Archive for August, 2012

God Wants Our Lives to be Well

August 25th, 2012

It is an essential part of our healing, whether physical, emotional, and/or spiritual, to be able to believe that God wants your life to be well.

I mention in various articles on this site how one’s view of God can either aid or hinder your healing. If you doubt God’s love for you, feel unworthy of His goodness, or struggle with poor childhood teaching which portrayed God as evil and vindictive, such ideas actually affect your ability to receive good from God. It is much like the psychological concept of projection. I’ll just briefly touch on it here; a person is hindered from good, positive progress in life with regards to jobs, relationships, etc. because he/she projects negative feelings and perceptions from past experiences into present job situations and relationships. Without realizing he/she is doing this, the person actually recreates a constant cycle of problems in the present situations similar to ones in the past. To put it in simplest form, a negative view of how others want to act toward you can cause people to “treat you poorly” and create more negative experiences; however, it is your own response and actions based on your negative perceptions from the past that make people again react negatively toward you.

In a similar way, one’s projection of negative feelings or actions onto God that do not exist in His person affect your receptibility to healing and other good from Him.

As I covered our own perceptions more in other articles, my purpose here is to briefly provide some comforting, health-giving passages about God’s activity in our environment that relay how much God desires that our lives be safe, well, happy, and whole.I’ll put the Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Crohn’s Disease- Study Offers New Self Help Idea

August 22nd, 2012

A study published by the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows that daily journaling about one’s illness brings improvement.

Someone forwarded to me a photo of an article by Healthcommunities.com . I was unable to locate the article on their website, though it was listed as “Remedy 17.”  Here is the quote about the study done by Boston University:

If you have IBS, a pen and paper may help.  A Boston University study published by American Journal of Gastroenterology finds that symptoms of IBS improve when the patients write about their feelings and experiences with the illness.  People with IBS suffer from chronic stomach discomfort, alternating of diarrhea and constipation and psychological distress.  Much like talks with the therapist, daily writing appears to ease some of the anxiety, depression, and other negative feelings that accompany IBS.  And when people feel better psychologically, they often feel better physically. (1)

A sideline to the idea of journaling, Healthcommunities.com recommends that you pay attention to the following certain foods and beverages which tend to aggravate IBS symptoms–chocolate, milk, soda, fats, caffeine, and large meals.
(1)Healthcommunities.com  Remedy 17

See these related posts:

Is Your Crohn’s Disease Food Allergy Related?

Olive Leaf Extract: The New Multi-Faceted Supplement

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The Relationship Between Money and Happiness- Is it Real?

August 19th, 2012

A world-wide study on money and happiness reveals essential truths about one’s life satisfaction! 

The biggest study of its kind, it questioned 136,839 people, ages 15 and older in both cities and remote villages from 132 countries.  The study was designed to represent 96% of the world’s population. 

 See the footnotes at the end of the post for links to the full articles with these stats and excerpts.

Can You Discern Happiness Apart from Money?

Researchers say that a main difficulty in past studies on “money and happiness” was that people generally are unable to differentiate between money and happiness.  When asked if they are happy, people evaluate their lives by comparing their income and possessions with other peoples.’  The new study discovered that there is a crucial difference between money’s affect on overall life satisfaction versus one’s day-to-day emotional state.

The key elements to “happiness” or day-to-day positive emotions such as enjoyment, smiling, laughing, were universally shown to result from:

-feeling respected
-being in control of your life (freedom to choose daily activities) Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Is There an Art to Asking?

August 12th, 2012

Most of us have been taught that you should never ask if you can do something yourself. Is “asking” always wrong or is there an art to an essential form of “asking?”

I recently came across an article by a fellow SelfGrowth.com expert and motivational speaker, Judy Davis of TheDirectionDiva.com called, “Go Ahead and Ask For It.” Judy very aptly discusses what I call “the art of asking,” explaining why asking is an essential art for personal growth, and when it is right and when it is not. See the footnote below for Judy’s full article and websites.

Judy admits that most people were raised that it is, at the very least, impolite, or even wrong to ask for something, whether it is help, support, or direction; many people have been led to believe that asking gives the impression that they are incapable of doing something for themselves.  These are concepts that Judy says are necessary to outgrow. An important opening quote from Judy’s article challenges us,

How can you generate anything new if you don’t ask questions?  Is it possible to create opportunities without asking for more information?  If you look at any successful person, they have developed the skill of asking for what they want. (1)

Here are paraphrases of Judy’s comments on asking the right way and for the right purposes:

-Find resources/people that can connect you to opportunities you cannot access on your own.
-Request help in a strategic, well thought-out way.
-Request help in a way that is mutually beneficial. Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Healing by Forgiving Yourself

August 8th, 2012

Enjoy this video blog on Forgiving Yourself to Promote and Accelerate Your Healing.

If you would like to read in more detail on this topic, see the article in the Personal Refelctions Category entitled, “Believe You Deserve to be Well.”Click to Open This Receive Healing Video

Click Here to Open the Healing by Forgiving Yourself Flash Video

 

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Achieving Deep Sleep

August 4th, 2012

Most people admit to being tired and exhausted the majority of the time. Many suffer from restless sleep for a variety of reasons and would do anything for a good night’s sleep!

I recently read an article, it may have been by Dr. Mercola, that said most Americans actually exist in a continual state of jet-lag due to throwing off their internal clocks by not making a habit of a dusk to dawn sleep pattern. The article below quoted in Dr. Mercola’s newsletter says that “Americans now get about 25 percent less sleep than they did a century ago.” In addition to health problems such as weight gain, depression, high blood sugar, increased cancer risk, and brain damage, it said “an estimated 71,000 people are injured in fall-asleep crashes each year.”

In this quote from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter, there are 10 steps for achieving deep sleep.

Below the quote is a link to his full newsletter. Once there, look for 2 other links. After the 10 steps to deep sleep quoted in his newsletter, there is a link to a Reader’s Digest Article with 14 more steps for a good night’s sleep. However, Dr. Mercola has made his own list of 33 Secrets for a Good Night’s Sleep and you will see it at the end of his comment section. These are all good, practical tips, some of which we had already implemented in our household, and some we are going to begin tonight!

1. Sprinkle just-washed sheets and pillowcases with lavender water, and then iron them before making your bed. The scent is proven to promote relaxation.

2. Hide your clock, so that its glow won’t disturb you and make sure there is no light coming from other sources including your windows as this will seriously impair your body’s ability to produce melatonin.

3. Choose the right pillow — neck pillows, which resemble a rectangle with a depression in the middle, can enhance the quality of your sleep and reduce neck pain. Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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