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9 benefits of stretching in the morning



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.”

Why we need the salt of the earth

“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



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

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

7 steps to powerful affirmations

affirmationsMost of us have heard about using affirmations as a way to bring about change in our lives. In fact, many coaches, counselors and motivational teachers recommend using them.

Unfortunately, affirmations are often taught incorrectly or misunderstood.

In this post I’ll teach you the 7 steps to using affirmations effectively.

What are affirmations?

Affirmations are any statement that we make. It’s that simple.

When we use negative statements, we are tapping into a low energy, which can make us feel heavy, hopeless or stuck.

Positive statements or affirmations open higher channels in our consciousness to create new feelings, beliefs, thoughts and outcomes.

So to work with affirmations, it’s important to get the wording right.

What affirmations do

What we put our attention on grows and becomes permanent in our lives. The best results will come from training ourselves to think and speak in positive ways.

The words we speak to others represent just 7% of the results we get from communication. That’s because tone and body language are important communication tools as well.

But the words we speak to ourselves represent 100% of the results we’ll get in life!

Our self-worth is 100% reliant on our inner dialogue — both thoughts and words.

There are two kinds of thoughts: thoughts that empower and those that don’t. Period.

When affirmations don’t work

According to Bruce Lipton in The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles:

“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.

affirmationFor 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!

The superpower you may not know you have

superpowerDid you know you have a superpower? One that can lift your life from the mundane to the extraordinary?

It’s your subconscious mind, which you can communicate with and use to bring about remarkable changes in your life.

The superpower of your subconscious mind

Have you ever experienced driving down the road and realizing you have no recollection of the past 10 miles? And it makes you wonder how you didn’t have an accident?

You didn’t have an accident because your subconscious mind was doing the driving for you.

My subconscious mind is the reason I can daydream while I mow the lawn with my electric mower and not run over the cord.

Those things we do on automatic are often done by our subconscious mind, so why not learn to use it to our advantage?

A brain lesson

Our conscious mind uses only 5% of our brain capacity and interprets just 40 environmental stimuli per second.

That sounds like a lot until you realize that the subconscious mind can process 20,000,000 environmental stimuli per second and uses up to 95% of our brains. It’s the part that can drive the car when we’re daydreaming.

The subconscious mind is the reason that affirmations may not work unless we’re working with the subconscious and not against it.

[Some experts, such as Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. use the terms unconscious and subconscious interchangeably. Freud would say the unconscious is where repressed emotions are buried and the subconscious is right beneath the surface, ready to bring us information we need, such as a telephone number stored in our brains. For our purposes, the distinction isn’t really important].

The energy of words

The best advice I can give anyone at any time is to never complete a negative thought or statement,because if you think or say it, it’s going into the computer in your head and can come true.” Bear Heart in The Wind Is My Mother

Words carry energy. This has been demonstrated by the work of scientist Masaru Emoto, which I’ve written about in a previous post.

High energy words vibrate higher and faster, causing us to feel good. Low energy words such as sadness and guilt resonate at a lower frequency.

A University of Wisconsin study demonstrated that low energy thoughts lower the immune system and make people more illness prone.

So it’s very important to choose your words carefully, be it daily conversation, self-talk or working with affirmations because they’re going into the computer in your head – the subconscious.

It’s also important to understand that our subconscious mind does not process what is “not.” It simply responds to the key words you give it.

Children under seven are inclined to respond like the subconscious mind. “Don’t hit your sister” is received as “hit your sister”.

Say to a child, “Don’t touch that” and what do they do? They touch it.

Since our subconscious doesn’t hear “not” this may explain much of the behavior in the western world. The Ten Commandments becomes: Thou shalt murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness against your neighbor, covet your neighbor’s wife, etc.

This is like learning a new language. Initially you work to translate low energy words and phrases to high energy until it becomes automatic.

It took me years to develop the habit of using positive thoughts and language– but I stuck with it and it changed my life. It can change anyone’s life. There’s nothing special about me I assure you.

Our genes do not determine our destiny; we do

It used to be believed that our genes determined our destinies but that’s old news. How many times have we heard or said, “my father died of a heart attack in his 40s so I probably will, too” or “my mother and grandmother were overweight; it’s in my genes so I can’t fight it.”


In The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, biologist Bruce Lipton talks about the new field of epigenetics, which translates as control above the genes. The science of epigenetics has determined that genes only account for 48% of our intelligence; the remaining 52% are determined by environmental factors.

Our health and lives are not predetermined by our genes. Epigenetics recognizes that our perceptions of the environment, including our consciousness, actively control our genes. Through epigenetic mechanisms, “applied consciousness” can be used to shape our biology and make us masters of our own lives.

Antidepressants are one of today’s most frequently prescribed medications.  This fact, alone, may indicate that people are abdicating their self-empowerment.

Imagine the possibilities if people were asking:  “How can I apply my consciousness, and change my perceptions of my environment, to reshape my biology and behavior?”

Affirmations are one way of using applied consciousness. Next week I’ll write about how to do them in the most effective way.

Meanwhile, just for this week, focus on keeping your language as positive as you can. No, “poor me” thoughts allowed. Focus on what works, as well as on gratitude, and see what happens.


Who’s your cheerleader?

cheerleaderWho’s your cheerleader?

And by cheerleader, I mean someone who has believed in you when no one else did.

Someone who encouraged you to act in spite of your being surrounded by obstacles.

The person who saw your potential, the diamond in the lump of coal.

The person who told you, “Yes, you can” when you weren’t so sure you could.

Who was your cheerleader?

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