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Staying Awake… Daily Practices

  1. Relationship with Self: Spiritual Fulfillment
    • Create a regular daily practice – prayer, reflection, meditation, yoga
    • Watch for examples of interconnectedness everywhere
    • Make your conversations positive – with encouragement, hope, possibility
    • Want less, buy less, use less
    • Practice deep breathing several times a day
    • Think of five things you are grateful for; share them with a friend
    • Reflect: What is my life’s purpose? “How I live my days is how I live my life” (Dillard)
    • Read, think, talk about, watch something inspirational every day
    • Create spaces for [Read more…]

Reflection Questions – 5 Pillars Of Health

Body:

  • Do I feed and care for my body as a finely made vehicle (the only one I will have in this life!)?
  • How am I caring for my body preventively?
  • In what ways am I taking my good health for granted?
  • Do I have dental, vision and other preventive examinations routinely?
  • What stress am I carrying in my life/body?
  • What toxins/chemicals am I allowing into my body? (pesticides, food additives, chlorine, pollution, skin care products, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Am I drinking significant amounts (#oz. = 1/2 my weight) of pure healthy water daily?
  • Does my diet give me balanced nutrition (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, etc.) through real, organic foods – (not processed with additives, chemicals, etc.)? [Read more…]

Self-Care: Nurturing Your Spirit

What Can Drain Or Weaken Your Spirit?

  • Seeking approval of others (people-pleasing)
  • Activities
  • Situations/environments
  • Negative thinking
  • Emotional baggage – unresolved past hurts
  • Busy-ness (Chinese character for busy = “heart/killing”)
  • Focusing on problems
  • People
  • Living in fear
  • Self-limiting beliefs
  • Self-doubt and self-judgment
  • Ignoring or “stuffing” emotions [Read more…]

A Balanced Lifestyle – The 5 Pillars Of Health

Most people believe that when we’re over 50 our body starts to fall apart and we can expect to live with aches and pains. This myth is prevalent in our society. Studies are showing that we are meant to live a life that is enjoyable and purposeful-physically healthy and mentally sharp, full of vitality-for up to 120 years!

In his book Defy Aging, Michael Brickey PhD, reports on scientific studies about aging as well as interviews with vibrant centenarians to learn from their experience. He determined that 30% of longevity and vitality is attributed to heredity, while 70% derives from our attitudes and lifestyle. Clearly our health and well-being are ours to determine. His conclusions corroborate many other recent studies: diseases (e.g. heart attack/cancer/diabetes) may be preventable. They are clearly affected by [Read more…]

What I’ve Learned Through The Years

To my beloved family and friends:

You are lovable and beautiful and “good enough,” just as you are. You don’t have to change or do or achieve anything. Your unique love and presence bring light into the world.

We are all imperfect, weak in some ways, and make mistakes. Learn to forgive and accept yourself – “warts and all.” Then you will be able to forgive and accept others with their limitations – and help bring hope and peace to our world.

Know you are never alone. You are always surrounded by divine love and the care of others.

You don’t need to compete or compare yourself to others. Claim, celebrate and share your unique gifts, talents, qualities and presence. [Read more…]

Who Is Responsible For Your Health?

Who is responsible for our health and well-being? Our doctor? Our insurance company? Ourselves?

Though genetics plays a part in predispositions for certain illnesses, studies are showing that many illnesses (heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes…) may be preventable – by us! Our health is clearly affected by what we eat, what we drink, our level of stress, how well we sleep, and how much we exercise. It is also affected by how we think, our attitude and our choices of lifestyle and environment. This is a shift in how health care is being perceived.

One significant aspect of the field of wellness is the growing understanding of the connection between the mind and the body. Our thinking and attitude (our way of seeing and experiencing the world) affects our physical health. Our emotional and mental stress manifests in our body in the form of [Read more…]

Tips for Healthy Eating and Living

Live your life with an attitude of gratitude –noticing and appreciating the blessings of each day.

Develop a healthy self-image. Learn to love and accept yourself as you are. This is the foundation of inner peace.

Make a habit of looking for the good in yourself, others and all situations.

Do something good for yourself each day.

Eat for health and true enjoyment, not weight loss. Develop habits that are geared for a healthy, balanced life. Think: “Health gain,” not “weight loss!”

Do not deprive yourself. Let meals be source of healthy pleasure and never skimp on [Read more…]

Tips for Healthy Living

Notice and enjoy the blessings of each day. Live with an attitude of gratitude.

Start each day with the intention of giving and receiving kindness in every contact throughout the day.

Pamper yourself in some small way each day. Remember that you can care for others only as you care for yourself.

Listen to your body. Appreciate and follow its wisdom.

Be conscious of what you put into your mind and body. Nourish both your body and soul – with healthy food as well as positive, life-giving, joy-enhancing thoughts, habits and experiences. [Read more…]

Quotes About Mind/Body Medicine

Compiled by Sue Staropoli, M.A.

“The human mind can be trained to play an important part both in preventing disease and in overcoming it when it occurs.” (Anatomy of an Illness p. 118)

“Many physical disorders are caused by repressed, unconscious feelings.” (The Mindbody Prescription)

“The fact that the mind rules the body is, in spite of its neglect by biology and medicine, the most fundamental fact which we know about the process of life.” (Franz Alexander M.D. – Love, Medicine and Miracles, p. 1) [Read more…]