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.”
“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” Nelson Mandela
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
“The history of the U.S. Constitution we weren’t taught in school”, first published here in 2012, has turned out to be one of my most popular posts. I thought a repeat this holiday week would be appropriate.
Only the title of the post has changed:
If you’re like me, I learned in grade school that the U.S. Constitution was based on ancient Greek democracy. Which was a creative stretch of the truth, since ancient Greece was not a democracy.
My research as to what children are taught today about the origin of our government is also disappointing, although there are some states that have updated the teachings to include Native American influence.
Apparently the Founding Fathers simply created it out of thin air, or were influenced by European governments even though there was no democracy anywhere in Europe at that time.
The True History of the U.S. Constitution
The truth is that the U.S. Constitution is modeled in both principle and form on the Great Law of Peace of the Native American tribe known as the Iroquois.
“When it comes to sheer neurological processing abilities, the subconscious mind is millions of times more powerful than the conscious mind. If the desires of the conscious mind conflict with the programs in the subconscious mind, which “mind” do you think will win out?”
Last week’s post was about the superpower of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind uses 95% of our brain power, as opposed to the 5% used by our conscious mind.
So the subconscious rules, and in working with affirmations, you must use statements your subconscious mind can accept.
For affirmations to work they must be reasonable, believable and acceptable to both the conscious and subconscious minds. Otherwise they could be dismissed by the conscious and sub-conscious mind as wishful thinking.
For example, a man in a hospital bed in a full body cast saying “I feel great” won’t work, because it’s obvious to everyone, including his subconscious mind, that he doesn’t feel great.
By making the affirmation a process, such as, “every day my body is healing itself” it will be believable to the subconscious mind.
7 steps to powerful affirmations
1. Use affirmations as a process. If you have zero $, saying “I am wealthy” won’t work because your subconscious knows it’s not true.
Rather than a bold statement, change it into a process by saying, “every day in every way, I feel myself attracting prosperity.”
“Each day in every way my body is healing itself.”
“I am so happy that money comes to me in increasing quantities in multiple ways.”
If you’re bad at math, don’t say, “I’m good at math” because you’ll know it isn’t true. Shift it into a process: “Each day I am improving at math.”
“Each day in every way, I’m feeling a little better.”
“Each day my neck is improving.”
2. Experience it in your body: For an affirmation to work, you also need an experience of it in your body. That’s why it’s good to say it out loud three times. You’ll then have the physical sensation of saying it as well as hearing it.
“My body knows how to heal itself.”
3. Read it off a card and you’ll also see it. Post your affirmation around the house. When you see it, say it out loud.
4. Where: According to Louise Hay, people who do affirmations in front of a mirror make much quicker progress than people who don’t.
“Each day in every way, I’m open to receiving love.”
“More and more…..”
5. Use present tense: Continually make positive statements about how you want life to be. Always make your statement in the present tense such as “I am” or “I have.” If you make it in the future – I want, or I will have – that is where it will stay: in the future.
“I am open to receiving love in my life.”
6. When: Say your affirmations first thing in the morning and last thing at night, 3 times out loud in front of the mirror, to help reprogram your subconscious mind.
7. For how long: work with an affirmation for at least 21 days. That’s the minimum amount of time it takes to implant a new habit.
For inspiration, check out this short video as an example of a good way to start your day!