Monthly Archives: April 2015

Focus On Important Things

“She had a revolutionary idea: She would make more time for life’s truly important things. First on the list: breathing.” ~ Amy Rubin Flett …

How easy it is to become lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Moving around quickly from task to task, making money to pay bills only to find ourselves faced with more bills, and barely taking any time to catch our breath. But when we get so caught up in the busyness of life that we fail to make time for “life’s truly important things,” we miss out on so much of the love, beauty, and purpose of life. Continue reading

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Attitude Affects Our Health

“It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” ~ Hippocrates …

When it comes to assessing the maladies and afflictions we are faced with, often times we are simply too shallow… we do not dive deep enough and end up barely scratching the surface. We look at the symptoms–how we feel and how those maladies and afflictions affect us and our lives–and we try to put a band-aid on them. Rarely do we assess the “person” to determine who they are and how perhaps that may play into some of those symptoms we are seeing. We essentially treat the symptoms, instead of treating the individuals and the actual root causes of their ailments. …

A perfect example of this is how a lot of children these days are prescribed medications and pills for ADHD, depression, obesity, and all sorts of things of the like. What before was once considered energetic, social, or creative, is now called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But what is really going on with this energetic, creative young mind? And furthermore, what unique and authentic development might we be hindering in these children by putting them on such medication?

There is much more to sickness than what we physically see. Multitudes of research and studies have been done showing that a large portion of disease and sickness comes from our mental state. High blood pressure, ulcers, heart disease are a few examples of how our thoughts can affect our physical health. So why do so many of us fail to take the necessary time to “get to know the person” on a level that perhaps may shed more light on their symptoms and their root cause.

Healing comes from dealing with the root of the problem that ails us–whether that is physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. And when we afford others and ourselves the opportunity to understand who we are–beyond just our ailments–we create truly fertile ground for healing and growth.

Reflect throughout the day on how your present attitude might affect your health.

Questions to consider:

Have you ever experienced an ailment that you felt was a result of your own actions?

What thoughts might lead to health issues? What thoughts might help to strengthen our health?

How can having a positive attitude help us to avoid sicknesses and improve our lives?

For further thought:

“Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are. . . People are different when you can smell them and see them up close.” ~ John Green, Paper Towns

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Listening

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen …

Most societies do not regard silence as a valued trait of a friend. Perhaps it is because we correlate friendship with sharing–thoughts, ideas, feelings, fears, joys, sorrows. Generally, we share our feelings, reactions, and pains through our speech–by talking with others. Therefore, for many of us, silence can sometimes seem awkward. But as Rachel points out, a loving silence often has far more healing power than any words we could speak. Continue reading

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Build “Bridges” Not “Walls”

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” ~ Joseph F. Newton …

Of course, we all generally prefer comfort, safety, and security in our lives. So much so, that we sometimes dig ourselves into ruts and build up walls around our hearts to protect ourselves from the pains and difficulties we might face. Unfortunately, when we do this, we are simply increasing the distance between our self and others–we are building up walls instead of bridges that would bring us closer to those in our life. And by isolating ourselves and embracing the idea that we are unlovable, we only serve to maintain our sense of loneliness. Continue reading

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Our Actions Today

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” ~Mike Murdock …

If what Mike is saying were the secret to unlocking our potential and realizing our goals and desires, then it really would be worth my while to take some time to think about what daily routines I have that contribute to my future. And if I do not have any, well then perhaps now is the time to develop some. Continue reading

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“Book” Of Knowledge

“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.” ~Paul Brown …

Although winning is not everything… it sure does feel nice to experience victory and success from time to time. Yet victory cannot bring to us the same wealth of knowledge found in defeat. And when we look to learn, grow, and become better than we were previously, we can obtain “books” of additional information more from a single defeat–perhaps even more than all of our victories combined. Continue reading

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Embrace Your Imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ~Albert Einstein …

Although much of my personality prefers to be logical and gravitates towards things that can be understood and explained, I feel that deep down inside me I really desire to see life as Albert describes it here: with an imagination that “embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Such a view of life offers us endless possibility and potential. But most importantly, it offers us hope for rich experiences beyond this limited time we are alive on this planet.

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