Monthly Archives: July 2009

Don’t Have Time to Meditate? 10 Little Pockets of Time When You Can

The biggest excuse for not meditating: I don’t have the time.

Actually, you do! Here are 10 ideas for pockets of time when you can sneak in a mindful meditation session–even if it’s for only 5 – 10 minutes. Just adding those few minutes of inner silence will make a whole world of a difference to the quality of your life.

1. Right Before You Go to Sleep. You are already done with everything you need to do for the day, and the only thing between you and sleep is to sit down, be mindful of your breathing and get connected with your higher self. How easy! 

2. Right After You Wake Up. Roll out of bed, plop onto the floor, start attracting those positive thoughts of abundance before you lift your finger to do anything else. Even if it slightly rushes the rest of your morning routine, you’ll at least be in tune with everything for the rest of the day.

3. While You Are Exercising. Who says meditation has to happen standing still? Meditate on your breath, your heartbeat and the environment around you when you are running, biking, doing the Eliptical machine–you name it.

4. On Your Lunch Break. Sit on a bench outside. Observe the sounds around you, and the silence beneath the sounds. Your mind will get so clear and your productivity will increase so much it won’t matter whether or not your other co-workers think you’re weird for doing this.

5. In Lieu of a TV Episode. So you have absolutely no time to meditate no matter what, but you also magically have all the time in the world to watch The Bachelorette? O really?

6. On Your Public Commute. Lucky commuters who take the bus, metro or train. You don’t have to drive, and all you need to do is sit back, relax–and let yourself go.

7. Right Before Your Dinner Time. After all, hunger will keep you more mentally alert than a full stomach. As a bonus, after you’re done meditating, you’ll be more mindful of how much you’re eating and what you’re eating.

8. When You Are Hanging Out With Friends. Does your best friend also happen to want to get better at meditation, too? Instead of your usual social activity, stay at home, listen to some guided meditation tapes, and get centered together.

9. When You Are Getting Your Hair Cut. You’re already sitting down for an extended period of time, so why not?

10. In A Traffic Jam. See reason for #9.

Have other meditation tips you’d like to share? Post them in the comments below!

Bringing More Peace Into Our Life: Being at the Beginning

So, of course, we must remember to be at the beginning at all times … and when is the beginning? Every day, every moment, every conversation, every negotiation, every argument, every discussion, every thought, every wish, every Now. William Ellery Channing wrote:  “There can be no peace without but through peace within.” This post is a small effort to help you find peace within the vicissitudes of the human condition.          

 Wayne Muller introduced me to the difference between my gifts and my talents. One of my gifts is speaking, another is writing, another, counseling. I got a call from a woman one day who said, “I cheated on my lover.” I didn’t say anything. She babbled on till she interrupted herself to say, “Aren’t you going to tell me I was wrong? Or give me Hail Mary’s or something?” I said no, I wasn’t going to do those things.

She talked some more and finally asked me why. I said, “I think you feel badly enough.  That’s not why you called me.” “It isn’t?” “No.” “Then why did I call you?” I thought a moment: “To be accepted in spite of your cheating.” “Do you?” “Do I what?” “Accept me?” “Yes, I do.” A sigh. Relief.  The conversation was over. Some humans cheat on their lovers—it’s part of the human condition. My talent is to accept what is in human beings. (I still work on it for myself.)           

This is the way of being peace. It is a living learning. No one of us does it perfectly. We can’t, for we have lived in a world full of conflict for so long that we might not even recognize peace if it bit us on the foot.

In the fifteenth century, Desiderius Erasmus wrote in the lines of his character Peace: “Nothing is more conducive to genuine peace than a sincere desire that comes from the heart.” It is this heart of peace that we are after here. The great metaphysician Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind, tells us how: “Ours is the privilege of acceptance.”

If peace, particularly inner peace, is an entity unto itself, then peace can come calling on us. The doorbell rings. We call out our version of the sentry’s “Halt! Who goes there?” Peace answers, “It is I, Peace.” We open the doors (of our hearts) and welcome Peace in.

Jackie King, one of those who pray for Guidepost’s Prayer Power Club says, “Many times I’ll pray peace, peace, peace, because you can deal with anything if you have peace inside.” It’s true. Prayer is a way to open the door, but even if you’re not a praying person, we all think. Thinking about peace is just as good as praying about peace. 

What happens when we get it? What happens when occasional waves of inner peace become the center of your life’s wheel, the particles of everyday living? What happens when you really embody peace?

 

For spiritual nourishment, visit Dr. Susan Corso’s website

Realm of silence

 

 
The world will become a realm of silence
when we will leave it one by one
those left behind will live in memories
which the parting souls will leave.
 
Memories of love we gave
and memories of love received
kind words which we exchanged
words of love and adoration shared.
 
Fill me up with your loving words
your kindness, appreciation
while I am here with you
the light which I will take with me.
 
Let me shower you with my love
my adoration and company
for I don’t want to regret
the chances of showering them.
 
love me like there is no tomorrow
treating today as our last day
let me love you with all my being
feeling the same fear inside me.
 
Fill up my basket with fruits and flowers
so I can share them with all, shower..
let me fill your baskets with my gifts
fruits of love, flowers of smile and cheer.
 
So that when we reach the moment
of saying goodbye, walking ahead
towards the realm of silence and peace
these memories cherish both sides.
 

The Zen of “Yes” or “No”

Are you a “Yes” person or a “No” person, and is one better than the other?

YesManMovies like The Yes Man starring Jim Carrey would have you believe that saying “no” leads to a boring life and a host of unexplored possibilities. After saying “no” to just about everything, Carrey’s character is depressed, disconnected and on the verge of missing out on life altogether. As an antidote, he attends a self-help seminar that advocates saying “YES” to EVERYTHING. His life totally turns around: he goes bungee jumping, takes guitar lessons, learns Korean, flies an airplane, and finds love.

All good things.

 

But what really happens to people who go through life saying “yes” to every request made of them without a “no” in sight?

LouiseHayLouise Hay, teacher, author and expert in looking at the emotional causes of disease, says in her book Empowering Women that there is a consistent pattern that she has noticed with almost every woman she knows who has breast cancer. She says that they usually have a tremendous inability to say "no." “Breasts represent nourishment, and people with breast cancer seem to nourish everybody in their world but themselves,” she says. “They give and they give until there is no nourishment left for them.”

True or not, there seems to be a fine line between moments when we say “yes” to open up to new life possibilities, and, when we say “no” to honor ourselves and maintain a healthy boundary.

For example, do you say yes to donating your time to a cause because you feel it is a good thing to do, but then start bouncing checks because you gave too much of yourself and your bank account? Maybe that should have been a no.

Do you say yes to learning another language, traveling abroad and possibly meeting the love of your life? That yes could work.

Sometimes the Zen of "Yes" or "No" can be a tough call.

We’ve all probably had the experience of sharing a confidence with a friend, and then they later spilled the beans to someone else. The next time around when they asked you to share something intimate, you thought twice about this.

If you are a yes person, learning to say no can feel difficult — especially the first time! The first time I said “no” to someone when they asked for one too many favors, I was so nervous. I was so afraid the person was going to get angry with me. I wondered if I was being selfish, or even worse, not nice. I even contemplated reversing back to “yes.” If I said yes though, I would be betraying what I knew to be true for me — deep down I wanted to say "no." After much deliberation, I stuck with my no.

“Anybody who is learning to say no has to put up with anger for awhile,” says Louise. “You can expect that reaction.” The people around you have become so used to you saying yes, that this disruption in the pattern can be unsettling for them.

Although some people would have you believe that when you say no, you are closing off to possibilities in your life … I would like to challenge that by saying that sometimes saying no, will open up tremendous possibilities.

Maybe when you say no to someone in certain circumstances, you are actually saying YES to yourself!

The Art of Allowing: Parent Control from the Inside Out

The old parenting paradigm calls on the parent to control the child. Be in charge. Make the decisions. Set the rules. Enforce those rules. Exercise your rightful parenting authority or your children will become unruly, undisciplined, and out of control.

But hold on. What if it isn’t so? What if a controlling parenting style breeds resistance, resentment, and reluctance? What if it creates defiance or the opposite, blind obedience? What if it fails to produce children who think for themselves, develop a healthy inner-authority, and become decisionally literate?   

The power struggles or meek compliance resulting from a heavy parenting control style often breed strained relationships, unempowered children, and frustrated parents. If you are not enamored with the results of attempting to control your children, you might want to examine a shared control style that often leaves the parent with more control than they had to begin with. Consider the art of allowing.

Allow your children by…

         1. Offering controlled choices.
“You can pick the sweatshirt with the hood or the heavy sweater. You decide.”  “We are having milk for dinner. Would you like to choose the pink cup or the green one? The parent controls the choice and the child is allowed to have some control over his own life.

         2. Instigate opportunities for consensus seeking. Allow children to have input on where you go on vacation, how you divide household chores or when the family participates in study time. By having some say they learn to use their voice to help create the life they desire.

         3. Eliminate commands.  “Turn the TV off,” can be replaced with “It’s time for bed.” That change of language allows the child to make the choice to turn off the TV. “I am being bothered by the noise in the other room,” is less commanding than, “Quiet down.” “I am being bothered by the noise in the other room,” communicates without words, “I think you are smart enough to figure out what to do.” It allows the child to come up with an appropriate response.

         4. Ask questions. “Why do you think that?” “How are you going to handle that?” “What do you think you will do next time?” These types of questions allow the child to do the thinking.

         5. Show empathy and compassion. Resist running in immediately with solutions. Stop offering unsolicited advice. Show compassion first by leading with empathy. “That must really be frustrating,” allows the child to hear your concern and empathy and prevents you from saying, ‘You need to tell your teacher you need help.” “What a shame. That’s terrible, communicates the empathy that allows the child to feel the feeling rather that having to consider your solution to their problem.

         6. Don’t care. Stop caring if your child completes her homework or not. If she chooses not to do it at school then she is choosing to do it on Saturday. Allow her to care whether or not she has a free Saturday. If you do all the caring she doesn’t have to.

         7. See it all as perfect. If she does her work at school, it is perfect. She is learning to budget her time and take care of her own responsibilities. If she doesn’t do it at school, it is still perfect. It is the perfect time to help her appreciate the cause and effect relationship that exists in your home. Allow her to be the cause of how she spends her Saturday.

         8. Let the consequence do the teaching.  If you son forgets to pack his tooth guard in his equipment bag and doesn’t have it for Karate, allow him to experience the consequences of his actions. Do not buy a new one. Do not drive him home to get it. Do not rescue him. Allow him, without lecture or reprimand, to feel the results of his actions. him to make the connection himself.

         9. Speak Softly. When you volume is turned up, yelling or shouting, your child focuses on your anger rather than on your words. They look at your behavior rather than at their own. Allow them to look within by taking the focus away from yourself by speaking softly.

        10. Allow your child to learn her own lesson. If the lesson does not involve a health or safety issue assume that she is the best judge of what she needs to learn. You may want her to do her chores in a timely fashion. She may decide she needs to learn what happens when she ignores her chores. You may think she needs to learn how to create a report on Switzerland. She may know she’ll benefit more from learning what happens when she turns her report in late. Trust you child to attract the appropriate lesson and allow her to experience it.

Any force or control produces a counter force. Reduce power struggles, lessen resistance, and build mutual respect by stepping out of the need to control. Use the ideas above to allow yourself to allow your children to take greater control of their lives. It will help them grow toward becoming responsible, empowered, and self-reliant young adults.

 

Gender Stupid – and That is Fine with Me

 Hi Margaret Ruth. You usually answer relationship questions without breaking down specific recommendations for male/male, female/female or female/male combinations. I think it would be interesting to see how advice might be different for these. What do you think about doing that sometimes? – C

I think I would be very interested in seeing that too, and I am smiling as I type that. One reason for my interest is that I am gender stupid. I mean it. I can read personality really, really well (am damn accurate is what I am saying), but cannot usually tell the gender. So, I do not perceive much difference in the various combinations myself.

Except – and this is important – cultural overlays about gender and hetero and homo couplings do some funky stuff to people and block their ability to have perfectly healthy, joyful and whole partnerships. You have hetero couples with some hidden gender role beliefs. You find some gay couples under constant drama. Now, you and I know that couples of all combinations exhibit those traits, but in my years of psychic readings, I notice that some specific issues occur more often depending upon the gender makeup.

For instance, if you are reading that one spouse has expectations about who is supposed to make more money in the marriage, than it is more likely that you are reading a heterosexual couple than a homosexual one.  I once read a man who has found his perfect and certain love with another man, and their love had a different and magnificent “honed through the fire” vibration to it that other types, that are easier to make happen, don’t have.  But these all have to do with how people are acculturated, and not with the nature of  healthy interpersonal bonds.

Therefore, I would say the same things in general about what it takes to have a healthy, joyful, whole partnership (and there are only a few things people need to know about that) to each type. But if I were to address specific issues, I would talk about how to leave old cultural indoctrinations, icons and beliefs about gender and love behind so to be more able to fully enjoy a loving relationship with whomever you please.

Let me know if that makes sense, MR

les
Questions, comments and ideas are welcome and encouraged. Contact Psychic Margaret Ruth on her Facebook page, email mr@margaretruth.com or call 801-575-7103. You can also get details on private readings, Margaret’s classes and blog at www.margaretruth.com. Margaret Ruth has been on radio, television, published in newspapers and magazines and major websites. She is the author of Superconscious Connections: The Simple Psychic Truths of Perfectly Satisfying Relationships (Sept 2010)

 

The Four Seasons of Tough Times

 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun… Ecclesiastes 3:1

 The belief that every challenge has four distinct stages has occupied a ridiculous amount of my attention over the past dozen years. This is because I am convinced it is one of the most helpful truths for navigating difficult circumstances. Yet, when I seek to explain (stage 1) how tough times begin, (stage 2) what the middle of the journey looks like, (stage 3) how to adapt and (step 4) how to get to the end…I feel like I get too many blank stares. I want to exclaim, “Trust me! This is important, it will save you,” but instead I wonder if I’m making as much impact as the ill-kempt man wearing the sandwich board on the street corner pronouncing the end of the world. Both passionate and neither of us getting our message across.

 So, to not lose you, my fair readers, as I try to pass along this jewel, I’d like to propose the following analogy to describe the four-phased journey concept and its importance: 

 Just in the northern climes of North America, tough times can be seen as moving through four distinct seasons. During difficult circumstances, we start in the autumn. Things begin to “fall” apart — leaves break away from the trees, plants freeze and die and what we had counted on to feed us all summer ends. In tough times terms, the trees we had been going to for fruit could be a marriage, a friendship or good health — we watch them crumble and hope that we can find a way to make it last — but if it’s time is up, no amount of vigilance will stave off the end.

 So, then comes winter, or the messy middle of tough times. It seems impossible that something will grow again during this season. It’s dark, inhospitable and can be really depressing.

 If can wait out winter, spring comes again with a promise of new beginnings. There is more light and optimism. Time to till the soil, decide what to plant and ready for the growing season. And, if we are courageous enough, we will plant seeds and do the work to create a new garden (i.e. work to create a new relationship, job, or home). We must care for the new seedlings, get rid of the weeds to get back to a stable place once more.

 Earlier this month, after presenting a keynote lecture on thriving through tough times, a soft-spoken grandmother approached me. "When you talked about approaching tough times like an old Montana rancher, I got it," she said. After raising children and crops in New Mexico and northern Canada, she told me that recognizing the stages of each difficulty had saved her. "When the kids were young I copied and pasted a passage from Ecclesiastes on my cupboard to keep me sane through the years," she added and began to recite, To everything there is a season, time for every purpose under the sun. A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted…”

 During bad circumstances, it really helps to remember that there is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. For each set of tough times there is a minimum suffering period. With a death of a grandparent, it might be a year for example. But, not acting appropriately during each tough times “season,” you can maximize your imprisonment in difficult circumstances.

 In the winter, or the messy, chaotic middle phase, trying to plant new seeds wastes your resources. Ask any rancher. Winter is when you rest. You sharpen your tools and nurture your stock. You want to slow down, take care of yourself and your home. You can’t plow the fields and trying would be silly. Rushing around is a foolish, and in the depths of January, can be a dangerous activity.

 The advice for the winter of difficult conditions is the same. When something has ended, be it a job or a relationship, trying to quickly create something new is counterproductive. We need to recover. We need to take stock in where we stand. Rushing around and using up our resources is foolish and can be dangerous as we exhaust what collateral or energy we have in a harsh, dark climate.

 There is a time to rest and there will be a time to risk. During a challenge’s spring and summer, we will need to be rested and ready to act. Where after a loss, we must be brave enough to wait through the winter, we must also be bold enough when the time comes to choose to try again.

 Each season presents unique tests. Not acting seasonally appropriate circumvents the process. Rushing around and trying to plant in winter means that we won’t have any reserves to take advantage of spring. Not getting to work in the spring will also have us missing or not taking advantage of prime growing season.

 Meanwhile, we live in a culture focused only on action. It believes that when things are not going our way we need to think positive, roll up our sleeves and get to work. Yet, this is not global wisdom. For example, like Ecclesiastes, Taoism is based on discerning in which season we reside and acting accordingly. It is said that by going with the natural flow of each challenge, Taoist masters exert minimal energy and are able to live well past a hundred years old. There is a time to wait and a time to move. Knowing the difference allows us to flow effortlessly through each major change back to stability.

 So, when tough times hit, notice:

1) Are structures or relationships ending (1st stage of disruption or "autumn")

2) Are you in dark times, dealing with loss and no new solutions in sight (chaos or winter)

3) Can you see new possibilities, is it "time" to get moving again (adaptation or spring)

4) Are you called to try new things, be bold, act (stability or summer)

 Then ask, what would a wise Minnesotan or Montanan farmer do? For every thing there is a season…

From Playing Well at Work and Beyond, by Deidre Combs

Ancient Chinese Secret to Ease Painful Periods

Ancient Chinese healers knew of an incredible healing technique that eliminated menstrual cramps in minutes.  They knew that there are points on the body, now called acupoints, or acupuncture points, that ease pain and illness, often in seemingly miraculous ways.  To help the body heal from many kinds of ailments they stimulated its innate healing powers using acupuncture needles.  But you don’t need needles to experience their powerful healing techniques–relief is right at your fingertips.

These ancient Chinese healers knew that there is a secret point on the body that could quickly eliminate painful cramps from periods. They passed on their findings to acupuncture practitioners who continue to use their secret weapon against menstrual pain-with astounding results. Now, modern research even proves that this acupoint, not only lessens menstrual cramps, it even helps balance the underlying hormones that may be causing painful periods and PMS.

The point lies along the Spleen meridian, an energy pathway that governs hormones, digestion (particularly of sweet foods), and the immune system.

In multiple studies published in the journal Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, scientists found that stimulation of this acupoint, called Spleen 6, on the leg, known in Chinese medicine to balance hormones, was more effective at alleviating painful periods than drugs.  Numerous other studies show the effectiveness of stimulating this acupoint in the treatment of PMS and menopausal symptoms, labor pain during childbirth, endometriosis, and other hormone-linked concerns, as well as in the regulatation of most female hormones and menstrual cycles.

Research in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and the Korean journal Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi found that stimulating this point with finger pressure was effective at reducing pain linked to menstrual cramps. Another study in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that acupressure applied to this point was as effective at alleviating menstrual pain as the medication ibuprofen.

To locate this powerful point place one hand with your baby finger in line with the base of your ankle bone, on the inside of your leg. Just above your forefinger, along the edge of the bone, you’ll find a point that is quite tender to touch, particularly if you’re suffering from painful periods. Simply hold the point until your menstrual cramping diminishes. It can take five to ten minutes for some women. You’ll know you’ve found the right point because it will feel tender when you press it. Repeat as necessary throughout the day for best results.

To see the exact location of this point, visit:  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/ancient-chinese-secret-to-ease-painful-periods.html

Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.  Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.

 

Blessed by Pain?

(This is a re-edited, much better version of an older blog, and is currently being published in a magazine called Natural Awakenings here in Georgia! Thanks for reading and I hope you get something out it!)

How often do you check in with your body, ask what it needs and provide the necessary support? Do you welcome the subtle or not-so-subtle pain signals your body sends you? What is your strategy for eliminating pain? Every human being on the planet experiences some suffering throughout their lives, whether emotional, physical, social or spiritual…the question is, will you use your many pains as a guide to lasting health, or stifle them and possibly suffer major health setbacks?

Let’s say your back is hurting. What is the first thing you do? If you’re like most of the 65 million people that experience back pain every year in the U.S., you do something that makes no sense to your body! Can you guess? You probably swallow a sensory-numbing over-the-counter pain pill and just hope it will go away! Does it? Usually not, and it often gets worse. Way worse. (Think back surgery!)
 
Pain (no matter how you experience it) will only GO AWAY when the actual root cause is addressed and corrected.
 
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Rossiter Bodywork Professional and Holistic Health Coach, I’ve witnessed all kinds of pain, from the acute physical to the chronic emotional. I’ve had a front row seat to the distress of my clients, but I’ve also had the enormous privilege of facilitating their healing process. My experiences have led me to the conclusion that if health and happiness is important to us, we must re-think pain and how we react to it.
 
This may go against the grain, but may I suggest we take a radically different approach to the norm and
make pain our friend?
 
I assume you’re an intelligent human being, so allow me to ask a question:
 
Do you think backaches are caused by a pain-pill deficiency? Or a sudden desire by the body to experience invasive, MASSIVELY PAINFUL surgery?
 
You know the answer: Of course not!  So why then do most of these 65 million people try to cure their back pain with pills?! Maybe they never read the section in the operating manual entitled “Pain, And How To Deal With It.” Too bad you weren’t given a manual, right? Good news: you were! It talks to you every day, 24/7, 365…and it NEVER goes on vacation! It’s called your body; it has a built-in messaging system and it speaks to you the only way it can: through sensation, through your nervous system, your gut, through multitudes of daily clues aimed at getting your attention. And it WILL get your attention one way or another. I certainly don’t want to wait so long that my body literally has to bring me to my knees before I listen! What about you?
 
Please know I don’t blame anyone for taking pain medication. After all, no one likes pain. But allowing pain to relay its message is crucial to your health! My mission is to re-educate you on the absolute miracle that is your body. Pain is merely information. You inhabit one of the most intelligent operating systems on earth, engineered with intricate and powerful information systems designed to keep you healthy, happy and well. Your job is to pay attention, give the body what it needs and cease any actions that cause pain.
 
Pain is a warning system, and we are meant to heed its signals. Not doing so might mean DEATH! (Did you learn the hard way that fires burn, falls break bones or staying too long at the bottom of the deep end isn’t a good idea?)
 
I hope to empower you to take charge of your health and happiness by utilizing the most powerful tool in the universe: you!
 
Back pain can be from sitting at a desk all day, not stretching properly before working out, leaning on one leg instead of sharing the load between the two you were born with…any one of hundreds of possibilities as unique as you are. Most of us experience minor to moderate pain sensations every day: the urge to go to the bathroom; hunger pangs; indigestion; sore muscles; aching joints, frustration, heartache, etc.
 
Whatever the cause of pain, the solution is relatively simple (notice I didn’t say easy, I said simple).
To eliminate ANY pain from your life (physical, emotional, mental), you MUST:
·         Identify the root cause
·         Address the imbalances, and/or
·         Quit whatever behavior/experience is causing your pain!
 
I urge you to accept and understand (even celebrate!) this fact: pain is a useful and necessary signal that allows you to identify unhealthy behaviors or imbalances in your life in order to reverse them and return to a state of wellbeing. Learn to listen to those signals and you will be light-years ahead of most people in terms of getting to the root issues that often block the path to lasting health.
 
Wouldn’t you feel unstoppable if you knew that any answer you seek about your health, happiness and wellbeing lies within you, right now?  Well rejoice, because it does!
 
Here is my challenge to you: the next time you experience pain, choose to befriend it. Where is it? How intense, on a scale of 1-10? What does it tell you? Why do you think you’re experiencing ___? Here is an exercise you can do to find the cause for your particular pain:
 
  • Listen to your body, your soul, your heart (whatever condition you want to address)
  • Where does the pain arise? What does it feel like?
  • Ask: “Why might I be experiencing this?” and/or “Have I been doing/eating/feeling/thinking/experiencing anything that may be causing this pain?”
  • Keep asking one or both of these questions for each answer, until you reach a threshold of understanding for what CAUSED your pain in the first place. Pain is like a domino effect….you want to find that first domino! When you know the origin of your pain, and can begin taking steps to heal.
 
Everyone is unique, and thus your path to healing is also. In the case of back pain, the culprit is almost always a connective tissue imbalance caused by tight, restricted muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Pain is the symptom and makes itself known in the back; but the cause is often nowhere near the back, more often found in the thighs or lower legs! This phenomenon is true of most pain, even (or especially!) emotional: whatever you’re feeling NOW is likely a symptom of a deeper, unresolved issue that has little to do with the present situation. Heal the original wound, and the current distress should subside. In this instance, once the legs are opened up, given space and nutrients, the back no longer has to compensate and is released, often immediately, dissolving the pain.
 
Other examples of this are: a toothache when you have a sinus infection; emotional overeating/inability to lose weight; fever trying to kill pathogens (a GOOD thing!); constipation/diarrhea when you eat foods your body doesn’t like; feelings like anger or jealousy when you are insecure or feel unworthy of love…this list goes on. These examples are highly simplified, and sometimes it takes some sleuthing to reach the original trauma. But I hope you are beginning to see the pattern.
 
One of the reasons I’ve had such great success with my clients is my respect for pain and allowing it talk. I never try to “kill” pain. Instead, I let it guide me to the original imbalance, and then set to work.
 
So the next time pain knocks on your door, welcome it and be open to its message. Your body will thank you! Reclaim your birthright as THE best specialist on you, better equipped than anyone else in identifying and addressing whatever pains challenge you. A lifetime of health and wellbeing is the reward, when you choose to be Blessed by Pain.

On wellness: The Most Important Part

The human body is designed to be perfectly healthy at all times, and is in a constant state of striving for this perfect health dependent upon the environment it is given. There is an innate intelligence that is a non-local property of all living things which gives animation to them; it is what separates living organisms from inanimate objects. It is this intelligence that allows us to heal from a cut without giving it conscious attention, it causes for the coordination of our body’s 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000/second functions in perfect harmony. In the human body the innate intelligence uses the nervous system to coordinate the functions of all the other systems, organ, and cells. For the full potential of health and therefore the greatest ability to heal and correct damage that has occurred, the nervous system must be healthy and freely functioning without interference. This is where chiropractic care enters the picture. Chiropractic care is about the business of assisting the body to clear subluxations (patterns of interference to the nervous system, and therefore the innate intelligence’s function). This allows for the greatest potential of health to be attained. If the nervous system has interference, one can eat a great diet, exercise properly, get good, rest, etc.., but still not be achieving 100% health.

The body is more likened to a flowing river of change, rather than a static machine of function. So, even though we think of our bodies as being permanent structures, most of our tissues are continually being turned over, renewed in a balance between the constant death of old cells and the constant birth of new cells. Some studies have suggested that the average age of the cells in an adult human may be as low as seven to ten years. (An interesting concept for those who consider their ill health to be a result of their body being old) This reality adds restorative importance to dietary and lifestyle changes that can help to limit oxidative stress. In effect, it is never too late to make positive changes towards health, and with a full spectrum approach, including reverence for the innate intelligence that really does the healing, seemingly miraculous changes can occur.

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