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Why you should never think about your age

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Never think about your age! I learned that from a horse.

When I started riding lessons as an adult, the horse I rode most often was a Quarterhorse gelding by the name of Bug.

Bug and I got along quite well together and, as a result, my teacher usually paired me with him.

He was big, gentle and responded well to everything I asked him to do. Of course, as a beginning rider, I didn’t ask that much of him.

But I was still quite surprised when a few months into our relationship, I found out that Bug was 30 years old. That’s pretty old in horse years.

When I expressed my amazement to my riding teacher, she responded, “Well, the thing is, Bug doesn’t know he’s 30.”

What others think of your age is none of your business

So much of our self-perception is based on what others think we should be, do or have at whatever our chronological age is. That can be a lot of pressure.

For many years I refused to tell my age because I didn’t want people’s belief systems telling me I was a failure because I hadn’t achieved certain milestones by whatever age I was.

You’re as old as you feel. Period.

These days I don’t mind telling people my age because I enjoy the looks of surprise I get because I look much younger than my chronological years. [I’m 67].

Yes, I still color my hair, because I’ve vowed I won’t go grey until Bonnie Raitt does.

But I’ve never had “work” done. I’m vegan, exercise every day and live a healthy lifestyle– and all that belies my years.

If a problem starts to manifest, I nip it in the bud.

For example, arthritis in the knees? Here are the solutions:

  • Yoga: research has shown that yoga improves joint health and reduces the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
  • Glucosamine helps keep the cartilage in joints healthy. Natural glucosamine levels drop as we age and there is evidence that glucosamine sulfate supplements help counteract this effect.
  • Anti-inflammatory diet helps minimize arthritis pain. Foods to avoid include: fried and processed foods, sugars and refined carbs, dairy, alcohol and tobacco, processed table salt and preservatives, and corn oil. Foods to eat more of: fruits and vegetables. It’s not really a diet – it’s a lifestyle.

All the things my orthopedist told me I wouldn’t be able to do I am still able to do because of the above regimen.

As a healing practitioner, I’ve also done an enormous amount of work on healing my past emotional traumas. Continuing to carry them around also ages us. Get healing!

I refuse to let an arbitrary number slow me down. No one should.

Aging may be more cultural than biological

When Social Security was created in the U.S. in the 1930s, the legislation decreed 65 as the age of obsolescence.

That thought form still exists yet more and more people in their sixties, seventies and beyond are leading vibrant, healthy lives that contribute to the world around them.

How many stories have we heard of men being forced into retirement at 65 and dying a short time later because they felt their lives no longer held purpose? It’s just plain wrong.

Native American and other ancient cultures honor the elders, those who have lived and learned and can share their wisdom. Western culture does the opposite.

In some Native American nations, the equivalent of our Supreme Court is a counsel of women, led by the “oldest sensible woman.”

Our youth-obsessed culture, particularly here in the U.S., does a disservice to us all. It convinces otherwise intelligent people that they need plastic surgery and lipo-suction in order to feel valued.

In “Learning to Love Growing Old” on PsychologyToday.com, writer Jere Daniel says:

“The signs of denial and anxiety over aging permeate every aspect of our lives. We have no role models for growing old gracefully, only for postponing it. For example:

  • “The vast dependence on plastic surgery specifically to hide the visual signs of aging is arguably the sharpest index of our anxiety. In just two decades, from the 1960s to the 1980s, the number of . . . wrinkle-removing face-lifts rose from 60,000 to an estimated 2 million a year at an annual cost of $10 billion.
  • “The negative view of aging is disastrously reinforced by the media. Articles and advertising never show a mature model, even in displaying fashions designed for women over 50. A Newsweek cover of a sweating, gray-haired young man bears the cover line, “Oh God… I’m really turning 50.” Nursing home ads ask: “What shall we do about Mother?” By some sleight of mind, we not only come to accept these images, we come to expect them as truths.”

And I admit to falling for it, too. When I choose photos of people to accompany blog posts, I’m embarrassed to say I usually have gone for young 20-something women.

Two weeks ago I was searching for a photo to accompany my article on stretching. I almost went for a photo of a young woman, then I caught myself and said, “What in the world am I doing? Don’t buy into this.”

So I chose a photo of a vibrant, healthy grey haired woman doing yoga. You can see it at the top of this article today.

Whatever you believe is true

“If you believe it, it’s true. Period.”

This was said to me by an Arapaho elder many years ago. Nothing “new age” about that statement at all – it’s ancient wisdom.

Queens in the middle ages bought into the common belief that a woman couldn’t rule on her own and needed a husband to guide them. They believed it even though they were Queens! So they married.

The only exception was Elizabeth 1 who ruled England very successfully for 45 years without being married.

Many years ago, I was at a party and wandered into a room where friends were playing billiards. I had never played before so when asked if I wanted to join them, I said, “Sure, what do I do?” My friend told me which balls should go into which pockets and I picked up a cue and did just that!

My friends were stunned, but I was able to do it because I didn’t know it was supposed to be hard. I believed it must be easy so I just did what I was told!

Believe you’re young — because you are!

“Why do they say we’re over the hill? I don’t even know that that means and why it’s a bad thing. When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I’m past the hard part and there’s a snack in my future.” Ellen Degeneres, age 56

9 benefits of stretching in the morning

 

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A few decades ago, I had frequent back pain and visited my chiropractor often. That was before I discovered stretching.

There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with my back – my problem was I sat at a desk all day, then was very physically active evenings and weekends without stretching properly before and after walking, running, hiking, cycling, etc.

During one visit, my chiropractor handed me a sheet depicting a morning stretching routine and told me to do it every day.  The bad news is that I’ve lost the sheet and can’t share it with you.

The good news is I personally don’t need it any more because I know it by heart.

That’s because I’ve done this stretching routine every morning for 30 years.

That’s right – every morning for thirty years.  And you know what? The back pain is long gone.

Since I no longer have the sheet my chiropractor gave me so many years ago, I’m going to give you a list of links to morning stretching routines that look good to me.

Check with your doctor or chiropractor, first, then find a routine that appeals to you.

Hopefully in thirty years you can say you’ve done it every day and your body is pain free!

And you will not have aged as much as those who do not stretch each day!

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Bear Heart on healing

healingBear Heart was a traditionally trained healer of the Muskogee Creek tribe. What outsiders would call a “medicine man.”

But the real ones don’t call themselves “medicine men” as Bear Heart explains in this video.

The medicine is already here – healers just put things together to facilitate healing taking place.

Why we need the salt of the earth

“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” Nelson Mandela

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Salt has a bad reputation, through no fault of its own. It’s come about because most people use commercial table salt, an unhealthy concoction which we shouldn’t be ingesting in the first place.

Not all salt is created equal. Natural salt from the earth is what we should be using, and the results can contribute greatly to good health. Commercial table salt does just the opposite.

To the ancients, salt was as valuable as gold

Indigenous people have always known the importance of natural salt.

Some years ago, I was in a purification lodge on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. It was hot, potentially draining, and, in addition to passing around water, the ceremony leader passed around a bag of salt chips mined from a local abandoned salt mine in order to help us replace the salt our bodies were losing from sweating.

The discovery of salt as a preserving agent allowed previously nomadic peoples to become stable by giving them the ability to keep food from spoiling – it allowed them to build reserves in anticipation of periods when hunting was poor.

For a period of 3,000 years, until the advent of sterilization and refrigeration, salt was the only means of preserving food.

The Gospel of St. Matthew refers to those who bear the word of Christ as the “salt of the earth.”

In the ancient trade route it was called “white gold.”

The Latin root of salt, sal, is the origin of the word salary –salt was so highly valued it was used as payment for services rendered.

Why commercial table salt is not our friend

The commercial table salt we buy at the supermarket is one more example of humanity trying to improve upon Mother Nature and failing yet again.

Commercial white table salt sold in supermarkets as salt is not real salt – it’s been so processed that very little nutritional value remains.

That’s why it causes us so many health problems and doctors warn us to reduce our salt intake.

  • It’s been “purified” at over 1200 F. – changing its chemical structure.
  • The reason commercial table salt can raise blood pressure is that it has a high content of sodium without enough magnesium to balance it.
  • Table salt consists of 97.5% sodium chloride – too much – and 2.5% additives. Natural salt consists of just 85% sodium chloride and 15% trace minerals.
  • Refined salt has been bleached and the natural minerals which keep our blood pressure stable have been removed. Its also been exposed to toxic chemicals in the process, such as anti-caking compounds to make it pour more easily.
  • The anti-clumping chemicals added to commercial table salt also inhibit its ability to regulate hydration in your body.
  • Regulating our hydration is one of salt’s main functions. Sodium is necessary for our bodies to regulate fluids and blood pressure, and to keep muscles and nerves running smoothly. The refining process table salt goes through removes all the minerals that keep blood pressure stable.
  • Studies have shown that table salt absorbs 20 times its weight in water so that the body can neutralize the sodium chloride. As a result, we can end up dehydrated.

The only three types of salt you should consider using 

Natural salt from the earth is what we should be using. The three most popular are: Himalayan pink salt, Celtic sea salt, and “Real Salt.” They contain enough magnesium and other necessary trace minerals to support health. 

  • Real Salt” is an all-natural unrefined sea salt harvested from an ancient dried ocean in Redmond, Utah.
  • Celtic Sea Salt is harvested by hand from the current ocean in the salt flats in Brittany, France. Because our oceans are so polluted, some question the purity of salt that comes from our current oceans, but I still use Celtic sea salt.
  • Himalayan Pink salt is harvested from an ancient ocean salt deposit in Pakistan.

Each of these salts provide all the trace minerals needed by the human body for optimal health and longevity.

For example, Himalayan pink salt:

  • Contains 84 essential minerals required by the human body
  • Consists of 85% sodium chloride and 15% trace minerals
  • Is a good source of magnesium, in which 80% of all individuals are deficient
  • Promotes healthy pH balance of the cells
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Helps regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle 

Teachings from Dr. Batman about salt

Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj [aka Dr.Batman], author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, was a highly respected health advocate. He recommended:

  • drinking half your body weight in ounces of clean water each day;
  • and adding ¼ – ½ tsp of unrefined natural salt to each quart of drinking water.

More salt is needed during hot weather and after exercising.

Metaphysical uses of salt

  • Salt is considered a powerful absorber of psychic energy and can be used for cleansing and purification.
  • Salt lamps around the home release healing negative ions into the air, increasing oxygen flow to the brain, helping to relieve stress and boost energy. I use them in my healing room and by my computer to counteract the effects of the electromagnetic waves of my computer and office equipment.
  • Salt baths: take a shower first, so you are physically clean. The purpose of a salt bath is energetic cleansing to remove negativity. Use 3 handfuls of sea salt. Soak in the tub and submerge yourself, too. As the tub drains, visualize any negativity that has been surrounding you going out with the water.
  • Sprinkle salt around the house and doorways for protection. Sprinkle it on the carpets [5 tsp for a medium room], wait an hour, then vacuum it up.
  • The Irish used to throw a handful of salt under the bed.

You can’t improve on Mother Nature – and natural salt of the earth is a prime example. Go to your health food store and buy natural salt from the earth– your body will thank you!

“There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.” Kahlil Gibran

 

References:

David Brownstein, M.D., “Salt Your Way to Health”

www.DrSircus.com

www.realsalt.com

http://higherperspective.com/2014/01/benefits-himalayan-pink-salt.html?utm_source=MAM

www.bodyunburdened.com

Clemence Lefevre, “Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps for Healing, Harmony and Purification”

Fed up yet? Watch this…

fed upFED UP is a new documentary the U.S. food industry doesn’t want you to see.  But I think everyone simply must watch it.

If you follow my blog, you know my passion is human potential. Yet how can we reach our potential if our health is poor?

If you’re eating the Standard American Diet, your health is on the way to poor, if it isn’t already.

To Native Americans, the food provided by Mother Earth was sacred.  Yet it’s becoming harder and harder to find food in the way Mother Earth intended.

So it’s of utmost importance that we educate ourselves. Knowledge is power.

Here’s what the film’s producers have to say:

“Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From journalist Katie Couric, Laurie David [Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH] and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever. The film is now playing in theaters across the country.”

Take just six minutes to watch the trailer and an interview with Katie Couric by Brendon Burchard. Then you decide.

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