Why Am I So Tired? Anemia: Prevention, Causes, Treatments, and Hidden Clues

Today there are a large number of people who struggle with vague symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, headache, and pale skin. While this could be caused from a number of things, it could also be signs of anemia or subclinical anemia, which produces symptoms, but is not as detectable. Anemia is a blood condition in which there are too few red blood cells or the red blood cells are deficient in hemoglobin.

Red blood cells deliver oxygen to the tissues and organs of the body. Hemoglobin is important because it is the iron-rich protein in red blood cells, which carries oxygen to the body. Anemia can often go undetected until it is highly progressed and symptoms are more ominous.

Anemia can be caused by any number of things – iron deficiency, vitamin B12 / folate deficiency, excessive blood loss (ie heavy menses, gastrointestinal bleeding), medications, specific chronic or hereditary conditions (ie thalassemia), etc. The most common symptoms of anemia are weakness and fatigue. Anemia causes the heart to work harder to pump oxygen-rich blood through the body, thus decreasing energy to do normal activities. While mild to moderate anemia may cause very mild symptoms or none at all. Some other signs and symptoms of anemia would include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness / lightheadedness
  • Palpitations / heart racing
  • Headache
  • Coldness in the hands and feet
  • Pale skin / pale inside of lower eye lid
  • Change in stool color, including black and tarry stools
  • Visibly bloody stools

These signs and symptoms can occur because a low red blood cell count decreases oxygen delivery to every tissue in the body, anemia can cause a variety of signs and symptoms. It can also worsen the symptoms of almost any other under medical condition. If anemia is mild, it may not cause any symptoms. If anemia is slowly ongoing (chronic), the body may adapt and compensate for the change; in this case, there may not be any symptoms until the anemia becomes more severe.

There are many reasons oxygen delivery may be decreed. Oxygen delivery affects how the mitochondria function. Mitochondria are the primary energy producers in the body. Their performance affects the functioning of all other muscles, organs, glands, and even the brain. Mitochondria need both oxygen and glucose, to function optimally. An imbalance of either of these will cause inadequate fuel for the body's processes, which affects tolerance to exercise, the ability to lose weight, and overall health.

Much like a high performance sports car, that requires the highest quality gasoline available to achieve top performance, cells need optimum amounts of oxygen for proper performance. Car performance sufferers dramatically without optimum fuel and the body needs optimal oxygen for its proper performance.

Potential complications of untreated anemia are arrhythmias (a dangerous irregularity in the rhythm of the heartbeat), organ damage (related to lack of oxygen to them), and reduced blood volume (related to bleeding problems), that can lead to loss of life.

The first goal of treatment is to find the undering cause, then to increase the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. To do this, you must look for ways to raise the red blood cell count and / or hemoglobin level. For some people, anemia is caused by more than one factor. The main causative factors of anemia are:

  • Blood loss
  • Inability to produce an adequate number of healthy red blood cells
  • High rates of red blood cell destruction
  • Lack of dietary iron

Treatments may include dietary changes or supplements, medicines, procedures, blood transfusion, or surgery to correct internal bleeding. Medications and treatments include supplements such as iron, antibiotics to treat infections, hormones to treat heavy menstrual bleeding, erythropoietin to stimulate the body to make more red blood cells, medicines to prevent the body's immune system from destroying its own red blood cells, and chelation .

  • Be advised that medications affecting stomach acid, such as antacids, antihistamines, and proton pump inhibitors (ie: Zantac, Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Pepcid) can interfere with iron absorption. Be sure to discuss any prescription or over the counter medications you are taking with your health care provider to avoid any possible interactions.
  • Iron can also be taken with orange juice to help absorption.

As with all things, prevention is better than treatment, and prevention starts with awareness. To prevent anemia you must have enough red blood cells in your body to efficiently carry oxygen. A proper diet filled with iron rich, nutritious foods, healthy sleep patterns and exercise can help to keep your body producing adequate amounts of red blood cells.
Staying up to date on annual exams, along with documenting any troubling symptoms, can allow imbalances to be detected at their sunset. If you suspect anemia, a simple blood test called a CBC or Complete Blood Count, can give you the answer. This information will allow your health care provider to craft a treatment plan to restore your blood health.

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God’s Promise of Healing Is for You Now

If you're going to live in divine health, there are going to be times when you'll have to be downright extreme about the Word of God. – Kenneth Copeland

Several things happened in the past few months that thread me into The Word intensely, searching for spiritual strength and power to defeat the physical attacks of the enemy.

  • Extreme pain in my hip and back, challenged and defeated in March, tried to reassert itself
  • Two dear family members sudden battling cancer
  • The young grandson of a friend diagnosed with a chronic disease
  • A family member and a friend battling Alzheimer's

If you have little training in the Word and the ways of God, you may not know or trust His promises of healing and health, but I can assure you that they are there … and they are powerful. God wants you cured and whole and well.

Understand clearly that sickness, disease, lack, pain or any other 'evil' is Satan's ploy, not God's. God does not give you hardships and diseases 'to teach you something' or 'to humble you'. That's another lie from the devil. Jesus clearly stated that Satan is the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus came so that you would have an abundant life (John 10:10).

When the God of All, who created all things with His own spoken words, makes a promise, you can be sure it is true. Whatever He speaks has to be truth because whatever He says comes to pass! “Let there be light,” and it was. “Let us make man …” – and here we are! If you think it's Wednesday, and He says it's Tuesday – who do you think wins? If He says, “I will restore health to thee,” (Jer. 30:17), well, health and healing are yours!

So, why are not we all completely well? Because we do not know enough about God and His Word to access those promises and their power. And because we have not taken the authority God delegated to us here on earth. Divine healing is available to you. Whether you need healed today or sometimes in the future, you can be ready to claim your rights as God's child. Let me explain.

First of all, you can not have faith in something if you do not know it's available to you. Think about the battle Edison and Tesla had to convince the world about the benefits of electricity. Or the mindset that the world was flat … or that man can not fly. Similarly, you can not believe for spiritually-powered healing if you do not even know it's possible.

God's Word is clear. Literally dozens of verses proclaim “I am the Lord that healeth thee” and “Jesus healed them all.” His promises include words like “made me free”, “all things are possible”, and “there is not failed one word of all His good promise”. Deuteronomy declares that every sickness and disease is under the curse; Galatians proclaims us “redeemed from the curse”!

The first step, then, is to find out what God has to say about healing and health. Dig into The Word with a Concordance or Reference Bible. Find the versa that pertain to health, and write them out or create a word doc. (I have a scripture list on my tablet, laptop and iPhone.) Do not put this off as a 'someday' project. Research His promises for yourself – as if you very life depends on it!

Next, meditate on those promises. Roll them over and over in your mind. Speak them out loud. If you need healing now, read them aloud to yourself several times a day, like medicine. Your pill bottle says 'take 4 times daily'. Do the same with The Word.

If you do not need healing at this particular time, meditate on His promises as a preventive measure. Romans 10:17 says, 'Faith comes by hearing'. The more you hear the Word, the stronger your faith becomes. It does not say “maybe faith comes.” No, it says faith comes! The more you hear, the stronger your faith. Then, when you need to take a stand of faith, you'll be ready – but only if you've prepared.

Meditation (thinking about something over and over) brings revelation. As you think on His Word, ideas will spark in your mind – a new way of considering that verse or concept that you had not thought about before, or perhaps a related thought that adds understanding. It's an 'aha' moment.

That revelation is God's Word personalized for you, by Him. Perhaps no one else 'gets it', but – for you – God has shown you the inner workings of His kingdom. It brings depth and understanding that you did not have before. It adds power to your prayers and confession.

The third step toward healing is prayer. Now that you are armed with His promises, you can pray His Word. For example, “Father, Your Word says that by Jesus' stripes I was healed. If I was, I am now. Word. Thank You that I am healed and whole and well. ”

That prayer has three essential components. First, it tells God what promise you have chosen to stand on. Isaiah 55:11 says clearly that His Word 'does not return void, but it will accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it'. Speaking His Word back to Him empowers heaven to bring that Word to pass in your life. Since He gave us His Word as our resource, you can believe that what He said is what he wants to accomplish and prosper in your life. Acts 10:34 assures you that God is no respacter of persons; in other words, if He did it for one, He'll do it for anyone, including you. But you have to believe that and apply it in your own life.

Which brings us to the second component: claim your healing (deliverance, prosperity – whatever you are praying for). God delegated the power over this earth and everything in it to His family – you and me. In Genesis, he told Adam to 'have dominion'. When Jesus left, He delegated His power to us as believers (Matt. 28: 18-19). And Ephesians 3:20 says that 'the power works in (or through) us'.

Claiming His promises as if they are true for you is faith. Faith says, “God, You said it so I believe it – whether I like it, understand it, or can see it.” Faith steps out beyond the physical senses and claims His promises as true, resisting every temptation to cry or complain about a current ailment. God says to 'call those things that be not (I'm healed) as though they were (past tense, already completed).

Here's the principle behind that. If He said it, it is true because God's Word is Truth. It may not be your present reality, but it can be … if you hold onto the promise of The Word by faith. Hebrews and James both explain that our profession (to profess is to claim as true) must be made in faith, without wavering. When you waver (giving in to the symptoms or the urge to complain), you drain the power from your faith.

The third component of that prayer is gratitude. If you claimed it, then you have it – so you can be grateful for it! Gratitude is powerful. Being grateful for the manifestation before it actually happens is a demonstration of strong faith – and you know that faith needs 'works' to be effective. Gratitude is a part of that work.

One of the most powerful scripts in the Bible – as a practical demonstration of faith – is Mark 11:24. Therefore I say unto you, Whatever things you ask, when ye pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Faith claims the promise ahead of time, trusting that it will happen exactly as God said.

Time comes into play because it (whatever you prayed for) needs to transfer from heaven's provision to earth's reality. The stronger your faith and patience, the sooner that happens. Faith grows from exposure to The Word (The Word being water and fertilizer for your seed-faith which was planted in your heart / spirit). More Word – more faith – more manifestation! It's that simple.

The last step needed is a combination of continued meditation and gratitude (faith) and movement (works). Do what you could not do. If you believe you are healed, do not lay in bed. Do not give in to the symptoms any more than necessary.

As a practical application, here's how my weekend played out last week. We bulldo home from GA and my left hip was aching a lot. By the time we got home, I could barely move. I'd battled this some months ago – excruciating pain, can not sit or stand – with success, so I was surprised when it attacked again.

Saturday morning, after crawling from bathroom to bed because I could not get up off the toilet, my husband said he was taking me to the emergency room. I scratched my teeth and told him to bring me my laptop. I listened to several teachings on healing ( kcm.org is a good place to start), read aloud my list of healing scripts at least a dozen times, and stayed focused in The Word the entire day. Did I want to? No – I've much more watch HGTV or old movies, read or play solitaire.

By Sunday morning, the pain level was bearable and I was moving better. I asked myself, “What would a healed person do?” I'd probably clean the house a bit and do the dishes. So I did. By Monday morning, the ache was almost gone and I went to work. By Tuesday, there was no sensation of pain, no limitation of movement.

Does it always work that fast? No. But I do know enough about God and His Word to know it always works, so I can trust His timing. The battle is not with God, the battle is breaking through Satan's barriers and our own mental arguments – those thoughts that run around inside your head. Second Corinthians 10: 5 says to 'cast down imaginations' – all those thoughts that are contrary to God's promises. Why? Because they short-circuit your faith.

God promised you healing and health. It's a part of your legacy that Jesus paid for you to have. He always healed anyone who asked Him. There was never a disease or situation that He could not or would not heal. So the next time you need healing, go ahead, take a pill – but get in the Word and claim your rights as a child of God. Do not give the devil a head start. Stay in faith and stay healed!

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Becoming a Better You

Why am I unhappy?
People through the world preoccupy their time and energy with self-improvement. However, many remain unaware of the intrinsic, accessible resources available within the scope of their own faculties.

As you navigate through this sometimes confusing labyrinth of life, you may occasionally bury your sense of scarcity or inferiority in lavish homes and cars, makeup, designer clothes, a career, or ever status. However, such commodities purely offer ephemeral, external comforts that dwindle over time.

Indulging only in the physical world will certainly reap physical, mediocre benefits limited to this particular realm of time and space. Yet, through specific meditation practices, you can easily manipulate the fluid currents of this physical world, and simultaneously ascend to heightened spiritual states.

I must emphasize that you can not achieve enlightenment by means of physical indulgence. However, you're enlightened, higher self connection can give rise to abounding knowledgeable, resources, physical commodities, happiness and more. The invisible (field of energy, feeling in your heart) give rise to the visible. Some religious teachers describe this as the concept of Faith, but it has many approaches and interpretations. It takes a supremely spiritual state of mind to expect physical changes by means of your heart, spirit.

In spite of this inescapable truth, many wallow in primitive states of being, dominated by materialism, ungratefulness, bitterness, all of which give rise to lack, scarcity, etc. When you centralize your focus on what you do not have, you certainly attract more lack and more scarcity. However, when you can gaze at yourself in the mirror, and feel complete, complete, and grateful, content, preoccupied with abundance, and focused purely on improving your state of being and interconnectedness with the divine source, you attract all that your heart desires . Abundance is attracted to those who feel complete with or without material things.

How do I improve my life?

Improving your life is an inward journey. This begins with higher self meditation, which entails introspection, activating the energy field around you, manipulating the fabric of space and time, accessing the creative power of your heart, and succumbing to the infinite abundance of the universe.

In order to fully reap the benefits of such meditation, you must cultivate a love for all living things, rich or poor, insect or human. You can not erect a discriminatory barrier if you wish to attract abundance and goodness into your life by means of meditation.

This is a very specific type of meditation, and there are variations of it, including higher self healing meditation. To learn more about MerKaBa meditation, a holistic self help teacher may be of great assistance to you.

Remember, if you desire more things in your life; do not pursue material desires directly. Direct your focus to a healthy mind, body, spirit connection, and you will attract all that you desire.

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Tips for Relaxing the Mind and Body

More and more women are leading stressful lifestyles nowdays. Between the stress of work, children at home, financial responsibilities and just keeping up with everyday tasks, you find that there is no time left for anything else. Here are few tips for relaxing your mind and body.

Meditate

Not necessarily in its traditional definition.

You can get the positive impacts of meditation by doing repetitive actions, anything from sports activities such as walking and swimming, to painting, knitting or other activities that require you to pay attention.

You might find that you are thinking about the issues that are occupying you, especially at the beginning, try to relax those thoughts and focus on what you are doing at the moment.

Pretend you are relaxed

Take some time for yourself and imagine that you are in a relaxed environment.

Whether reflecting on your favorite trip or a relaxing fun memory or simply imagining a quiet day on the beach.

Tea

Drinking hot tea can help you reduce your stress levels. If you drink a lot of coffee, try relocating or at least replacing some coffee with tea instead.

Caffeine can increase your stress level and does not help you relax. Both green tea and black tea have been shown to have many positive health benefits in addition to fighting stress.

Try herbal teas also. Chamomile tea is one of the best type of teas used for reducing stress and calming you down. You can also try mint, fennel seed and catnip tea.

Take a nap

Naps work wonders. If you can not enough sleep at night, taking a couple of 20 minutes naps during the day can seriously help you power up through your day.

Sometimes, they are just what you need to get this additional boost that helps you relax and distress.

Massage

Too busy to take some time to go to a spa? No problem, try a self-massage option. Massages can often help you relax by releasing some of the tense muscles in your back and shoulder area.

Using a tennis ball to give yourself a shoulder rub, this is a quick and easy step to relax your muscles and reduce the tension in your muscles.

Deep Breathing

Never understimate how well deep breathing exercise can help you. Deep breathing can turn tension into relaxation. Taking few minutes daily to breathe properly can do you a lot of good.

Just take a deep breath through your nose and slowly let out a sigh through your pursed lips. Relax your entire body as you do that and try to isolate the stressful thoughts of your never-ending to-do list.

Care for yourself

As the mother, wife and best friend, you are always caring for someone else and restoring order in your home. Try taking sometimes for yourself.

While you may not have this luxury very often, schedule time for yourself where you can read your favorite book or do an activity that you enjoy without anyone interrupting you or calling for your attention.

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Health As More Than a Band-Aid

Each of us has areas of health that feel stronger, and then there are areas that feel weaker. Can you picture which is which in your health? It can be tempting to want a quick fix for the weaker areas — take a pill, find a supplement, try a new exercise technique, drink more water, sleep 8 hours, and the like in terms of health tips. You decide to use all these health tips, and “voila” you expect to feel better in a week or two. But why is it that you do not quite feel better yet?

Health tips can be useful when used the right way, but there are often deeper layers from which health needs healing first. If a specific area of ​​your life feels stuck, unbalanced, or neglected, your body will ask you to pay more attention in the best way it knows how through physical and / or mental-emotional health symptoms. Health, just like life, takes courage to up and support. It's great to keep health tips in your mind and practice them when you get a chance, but also pay attention when it's time to dig deeper to support your health.

Digging deeper means going beyond the wonderful definitions of health and discovering your own that are unique to your life. How do you know when you're feeling healthy, and how can you tell when you're not feeling yourself? First of all, you have to check in with yourself to see if you notice the difference. Everyone does on some level, but try looking at your health with a new lens if you feel out of touch with what you're going through.

Next, remember that you've had meaningful life experiences and that what you've learned from them can help you handle what you're going through today. Health is not just about blood pressure readings and lab results. Health also comes from the confidence that you feel ready to handle challenges in life. When you experience moments of doubt surrounding this confidence, find a way to back yourself and your health too. The supportive feedback you have toward yourself counts just as much, if not more, than what you hear from others.

Finally, remember that you care. At times, life can feel consumed by thoughts of image and status quo. Promises of “What looks good — is also readily accepted” swirl through the air as readily as oxygen. Still, you must find a breath of fresh air for yourself amid this mentality. Remember that you care on a level beyond image, acceptance, and Band-aids … health-related, or otherwise.

Real health is about more than covering things up with a literal or metaphoric Band-aid. Real health involves you as an individual and what you go through in your life. Because of this, you are your best healer deep down. Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper to access the true power that you possess.

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5 Ways to Start Fresh

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~ Mary Pickford.

It has been said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. 21 days out of an entire lifetime is like snapping your fingers. It is a short period of time relative to the many many years you have on earth. The next time you declare that your ideal goal is too hard to attain, try looking at it from this fresh new perspective. As you try new things or begin to form habits around the things that are working, know that the first, easyest path is to do what you can when you can. You can do it! Let go of old stories and renew your will by starting again; each week or each day and another day and another day … 21 days will be here before you know it.

Start fresh each week or each day by:

  1. Working with your body, not against it. Dis-ease feeds on negativity, whether it's negative thoughts, actions or foods / drinks that the body can not process. Setting your intention and then feeding yourself negativity in any form will put you back to square one. Accept, do not hate, what you have now. Appreciation for the magnificent form we call the body, no matter its present condition, helps decrease the chronic un-ease we call dis-ease.
  2. Knowing that it takes steps to form a path. Wellness is a process of consistently making choices towards good health. If you stand in the same place complaining or not taking action, of course it will be impossible to see change. Feel encouraged by moving forward, even if you are doing one additional healthy activity a day.
  3. Realizing that past appointments can be celebrated; they help shape and refine your goals. OK, maybe you did not succeed with the last attempt. The best thing about “failing” is that you have a ready-made list of what does not work. You know not to try the same thing again right? Ask yourself how can you tweak what was done to get better results next time. Let go of the guess and regret and understand that you are always learning.
  4. Do what you can when you are ready. Either you are ready for change or you are not. If you are ready, use that will to get through each day. Visualize what you want and hold those images in your mind. If you are not ready for change, forcing yourself buildings resilience and resentment to the activity, people around you and yourself.
  5. Having fun! What do you have fun doing? Do you love to dance? Enjoy singing when no one is around? Can not get enough of cleaning? Take what you love and infuse it in whatever healthy activity you are doing. Sing your favorite song while juicing. Dance all the way to your mat for situps. Smile for 5 minutes straight before meditation. Fun gives you fuel to keep going!

We are all mean to live happy, healthy lives.

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Trauma: Grieving the Unknown

Grief follows following a trauma.

That seems like an obvious statement – something tragic occurring in your life, and as you begin to move forward with each hour, and day, the grieving process starts.

Denial
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance

Each step into the trauma has its own unique process that we, as the grieving individual, are supposedly to walk through. And although each step can have a certain predictable pattern to it, each person follows a unique path when entering into the grief and loss process.

But what happens when therief process is extended? What happens when you do not know what to grieve for?
This is the situation that individuals with extended, uncertain recovery periods find themselves facing. Imagine facing the news that a family member has been in a terrible car accident. They have a severe brain injury, and the prognosis is uncertain. The time for recovery is intensive – almost two years – and exhausting to watch.

How do you grieve in this situation?

There is no easy answer to this issue. There are many situations that families can find themselves in that fit this scenario – and how they proceed is often very different depending on the circumstances. However, one piece is clear – extended recoveries with no guarantee at the end create a very unique and difficult mourning process. Due to the uncertainty of the end result, and the amount of time from sunset to the end result, the grieving process can be stalled out in one or more parts of the process. And different members of a family can be grieving loss in different ways at different times.

Grief and loss can walk hand in hand, and grief does not have to be tied only to death. Grief can occur with the loss of plans or a life path; maybe being unable to ever have children, or losing a job that one is no longer able to have because of an injury. If a loved one is no longer able to communicate, they may still be with you, but that is still a devastating loss, and something that can cause us to enter into the grieving process.

Grief cycles are transitional. There is no plan, timeframe, or rules when it comes to being sad, wanting to change the situation or being angry that something bad has happened to you, or to your family. Hope becomes a word of the day – expecting things get better sooner, faster – and hope can lead you through each stage as they come, sometimes in waves, together.

It is important when dealing with an extended recovery, with uncertain outcomes, that everyone – both family and patient – work together with honesty and open communication. An extended support system, involving both professionals and family members, can allow for many viewpoints on a situation and can assist with ensuring people dealing with the immediate grief and sadness are being assisted and supported. Often times, those individuals closest to the situation are unaware when they need help, and they can easily burn out and crash, making them unable to care for themselves, or for those recovering.

Grief following death has a very different perspective than grief with uncertain outcomes. Grieving unknown losses is difficult – how can you honor when you are not sure if all hope is lost? When do you give up that hope? When do you try to move on?

There is no clear answer to any of those questions. The goal is to work through the unfair forms as they come to you. Understanding that emotional days may mean that you are processing fears, exhaustion or frustration, and knowing that those are normal can be helpful enough to get through them. Consulting or meeting regularly with professionals that specialize in justification and extended recovery is important to ensure that you do not get stuck in one part of the process.

Grieving the unknown result is often times harder than grieving a death. It is okay to feel the loss, even if it is difficult to name what that loss is.

Sometimes it is just enough to know that it is okay to grieve.

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Past Life Therapy Can Alter Your Genetic Blueprint

Past Life Therapy Can Alter Your Genetic Blueprint

SCIENCE FINALLY AGREES – We are not enslaved by our genetic blueprint but we are the masters of our own genetic destiny. Past Life Therapy and Time Line Therapy can help.

Over the last ten days the Hay House Summit 2013 has offered some amazing speakers for our enjoyment. The interviews have been highly informative and great reminders of the power we hold within ourselves to change our lives, and to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives full of joy. Deep gratitude must be extended to the incredible pioneering work of Louise Hay and the incredible stable of people who are now a part of the Hay House family. Some of the great spiritual thinkers of our time have presented at the Summit including Dr Brian Weiss, Dr Deepak Chopra, Bruce H. Lipton Phd, John Edward and Peggy Rometo to name a few.

Although I did not get to listen to all of the speakers I was fortified enough to hear a number of them. Of particular interest to me was Bruce H. Lipton. Bruce is a Scientist, a Developmental Biologist who champions the notion that a persons genes and DNA can be manipulated by that persons beliefs. Further, Bruce tells us that science now accepts the fact that we are no longer prisoners to genetic, or hereditary 'illness'. Why, because our beliefs give us the power to choose health over illness, happiness over misery. While this may be something that many of us have believed for many years, others have bought into the 'medicalisation' of dis-ease. In Bruce's conversation with Joan Borysenko, Joan related a story from when she worked as a Genetic Biologist studying the Cancer gene. She told the audience that they took two rat samples both had been contaminated with the Cancer gene. One of the control groups of rats lived a hectic stressful life and all developed cancers. The other control group of rats lived the equivalent of a rat 'spa' life, calm and peaceful and stress free. Even though the second group of rats carried exactly the same cancer gene as the other group not one . of those rats developed cancer.

This is a great example of how the choices we make in the way we live our lives can overcome genetic blueprints. How incredibly empowering for all of those people out there who up until now have believed that the notion of exceeding illness through positive belief and good living was new age humbug. Science now agreements, the way we feel, think and react in our lives changes the chemical state of our bodies and alters our neural responses. Those chemical responses can be positive or negative for our health, and the great news is WE GET TO CHOOSE !!

While it is agreed that we carry the potential for illness in our bodies, the wonderful news is that we carry our own medicine and cures in our minds. We can unlock, unpick, and reprogramme the reservoirs of our unconscious mind and resolve the dis-ease in our bodies without the intrusion of surgery and medicine. It is a wonderful reminder of how powerful we really are, especially when we allow spirit to guide us. There are numerous documented experiences of spontaneous physical healing during Past Life Regression therapy sessions. This is because our past memories are written into our present lives through our spirit embedded within our unconscious mind and deep within our genetic blueprint so accessing these memories and dealing with the issues which they present are often the catalyst for healing.

Time Line Therapy ™ is another outstanding modality that can quickly assist in the process of healing mind, body and spirit by releasing the memories that cause stress and dis-ease within the body. We can remove negative emotions like anger, sadness, fear, shame and guilt. We can also remove limiting beliefs and limiting decisions, all of those things that nurture disease and prevent us from experimenting our optimum health potential.

There are so many positive things we can do each day to ensure that our awe inspiring bodies stay healthy and now that we know that the power resides predominately within our minds let's all remember to take some time out each day to simply be in the stillness, to breathe in the sweetness of source and relieve our precious bodies of stress. Feed your body with love, joy and gratitude and watch how it multiplies.

In light
Jenna

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Communication During a Traumatic Event

Recently, I tried to write an article about communicating with someone while they were in the middle of what I call the “eye of the hurricane.” The goal of the article was to try to educate readers about how it feels to the person that is in the “eye,” and ways to communicate with that person, knowing that memory skills and the ability to answer questions are clearly impaired.

I talked in generalities, trying to discuss the impact of trauma on emotions, and the accessibility of an individual to process information given to them while suffering in the acute stage of the upheaval. The words in the article, although technical sounding and true to fact, held no meaning for me, and the article quickly fizzled out. I struggled with what to say, and I realized then that the problem was not with the information, it was with the presentation.

Individuals that have been lucky enough in their life path to have not suffered a major trauma would have difficulty describing the feeling of the “eye of the hurricane.” That is a blessing. To NOT have the memory – those feelings lodged in your chest forever – would be what those of us that have experienced it, a good thing. You can not unlearn or un-live a trauma.

But you can learn from it, and you can help others, those on the outside, help those that are on the inside.

In the first few hours after my husband, a local police officer in Minnesota, was airlifted to the hospital following a severe car crash, I was in the eye of the hurricane. The initial shock had not worn off, and I was still reeling from the onslaught of information that was being pressed upon me. That information, probably very important, was never absorbed; because in the moment, my mind was unable to take in anything after the initial shock.

My shock started at home, following a knock on a door, and a sergeant from my home town police department informing me that my husband had been in an accident, and the Chief of Police from my husbands' department would soon come to pick me up to drive me to the hospital. I have memories of the time immediately following that notification, because I soon wrote them down in a journal. But without that journal, I have what many have called that saw me that night, tunnel vision memories.

That tunnel vision described perfectly how I felt, what I heard, and what I recalled that night. Months later I was able to piece together the first 48 hours of that time period, but my true recollections are fleeting. And those that saw me as I entered the hospital referred to it as the “face of what someone looks like that has tunnel vision.”

So how do you communicate with someone in that heightened level of emotional shock?

I think the better question is do you really need to communicate with them?

Someone in that condition has a very limited ability to make important decisions, and to communicate and articulate what their needs and abilities may be at that limit. Even people trained to deal with crisis situations ever hit the point of overload, and can no longer actively participate effectively in that crisis. The goal for someone on the outside of the trauma is to provide the support around that individual to create a need to know situation, and to give them the ability to breathe, and step out of things slowly, as they are able to cope with the situation. Simple, short questions with yes and no answers are often best at this time. The fewer the questions the better, as trying to think with the white noise of fear and anxiety – which many individuals that have experienced a trauma will describe – humming in their heads is difficult.

There are times when difficult decisions must be made in a timely manner. Medical personnel often have some level of training to reduce these decisions to simple statements, and to articulate the situation, and what the immediate needs are, to help break through that tunnel of fear, and give the individual some chance of focusing on an answer.

But for those that are in that eye of the hurricane, it can be almost impossible to make those decisions. Those that are trying the communication need to be very aware of overload, and the risk of complete shutdown by someone trying to just breathe through the moment. One questions too many, one too many decisions that have to be made in a short period of time may be all it takes to reduce someone to a state of further panic.

My advice for those dealing with an individual, whether it be a family member in crisis, or a professional that deals with those types of situations on a regular basis, is to remember that there is a limited capacity for input in the acute stage of a trauma. The emotional input is so staggering, that there is very little room left for any other information. Decision making becomes grossly impaired, and even those decisions that are made need to be evaluated for significant coloring by the situation at hand.

There is really no great answer to the question how do I communicate with someone in a trauma? I think the best thought process is to understand that there is no real way to ensure that someone in that level of heightened emotional state can make great decisions; truly, they do what they can, when they can.

And the hope is that those around them can be there to support and guide them along the way.

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A Horrible Taste in the Mouth May Come From Lies

It is hard to describe the horrible taste that can come into my mouth when lies are listened to or bad things are told. Some experience the sensation because of a medication they may be on or for some other reason but that usually leaves a metallic taste and possibly other symptoms. It is not the same as that in my mouth after weighing through things that are against the Spirit.

As a spiritual person with full memory of reincarnation my experience has given me insight into things that oppose the facts. Reality is precious and the truth is a great treasure that is buried beneath layer after layer of lies that people are brainwashed into accepting.

When they are stripped away something resembling normality shines through. In my case the simplicity of passing from one life to the next far out does the convoluted stories that talk of a distant heaven, a fiery hell and an eternal life of bless or punishment. The tricks behind those things are related to power and control.

Before science and researchers located the past in archaeological digs, the human genome and the many myths that prevailed it was excusable for people to be confused by the many pantheons' of gods, virgin births, and imagined solutions to certain problems. These included questions about what happens to one after death. This alone opened the doors to a flood of hype and make-believe that continues to leave a nasty taste in my mouth whenever they come to notice.

With access to education and the world-wide web one has only to type in a question to get an answer. But a person needs some degree of education in order to spell the words of the questions that they want answered and to learn how to work a computer, iPad or other device. Many will not take up that challenge and those who aim to lose by education of the masses are not likely to lend a hand. Hopefully one day it will happen.

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A New Alternative That Will Completely Change Your Life

God's existence is a scientific truth. Thanks to the method of dream interpretation discovered by the psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung we can understand God's words in dreams. Many people can not believe that this is true, but everyone verifies that the messages of the divine unconscious mind that produces our dreams are totally different from the information given by ignorant human minds.

You can simply verify into practice that this is true by submitting your dreams for professional translation. You can also learn the dream language and become a dream expert like me. I teach you everything I know.

You will verify that the information and the guidance you have in your dreams is superior and really helps you solve your problems and evolve. You will get rid of all your psychological problems and you will become a self-confident and wise human being. You will also be sensitive, patient, calm, humble, sincere, and generous. Everyone will be grateful for your existence.

The unconscious mind transforms you into a sensitive genius. You become a superior human being.

You only have to write down your dreams in a dream journal and translate them according to the scientific method. You do not need to be a dream expert to start reaping the benefits of this knowledge.

When I became a young mother (in 1984) I understood that I was neurotic. I was always depressed and angry. I seriously cared about dream interpretation as a psychotherapeutic method because I had to be with my baby all the time, and I could not afford a psychotherapist. I understood that I needed help and I also understood my responsibility as a mother. I unfortunately needed support.

This was why I studied Carl Jung's method of dream interpretation so well. I had many vivid dreams.

Even though I was only in the beginning of my studies, I was helped through dream interpretation. Now, imagine how much you are helped today thanks to my simplifications. You are very lucky because my work helps you easily understand the dream language. You directly understand what is essential.

This is a new alternative that will completely change your life. I worked very hard for two decades to be able to provide you with a fast and clear method of instant translation.

I dedicated my life to dream interpretation because I verified into practice many times how spectacular this therapeutic method is. This method is also very simple and a free method. Your doctor is God's mind, the divine unconscious mind that produces your dreams. You only have to learn the dream language once in your life to be able to understand the free psychotherapy you receive in your own dreams forever.

This psychotherapy also works like a process of spiritual purification. God pays attention to everything.

For example, when you have a dream about walking in a strange place, and you have to surpass many obstacles, this means that you are making a research in a place you ignore.

This research is about your life. You are looking for solutions.

The obstacles represent attacks and problems caused by your enemies, or by your own anti-conscience, which is the wild side of your conscience. Your anti-conscience is constantly trying to destroy your conscience and take the place of your ego.

This means that your research is difficult and dangerous. You can not easily find the answers you need. This dream is showing you that you have to correct many mistakes, so that you may avoid the obstacles of the way instead of having to face them all the time.

You have to refer this information to your daily life. You may discover that the obstacles in your way are traps that come from the outside world. You will pay attention to various details and correct mistakes you could not notice before. You will stop being a victim of other people's wickedness.

You may also verify that these obstacles come from your anti-conscience, which is constantly trying to generate a mental illness within your conscience. You have the tendency to repeat the same old mistakes, but you give excuses to yourself. The unconscious mind will make you stop being different to your mistakes. You will learn how to do only what is positive.

Then, you will have a dream about an old friend, from the time you were on elementary school. This friend represents a part of your own personality that still has the behavior you used to have when you were a child. Many people keep having a childish behavior in certain ways during all their lives. You will learn how to transform all the parts of your personality and truly evolve.

You only have to obey the divine guidance in order to find peace and happiness. If you do not like the idea to obey the guidance of your doctor and teacher, you can not be cured and attain spiritual perfection.

Your cooperation is indispensable. Dream interpretation based on the scientific method is a process of consciousness.

Consciousness is awareness, knowledge, and comprehension. You acquire consciousness when you understand the meaning of your actions. For example, you understand that when you have a certain behavior, this is an instinctive reaction caused by certain stimulus.

Therefore, you pay attention to this behavior and you stop acting this way. In the beginning you may feel that you have to pay attention to many details and you will tend to forget to pay attention to your behavior all the time, but later you will learn how to automatically pay attention to many details at the same time. Your mind will open.

You will become so intelligent that you will be able to easily find solutions to all problems. There are only advantages on obeying the divine guidance in dreams.

People who belong to ancient civilizations were people who had a meaningful philosophy of life like the Native Americans. This is why they could understand the real importance of our dreams. They did not belong to the hypocritical, materialistic, and atheistic modern civilization.

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The Art of Relaxation for Better Health

Ever had the feeling that everything is rushing at you way too fast, and way too forcefully? Life has a habit sometimes of testing you in challenging ways all at once. What do you do when this happens?

Often, our minds tell us that we have no choice but to keep up with all of it at once. Time to be Superhuman, right? If you ask the body what it needs during this time, it will tell you a different story. It will tell you to learn the Art of Relaxation, both during your “on” times as well as your “off” times. The effects of ignoring this lesson often trickle not only into health, but also into all the activities and tasks you're trying to keep up with.

The Art of Relaxation involves some key ingredients to make it work well for your body, mind, and overall enjoyment of life. Let's go over them one by one:

1) Do not worry too much about what others are doing! The mind will tell you that Sue, and Mindy, and Kate (for example) are all able to manage exercising five times a week, starting their own businesses, raising families, cooking a different meal every night all while working a full-time job . Will this thought process help you in the Art of Relaxation? NO! So, let yourself off the hook in not comparing your stress and relaxation thresholds to other people's levels.

2) Do you feel like you have to “get back to” your responsibilities first before you're allowed to relax? Is that nagging bill bothering you, or your coworker who's claiming that memo? Do something different for a change, and get back to yourself first. If you were to e-mail or call yourself right now, what would you tell yourself? Think about the suggestions you could give yourself about unwinding and letting loose a bit. Be creative on how you can breathe some fresh air into your life without outside hindrance. Be selfish! After you take a breath, you'll feel readier to handle everything else.

3) Take it one step at a time. Sometimes when we get super busy, the thought of relaxing and unwinding becomes yet another task. You may hear your mind chastising you for not being more chill, or scolding your body for having under eye bags, skin breakouts, indigestion, fatigue, or other physical evidence of stress. Now is not the time to yell at yourself for not having it all together. Take relaxation off of your “To Do” list and place it in a more respectable position of “You Time.” You deserve the Art of Relaxation, and even though no one else will remind you of this regularly, it's still true.

The rest is up to you! What do you want to do, when you're not doing? Go for a walk around the neighborhood, maybe. Read a suspenseful or thought-provoking book. Draw or paint something. Learn a new instrument. Just lie on your bed and listen to music. Cook something new. Tune out for a bit in whatever way you choose.

As you embrace the Art of Relaxation, you'll see that it is medicine for your health, your soul, and your life. Practice it regularly, and you'll get better at it.

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Divine Health: How To Enjoy Free Health Care Services From God

The third epistle of Saint John verse two says, '' Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, just as your soul prospers. '' This indicates that God's purpose for His children is to live in Divine Health. Unfortunately, many people are unable to enjoy this benefit either because they are ignorant of it, or they do not know how. In the pursuit to enjoy God's health care policy, they go about seeking healing, which is a lesser alternative.

To qualify for divine health, you need to believe in Jesus Christ and confess that He becomes your Lord and personal savior. If you will like to take this first step, then say this after me: '' Dear Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus died for me on the cross of Calvary. I believe that He shed His blood for my sin. Therefore, I ask Him to come into my heart and wash me clean with His blood. I confess he becomes my Lord and personal savior from today. Now I am born again. Thank you for saving me. ''

Congratulations!

You have just been born again if you said that after me. You are now a new creation in Christ Jesus. Old things, including sicknesses, diseases and infirmities, have passed away. You are now in a new kingdom called Zion, where diseases and sicknesses have no authority. In Zion, your life no longer depend on human blood (Lev.17: 11.) But on the Word of God which can not be attacked by germs.Legally, divine health is now yours. Having fulfilled this condition, you can now learn how to claim your possession.

How do I claim what belongs to me in Christ?

Firstly, always be conscious of your new nature. Imagine you living a sickness-free life always. Even when the signs and symptoms come, refuse to accept them. Take a stand against the wiles of the devil. When you do this consistently, it means you agree with God. When you agree with God no devil can hurt you.

Secondly, learn to apply God's Word as medicine to your flesh (Proverbs 4:20). Search and study the Scriptures for your health tips. When you find them, see them with the eyes of your spirit to understand how they work. Accept them and meditate on them till you create a mental picture of you dwelling in divine health. This is how we extract the medicinal content in the Word through meditation.

More so, learn how to yield yourself to the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the healer. He does it by the same power with which He raised Jesus from the dead. Recognize and talk to Him in that heavenly language daily. Surely, He will vitalize your mortal body.

Furthermore, the power to decree a thing is in your mouth. You have the power of an attorney in your mouth. You can save your life from that life threatening ailment with your mouth. You shall have what you say (Mark 11:24.) When you begin to feel that deceptive symptom, tell it to go away in the name of Jesus. When your body tells you it is time to have a glass of dry gin or go for that illegal sex, tell it to stop it. Your body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost. Deprive the devil of its pleasure and enjoy your divine health.

Finally, learn to eat the right diet, take exercise and rest, live in healthy environment, imbibe a hygienic lifestyle and abstain from activities that will jeopardize your health so as not to give the devil the opportunity to afflict your body with diseases. Fear no more. Jesus is alive. The Holy Spirit is with and in you. Enjoy divine health in Jesus Name.

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Chronic Inflammation the Real Silent Killer: What You Need to Know to Fight Disease

Chronic infection is a widespread problem, potentially a silent killer, because it flies beneeth the radar. This serious affliction now has scientists learning more. Studies show that chronic inflammation serves as a precursor for most chronic diseases. Thus reducing it can delay or prevent the sunset of many life-threatening conditions. In order to make anti-inflammatory choices, one must first understand ” what are the specific factors associated with chronic inflammation,” secondly, ” why they are associated with it,” and finally, ” how can I prevent or reduce it.”

Inflammation occurs as a natural response to injury, infection, or allergic reaction. The symptoms of pain, swelling, redness, heat, and loss of mobility, while unpleasantly, are necessary for the healing process. When inflammation occurs, blood flow is increased to the injured area, which creates redness and heat. This also increases permeability of the blood vessels, causing swelling and often reducing mobility. This cascade of events activates pain receptors, indicating injury.

Inflammation can be either acute (short-term, 24-48 hours) or chronic (long-term). To recognize the diagnosis of inflammation, look for the suffix “itis,” attached to any aliment. It indicates inflammation of the root word. As in conjunctivitis, the root word conjunctiva (white part of the eye) with “itis” attached, equals inflammation of the conjunctiva (aka: pink eye).

In some cases, the inflammation may not go away. This chronic type of infection is an indication something has gone wrong. While there is the same immune response, it has malfunctioned and is no longer a healing process. Specific proteins play key roles in the immune response. With acute infection, these proteins perform precise functions to systematically manage the injury and heel the tissue.

With chronic inflammation, there is a malfunction in this biochemical process. The proteins are summoned to a site where there has been no injury or the injury is resolved. These leads to dysfunction, as their presence now begins to cause damage to the healed or non-injured area. To reduce or end chronic inflammation, one must understand this process and be proactive to solve it.

A dysfunctional immune response can be caused by many factors, some genetic, and some lifestyle related. While you can not change genetic factors, things such as excess weight, unhealthy diet, smoking, stress, exposure to UV radiation and environmental toxins can be changed. Excess weight seems to be the largest contributor to chronic inflammation. Individual fat cells release hormones, which control various aspects of appetite and the immune system.

Just like any other organ, fat has an ideal proportion at which it functions best. The presence of excess fat cell tissue causes increased hormone release. Excess fat also activates pro-inflammatory messengers. Weight loss is one anti-inflammatory solution. Even moderate weight loss will cause fat cells to shrink. This can significantly decrease pro-inflammatory messenger activity.

Food and weight loss have significant effects on inflammation. As weight is lost and inflammation reduced, inflammatory response-causing foods can be better regulated by the body, leading to less pollution. Some foods can make pollution worse and a few can directly cause it. Because pro-inflammatory foods often replace antibiotic foods in the diet, more damage can be caused by what is not eaten, than what is actually consumed. This makes balancing take more important than simply avoiding certain foods. The roles of pro-inflammatory foods are all about the context in which they are ateen.

Diets high in trans fatty acids and saturated fatty acids can have pro-inflammatory effects. Many processed foods, are high in trans-fat. Look for the terms “hydrogenated” or “partly-hydrogenated” on the label. Grain-fed meat is also higher in pro-inflammatory compounds, so look for grass-fed meat. Balance is the key. When planning meals, always consider the total amount of fat consumed in a day, to make wise food choices.

High blood sugar can also cause the body to release pro-inflammatory messengers. Be aware that not just sweets, but highly refined grains and carbohydrates are also metabolized like sugar by the body. Other things to watch for or avoid are artificial ingredients, additives, and any foods to which you are sensitive or allergic.

Anti-inflammatory foods are those that promote a reduction in inflammation. Crucial at decreasing levels of pro-inflammatory messengers are all spices, herbs, and colorful fruits and vegetables . Garlic, onions, and horseradish are three pungent vegetables in particular, which contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Many plants contain chemical compounds, which actively turn down inflammatory protein activity. Other foods prevent the absorption or utilization of pro-inflammatory compounds, leading to an anti-inflammatory response. Other foods and nutrients to be aware of are:

  • Nuts, seeds, and seafood contain the amino acid arginine
  • Green tea, contains many beneficial compounds, particularly EGCG
  • Probiotics, healthy natural bacteria to rebalance the immune system
  • Omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), found in chia and flax seeds
  • Supplement with a high-quality multivitamin / mineral
  • Supplement with high quality Fish-oil

Adding these foods, nutrients, or supplements can help reduce the inflammatory response and aid recovery. Be proactive. Why wait for the harmful effects of inflammation to manifest into a chronic illness? You can restore immune balance by changing a few things you do, and by what you eat. What do you have to lose? After all, there is no negative consequential to having a healthy diet and lifestyle, only to having unhealthy ones.

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“The Spaces of Our Lives”, Ways to Destress, and Spirituality: Making the Connections

Which path do we choose to explore when we are overwhelmed by stress?

We are most familiar with ways to destress or stress relief tools. They are very capable and frequently in the media. These consist of eating healthy foods, exercising more, talking with friends, meditation, time management, organizational skills, financial management, and numerous other tools for specific stressors.

A less tangible, but no less useful tool, is finding stress relief through one's spirituality. It is uncommon for people to turn to their spirituality. However, if they do, it's because they are feeling overwhelmed, it's because of the circumstances that they are experiencing, or it is because of their beliefs.

The Spaces of Our Lives is a framework to destroy your life and stress management using spaces and techniques so that you can be happier. Often a framework or reference point is what is needed to simply and easily look at your life to more clearly identify life purpose, the importance of personal relationships, and strengthen your stress management skills.

What is Spirituality?

Spirituality has many definitions and often is defined by the individual. At its core spirituality helps give our lives context. It is not specifically connected to a certain belief system or even religious worship. Instead, for many, it arises from a connection with yourself and with others. It can involve the development of your personal value system and it is often connected to searching for meaning in your life.

Spirituality takes many forms. Some of these forms are religious observation, meditation, prayer, or simply a belief in a higher power. For others, it can be found in nature, art, music, or secular community. Spirituality and how it is practiced is different for each person.

How can spirituality help to destress your life?

By connecting to yourself and the world, you feel you have a purpose in the world and do not feel alone, even if you are alone. This may give you a sense of valuable inner peace during stressful times.

When you feel a part of a greater whole, or the universe, you realize that you are not responsible for everything that happens in life. It is easier for you to share the burdens of tough times and share good times, blessings, and joy with those around you.

If you are a member of a spiritual community, you can expand your support network. Spirituality can be found in churches, mosques, synagogues, spiritual groups, in your family, or even on walks with a friend through nature. Spiritual expression and spiritual sharing can help build relationships that support you at stressful times.

Cultivating your spirituality and reflecting on your spirituality may help you unforgettable what's most meaningful in your life and give you a sense of purpose. By clarifying what's most important, you can focus less on the unimportant things and reduce stress.

Finally, people who consider themselves to be spiritual tend to lead a healthier life and are better able to cope with stress, heal from illness or addictions, and support others during times of stress.

How can “The Spaces of Our Lives” help with stress relief?

Like spirituality, by understanding “The Spaces of Our Lives”, we feel a sense of purpose, we connect to the world, we release control, we expand our support networks, and we lead healthier lives. “The Spaces of Our Lives” in some ways is a complex framework and in other ways simplistic. It's a way to look at the world through different aspects of our lives- self, spiritual, relationships, network, financial, physical, nature, body, mimetic, and focus. As human beings, we have a direct relationship with the environment in which we live. In order to make long-term changes, it is important to consider the world around us and how we interact with it to destress our lives.

Discovering your Spirituality

Often times when people are stressed, they feel they do not have the time to get back in touch, unaware, or discover their spirituality. Others commonly turn to their spirituality and hope their prayers will be answered.

Some of the questions people ask about their spirituality are?

• Why am I here?

• What do I value?

• What brings me joy?

• What's my purpose on earth?

• What am I passionate about?

• What do I believe in?

• Is there really a higher power?

There are many additional questions one could ask about the experiences and values ​​that define you. The answers to the above questions help you identify things about your life and with this information you can focus your search for spirituality on the things you believe in. These personal answers and answers to your own predetermined questions also help you define your life and where you find spirituality. You can focus on the relationships and activities that truly nurture and inspire you and that encourage your personal growth.

Discovering “The Spaces of Our Lives”

This is a framework and is inclusive of not just spirituality, but all areas of your life, where stress may exist. Stress is a natural phenomenon. You can never totally eliminate stress. Our bodies are constantly trying to maintain balance. However, using positive means and ways to destress will help us become more productive, effective and happy individuals. By using a framework with pictures and metaphors, looking closely at our lives, our perspectives, and the ten environments above, we will gather an understanding of ourselves and our lives. Identifying the importance of “The Spaces in Our Lives” will reduce our stress and bring us clarity to live the lives we have always dreamed of having.

Making the connection

Spirituality involves getting in touch with your inner self. A key component is self-reflection. Suggestions to do this are using prayer, meditation and relaxation techniques to not only focus your thoughts, but find peace of mind. Writing in a journal daily helps you to express your feelings and record your progress. Seeking out a friend or loved one who can help you discover what's important to you in life is beneficial. Others often can share insights that we have not discovered. By reading inspirational stories or essays you open yourself to different philosophies of life and this can also be beneficial. Lastly, talking to those who live spiritual lives you admire will give you insight on living a more fulfilled spiritual life.

Spirituality is nurtured by your relationships with others. Foster relationships with spiritual people who are important to you. This can lead to a deepened sense of spirituality and sense of your place and purpose in life. Also donating or volunteering in your community deepens your spiritual connection.

In summary, though your concept of spirituality may change over time, staying connected to your inner spirit and to the lives of those around you can enhance your quality of life. Spirituality forms a basis of your well-being and helps you cope with stressors in your life.

“The Spaces of Our Lives” not only looks at the spirituality in our lives, but at other environments or areas in our lives where stresses exist and cause stress. By looking at the ten areas in your life in a systematic manner, it is easier to understand our lives. We learn ways to destress our lives, change our perspectives, and balance our lives in a way that recognizes that stress is a normal component of life, but not an overwhelming threat to our well-being.

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