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23/Oct/2021

One of the best gifts you can give to someone and yourself is your presence and a big genuine smile.

Ask yourself, are you aware? Are you present? This is usually enough to bring yourself into the present.

It is so simple to smile, but we forget and get caught up in the habit of being busy.

It takes more muscles to frown than to smile.

When we smile we move more lightly and easily.

When we smile this releases stress.

When we smile it sends a positive ripple out into those around us and beyond.

Smiling is contagious – most people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.

When we smile we look more attractive.

Lightness is a real indicator of health.

Smiling is such a simple expression which costs nothing but is often received as a gift, which brings a sense of warmth and ease to most situations.

Charles Garfield, the author of Peak Performance, once coached the Russian Olympic weight-lifting team. Garfield noticed that when team members lifted to exhaustion, they would invariably grimace at the painful effort. In an experiment, he encouraged the athletes to smile when they got to that point of exhaustion. This seemingly minor difference enabled them to add 2-3 more reps to their performance.

No matter what the task, when you grimace or frown while doing it, you are sending your brain the message, “This is really difficult. I should stop.”  The brain then responds by sending stress chemicals into your bloodstream. And this creates a vicious circle: the more stressed you are, the more difficult the task becomes.

When you smile, your brain gets the message, “It’s not so bad. I can do this!”

Remember to smile it’s good for the mind, body, soul and the world.


23/Oct/2021

How Your Body Rebuilds Itself In Under 365 Days

We can really influence how this renewal process take place, by the thoughts we have, the food we eat, the life style we adopt, the environment we live in, our relationships, the exercise we take. Most of these things are about the decisions we make.

FACT: Your entire body totally rebuilds itself in less than 2 years – and 98% in less than a year.

Every cell in your body eventually dies and is replaced with new cells. Everyday is a new opportunity to build a new body!

Your DNA renews itself every 2 months.

Your skin rebuilds itself in 1 month. (especially at night)

Your liver rebuilds itself in 6 weeks.

The lining in your stomach rebuilds itself in 5 days.

Your brain rebuilds itself in 1 year.

Your blood rebuilds itself in 4 months.

Your body builds a whole new skeleton in 3 months.

(Some research says 2 years some say 10 years*)

There is the saying that your only as old as you feel, so that’s your subjective age.

So if you always feel sick& tired as I hear people say in there frustrating moment, guess what your probably become those thoughts.

There is also the biological age. If you have been a smoker all your life, your lungs will have aged prematurely; or if your life style is very sedentary like most modern cultures,  this will have damaging effects on the body resulting in wear and tear.

There is also the belief among many religious/spiritual followers  that we are in our truest essence an eternal soul which is ageless, timeless and dimensionless.

Of course we have our chronological age which we can not change but we can change the our perception, and decisions about the other ways we behave and age.

 


23/Oct/2021

Have you ever wondered what is that stuff coming out of your nose when you have a common cold? Such nasal discharges are composed of dead viruses that were killed by the body’s defenses, dead white blood cells that were killed as a result of the infection, and a liquid substance known as mucus which the body deploys as a vehicle to remove this dead matter.

If you take a conventional over-the-counter drug for the common cold, these drugs “work” by reducing the body’s ability to create mucus, which simply inhibits the body’s own efforts to eliminate the dead viruses from the body. Although these conventional drugs may stop the nasal discharge temporarily, the side effects of these drugs are that they lead to bronchial congestion, headache, and fatigue, which can be more problematic and discomforting symptoms than the original simple nasal discharge.

The lesson here is that just because a drug is effective in getting rid of a symptom does not necessarily mean that this treatment is truly curative (or even helpful).

Wisdom of the Body

The basic assumption behind the broad field of natural medicine is that the human body has an inherent wisdom within it that strives to defend itself and to survive. Symptoms of illness are not simply something “wrong” with the person, but instead, symptoms are actually responses and efforts of the organism to defend and heal itself against infection and/or stress. Hans Selye, MD, PhD, the father of stress theory, once asserted, “Disease is not mere surrender to attack but also the fight for health; unless there is a fight, there is no disease.”

Our human body has survived these thousands of years because of its incredible adaptive capabilities, and one of the ways that it adapts is through the creation of symptoms. Whether it be through fever and inflammation, cough and expectoration, nausea and vomiting, fainting and comatose states, and even the variety of emotional and mental states, each symptom represents the best efforts of the bodymind to fight infection and/or adapt to physical and psychological stresses.

Although symptoms may be the best effort of the organism to defend itself at that time, it is not usually effective to simply let the body try to heal itself. Most often, some treatment must be provided to help nurture, nourish, and augment the body’s own wisdom. The challenge to physicians, healers, and patients is to determine when to help aid this inner wisdom of the body and when to intervene to make certain that the body does not harm itself.

The word “symptom” comes from a Greek root and refers to “something that falls together with something else.” Symptoms are a sign or signal of something else, and treating them doesn’t necessarily change that “something else.” Ultimately, a symptom is a signal, a warning light that something is off-balance. It is akin to an oil warning light in your car. Although this light will go off if you unscrew the lamp, this simple action doesn’t solve the more complex problem that led to the light turning on in the first place.

In 1942 Walter B. Cannon, a medical doctor, wrote a seminal book entitled The Wisdom of the Body. This book, which is a classic in medicine, detailed the impressive and sophisticated efforts that the body deploys to defend and heal itself.

Many leading scientists, including the late Dr. Hans Selye, have taken Cannon’s work further, recognizing that symptoms are actually efforts of the organism to deal with stress or infection. And even more recently, Randolph Nesse, MD, and George Williams, PhD, authored Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine (New York: Times, 1995) in which they link the important role that symptoms and disease have to the evolution of the human body. Nesse and Williams show how our symptoms and seemingly normal body functions work as important defenses:

 

    • Fever is an important, even vital, defense against infection.

 

    • Tears help wash and cleanse the eyes.

 

    • The respiratory system is bathed in antibody and enzyme-rich secretions that are propelled up and down the throat and bronchial tree so that invaders are killed.

 

    • The ears secrete an antibacterial wax which helps to fight infection.

 

  • The frequent washing of the mouth with saliva kills some pathogens and dislodges others so that the stomach’s acid and enzymes can destroy them.

Without having to tell the bodymind what to do, our innate survival instinct has developed sophisticated responses to both old and new infections and stresses.

Concepts in new physics offer further support for the notion that living and non-living systems have inherent self-regulating, self-organizing, and self-healing capacities. This ongoing effort to maintain homeostasis (balance) and to develop higher and higher levels of order and stability have been described in detail by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ilya Prigogine in Order Out of Chaos, Fritjof Capra in The Turning Point, and Erich Jantsch in The Self-Organizing Universe. In systems thinking, “perturbations” are understood as efforts of a system to re-establish balance and to increase its complexity so that there is greater dynamic homeostasis.

Why Homeopathic Medicines Make Sense

The implications of recognizing that symptoms are efforts of the body to defend itself are significant. Because some conventional drugs work by suppressing symptoms, these drugs tend to provide helpful temporarily relief but tend to lead other new and more serious problems by inhibiting the body’s defense and immune processes. Such drugs should be avoided except in dire situations or in extreme pain or discomfort when safer treatments are not working fast or adequately enough.

Because symptoms are adaptations of the body in its efforts to defend and heal itself, it makes sense to use treatments that mimic this wisdom of the body. Ultimately, homeopathic medicine is a well-known therapeutic modality that honors this wisdom of the body. Homeopathy is a type of “medical biomimicry” that uses various plant, mineral, and animal substances based upon their ability to cause in overdose the similar symptoms that the sick person is experiencing.

It may be no coincidence that two of the very few conventional medical treatments that augment the body’s own immune system are immunizations and allergy treatments, and these drug treatment modalities “coincidentally” derive from the homeopathic principle of similar (treating “like with like”). (Note: A future blog will feature descriptions of and references to clinical and basic sciences research that verify the efficacy and biological activity of homeopathic medicines.)

By using a medicine that causes similar symptoms as those of the sick person, the medicine is akin to being a “medical aikido” (the martial art that seeks to match and mimic the force of the attacker against the attacker).

It is not surprising that so many Eastern spiritual teachers have been trained in homeopathy or have simply become advocates for it. Swami Satchidananda and Swami Rama were formally trained in homeopathy, while Sri Aurobindo, Meher Baba, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Yogai Bhajan, Swami Muktananda, and Sri Chinmoy have been known to seek homeopathic care or advocate for it. The fact that many of these spiritual teachers also believe that life problems are not really “problems” but are opportunities for learning is part and parcel of the idea that symptoms are defenses in the body’s efforts to learn how to adapt to the world around us.

The Latin words, vis medicatrix naturae,” make reference to “the healing power of nature,” and these words and concepts form the basis for naturopathic medicine. Despite maintaining a healthy respect for the healing power of nature, neither naturopaths nor homeopaths think that it is effective to just let the body heal itself. Usually, it is necessary to give the body specific tools/treatments that help in this healing process. Homeopathy and other natural medicines that nourish and nurture the body’s own wisdom are good first steps to initiate a true healing beyond just symptomatic relief.

And when you consider that the most famous words from Hippocrates were, “First, do no harm.” It seems that Hippocrates was instructing us all to first try safer methods before resorting to the big guns of more dangerous conventional medical methodologies


23/Oct/2021

This was a question that was posted on my face book page :

The body mind connection

If the mind informs the body, can the body inform the mind?

My reply: The body and the mind are inextricably linked, they are both in constant communication.

The body is always there, always present – it’s one of the most present parts of our selves. The mind has the ability to be anywhere and everywhere, often creating a feeling of disconnect. When have aches, pain, discomfort, disease we quickly become aware of the symptoms and disharmony, which is the bodies clever way of telling us there is something wrong. So really aches and pain are a good thing, our internal alarm, telling us to address the problem.

The body and the mind are inextricably linked.
The body is most obedient, we often feel its not- our thinking and the way we think has a profound effect of the body and all its parts. When we bring the body into balance this brings the mind in to balance.


23/Oct/2021

Happy winter solstice.

To me the end of the world means moving out of the dark and into the light, discovering and finding our light so we can illuminate the darkness we so often see and feel. So the new beginning is light and love.

The old paradigm and way of being was -fight or flight, greed, need, me, mine and I. The new paradigm is one of a higher consciousness. Love, light, sharing, caring, giving- more of social cohesions and responsibilities.


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