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The second most important step in a good night’s sleep

sleep

Sleep is more important that most people think. It isn’t a waste of time or dreaded event. It is the time when our bodies repair, restore, recharge, and reconnect (through dreams). Nighttime sleep is the most important sleep, because our bodies were designed to rest at night for a length of time.

The importance of extended nighttime sleep cannot be overstressed. We don’t have to sleep the entire night without waking up in the middle for the sleep to be successful. We can even wake up five, six, seven times! The main thing is to let the sleep atmosphere remain, and the body will do its repairing, restoring, recharging, and reconnecting.

If you have trouble falling asleep or returning to sleep after awakening in the middle, keep your eyes closed and lie in bed quietly. If you need a bathroom break, take it and then return to bed immediately and close your eyes. Your body will continue its important nighttime work. If you turn on a light, look at your phone or computer, watch TV, read a book, or talk, the nighttime work ceases. Even if you sleep later the next day, the interrupted sleep will limit the nighttime work that was meant to be done.

If your work forces you to stay awake at night, aim to have uninterrupted sleep during the day so that your body can do its restorative work. The repair, recharging, and reconnection work might not be as thorough, but some will take place.

Parents of infants and young children often don’t get uninterrupted sleep. For them, making sure to eat well can help the body stay balanced.

Note: This information has be spiritually received.

Growing up to fail

failure at math

Several readers wrote to tell me that the blog posts “Failure addiction is taught” and “Addiction to failure” explained family members’ difficulties in life. Until they read those posts, they had not been able to understand the inability of their siblings/children to function.

The distressing state of drug addiction (legal and not) to combat anxiety, sleeplessness, and normal coping behaviors, is a reason to look more deeply at failure addiction and its causes. The lack of success in relationships and in achieving goals are additional reasons for looking at the causes of failure addiction.

As stated in “Failure addiction is taught”, children experience uncertainty and dejection when their parents–or other beloved caregivers–are emotionally distant, are consistently absent, and ignore their children’s natural interests. Children are sensitive to the words and actions of their loved ones, so that distancing and disinterest harm their sense of self, which in turn, causes them to doubt their abilities and thwarts their capacity for perseverance. Without perseverance and belief in oneself, a person cannot achieve goals.

Attentive parents can instill tendencies towards failure addiction when they require achievements that don’t suit their child’s abilities and interests, when they push away natural childhood demand for affection (from the parent), and when they purposely ignore their child’s expressions of himself or herself (for example, seeing that the child has a sensitive nature and pretending that the child is unflappable).

These “attentive” parents create people who may “succeed”, but feel unable to cope. Eventually, the inability to cope will affect work, self-perception, and/or appetite. The failure-prone people will struggle throughout their lives with relationships, unless they are able to adjust their self-images.

Failure addiction causes breakdowns, breakups, and breakaways. It is a cause of depression, compulsive behaviors, eating issues, and social withdrawal. Failure addiction indicates deep sadness, and deep sadness is the source of debilitating anger and aggression.

Failure addiction is a heart impediment. It stops the intangible heart from opening to oneself and to others, so that the intangible heart is stunted and enfeebled.

Note: This information has been received from Spirit.

Addiction to failure

heart-drugged

This post has taken me by surprise, but Spirit assures me that there is a failure addiction. Unlike addictions to heroin or gambling, failure addiction requires little investment in paraphernalia or cash. Failure addiction requires these three mindsets: determination to not succeed, creation of stumbling blocks, and inability to see opportunities.

Many people suffer from failure addiction; however, it is often subtle and sometimes even socially acceptable so that the sufferers feel justified in their inabilities to succeed. It often stems from childhood traumas that teach children to distance themselves from their internal dialogues and from their inherent abilities. The less people know themselves, the easier to set themselves up for failure.

Much more can be said about the causes of failure addiction, but Spirit wants me to turn to solutions. So here they are:

  1. A person cannot fail when he or she knows personal truths. Turning inwards, and focusing on true passions and abilities, leads to movement away from procrastination and sabotage. This step can take time, but is crucial in moving past cemented habits of failure.
  2. Connecting to the natural world opens a failure addict to external wonderment. Being outside in nature removes focus on internal suffering. Entering natural water sources or green surroundings lifts thoughts of self-misery, often completely but sometimes temporarily. These moments can counter negativity when the pursuit of connection with nature is done with awareness of the purpose to distance from failure expectations.
  3. Connecting to music that is soothing or melodic can aid the move from failure addiction. Choosing music that uplifts helps the mind move towards positivity.

Failure addiction can affect many areas of life, or just one or two. It can be temporary or long lasting. It can also be the beginning of other addictions.

Failure addiction is worth fixing.

See Failure addiction is taught

Note: Spirit says we should really get to know our soulful gifts and talents. The more we know them, the more we will want to succeed!

CONFUSION’s physical impact

Distracting colors

Confusion fills our lives, and some of us handle it better than others. Some of us get autoimmune diseases and some of us get psychological imbalances and some of us get cancer and some of us even get suicidal. The confusion is more destructive than we realize.

What is Spirit saying here? That confusion causes our self-destruction? Spirit wants us to know the role that confusion plays in our modern lives so that we can find ways to make them less confusing.

Modern life is filled with so much confusion, and it is getting more and more confusing as we achieve additional technological and societal advances. People today have so many choices, and the choices can overwhelm in a way that eventually translates into physical harm.

Consider the confusion in the lives of modern four-year-old children. Many children have too many toys, and having to choose what to play with can be confusing. There may be too many clothes in the closet, and choosing what to wear is confusing (nonetheless, children should choose rather than their parents). The children may go to play group, day care, or kindergarten, where the staff rotates, the number and temperaments of children is in flux, the foods offered are unfamiliar, and the choices of activities overwhelm and confuse. The afternoons and evenings can be confusing too, as the children navigate the relationships in the home—short tempers sometimes, inconsistent parenting, and tiredness. Happy times can be confusing too, as they are often filled with bending of the rules and stimuli that overexcite. Exposure to the world of smartphones and computers adds a confusion that children have never had to face—a confusion that will only be understood in about thirty years.

The confusion these children face daily can lay the groundwork for difficulty with choices, anxiety, and self-doubt. These emotional responses can cause malfunctioning in the systems that protect and nurture the body. The confusion maneuvers its way into the future lives of these unsuspecting children.

As for the rest of us past the age of four, confusion has become a subtle, and not so subtle, companion. Too many choices when choosing a career path, when planning a day, when choosing mindless time fillers and when feeding our bodies, overwhelm our ability to process information. Our bodies weren’t designed for all the stimulation that comes our way on a daily basis. The overstimulation over-occurring, day after day, is confusing for the body to process. When inadequate sleep, improper nourishment and regular use of stimulants tax the body, the confusion maneuvers its way in further, causing havoc and imbalance.

The confusion is the cause of many of today’s afflictions. It’s a hard source to blame, and an even harder source to study. It’s the modern source of new afflictions. Confusion binds with the other sources of imbalance, and dynamically increases their impact.

Confusion is confusing to understand. Spirit is sharing wisdom to help us open our minds to confusion’s place in our world. I’m very surprised. How about you?

Note: Like all the information in this website, the information in this blog post was spiritually received.

Posture–so much more important that people think!

posturePosture gives possibility of movement sublime. Freedom of movement extends from posture excellence. Excelling at posture is a worthwhile goal. The better the posture, how much better the living!

Extending the body upwards lengthens the spine and enhances the flows in the body. Bending the body forwards, sideways, or backwards for too long stresses the spine and disturbs flows. When flows are constricted, the body works harder to maintain balance. This unnecessary exertion can lead to permanently compromised health when the spine is held in the bent posture constantly.

Young children who maintain bent posture cause their bodies to work harder during times of healing and exertion. Teenagers who maintain bent posture cause their bodies to work harder during times of healing and exertion and create pressure on their vertebrae and musculature.

Adults in their 20s and 30s who maintain bent posture from their teenage years usually experience back pain, radiating pain from the back, and shortening of muscles. If the bent posture starts in their 20s and 30s, these adults may still have the direct and radiating pain, but the shortening of muscles will probably not yet take place.

When the bent posture begins in middle age, direct and radiating pain will accompany the bent posture and organ functionality may be affected. If the bent posture continued into middle age from the earlier years, the muscles will shorten, direct and radiating pain will occur, the intervertebral discs will age more quickly, the flows will slow, and the liver may be affected, as well as digestion.

If people begin to bend after reaching late middle age (60s) or into their 70s, the damage is less severe. A life of standing tall will have contributed to better health, so that the bending later on is less harmful. If the bent posture continued from earlier years, other organs and bodily processes will be negatively affected as well.

The vertebrae are masterful supporters of the body. They align in accordance with the parts of the body they protect. Their placement enables a strong steadfastness that is flexible in its limitations. The vertebrae enable bending, curving, and resilience.

Posture naturally expresses the positions of the vertebrae when the posture is extended upwards. The vertebrae are one on the other, stacked to support and provide space for all the internal body parts. When the vertebrae are forced into stacked crookedness, the space for the internal body parts is shifted. This shifting can be inconsequential or it can compromise functioning. If the stacked crookedness becomes chronic, the shifting of internal body parts can induce improper blood flow and elimination issues (sweat, urine, and others depending on the location of the shifting).

Movement is unnatural when the posture is slouched or crooked. Slouching and crooked walking have become fashionable, and the fashionability of walking improperly hurts whole populations. Slouching models encourage young men and women to slouch. Fashion that encourages wearing shoes with high heels creates generations with unnatural posture and movement. The slouching that comes from hours spent on mobile devices is equivalent to confinement in a cell that is too small; they both cause internal shifting.

Improper posture from car seats, airplane seats, and embarrassment (the posture that is assumed when a person is embarrassed) affect the posture in connection with other posture damagers. The worse the posture, the more the car seats, airplane seats, and embarrassment impact pain and internal damage.

Lack of exercise contributes to posture deterioration. Insufficient movement breaks when sitting for long periods of time contribute to posture deterioration. Negative viewpoint (of the world, of oneself, of society) and negative societal position also contribute to posture deterioration.   Other contributors to posture deterioration are too little manganese in the diet, sleep that is regularly diurnal rather than nocturnal, and irregular work schedules.

Proper posture contributes to lack of back and neck pain, relaxed muscles, better digestion, deeper breathing, correct blood flow, reproductive efficiency, and protected brain functioning. The vertebrae may look staggered, their importance may seem questionable, and their evolution may be misunderstood, but the vertebrae should be looked at as one solid piece of engineering with all the parts placed in the exact positions with the exact connections to create amazing possibilities—possibilities of movement, well-being, and balance!

Note: This information is from the first draft of the upcoming book Invented Afflictions and Muscular Conditions. This information has been spiritually received.

 

Generalizations about Good Health

Breathe

The importance of eating well, exercising, and sleeping enough are well known. Here are reminders about steps towards good health.

  • Sitting at a table while eating improves digestion. Eating while cooking, while moving, and when driving do not.
  • Each person determines the amount of water that is right for him or her. Time of day and season influence. So do age and stress.
    • Everyone should drink water when they arise.
    • Young people need more water than old people.
    • Seasonal considerations for drinking water: shorter daylight (in winter months) requires less water than longer daylight (in summer months).
    • Warm water is better than cold water when the body is tired. It is also better when the immune system is stressed physically or emotionally.
    • General guidelines for water consumption can be considered when determining amounts of water to drink, but the variables listed here should also be considered.
  • By breathing deeply, the body handles emotional changes better. Whenever emotional turmoil occurs, deep breathing and water can help regulate the turmoil.
  • The requirements for movement depend on food consumption, personality, attention capabilities, and seasons.
    • Eating the amount of food the body needs fuels the appropriate amount of exercise based on the three other variables.
    • More movement is required by people who are high energy personalities.
    • The environments in which focus is required add or subtract from movement needs: focus during physical work uses extended expenditures of movement; focus during sedentary work pressures muscles and elimination processes to accelerate reminders to use them.
    • Variations in temperature influence the body’s push towards movement.
  • Activity in the body during sleep is different from activity during awake time. Both types of activity are equally important, just different. Sleep should be scheduled and should be evaluated for appropriateness to age, habitat, and season.

One step at a time–a step towards proper nutrition, a step towards proper sleep, and towards proper breathing–step by step leading to good health and satisfaction!

Posture! So important!

spine

I’ve just finished receiving the chapter about posture for my latest book “Invented Afflictions and Movement Conditions”. I can’t wait to publicize this information so I’m posting it now.

I hadn’t realized just how important posture is, and you can believe me when I say I’ve been sitting up much straighter since I started this chapter!

Here’s to better posture for us all!

Note: The information presented is from Spiritual Presence.

Posture in Staggered Solidity

Posture gives possibility of movement sublime. Freedom of movement extends from posture excellence. Exceling at posture is a worthwhile goal. The better the posture, how much better the living!

Extending the body upwards lengthens the spine and enhances the flows in the body. Bending the body forwards, sideways, or backwards for too long stresses the spine and disturbs flows. When flows are constricted, the body works harder to maintain balance. This unnecessary exertion can lead to permanently compromised health when the spine is held in the bent posture constantly.

Young children who maintain bent posture cause their bodies to work harder during times of healing and exertion. Teenagers who maintain bent posture cause their bodies to work harder during times of healing and exertion and create pressure on their vertebrae and musculature.

Adults in their 20s and 30s who maintain bent posture from their teenage years usually experience back pain, radiating pain from the back, and shortening of muscles. If the bent posture starts in their 20s and 30s, these adults may still have the direct and radiating pain, but the shortening of muscles will probably not yet take place.

When the bent posture begins in middle age, direct and radiating pain will accompany the bent posture and organ functionality may be affected. If the bent posture continued into middle age from the earlier years, the muscles will shorten, direct and radiating pain will occur, the intervertebral discs will age more quickly, the flows will slow, and the liver may be affected, as well as digestion.

If people begin to bend after reaching late middle age (60s) or into their 70s, the damage is less severe. A life of standing tall will have contributed to better health, so that the bending later on is less harmful. If the bent posture continued from earlier years, other organs and bodily processes will be negatively affected as well.

The vertebrae are masterful supporters of the body. They align in accordance with the parts of the body they protect. Their placement enables a strong steadfastness that is flexible in its limitations. The vertebrae enable bending, curving, and resilience.

Posture naturally expresses the positions of the vertebrae when the posture is extended upwards. The vertebrae are one on the other, stacked to support and provide space for all the internal body parts. When the vertebrae are forced into stacked crookedness, the space for the internal body parts is shifted. This shifting can be inconsequential or it can compromise functioning. If the stacked crookedness becomes chronic, the shifting of internal body parts can induce improper blood flow and elimination issues (sweat, urine, and others depending on the location of the shifting).

Movement is unnatural when the posture is slouched or crooked. Slouching and crooked walking have become fashionable, and the fashionability of walking improperly hurts whole populations. Slouching models encourage young men and women to slouch. Fashion that encourages wearing shoes with high heels creates generations with unnatural posture and movement. The slouching that comes from hours spent on mobile devices is equivalent to confinement in a cell that is too small; they both cause internal shifting.

Improper posture from car seats, airplane seats, and embarrassment (the posture that is assumed when a person is embarrassed) affect the posture in connection with other posture damagers. The worse the posture, the more the car seats, airplane seats, and embarrassment impact pain and internal damage.

Lack of exercise contributes to posture deterioration. Insufficient movement breaks when sitting for long periods of time contribute to posture deterioration. Negative viewpoint (of the world, of oneself, of society) and negative societal position also contribute to posture deterioration.   Other contributors to posture deterioration are too little manganese in the diet, sleep that is regularly diurnal rather than nocturnal, and irregular work schedules.

Proper posture contributes to lack of back and neck pain, relaxed muscles, better digestion, deeper breathing, correct blood flow, reproductive efficiency, and protected brain functioning. The vertebrae may look staggered, their importance may seem questionable, and their evolution may be misunderstood, but the vertebrae should be looked at as one solid piece of engineering with all the parts placed in the exact positions with the exact connections to create amazing possibilities—possibilities of movement, well-being, and balance!

Sleeping with the Nanny

oops

Another headline blares the news that a celebrity couple is divorcing because the husband slept with the nanny.

What does Spiritual Presence have to say about this situation? (I was curious, and so I asked.)

Close proximity triggers hormonal activity. That is why coworkers pair up and the frolickers at parties hook up. The hormonal activity creates desire. The situation in which a household welcomes a nanny into its midst is a fluctuating arrangement in which hormonal messaging misdirects.

When the nanny is stable in her outside relationships, the hormonal messaging misdirects, but is non-connecting.  The husband and wife might experience unintentional disturbance from the nanny, but her hormonal influence is surmountable.

If the nanny is responsive (because she is relationship-free and is desirous of attachment), the hormonal messaging that is misdirected can cause distancing of the couple. The husband and wife distance emotionally and subconsciously, and the unstable relationship requires investment to restore stability. The nanny intentionally or unintentionally upsets the balance, and she can contribute to the restored stability when she creates a relationship external to the household.

Hormonal functioning for each of the affected parties (husband, wife, nanny, teenaged children) varies depending on stage of life and cycle position: pregnancy, post-birth, lactating, menstruating, and testosterone oscillation. Each of these influences affects the possibility of nanny-husband hookup.

Understanding that hormones contribute to the travails in a relationship, helps a couple keep their marriage stable. Understanding that the hormones of an outsider influence the marriage, helps a couple choose the nanny who is being hired to care for their beloved children.

Connection of the Four Components of Health

health

“The four components of bodily health are:

  • Physical health
  • Emotional health
  • Intellectual health
  • Spiritual health

Each component is dependent on the other three components to be balanced…The interconnectedness prevents excessive damage to the body through over-exertion or over-excessiveness.

The interconnectedness enables the body to ascend heights—physically (for example, competitors in athletic competitions, workers laboring under tight deadlines, tenders of animals in the wild), emotionally (for example, caregivers of terminally ill people, people who have overcome abuse), intellectually (for example, developers of thought) and spiritually (for example, in meditative focus). The interconnection enables the body to survive depths (for example, captivity, harsh treatment by cruel people, severe weather conditions, internal turmoil caused by internal strife). The components are interconnected by design and intent…

…Fulfilling the requirement of each component to be nourished, secure, and enriched can be achieved when a life is balanced. Balanced in terms of nutritional intake, emotional sustenance, and cerebral stimulation. Spiritual illumination occurs even when the other components are not balanced if the individual or group of individuals is either innately spiritual or is open to spiritual sustenance. The other components require balance at the individual level; spiritual balance can occur at the individual and societal levels. Balance leads to health leads to balance leads to health and so on, circling….

…The four components control responses to illness, serious illness, and suspected illness. Suspected illness is more serious than one would expect because the thoughts ignite protective responses in the physical, emotional, and spiritual components. Serious illness causes protective responses by all four components. These responses inhibit the effects of the illness when the components are functioning properly. When less serious illness strikes, protective responses are initiated at a reduced level…The protective responses match the need when the components of health are balanced. When the components are not balanced, the protective responses are elicited; however, the effect might be lower and might not enable the body to heal itself properly. In general, in modern society most people’s bodies are not balanced and therefore, the reliance on modern medicine is required…

…Changing reality affects the components of health. War, displacement, societal upheaval, familial upheaval, accidents that result in maiming or impaired mental functioning, and natural disasters—these events drastically affect health.  Some people survive these events with perception and sense of self intact; most people do not. The normal responses to difficult events are grief, blame, withdrawal, or incapacitation. To survive unscathed is unusual; to be weak, unpredictable, suspicious, fearful, hurt, sad, cautious, blameful, indecisive, or angry is expected. Minor changes to reality can be unsettling and can cause many of the same reactions. Few people are unaffected by the ebbs of life. One can survive the ebbs more successfully through spiritual and elevated pursuits…

…Knowing what to do to keep healthy is basic required knowledge. Knowing what to eat or how much to drink to stay hydrated are the most obvious keys to good health. Understanding the need and frequency of sleep is required as well. Health is not the villain to be battled or feared; health is the means to meaningful living and ultimate satisfaction with one’s life. Health—physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.”

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Prevention of poor health–>Stop the causes!

Forty

The following list was presented in two earlier blog posts. I am presenting it again because it is really important. Please look at each contributor to poor health and consider it. Each one won’t apply to you, but it may apply to someone you love.

Notice that sleep deprivation is the second major contributor of poor health. This one is really not that hard to fix. Notice the third contributor. Letting the body heal itself when possible can lessen the grasp of this contributor. Notice number five. then get up and dance around or walk in place.

Each contributor can be lessened.

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In modern societies, there are 40 reasons that a person becomes deceased too early or suffers too much. Here are the reasons in the order in which they contribute (accidents and disasters are not included):

  1. Overconsumption of alcoholic beverages
  2.  Sleep deprivation
  3.  Misuse of legal drugs
  4.  Depression
  5.  Insufficient regular movement of the body
  6.  Overuse of cigarettes
  7.  Insufficient protection from the elements (cold, heat, etc.)
  8.  Chronic insufficient consumption of water
  9.  Overconsumption of food
  10.  Insufficient exposure to the environment (nature)
  11.  Worry, fear, and anguish
  12.  Suppression of negative emotions (worry, fear, and anguish)
  13.  Hurt feelings
  14.  Blood pressure pressures
  15.  Isolation
  16.  Genetics
  17.  Misjudgment of self-boundaries (When relating to other people, not understanding how to bond. When relating to tangible items, not understanding limits and excess.)
  18.  Insufficient intake of vitamin-rich foods
  19.  Memory loss
  20.  Insufficient intake of mineral-rich foods
  21.  Digestive disturbances
  22.  Elimination issues, such as constipation
  23.  Too much dependence on approval from others
  24.  Inadvertent consumption of foods that cause allergic reactions
  25.  Overexposure to toxins
  26.  Sense of unworthiness
  27.  Misuse of illegal drugs
  28.  Purposelessness
  29.  Sadness
  30.  Misjudgments in sexual relations
  31.  Lack of trust in one’s intuition
  32.  Chronic under-usage of the thinking capabilities
  33.  Overemphasis on physicality
  34.  Anger
  35.  Jealousy
  36.  Eating too little
  37.  Indifference
  38.  Overusing the body physically
  39.  Feelings of devaluing others
  40.  Choice inundation

 You may have noticed that shallow breathing and other breathing issues are not on the list. Improper breathing results from many of these issues so that breathing, or rather, incorrect breathing, is often part of the causes.

Los Angeles—a city for walkers

walking

I have been in LA for two weeks, and I continue to walk all over the city. I have walked from Hollywood to many destinations in all directions. The neighborhoods are inviting and charming. The large streets present so many different businesses with interesting names, appealing merchandise, and yummy looking food. Seeing tour buses and tourists adds to the walking appeal.

Each day I walk 1 – 2 hours. Occasionally I walk more. Sometimes I walk just to walk, and sometimes I walk with a destination in mind. I grocery shop on foot and only catch public transportation when my load is too heavy or my feet are too tired.

People in LA say that LA is a city for driving, but I know they are wrong. LA is a city to be explored while moving 2 mph (which is how fast many of them drive on the overly congested highways). When I tell people here how much I’ve been walking, they are surprised. I hope my zest for walking LA moves them to walk and see their city at a slower speed.

Not all cities are walking-friendly, but the ones that are can provide endless hours of entertainment and opportunities for discovery and connection. All it takes are comfortable shoes, water, and openness.

The interwovenness of society

Community involvement

“… a community has various needs that are ever-changing and that differ in importance. The elderly need to be cared for, as do the teenagers. The animals require attention and so does the regional government. Trees and plants give shade and beauty, and they require upkeep and protection. The poor must be seen, and the recycling must be gathered. Each person in a community can participate in an endless number of community efforts, and the more each person does, the more the community radiates warmth and support.

Affect is the goal for each community member. Caring for self and caring for others. Acknowledging needs and addressing them. Connecting with people, relating to the environment, tending to animals. Developing oneself through the attention to community.”

-from Exploring Energy Guidance Complete, My Journey, the book I am currently writing

Causes of expiring too soon

 

Expiration date

Recently, a person died who I didn’t personally know, but many people I know knew him. He was only 48-years-old and he died of a heart attack. This event has prompted me to revisit the post “The forty contributors to ill health and to possible…” https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/06/05/the-forty-contributors-to-ill-health-and-to-possible/

Sleep deprivation is number 2 on the list. Number 2! Sleeping too little is fatal! Sleeping too little clouds judgment, exaggerates emotional reactions, and causes accidents. Sleeping too little deprives the body of the time it needs to rejuvenate and repair. Sleeping too little, when combined with other factors, negates healthy aspects of living (proper diet and exercise). Sleep deprivation needn’t be, because each person can know his or her sleep needs by paying attention to the body.

Insufficient regular movement of the body is number 5 on the list. Number 5! A bit of exercise here and there is not enough. Our bodies were designed to move—often.

Chronic insufficient consumption of water is number 8 on the list. Lack of regular hydration taxes the body and increases illness possibility.

Suppression of negative emotions (worry, fear, and anguish) is number 12 on the list. Having any of these negative emotions is number 11 on the list, but suppressing these emotions is almost as bad. Feeling negative emotions is normal, but when they are constant companions they tax the body and increase illness possibility.

Feelings of devaluing others: number 39 on the list. Thirty-nine might not seem high, but when combined with other factors, can lead to an expiration date that is too soon. Negative feelings about others boomerang and cause lowered resistance to illness and disease.

Too soon is preventable, but it is more than eating certain foods and not eating “bad” foods. To understand the way to live a long and healthy life, look at the list of 40 and live oppositely to all 40. It is never too soon to change direction!

High heel fascination

 

Shoes

High heels were a part of my shoeware when I was in high school and university. I liked them and liked how they made me look, but I didn’t like how they made me feel. I wore them until I saw an exposé about the women’s shoe industry by Ralph Nader. From that moment, I chucked my high heels and learned to be satisfied with less fascinating shoes.

Recently my daughter swore off heels and she offered me a pair that I bought her a few years ago. They aren’t spike-heeled, but they do have a generous slope. I tried them on, and even took my dog for a walk wearing them to see how I could manage in them. I felt discomfort, and decided to ask Spiritual Presence about them. (Yes I know this is a trivial topic, but high heels are part of our reality so I can ask.)

Here is the information I received:

High heels are destructive to the body. They hurt the feet, they affect the L4 and L5 vertebras of the lower back, they affect the lungs and breathing, they interfere with the functioning of the large intestine, and they skew perception of the body. Slow changes occur when high heels are worn constantly.

People can handle different shoe heights, but here are general rules. If the back of the shoe is 6 cm (2.36”) higher than the front of the shoe, damage will be caused to the body. Even if the shoe is worn for an hour! If the back of the shoe is 5 cm (2”) higher than the front of the shoe, damage will be less but will still occur. Even a 4 cm (1.58”) difference can cause damage, but only if the height difference is continuous; in other words, shoes with this height difference are worn day after day. Under 4 cm can cause problems, but less often. If the heels on shoes with a less-than 4 cm (1.58”) difference are too spiky or are ergonomically ill-placed, then damage to the body can occur.

High heels need to be rethought. More appreciation for the natural shape of the feet and legs and less desire for unnatural presentation.

Review of the tests for maintaining health

Health

The last seven posts presented the tests that should be performed regularly to improve and sustain health. These tests require thought and desire to live purposefully. These tests monitor all aspects of health: physical health and sustenance of the body, emotional health, intellectual input, and connectedness to the world beyond our personal territory. These tests prevent a life lived partially, if we are careful to live with the understanding of our impact on the world.

“Knowing what to do to keep healthy is basic required knowledge. Knowing what to eat or how much to drink to stay hydrated are the most obvious keys to good health. Understanding the need and frequency of sleep is required as well. Health is not the villain to be battled or feared; health is the means to meaningful living and ultimate satisfaction with one’s life.” …from Pond a Connected Existence

The better the health, the more we can focus on life outside ourselves. Letting go of overemphasis on food or self or possessions or appearance can free us to be focused on real issues. Eating too much or too little or improperly are wasteful endeavors. Trying to do everything alone or holding back from taking part in society are against our design. Coveting or buying too many possessions hurt us emotionally and hurt the environment. Caring more for how we look than how we treat others is simply mistaken behavior.

If you haven’t yet looked at the tests, take a look now and consider the questions thoughtfully. Each of us impacts our society and beyond our society so much more than we realize. And our impact comes back around and affects our health—for better or worse.

Wishing you amazing test results!

Renee

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The basic tests for maintaining health, Test #7

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The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.

Look at your “I deserve it”s and your excuses and your complaints and your excesses, and consider how they prevent a life lived fully. A life lived fully is thankfulness & gratitude and appreciation & hope and kindness & patience and focus & striving and gusto & vitality.

Here is Test #7.

Test #7: Full engagement in life

This test reveals the fullness of your life—if you are attentive to the possibilities and gifts that are within your grasp.

For this test, there are colors and circumstances that can be used to “color” the possibilities:

*blue    *life     *raspberry     *green     *brown     *purple     *shadow    

Consider which color(s) or circumstance(s) match your attitude. More than one color can be used on a line.

  • my place in the world
  • contemplation about my death
  • body-soul connection
  • my hidden skills
  • my choices that I didn’t make (someone else made them and I went along)

After you have selected the colors/circumstances, think about why you selected them and what they mean.

Living with awareness of your gifts and the possibilities to use them is good for your health!

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The basic tests for maintaining health, Test #6

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The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.

Focusing on foods that are bereft of nutritional value or are lacking in the aspects that naturally gratify (for example, fat-free foods) undermine physical, emotional, and intellectual health. Choosing to eat based on criteria not related to sustenance of the body has evolved. As stated in Vitality!— How to Create a Life That Is Healthy:

“Eating for the sake of keeping the body alive is not a part of life for most people living in modern society. Eating for the sake of the enjoyment of the food is modern society’s take on food. The enjoyment, not the life-giving aspect, is the focus.”

Here is Test #6.

Test #6: Consumption of nutritious and satisfying foods

Here are questions for the basic test:

  1. Potato vs. french fries
    The potato, baked or mashed (not from instant mashed potatoes and not with an overabundance of butter and milk), is the healthier choice.
    Which one do you choose more often? Which one is better for your body?
    (This question does not apply to people who have a medical allergy to potatoes.)
  2. Seasonal fruit platter vs. fruit cocktail dessert
    Seasonal applies to fruits that are in season in your location. Fruit cocktail applies to fruit in a can. Seasonal also applies to fresh fruit, preferably not waxed.
    Which one do you choose more often? Which one is better for your body?
  3. Roasted chicken vs. chicken smothered in a creamy sauce
    The non-meat version: pasta with a vegetable-rich sauce vs. macaroni and cheese
    Which one do you choose more often? Which one is better for your body?
  4. Tilapia vs. salmon
    Tilapia is an abundant fish; salmon is over-eaten and is endangered in some areas. In general, seafood such as tilapia, catfish, herring, oysters, sole, shrimp, and trout can be eaten up to three times a week total. Seafood that should be eaten less are salmon, Chilean sea bass, clams, cod, crab, crayfish, flounder, haddock, halibut, lobster, mackerel, mullet, mussels, octopus, perch, prawns, sea urchin, skate, snapper, squid, and tuna. Sardines aren’t in either grouping and can be eaten up to twice a week (in place of another fish serving). These groupings are based on environmental issues. At this point in time, consumption of mahi-mahi and whale should be limited to almost none. The debate over farmed or wild salmon is discussed here: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/03/06/to-eat-farmed-salmon-or-not/
    Which fish do you choose more often? Can you do with less? Can you consider the environment when making choices about nourishing your body?
  5. Carbonated beverages, decaffeinated beverages, beverages that are referred to as energy drinks
    These beverages have been presented to us as better than water for quenching our thirst and giving us energy and vitality. Do you believe that is true?
    Which would you rather have to drink—a drink that fits into one of these three categories or water? Which drink do you think your body would rather have?

    There are many more questions; however, these five are a good beginning. Consider your answers and then consider the significance of each question.

    Eating wisely is good for your health!

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The basic tests for maintaining health, Test #5

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The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.

“People—are—designed—for—doing some of this, doing some of that, moving here, then moving there,…” from Oneself—Living.

Sitting still for extended periods of time was not part of the design. Nor was letting inanimate objects do the work for us. Life has greatly changed for people, but the basic design has not. Rather than ditch the vacuum cleaner and return to the tree-branch broom, people must add movement into their lives that is nourishing, that exercises the body, and that is challenging.

Here is Test #5.

Test #5: Physicality

  1.  If you sit for longer than 50 minutes, do you change position or do a different activity?
    (Sitting for longer than 50 minutes without standing or stretching while sitting is taxing for the body.)
  2. Do you stretch your body when you wake up from sleeping? Even after short naps?
    (The body requires movement after sleep—the entire body!)
  3. When you visualize yourself, do you picture a person who is inconsistent about exercising, is good about exercising with a group but negligent when at home, is in need of someone to make you exercise, is physically fit, or is too focused on physical appearance?
  4. What is your attitude about movement off the ground (biking, skating, surfing, skiing, etc.) What is your attitude about movements on the ground (yoga, sit-ups, push-ups, etc.)? What is your attitude about swimming and walking? What is your attitude about dancing and kicking/hitting a ball?

Allowing your body to move frequently is good for your health!

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The basic tests for maintaining health, Test #4

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The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.

Here is Test #4.

Test #4: Rhythmic breathing

“The more varied the breathing, the less chance for illness to set in..” -from the post “Aging is manageable when done properly” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/12/aging-is-manageable-when-done-properly/).

The importance of breathing cannot be overstated. Not only does breathing sustain us in life, but it sustains us in good health. Breathing that is appropriate for the activities we do is necessary for the body to refresh itself.

For this test, use the following descriptive words to describe how you breathe during the activities presented in the list:

*tight    *quick     *neutral     *deep

1 working/concentrating at the computer or smartphone

2 singing/playing an instrument/talking

3 reading/cooking

4 moving briskly through exercise, sport, rhythmic movement, work, or walking

5 laughing/talking with friends/playing with grandchildren, children, young siblings, or young children in one’s charge

For each of the activities that you do, pay attention to your breathing.

  • In general, tight breathing is reserved for tense emotions. If your breathing feels tight at other times, you should consciously relax more often.
  • In general, quick breathing occurs during brisk movements. Out-of-breath during brisk movements can be a sign of too little water in the body, too much movement at the current time, or illness.
  • Neutral breathing is appropriate for most activities. It is not the right rhythm for brisk movements or moments of deep focus.
  • Deep breathing requires conscious effort until it becomes habitual. Deep breathing is the most cleansing and strengthening of all the types of breathing, but is not necessary during brisk movements. Deep breathing strengthens the organs, flows, and spirit.

Allowing your body to breathe deeply and variedly is good for your health!

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The basic tests for maintaining health, Test #3

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The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.

Here is Test #3.

Test #3: Attention to self-needs

Ignoring one’s needs damages all the aspects of balanced health (physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual). This area does not mean self-centeredness. It means self-support.

When we fly, we are told to put on our oxygen mask before we put the mask on any dependent that is traveling with us. First we take care of ourselves so that we can help others. The same applies to our well-being. We must take care of ourselves so that we can help others.

Here are the questions for the basic test:

  1. Sleep: I schedule the appropriate amount of time for sleep each day. Yes/No
    (for people with young children, this can mean sleeping when they are napping)
  2. Relationships: I schedule time to be with people who are special to me. Yes/No
  3. Nutrition: I eat foods that satisfy my hunger for nutrition (eating to satisfy emotional issues is a No) Yes/No
  4. Movement: I schedule time for moving my body—exercise, dancing, walking, swimming, biking, team sport, etc. Yes/No

There are additional questions; however, these four are a good beginning. Consider your answers and then consider the meaning of each question.

Being sensitive to your needs is good for your health!

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