Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits -
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Continuing the SERIES ON BELIEVING
Where did Monday go! It went like a flash. The question that should be on our minds this Tuesday is, do I take time for myself?
The truth is that modern living can take up time like never before. Things like email, Twitter, Facebook, online forums, and chat-rooms are huge distractions. Taking time for yourself helps with a healthier life.
"Prepare yourself for the world, as athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do." —Lord Chesterfield Stanhope
Dan and I have been learning different techniques for releasing stress and exercising. If you been following the blog these past two weeks, we have been getting back to doing Qigong along with meditation. Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. It’s a great way to prevent and heal from disease.
Qi and Gong: what do they mean, and how can they help your body reach a state of harmony?
Qi is the life force that powers you. It is what animates you and makes you unique. Your individual Qi is unlike that of anyone else in the Universe—it was there at your creation and will be with you throughout your life. There are two kinds of Qi. The first is inborn Qi, or what you inherited from your parents. Some people were born with a wealth of inborn Qi, while others inherited very weak Qi, which may have resulted in disease or other health problems that surfaced either at birth or soon after. Still, no matter what you inherited, you have the power to make your life healthy,
happy, and peaceful. How? Through the second type of Qi—acquired Qi. This is what you build up on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis through your lifestyle (sleep, stress, eating habits) and energy practices, like Qigong.
Qigong’s gentle movements do much more than stretch your ligaments and muscles; they work to harmonize your body. Certain movements help your Qi, or energy, move through the various meridians in your body. When your Qi can flow freely through your body, you remain as Nature intended—healthy and balanced.
Clearly, Qi is an important part of our lives. But what does the other half of Qigong—gong—mean?
Gong is effort and discipline. Qigong requires practice. Someone can give you the gift of Qigong movements, but in order to reap the benefits, you must put in gong. You must practice.
Because Qi is Universal life. Qi has a consciousness and a wisdom. If you practice Qi properly, you can access that wisdom.
Qigong can be used for the whole body as well as for individual organs. There are exercises and postures you can use to heal specific areas of your body or even focus on specific diseases.
Among other things, there are poses that improve your cardiac function, support your liver or protect your lungs from diseases.
Qigong not only helps with injuries, it prevents them. It demonstrably improves your balance, stretches joints and muscles, relieves existing tensions and puts the entire body in a state of relaxation. Qigong also helps the immune system.
So, lets begin today with a Qigong exercise. Feeling stressed? Fatigue? Tension? Want to detoxify impurities from the body? This routine uses specific qigong exercises that are designed to cleanse, Clear and Build Qi in the body.
Qigong to Purge and Tonify
"The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires. What you do in life depends upon what you are and what you want. What you get from life depends upon how much you want it—how much you are willing to work and plan and cooperate and use your resources. The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables that you are spinning now, and that is why today is such an important day.
Make the cables strong!" —L.G. Elliott
MAKE TIME FOR MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is the slowing down of an action and using all your senses to be aware of what you are doing. When you’re eating, take the time to smell your food and look at the colors on your plate.
Notice the texture and taste. How does this change as you begin to chew? Mindfulness can be applied to every aspect of life, whether you are out for a walk or sitting quietly in a chair.
Try to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth at a steady pace; count if it helps.
Simply taking the time to slow everything down for just ten minutes a day will calm any anxiety you are feeling around FOMO. If you’re looking for some guidance download a mindfulness app or podcast that will talk you through some basic exercises. Soon you’ll be practiced enough to find the time to slow down for a few minutes each day.
TO REFRESH YOUR MIND – FOMO means!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE
When the world says, give up - hope whispers, try it one more time.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. By Helen Keller
Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break.
Hope sustains as when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and the courage to move ahead when we tell ourselves we’d rather give up.
Hope brings smiles on our faces when our hearts cannot manage.
Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it.
Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused by the direction.
Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured and something that will refresh us in return. It can be found in each of us and it can bring light into the darkest of places. By Brenda Hager
Guided Mindfulness Meditation - Trust the Timing of Your Life - Positive Meditation *10 Minutes
This is a healing positive meditation for positive energy. I hope you enjoy this 10 Minute Guided Meditation - Trusting the Timing of Your Life - A boost of positive energy.
ADVICE FROM A TREE🌳
Advice from a Tree. Stand tall and proud. Go out on a limb. Remember your roots. Drink plenty of water. Be content with your natural beauty. Enjoy the view. #advise #tree #standtall #proud #limb #remember #roots #drink #water #naturalbeauty #enjoy #view #inspiration #motivational
As I continue to be re-reading my book that I wrote four years ago; it’s a personal journey of my everyday experience with treatments that I received in Mexico. In relations to the current series of BELIEVING, entry from 4-29-2011; IN A FLASH OF A MOMENT.
Have you felt through my words how anxious I am throughout the journal? Follow this day with me as it unfolds. It started like every other day and in a flash of a moment things change. We change, our environment change, people alter, our situations change. I searched for five months for answers and found that it’s up to us to make the difference.
The other day I went to get my MRI report and was happy to see the tumors decreased in size.
Then I faxed it right away to the physicians in Mexico, for I wanted them to see the great results.
I had the treatments at the hospital three months ago and I am doing my home program. I talked to my dear friend who performed the hyperthermia treatments and she stated she heard from my doctors in Mexico regarding my results. Her response was that tears came to her eyes. She told me to keep up the good work.
Today I also received a call from my family doctor and he read the impressions and was pleased to discover that the tumors were shrinking. He advised me to keep him informed to what will be my next plan of action.
Truly I am blessed with all your prayers and my passionate doctors for being by my side. I am most grateful to my family for supporting my decision and helping to spread the knowledge of the other treatments that are available. But I couldn’t have done this program without the love and understanding of my husband and daughter. For they are what gave me the strength to think outside the box and go for another direction to manage my disease.
In closing today, I am going out with this phrase: in every problem there is a hidden treasure inside. It’s your job to find it.
ADVISE FROM A TREE ~ FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE - May 19, 2017
A series of writings from me; Sheryl Malin, a passionate person sharing her experience with Functional Medicine. Not just the symptom, but the cause – root of a disease.
ADVISE FROM A TREE
How valuable is your health worth? When we get sick, we go to the doctor to get fixed up. They ask you how you feel and go by your symptoms. They take tests on you to rule out any issues you may have to find the disease and then treat it with a pill. But do they find out the cause, the root of why you have been feeling the way you do and why the disease is there. No, not normally!
For six years, I have been studying on how I might have ended up with breast cancer and why I chose Functional Medicine. The reasons for my beginning the program which lead me to my journey I am sharing with you.
To explain all of this, I have taken the advice from one of the oldest types of trees, the bristlecone pine. First, we have to understand the growth and why they can live to be over 5000 years old.
We need to use our imagination and explore the branches of this pine tree as the diseases that are diagnosed daily. Each one is treated by our conventional doctors as symptoms and are given medication for treatment. Isn’t this like putting a band aid on a cut? Now, what would you think the oldest pine tree would do? Well, it would talk to its roots and ask what it was lacking.
The branches would ask the tree, is it due to the environment (climate, chemicals, water, lack of sunshine, the soil. All of these situations have something to do with why the pine isn’t growing and is getting sick.
This is much like us, the cause of why we get diseases are much like the pine tree. In order for us to correct the problem we must go deeper into the root, the why. This is Functional Medicine. Many diseases begin in the gut because of our food. The other reasons which cause our illnesses are the environment (pollution), the food (chemicals, GMO’s processing), water we drink, stress, lack of exercise, and our DNA. In later writings, I will explain all of the above and how we can change our health by changing our lifestyle. Also, how we can alter our DNA to making it be healthy.
Take it from the bristlecone pine the oldest tree in the world, stand tall and proud. Go out on a limb. Remember your roots. Drink plenty of water. Be content with your natural beauty and enjoy the view.
Remember there are no mistakes – just lessons. Trust and love yourself and know that anything is possible.
Coming up – OUR ENVIRONMENT. I was taught by a wise doctor in Mexico that stated to me, “you may not be able to change the environment outside your home, but you can change it within your home”.
Yesterday was a busy day, we were able to step out in the evening and walk to the store to get a couple of items. Did my walk for the day. Did you do your walking today, if not here is walking with a home video.
1 Mile “Sports-Inspired” Workout by Walk at Home and Taja Wilson
Ready for foods and remedies that heal; alchemy of herbs. Today I’m blogging on a simple salve that can be made very quickly for minor pain relief. This cayenne salve works great for sore muscles and joints, bruises and even nerve pain. The salve can be stored at room temperature for up to a year, but use within six months for best results.
This is a hot mixture! The salve should be used externally only and not on broken skin, as it may sting open wounds. Even on closed skin, you may feel a bit of burning or heat in the area where it is applied. Sensitive individuals may experience tenderness or blistering- if this happens, discontinue use until the area is healed. Then apply less often or in smaller amounts.
½ cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons cayenne powder
½ ounce beeswax
1. Infuse the olive oil
2. Slow cooker method – place the mixture in a slow cooker (maintain the oil temperature at 100F for 2 to 3 hours.
3. Then pour your infused oil through a strainer lined with two layers of cheesecloth.
4. Gently heat the beeswax over low heat in a small saucepan.
5. Stir in the infused oil and continue mixing until wax and oil are thoroughly combined.
6. Immediately pour the mixture into jars and let cool
7. Then label jars. The salve can be stored at room temperature for up to a year, but use within six months for best results.
Until Wednesday, habits change into character. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.