Some Approaches to Healing the Mind Body Connection

Life is not perfect and we all have those days that have torn a heart or two. Days where some tears are shed and those are a part of life. The old expression ” you always have your health.”, may not apply to you as well but there are many blessings yet to come.

Chronic pain and fatigue plagues many of the new friends I have met, all of which are dealing with some condition(s) that is/are deemed chronic or degenerative in nature. There are many options in the treatment of these conditions that do not require the use of medications or painful procedures.

We are living in blessed times, the possibilities are endless but attitude is one area we can change. With any illness, one’s mental outlook on life must remain positive and upbeat. Reading inspirational books or using a daily reader, such as my soon to be published ” Little Bursts Of Inspiration” for person’s with chronic conditions that include pain and fatigue such as Fibromyalgia, IBS, and person’s dealing with cancer can allow us to view things differently..

Listening to relaxing music can be very therapeutic in helping most of us relax and calm our bodies and minds.

Physical exercise that is appropriate for you, such as: yoga or walking helps keep the body limber and releases endorphins that tend to raise one’s spirit.  Simple stretching exercises for people that are confined to a wheelchair or not able to walk can be beneficial in alleviating tension in our bodies.

A wide variety of treatments are available for healing such as: herbal preparations, reiki, reflexology,  massage therapy, & psychotherapy to deal with life changes and situational factors many of us now face.  Don’t do it alone, try a few things and find ones that work for you.  We are all different so keep an open mind and give them a try.

Prayer can be a powerful resource, by asking God to give us the strength to cope with the pain or for his healing.  I say “God is healing me”, several times a day.  Even if you are not a religious person or a spiritual person, you can still verbally announce that : “I am healing everyday, my condition is getting better, I am no longer in pain.”  Positive affirmations combined with relaxiation music can be a good way to start and end your day.

One can never underestimate stress as a factor in exacerbating pain or fatigue. What the mind thinks can greatly influence one’s level of pain and fatigue. I recall having a day in which the pain in my knee was brutal and laughing at something my dog Molly did and how that release made the pain subside.  Laughter has been proven to improve our moods and it is hard to be mad or sad when you are smiling.

Emotions can be lethal with any of the aforementioned conditions. When we listen to what our body tells us there is usually a story behind it.  Guilt, shame, anger, fear & loneliness are all feelings many of us have faced.  Many of us are not working or having to work less, putting more strain on our relationships.  Maybe we lack the energy to spend time with our friends and loved ones.  We may find we feel alone with our friends and partners at work all day.  Whatever is eating you up, confront it and talk to your family about it.  Fear is worry and worry is not a great place to live either.  Worry will fatigue you and cause you physical pain  and can lead to anything from headaches to body aches, to insomnia.  We may not even be aware of how tense we are until we lay down to sleep at night.  Like my yoga instructor, Sharon tells me “Breathe” and she is so right!  I don’t deep breathe as much as I should as I am  often tense but I am learning just as we all are.

Last, but not least go with the flow, somedays will be worse than others but use these as opportunities to rest and rejuvenate.  Keep a positive outlook because the sun will shine again and you will always have better days.

The following excerpts were taken from “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann (c) 1927

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Be yourself.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy. [1]Max Ehrmann, 1927

Interview with author Gaetano Vivo

Let me start by thanking everyone for joining us for my first author interview.

Angela Penn author of Little Bursts of Inspiration Blog


Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 16 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Gaetano Vivo whose book Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls launches on Amazon on Tuesday March 20, 2012.



Italian born, Gaetano Vivo is one of Europe’s most experienced and sought-after Reiki Masters, practicing in the UK, the US and Italy. He is a member of the Complementary Medical Association of Great Britain, the International Council of Holistic Therapies, the International Association of Reiki Professionals and the Noetic Association of America. From a young age he has experienced the ‘calling’ of ‘others’ who wish to pass on teachings and wisdoms in order we may make lighter work of our time here on Earth. Although, due to being brought up in a strict Catholic community, he was forced to ignore this information, he never forgot what he had received. For decades, Gaetano has been treating clients from all walks of life, regardless of faith or creed, believing that the healing power of love is open to all of us. When not touring he divides time between his homes in England and Italy and takes great delight in his garden.

Gaetano’s new book Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls addresses the questions, “Could wise and wonderful beings contact us from beyond this world and unveil our true potential? Would knowing that we really mattered enable us to uncover the truth behind our reason for living?” This fascinating book offers answers, spiritual practices and comprehensive meditations by teacher, healer and author, Gaetano Vivo, which have the potential to strengthen, heal and transform lives and bring hope and inspiration. It also clarifies the true nature of Reiki as a simple, yet profound tool for accessing and accepting the power of universal energy—what we might call ‘love’ or ‘God’—and touches on our fundamental dilemma: Who are we and why do we exist? More than 20,000 people have already enjoyed Gaetano’s earlier offerings in both English and Italian. This book offers the reader a chance to digest messages from ‘higher beings’ for greater understanding of our own personal evolution. Anyone seeking to live a happier, better life, and has felt the desire to undertake life with greater confidence and self-worth, will relish this book.

Yesterday, Gaetano visited Lola Fayemi at, where they talked on his message, reiki and inner child work.

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Gaetano when I got to ask him some questions on his story, Reiki and Angels. I hope you enjoy it.



Angela Penn: I would be very interested in hearing about the story behind the book. How it all came about?


Gaetano Vivo: The Angels of Transparency is about a self discovery journey that I took up a few years ago.  The book came out in Italy in 2010 so it’s already been read by some Italians.  I translated the book myself but I wanted to write a book in Italian.  I was going through a mid-life crisis and was looking to improve my skills as a Reiki Master.  A group of Angels appeared before me.  They called themselves the Angels of Transparency and told me that I would be working with them for some time. It’s a message of recognition and of living life fully in love.


Angela Penn: I find Reiki fascinating and what the future holds for Reiki?


Gaetano Vivo: Reiki is only love.  It’s the title of my book that came out in 2004 in the US.  People abuse the word Reiki and think about it as a quick way of making money.  In fact it is an ancient Japanese technique that helps us heal our inner wounds and help others heal themselves. I became a Reiki master in Sedona some years ago and since then I’ve been working on myself and on others.  I am a channeller, not a healer and I channel this energy from the Source though other people.  The future of Reiki is for us to step outside of egotistical thoughts and be simply a channeller- that is the best way to treat somebody.


Angela Penn: Could you elaborate on the process involved with communicating with angels? Some experiences you have had with angels?


Gaetano Vivo: These days it has become very easy to communicate with Angels as they are much more around now than they were before.  It’s very important to be able to communicate with the Angels but not mentally – they want to hear the vibrations and frequency of your voice so it’s important that you speak up and out when talking to them.  Most of you have probably read Doreen Virtue’s books and know that here are all sorts of ways to communicate with Angels.

Archangel Michael came to me when I was 5 years old and took me to see new worlds, new life and new dimensions.  He still does that from time to time but I always remember when he took me as child and I remember it with a child’s eyes.  The Archangels are working with us now to help the earth become lighter and lighter – as we have to do that.  It’s so important.


I hope you enjoyed this interview with Gaetano Vivo and that you’ll check out his book Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls at

Here’s why:



When you buy Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls on Tuesday March 20, 2012:

  1. Author Gaetano Vivo will give you over      4 hours of MP3 audio downloads from the Accessing      Higher Dimensions Telesummit recently held on March 13th, 14th      & 15th, 2012
  2. PLUS, Gaetano will send you an      invitation to attend a special 1-hour “Inner Child Meditation” led by him      in April.
  3. AND FINALLY… you’ll      also receive a complete library of beautiful gifts from authors,      speakers, coaches and other enlightened professionals from around the      globe.


To find out how to buy the book and receive these free gifts, go to:

Thanks for reading! As usual, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

Thanks for following the Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls blog tour. If you joined mid-way you can visit Gaetano where he first stopped with Christine Miller at, where they talked about his life story, love/forgiveness and raising your awareness.

Unconditional Love

When we brought Molly (our Poodle- Shih –Tzu cross) into our home at the age of six months she had been somewhat neglected.  She had previously been residing in a home with several other dogs, where the amount of animals and the death of their son had made it hard for the previous owners to keep her.   When Molly came to live with us she was rather shy and haggard looking, badly needing a groom and plenty of attention.   I was only too happy to train her and I was eager to have her feel comfortable and a part of our family that also included 2 cats.   There were a few trials and tribulations as Molly required some time to adjust to her forever home.  I had never had a dog before so I was quite lost in the beginning, asking anyone that had a dog for advice or suggestions.  I read books on dog training and watched many videos to try to get the hang of it.  I look back now and laugh at how worried I was and reflect on the days where I felt like I had failed her miserably.

I worried about leaving Molly alone at home, fearful that the cats might gouge out her eyes or gang up on her out of jealousy.  I remember thinking this is what Mother’s go through worrying all the time about their kids, never being a Mom before, this was certainly a new development.  This bond between Molly & I became stronger every day and to be honest within 5 minutes of her arrival in our home I was in love with her.

Fast forward to today:

Molly has been a blessing in our home and in our lives.  She loves us no matter what: if your hair is sticking out or you’re feeling sad or just not having a great day, she always wants to be near you.  She listens, she understands what you say and she is always willing to sit on your lap or lie across your body on the couch.

Molly cuddles with our cats Willow ( my female tabby) & Sylvester her big brother.  Willow has taken it upon herself that she is Molly’s pseudo Mom and is often seen nuzzling Molly’s head as if to say I am here little one if you need me.  All of my pets remind me that unconditional love exists and that peace can be found in a house with a dog and two cats.

Watching the three of them lying together as I write this, reaffirms my belief that we have much to learn about peace and love as humans.  Greed and material possessions do not exist in their world so there is no benefit to any of them to not love unconditionally.

These are my angels and this is my story.  May you always live among them, they will bring you great joy and much love~

BTW Molly has her own blog at