To heal our bodies, we must reclaim our power.
We are living in a time where many of us have given our power to others. We let our doctors, clergy, parents, society, conditioning, and authority figures tell us what we should do. We are coming into a time where we want and need to take back our power and begin to take responsibility for ourselves and our health.
Over the last 30 -50 years, there have been great advances in modern medicine. Many of which have saved many lives. The problem, though, is that we are looking to allopathic medicine, namely drugs and surgery, to heal health issues that are caused by lifestyle. This is not the true role of medicine. Medicine cannot heal or fix health problems caused by poor dietary and lifestyle habits and emotional and environmental stress. It can alleviate symptoms temporarily, but unless the underlying cause is addressed, the problem will resurface with even more dramatic symptoms, eventually resulting in disability or death.
Taking greater responsibility for your health
There is a growing trend of taking greater responsibility for our own health rather than to look to our doctors. As we take greater responsibility for our health, we become a partner with our doctor or health care provider. We become a team.
Self healing and self responsibility require us to take an honest look at ourselves, our lives and our lifestyles and discover what we can do to change the trend of our health to a more positive direction. It also means taking action on what we discover. Self healing and self responsibility does not mean that we are alone. We can seek out assistance from experienced wellness professionals that add their perspective and insight to our health and life challenges.
Enlist the help of an experienced wellness practitioner
A good wellness practitioner will assist you in taking responsibility for your health and guiding you in the process of self healing. She will also give you the support needed to make the changes needed in the process of self healing. I am available to mentor, guide and support you in the process. If you have any questions, ask. I will be pleased to hear from you.
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I wrote this poem when I was a child.
I found it years later after I had been practicing meditation for 20 years. I was stunned. I obviously had experiences of stillness and silence as a child to write something like this.
Then I realized that the most effective meditation for me is to sit and watch my mind and my breath. I find it fascinating and deeply relaxing. I have the pleasure of getting to know myself. It is true for me that silence is my favorite companion. That is my inner being, my center, my home. It is me in the fullest sense of the word.
Don’t try to stop the mind.
If you try to stop your mind, most often your meditation practice becomes a battle with your mind. That is counterproductive. The mind is a thinking organ, just like the heart pumps blood throughout your body. Trying to stop the mind is a fruitless endeavor. It simply aggravates the mind, which winds it up. Watching the mind allows the mind to unwind and then it will naturally slow down and you will have periods of stillness between the thoughts. It is something that happens naturally without force. Over time, the spaces increase in frequency and duration.
There are many meditation techniques.
Meditation techniques are designed to focus the mind on an object whether it be the breath, a word, a candle or something else. By focusing the mind, it brings concentration and allows a break from the constant flow of thoughts. We begin to see that there is more to our inner landscape than our thoughts.
The purpose of the focus is to move you into a state of witness conscious, where you can watch the mind from a detached perspective. Once you experience that, the object of focus can be relinquished and the meditation becomes watching the activity of the mind, body and emotions. If you loose your ‘witness consciousness’ perspective, then you can engage the focus again. Even a moment of stillness between the thoughts is enough to change your perception of life and begin the journey to watching the mind and beyond.
Meditation is a powerful tool
Meditation is a powerful way to reduce your stress and become more aware of yourself and the world around you. You get to know yourself and re-integrate all the parts of yourself that you have pushed away. Making friends with those parts, is a component of self love. When you make friends with them, they integrate back into you and no longer sabotage your success.
Experiment with an object of focus that you feel drawn to and that makes meditation easy without creating a battle with your own mind. Let the mind become the entertaining focus of your meditation.
Everyone is unique
What works for one person, doesn’t work for everybody. So discover what works for you and let that be your guide. If you are visual, you may want to watch a candle or create an inner image to focus on. If you are auditory, you might do best saying an affirmative statement or a mantra or listen to some music. If you are kinesthetic, you may want to try watching the breath, feeling the breath move in and out of your body at the nostril or in the rise and fall of the belly with the breath.
Allowing meditation to progress naturally is the way to find inner peace.
Meditation is about letting go of goals and being present in the moment. To become goal oriented about meditation defeats the purpose . . . unless of course, you can watch your mind trying to goal set and be amazed and amused at it’s tenacity. Yet, even that is a goal. See how tricky the mind is.
One of the greatest comments I ever heard about meditation:
“Some days my meditation is like a refreshing, cooling drink on a hot day. Other days, I feel like I am locked in a very small room with a crazy person.”
Yep. That’s the mind . . . the ‘crazy’ person. As you detach from the mind as you sit, that detachment will creep into all areas of your life. That allows you to be present in life without reacting (or at least not acting on your reactions) and make clear decisions from a place of love while remaining grounded and centered.
This week, set aside 10 minutes a day to set and do nothing with your eyes either open or closed. Choose a focus if you like or simply watch the wall in front of you. At the end of the 10 minutes go about your day. Be aware of what you notice during the ‘meditation’ or in your life. Let me know how it goes.
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Stress is a major factor in illness.
Stress is an important factor in the vast majority of illnesses, both directly and indirectly. Stress can have a negative impact on just about every part of your body. It can suppress your immune function, cause a heart attack or stroke, increase your risk of cancer, delay wound healing, promote inflammation, cause you to gain weight, impair your memory, cause depression, exacerbate diabetes, and worsen your sexual function . . . just for starters. Stress also makes you age faster even at a genetic and cellular level.
Life is becoming increasingly difficult
A lot of people are feeling that life is increasingly difficult as our world seems to be spiraling out of control. We watch helplessly as parts of our globe descend into madness and terrorism, and our governments seem increasingly unresponsive to individual needs. Our lives have become more complicated and we are constantly bombarded with information through television, printed materials and the internet. Rather than having quiet family time in the evening, our families are scattered doing different activities.
Stress comes from what is going on inside
Stress comes not only from what is going on in your life, but even more important from how you react to it. When you practice simple stress management techniques, on a regular basis, you can be in the same job, the same environment, even the same family but react in more constructive and healthful ways.
Stress management tools assist us in reducing stress.
Stress management techniques assist us in responding to the stresses in our lives in a detached and constructive way. Rather than reacting to events in our lives with fear and contraction, we can respond to them with awareness, love and creativity. There are many stress management techniques that can be applied and even become our habitual way of being.
We can address stress through physiological techniques such as breathe management, exercise, yoga and relaxation techniques or through psychological techniques such as meditation and conscious introspection. These techniques assist us in releasing accumulated stress and tension and bring about a greater awareness of how we create stress and tension through our mental, physical and emotional reactions to events in our lives.
Deep breathing provides instant stress reduction.
Breathing techniques are one of the quickest and easiest ways to break the cycle of stress. If you slow down and deepen your breath, you will automatically become more relaxed. When you breath slowly and deeply, it initiates a relaxation response in the nervous system and helps you to become more aware of your reactions.
Awareness is a key component in reducing stress.
This week, take some time to contemplate the following:
- What are the things in your life that cause you to feel stressed?
- What do you do when you feel stressed?
- Observe yourself over the next week and notice your stress level, what causes you to feel stressed and what you do when you feel stress.
- Consider health ways to address your stress, such as exercise, journaling, breathing, talking it out with a friend.
- Experiment with addressing your stress in new ways.
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Each day of living with fibromyalgia builds my courage.
Each moment I embrace myself with love builds my courage.
I am blessed.
“Every situation is an opportunity for growth and development.
Everything that happens supports my learning process
and brings me back to my Real Self.
The challenges I face are always in line with my ability to meet them.
Challenge strengthens my faith in myself and God.”