The life you are living is a direct result of all the decisions you ever made… until now. Can you imagine how much better your life could be when you can make more and better decisions in the future? Think about it! Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What will you create for yourself? If you are not creating your life, who or what is?
Stress, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, processed foods, engineered food, food additives, sugar, caffeine, pesticides, the environment, and other things all take its toll on our health. The body’s resources become more and more scarce, and it’s forced to let things go in order to preserve the nervous system and the brain, its top priority. All other organ and functional systems must be sacrificed. Eventually, there may not even be enough resources to preserve your very life.
If you are stressed, use drugs, tobacco or use alcohol to excess you need to stop these habits. Yes, being stressed is a habit. If you need help, a mind, body, spirit healer uses the most effective process. See www.gen-assist.com to find a highly qualified practitioner.
Use nutrient-dense food and pure water as your nourishment and medicine. Avoid polluting your body.
The first step to creating a nutrient-dense food plan (see last months article, “What is Holistic Nutrition?”) is to discover if you have any food allergies or sensitivities.
Naturopathic practitioners can give you a complete blood workup to determine what food allergies or sensitivities you might have. Two of the most helpful books on creating the right nutrient-dense food plan are: Eat Right for Your Blood Type, Peter J. D’Adamo, Catherine Whitney and The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps, Nicholas Perricone.
You don´t need to buy bottled water in order to have pure water—a reverse osmosis system in your kitchen or a distilled water system is cheaper in the long-term. There is a long fought and highly charged battle over which is better reverse osmosis or distilled water. There is a plethora of information on the Internet. You be the judge.
Exercise your body. Stay strong and supple.
Exercise doesn´t need to be boring or a major project. It can be as simple as walking two or three flights of stairs to your office instead of taking the elevator; parking at the end of the parking row and walking to the store instead of circling the parking lot until a spot closest to the door is open. One of my favorite exercises is jumping rope. It is something you can do with your children or grandchildren—in my case, grandchildren. If you have a trampoline, play with your children/grandchildren. Have a contest to see who can jump the most times without tripping on the rope or have trampoline contests. Ride a bicycle, hike, walk, join a gym. There is no excuse for not exercising. Be creative.
Rest, relax, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep at least 5 days a week.
Getting adequate sleep seems to be more and more difficult for people. However, I contend that a lot of time is wasted. Learn to multi-task, fold laundry, clean house (all those mindless tasks) while you watch/listen to TV so you aren´t staying up late to finish these tasks. Be creative in managing how to take care of yourself by getting adequate sleep.
Resolve emotional conflicts and pain. Cleanse and heal the soul; work to eliminate stress.
If you have unresolved conflicts with anyone find a solution. Read a self-help book or work with a mind, body, spirit healer to help you create harmonious relationships. There is a plethora of information at www.gen-assist.com on creating harmonious relationships.
Practice daily inner reflection, prayer or meditation. Use music for spiritual rejuvenation. Strive for higher consciousness and intellectual fulfillment.
There are many excellent books on mastering the practice of inner reflection, prayer or meditation. The authors I recommend are: Deepak Chopra, MD, Wayne Dyer, PhD, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, David R. Hawkins, Ken Keyes, Penny Keyes, M. Scott Peck, James Twyman, James Redfield.
Develop your own unique gifts; use them to make the world a better place for future generations. Seek a purposeful life. Foster creativity.
The key to creating your own unique gifts is to explore: Take classes, read books, travel—you don´t need to travel the world, day or weekend trips to museums, natural ruins, art galleries, attend an opera, ballet, play, etc.
Develop nurturing, satisfying relationships. Give and receive joy.
If you have difficulty creating nurturing, satisfying relationships or giving and receiving joy—working with a mind, body, spirit healer to help you clear out the blocks or fears and help you learn the art of managing relationships.
Spend time in nature for new insights, appreciation, and healing. Contribute to the health of our living, breathing planet.
Organizations such as: Sierra Club, Save the Whales, Environmental groups, bird watching or hiking in parks and wilderness are excellent resources for connecting with nature.
For a complete understanding of the eight fields which make up holistic living and a comprehensive study of the life strategies for enhancing each field, please read The Global Oracle: A Spiritual Blueprint published by Sunstar and Ayurveda Revolutionized: Integrating Ancient and Modern Ayurveda published by Lotus Press.
Article by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD.