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Every time you can offer gratitude for all that you have been given you are setting the theme of your life. Give thanks for the simple things in life…for the beauty of nature, for the love of a friend, a songbird in the early spring morning, dancing gardens of flowers, the aroma of a home cooked meal, the touch of a child’s hand, the “welcome home” greeting of your pet. Choose to be a grateful person, and you will discover divine surprises knocking on the door of your heart. Mesiter Eckhart said, “if the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.”
Gratitude expands the heart center. Gratitude is a way of receiving and giving blessings. Gratitude changes your perception of the world around you. Gratitude creates miracles. Expressing gratitude creates a wonderful, sweet humility within your soul. Gratitude says, “there is more to life than I can possible take in at any given moment.”
Beliefs are what we tell ourselves about the nature of life and everything in life. Beliefs are our assumed truths. Beliefs are our assumptions and perceptions, but often are not actually true. That’s disturbing isn’t it? Beliefs and reality are not necessarily the same. That’s why it is so important to choose to be aware of what you truly believe, and not just mimic the attitudes of others around you.
Beliefs are our ideas about life that are actually seeded in our consciousness from a very early age and will bear the fruits of that idea throughout our life…unless and until they are challenged, i.e. not bearing the fruits that we expect. Our beliefs are either empowering or limiting, and for most of us they are limiting because we have only a glimmer of understanding about the ultimate nature of pure reality.
It really does seem that everything is a separate entity, doesn’t it? We do seem so different from other people. Even in our inner body, all our organs really do seem to be just parts. It is hard to imagine wholeness. It’s hard to realize that everything is intricately woven together in an unseen matrix that represents the background of all existence. Can you imagine what our universe would look like if it just was a patchwork of parts that had no connecting link? Maybe like the novice auto mechanic who has dissembled a car and all the parts were lying on the garage floor with no resemblance of their former whole car.
To see wholeness everywhere we have to practice seeing the pattern of wholeness.
Look at a flower. It has parts: the petals, stamen, anther, pistil, sepals, but they could not make the flower without each other…none can stand alone as “flower.”
Going beyond nature, we can see wholeness in human communities. What does it take to create a community? Schools, a government of some sort, police, fire fighters, businesses, homes, people who make the community work…none alone is a town or city.
No one can live your life for you. No other person or group can make the decisions that are only yours to make. Taking responsibility for yourself is owning and claiming your own life. Responsibility means having the ability to respond to life and not just react. It means you are alive. If you are alive, you have the capacity to be responsible for your thoughts, words, actions and your life.
When you were a baby, a young child, a growing adolescent, your responsibilities were few. I guess you might say the baby’s responsibility was to cry or otherwise let its needs be known to those who cared for him. As you became older and could talk you began to be expected to take a certain amount of responsibility for getting your needs met. During the growing years of maturation in adolescence, you were asked to be responsible for your actions and to obey the basic rules of your family and society. Being responsible implied you had a certain duty and obligation to be an integral part of your world in such a way that you did your share, you did what needed to be done by you to experience a good, health and happy life.
Yes, we all face stress everyday, but how well we respond to it is something that can be learned. Actually, stress is something that appears to be out of your control. Our goal then is to learn healthy tools to adapt to stressors such as:
- Marital discord
- Unhappy work situations
- Lack of adequate financial resources
- Problems with your children
- Working too much
- Dealing with health challenges
- Chronic pain
- Fear of loss
- And many other external factors that are beyond personal control
Stress has an impact on your physical, mental and emotional states.
When we examine the human body, we see that stress has a huge impact on all organ systems, especial the nervous system. Our autonomic nervous system (ANS) is like a central processing unit made up of the sympathetic branch and the parasympathetic branch that plays an important role in how your body performs under stress.
Most people believe their genes determine their health and their susceptibility to get sick and suffer from diseases. This belief is so strong that people who buy into this actually often succumb to developing what they think are inherited and therefore, unavoidable disease states. Your beliefs really do create your reality, but you can question and challenge those beliefs with new information about how this wonderful body of yours actually functions.
For a little background information let’s go back to Darwin who, in his book, The Origin of Species, suggested hereditary factors passed from parent to child control the characteristics of an individual’s life. Then came the discovery of the DNA double helix, the material of which genes are made. DNA became the master of our fate…physically, mentally, and emotionally. It was our defective genes that caused all our problems and played havoc with the health of our bodies. After much research and greater understanding of the role of DNA in our physiology, we now know that DNA is not the supreme controller of our biology.
Are you surprised to learn that what’s good for your brain is good for your metabolism, organ systems and total body health? Consider reading Dr. Daniel Amen’s book, “Change Your Brain Change Your Body.”
You can create a higher functioning brain along with a more youthful body by following sound principles of mind-body medicine. Dr. DanielAmen, author of “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”, has viewed over 55,000 brain scans (SPECT) looking for trouble with specific brain systems. The brain imaging work has opened a new window into why people do what they do.
Brain injuries are much more common than once believed. Even mild trauma to the brain often creates negative changes in brainwave activity. Without intervention, such as neurofeedback, brainwave changes from trauma can negatively challenge behavior for a lifetime. People who have had multiple traumatic brain injuries are at greater risk of developing age-related dementia at a much earlier age than those who have had no brain injuries.
Health is really our nature state. It isn’t something to be gained, but a state of being to be realized. Most of us have not yet attained an experience of our full and true innate wholeness because of:
• our beliefs about our mind, body and spirit
• our attitudes held about life
• how we choose the life styles that we embrace
• polluted, toxic environments where, unfortunately, we often find ourselves living
Health is an inner state of wellbeing, free from dis-eases that seem to escalate everyday. This list of diseases has expanded beyond belief, especially in the last few decades. Disease is NOT natural even though it occurs in astronomical numbers in our human family. As a physician my goal and purpose is to lift the consciousness of those who come to me for healing to the realization of the phenomenal capacity of the body to always heal itself if and as it is given the vital support needed by how we live. That means we really do have a choice about the state of our health.
How healthy is your gut? Most of us never give much thought to the state of “affairs” in one of the most important biological systems in our body. There is more and more scientific evidence of the significance of gut health in overall health than we previously thought. It is estimated that 70 million people in our country suffer from digestive disorders. With a population of nearly 313 million in the US that means almost 1/4 of us have an unhealthy gastrointestinal system.
You may have never thought much about your gut health before. Many people take the following “common symptoms” after eating as “normal”:
- Bloated and excessive gas
- Over-full feeling
- Belching or burning sensation
In addition to these common symptoms other signs and symptoms of what I call “sick gut syndrome” include the following:
- Fatigue after eating
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Diarrhea on a frequent basis
- Constipation (that means no bowel movement daily)
I am a physician dedicated to assisting my patients in gaining the highest level of health possible. I love my work; I love the people I serve. I have been in the profession of medicine for over 4 decades. I’ve tried to grow and learn new approaches to helping people heal.
Fourteen years ago I finally made the decision to practice holistic medicine. I discovered homeopathy, a most amazing scientific method of healing, and have been practicing homeopathy ever since. I have not been able to help everyone who comes to see me. A few months ago I wrote a blog about the obstacles to healing. Like any dedicated physician, I want to find those obstacles and help my patients remove them.
As a pediatrician I am committed to, not only protecting but also helping our children, lead a happy and fulfilling life. As a medical professional it has always and will always be my primary concern: First do no harm. When we look at the medical environment for our children, we see that many drugs are being prescribed that have not been adequately (or not tested at all in children) evaluated for the safe use in children. Many drugs being prescribed today are for reasons that are called “off label.” That means the drugs have not been tested for efficacy or safety for our children.
Poisonous Toxins Are Everywhere
Recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have found toxic residues in our human tissues, especially fat. Umbilical cord blood analysis found 217 toxic chemicals that affect the brain and nervous system of infants. This is scary. We are floating in a soup of toxic substances that is making us sick.
Researchers have studied the link between chemical toxins and obesity. The pollutants are stored in our fat cells and poison our metabolism, preventing us from losing weight. The more obese a person, the more toxins are stored. Thyroid hormone levels are lowered, disturbing your metabolic rate and interfering with the hormonal signals that control your appetite. Toxins block the mechanism that tells your brain you are full.
What’s important about this research is that the role of a scientifically- based detoxification program is vital to restore your metabolism and your overall health. We all know that we live in a toxic environment. We must learn to live differently if we expect to be healthier, happier and full of vitality, strength and energy.
Several years ago I bought a book called, Biochemical Individuality, by Roger Williams from 1956. Yesterday, I searched for this book in my library only to find it missing, but that’s not what’s important here. There is a new era of individualizing nutritional supplementation that I believe will eventually become the norm. There is no “one size fits all” prescription for what each individual needs in terms of nutritional support. I may need a certain amount of Vitamin E, and you may need something totally different.
I just googled Biochemical Individuality ( wow! The power of the internet) and found the book on Amazon. I had this book in my library for all these years, but did not understand what the author was saying. Now I am beginning to get it. We know we are all unique, but how many of us have thought about our nutritional needs being unique?
I recently received a phone call from a former patient, someone who is giving up on life because she can’t find her way out of the “conveyor belt” syndrome that is so typical of our current “disease-centered” medical care system. It makes me weep to know that the resources for healing are right within reach…right inside this most amazing body that we have been given, and our system of medicine has either forgotten this or chooses not to recognize the numerous studies that support the inherent integrity of the human body to self-correct and heal itself.
In a recent report of all causes of death in our country, 106, 000 were from adverse drug reactions. We have developed a reliance on pharmaceutical drugs that ultimately cannot heal. We are told that these drugs have been tested and deemed safe, but then we pick up the prescription at the pharmacy and read about all the side effects…some very dangerous and even deadly. For a new drug to be approved for public use the drug companies have to run at least 2 tests and prove that it is more effective than placebo.