August Book Review: Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

Look no further for a very comprehensive and thoroughly researched text in regards to the relationship that the mind has with disease and health. Dr. Lissa Rankin brilliantly explains the how our minds, thoughts and beliefs can alter our health dramatically! Dr. Rankin brings her medical experience, knowledge and expertise, her thorough research, her passion, and her amazing journey in self-healing and personal experience in this beautifully written and hard-to-put-down book. She demonstrates with scientific evidence how intuition and science DO live together and includes a step by step plan on how to diagnose and heal yourself in Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.

A bit about the author, Dr. Lissa Rankin:

Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a mind-body medicine physician, speaker, artist, blogger, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and is a New York Times best selling author. Dr. Rankin is on a grass roots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities – and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter. 

Visit Dr. Rankin at and buy Mind over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself here.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso

June Book Review: Awakening Intuition by Mona Lisa Schulz


For those who are interested in the mind/body relationship, Awakening Intuition by Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz explains the relationship between intuition, memories, dreams and the body.  She demonstrates how to read the language of your body, such as interpreting your physical ailments, as she discusses the seven emotional centers that correspond to different stages of physiological and emotional development. Her brilliant book teaches us how memories stored in the brain are communicated to us through feeling, sensation, pain and disease. Ultimately, Awakening Intuition teaches how to understand the language of intuition to empower us to create healthier and happier lives.

About the author:

Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D., is a neuropsychiatrist and neuroscientist, and medical intuitive since 1987. During a medical intuitive consultation, knowing only someone’s name and age, Mona Lisa discerns both a person’s physical condition and the emotional state of his or her life, explaining how the two are linked.

Dr. Schulz has also published other books, including:

All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition

The Intuitive Advisor

The New Feminine Brain

To learn more about Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, visit her website:

Purchase a copy of Awakening Intuition here.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso

March Book Review: Notes to Self: Inspirational Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter B. Roth

Note to Self: “The Universe is one, but not one-sided.”

There is always time for inspiration! What better way to become motivated and encouraged than to read a short phrase of insightful wisdom every day?!  How about a reminder to motivate you to live a more authentic life, to think differently, and perhaps change the way you view the world, your situation, or your latest endeavor?

Begin your day with Notes to Self:  Inspirational Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter B. Roth, 365 concise nuggets of wisdom all compiled in one amazing e-book! Or, if you are not a morning person, contemplate these astute “notes” after a day at the office or before retreating for the night. Either way, you will get a dose of spiritual enlightenment each day!

A little bit about the author, Peter B. Roth:

Peter is a transformational spiritual healer, teacher, writer and entertainer.

Peter showed an interest in spirituality and well-being from an early age. Over the years he has become proficient in obtaining guidance from his intuition while employing practices from astrology, qigong, nutrition and even humor on people who have sought his assistance in experiencing well-being and claiming personal power in order to live a more fulfilling life.

Besides his e-book on and his blog, Peter’s writings include his contribution to the e-book, “Small Ways to Make a Big Difference“, as well as his translation and commentary of the “Dao De Jing,” all of which can be found on his website. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter to view his interesting posts, including many a “Note to Self” that he frequently shares.

To learn more about Peter and the services, writings, and other resources that he offers, visit his website,

Notes to Self: Inspirational Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter B. Roth is available on Amazon in Kindle version. Buy it now!

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso

Humility and Intuition

 “Without humility there can be no humanity.” – John Buchan

There was a time in my life where I was in a bad situation and had to leave to save my sanity. I left with only my clothes, my laptop, and my scrapbooks to an empty and cold apartment. I remember sitting on the floor, thinking over the fear I had felt in the last few months and wondering what was next in my life. As I pondered, I learned quickly that my sanity, my peace, and my life was much more important than “stuff,” even though in under a week’s time, I would have an apartment full of donated furniture, a bed to sleep in, and things we usually take for granted, like glass bowls and silverware. This was, indeed, one of the most humbling experiences of my life. However, the lessons and blessings of humility I would experience were only beginning.

As the Christmas season approached, stores were decorated and streets and homes around the neighborhood sparkled and shined with multi-colored lights.  Thinking about the upcoming holiday in my new residence, I felt and heard a small voice urge me to ask for cookbooks (something I loved and had left behind). I felt funny even considering asking for anything after all that I had received recently, but I listened to my intuition that told me, “Don’t be proud; ask for some cookbooks; reach out; just do it.” I sat on this for a day or two and tried to dismiss the thought, but I could not. So, I decided to place an add on Craig’s List asking if anyone had any cookbooks to give away. I received a response within a day from someone who I now call “my angel.” She offered me a few of her cookbooks. Elated but still feeling a bit apprehensive about accepting more gifts from strangers, I met her at a restaurant not far from where I lived to receive her selfless gift. It was a quick exchange. As she handed me a heavy bag, I couldn’t help but think, “There must be many cookbooks in here!” Back at my apartment, when I opened the bag, I was pleasantly surprised to discover not only five or six cookbooks, but also a candle, a movie coupon, and a note with a coffee mug that stated, “Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go.” The note attached said something similar. As I read the note and the mug, tears came to my eyes. This complete stranger sent me something that I needed to hear at one of the most trying times of my life, something I didn’t expect.  She did not know me from Adam, and yet, somehow knew to send a note of encouragement with her gift. Nothing like this had ever happened to me. As I sat in my apartment contemplating what just occurred, I could not help but thank God, who I believe was the still, small voice I had felt and heard. After pondering for a few moments, I decided I needed to thank this stranger and tell her a little about what I had been going through, so she would understand how precious, timely and pertinent her gift was. I found the email she sent and sent her a thank you reply. Weeks passed, Christmas came and went, and there was no reply. I was thankful, however, for the lesson to listen to my small voice and for her generosity.

After the dawn of the new year, I received an email response from her. We communicated via email for about a week and got to know each other. Then one day, to our amazement and delight, we discovered that we lived a stone’s throw from each other – she lived in the building south from mine in the SAME APARTMENT COMPLEX! WOW. She also had a son, was a single mom, and had a similar, difficult life change like I was experiencing! We became great friends from that moment forward, and she became a significant part of my new year. Life is just awesome sometimes!

To this day, she is still one of my best friends that I will cherish always no matter where we are or how much time lapses between meetings. She was my angel in a time of desperate need, and her selfless and very thoughtful act and approach was priceless! If only more people today would approach the world and it’s constituencies in the same fashion, what a beautiful place this planet would be! I am also thankful that I listened to my voice, did not head my pride, but humbled myself to ask when in need, and thus, was truly and remarkably blessed!

The lesson: heed your intuition, live humbly and express your need, and be blessed by true humanity. One person’s selfless idea and one person’s humility can change the world.


Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2012, Vilma Reynoso