There is a great book called “Staying Healthy with the Seasons,” by Elson M. Haas M.D. In it he goes through the seasons as it relates to our experience of well being.
Here are some excerpts from it that helps to capture the essence of springtime that I thought useful to share:
“Spring is here. It’s time to cheer and shine like the sun…”
“You may now feel a new spark and power, and be filled with inspiration and energy to act upon your ideas.”
“This is a good time to take a look at your life and make a new plan. What do you want to clear out as the past in your environment and within yourself—and what do you wish to see happen this year? Take a little time to write a new health/plan, including goals for how you wish to feel and what you would like to do and see happen.”
“Most illnesses are a result excess toxins (physical, mental, and emotional unusable materials) in the body. Healing is the elimination or cleansing of these toxins, and then achieving a balance of intake and output.”
“It is important to clear out the past to create spaces for the future to come into being now. If there is no room for it, the new energy will get all clogged up in the system. When spring arrives, remember, “elimination equals illumination.”
Here is the link to our next Sunday HeartMath session in Atlanta. Even if you live out of town I would invite you to join the meet-up so you can observe and join in with the discussions posted. I would invite you all near and far. HeartMath can make a healthy difference in our world.
“Remember coherence building techniques involve putting out a core heart feeling or attitude like love, care, appreciation or non judgement not just heart breathing.”
From Transforming Depression HeartMath Book
“One of the purposes of HeartMath tools is to help you cultivate more positive emotions in order to gain a more heart intelligent perspective.”
This is from HeartMath’s Transforming Depression book. Today is our local Master Stress with HeartMath Meet-up session here in Atlanta and this is what I have considered as a springboard for our open discussion.
What strikes me about this statement is gaining a more heart intelligent perspective. In chiropractic we use the term innate intelligence which can be related to our own innate wisdom. HeartMath I see tremendous value with in helping individuals come more in touch with an experience of knowing. Knowing as it relates to what is true and what is not. Knowing that gives us an experience of soundness and of being in our natural place. Knowing that gives us a sense of joy simply to be alive.
With the coming of the spring season you may want to keep the following in mind to enjoy this wonderful time rather than suffering through it.
Instead of getting your inhalers ready or your allergy medications think about how you can best support your body during this time. Some of the best things you can do is addressing stress and your diet to help minimize the allergy triggers and symptoms.
If you have been reading my posts I have been addressing the stress through most of my posts. I do find the best way to do that is by utilizing the HeartMath tools and technology. Here is a short video to introduce the work to you. https://vimeo.com/194561931.
In regards to the following the more prone you are to allergy symptoms the stricter you will want to be if you would like to enjoy the spring season better.
- go paleo or at least move in the direction of eating only real food which includes meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. Organic foods would also be best. Eat nothing processed. This will reduce the burden of your body’s need to handle the array of chemicals and additives contained in processed food giving your body a better chance to handle the load of seasonal as well as toxic elements already contained in our air.
- eat more vegetables than anything else this will help to restore your healthy ph which will help to optimize your body’s ability to handle environmental factors like pollen
- eliminate or at least reduce foods containing gluten, diary, soy, corn and peanut. These foods many times will trigger our immune systems to basically work harder to keep a balance taking away your body’s ability to handle the spring season influences
Of course there are more things to consider in reference to addressing allergies. For now I thought to share these starting points to encourage you to set the stage to enjoy this beautiful time.
I have recently engaged in the Course Builder Lab training and contained in my introductory course work was an article written by Dr. Lesley Taylor. Contained in her article was something that struck me in being very applicable not only to my training but also to our health.
“So while you may have lots of people around you to support you, you’ll want to own your own problems because that gives you the space to solve them.
Until you own your challenges you can’t be the one to fix them.”
Relative to our health this helps to clarify the role we have as a patient and as a practitioner. Really the practitioner is here to support the person to help them fix or solve the their own health challenge by giving them tools and understanding of what it will take to address a problem.
There is an increasingly functional medicine approach taking place in the world that is putting the person with the problem as the center of the process rather than looking at the doctor as someone who is going to fix them. Granted when it comes to emergency or acute care the doctor plays more of a part to address the immediate problem. When it comes to addressing a health concern that is less acute the doctor can serve to provide an understanding of what is causing the problem and then provide education to help an individual address the problem themselves.
This is fundamentally done by allowing individuals to see how the choices we make play a central part relative to our health.
Although this awareness may not be new to you or to me I find that Lesley’s words about OWNING OUR CHALLENGES drives it deeper into a realization that we are to own our own health!
I have to share this post from HeartMath. We have heard of acts of kindness that we have appreciated because we have seen them. This article takes it a step further in our providing acts of kindness that may be unseen but actually have an effect!
Here is a brief excerpt that you may have to read twice to get the message:
“Unseen acts of kindness are an extension of our core heart qualities such as patience, compassion, care, appreciation, respect, tolerance, acceptance and love. Each time we choose to act on a core heart quality we’re adding kindness to our world – and we’re creating positive change in the world.”
I would encourage you to read the whole article. Enjoy:
Our Unseen Acts of Kindness
The following is something from HeartMath’s Transforming Depression Book.
“Your emotional habits propel you to judge, blame, vent,or repress feelings, while your heart intuition whispers, “Let it go. It’s not a big deal.” This is a hinge point—a moment where you choose to go one way or another. This is where you can learn to be heart intelligent and direct your emotional energy so it won’t wash back on you with more stress. That’s how you take emotional responsibility.
Learn to increase the percentage of times you make a heart choice at the hinge points. In this way, you will build your overall heart intelligence rather than always falling back into the typical old patterns that keep compounding your stress. As your ratio of heart choices increases, your heart-intelligent thoughts will become louder and the old patterns will gradually lose strength.”
Consider picking up the book Transforming Depression from heartmath.com to know more.
I am proud to share that I have accomplished the requirements to be certified as a HeartMath practitioner. I find this work to wonderfully integrate with my wellness chiropractic practice.
I have also formalized my Master Stress with HeartMath sessions into an official Meet-Up. Here is the link to it. http://meetu.ps/e/Cqz61/tk59P/f
The following is a quotation from Elon Musk I thought worthwhile to share. I find the orientation found in the words, “what are we sure is true,” brings a more solid conscious grounding enhancing the experience of peace. May this help you find the same.
“I think it is important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. [When reasoning by analogy] we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done or it is like what other people are doing — slight iterations on a theme.
First principles is kind of a physics way of looking at the world. You boil things down to the most fundamental truths and say, “What are we sure is true?” … and then reason up from there.
— Elon Musk