A Balanced Approach to Wellness!

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  • Is going to the mall satisfying for the soul? No, not even to people who love shopping (even if they think so).
  • Is playing game apps or watching viral videos satisfying for the soul? No, not even if the viral video is about a wonderful person.
  • Is sitting at a restaurant satisfying for the soul? It can be, if you are sitting with people who are enriching, but the atmosphere at any restaurant is not enriching for the soul.

Connecting with nature is satisfying for the soul. It just is, because we were designed to be part of nature. Along the way, we lost the importance of our place in nature and we need to get it back. In general, our lives have become very cut off from nature, especially for those who live in large cities or spend too much time in cars or public transportation. There are people who work at staying connected, but they are not the majority.

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How to reconnect with nature

  • Plan regular hikes and actually go on the hikes. The hikes don’t have to be long, but they should be in green spaces.
  • Visit parks and nature areas.
  • Visit humane zoos and petting zoos. Contact with animals is an important part of connecting with nature.
  • Shop at farmers’ markets and find farms that have fruit picking. And go pick fruit!
  • Add more plants and potted flowers inside your home.
  • Visit places with water: beaches, lakes, rivers, and springs.
  • Visit botanical gardens.

Try being more connected to nature and see how entertaining it can be. And at the same time, your soul with be nourished and you will become more balanced.

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vegetable platterFood is incredibly magical! When it is tastefully presented, food is like art! When it is tastefully advertised (on a menu or chalkboard), food is an enticing seducer. When it is coaxed into magnificent displays of mouth-watering delights, food is unbeatable!

When food is rejected, it is ominous to the people rejecting it. When food is scarce, it is overly important. And when food is nourishing, it sustains life at life’s optimal levels.

Food is:

  • Calming,
  • Satisfying,
  • Entertaining,
  • Life-giving,
  • Inviting,
  • Dividing,
  • A calling,
  • Varied,
  • Simple,
  • Complicated,
  • Touchable,
  • Settling,
  • Disturbing,
  • and Natural!

Food is magic in reality!

farmers market haul

 

Renee by olive tree

A few months ago, I started waking each morning with my jaw stuck on one side. It would loosen with time, and I didn’t concern myself with it until the morning it stayed stuck and hurt. I didn’t worry until the next day when it was still stuck and I could barely open my mouth to eat.

I immediately asked Spirit if I should worry about this painful situation, and Spirit assured me that my body could naturally heal itself. I was instructed to stop sleeping on the side that hurt. That’s it! No other treatment—no vitamins to take, no creams to use, and no doctors or dentists to visit.

The healing took five weeks! The first two weeks, I had to eat food cut into tiny pieces and no sandwiches. The third week, my jaw loosened a bit, and by the fourth week, I could tell it was almost healed. Several times I worried and questioned whether to go to a dentist, but each time Spirit assured me that my body would do the healing work.

Here’s what I learned:

  • The body is truly a marvelous creation, caring for and healing itself.
  • My upbringing to seek outside help at the moment pain is felt has its power over me to doubt my body’s own power to heal.
  • People don’t pay much attention to others. That whole time my jaw was stuck, I didn’t mention it to anyone and no one noticed that I was eating differently and using my mouth differently. We worry what people think of us way too much!
  • Patience is the key to natural healing.

I am fortunate to have this direct connection with Spirit to guide me (my sister calls it cheating 🙂 ) and I know that others feel less confident to rely on natural healing.

My previous post “Standing up for the body” reminds us of the importance of caring for our bodies so that we can hear the messages and know what to do. Had I been paying attention that my jaw hurt on that one side each morning, I could have worked out that my sleeping position was causing the problem.

I can write more about natural healing if my readers let me know they are interested.

Note: My connection is to Spirit who guides me to help myself and others.

Renee by olive tree

Our bodies are so wondrously composed that to question their capabilities is silly. Our bodies beat out rhythms that move us upwards and forwards. They protect us and guide us when we listen. And they constantly communicate when we are open to listening. People who listen to their bodies recognize hints of illness and shouts of desire. The hints lead to proper care and the shouts lead to connections.

People who don’t listen to their bodies require wake up calls and intervention from experts (who don’t know them).

The body, in its exquisite design, is capable of pushing towards movement, of pushing towards sleep, of pushing towards satisfaction, and pushing towards wellness. The key to tapping into the capabilities is to feel what’s happening, what’s really happening: Are the eyelids drooping? Are the bones tightening? Is the stomach grumbling, and is it quiet when the foods eaten are nourishing? Is the heart feeling joy or is it sad? Is the time to drink water now, and am I drinking water (and not a carbonated beverage)? Am I noticing the signs of illness and am I slowing my pace? Is this my third cold this season, and what does that mean? Have I enjoyed the company of people I love and have I shared my love with them? Is now the time to reach spirituality, and can I be open to new ideas? When will I open my mouth to say what I need, and when will I use my wisdom to advance the welfare of the community? More and more hints on how to proceed in life.

By standing up for the body—by recognizing its gift that is guidance—we can live with wonder and satisfaction. The way we are designed!

Note: This information has been spiritually received.

Cheaters

The scandal about the company that enables cheating behavior to advance to universities of repute has pushed me to ask Spirit about cheating. I was curious if there are consequences to cheating, and I was fascinated to learn that there are generalizations about people who cheat. Here are five generalizations about the effects of cheating on people. For people who live in repressive societies, cheating is often necessary in order to live an authentic life, so those societies are not considered in this post.

Generalization #1:  Cheating causes emotional illness.

People who cheat create openings for emotional instability to fester and have greater doubts about themselves. Cheating is a gnawing experience that cannot be rationalized.

Generalization #2:  Cheating is justified by those who cheat, but it is never justified in the spiritual realm.

People who cheat will seek justifications for their actions, but their spiritual selves know the truth. Cheating distances from spiritual connection, and it damages spiritual fulfillment.

Generalization #3:  Cheating can be alienating.

People who cheat have different relationships than people who don’t. In general, people who cheat are more suspicious of others.

Generalization #4:  Cheating can be physically challenging.

People who cheat often feel pains that have inexplicable causes. The pains come from guilt.

Generalization #5:  Cheating has tentacles into generations.

People who cheat have personality changes that affect how they interact with their children. The children aren’t destined to be cheaters, but the altered behavior of the parents affects them negatively.

Can cheating behavior in the past be pardoned?

The effects of cheating can be lessened by committing to a life of helpful existence: helping others, helping the environment, and helping the community. Through helpful existence, past cheating behavior will have less harmful effects on the people and their children.

Note: This information comes from the spiritual realm. It is important.

heart-drugged

The heart is congested when the body is full of heartache. Heartache comes from unrequited love, unfulfilled dreams, loneliness, blocked arteries, and hunger for nutrition.

Unrequited love can be present in and out of relationships. A committed relationship does not guarantee that the heart is receiving its share of love. A heart requires loving relationships that pump it full of emotional sustenance. When relationships lack surety of love, the emotional sustenance is reduced and the heart is susceptible to illness.

Unfulfilled dreams cause narrowing throughout the body: narrowing of passageways, messaging, and performance. Unfulfilled dreams open to illness and disease, and enable congestion to enter the heart.

Loneliness has direct dialogue with the heart. It harms the heart through sad thoughts and empty conversations.

Blocked arteries cause physical symptoms that are operable. Unblocking the arteries can clear congestion in the heart, but the congestion can return when the causes of the artery blockage are not lifted. Artery blockage is related to food intake, oxygen sufficiency, and sleep deprivation.

Hunger for nutrition is tricky. The heart hungers for food sources that are rich in nutritional goodness. The heart hungers for regular reinforcements of energy to keep the beat. The heart hungers for just enough and not too much. The heart hungers for relaxed ingestion. And the heart hungers for love.

An uncongested heart requires heartfelt relationships, a life lived authentically, companionship, nutritional reliability, rhythm in activities, and rhythm in nature.

Note: This information comes from my heartfelt connection with Spirit.

 

Cover-Soul and Body exercise book

I’m happy to announce that “Soul and Body Exercise–The EGC Daily Exercise Routine” has been printed and is available on amazon.com! This book is a wonderful way to bring physical fitness and spiritual balance together. The book contains exercises that strengthen the body, calm the emotions, invigorate the intellect, and open to spirituality.

From the introduction:

“When we exercise, we need to exercise more than just our physical bodies, because our bodies require balance in all four components of health. Our bodies have physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects. Focusing on one aspect—like on the physical aspect only—can tilt the balance; therefore, exercises that reach all four components of health are best…

The EGC Daily Exercise Routine is spiritually devised to provide modern society with a balanced way to maintain health through physical movement. Starting the day with these exercises can give you the energy and perspective to create positive living. Doing these exercises in the middle of the day is a way to refocus energy and thinking.

The exercises can be done every day and can be vigorous or calm, depending on your mood and stamina. Each day brings a new feeling of life, so the exercises will feel different as well. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes to complete the exercises. The full effect of the exercise routine occurs when all the exercises are done. The cardio exercises can be lengthened in time, and a full cardio workout can take approximately 45 minutes…

Two additional exercises are available for those of you who want more. The basic exercises provide balance to the four components of health, and doing them each day is enough. If you want to build closeness to your soul, add these extra exercises. They can be done every day at the same time as the other exercises or on their own. They can be done at any time of the day or night.”

“Soul and Body Exercise–The EGC Daily Exercise Routine” can add unexpected richness to your life if you are open to its gifts. Each time you perform these exercises presents an opportunity to balance all four components of your health: your physical health, your emotional health, your intellectual health, and your spiritual health. The more you do these exercises, the more you will recognize their gifts!

Click here to see the book on amazon.com.

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