I was watching a Discovery Channel program about the Universe. There are apparently two forces in nature that dictate balance among the heavenly bodies. The Big Bang caused incredible forces of expansion that are still moving out from the center. The complementary force is Gravity, which keeps all things united in the center. Balance between these forces allows the Universe to expand at a reasonable rate.
I had taught a lesson recently on the “Comfort Zone,” that place in our experience that resists change. Otto Rank, the famous cohort of Sigmund Freud, wrote about “Life Fear,” (the desire to stay on familiar ground and resist change), and “Death Fear,” (the desire the move out of stagnation and grow).
Doesn’t it sound like life on the human level is both moving out from the center (expansion and death fear) as well as trying to hold on to comfort (contraction and life fear)?
The more we look at the way the Universe functions, the more the parallels to our experience we can find. Too much expansion = not safe. Too much contraction = stagnant/not growing.
We each have our own formula for what is enough familiarity/comfort and what is enough adventure/discomfort. I can see that if we are excessive in either direction, we get a diagnosis!
The reason I’m writing this is to tie some concepts together, namely, our experience as human beings is a reflection of the way things are universally. This may seem like a head scratcher, but if you have a little time to read and reread, maybe you’ll agree. All roads embody singular truths that may look different at one level, but join in Oneness at another level.
Contemplating where we are in our levels of expansion and contraction can be a healthy rubric for self-reflection. Try it!
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A recent NY Times article discusses the connection between brain and body and several studies have demonstrated that having a positive view of aging can have a beneficial influence on health outcomes and longevity.
Judith T. Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, developed a set of eight skills to help foster positive emotions.
The eight skills are:
Recognize a positive event each day.
Savor that event and log it in a journal or tell someone about it.
Start a daily gratitude journal.
List a personal strength and note how you used it.
Set an attainable goal and note your progress.
Report a relatively minor stress and list ways to reappraise the event positively.
Recognize and practice small acts of kindness daily.
Practice mindfulness, focusing on the here and now rather than the past or future.
Becca Levy and Avni Bavishi, at the Yale School of Public Health, demonstrated that having a positive view of aging can have a beneficial influence on health outcomes and longevity. Dr. Levy said that a positive view can enhance belief in one’s abilities, decrease perceived stress and foster healthful behaviors. Physiologically, people with positive views of aging had lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of stress-related inflammation associated with heart disease and other illnesses, even after accounting for possible influences like age, health status, sex, race and education than those with a negative outlook. They also lived significantly longer.
In the internet age, everything online looks like the truth. Once something is online it doesn’t go away so anyone’s ideas can persist and eventually become accepted. Big money supports big marketing and that makes for distorted truths.
Time for all of us is short, so opportunities to research and find out the truth for ourselves are rare. (Although, we do surf around shopping and doing trifling tasks with whatever time we have. Priorities.)
In general, we rely on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to vet out crazy claims and protect us. The problem is that money talks. Not to be cynical (who wouldn’t be after this election year), but don’t we think that big business and campaign dollars may have some influence on the way “the truth” is couched?
It comes down to being very careful and very aware. Know your own earth-suit’s owner’s manual. We can rationalize easy and comfortable solutions, but there is nothing comfortable about making hard choices regarding our health. Denial eventually comes around the corner and kicks us in the fanny in the form of illness.
Here is a dumbed down version of what is complicated:
The more natural the food or product, the better it is for us.
If we can’t pronounce the ingredients, we shouldn’t consume or use the product.
If you feel sick or dulled after eating something, don’t eat it again.
As Sherlock Holmes said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” As simple as it is, we are a nation of people who know a lot, but do as we please.
Prevention through mindfulness. Often inconvenient, but absolutely vital.
Be well and prosper!
Not only is the cost of health care astronomical, but finding professionals who haven’t compromised their bedside manner to the ticking clock and skyrocketing malpractice costs is becoming more and more challenging. The “good news” is that the idea of waiting until you’re sick to be concerned about health is an outdated approach. Circumstances have dictated that we take more and more responsibility for our own well-being. Financial responsibility is coinciding with what is essential to maintaining good health.
Think about it; does it make sense to let our body imbalances reach critical mass and express as debilitating symptoms, or does it make more sense to do a little research on how we can maintain balance and avoid the more serious results of neglect?
In an earlier blog, I mentioned that ignoring the need for ongoing body balance is like cutting the wire to the check engine light in your car. The body expresses itself subtly at first, but will become more adamant if we aren’t tuned in to its more subtle messages.
A good example is digestion. Heartburn, gas, constipation, diarrhea, a sense of uneasiness in the lower abdomen are all indications that something’s up. I learned recently that taking antacids, a common remedy for digestive distress, can backfire if your issue is inadequate stomach acid. I recently took the Heidelberg pH test and discovered that I don’t produce enough stomach acid. If I had downed Tums or some other chalky remedy, I’d be heading east to get to California!
If we are looking to the pharmaceutical industry, western medicine or complementary medicine for solutions without adequate information we may find generic solutions rather than ones tailored to our specific needs. We need skillful diagnosticians to use healthcare tools prudently. Throwing pills or natural remedies at an issue before we fully understand what’s going on is a bad idea.
We’ve lived in our particular bodies for all the years we’ve been alive. Knowing our own unique ins and outs and being attuned and conscious is so important. Telling our bodies to “shut up” with symptomatic suppression will cause the body to escalate its needs in the form of more severe dis-ease…and how can we expect a well-intentioned professional to instantly tune in when we aren’t listening to ourselves?
Here’s to conscious listening!
With love, Rosanne