About 200 women, and a handful of men, gathered at the Ramada Inn Saturday morning for the seventh annual International Women’s Day breakfast.
Wellness was the theme for the annual event sponsored by the Prince George and District Labour Council. The trio of speakers all talked about wellness, but from different directions.
Reiki practitioner Diane Nakamura told of how a major accident in her life brought her to the practice of Reiki, speaking of a belief in a “divine connection” and the ability of the universe heal. Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist channels energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being. Reiki, in Japanese, means “universal life energy.”
“Tell yourself I am grateful for my life every day,'” she said. “You need to trust your intuition or gut feeling step outside of the box and try something new.”
Fitness instructor/nuitritionist Sherry Ogusawara, who promised not to get people up working out, spoke of how a woman’s role is often one of caring for others at the expense of herself.
“We really are masters at looking after everything,” she said, adding that women often only look after themselves after they have taken care of everyone else in their household children, husband, pets, etc.
“A lot of women think of self care as selfish,” she said. “That’s not the case, it’s selfless.”
Wellness not only has an effect on the person, but the people around you, she said.
“You deserve only the best,” she said.
She challenged the audience to change how they think.
An average person, she said, has 50,000 thoughts a day and of those thoughts, 80 per cent are negative thoughts. And, she added, 70 per cent of those thoughts are the same thoughts you had yesterday.
“I challenge you to change your internal dialogue,” she said.
Thought, she added, causes a response things can happen. So, define what you want and then, just like the commercial says, “just do it.”
Final speaker Carolyn Seaton had the crowd rolling in the aisles with laughter, literally. As a laughter yoga instructor, Seaton touted the benefits of a good belly laugh and even walked the crowd through a few exercises on how to laugh.
Laughter is good for the immune system, it is an aerobic activity, and fosters healing, she said. In addition, it’s just plain fun.
Children, who know how to laugh from the moment they are born, laugh about 400 times a day. Adults, not so much. So, laugh a little. Laugh a lot. It’s good for you.
“When you laugh you are living in the moment,” she said.