Day 62 of Your 66 Days To Your Extraordinary Life – An Actual Day

holisitc livingFor those of you who have been with us for 61 days, holistic living is becoming a habit. For those just starting to read this blog, this post will serve as an example of a typical non-workday. Perhaps before we hit day 66 days, we will do another for a work day. We decided to write about our day at the end of the day. In other words this was not a planned day. We very naturally live our days including nourishment to mind, body and our spirit, every day.

John got up a bit before Deb, after sleeping for nearly 8 hours (Deb went to sleep after John). He did his morning prayer, took a peak at email and exchanged a couple of texts with his daughter. After Deb got up they had coffee in bed, something they do every day that one of them is not traveling. After getting ready for the day it was off to Panera bread for breakfast. Egg white and avocado sandwiches were the breakfast of choice for both. After this, it was some light shopping, which is much more about moving than it is about shopping. After a couple of hours of walking, it was back home.

They gathered up the dogs and headed to a local park that had a wonderful wooded area to do some trail walking. This was a great connection to nature, since when in the woods you can not see any houses or soccer fields- nothing but the stream that runs along the path and nature. Peaceful and wonderfully simple movement with their 4 legged children. Back home where Deb did some straightening and cleaning, in the house, and John some work outside for a bit. Then it was off to a late lunch/early dinner. This was a new place they had not eaten at before in nearby Belmont NC. (Let us stop for a moment to say we eat out about 3 times a week, in total. So this is an unusual day for but we wanted to record a  perfectly balanced day.) Back to the blog. They shared a wonderful scallop appetizer, and Deb had a salmon salad and John a delicious lump crab sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. Back home they settled in to watch a mindless, but entertaining movie. Then they watched a documentary about the highest peak, in southeast Asia. It was a fascinating and stimulating documentary. The day finished as it started with prayer and reflection.

We obviously did not include our discussions, some personal, but one thing is certain we are always discussing the future and new adventures and how to get there. We never are done growing, challenging ourselves, mentally, physically and spiritually.  The one thing that is certain, is that when we do decide on doing something we go for it, always and without hesitation. As the expression goes, faith without works is dead. We have faith and we don’t mind the work. The only thing we never discuss, mostly because we never think about it, is any boundary related to age. We truly do not consider age, unless we are discussing retirement financials, or where we desire to live, when we are both done working. Other than those two areas we truly believe age is irrelevant to anything we want to do.)

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Day 57 of Your 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life – Hope, (The Ancient Definition) is Necessary

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iPhone could not capture the beauty of the most magnificent rainbow Deb has ever seen…

Subscribers and regular readers know we never go more than a few days without circling back to spirituality. We do this because it is, without question, where the massive gap is in holistic living. No amount of organic food and exercise can fill the hole, that will occur if you live a life void of spiritual belief. You must have all three, period. Living in the moment without hope (as we define it below) for our future is an aimless ramble. Conversely all the vision for health and happiness in the future without commitment to body, mind and spirit, daily is a destination without a road. Whether you are ready to embrace this thought or not, we believe nothing, just happens. Certainly not an extraordinary life.

deb recent head shotYesterday we posted a picture of a rainbow.  In fact we posted it again today. That picture does not capture the beauty, size or significance of that rainbow. It was literally the largest rainbow Deb had ever seen and she has seen some of the most amazing rainbows in places like Hawaii. Why was this particular rainbow so beautiful and so significant? It is the setting and circumstances. Deb was driving, while talking with her mom on the speaker phone. Her Mother’s voice was weak from infection and lack of sleep. It was the 10th or 11th time she had kidney infection with most antiobiotics resistant to the bacteria. Her energy was low, her faith at its lowest. Deb was crying, trying to stay focused on the drive. Out of nowhere right in front of her was the largest rainbow she had ever seen. It was the full arch, colors vibrant, and she was driving right into it. She described this to her mother who stopped crying. Both of them laughed and the energy came back into her mother’s voice. With great detail Deb described the rainbow to her mother and when she turned right, it was still there, she was still driving into the rainbow. No matter where she went that massive, colorful arch was always right in front of her. A half hour later she pulled into the driveway just as John did. She asked him if he had seen the rainbow and confirmed his route was the same as hers. When he said no, he hadn’t seen it, and she showed him the picture, they agreed this particular rainbow was for her and also for her mother. There is a question here, when times are most difficult are you open to seeing the rainbow? Are you looking at hope the way the ancient Christians did, hope is certainty plus action.  When Deb told her brother about the rainbow, he jokingly said “was there a pot of gold at the end”, and she answered, “yes there was, it was called HOPE.”

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Day 49 of Your 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life – Spirituality Is Critical

faithHolistic living is not complete, nor can it be successful without a strong spiritual component. It is a major reason we started this blog. Tons of quality material out there on diet and exercise. Some good stuff out there on the importance of mental stimulation and tons of great material on spirituality. The great divide we saw was nobody speaking about spirituality, really dove into the other areas, and it seemed that nobody talking mind and body, would go beyond a mention of spirituality, so here we are with this blog. You must have all three. We are Christians so that is our approach, but there are many others as well, find what works for you.

We talk often about spiritual development and have tied it to living an extraordinary life but today we wanted to explore the specific reasons why it is so important. The two we are going to focus on here today are anxiety and hope. All of us live through tough times. So many things can go wrong in life, illnesses, money problems, troubled children and losing a job, all can create significant challenges. Why does spiritual development help us cope with all of the bad things life throws at us? The answer is that it makes us realize in the larger scheme of things, this too shall pass. Joel Osteen in his book Become a Better You talks about keeping the strife out of your life. A spiritually developed person will know when strife enters and will see the dangers of strife taking over. A  spiritually immature person will create strife, put ego first and create drama, increasing anxiety, without realizing they were a contributing factor to their own situation. There is also a direct correlation between fear and anxiety. A couple of examples are fear of the unknown, fear of death, and fear of the future. Sound like anything you have experienced? According to Calmclinic.com fear shows a lack of faith in God. Increase faith in God, you reduce fear and therefore reduce anxiety.

In Bible.Org they talk about modern hope as a wish for, or an expectation without certainty of fulfillment. In the Bible, hope, in the Hebrew and Greek translations of hope, mean a strong and confident expectation. Do you see how if you view hope as a wish, it may or may not come true, and you may, or may not recognize, it if it does? Think of hoping for the dream job. Years go by and you are still in the same job. Eventually you give up hope and the new, dream job comes along, only you forget to be thankful because you actually forgot it was what you really wanted. Picture this, you hope for the dream job but you get the training you need for it, you apply, get a mentor to coach you on interviews skills and low and behold, you get the dream job. Your actions and belief were all in concert and created a new reality. You are immediately grateful and the next time you want something, it’s hope+action, Greek and Hebrew style.  In the Bible, hope is never a static or passive thing. It is always dynamic, active, directive and life sustaining. So, hope is a certainty, with action required. Buddhism also talks about hope as needing action. In the book Peace Is Every Step, it talks about hope being important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. The counter to this, is that clinging to the future does not allow actions today that can actually change the circumstances. In this situation, Buddhists see hope as a kind of obstacle not allowing the joy of today to shine through or the solutions of tomorrow.

Whatever your spiritual path, anxiety won’t go away without faith, and hope won’t change the circumstances without action.

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Day 41 of Your 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life – The Benefits of Spirituality on Your Mental State

prayer imageFor our growing list of readers and subscribers, we have talked about the importance of consistently nurturing body, mind and spirit. Two out of three does not work as effectively or as long term, as focusing on all three.. You also know, we frequently write about the synergy produced by these three. There is also synergy within these three areas to consider as well. Specifically, the health of your mind, is directly related to the level of commitment you have to some form of spirituality. Spirituality can in fact help with stress, and in some cases, even mental distress or mental illness. On a personal level, John will attest to the power of this link. This article will also introduce the idea that there are healthy and unhealthy spiritual practices. Those that emphasize rules over structure, compliance over fulfillment, might be suspect. Please read on:

A partial section from mentalhealth.org speaks to this link directly. We encourage you to read the entire article via the link provided, but here is an important excerpt.

“Spirituality can also help people deal with mental distress or mental illness. Spirituality can bring a feeling of being connected to something bigger than yourself and it can provide a way of coping in addition to your own mental resilience. It can help people make sense of what they are experiencing.

“€œI’€™m quite happy to live with the idea that … in a fallen world there are things that happen to people just … through chance and circumstance. But what one does need to believe is that all of that is happening in an ultimately meaningful framework.”€

Having a spiritual life can give people strength and improve their well-being. But some people’s experiences of spirituality may be damaging to their mental health. They may find certain belief systems repressive and their followers judgmental.

Occasionally, people’€™s past experiences can be unhelpful to their recovery from mental health problems, even if they felt comfortable with those spiritual influences at the time. Their beliefs may disturb or frighten them and that can lead to behavior that other people find challenging.”

These excerpts talk about the value of healthy spirituality. Unhealthy spirituality masks issues and allows a person to escape temporarily without solving the root problem. Think cult like behaviors, where individuals are pressured into “group think” instead of finding their own path to fulfillment. There are also religions that focus on the next life and put no value on society, or the individual in this life. Some extreme Muslim and Christian religions do this, isolating their members, showing no respect for the environment or their individual members. The true path to spiritual fulfillment involves a personal relationship with the divine, however that person defines divine, and allows a unique relationship and understanding of spirit. It also respects all members, male, female, sinner and saved. We encourage a healthy mind, free from issues past or present. We also encourage a health spiritual life, free to an open and individual experience and we also encourage a respect for body and environment. If your practices do not include all of these, we encourage a deeper look.

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Day 40 of Your 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life – A Simple Spiritual Affirmation

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Rufus in the foreground with older brother Beau

We have written often of the importance of spirituality, on your journey to an extraordinary life. We know, as is the case with all areas of mind, body and spirit it manifests itself differently for each person. For us, our spirituality is centered in Christianity.  So we thought a story of how strong faith (spirituality if you like) helps, in a real world, in real time.

Rufus the Gufus, is a year old Siberian Husky that we rescued about 6 months ago from the wilds of western North Carolina. He is delightfully spirited and also a comedian who finds amazing joy in being naughty. We firmly believe he thinks of himself as a comedian first, and whatever second.  He is wonderful in many ways and exasperating in just as many other ways. When John is not traveling for work he works from home. Yesterday he had just finished a conference call and went outside for some air, and to take some items to the recycling bin. (PLEASE recycle, everything you can, we have one earth- be kind to it.) As he approached the bin, his eye was drawn to a small black object, just inside the fence in the back yard. Two things concerned him, first it did not look like a piece of plastic, or rubber, it was more substantial. Secondly, and more disturbing, it was in the center of Rufus’ “kill zone”. Rufus the Gufus has an area, 10 feet or so in radius, that he brings everything he captures. From pillows, to stuffed animals, to play toys, to shoes, the list goes on and on, but the kill zone is the final resting place. As John went towards the fence he realized what was in the kill zone was his wallet. An open top style, Rufus had eaten half of it. Much worse what that not a single item, card, was anywhere to be seen- not his debit or credit card, not his military ID, or drivers license. The back story is “old John” would have lost his mind with anger. His temper was quick and explosive. Since becoming more spiritual a slow, two year transformation has occurred. A calm, rational, “things happen”,  attitude has replaced the anger. He went inside the fence, and began thinking of the processes needed to replace all of these cards before his next trip. Not angry, not happy, but calm and rational. THIS IS GOD, manifesting himself inside of someone, not doubt. He picked up his wallet and headed to the back door, where he found, rather neatly piled all of his cards, including a precious note that Deb had written to herself about her future when she was a little girl. A smile came over John’s face. He used to go nuts over such events and then feel a bit silly, when it turned out not to be the end of the world. Now he has faith it will be O.K. and sometimes, like this time, it turns out to be no big deal at all.

There was some discipline and crating for Rufus, for what he did but nothing too harsh. The point of this story is no amount of quality food, sleep, exercise or stimulation of the mind, can replace the wonderful peace of mind that comes only from a strong spiritual center. We encourage you to find yours and practice within it daily.

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Day 34 of Your 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life – Power of Positive Thought Edition

positive thinkingMost, if not all of us know people that always seem upbeat, positive, happy.  More often than not we think they are out of touch with reality, or just in denial. After all life is full of bad stuff. Although life is full of challenges we have a question for you,  do you spend most of your time in the light of positive thoughts or the darkness of negative ones?

One of our most trusted and respected sources, the Mayo clinic writes about this.  It reads in part; “Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.

If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.”

We all have difficult, if not horrible things that happen in our lives. To us, to people we love, and there is nothing positive in those experiences. We simply suggest that perhaps the support structure you have that helps you can be more of your focus, than the actual event, or perhaps the fact that you have other people close to you that were spared a similar diagnosis might be the positive thing to focus on. Perhaps if you receive horrible news about your health, the positive might come from being able to focus on a finite amount of time to do, say and live, in a way you did not before. If you have never read the Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch, you are missing something special. It is about the amazing strength and dignity displayed by a man in the prime of his life, stricken by cancer and finding out he has months to live. We dare you to watch the live recording of this lecture and not be deeply touched by it. There is a reason more than 17,000,000 have spent more than an hour glued to their computers.

We all have darkness in our lives and people are quick to agree with statements like, “we all have problems” but you will not find universal agreement with the statement, “we all have great stuff going on”. Our nature is to drift towards the darkness, we encourage you to always seek the light. This is not just a feel good metaphor, there are health benefits to this way of thinking. That same Mayo Clinic article goes on to talk about positive thinking and health; “Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.”

Perhaps researchers are not sure why coming at things from a positive place works, but the fact is, that it does. There is of course a spiritual aspect to this as well. Prayers, meditation and other “get out of yourself” activities raise the spirit and therefore raise you. Reiki is founded on the mindset of being grateful first and foremost. As is the case with everything we suggest on the this initial 66 day journey, you must find what works for you. Also like everything else we suggest, finding what works is a must do, not a nice to do.

Please seek out the light, even on your darkest day.

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Day 27 of Your 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life – Spiritual Deep Dive

spirituality with wordAs you have learned we generally provide content from various experts, along with our insights. Today we are quoting directly from an expert whose ability to educate and inspire, to a more spiritual life, in a way we have rarely seen. If one were to follow these tips, we are sure all human beings, would be touched in way that would transform their lives. We hope you get as much out of this inspiring information as we have.

Remez Sasson wrote this powerful article on spiritual growth on one of our favorite sites, Success Consciousness. So powerful we did not want to “risk” you not clicking through to read it. We do however strongly recommend checking out Success Consciousness, tons of great knowledge.

“Spiritual growth is a process of shedding our wrong and unreal concepts, thoughts, beliefs and ideas, and becoming more conscious and aware of our inner being. This process uncovers the inner spirit that is always present, but hidden beyond the ego-personality.

Spiritual growth is the process of inner awakening, and becoming conscious of our inner being. It means the rising of the consciousness beyond the ordinary existence, and awakening to some Universal truths. It means going beyond the mind and the ego and realizing who you really are.

Spiritual growth is of great importance for everyone. Spiritual growth is the basis for a better and more harmonious life for everyone, a life free of tension, fear, and anxiety. It helps us learn not to let circumstances influence our inner being and state of mind. We manifest composure and detachment, and we develop inner power and strength, all of which are very useful and important tools.

Spiritual growth is not a means for escaping from responsibilities, behaving strangely and becoming an impractical person. It is a method of growing and becoming a stronger, happier and more responsible person.

A balanced life requires that we take care not only of the necessities of the body, feelings and mind, but also of the spirit, and this is the role of spiritual growth.

10 tips for spiritual growth

1. Read spiritual and uplifting books. Think about what you read, and find out how you can use the information in your life.

2. Meditate for at least 15 minutes every day. If you do not know how to meditate, it is easy to find books, websites or teachers who can teach you meditation.

3. Learn to make your mind quiet through concentration exercises and meditation.

4. Acknowledge the fact that you are a spirit with a physical body, not a physical body with a spirit. If you can really accept this idea, it will change your attitude towards many things in your life.

5. Look often into yourself and into your mind, and try to find out what is it that makes you feel conscious and alive.

6. Think positive. If you find yourself thinking negatively, immediately switch to thinking positively. Be in control of what enters your mind. Open the door for the positive and close it for the negative.

7. Develop the happiness habit, by always looking at the bright side of life and endeavoring to be happy. Happiness comes from within. Do not let your outer circumstances decide your happiness for you.

8. Exercise often your will power and decision making ability. This strengthens you and gives you control over your mind.

9. Thank the Universe for everything that you get.

10. Develop tolerance, patience, tact and consideration for others.

Spiritual growth is the birthright of everyone. It is the key to a life of happiness and peace of mind, and the manifesting the enormous power of the inner spirit.

This spirit is equally present within the most material person, and within the most spiritual person. The level of the manifestation of spirituality is dependent on how much the inner spirit is close to the surface, and on how much it is hidden by our thoughts, beliefs and negative habits.”

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Day 23 of Your 66 Days to An Extraordinary Life – Mini Vacation Post

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Mini vacation with your hotel on your back :)

We have written in an earlier post about the problem with routines. They stifle the conscious mind and therefore routines stifle mental stimulation. Routines can also have an adverse affect on your spirit as well. We are all prone to routine, including those of us that are insanely busy, as well as those of us that are retired. Again our nature is to live out of our unconscious, to save mental energy and stress that comes from thinking etc. so we need to fight this tendency.

Deb likes the idea of mini vacations. More than liking the “idea”, she likes mini vacations. They rejuvenate, they shift focus away from the day to day realities, and they absolutely break routines. Do you recognize signs of stress? Your jaws might be constantly be clenched, you have a slight headache, maybe even a tick in your eye. Unaddressed, this kind of ongoing stress can wear the body down. Two week vacations, every time we are stressed, is not an option for most of us so the mini vacation steps in. So what are mini vacations? They can be anything from an overnight trip to nowhere, sleep over baby sitter for the kids, or in our case the dogs, and you check into a nice hotel within an hour of your home and you just go walking around the town or city. You treat yourself to a nice dinner, or maybe go to a movie, or maybe you just curl up in your room with a book you bought 6 months ago and you just read it. That is just one way to take a mini vacation. Perhaps on your next day off you plan a “you” day. Perhaps a trip to a local park or nature preserve with a picnic lunch. You spend half a day and very little money walking, enjoying nature and thinking of not much of anything. A GREAT resource is “Discover The Forest” It is a website where you can find state, national parks even wilderness and wild life refuges near you. Cost, if any for admission, whether there is camping, hiking, mountain biking etc. is minimal. It is a great one stop shop, for the great outdoors. One of our favorite things about the great, outdoor mini vacation is they cost very little, if anything, and  instantly the stress melts away. It is very important to take care of stress right away and not let it build. A commercial from years ago called to women, “Calgon, take me away”. Perhaps it is too cold outside or too rainy or too, fill in the blank, so, hey how about you treat yourself to a massage? We love Tai Chi massage with hot stones but if you shop around on groupon or local coupons, you can find a deal and get a great massage for $20 or $30, tops.

TIP OF THE DAY:

When making that healthy dinner, make an extra portion or two and take it to work the next day. Hey, you are already cooking, it takes no extra time to “create” yummy leftovers……

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Day 22 of 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life – Perfect Work Day Edition

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The PERFECT work day:

You wake up after 8 glorious hours of sleep. You feel so good, relaxed yet energized, yes, sleep does that to us. You do some simple stretching when you get out of bed, just like a cat does every time they wake from a nap and head for a cup of coffee or juice. While enjoying your beverage you think of nothing, or you take a page of the reiki methodology and run through a list of things you are grateful for. Basically you relax and savor the beverage. Now it is off to your treadmill for a slow walk (or walking in place) for 10 minutes, nothing crazy here, just getting the blood flowing. Now it is time for a delicious protein shake. Time to get ready for work. Part of getting ready for work is bringing a bag of almonds and another of baby organic carrots to snack on. We also are bringing a small cooler with that extra piece of salmon we made for dinner last night along with the fresh broccoli. When we get  to work we park as far away from the building as possible and we walk briskly to our work place. As we go about our jobs we maximize movement. We walk to see people rather than call, when possible. We take calls standing up. We pump our arms while walking and if our job allows, we use resistance bands or small free weights to firm and tone while working!

We snack on the almonds, carrots and split lunch between that salmon we brought and a brisk walk with a few friends at work. The day finishes uneventfully, without issue (hey, this is after all, the perfect day) and we head home. First thing we do when we get home is decompress. We find a quiet corner and we focus on…..nothing. 15-20 minutes of clearing the mind. Time for dinner. You are making a vegetable panini with a cup of lentil soup, from the big pot you made yesterday. You do those things around your home you need to do and then find 30 minutes to watch part of a documentary on Roku, about evolution, that you are intrigued by.  After finishing up other needed home and life stuff you move towards bedtime, doing nothing  for that hour prior to putting your head on your pillow other than quiet refection, prayer, whatever spiritual food that suits you. You feel great, your fitness band shows 11,234 steps for the day! Your bedtime is targeted to 8 hours of solid sleep. You turn out the light and head for slumber. Congratulations. you have taken time for mind, body and spirit today.

TIP:

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Day 16 of Your 66 Days To An Extraordinary Life!

John at Masters
For the record, even if you hate golf, the Masters is amazing.

Day 16, you are starting to get in the rhythm of mind, body and spirit. You are eating right and have cut down on soda and processed food. You are doing some light exercise, trying to sleep better and you are finding time for  the contemplation that the spirit craves. Learning and applying what you learn daily, is becoming more routine. As this momentum continues, healing will begin. What does healing have to do with it? We believe, and there is a lot of science behind it, that if the spirit is starved or hurt, the body and mind follow.  As the spirit gets attention, whether through meditation, prayer, counseling, therapy or yoga….it begins to heal. Depending on the level of trauma, or neglect of the spirit, it can completely heal or it can be a lifelong effort. What is true however, is that physical or mind growth, cannot fully occur without the spirit first. Many programs offer diets, exercise regimens, brain teasers or testing, to stimulate thinking, or yoga, Tia Chi, and meditation to address issues of spirit but few understand the absolute synergy, that can only come from all these (mind, body, spirit) to your health.

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Mylee and Deb (Deb is the blonde) walking a trail in western NC.

Dr. David Sack MD, says in an article he did for Psychcentral, that trauma has been associated not only with drug addiction but also overeating, compulsive sexual behavior and other types of addictions.  He goes on to say that people are often unaware, or have no recollection of traumatic experiences and get into their 30s or 40s before they see problematic patterns. Those who enter programs to address these issues, might end up solving one behavior only to substitute a new, destructive behavior, if the underlying problem remains unaddressed. Are emotional traumas always at the root of these kinds of issues? The answer is, it depends. If the issue is severe enough, it probably is behind the issue. Would dealing with matters of spirit, help with mind and body healing- without a doubt. Regardless, of the severity, or not, of the spiritual wound, addressing it gets you to a better place with regard to a complete healing of body, mind and spirit-next step, an extraordinary life.

TIPS FOR SLEEPING BETTER:

-No electronics (TV, iPad, iPhone, Android….) within an hour of bed time. There is good science behind this- we will keep it simple. Trust us, it gets in the way of sleep.

-No exercise within an hour of bed time. Getting pumped up before you wind down does not work for most of us.

-No eating, especially carbs within an hour of bed time. Depending on the type of carbs, it can give you a metabolic buzz and the added bonus is this, what does not get burned, gets stored as fat.

-Try moving your prayer, reflection or meditation time into this “no fly zone” one hour prior to bedtime.

-If you have a partner, don’t ever go to bed angry. Better to stay up all night and work through it and REALLY sleep well the next night, then letting things go unsaid. We could and maybe should, do an entire blog on this one :)

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