Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Moving From Fear to Love

Moving From Fear to Love: Balancing the Mind and Heart By Gillian B (Follow on Facebook) I once heard the great expression, "Darkness cannot survive in the presence of Light". Let's examine the elements of this expression to take a better look at the worlds within, i.e., our mental and spiritual worlds. From the Mind In terms of the mind, darkness represents ego-driven thoughts and feeling that are primarily fear-based. These can be feelings of shame, guilt and anger with one's self or others. In today's Western world, one's mind is overrun by a voice that pushes judgment, comparison, competition and feelings of being better or worse than others. We have all experienced it. This voice is our ego. It is responsible for how we perceive ourselves in the world around us and can cause an awful lot of trouble if we don't learn how to live harmoniously with it. The ego has a way of making us believe that we are inadequate and unworthy of acceptance or love from ourselves and others. The ego emphasizes contrast and duality, which is appropriate when you look at the anatomy of its source, the mind. The brain has two distinct hemispheres, two different energies and modalities. From the Heart On the opposite side of the spectrum we have light, our natural state, which represents nourishing, love-based thoughts and feelings. These feelings originate from the heart, which like its anatomy, represents oneness and unity. When we live from the heart or from love, we feel appreciated, accepted and connected. We see the world with love in our eyes and we treat everyone they way we wish to be treated, with kindness, compassion and forgiveness. Simply put, these heartfelt thoughts and emotions create a happy, healthy environment and it is therefore important for us to invite more loving thoughts and feelings into our experience.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Become a Better Health Model and a better YOU!

Become a Better Health Model Here are simple things you can do to help yourself and set a good example for others: Make gradual changes. Drink one more glass of water every day. Walk 10 minutes longer every week. Cut down one less indulgent food or drink every week. Balance bad habits with good ones. Watch TV while you’re on the treadmill. And don’t go cold turkey on your favorite foods—it’s ok to have an occasional treat. You’ll be more likely to stick to your commitment if you don’t feel that you are depriving yourself. Start walking. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Park at the back of the parking lot and walk instead of cruising for the closest spot. Drink more water and less soda. You can’t expect your kids to cut back on soda if you won’t. Listen to when you’re full. Ban the “clean your plate” rule. Push your plate away when you’re no longer hungry; don’t eat until you’re stuffed. An adult’s stomach is the size of a loosely clenched fist, so it doesn’t take much food to fill it. Grocery shop on a full stomach. It really helps prevent buying unhealthy snacks on an impulse. Slow down! It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you’ve been fed. By slowing down your eating, your brain will realize you are fuller sooner and you won’t eat as much. Try little tricks to slow yourself down, such as putting your fork down between every bite. Be positive. Don’t talk about your weight or put yourself down in front of your kids. You don’t want them to think that a healthy lifestyle is only about how much they weigh. And try not to complain about how much you may dislike exercising or eating healthy foods—your kids will hear you. Focus on the why as well as the how. Knowing why being healthy is important will lead to meaningful change. When you learn something new or a little tip that works for you, share it with the family. Set a good example and watch your home become a healthier and happier place.

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I am currently trying a new way of eating (forget about that nasty "D" word!). I am following the "Schwarzbein Principle" and learning ways to focus on creativity and taking care of ME. I am currently in Body Blissmas, a program started by Jill Badonsky. As I learn to focus on healthy eating and being happy and creative, I would like to help you do the same.

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