Renewal – My dance with the Lord

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“I believe God works in His time, not ours. God orchestrates our lives, so we might as well dance to the music.” – Your Powerful LIFE blog

 

“I believe God works in His time, not ours. God orchestrates our lives, so we might as well dance to the music.” – Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio 

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know Jesus. As a child, my eight siblings and I were raised very differently than other children. Back then, living on a plant-based diet was not a cool thing to do. Everyone thought we were going to be weaklings because we didn’t eat meat.

Praying as a family got us through many challenges, even financial difficulties. These spiritual roots grew deeper when I learned bible stories in religion class, my favorite school subject. I took my Catholic education seriously and the bible to heart.

I was not part of the popular group but Jesus was my friend.

Even now,  Jesus is my Savior, God the Father is my Creator and the Holy Spirit gives me inspired intuition.

When I feel needy and weak, I am made strong. When I am overwhelmed, I am given peace. In every season of my life, there are little miracles that help me connect the dots as my life unfold. My heart swells with this knowing and I am so grateful.

“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.” – Jeremiah 1:5

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Your Powerful LIFE is wired to God’s Purpose

God has given me abundant life with abundant emotions. This wiring gives me a wide scope for compassion in whatever I do, wherever I am. As seasons change, so do I, but what never changes is God’s presence within me. I am nurtured by the love of God’s grace,  the wisdom through Gods word and beauty by God’s design. 

Every moment is filled with the Holy Spirit but I have to take a moment to appreciate it and know it. I am loved by God’s awesome love, a love of power, humility,  commitment and renewal.

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Thy Will Be Done

On this Easter Sunday, I recall the gift, passion, teachings and healing of Christ into glory.

My life has had frustrations, despairs and even suicidal thoughts creeped in to destroy me but through the pain, Christ has revealed himself more fully to me.

In my fear, I have found courage as I run with the Lord towards a resurrected life. 🙂

Below, are links of my past blog posts that ‘share some of my reflections. When life has been full of darkness, the Light can always be found…

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Have a blessed Easter sharing in the resurrection and renewal of Christ.

Maria Lauren, A.K.A. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

Music and Meditations for relaxation and renewal…

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“Your Powerful LIFE” is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment… It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyright.

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Motivational Interviewing for Positive Change

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Focus on the flowers, not the weeds. 

At Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Healthy Living, we use motivational interviewing with our patients to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

It’s a Conversation… 

~ That is collaborative  

~ That respects people’s language of change 

~ That allows people to talk themselves into change

~ That helps people resolve ambivalence…

  • Help me understand?
  • How important is this to you? 

Ambivalence – Mixed Feelings  

  • Is normal 
  • Occurs throughout the change process 
  • Reflects cost and benefits of change and the status quo 
  • Is uncomfortable 
  • May become chronic 
  • Is resolved by the patient –  Bem’s Self-Perception Theory  
  • Get others to talk. When we hear ourselves talk we change. 

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Stages or Circle of Change 

  • Pre-contemplation (no problem) 
  • Contemplation (maybe a problem) 
  • Determination (decision to change) 
  • Action (takes time) 
  • Maintenance (new habit) 
  • Relapse (perhaps)

Communication

Thomas Gordon’s 12 Communication Roadblocks 

  1. Ordering, directing or commanding 
  2. Warning or threatening 
  3. Giving advice, making suggestions or providing solutions 
  4. Persuading with logic, arguing or lecturing 
  5. Moralizing, preaching or telling clients what they “should” do 
  6. Disagreeing, judging, criticizing or blaming 
  7. Agreeing, approving or praising 
  8. Shaming, ridiculing or labeling 
  9. Interpreting or analyzing 
  10. Reassuring, sympathizing or consoling 
  11. Questioning or probing 
  12. Withdrawing, distracting, humoring or changing the subject 

Are you getting Weeds or Flowers in your communications? 

If you’re getting weeds, what questions are you asking?

Make your questions, open questions.

Closed question: Will get a yes or no answer or specific answer. 

Examples…

  • Are you journaling? 
  • Are you exercising? 

Open question: Tell me about… 

Examples…

  • How are you getting along? 
  • What concerns do you have? 

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What is on your helpful and not helpful list when communicating?

Not Helpful…

Condescending, Judgmental, Put downs, Ulterior motive… 

Helpful…

Positive attitude, Supportive, Listening, Empathy… 

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Motivational interviewing has been very useful in my practice as a Lifestyle Educator. It creates a comfortable atmosphere as we all work together in partnership to pursue well-being. It puts the power in the hands of those who are asking for help.

It is a blessing to be a part of a team that leads Healthy Living Programs at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City.

For your health,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici -Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

you_got_the_power_maria_lauren_Riccio_alberici_your_powerful_life_blogThis is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.