|Posted by anne marie on June 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Chronic inflammation is at the root of a lot of modern illnesses including probably ones classified as auto immune. A genius friend of mine with IBD said it should be called 'auto-inflammation' instead of 'auto-immune'.
There are a lot of good recommendations for changing diet to reduce inflammation that are out of my scope of practice but can be researched in a lovely tome called Healing with Whole Foods. As a layperson who wants to be able to reduce inflammation, I take the insights in this type of work seriously. I have seen wonderful results.
This upcoming blog post will be about aromatherapy for inflammation....
|Posted by anne marie on January 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
As early as 500 BCE Greek philosopher Heraclitus noted that the only thing constant was change. The seasons flow into each other, year after year, changing the landscape around us. We see change as the day turns into night and the moon waxes and wanes. It's a regular part of life. Getting in tune with the natural cycle of change and flowing with the rhythms of nature can give us a boost when seeking personal transformation. Some examples include:
|Posted by anne marie on January 19, 2014 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
There is some debate among my peers whether or not happiness is a choice. It is less arguable that gratitude is something we can decide to cultivate and emanate.
People that nurture grateful thinking and express it in their lives regularly have been shown to have increased energy, empathy and optimism--all things that can increase our success at happiness. A Harvard mental health study from 2011 found that people who write about what they are grateful for visit the doctor less and exercise more!
Perhaps sometimes it's difficult to shift our thinking away from habitual worry or self-judging or critiquing others but try to practice gratitude as an alternate and perhaps an antidote to these. Try reframing situations as positive by finding the positive spin for yourself. Try keeping a gratitude journal to practice thankfulness.
If you're undergoing major change or are having intense stress, try this: before bed think of five things from the day that you are grateful for. Upon awakening, think of five things you are grateful for and see if things don't seem a little bit better! Sometimes we cannot change our circumstances and then especially we can focus on what we can change: our own point of view and response to our situation.
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
Today I am grateful for my health and the beautiful nurturing power of nature.