365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 219: Chased By The Tiger?

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I made a commitment to myself to live FEARLESSLY and I do. I follow my heart, my intuition and make my decisions in alignment with who I am.

Living without fear does not mean that I put myself in dangerous situations in order to prove to myself or to others that I can overcome fear.

Living in the absence of fear means that I do not have a knot inside my stomach everyday, from fears known and unknown; unfortunately, most people do.

In the process of releasing fear I have acquired skills that allow me to recognize when fear starts to peak its head, so that I can look at it, understand where it’s coming from and release it.

Refusing to live in fear means that my decisions are not based in fear, but rather stem from trusting the processes of life.

Most people are consumed with fear and are devoured by it every single minute. The stress fear creates is tremendous and can cause serious illness.

Lissa Rankin, M.D. author of ‘’Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself ’’ says:

“The stress response is there to protect you in case a tiger chases you. But these days, we’re pretty safe from tigers, and yet our stress responses get triggered, on average, over 50 times per day. How? The amygdala in your lizard brains perceives negative thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, such as financial fears, relationship worries, work stress, loneliness, or pessimism, as threats equally scary as a tiger. Then BOOM. The scaredy-cat amygdala goes on red alert, and when this happens, our bodies can’t repair themselves.”

Do you have a tiger in your life?

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 218: Are You Feeling Pain Or Are You Suffering?

suffering

Suffering and pain are very different things.

The physical body is fully equipped to heal and release pain. I have witnessed this process in my clients countless times throughout the years. Even when the actual pain sensation is acute, sharp and intense, it can dissipate quite quickly; that is, if the body is allowed to do what it knows.

Now, falling down a ladder and breaking a few ribs will be painful, of course.

What I am talking about is the fact that in the absence of fear and panic, the physical sensation of pain diminishes considerably.

Suffering is something different altogether. Suffering is the hidden culprit behind chronic pain; it is the vicious circle that must be broken so that the body can heal.

Pain is not the same as suffering. Left to itself, the body discharges pain spontaneously, letting go of it the moment that the underlying cause is healed. Suffering is pain that we hold on to. It comes from the mind’s mysterious instinct to believe that pain is good, or that it cannot be escaped, or that the person deserves it.” ― Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Is your body in pain?

Ask yourself if deep inside, you are suffering.

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 217: Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

body and mind

The cells in your body react to everything your mind says. Negative thinking and attitudes create chronic stress that upsets the body’s hormonal balance. Negativity is known to bring down the immune system.

Negative thinking is more destructive than you think. It can ruin your brain, body and overall health on the long term.

Traditional Chinese Medicine associates emotional conflicts/negativity to specific organ functions:

  • The heart can be affected by excess excitement
  • The kidneys can be affected by fear or shock
  • The lungs can be affected by sadness or suppressed grief
  • The spleen and pancreas can be affected by worry or pensiveness
  • The liver can be affected by anger or frustration

Ancient Greek Medicine considered the mind and the body as being strongly interconnected.  The ancient Greeks ideal of health was holistic and is expressed in the maxim, “Mens sana in corpore sano”, which means “A sound mind in a healthy body”.

Native American Medicine promotes mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Traditional healing includes a wide range of activities to improve well-being and restore the balance of a person’s mind, body and spirit, which is necessary for healing. They also say that diseases are more likely to invade the body of a person who is imbalanced, has negative thinking, or lives an unhealthy lifestyle.

Change your mind. Change your body.

Love,

Rucsandra