Posted in Emotional Health, Having a Voice

Scaling New Heights

I read lots of articles and listen to hundreds of interviews with people facing a life-altering illness.  Every so often I hear someone make a comment like this is an opportunity to “scale new heights”.  I’ve read about women with breast cancer making the trek to the top of a mountain.  I’ve seen the stories of people walking across the country bringing recognition to their challenge.  Does every new height have to be huge?

What’s the difference between scaling new heights and making an internal shift toward healing?  Why do these monumental demonstrative actions equate to creating a new you?  I know I’m asking a lot of questions but I’m struggling as to why even the smallest changes aren’t considered scaling new heights.

Isn’t the person who never had time for anything who following the diagnosis creates a daily ritual of meditating scaling new heights?  Isn’t the person with heart disease who changes their eating habits scaling new heights?  I believe the smallest of changes is a new height.  I believe that when we’re motivated to make changes that improve our physical, emotional and spiritual health we are scaling new heights.

If the day comes that the well has run dry and taking these monumental changes is all I have left then maybe that’s the route I’ll take.  For today, I scale new heights by creating a spiritual practice, keeping to my medical regimen and finding news ways to feed my body and soul.

Posted in Emotional Health, Spirituality and Health

Overcoming Self-Sabotage Increases Healing

We are all powerful beings.  The neuropsychologists and neurologists have long reported that we use only a small part of our brain capacity…Imagine what we could accomplish is we used more of our brain power?  Keeping that in mind let’s consider the choices we make when overcoming adversity.  How many times have we started to get better, do better at work, with our relationships, following our passion and then we get derailed?  How many times, if we look deep within do we find that we are the cause of the derailment?  It’s not something we should wear as a badge of courage, but the truth is the truth.

Last night I was talking with a client about her relationship issues.  We’ve been focusing on her anger since separating from her husband.  The anger isn’t what concerned me; it was her sharing that her auto-immune disease is starting to rear its ugly head.  I’d also be concerned.  I know that when I’m having a flair, I need to be still and look at what I’m holding on to and what’s holding on to me.

When I sit still, I can center myself and begin to acknowledge the ways I haven’t been my own best friend.  It’s a difficult thing to sit with, but as I do I re-connect to myself and understand that I shouldn’t be my own biggest obstacle.  There are many people and challenges that can feel like opposing forces to my wellness; I should not reinforce that energy.  I should be my own protector.  I should be my own advocate.   I need to always be my own best friend.

How will you identify your self-sabotaging actions?  What will it take for you to become your own best friend?  What resources do you need to make that happen?  How can I help?

Posted in art and healing

Hands and Healing

It’s often heard that “idle hands are the playground for the devil”.  First let me say that I don’t believe our hands are ever idle.  Consider everything we do with our hands.  Consider how many cultures depend on hands for self-expression.  Idle hands may just be hands at peace.  When our hands are at rest couldn’t it be that our mind is at rest as well?  Wouldn’t that have healing properties on the journey to health?

Whether you use your hands to communicate as with American Sign Language or gestures like so many people do while speaking it’s all self-expression.  Maybe you use your hands in prayer as you go deep within communicating with your inner guide for direction, there’s nothing idle about that.

Consider all those who are in the trades and crafts and what their hands can accomplish.  As a knitter and quilter I know that my hands pace my soul.  They keep me from getting to far ahead of myself keeping me in the present, especially when I stick myself with a needle.

How can you use your hands as part of your healing process.  How do you incorporate your hands in meaningful activity.  What do your hands say about you?  What do you want to share with the world through your hands?