Mindfulness & Meditation – The Buddhist View

Posted by admin | Holistic Health, How To Create Balance, Mind and Spirit, Optimal health, Spirit | Thursday 4 July 2013 6:55 am

buddhism picture for blogPsychologists and Buddhists both think that our emotions can influence a person’s thoughts, actions and words and can also influence a person’s happiness or state of being. But  a Buddhist thinks that some emotions are good for a healthy life and some are not. The Buddhist term for happiness is sukha, which in general terms means flourishing. This is when someone has mental balance and is in tune with the reality of their life and the universe. This is an enduring and constant state of mind, as opposed to moods or reaction to stimuli (Cefus, 2009).

A true Buddhist believes that we can achieve sukha by transforming our consciousness and training ourselves in mindfulness and emotional balance. This mental training can help us to distinguish what is reality and what is true to nature. This helps us in regard to fleeting emotions, moods, our temperament and really, dealing with our emotions (Cefus, 2009).

To take this idea of meditation a little further, there are some psychologists who have studied the brains of meditators and feel that meditation probably has the capacity to strengthen connections and the functioning in our brain that calm feelings such as anger and fear. The brain waves of people who meditate routinely also seem to show that the highest level of activity in their brains are the areas associated with positive emotion and happiness. Meditation may actually help to develop positive emotion. We are also beginning to find out that meditations of compassion are associated with happiness and well being. The monks who study meditation have studied also that the best way to become happy is through meditation. This is different to what we usually think, that happiness comes from outside, when it really is an inside job. Meditation can be simple, based on cultivating positive emotion by meditating on limitless love, compassion, equanimity and joy. It can also be more complex as in the sequence of meditations called the seven point cause and effect method (Ladner, 2006).

Meditation helps us to consciously focus our attention to achieve insight and as mentioned, enhance well being. In this way we can begin to look at how the connection can be made of Buddhist philosophies and Western medicine. In mindfulness meditation we can allow our thoughts to come as they will, observing them without making any judgment about them. Science is showing how many medical problems have been effectively treated with this practice. Things such as anxiety, substance abuse, insomnia and others have shown to be diseases that react well to meditation. It is even a good way for therapists to deal with their own stressors and enhance compassion ( Kabat-Zinn, 1994).


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Health News on Herbal Treatment for Post-Menopause Sx

Posted by admin | Health News, Holistic Health, Menopause, alternative medicine | Tuesday 22 January 2013 6:19 am

Herbal Treatments for Postmenopausal Symptoms May Be Recommended as an Alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy

Jan. 10, 2013 — Herbal and complementary medicines could be recommended as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for treating postmenopausal symptoms says a new review published January 11 in The Obstetrician and Gynecologist (TOG).


The review outlines the advantages and limitations of both pharmacological and herbal and complementary treatments for women with postmenopausal symptoms.

The menopause is defined as the time after a woman’s menstrual periods have ceased (12 months after a woman’s final menstrual period). It is associated with an estrogen deficiency and can cause an increase in vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes), genitourinary symptoms (vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction, frequent urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence), and musculoskeletal symptom (joint pain) as well as sleep and mood disturbance.

One of the most common menopausal symptoms is hot flushes; approximately two-thirds of postmenopausal women will experience them, and 20% of women can experience them for up to 15 years, states the review.

Estrogen deficiency can also lead to longer-term health issues such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. While pharmacological agents are available to treat postmenopausal symptoms, many non-pharmacological treatment options are also available.

HRT is the most effective treatment of hot flushes, improving symptoms in 80 — 90% of women, says the review. However, the author notes that there are possible health risks associated with HRT, such as links to breast cancer, blood clots, stroke, and cardiovascular problems.

Due to these possible risks, other treatment options may be equally effective, such as behaviour modification and herbal and complimentary medicines, says the author.

The review states that as many as 50 — 75% of postmenopausal women use herbal options to treat hot flushes, and of the complimentary therapies, soy, red clover and black cohosh have been the most investigated.

Soy is the most common plant containing estrogen, found naturally in food and supplements. Previous research has shown a reduction in hot flush symptoms with soy ranging from 20 — 55%. Red clover, a legume also containing estrogen, and black cohosh, a plant originating from the eastern United States and Canada, have also been reported to ease postmenopausal symptoms.

The author of the review recommends these herbal treatments as there are no significant adverse side effects associated with them, as long as they are used in women who do not have a personal history of breast cancer, are not at high risk for breast cancer, and are not taking tamoxifen. However, the review notes that herbal medicines are not regulated in many countries, and therefore the contents of a given product may vary from sample to sample.

Iris Tong, Director of Women’s Primary Care at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island, and author of the review said:

“Up to 75% of women use herbal and complimentary medicines to treat their postmenopausal symptoms. Therefore, it is vitally important for healthcare providers to be aware of and informed about the non-pharmacological therapies available for women who are experiencing postmenopausal symptoms and who are looking for an alternative to HRT.”

TOG’s Editor -in-Chief, Jason Waugh said:

“Postmenopausal symptoms can be very distressing and it is important to review the advantages and limitations of the non-pharmacological treatments available as well as the pharmacological ones. Even simple behaviour modification can make a difference to postmenopausal symptoms, including keeping the room temperature cool, wearing layered clothing, relaxation techniques and smoking cessation.”


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Journal Reference:

  1. Iris L Tong. Nonpharmacological treatment of postmenopausal symptomsThe Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, 2013; 15 (1): 19 DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-4667.2012.00143.x

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Creating Well Being

Posted by admin | Authentic Life, How To Create Balance, Longevity, Mind and Spirit | Tuesday 22 January 2013 6:07 am

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If you believe as I do,  that a sound mind contributes to a sound body, we can make perfect sense of using all of our emotional, as well as physical resources to enhance our well being in our lives. In 1976, metaphysical author Louise Hay wrote “You Can Heal Your Body” and wrote about healing ourselves through a positive persistence. This was long before the respected psychology community started thinking this way. It turns out there was some merit in her thoughts.

There are ways that we can create well-being in our lives by creating awareness of ourselves, have a purpose or meaning to our life, enjoy positive relations with others, becoming authentic or becoming self-actualized and by developing positive emotions within ourselves and certain character traits that underlie well being.

We can look at some of the character traits that help our mentality towards well being. Some of the traits could include: directedness, cooperativeness and self-transcendence.  Self-directedness would include such things as being responsible, purposeful and resourceful. Cooperativeness would include such things as being tolerant, compassionate and helpful. Self-transcendence includes concepts such as intuition, judicious actions and spiritual beliefs. People who have these traits tend towards having frequent positive emotion which helps to create well-being .

One way to incorporate more of this process would be to begin to have self-awareness for who we are and what we are feeling. Dr. Seligman (positive psychology),  talks about using our personal strengths to develop a sense of purpose in our lives. To gain self-awareness about myself, I can use my highest personal strengths to activate an understanding of what I do best and by doing that I can realize more happiness and well being. An example of this is that my highest signature strengths are love of learning, curiosity, kindness and generosity and fairness and equity. If I use these strengths in my work, in my life and overall, I will feel more fulfilled and sense that I am making a difference.

The second way one can promote a feeling of well being is by engaging in the world and with others. When I get out of myself and get involved in something other than myself and my problems, I will get a feeling of positive emotion. If I go and volunteer to help a disabled child or an elderly widow I will immediately feel that the altruistic act has made me feel good. This promotes a positive emotion in me, a sense of doing something of value and ultimately creating a sense of well being.

The third way I can create a sense of well being is to cognitively change the thoughts in my mind. When I am feeling bad about a situation or thinking negatively, I can change my perspective. I can choose to think about the situation in a different way and this will affect my negative emotion changing it to a more positive emotion. A very simplistic example would be if I applied for a job and really wanted it, but did not get hired I could change my thinking of it as a letdown, but as a stepping stone towards growth and an even better job. I can do this by using my brain and thoughts, meditating, relaxing myself, and also by practicing some form of gratitude-even on a daily basis.

So…in summary, if we practice some of these simple acts, we can achieve a sense of well being in our everyday lives, which ultimately leads to greater health and longevity.

ü     Awareness of Ourselves

ü     Use our Character Strengths

ü     Engage with Life & Others

ü     Change our Thoughts

ü     Practice Gratitude Each & Every Day


Resources:

Authentic Happiness by Dr. Martin Seligman

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

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HPV Vaccine Study

Posted by admin | Health News | Sunday 20 January 2013 7:50 am

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Three Questions About HPV Vaccination

Jan. 18, 2013 — In 2009, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. learned they had cancer linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. This virus is best known for causing cervical cancer, but it’s also the culprit behind many cancers of the mouth, throat, anus, and genitals. Unlike many forms of cancer, for which we lack the knowledge and tools to prevent, scientists have figured out how to dodge HPV-triggered cancers — by HPV vaccination. Vaccination against HPV thwarts the viruses’ spread, wrecking its ability to jump between people. Wiping out HPV could mean shutting down a big source of cancer cases — more than 3 percent of all diagnoses nationwide.


What is HPV?

HPV is a family of more than 150 viruses whose members infect human skin and mucosa, the moist membranes lining the nostrils, mouth, and genital cavities. Scientists name each member, or type of virus, with a number, in order of the viruses’ discovery. Many types are harmless, some cause warts on the hands or feet, and others make fleshy bumps sprout on the genitals. HPV infection is common: More than one-half of all women between the ages of 14 and 59 catch a genital HPV. Though some “low risk” types trigger skin growths, they don’t lead to the unchecked growth typical of cancer. A handful of HPVs, however, do.

Like their less-dangerous relatives, “high-risk” types slip into people’s bodies through tiny tears in the body’s mucosa. Normally, the body sweeps out pesky HPV intruders, but when high-risk HPVs stick around, they can cause cancer. They set up shop in the moist membranes of the anus, genitals, and mouth, shedding new viral spawn as old cells slough off. New viruses hide in these flakes of dead cells and can move from body part to body part — like from the vagina to the anus — or from person to person.

Human cells infected with high-risk HPVs have trouble stopping mistakes made in new cells. The infected cells are like an auto assembly line with no supervisor: New cars roll off the line, but some are missing pieces. Just as production mistakes can make a car ride dangerous, mistakes in infected mucosa can drive a cell toward cancer. In cervical cancers, early signs of the disease show up as precancerous lesions — clumps of cells that can morph into cancer. Because HPV-linked cancers grow slowly, more than 20 years can pass between infection and signs of the disease.

The Pap smear, a test that collects and examines cervical cells, can catch these signs early, giving patients a chance to treat the disease before it tumbles out of control. The test has been valuable for women: From 2000 to 2009, cervical cancer rates in the U.S. dropped. Used with a DNA test to spot high-risk HPVs, traditional Pap smears may be even more powerful. Still, in 2009, nearly 12,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer. And rates of other HPV-linked cancers have been creeping up. Nearly 13,000 new cases of mouth and throat, or oropharynx, cancer were reported in 2009; the vast majority was in men. Anal cancer rates are also climbing, especially for black and white adults. Unlike cervical cancer, there is no approved screen for other HPV-linked cancers. But there may be a way to prevent them — without the need to screen first for early lesions — and to trim cervical cancer rates even further.

How does the HPV vaccine work?

In 2006, the FDA approved a vaccine for HPV in girls and young women. The vaccine, Gardasil, is a series of three shots spaced over six months. The injections protect against infection by four types of HPV: types 16 and 18 — the two responsible for most cervical, anal, genital, and oropharynx cancers — and types 6 and 11 — two that trigger most genital warts. Three years later, the FDA approved the vaccine for use in boys and young men. In 2009, the FDA also approved a second vaccine, Cervarix, aimed at types 16 and 18.

Both vaccines prevent people from getting HPV infections by helping the body stockpile a medley of cellular defenses. The vaccines give the body a sneak peek at HPV — like flashing a picture of the virus’s face on America’s Most Wanted. Because the vaccines mimic HPV’s shell — a sturdy coat that wraps around the virus’s DNA — they can show the body what to look for without exposing it to harmful viral genes. When HPV knocks on the skin’s door, a vaccinated person’s immune system can answer with protections ready.

When HPV infects an unvaccinated person, the immune system stays alert in case the virus drops in again. The body’s defenses are strong — they’ll usually snuff out new infections. But the defenses of a vaccinated person can be more than 1000 times stronger. This means the vaccines’ protection could last a long time without the need for a booster shot — perhaps even a lifetime.

How effective is the HPV vaccine?

In clinical trials, both vaccines blocked infection by the cancer-causing HPV types, 16 and 18, and prevented almost 100 percent of cervical lesions. Blocking infection by type 16 and 18 may stave off other cancers too. These high-risk viruses cause nearly all anal, oropharyngeal, and genital cancers that are HPV-positive. Stopping HPV can also keep warts from popping up: In a clinical trial of young men, vaccination with Gardasil slashed the rate of genital warts by nearly 90 percent.

In 2010, fewer than one in three U.S. teenage girls had received the full three-dose series. The numbers are even more modest for teenage boys. Series completion rates were especially low for Hispanic girls, poor girls, and girls without private insurance. Southern states tended to fare poorly as well. Only 20 percent of girls in Alabama and Mississippi received three doses of the HPV vaccine, compared to 55 percent in Rhode Island and 47 percent in Massachusetts.

Researchers have shown that even two doses may help safeguard against HPV. Now, scientists are working to make a single vaccine that blocks infection by all HPV types — wart-causing and cancer-causing ones alike. Today’s vaccines, however, can prevent infection by two of the most common high-risk HPVs, and may be the first step toward preventing HPV-linked cancers.

Retrieved from Science Daily

Resources:

NIH,, National Cancer Institute (NCI) (2013, January 18). Three questions about HPV vaccination. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 20, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2013/01/130118125917.htm

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Avoiding the Flu

Posted by admin | Health News, Uncategorized | Friday 18 January 2013 8:31 am


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With one of the worst flu seasons in history under way, it is critical employees take the necessary steps to avoid getting themselves, or others, sick.

A recent study found that 84 percent of employed adults have gone to work while sick, and nearly half of those employees make no attempt to warn others of their illness.

In order to stay healthy, NSF International Public Information Officer Cheryl Luptowski advises employees to follow some simple guidelines, including:

  • Beware of common items: Studies have shown that germiest areas in offices were sink faucet handles in the break room, microwave door handles and keyboards. Employees should wipe down their workplace with a disinfectant on a daily basis, as well as wash their hands after touching common items like the refrigerator, microwave, door handle and faucets.
  • Wash hands: Workers needs to make an effort to wash their hands before eating, after reading magazines in the break room and after meetings where they’re sharing office equipment or shaking hands with people.  Hands should be washed with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay hydrated: In order to avoid dehydration, which when combined with a lack of sleep and stress compromises an immune system, employees should keep a jug of water at their desk.
  • Vitamins: When workers start to feel under the weather, they need to consult with their health care provider about taking a supplement such as vitamin C or zinc.
  • No touching: Employees must make a conscious effort to not touch their face during the workday. Touching eyes, noses and mouths gives germs direct access to the body and further compromises the immune system.

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment.

Resources:

Chad Brooks BusinessNewsDaily


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Exercise for Sleep

Posted by admin | Health News | Thursday 24 November 2011 5:38 am

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Physical Activity Impacts Overall Quality of Sleep

People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes.


                    

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity.

The study, out in the December issue of the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, lends more evidence to mounting research showing the importance of exercise to a number of health factors. Among adults in the United States, about 35 to 40 percent of the population has problems with falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness.

“We were using the physical activity guidelines set forth for cardiovascular health, but it appears that those guidelines might have a spillover effect to other areas of health,” said Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise science at Oregon State University and one of the study’s authors.

“Increasingly, the scientific evidence is encouraging as regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep.”

After controlling for age, BMI (Body Mass Index), health status, smoking status, and depression, the relative risk of often feeling overly sleepy during the day compared to never feeling overly sleepy during the day decreased by 65 percent for participants meeting physical activity guidelines.

Similar results were also found for having leg cramps while sleeping (68 percent less likely) and having difficulty concentrating when tired (45 percent decrease).

Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor at Bellarmine University is lead author of the study, which was conducted while he was a doctoral student in Cardinal’s lab at OSU. He said it is the first study to examine the relationship between accelerometer-measured physical activity and sleep while utilizing a nationally representative sample of adults of all ages.

‘Our findings demonstrate a link between regular physical activity and perceptions of sleepiness during the day, which suggests that participation in physical activity on a regular basis may positively influence an individual’s productivity at work, or in the case of a student, influence their ability to pay attention in class,” he said.

Cardinal said past studies linking physical activity and sleep used only self-reports of exercise. The danger with this is that many people tend to overestimate the amount of activity they do, he said.

He added that the take-away for consumers is to remember that exercise has a number of health benefits, and that can include helping feel alert and awake.

“Physical activity may not just be good for the waistline and heart, but it also can help you sleep,” Cardinal said. “There are trade-offs. It may be easier when you are tired to skip the workout and go to sleep, but it may be beneficial for your long-term health to make the hard decision and get your exercise.”

 

(Science Daily Nov. 23, 2011)

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Your Health & Beliefs

Posted by admin | How Spirituality can Benefit our Health, Mind and Spirit, Spirit | Sunday 6 November 2011 11:16 am

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The other day I was thinking of two friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last couple of years and how they have grown and become well since then. I thought about their characteristics and the attitudes they own as well as how they dealt with the monstrous disease and effects of the treatments they had to go through. I have come up with three characteristics which I believe they both have and can help anyone deal with an illness or even a let down or disappointment in life. I think that these characteristics can help one cope with serious illness or chronic disease and life in general.

    

     The three characteristics I am speaking of are; Faith, Forgiveness, and Foresight.

 

     According to the dictionary Faith is a confident belief in an idea, a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence, and or a set of beliefs or principles about life. These two friends of mine have faith and practice faith in their lives. They confidently believed that they were going to get better, overcome the devastating illness and effects of therapy and be able to regain a normal, healthy life. When questioned about how they could maintain this belief they both said that there was no other choice and they were confident about the future. They also believed in themselves, that good things were in store for them after this storm in their life. Traditionally there was not a connection between health and faith but in recent years many scientific social scientists have determined that there is indeed some connection between health and faith. Prayer, worship with others as well as service to others are all concepts that are part of studies being done in regard to health and faith.

    

     According to the dictionary to Forgive is to renounce anger and resentment. Who wants to keep anger within them? It seems to me that being able to forgive is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.  Katherine Piderman, Ph.D. states, “Forgiveness can lead to  greater spiritual and psychological well-being, less stress, lower blood pressure, fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and a peace that helps one to go on with their life.”  By holding anger and resentment in a person can allow these negative feelings to take over positive feelings and someone can become swallowed up by bitterness and depressive symptoms. These two friends of mine have this type of spirituality and are able to forgive the fact that they were dealt a bad hand in the scheme of life and did not hold bitterness or anger within them. It takes some strong beliefs to be able to overcome resentment and anger when people are struck with a possibly life threatening disease.

   

 Both of my friends have Foresight in that according to the dictionary foresight means that one has care in providing for the future, the act of looking forward and future prudence. Both women researched and armed themselves with knowledge and one pursued the fact that she has a symptom and a normal mammogram and kept going back to her healthcare professional demanding that more testing be done. She was right. They were both able to look ahead to the future and realize that with knowledge, care, and the right approach they would get better and had a lot more of good things in life to look forward to.

 

Sources: Mayo clinic 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Create Balance-Friends

Posted by admin | How To Create Balance | Sunday 2 October 2011 11:40 am

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Did you know that according to Prevention magazine there are 8 essential friends a woman should have which can benefit our emotional and physical health people that are important in a women’s life? These are the following:

 

  1. A childhood friend- These friends are important because they have those memories of you when you were growing up. They kind of balance you because they have known you for so long and help you to keep a perspective about yourself. The author and researchers suggest starting a type of web site that makes it easy for a certain group of friends to interact. Other ways would be a monthly e-mail with some pictures of your family or present activities.
  2. A new friend- Pamela McLean, PHD, states as we get older, we can fall into ruts” and “new friends ignite different ways of being and thinking”. These types of friendships can prove useful when you are starting a new endeavor or looking to make more new friends. Suggestions to find this new friend; they could be in exercise groups, reading groups, the office, kids friends parents or even a person in a store or shop that you strike up a conversation and feel some affinity to. These new friends don’t have any preconceived ideas as the old friend so it can open the path for growing.
  3. A work-out friend- We all know that exercise is a very important part of staying healthy. When you have an exercise partner who helps you with accountability it helps you to stick to the program. It might be helpful to set a goal together and work with each other on keeping on track.
  4. A spiritual friend- “A study from Duke University Medical Center found that people who regularly attended religious services or engaged in activities such as prayer, meditation, or Bible study had a 50% lower risk of dying over a 6-year period than others of the same age and health status” (www.prevention.com, 2011). You could also take a spiritual type class, meditation class or volunteer with like minded spiritual people. Being more spiritual and spending time with others who are creates resiliency.
  5. A younger friend-Women like to nurture others and feel useful. When you mentor someone who is younger you are sharing good parts of yourself. It creates a feeling of accomplishment and well being. Remember also that you can learn new things from a younger friend so it’s a two way street. 
  6. Your partners friends-When you cultivate friends of your partner it is indirectly supportive of your marriage. It helps by making each other feel a part of their life together and spouses are generally happier in marriages where friends are shared together.

7.    Your Mom- “ There is great value in this bond because mothers and daughters care so much for one another,” says Karen L. Fingerman, PhD (prevention, 2011). However it is noted that some mother-daughter relationships are difficult and the best ones are the ones where the daughter does not take criticism too personally.

       For me, this is a difficult one as my best friend and mother passed away three years ago. But I think we can “adopt” another or other figures such as an aunt, friend or other as a stand-in mom.

   8.    Yourself- Get to know yourself and gain self-awareness. For some this is difficult but in the end it is a process that will help you throughout the rest of your life. When you are happy about yourself you can navigate the world in an open, upbeat fashion.

 

        Sources:http://www.prevention.com

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Spirituality & Your Health – Is it Important?

Posted by admin | How Spirituality can Benefit our Health, Mind and Spirit, Spirit | Wednesday 28 September 2011 1:19 pm

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Many people would not think that spiritualism plays a role in their health. I propose to you that indeed it does play a role in our health and our lives. Most people take care of themselves by overseeing physical health by getting needed exams, tests, and seeing doctors when we need to. Most of us would not question doing or taking a prescribed antidote for a physical ailment but we don’t think about doing something for our spirits, our emotional health, and spiritual related emptiness. All of us experience ups and downs in our life and I believe it is partly due to a spiritual richness that some people are better able to cope with life’s twists and turns and retain health. As a nurse I have seen this many times throughout my professional career. I believe that enriching the spiritual side to our selves can enhance our health and outcomes to illness.

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In most healing traditions and through generations of healers in the early beginnings of Western medicine, concerns of the body and spirit were intertwined. But with the coming of the scientific revolution and the enlightenment, these considerations were removed from the medical system. Today, however, a growing number of studies reveal that spirituality may play a bigger role in the healing process than the medical community had previously thought (University of Maryland Medical Center).

Spiritual practices can improve our coping skills and promote feelings of optimism and hope, cause us to perform healthy behaviors, and encourage a sense of well being. Spiritual practices also help us to practice positive habits and promote good immune function. It is not solely the practice of healthy habits that promotes health but the attitude that is adapted from being spiritually oriented.

 

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There is empirical evidence that shows that if a person has faith it can increase our resistance to stress, if a person has hope it can help people survive illness and live a longer life, and people who practice forgiveness carry less anger, resentment, and deal better with emotions and stress.

 

 

Spirituality is not religion although it can encompass it, but something much more personal and profound. Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, says to be spiritual is to live in a state of openness. “With that openness, a far greater power comes into your life,” he says. “So to be spiritual is to be in touch, connected with that dimension of depth in you.”

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It is a belief system that a person has that relates them to the rest of existence, the universe, and a way of living with others. It is something that gives that person a sense of peace and allows for a deeper sense of tranquility when facing challenges. It helps you to view the world around you with loving eyes.

 

Dr. Wayne Dyer suggests this technique to start your spiritual journey:  

Decide to reduce the noise level in your life. Learn to take time each and every day for quiet contemplation. For example, when you’re driving alone, turn off the constant chatter bombarding your inner world. Try to make meditation a daily practice, even if it’s only a few minutes each day. As Swami Sivananda reminded his students, “Silence is the language of the gods.” Ask in silence, listen in silence, and let silence be the jumping-off point for becoming one with the creative force of the universe.

 

Spirituality (whatever you choose it to be) comes from within, not magically learned from other sources. You can start a spiritual journey at any time in your life and it can help your health and longevity.

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Want to Create a Healthier You?- 3 Easy Steps

Posted by admin | Authentic Life, Holistic Health, Longevity, Mind and Spirit, Optimism | Tuesday 27 September 2011 1:24 pm

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Can you feel the change in the air? Are you ready to welcome a new season? Make a plan to create a healthier you

 

 

Holistic health is something I believe in. Holistic health is characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Essentially this means that all the parts that are in you-your body, mind, spirit, emotions, and thoughts all combine to make up what you know as your health status.

In order to really live your healthiest life you have to be well not just physically but emotionally as well.

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Fall is a time of change, changing leaves, changing weather, and possibly changes that you can implement in order to live your most fabulous and healthy life!

 

 

Physical fitness is not the only indicator that you are healthy. You can work to develop your physical fitness level but you also need to work your mind by thinking positive thoughts, use positive affirmations, be a friend to yourself, and adjust your mindset to one of positivity and optimism. Start today, to dwell more in the moment-not the past and not so much in the future that you cannot live for today. Start today by forgiving those people who have caused you pain and learn to dwell only on forgiving and letting go of anger, sadness, and negative energy. When you “fire” up your mind with a positive charge you will be amazed how far it will lead you.

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Use your emotions to work for you, not against you

 

Your strongest “muscle” is your brain-start working it to have control over your thoughts and take responsibility for your health

 

Try to discover your spiritual well being-realize that you have a purpose and are not alone in your journey through life 

Remember that your health can be affected by what thoughts you have in your mind 

Practice rituals of gratitude which will lead to happiness and a lighter load in life

Practice forgiveness-use your muscle of your mind to forgive and move on, letting go of pain and toxicity  

 

  1. Starting tomorrow upon waking think of five things you are most grateful for. Give each some thought and feel the happiness and grateful feeling-embracing it with each breath you take.
  2. Starting tomorrow write a short note to someone that has caused you pain. Write about how you felt, and tell them you forgive them. You can make this note/letter as short or as long as you want to but write it sincerely. You may choose to throw it away, keep it for a later time, or send it to the person you are writing to. Imagine that this act of forgiveness will lift a stone off your heart and ultimately will help your health and happiness. You do not have to agree with what the person did; just forgive them for the sake of your own well being.
  3. Starting now, when a negative thought enters your mind immediately switch the “channel” to a positive thought. This is working that muscle-your mind- to bring you more optimism and joy to your life.

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Embrace the fall season with a plan of change for you and your health.

 

 

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