DAY 355: The Wellness Concept

wellnessThis is a lengthy post, but it contains such simple, down to earth, easy to follow and yet such profound advice from a prominent medical doctor, that I wanted to share it with you.

Simple is always better!

Prof. B.M. Hegde wrote Chapter 49 in the book Holistic Wellness In The NewAge. He is an Indian medical scientist, educationist and author. He is the retired Vice Chancellor of the Manipal University and the head of the Manglore Chapter of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He has authored several books on medical practice and ethics. A recipient of numerous national and international awards including Dr. B. C. Roy National Award, Pride of India Award, Padmabhushan, he is also the Editor in Chief of a medical journal, “Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes”. www.bmhegde.com

Here it is! Simple and profound.

“Human beings are not just their bodies; they have their all-pervading mind and their spirit. All three of them need to be kept healthy for total health and wellness. Usually it is not what one eats that kills her/him; it is what eats one (one’s negative thoughts) that kills. The best bet to keep good health is to have a healthy mind, which boils down to practicing universal compassion. To get into that state of mind (consciousness), Yoga and breathing techniques would help a lot. Yoga has very little to do with any religion and could be practiced by all.

To be healthy, one has to change (be the change) but can’t expect the world to change overnight. Therefore one could expect others to hurt us sometime. There again, the best antidote for hurt is to cultivate the greatest asset of forgiveness.

If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run, this earth shall belong to you my son, and… more, you shall be a MAN‘ wrote Rudyard Kipling years ago in his celebrated poem ‘IF’. This is the best health advice that I have been able to find in the Western literature.

Eating in moderation, the foods that please one, without too much change in the food quality from its natural state, would go a long way to help the immune system to keep the repair mechanism in excellent shape. Worrying about the micro-contents of the food is of lesser importance as long as one does not pick and choose foods according to the modern food fads and corporate advertisements.

Preserved foods are a curse. Let the food be as fresh as possible. Small frequent feeds keep the metabolism on even keel. Large meals at long intervals are not conducive to body physiology.

Each region, ethnic group and race has had its own food habits that kept mankind going for 50,000 generations. The food habits evolved over thousands of years, thanks to our ancestors’ observational research.

Modern nutrition does not have a strong foundation and the reductionist cohort studies being fed to the gullible masses lack the backing of good science. That is exactly the reason why we get conflicting advices now and then! If the Mediterranean diet is good for them in their habitat, it does not mean that it will be good for another race in another continent.

Meal times should be happy times and the family getting together at mealtime is the best bet to get benefit from foods.

The two enemies of human health are tobacco and alcohol, both of which must be kept at a distance.

Regular exercise, moderate in quantity, the best being a daily walk for an hour, would be the ideal tonic for the immune guard. Very heavy exercise might not be good for the system. The key word in every human endeavor should be moderation in everything one does. Extremes are always dangerous. Swimming is another excellent exercise but is not universally applicable and could be expensive to the majority.

There is no substitute for hard work as another good immune booster. If the hard work involves physical exertion additional regular exercise is not needed. The only qualification is that one should love one’s work to get the benefit. Hating one’s work and working under duress could destroy health.

Spirituality has very little to do with religion. Spirituality for good health is just sharing and caring! Sharing provokes the immune system and hating others depresses the same. A small child smiles 400-500 times in a day. If we take a lesson from that the world would be a better place to live. Natural smile releases so many healthy, bio-positive endorphins from the brain.”

Read it again, and again… and again.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 257: When Anger Stops Being Healthy…

angry

In yesterday’s post I explained that expressing your anger is healthy. There is nothing wrong with getting angry; we all do it and it is a normal occurrence in our human lives.

Acknowledging your feelings and expressing them without feeling guilty about them and without blame is what allows you to move past them.

Bu what happens when you feel that  you cannot let go of your anger?

HOW LONG do you intend to stay angry for?

Remember the 90 Second Rule? That is all the time that your body needs to feel, process and let go of anger. If you are still angry days, weeks, months or even years after the events causing your anger ended, you are doing so by choice.

Yes, you read it right: by choice. You are choosing to remain angry. Read about the 90 Second Rule again.

Anger stays alive when it is linked to blame. You are angry because you are blaming someone for your pain. You are caught in a vicious cycle and there are two options: you are angry with somebody else OR you are angry with yourself.

So which one is it? Somebody else or yourself?

Tune in, feel your anger and determine who are you really angry with.

Then come back tomorrow and let’s explore your findings.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 256: Exploding With Anger?


Exploding

There is nothing wrong with feeling anger. Since we are emotionally equipped for feeling it, it is meant to be part of our human existence. Anger puts us into motion, forces us to find answers and makes us take action. It is healthy to allow yourself to feel anger fully.

But here’s what I am inviting you to consider:

  1. Do you acknowledge your anger when you feel it or do you just push it deep down and don’t express it?
  2. How many times do you remember in your life when you felt angry but said nothing?
  3. Are you the type of person who smiles and says ” Oh, it’s OK, I’m OK” when you are angry?

If your chosen response to anger is to bury it every time you feel it, sometimes you will explode. You will feel and act like the character in the image above. You will lose it completely, over something that seemingly has no importance.

You see, when anger is not acknowledged and expressed, it tends to build up inside you, take a life of its own and grow until it accumulates so much energy that it has to come out. That is when it comes out completely out of proportion and knocks you off your feet.

Give yourself permission to feel your anger. There might be a lot of it behind your patient smile. You are allowed to be angry, so let yourself feel it. If you stop hiding it and you look at it, feel it and express it the pressure build-up will start to diminish.

In time, as you learn to express your anger in a healthy way, you will not be triggered and there will be no explosions.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 255: You Have Neuroplasticity


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Neuroplasticity is not something you caught on a plain or while playing with children who have the sniffles. Neuroplasticity is your innate capacity to change your brain and therefore your experience. You do not need to do anything to employ its transformative power. It is YOURS from the moment you were born. When you are willing to contemplate a different possibility and expose yourself to new ways of thinking, you are starting to tap into it.

You see, from the brain’s perspective, nothing is carved in stone. You can change your body, your health, your life.

The reason why most people cannot heal is because they believe that they cannot. They adopted a belief that keeps them in the paradigm of repetitive injuries, chronic pain, disease and low quality of life.

It does not have to be this way!

Dr. Joe Dispenza says:

“We have a natural ability called neuroplasticity, which means that if we learn new knowledge and have new experiences, we can develop new networks or circuits of neurons, and literally change our mind.”

And that’s the key: if your mind thinks differently about your  healing capacity, then your body must follow.

What do you believe to be true about your body and your health?

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 252: Press The Reset Button!

change the plan

You don’t like what is happening in your life right now? Are you struggling with decisions for the future? Do you want some things to be different?

I have news for you: YOU CAN CHANGE THE PLAN!

And, even better, you do not need to do anything special in order to change it.

Here’s what Michael Neill says in his book ” The Inside-Out Revolution”:

“The return to this “original grace” of life is always available to us, and takes no particular effort to attain because it is in fact a return to our natural way of being. Here’s all you need to know: there is nothing you need to do, be, have, get, change, practice, or learn in order to be happy, loving and whole.”

Goes against pretty much everything most of us were taught, doesn’t it?

Well, THIS is the truth. Not what we were taught.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 251: Is There A Storm In Your Head?

quiet your mind

The storm in your head prevents you from feeling calm, fulfilled and content with your life.

It is not the experiences in your life that bring you turmoil and unhappiness, but the thought processes related to your experiences.

“Well-being is our nature. That doesn’t mean we always feel good – any one of us can get caught up in thought at any time, and in so doing become instantly subject to every emotional color in the spectrum. But to say that means that well-being comes and goes would be like saying that because there are clouds, the sun isn’t always present. Even in the darkest hour the sun is still there – it’s just that sometimes there something between us and our clear seeing.”

– excerpt from  “The Inside-Out Revolution” by Michael Neill, published in 2013

Stay calm.

If you allow it to, the storm in your head shall pass.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 250: You Are Not Your Fears

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You are not your fears. You have the power to heal. Health is your birthright.

Are you ready to clear away all your health/body related fears?

Bring out the list you created with all the things and situations you are afraid of.

Here’s something you can repeat to yourself to start this process.

“I am not my fears. It is safe for me to live without guarding and defending myself all the time. When I feel afraid, I open my heart and let the love dissolve the fear.” – Louise Hay

You can also search the Internet and find a quote that resonates with you.

Or, better yet: WRITE YOUR OWN LITANY AGAINST FEAR.

Once you have the words that work for you, repeat them over and over so that you release the fear of facing your fears.

Choose one of the fears on your list and sit with it. Feel it fully. Allow it to become as big, as strong, as frightening as it is.

Sit there. Feel it. Look at it. Allow it. Feel it FULLY. Do not pull back, do not retreat, just sit and feel it, in its full intensity.

Repeat your litany against fear over and over if you need to, but do not move. DO NOT MOVE. Breathe deeply and sit in that fear. You are strong, calm and NOTHING can make you move.

The calmer you remain, the weaker the grip your fear will have on you. And after a while, it will dissolve. Once the fear is gone, only YOU will remain.

It is this simple and YOU DO have the strength to let go of ALL YOUR FEARS.

Go through your entire list of fears. It might take you a few days, or a few weeks, but you will get it done. And once this task is complete, you will experience a sense of calm and strength inside yourself that you never knew resided there.

From this calm  and strong place inside yourself, healing can begin.

You CAN heal, but first you must let go of your fears.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 249: Letting Go Of Fear Feeling Like Climbing A Vertical Wall?

 

letting go of fear

Your fears might feel real to you, but they are not. Your fears do not exist, except in your mind.

“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.” – Napoleon Hill

A state of mind can be changed. Sometimes it might be easy to do so and sometimes it might requite your time and determination. But you CAN change your state of mind and release the grips of fear.

Years back I came across a few lines in a science fiction book that helped me let go of my fears. I wrote about the “Litany Against Fear” from the novel Dune by Frank Herbert in this blog before.

Here it is:

“I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.”

You see, once you are willing to sit down with your fear and allow yourself to feel it fully, once you stop pushing it away and hiding from it, it starts to lose its power over you. As you make the decision to open yourself up to your feelings, your fear will pass through you and over you. And once it’s gone, only you will remain.

Take a look at the list of fears you made two days ago. Choose one fear that you can deal with right now. Sit down with it. Look at it. Feel it. Openly and fully. And feel it pass over you and through you until you become free of it.

You can do it!

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 248: Show Your Fears Some Attitude!

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Have you made your list? Are you ready to learn how to become fearless?

Buckle up!

The only way to deal with fear is to face it directly.

Let me say it again: the only way to deal with fear is to face it directly.

Are you afraid of how this will feel? After all, we are talking about looking your fear straight in the eye.

You might feel quite scared by this possibility. You are fearing your fears, so to speak.

But it is a lot lighter and easier than you think.

This is a great moment that will change everything!

Follow me for the next couple of posts and let me show you how to face your fears, one by one.

I am talking about feeling your fear snapping at your heels and instead of running away from it, choosing to turn around and face it fully.

You can do it.

I know you can; and I will show you how.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 247: Finding Your Way To Health

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In my post yesterday I invited you to put all your fears regarding your health on paper; to bring them to the surface and write them all down.

I know that looking this deeply inside yourself might be a difficult thing for you to do. I understand that there will be resistance to this process and I want to support you and help you with it, because it is important.

Until you become aware of your fears and make the effort to move beyond them, they will continue to chip away at your strength, emotional balance and your innate capacity to heal. Your fears do not allow you to heal and live a joyful life.

So, I will get you started and offer you an idea about what fears might make it to your list, in no specific order:

  • I am afraid of illness
  • I am afraid of cancer
  • I am afraid of germs
  • I am afraid that my body will not keep up
  • I am afraid that I cannot heal
  • I am afraid of physical pain
  • I am afraid of hospitals
  • I am afraid I will get sick
  • I am afraid something is not right with my body
  • I am afraid I will become bed-ridden
  • I am afraid that the quality of my life will diminish drastically
  • I am afraid my spouse will resent my illness
  • I am afraid I will not be able to do the things I love anymore
  • I am afraid to ask for help
  • I am afraid it will only get worse
  • I am afraid there is no cure for me
  • I am afraid nothing will work
  • I am afraid to try a new medication
  • I am afraid to give up my medication
  • I am afraid my joints will give out
  • I am afraid to live in my body
  • I am afraid to move my body
  • I am afraid to pay attention to my body
  • I am afraid to speak my mind
  • I fear loneliness
  • I am afraid of life in general
  • I fear death
  • I fear the death of my mother, father, spouse
  • I am afraid I’ll get sick
  • I fear emotional pain
  • I fear other people
  • I am afraid God will punish me
  • I am afraid to take a chance

Ok, you get the idea. Take from this list what is true for you and keep going. Keep going and do not stop until all your fears, great and small, are written down on paper.

Tomorrow I’ll share with you how I dealt with my list of fears.

Love,

Rucsandra