I think we often times feel that peace comes after the healing. I beg to differ. I think peace is more the path to healing. Well, an element of healing, anyway.
Think about it, if you don't have peace in your home, how can you heal? If there is constant stress being hurled around and you are kept in fight or flight mode, there will be no healing. Your body will be perpetually revved up and unable to calm down. The calming down is necessary for healing to occur.
If your workplace is demanding and highly stressful, how can you heal? People breathing down your neck or the weight of the company on your shoulders... healing cannot happen in this environment.
You MUST find what brings you peace! Is it a sunset? Run to it! Is the the lake in the mountains? Drive to it! Is it the sand at the dunes? Get on it! Is it a fire in your fireplace with a warm beverage in your hand? Make this happen!
When people tell me "I love to be busy" or "I thrive on stress" I start to pray for them. Busyness and stress are unhealthy and speak volumes to me about their perception of themselves. If you have a hard time slowing down and being still, your body will make you pay for it in one way or another. The relationships that matter will suffer. People's expectation of you to perforn will never cease and you will be stuck in a vicious cycle of dis-ease.
I can already feel some people pushing back at this notion. Let me just remind you of something. Genesis 1 talks about God creating everything. The last thing to be created was man. We tend to think that when God created man he, man, just turned right around and got to work, tending to the beasts and soil. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Man was created on Day 6 and Day 7 moves us into Genesis 2. What happened on Day 7? God rested, right. He set Day 7 apart as holy - a day to sit back, rest, relax, and enjoy the fruits of labor. Day 7 was a day of appreciating and man joined in.
So, man's first "job" was to rest in the Lord's work. Do you practice this exercise? Do you regularly take Sabbath time for yourself to be with the Lord or to sit back and enjoy nature? If you don't, why not? What is so important that you cannot give yourself time to reflect, ponder, give thanks, and move into the next time with reverence and refreshment?
This is my challenge to you - create a time of Sabbath and then set fixed boundaries around it. When you are able to unplug, for even an hour, your are telling yourself "I am worthy" and that will translate into other areas of life. I am not telling you something you do not know. If you've been on the rock long enough to be able to read this post you KNOW what I'm saying to be true. What I am doing is giving you permission to do so.
Strength comes from the Lord. So, in my weakness HIS strength flows through me... what you see and call my strength is truly HIS streamth being perfected in my weakness.
May I always seek to give HIM the glory for my existence in and through trials.
-companion organ is the BLADDER
-EARS are the sensory organs related to the kidneys (think tinnitus, deafness, ear infections)
-BONE is the tissue associated with the kidneys (think osteoporosis, dental issues, developmental issues)
-SALT is the taste connected to kidneys (eat a salty snack)
-FEAR is the emotion attached (think anxiety, fear, panic attacks)
TCM foods to support kidneys:
TCM physical support:
-Stomp your feet, slowly and with flat feet, for about 5 minutes a day. This stimulates your Kidney’s energy as the feet are associated with the Kidney and Bladder meridians, which run through the heel to the sole of the foot.
-Rub your ears for several minutes a day. This simple massage strengthens Kidney function, as the ears are connected energetically to the Kidney organ and meridian.
-Stop energy drains! Conserve your energy by sleeping before midnight, resting when you’re tired, and giving yourself permission to take a break and de-stress.
-Acupressure - Rub the acupressure point called “Yongquan” or “Gushing Spring” (Kidney 1) which stimulates a key point on the Kidney channel. It may be sore, but this means you’re hitting the right spot to stimulate your body’s energy foundation and relieve symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, tinnitus, hypertension, insomnia, anxiety, and headaches.
The yongquan is located at the exact center of the bottom of each foot. Starting with your left foot, massage this point as deeply as comfortable using your thumb or even a tennis ball—anything firm you have on hand.
*TCM information source
shopneolife.com/coralkenagy & mydoterra.com/coralkenagy
Article 001 for the Middleton, ID Gazette
Have you ever noticed that “cold & flu” season starts about the time the kiddos return to school? Of course we can chalk this up to close quarters and sharing things, even germs. While I agree that germs hop around more when hosts are in close proximity, I have also noticed that cold & flu season seems to align with “sugary holiday season”.
Follow along with me for a moment. School starts. Kids are in each other’s space again. Germs start jumping around. This is totally normal and happening all year long. So what changes during cold and flu season? Well, sugar happens. October brings Halloween. Halloween brings candy. November brings Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving brings pies and many other delicious carb-loaded goodness. December brings Christmas. Christmas brings cookies and even more carb-loaded meals. January brings New Year’s. New Year’s brings cider or alcohol - more sugar. February brings Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day brings chocolates. March gets a bit of a pass, unless you’re Irish, in which case the alcohol is out again for St. Patrick’s Day. April brings Easter. Easter brings candy galore. May brings Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day brings more sweet treats.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Sugar can put your white blood cells into a sort of coma - leaving you susceptible to infection by viruses or bacteria. Sugar bombs, those mainly made up processed sugar, compromise your immune system for hours after consumption. Not only that, it can put you in a dangerous blood sugar cycle. What’s worse is that the processed sugar is often combined with artificial food dyes, artificial flavorings, preservatives, and other chemicals. Each of these things is detrimental to health- negatively impacting your nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, and more.
Is it any wonder why our kiddos get sick? Why we get sick during this season?
What can you do to keep your immune system robust? Well, limit the sugar for starters. Beyond that, visit the 6 Best Doctors: Dr Air, Dr Exercise, Dr Water, Dr Rest, Dr Food, Dr Sunshine. If you want a specialist, check out Dr Laughter and/ or Dr Cleanse. These doctors are going to change your life! My personal favorite is Dr Rest. My family gets stressed when there is too much to DO, so we work on minimizing activities outside the home in order to just BE.
Next to respecting the doctors named above, you can also take control of your health in other ways.
Your real medicine cabinet isn’t in your bathroom… it’s in your refrigerator! Make sure you have fresh, local, seasonal produce. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “eat the rainbow”. There is much wisdom in that. Spend some time looking up the various health benefits of the different colors: red, purple/blue, white, yellow, orange, and green.
Get some fresh elderberry syrup and take a tablespoon each morning.
Coffee drinkers, alternate between coffee and tea. There are so many benefits to white, green, and red teas - not to mention they are delicious.
Up your hydration to help your body cleanse.
Make sure you are catching as much sunshine as you can, or supplementing with a high quality Vitamin D nutritional.
Connect with an essential oil advocate and grab some cinnamon, clove, wild orange, or a blend of such oils because these will help boost your immune system. Also look into camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus oils or blends to help keep your respiratory tract healthy.
Find someone who knows about herbs and take a lesson in immune-supporting herbs.
Limit stress! I know this can be hard around the holidays but when you are stressed your body’s sympathetic nervous system which will impair digestion, increase blood pressure, and tax your organs. Find ways to limit your stress or remove it all together.
You are smart enough and there are many ways to support your body’s immune system during Sugary Holidays season, I mean “cold & flu” season. Do not put all your eggs in the Flu Shot’s basket. It’s statistics are dismal and studies show you will be left susceptible to other infections.
CEO & Founder of Reimagine Healing
Ladies, imagine going for four years without having regular periods. What if you had maybe 3 periods a year... Is that healthy? No. Is that how our bodies were designed to function? No. So, do you think you would be a bit worried? I certainly would be.
Well, that was reality for a dear friend of mine.
She had existed with drastically irregular periods to the point fear started to creep in and steal some joy. It's hard not to think the worst when your body isn't functioning the way you know it's supposed to. She shared this with me and I immediately knew what to suggest.
NEOLIFE's Tre-en-en and Feminine Herbal Complex.
That's it - two products!
But those two products are POWERFUL for hormonal balance in general and special attention is given to the female system via the herbal complex.
I gave her my recipe recommendation (see images) and she heeded my advice. I checked in with her a week later and guess what - - SHE HAD STARTED HER PERIOD! Praise God.
I encourage her to continue taking these products for no less than 120 days and she might very well need this added support for years to come. We'll see. She may very well be able to cut the recipe back after the 120 days. Time will tell.
Did you see the earlier post on PERSPECTIVE? If you missed it, here's an extremely simplified version I found while perusing social media this afternoon. It's also good for a chuckle. You're welcome.
Here are a few more to ponder...
What are you thankful for? Do you remember to praise God for those things?
Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for.
Place that list in a location you will see every day.
This will encourage you to shift your focus to the positive.
I know, discipline doesn't sound like an element of healing, but it is. Healing takes intentional thoughts and actions. Healing typically means needing to change the way you were previously doing things, because they ultimately led you to place opposite of health.
The definition of discipline:
1- the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior
2- a branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education
Self-discipline is a big deal for EVERYONE, not just those working on healing. This is not something that we are born with. We must train ourselves over and over again, through each season of life. This is a marathon-type issue. When you have conquered one area of life you undoubtedly need to conquer another one. Don't be discouraged. If you are able to shift your perspective to one of learning and growing in wisdom the challenges you face will be less about surviving and more about thriving.
Life is going to throw some crazy S- - - your way. How you handle it is key.
Muscle atrophy from an injury? Will you whine, sit back and let your body waste away or will you suit up for the battle to regain your body's strength and muscle mass?
Depression due to... whatever? Will you allow the darkness to consume you or will you suit up for the battle to win back your mind? You must not look to synthetics as the only support (although they can be extremely helpful in the short term). Chemical imbalances within the body have root causes - mineral and nutritional deficiencies, excess stress, stress on your genes, etc.
Personal story: I dealt with depression surrounding my first pregnancy. My hormones were out of balance and I didn't know it. It began to alter my personality post delivery. I was prescribed a low dose of Zoloft. It helped. But that would only mask the symptoms of my seratonin imbalance. It wasn't until I cleaned up my eating, began consming foundational nutrients (22 amino acids, grain oils, omega 3s, micro/macro mineral/ vitamins, etc). Once those missing elements were in my diet my body began to heal itself and I ditched the Zoloft (slowly and completely).
When depression struck again, after my youngest son's cancer diagnosis, I knew I could use Zoloft - afterall, I had before - BUT I had learned a lot since my first go-round. This time I was equipped with knowledge and experience! So, I added some things to my daily diet and rearranged some other things. This time the depression was stress related, not hormonal. No Zoloft for me anymore. Instead, I lean into holistic modalities to support my body the right way... the way it recognizes.
5 Benefits of Self-discipline
There are vastly more than 5 benefits of self-discipline. Scripture should be one thing we all put into our daily routine. Despite this list stemming from a secular location, Scripture speaks to each of these.
Acceptance doesn't mean tolerance. Acceptance is giving consent to receive someting whereas tolerance is the capacity to endure continued subjugation. These are obviously NOT equal.
Why is acceptance part of healing? Well, you always have two choices - to accept your reality or deny it. Denying it will never allow you the opportunity to heal because you are constantly saying "there is nothing wrong". When you accept that something is wrong you can then begin to seek out solutions and create and action plan.
Example: I had severe knee pain. I had two choices - to accept that something was wrong or deny that something was wrong. Denying there was a problem left me in pain and without a solution. Accepting there was a problem allowed me the freedom to go search out a solution. In this case the solution was major - reconstructive surgery due to a severed ligament.
Imagine if I had continued to deny there was a problem! What more could have been damaged? I would still be suffering with chronic pain! But accepting my condition brought about a change, freedom, and healing.
The same goes for accepting people. Once you choose to accept a person for who they are you can then take the next step and decide if who they are fits within the healthy boundaries you have set for yourself and the presence of others in your life.
Example: you have a toxic friend (you pick your toxin). You have two choices - accept that something is wrong or deny that something is wrong. If you accept there is something wrong, you can then choose whether or not you will continue to allow their brand of toxin in your life. If you deny there is something wrong you have no option but to continue allowing their toxicity to exist in your world.
A clue: you cannot heal properly if there is perpetural toxicity in your life.
Acceptance is the only way to have the freedom to find a solution.
One last thought - acceptance and love are not interchangeable. Many proclaim the phrase "You have to accept me as I am" with the notion being that you must not only accept them as they are but you must also continue to allow them in your life. This is not true. You can accept someone is the way they are and then decide that they are not a good fit for your healthy life. You can love them from afar and be entirely genuine in that love. Remember, you have two choices. Just because someone doesn't like your choice doesn't make that choice invalid.
It is important to remember who our source is. A branch off a vine is not the same as the vine itself. The vine provides nourishment to/ for the branches. The branches then go on to produce fruit. If a branch is cut off from the vine, it will not produce fruit. Not only will it not produce fruit, it will wither and die - being of no use.
If you want your life to be fruitful, make sure you are connected to the Vine.
A child of God, a wife, a mom, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a cancer mom of a THRIVOR, a Momma Mentor with MaxLove Project, and a human who wants to educate, encourage, and empower you to take your healing seriously.