possible raising your kids. That may mean being a stay at home mom, working only part time, or working from home.

That’s great, but know that the situation can change as time goes by.

For instance, in a few years the kids will all be in school. You’ll find yourself with more time on your hands. It would be fine to switch focus and get back into your career or try something completely new.

Things change and evolve. You change and evolve. Your purpose may evolve as well and that’s normal.

That’s why it’s a good idea once in a while to stop and think about what’s important to you. Use the time to make sure you’re still living a purpose driven life based on your current values and ideas.

clocks showing changeIt’s o.k. to change and adjust if things no longer feel like a good fit.

It’s fine to do this “on the fly” as you move through your days and weeks. But it’s also helpful to stop every few months and give it serious thought.

We are creatures of habit. Often we’ll stick to a plan, an idea, or a routine because that’s how we’ve always done it. Or it could be we figure we have to tough it out.


That’s admirable, and there’s a time and place for this. It’s also good to take some time and, if necessary, second guess what your doing.

You want to live life with intention and with purpose. Take the necessary time to make sure what you’re doing is a good fit.

If it is, great… carry on. If it isn’t, make some changes until what you do aligns with your purposes.


JohnK 6-28-2017
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Your Loved Ones Will Benefit From A Purpose Driven Life

In an earlier post, we saw how we can combine community life with purpose to bring about permanent change.

Those changes can be large or small. And they all add up. We can make a difference.

family with purpose Today we’ll take a look at the impact living a purpose driven life can have on your loved ones.

You Set A Good Example
The most powerful effect of living a life with purpose is setting a good example for those around you.

Your spouse or significant other sees what you’re doing. And you can be sure your kids are watching. So are your family and friends.

Living a purpose driven life can be quite contagious. Get started and see how much of an effect you can have on those around you.

They’ll get a direct benefit {from your attention and patience, for example). Or through your efforts to spend more quality time with those most important to you. Or you’ll inspire them to live a more purposeful life themselves.

You’re More Confident In Yourself
As you start to live with purpose and see the impact even small acts can have you’re more confident in yourself. As you gain self-confidence, you start to feel more comfortable in your skin.

You’re making a difference when you live with purpose. This, in turn, makes you a more confident parent, spouse, and friend. Your loved ones will benefit because you are no longer busy second guessing yourself. You take massive action that benefits everyone.

mom, dad, kids with purpose

You’re Happier And More Fulfilled
One of the big reasons self-confidence is so important is its direct link with your happiness.

And living a life with purpose brings a big measure of fulfillment. So it’s no wonder you’re happier and more content when you infuse your life with purpose and intention.

Living with purpose has a positive impact on the people who are closest to you. And on others who play an important part in your life.

Living a purpose driven life makes you a better parent. A better spouse. A better coworker. And a better friend.

Bottom line? The kindness you exude will help you become a better person

Keep that in mind as you continue on the journey to living with purpose. Use it as motivation and encouragement on those days when things get tough and you’re ready to give up.

Enjoy the process.

JohnK 6-27-2017
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Clipart image of overheard man with purposeOverheard:  “We either live with intention or exist by default.”

                  ~ Kristin Armstrong


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Next CHI FOR YOURSELF: “Peaceful Warrior” Dan Millman


Welcome back to CHI FOR YOURSELF!

Dan Millman with chiHear the CHI FOR YOURSELF interview with Dan Millman this Thursday, June 30th, at 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern time at chiforyourself.com