“Stay Fit, Stay Healthy For Happy Living” ~ Guest Post

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Picture this. At the psychiatrist, you talk about how nothing seems to cheer you up. Right from your issues with weight to your family problems, you are cloaked in depression. The psychiatrist gives you the age old advice, of maintaining health. You shake your head, how can health help you with your family problems? The sulky moods? Sure, it may deal with the problem of the little fat you gained over the holidays, but what about the more pressing matters?!

 

Listen to your psychiatrist. He’s right [as usual]

Yes. You read that right. Your psychiatrist is being completely helpful, and has offered you a solution that works like a skeleton key for all the locks you are experiencing in your life. See, the secret to happiness, as many of the self-help books will enumerate, is staying fit, staying healthy.

Still unconvinced?

The main thing you have to understand is that, it all boils down to your health. Look back on the times you were ill, your mood was definitely not all cheery and bright. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Unlike wine, your body doesn’t get any better with age; so how about you savor the moments you have and enjoy it now.

Your body, like many gurus will suggest, is a temple. And you’re offending it by not keeping it clean. See, if you take care of your health by maintaining a proper well-balanced diet paired with regular exercise, the solutions to your problems will automatically materialize. Your mind, with the energy of the nutritious foods, will be clearer and make you a more level-headed person. A person who is capable of fixing their life and being happy.

It’s YOUR life. Treat it right.

Life is a gift, true. But how will the true benefits be achieved without proper use or worse, misuse? Instead of lying on the couch and watching endless hours of television, when you’ve just gotten in from work, where you’ve done what? Sit. And do work, of course. Munching on junk, just because it’s convenient is not a great idea. And let’s not start off on the ‘nutritious’ value, a slice of pizza or a burger has.

Either you take care, or suffer the consequences.

  • Start off, by believing that you can change your lifestyle.
  • Limit your intake of junk food, to once a month.
  • Go for an early morning walk, or a late evening one.
  • Join the neighborhood gym, and keep your body fit. You can’t hope to achieve a great body, just by eating healthy. You need to exercise too.
  • Have nutritious meals, at proper times.
  • Surround yourself with motivational posters, to keep you on the go.
  • Clear any air of negativity or misunderstanding between you and someone else.
  • Don’t skip out on breakfast or dinner. They’re the most important meals of the day.
  • Hydrate yourself, with water mind you. Water is a much effective cleanser than any alcoholic drink or energy booster.
  • Lastly, make sure you do follow these tips.

The solutions to all your problems are within your reach. All your sulky moods, the very feeling like the world is determined to be mean to you, all that gone. Just by taking care of yourself and your health. Win-win for you.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Zara, a Guest blogger from UK. She has written many articles on health, nutrition and finance. Apart from blogging she does research on ppi reclaim . Catch her @financeport

If you would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please email Tracy@tracycrossley.com

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In this month’s newsletter, some of the inspiring and thought-provoking articles are below.

You can read the entire page here: http://bit.ly/UpSYCA or click here. Although, it is much easier to read the newsletter with links from the email you receive monthly.

Where is Home? By Eric Vogt (He practices Buddhist meditation and studies Vajrayana, Soto Zen, & Theravada.)

What or where is “home”? What or where is that sense of total acceptance, belonging and comfort? Are you comfortable in your own skin? Is home really where the heart is? Is it even spatial?  My childhood home was recently sold, I have some wonderful memories of growing up in a much simpler time, but there were some not so wonderful memories in that home also.  Good or bad, it helped shape me but it is no longer part of my reality. Read more.

8 Causes of Cravings by Monique Cassis AADP, HHC (She is board certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioner as a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor and A.C.E. certified as a personal trainer.)

 Look at the foods, deficits and behaviors in your life that are the underlying causes of your cravings. Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does my body want and why? The eight primary causes of cravings are: Read More.

The Perfect Woman by Mark Keleske (He travels around the country several times a year, and is passionate about his only sports vice and team:  College Football and the Boise State Broncos.)

 I was driving around town with my dispatcher Vanessa, who was doing a “ride along”, i.e. she got to ride along with me to see what I do “out there”.  Vanessa is a woman most people would envy, she is an old soul who inhabits a young body.   She is extremely well travelled, having been to places many most people never see in their lifetime.  She also has a deep perspective on life, so I knew she would understand what I was about to say when I pulled up to this stoplight. Read More.

Loss, Grief and Gratitude by Natalie Dunbar ( At night and on the weekends, you’ll find her coaching walkers – for Team In Training, the largest fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a cause that she has been involved with since 2007).

But within seconds of answering the phone I knew this was no congratulatory call. 

 Instead she called to break the news of a tragic cycling accident that claimed the life of a former marathon teammate the day before, wanting to tell me before I read about it Facebook, where many of us often go to share congratulations and race recaps. Read More.

How Would You Define Good Health? by Dr. Rion Zimmerman (He is a Wellness Chiropractor specializing in preventative hands on care with extensive knowledge related to families.)

Symptoms are a poor barometer of health and usually show up late in the disease process. Would you rather choose a lifestyle of wellness so your body functions at an optimal level or live the typical American lifestyle and unknowingly allow various diseases progress to a level of crisis before you seek action? Read More.

You can check out other articles by others in this month’s newsletter too. ENJOY!!

Guest Post: Victoria and the Celestine Prophecy

I saw a movie this evening…it resonated with all that I have lived and experienced.

It held true for me in today’s events at the boutique. I dedicate the message of the 9 Insights to Emma Molina-ynequez, Vanessa Villegas, Adi Shakti and Tracy  Crossley who providing me the opening today to see this movie and KNOW the message as I live it, and shared it today with each of them. Namaste!

The Celestine Prophecy:
1st Insight- Meaningful coincidences. We are at a point in the developmental history of human consciousness where development will accelerate. The major evidence for this is the increased number of meaningful coincidences people are noticing in their lives.

2nd Insight- Historical perspective. This point in human history can best be understood by a revisioning of the past millennium. In the early part of the millennium, human consciousness was dominated by beliefs promulgated by the Catholic Church, as in knowing one’s proper place in society, humanity at the center of the universe, and the battle between good and evil. These beliefs gave meaning to life.

This domination was challenged during the Renaissance and Reformation. At that time, humanity established a grand project of exploring the world, using the tools of science, with the hope of gaining a new answer to the meaning of life. While waiting for that answer to come, attention turned to increasing material comfort. That project is now at an end–material comfort has been achieved, but we have lost touch with sources of meaning. Moreover, the answers we wanted are now appearing–not necessarily from institutional science, but from a variety of sources.

3rd Insight-Subtle energy. There is an energy, previously undetected by science, that forms the basis of all things. Human perception of that energy starts with an increased awareness of beauty in people, animals, plants, and ecosystems. By becoming aware of that energy, we are able to notice when and how we give and receive energy.

4th InsightCompetition for energy. A fundamental assumption underlies most human interactions: we must compete for energy, drawing it from others and protecting ourselves from others’ attempts to draw it from us. This leads to some nasty interactions.

5th InsightEnergy abundance. Competition is unnecessary, because subtle energy exists in abundance. In particular, we can acquire more by eating plants which have high energy levels. (And we can ensure that the plants have high energy levels by paying attention to them, by giving them energy.) Being in a loving state not only connects our energy to the object of our love, but to a greater source of energy as well. This is the essence of mystical experience. The goal is to practice the lessons of the Celestine Prophecy, which is to obtain and remain connected with the energy. Moreover, a person’s energy is the source of the meaningful coincidences noticed in the First Insight. Each mystical experience stretches a person’s potential, causing them to exist “at a higher state of vibration”.

6th InsightGetting clear. In order to be in a state of love with the world on a regular basis, we have to let go of patterns of behavior we developed to take energy from others.

First, we have to become aware of our “control dramas” and break our controlling habits.

There are four control patterns or ways of causing others to give us energy, two actively demanding energy, two passively creating conditions in which energy is sent.

“Active” control dramas include intimidation and interrogation – asking questions and then picking apart the answers.

“Passive” control dramas include aloofness – creating an air of mystery that entices others to send energy–and “poor me”–creating a sense that if others don’t provide energy, something awful will happen to the controller.

Second, we have to “get clear” of our control dramas. We must understand our parents’ control dramas and how these shaped ours. Then we must learn what meaning our parents’ lives had for us, and how this determines our own developmental work. The things we would change about our parents – individually and together – are what we need to work on in our own lives.

7th InsightUsing intuition. When we are in touch with the energy, clear of our control dramas, and aware of the questions relevant to this moment, our intuition supplies the answers we need. Once we are aware of these answers, we need only watch for meaningful coincidences to show us how to act on them.

8th Insight-Relating to others. This insight comes in several pieces.Children can be raised without control dramas if they have constant, undivided access to an adult who can give them the energy they need.

Development can be blocked by an “addiction to another person”. The subtle energy has a male and female side. If you can access one and someone else the other, then for a short time the couple can be filled with energy. But the focus on the other person eventually cuts each off from the universal energy. The two begin competing for energy, restarting control dramas. This is the falling-in-love/falling-out-of-love phenomenon.

Everyone who crosses our path has a message for us. We should give them energy and help them get clear so that they can accurately deliver the message.

The control drama of others will break down if we name them and refuse to play a role in them.

9th InsightConscious evolution. This insight is a vision of culture in the next millennium.
Humans consciously participate in their evolution by living according to their intuition, which guides them in such a way as to increase their energy. Population decreases so much that most of the world can be allowed to return to wilderness, creating old-growth forests full of energy. The means of survival are automated and available to everyone. Their sense of purpose is satisfied by “the thrill of our own evolution”.

People will consume less and work less so that they can work on their evolution.

 

Relationships and the $3 Hot Dog Combo-Guest Post

This post was written by a friend of mine as a quick epiphany he shared with me. I liked it so much, I asked him to elaborate, so I could share it here on my blog! Thanks Mark!

I was filling up the gas tank today at the local Valero when I saw a poster in the window of the station. Mmmmm..3 hot dogs for $3?

I love hot dogs, especially with mustard, relish, and onions..and a nice tall cold soda! Unfortunately, I rarely eat them anymore, because it’s unhealthy food.

As I was pondering this, I had a flashback to a post by the Dalai Lama’s on 20 Ways to
Get Good Karma
(http://bit.ly/wwVCFv) .  In particular, I was thinking of number 17 which stated:

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Yesterday, I had been dwelling on what that meant to me, yet I had no idea why this thought popped into my head.  In the past, I would’ve dismissed the thought and purchased some hot dogs.  But in my search for enlightenment, if the universe puts a thought in my head, there must be a reason why.

Was the universe trying to tell me there was a relationship between “relationships” and food?

As human beings, we do have a relationship with food. After all, hunger is the most pressing physical need we face every day, and it gives us more physical pleasure on a daily basis than anything on this earth.  Yet, we are all different in the way we address that physical need.  Some people anticipate and plan for that need.  They prepare meals in advance or make careful choices in restaurants, and consider their physical and dietary needs as they live healthy lives.  They are careful about what they put in their bodies because they aren’t just addressing a pressing physical need, they choose to be conscious of the long term and understand what they consume will affect their quality of life.

Others, (the “eat and run” crowd) grab whatever “looks good” in the refrigerator or the cupboard, or worse: live in the fast food lane of Starbucks, McDonalds, et al.  This person is not considering their future health or maybe they just choose to ignore the consequences?

Whichever type of person you or I choose to be, whether it is one group or the other or both; there will be…or more accurately, there have been…consequences.  I’ve spent most of my life with the “eat and run” crowd, and have recently changed my life to join the more quality of life crowd.

But what does this have to do with relationships?

With respect to my past relationships, I realized my choices for relationships have been similar to my food choices in that I based them upon my short term needs: sex, financial security (partnering up with someone to split expenses), loneliness, (insert any need here), without consideration for the long term.

Furthermore, I reacted to those relationships once I was in them in a way similar to eating fast food:  the carbohydrate coma, the regret, the denial of “I won’t do that again because it is unhealthy for me” syndrome.  When a partner withdraws from intimacy where a commitment was made, the effect on our soul is certain to be long-term and affect our judgment in our life experience.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve had severe emotional confrontations due to intimacy withdrawals with my partner.  I now realize what I did.  I just didn’t withdraw from my partner; I withdrew from myself and life.

Both of my marriages started from relationships where I had known the person less than four months.  These and other “fast-food” choices led to those disastrous long-term consequences including two divorces, relocating from my home, shared custody of children, depression, guilt, etc.

Still, there are exceptions and blessings.

I have two wonderful children.  I’ve even had a few relationships that had amicable partings, where I not only remained friends with them to this day, but I grew as a person. I still reflect upon some of the great experiences I’ve had with these past relationships even though such experiences have been rare in my life.

Yet what does this have to do with a hot dog poster and what the Dalai Lama said:

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Choices and Self-love – this is what it means to me.

We are worthless as human beings if we don’t choose to love ourselves first.

We choose our food.

We choose our friends.

We choose our partners.

Nourish your body.

Choose healthy friends and partners.  It is true that we are what we eat, and in those we choose to associate with they reflect us like mirrors in our lives.  If we choose toxic food and friends, we cannot help but pay the consequences.  We know in our hearts we are worthy of the best food and the best friends if we truly value ourselves in this life experience.  By first loving ourselves and equally loving each other, our needs cannot help but be met and exceeded.

So, I’ve learned 2 things today.

1.      I’ve made a lot of fast-food relationship mistakes in my life, and once I’ve taken the bite and swallowed, it is pretty hard to turn a hot dog into leafy green vegetables.

2.       Before entering a relationship, look at the long-term perspective and identify what my goals are.  I know this sounds silly in that I’m 52 and just figuring this out, but it is challenging to make decisions affected by testosterone, heh.

by M.K.

Welcome to Wellness~ Guest Post by Dr. Rion

The wellness revolution is here and is here to stay. Are you going to be part of it? We are experiencing a dramatic shift in the social consciousness in regards to health and wellness. More Americans than ever are looking to chiropractic, meditation, nutrition, yoga and exercise to improve their health. The Washington Post stated than more than 84 million Americans are choosing alternative care. But why are they choosing alternative care?

Wellness is more than the absence of illness. Wellness is an optimal expression of the human experience. It is when you are expressing your optimal potential and when you are performing at peak performance mentally, physically and spiritually. Wellness is a process where there is no endpoint and the possibilities are endless. Wellness is a dynamic state of integration with your environment in which the human potential is allowed to thrive.

Wellness care is not the treatment of disease with alternative choices. It is apparent that wellness is more than just reacting to problems and illness. It is a matter of “right and wrong.” Disease care is a focus on what is wrong with you or what could go wrong. Wellness is a conscious decision to focus on what is right, what you want and developing your potential. We are talking about seeking a full expression of life not treating or preventing disease. Wellness care is a way of life, a lifestyle choice.  We take active responsibility for our life and develop wellness fundamentals into our lifestyle.

The Six Fundamentals of Wellness:

  1. Responsibility: It is up to you to take responsibility for your state of wellness
  2. Journey: There is no endpoint or absolute level to wellness, there is always another level to grow into. Attaining wellness is a process.
  3. Choice: The lifestyle choices you make today will determine your state of wellness tomorrow
  4. Balance: Integrate your, mind, body and spirit into your wellness lifestyle
  5. Innate Expression: Your level of wellness is limited to the level that you allow your innate wisdom to run, regulate, adapt, and express the human experience. This can only happen with a nervous system free from interference.
  6. Action: Begin your road to wellness by starting today and making each day better than the last.

Please stay tuned for future blog posts as we break down each individual fundamental and provide examples of how to implement each one into living a wellness lifestyle.

About Dr. Rion: Dr. Zimmerman is an excited and motivated Chiropractor specializing in preventative hands on care with extensive knowledge related to athletes and nutrition. Dr. Zimmerman has been a patient of chiropractic since the age of eight, which continues to give him the drive to provide chiropractic care for individuals of all ages. He has excellent communication and cross-cultural skills that assist with education both in and out of his practice. For more information about his practice, please check out his website: http://www.flintridgefamilychiropractic.com or to contact him, please call or email: 818.952.0172 and happyback@gmail.com .

Food for Thought from Rev. Emma

This post is from one of my FAVORITE “Wordsmiths”, Rev. Emma Molina-Ynequez. She owns Body N’ Soul Studio; she works alongside her daughter Victoria the owner of Que Linda Boutique and Que Linda Tu. All three are located together in La Crescenta, CA.

Rev. Emma is a bodyworker, shaman, minister and intuitive healer; a Gratitude Practitioner for over 15 years. She has also twice survived breast cancer. She has a wonderful ability to take words and show several meanings to the listener. Always Amazing! Her warm and beautiful smile greets everyone who walks through the studio and boutique.

She says her work is for God and the Good in all! She loves her family, life and herself too.

When I asked her if she would like to contribute a post to this blog. She agreed and said, she would love to share a message. The following is what she has been working in her own life and that of a client.

” Declaring in the NOW”: that I AM….it is known that the Great I AM is God. In attaching these 3words + your statement to it, makes it in the Now, ie. I AM…HAPPY, RICH, LOVING,GOOD, PEACEFUL, etc… is a statement of no longer waiting/weighting to become; you are declaring it is so….it is not a false Statement it is a Declaration that YOU ARE, this is what changes our preception.

My client Jacqulin, has struggled with her Weight as a number for years. After several months of my working with her one on one, she discovered that it was ALL about the pounds. A number 200, 160, and chasing that number. Seeing herself as a number!

When she decided to release the number from her mind, as if her Wanting to be Happy when she reached that number had significance and meaning, because even if she did reach that number, there was just another number she was WAITING to become, always.

When she realized it is the WAITING that her mind was hearing and her body was responding to…we decided to create this statement of I am…Happy in the Now. So, there is NO WAIT/OR WEIGHTING she Is Or “I AM” which brings it all to the Now or present time. And being Happy NOW…stating there is NO Weight/Wait….that tricky mind. As a reference, “The Game of Life and How to Play by Florence Scovel Shinn” refers to it as the subconscious mind: simply POWER without direction.

I hope you have enjoyed reading Rev. Emma’s words here. I will bring more from her in coming posts. It is about I AM happy, love, peaceful…in the present, why wait?