Can I just say how tired I am of all the claims that we are bombarded with on a daily basis? Claims about how we HAVE to do this, that, and the other thing? One day we're told that we need to eat this food for longevity, or another food for a good night's sleep. Or what about the claim that drinking a certain beverage - fill in your favorite 3 or 4 - will cure your digestive upset. Argh! For so long I thought the answer to my latest concern, health problem, or how to live a happy life would be found in these claims. I would diligently read the article or watch the video with the anticipation of someone finally having the answer to my prayers. After all, the headlines really spoke to me.
Are you someone who gets sucked into these bottomless pits of pseudo-information as well? Do you think that someone 'out there' really knows you better than you know yourself?
Don't be fooled. If other people had all our answers, we would have been cured of everything long ago!
The good news is that by doing the hard, but exciting work of digging into our own inner wisdom, we can find out exactly what we need to know for our own healing. And sometimes it's actually pretty straightforward, but alas, other times not so much. But you'll never know until you try.
There are people who truly do care about your best interest, and in all truth, the process they're offering you might have worked beautifully for them, but they're not you.The truth is, life isn't really all that complicated, but it can be challenging or full of opportunity depending on how you view things.
We want to believe that someone else can do the work for us, that the answer lies in a magazine article or a claim in the most recent YouTube video. These might provide leads or temporary relief (or entertainment), but do they help you get you to the root of your concern? For instance, do they cause you to ask what you're not facing or accepting in yourself? Where do you need to go within and pull out what's asking to be seen and heard? What belief are you holding onto that needs to be let go of? When we realize that often times illness is a manifestation of energy blocks deriving from unprocessed emotions, that can help us take the step toward healing.
The greatest truth of all time is: You have been given opportunities for growth and the answers are within you. This is why a medication, supplements, or food that works great for one person, may be ineffective for you. The digestive issues, weight gain (or loss), or illness has manifested itself from a set of circumstances that are unique to you, so your processing of them is going to be unique.
This is life. This is how we grow. We go inside to find the answers that we already have to solve the problems that lie before us. You are the one who holds your answers. No one knows you better than you.
Are you someone who finds it simply impossible to drink enough water each day? You know you should drink more than you do, but the thought of drinking plain old water is extremely unappealing so instead you drink coffee, black tea, or chemically flavored water. In my opinion, these don't offer the same benefits as plain water, especially a drink filled with chemicals and sugar.
Our bodies are 60% water and our brain is 70% water. As the graphic in this link https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html illustrates, water serves a large number of functions in the body. But how much water is "enough?"
While some literature says that we should drink 64 ounces each day, other sources say we should take our weight in pounds, divide it in half, and substitute ounces for pounds. So, a 160 pound person would be advised to drink 80 ounces of water (160 / 2 = 80) daily while a 110 pound individual would drink 55 ounces. Other sources tell us to drink enough water so that our urine is light yellow or clear.
My take away from this is that there is no actual consensus on how much water our bodies need in a day. Everyone is different. But at the same time, it's also clear that water is extremely important to the body and the only way we're going to get it into our body is by drinking it.
So the question is, how do we make drinking adequate amounts water a regular part of our day? I've been inspired by Dr. Emoto's images of ice crystals and his experiments that demonstrate the impact of words on water. If water (including the water in our bodies) can be infused with an energy simply by exposing it to a word either spoken or oral, then what would happen if you were to label your water bottle, glass, or pitcher with the word LOVE, GRATITUDE, or RELAX? Simply use a sharpie (your choice of color!) to write the word or words onto glass.
This is one way to fill yourself with positive, loving energy while giving your body the liquid it needs to function properly. It might even entice you to drink more water on a regular basis. Say good-bye to chemical and caffeinated drinks and hello to LOVE!
Just thinking about filling my body with LOVE-infused water, brings a smile to my face and turns drinking the water my body needs into a delightful experience. How about you? Are you inclined to drink more water if it's infused with love? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
For many of us, the thought of exercise is one of dread. For others it's a good intention that goes nowhere. And then there are those who revel at the thought of a nice run after work or hitting the gym first thing in the morning. How can we be so different and more importantly, how can those of us who dread the thought learn to love exercise?
I'm definitely not an expert on exercise, but I do have experience as both a lover and a hater. Years ago when I was in my mid-forties, I was an aerobics instructor and participated in a couple of weight-lifting competitions. It was fun and I enjoyed being a gym-rat.
All that changed after we moved to our current location 20 years ago. I tried staying with the gym thing, but I couldn't make it last. I tried different gyms along with different workouts, but the only consistency for me was my uncanny ability to find an excuse for not going. Sadly, I can say that I have wasted thousands of dollars in gym fees.
We all know that sitting or standing all day is hard on the body. In order for the body to function properly we need to get a sweat going, get the heart pumping, move our joints, and stretch our muscles. In short, bodies need to move. So how do we get from knowing it to doing it?
What I have come to realize for myself is that it wasn't so much the exercise that got me to the gym, it was the camaraderie - finding others who had similar interests motivated me. I also have learned that walking, being out in nature, nourishes much more than being in the gym. But that's me. You may feel that the gym is where you'll find the most variety, where you bump into friends, or where you can go do your thing and leave, especially on a rainy or snowy day.
So I've put together some questions to think about that may help you understand where your blocks are and get you started on the road to bringing exercise into your life.
Perhaps having an exercise buddy would be helpful for you. I know for myself when I walk with a friend, I can walk longer and do hills that I would never even attempt on my own. We get so busy talking that the climb is over in no time!
Sometimes exercise is the goal and sometimes its a means to a goal. If you have an understanding as to why it's important to you in the first place, then that may help you find pleasure in the experience. When an experience is pleasurable, it will call to you and you'll forget about the should's and say "I'm going to exercise because I want to!"