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Thursday, April 14th, 2011

By Dr. James Rouse, N.D., Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. James Rouse is a member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council. The Wellness Council comprises a group of experts in a variety of fields, ranging from doctors, to professional athletes, personal trainers, as well as massage therapy and aromatherapy professionals, who are committed to educating the public about the importance and benefits of regular massage therapy, proper posture, and overall, achieving a balanced health and wellness lifestyle. Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor, nutrition specialist, QVC Network Wellness Specialist, entrepreneur, certified yoga instructor, wellness magazine founder, speaker, author, radio talk show host, and television personality. He loves using his Human Touch® HT-7450 massage chair to complement his wellness lifestyle and understands the importance of caring for oneself and taking time to relax.

Spring is in the air. After the vernal equinox, which is marked by equal hours of daylight and darkness, the days become longer. It is a time of moving toward growth and coming out of hibernation; time to prepare our garden, literally and metaphorically. For us, the metaphor of spring “showers” symbolizes dreams, desires, goals, and intentions. We think about the power of planting seeds and designing our life landscapes. With the power of thinking, we plant seeds, grow our missions, and harvest the health, joy, abundance, vitality, and love that we are here to know and to show.

We believe the planet needs our positive thoughts and prayers, especially now. Planting thoughts of peace, energy, and well-being is our choice. It is important to do this with the same kind of faith that we would have if we were to plant the seeds of a particular flower, anticipating the blooms that we expect to see in the future.

Thinking well, and actively choosing a healthful diet, mindful and inspiring exercise, and rejuvenating rest and relaxation through massage, meditation, and proper sleep, is much like watering the seeds of awareness to positively grow our confidence. Keeping an active, compassionate, and steadfast watch over our thoughts and daily choices is essential for keeping unwanted and unhealthy patterns or other unnecessary “stuff” from growing in your life’s garden.

This spring we invite you to plant some new seeds; reinvent yourself. Look at areas of your life that no longer serve you and see where you can open up to serving others instead. John Travolta once said to Oprah Winfrey, “You feel alive from the degree to which you can help.” Aren’t you ready to feel more alive?!”

Wishing you a glorious beginning to springtime and an abundant garden of health, joy, abundance, and love.