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Ending the Year with Peace in Your Heart Through Forgiveness

Well, we are in our last month in the year 2015. You may be surrounded with family and friends during the holiday season, or you may celebrating with loved ones who had transitioned over or in other words passed away. Or you may be alone or away from your family or loved ones. Families have different dynamics and with some challenging personalities and behaviors that may be painful emotionally or even traumatic. It’s difficult to let go and forget, but there are ways that you can start to heal to help find peace in your heart so you can move on and live the life that you are meant to live. Starting with self-forgiveness and rippling out forgiveness to your family members and ancestors, will give you a breath of fresh air by letting go.

To end the year with peace in your heart, mind, body and soul, forgiveness is the key to unload 2015 and start the New Year with a new light.

I came across an article about an Ancient Hawaiian tradition of forgiveness,

Ho’ oponopono.

See the graphic below.


Here is a Video on Ho’ oponopono:

Inspirational and Educational Information on Wellness in Social Media

There is so much content out there where people are sharing information using a variety of social media platforms. The content can be either informational, educational, depressing, frustrating, causing emotional triggers, inspiring, uplifting, motivational etc. Social media is one way that people can express their true voice, educate, and share their passions, visions, and dreams.

There is a new movement where people are finding their why and purpose on living and wanting to make change for the better. I’m one of those people.

I see and experience the advancements, celebrations, and challenges that our health care is facing, as a nurse working at the bedside caring for patients in corporate healthcare for the past 20 years. My expertise as a bedside nurse, as well as a holistic nurse, is bringing the best of both worlds to help you with the health of your body, mind, and spirit.

I’m using the power of the Internet to share valuable content to help people just like you, to feel empowered to take holistic approaches for optimal health and healing.

If you haven’t done already please connect with me on my social media links. I’m just getting more active with Instagram, and I love it. Instagram is where you can connect with like-minded people and doesn’t have the noise and limitations like what FB has. Instagram is more of a happier, inspirational place to be. Give it a try. In FB you’ll see the news that you don’t want to see and posts where people expressed their frustrations. Plus I have to pay FB to have more people see my post. Pinterest I still love it, but for me it’s too overwhelming and it’s hard to keep track of what is what. Instagram is more doable for me and I’m connecting with other like-minded people who are inspirational and sharing their amazing gifts to the world.

I would love to connect with you via social media. I look forward in seeing you there.

Connect with me on Instagram.

Wellness Affirmations by Bellruth Naperstek

Here is a recording that I made. You finally get a chance to hear my voice. I’m a little camera shy, so it will take me some time to start to do videos.

Hope you enjoy it!


Surgery or Medical Procedure – How to Handle Your Emotions

How to Handle Your Emotions When You
or a Loved One is Going to Have Surgery or a Medical Procedure

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Are you about to have surgery or a medical procedure and feeling scared and anxious?

Or do you have a family member or someone you care about that is going through surgery?

  • It’s a normal Human Response

It’s a normal human response to cry, to feel scared, anxious, afraid, angry, frustrated, sad, hopeless, guilt, overwhelmed, etc. Allow these feelings to happen. When you feel, you start to heal. Everyone is different on how they respond when they find out that they are going to need to go through surgery. Some may even be quiet or in denial.

  • Awareness of your emotions and your body’s response

Have an awareness of what your emotions and reactions are and how your body responds to it.

Your body may respond by an increase in your heart rate, you start to sweat, your head starts to feel full, heavy in pain, your hearing becomes muffled so that you can’t understand or hear what your doctor is telling you, you start to breath fast, you start to feel tense, you start to shake. You may feel sensations in your chest, stomach, shoulders, jaw, head. Again this is a normal human response. Try not to judge yourself in having these emotions. People usually suppress emotions, but allow yourself to give you time to feel these emotions because if you resist your emotions, it will persist. Also, know that dwelling in these emotions too long may delay the actions that you may need to take to bring your life back into balance and help you heal. Tell yourself that you will honor yourself in expressing these emotions. Also, ask for guidance to develop the wisdom and insight, and inner knowing to let these emotions go so that you can focus and take the actions toward preparing for your up and coming surgery or medical procedure. You can then go back in feeling these emotions of fear, frustration, sadness to let you appreciate the feeling for peace, joy and happiness. When you are focused, inspired, and motivated, you will be empowered to find ways to prepare and heal from your surgery.

  • Taking deep breaths to help you be grounded and help you focus

Take nice deep slow breaths all the way down to your lower abdomen to ground yourself into your body, which will help guide you to have clarity of thinking. Think of an emotion and feeling that energizes, inspires you and relaxes you. Bring the feelings of peace, love, joy, bliss, inspiration, happiness etc. into your thoughts and through your breath, and feel these emotions in your body. Develop an awareness that you can allow yourself to feel these emotions of sadness, fear, etc. and when you can, shift your emotions to love, joy, gratitude, etc. to take you to your journey of healing.

This practice of developing your body awareness with your breath will help you at that moment when you are at the doctor’s office. This is to help you hear what he or she is explaining and instructing what you need to do to prepare for your surgery or medical procedure. If you are the family member or support, you too can use this practice of taking deep breaths and connecting with your emotions, feelings and body awareness. If you are not able to shift you emotions (and that is ok) at the doctors office, because you just found out that you need to have surgery (which may be shocking news), just take nice deep breaths to help you be focused in that moment in the doctor’s office. And if you are a physician, nurse practitioner, holistic practitioner, or other health care provider, you can breathe along with your patient/client to connect with them for additional support. Afterwards, you can allow yourself to be in the emotions and when you are ready, you can choose to release your emotions and let go. Be aware that it will be a work in process. Be patient with yourself, it will take some time.

  • Shift from feeling afraid and anxious to being empowered

Notice how you shift from being anxious and afraid to feeling empowered and ready to take the steps to prepare for your up and coming surgery or medical procedure when you allow yourself to feel and connect with your body through your breath.

  • Using the breath and gratitude to help you heal and recover

You can also use this practice of being in your body with your breath to help you heal in your recovery phase. Also, you can make a list of things that you are grateful for (ex. Your spouse, children, significant other, pet, garden, home, your gifts and talents, etc.) to help inspire you to take the action to prepare and heal from your surgery. Going through surgery or having a medical procedure is a challenging situation to be in. However, when you incorporate theses practices, this will also help develop your resiliency to whatever life throws at you. For additional support, schedule an appointment with me for guidance to help you prepare and recover from your surgery or medical procedure.

Happy Healing!

To Your Happiness, Health, & Healing…….

Vivien Joy
Holistic Nurse

Managing Pain and New Approach

Managing Pain with Safe Healing Therapies


Pain is one of the most common complaints. Pain can come from sports injuries, accidents from falls, slips, bike, motor vehicle accidents, wear and tear, repeated use of muscles and joints, surgery and/or medical procedures, as people get older, increased stress, trauma both physical and emotional, stress, holding in unexpressed emotions like anger, not engaging in physical activities, lack of stretching, headaches, diet, toxicity, medical diagnoses, other health challenges, muscle and joint stiffness, etc.

Along with chronic and acute pain are emotions of frustration, fears, anger, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness, irritability, etc., of being disabled, feeling stuck, and limited or inability to do the things that they need to do to make ends meet, to live the life that they want to live, take care of themselves, take care of their families, children, and do the things that they love to do. Some may have lack of mental clarity because of the intensity of pain, and the side effects of narcotics.

As a recovery room nurse in the hospital, I care for patients who are having pain on a daily basis when they come out right after surgery or medical procedures. There are patients who don’t experience pain at all or minimal pain after surgery, and there are other patients who have excruciating pain where it is challenging to control. So we give more pain medications to help control the pain. Because of the amount of pain medications (narcotics) we give to help relieve their pain, some patients get dizzy, drowsy and/or too nauseated to go home or transfer to their new room in the hospital. There are people who are more sensitive to medications than others. As a result, the recovery time from surgery or medical procedures is longer. There are some patients who are afraid to take pain medications because they fear becoming addicted to it.

**Note: It’s important to take your pain medicines as prescribed from your doctor or health care provider so that your pain will be decreased to a tolerable level so that you can help heal from surgery. I am amazed to see the advances in technology and medicine that have helped people who are dealing with pain, and for some patients, they get to recover faster from surgery but still… Pain is one of the most common complaints.


  • June 29, 2011 — More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). (source –
  • Pain is an individualized experience
  • Revisions to pain management standard effective January 1, 2015 – Joint Commissions Online – “treatment strategies may consider both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic” (Hint – This is where I come in to help you with using safe holistic non-pharmacological approaches)
  • Narcotic abuse – “In addition, when considering the use of medications to treat pain, organizations should consider both the benefits to the patient, as well as the risks of dependency, addiction, and abuse of opioids.”
  • “80% of patients surveyed experienced acute post surgical pain, with most reporting moderate, severe, or extreme pain.”
  • “Ineffective pain management is the development of chronic pain.”

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Holistic Therapies for Managing Pain

There are a variety of ways pain can be managed from the traditional approach, from medications, surgeries, physical therapy, psychotherapy, etc. There are also safe holistic approaches that can help alleviate pain or get rid of pain from traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, yoga, Tai Chi, massage, body work, Myofascial release, energy healing like Reiki Healing Touch, music, meditation, mind-body therapy, hypnotherapy, guided imagery, essential oils, journaling, cranial sacral therapy, dance therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) TRE (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises) by Dr. Berceli to name a few but there is much more.

Taking one pain pill may not be enough to get rid of the pain. The same concept goes with using safe healing therapies for pain management. You may need more than one healing session to help manage your pain or alleviate your pain. Holistic practitioners understand that there may be buried emotions, trauma, and or “issues in the tissues” that makes it challenging to get rid of pain. How many people do you know that have seen doctors, had medical procedures, surgeries and tried many other things but they can’t find the cause of the pain, and the pain continues? There must be something deeper that needs to be brought to light that can help alleviate pain.

Pain is an Individualized Experience

Pain is an individualized experience so listen to your body, keep an open communication with your healthcare provider and be open to explore safe healing therapies that can help not only address your pain, but also the well-being of your mind, body and spirit.

Explore and Discover

I invite you to explore and discover which healing therapy can best resonate with you. Feel free to schedule a FREE get acquainted session with me so we both find out which healing modality you can experience to help relieve your pain.

To Your Happiness, Health, & Healing…….

Vivien Joy
Holistic Nurse

Happy New Year! 2015 The Year of Transformation

Happy New Year! Now is the time of the year where we revisit our New Year’s resolution. Have you been successful in sticking to your New Year’s resolution? We make our New Year’s resolution to make some changes for our health like eating healthier, working out more, or for financial health saving more money. How long did it last? A month, a week, a few days? It’s not uncommon that New Year’s resolutions fail after the first few weeks to a month. How about changing our approach. Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, we will make 2015 The Year of Transformation.

Let’s look at the New Year as:


2015 The Year of Transformation

Here are 15 Suggestive Transformative Practices/Tips/Suggestions that can help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution.

  1. Find out what motivates you and inspires you to change to live a healthier life style. Reflect on how you took care of yourself in the last year. Did you have setbacks? Did you have health challenges? Did you have wake up calls? (ex. abnormal test or lab results, new medical diagnoses, surgery, injuries, pain etc.) What needs to change? What bad habits do you need to let go? What lessons were learned, so that you can participate in activities, self-care practices to make a healthier you?
  2. Pick one physical activity you enjoy doing. Most likely you will stick to it and do it on a routine basis. Your endorphins will be released, which decreases perception of pain, promotes feelings of happiness, positive feeling in the body, and helps decreases stress levels.
  3. Do some type of physical activity 3-4 times a week for about 30 minutes. Consistency is the key.
  4. Avoid looking into your emails, social media, surfing the Internet first thing in the morning for at least 30 – 60 minutes, so you can focus on taking care of yourself. You can use this time to work out, meditate, do yoga, pray, journal, etc. In other words, avoid your electronic devices like your phones, smartphones, computers, tablets, iPads, gaming devices (like play station), and television. You’ll be amazed how energized and refreshed you feel, and how much time you have to take care of yourself when you start off your day with a self-care/nurturing morning routine/ritual. If you have children, try to wake up earlier so that you can find time to take care of yourself, then you can tend to your family. Or if you have kids who are old enough and willing, you can do these activities with them so at the same time you are spending some quality time with them.
  5. Pick one morning daily ritual that can help you set your day to be productive, efficient, grounded and centered. You can use this time to set your intention for your day to be productive and energized, so that you can make the best of your day. When you do this you are telling your brain and your body where you want to go and how you want your day to be.
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  7. Learn or start meditating on a daily basis for at least 5 minutes a day. When you are used to meditating consistently at least 5 minutes a day, you can increase it to 10, 15 then up to 20 minutes. If you have more time, you can go up to 40 – 60 minutes. Benefits of meditation: promotes a relaxation response, mental clarity, self awareness, decreases stress levels, anxiety, blood pressure, pain, and uplifts your mood.
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  9. Daily Power Pose– Wonder Woman Pose –Standing up with both feet flat on the ground with hands on hips. According to Catherine John’s book Show Up and Shine, the Power Pose changes your body’s chemistry therefore it increases confidence when you hold this pose for only 2 minutes. Also, the Power Pose decreases stress hormone (cortisol). Want to have confidence in accomplishing what you need to do for your day? “Strike a Pose”
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  11. Start stretching. We hold a lot of tension and stress in our bodies. One-way to help release the tension and stress is to stretch. According to my mentor and my body worker, Everett Ogawa from Integral Bodywork, “As the body releases, the mind becomes free.” Not only you will be stretching your body, you will be stretching your mind. Use this time of stretching to release limiting beliefs, self-doubt, pain, and emotions, so that you will have more flexibility of the mind and body. In addition, you will become more resilient to what challenges may come your way.
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  13. Explore and experience energy healing like Reiki, Pranic Healing, Therapeutic Touch or Healing Touch. You can go to to learn more about it. Here are some of the benefits of Healing Touch:
    • Reduces anxiety, tension, and stress
    • Reduces fatigue
    • Reduces pain
    • Assists in the preparation for, and recovery from, medical treatments, surgeries, and procedures
    • Supports individuals and families through chronic illnesses
    • Assists in the management and treatment of side effects from medical treatments
    • Supports illness prevention and health promotion activities
    • Improves quality of sleep
    • Enhances sense of spiritual connection
  14. Declutter– get rid of items that you no longer need- purge magazines, paperwork, clothes, etc. You can recycle, sell, throw away, and/or donate. You can take a picture of the item and can let go of it physically. You will still have the memory of it in picture form for items that are sentimental. Don’t you think it’s time to let go of “stuff” that may be holding you back, so that you can have an in flow of energy and new things to come to your life that aligns with your vision to where you want to go?
  15. Make a time log and see what your time wasters are. Make a list of them and make a note how much time you spend on them.
  16. When you figure out what your time wasters are, replace them with activities that can enhance your relationships with your spouse, significant other, children, parents, family and friends.
  17. Experiencing physical and emotional pain? Reflect back and see what causes it. Was it a physical trauma of the past, and/or emotional trauma? What did you do to make it better, what worked, what didn’t work, are you willing to try something different that will help alleviate your physical and emotional pain? I can also help you use safe holistic healing practices that can help alleviate pain.
  18. Start exploring holistic healing practices that can help with your health challenges, stress, pain, and if you are going through surgery or medical procedures. You’ll be amazed what going beyond medications and medical treatments can do to help you achieve optimal health and wellness. Explore: acupuncture, energy healing like Reiki, Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Therapeutic Touch, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, Bodywork, TRE (Trauma Release Exercises- founded and created by Dr. David Bercelli – I’m also adding this service to my private practice), Essential Oils, Music for Healing, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Dance Therapy just to name a few.


  19. Remember to breathe – As you breathe in, breathe in peace; as you exhale, feel at ease.

I hope you find these 15 Suggestive Transformative Practices/Tips/Suggestions helpful to start your New Year right.

My intention for you is to make 2015 the Year of Transformation for a healthier you of the mind, body and spirit as I will with my wellness practice to provide you with more services, presence, and education to help you empower yourself to achieve optimal health and wellness.

Be sure to connect me on social media and visit (Keep checking back for updates to my website.)

Leave a comment below to share how these 15 Transformative Practices/Tips/Suggestions are helpful to you in starting 2015 The Year of Transformation.

Here is a toast to you!

To Your Happiness, Health, & Healing,

Vivien Joy
Holistic Nurse

“Integrating Holistic Approaches for Optimal Health & Healing”
and remember
“Empowered People Heal Faster”

Happy Thanksgiving- Gratitude for Your Body’s Wisdom

Thanksgiving in the palm of your hand

Breathe in the breath of gratitude. Exhale what no longer serves you.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

In addition to being grateful for your friends, family, children, loved ones, your health, the roof over your head, spending this special day with your family, friends, co-workers, or by yourself etc, it’s time to be grateful to your body’s wisdom of letting you know when you neglect it, and letting you know when you care for it. Your body will thank you when you care for it.

Your Body Will Let You Know When You(2)

To have a better relationship with your body, and to have more of body awareness, you can thank each body part. For example, you can thank your eyes to see, your ears to hear, your arms to hug, your hands to touch, your legs for taking you places, etc. Start from the head to toe.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey for wellness.

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With deepest gratitude and a toast {using alkaline water if you are not a drinker 😉 } to your Happiness, Health and Healing,

Vivien Joy

Healing with Music for Your Healing & Surgery Teleseminar

“Healing with Music for Your Health and Surgery”

FREE teleseminar



Do you have fear of surgery or medical procedures?

Are you worried about the complications from surgery or medical procedures?

Would you like to know how you can recover and heal faster so that you can go home and function with less medications?

Do you know the difference between music therapy and music medicine?

Do you know that rhythmic entertainment can help promote healing?


Use LESS anesthesia, so you’ll stay relaxed throughout the procedure and recover faster.

Need LESS medication prior to surgery because the comforting music has taken your mind off of the scary “what-ifs”.

Have LESS pain medication in the recovery room because the soft, soothing “Surgical Serenity” music is distracting you from pain and keeping you from tensing up.

Experience LESS anxiety during surgery because you don’t hear the unpleasant and unnerving sounds and conversations.

LEAVE the hospital sooner because having had less meds, you’ll recover faster and be discharged sooner.

FASTER recovery so you can return to work sooner or get back to your life and your family!


Briefly learn about holistic approaches for your surgical support and health and healing.

Learn From


Dr. Alice Cash is one of the world’s few clinical musicologists. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, she brings to her work over 40 years of professional experience as a college professor, clinical therapist, solo and chamber music performer and composer. Creator of the Surgical Serenity Headset used by leading hospitals in the U.S. and other countries. Connect with Dr. Cash:


Prepare and Recover from Surgey Support Nurse Coach

Vivien Joy Lamadrid, is a registered nurse with almost 20 years of bedside nursing from emergency room, critical care, and recovery room etc.  She embraces holistic nursing philosophy as a recovery room nurse and a surgical support nurse coach. She is also a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (Energy Medicine Practitioner) at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Weiss.

Visit  Vivien Joy at

Sign up for our FREE teleseminar at:

Using your Breath to Help to Prepare and Recover from Surgery

What Happens to Your Breath When you are Stressed?

When you are stressed, afraid, or anxious about having surgery or medical procedures, it is common to hold the breath or start to breath shallow and fast. At the same time, the body tenses up. So shat happens to your breath?  How does your body feel, and where in your body do you hold your tension and your emotions?

Help to Prepare and Recover from Surgery

Feeling Anxious or Afraid of Surgery? – It’s a Normal Human Response

It’s normal to feel anxious and afraid of having surgery or medical procedures, so don’t feel bad or think that you are not strong enough. You are having a normal human response to something that is being done to your body that is invasive. Be aware and know that it’s ok to have these feelings. But it’s not helpful to let these feelings dwell in your body. You can use the power of the breath to let go.  When you breathe in all the way down to your lower abdomen, imagine breathing in nurturing, healing breaths that will promote feelings of calmness, and mental clarity. When you breathe out, let go of any feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, tension, or pain; release any mental or emotional charges that no longer serve you.  If you catch your mind wandering around, just acknowledge it without judging, and bring your awareness to your lower abdomen. Then you can restart the cycle of breathing with the intention for relaxation, comfort, and healing.

What I Tell Recovery Room Patients

To help prepare and recover from surgery, I tell my patients in the recovery room to use the breath on the exhale to let go of the pain and allow it to release from the body. Taking deep breaths promotes relaxation and healing, improves oxygenation and circulation, and helps pain medication work more effectively.

Focusing on your breath with the intention for relaxation, comfort, and healing is an empowering skill to have that can help with all aspects of life. This is one life skill you can master to help keep you happy and healthy. Feel free to share this tip with those who may need a breath of fresh air.

Let us know how this has helped you;  please share your comments below.

Happy Healing!

Vivien Joy Lamadrid, RN
Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (Energy Medicine Practitioner)
Holistic Nurse and Recovery Room Nurse
Surgical Support Nurse Coach

I Took a Break from Being a Slave to My Phone

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Yesterday, I was able to be more present with my 5-year-old niece and with my family without having my smart phone with me. For the whole day I didn’t check emails, social media, do phone calls and texts. It felt great to take a break from being a slave to my phone. I felt free and liberated. The best thing is that my niece got all of my attention. Wow, and that feels good! What a way to celebrate my niece’s 5th b-day and spend TRUE quality time with family. 99% of the time I always have my phone with me. I just happened to forget my phone at home and didn’t want to go back home to get it and be late to celebrate.

Pick a day or a time slot, for example 12 hours or at least 8 hours, to be free from your phone and other electronic devices. Try it once a week.

Are you able to function without your phone?

Reflect and make a note how it made you feel.

Please feel free to comment and share what your experiences were.