Appreciation, Gratitude, Illness and Growth ©2014 Joan M. Newcomb

We’re in the holiday season, amidst the hustle and bustle of shopping and eating and family and friends!

If we hit the holidays head on, we operate solely from our “to do” list. We operate unconsciously. Things get done because this is the way they’ve always been done. Things have to be done perfectly. We get stressed out. We get sick.

Step back and see the bigger picture. It’s a time of Thanksgiving, but what does that mean? Grateful to have your Christmas decorations up already? Grateful for Black Friday so you can finally get that coveted item on sale?

Appreciation is a lighter energy, and a broader perspective. It’s also associated with prosperity and abundance. Whenever you pay for something, you’re expressing your appreciation for it. Whenever someone pays you, they’re expressing appreciation for your service!

New Years brings the end of the holiday, the end of 2014, and the beginning of a whole new cycle of growth. Whenever we go through expansion, our bodies have to adjust. Our vibrational frequency raises, and the denser aspects within us rise to the surface to be cleared.

We can experience this as needing to sleep more or eat more, but we can also experience it as illness. Our bodies want to be nurtured through growth experiences!

Hot baths, chocolate, movies, books, naps, all are great ways to coax your body through a growth experience.

Express appreciation to your body by giving it a little extra self-care this holiday season. You might avoid getting sick!


Joan M. Newcomb is a Conscious Mastery Coach, energy teacher and co-host of Conscious Conversations with Joan and Janet which airs on Wednesdays at 3pm PT, 6pm ET on Voice America’s 7th Wave. Visit Joan’s website.