Throughout the past two months, my dad has taken my family on a roller coaster ride with his health's ups and downs. Every day has been so unpredictable, with days in which we thought he might not live out the week, and other days in which he has had me sobbing with tears of joy.
Is it possible to be consistently happy and peaceful for no reason or cause whatsoever? Would you want this for your life? And if this is possible, why does sustained serenity and happiness seem so elusive? Where is it hiding?
I had caught myself red-handed, not practicing what I preach, and it was a delicious moment to be reminded of where my true peace and power lie -- within, not on the 405 freeway only when the conditions are just as I think they "should be."
Body, I'm truly grateful to you. I'm done ignoring, overlooking and pushing your wisdom aside. I'm going to listen to you. In important matters, like career, love, friendships and family, I'll trust your guidance. Please help me sense what matters.
Integrative cancer care does not only include medical visits and treatments. In combination with necessary conventional cancer treatments and other integrative therapies addressing the entire body, cancer patients need to use self-care daily.
Research shows that mind-body practices have a positive effect on all systems in our body, improving quality of life, reversing the harmful effects of stress, and creating fundamental changes in the way the brain functions.
That Utah night so long ago was a turning point in my awareness because, at 16, I realized that there is something other than my mind that is part of my being. I realized that if I could say, "I want my mind to leave me alone," there was another part of me identifying myself as "I" and "me."
We cannot control what happens to us. Sometimes, difficult and tragic events overwhelm us. Yet no matter what has transpired, we do have the magnificent power to choose how to respond to life and how to move forward.
What I have learned this year is to never run from reality, to face it head on with your mind and heart; it is about staying on the ground with your two feet, and instead of looking outside yourself for the magic, never being afraid to know that it exists within you.
Our bodies are not our thinking minds, and thankfully our thinking minds are not our bodies! There is so much intelligence coursing through us on so many different levels, and "we" benefit every moment of our lives from it.
Sooner or later we'll see for ourselves what Penny Sarchet and countless others have uncovered -- that what we take in, what we believe, has a correlation to our health. The days of thinking that the body operates independent of our beliefs about it are fading away.