Are you lovingly treating your body, mind and soul?
“Love has been defined by those who perceive its true character as the greatest thing in the world.
I might add that it is the greatest healing force in the world.
Love never fails to meet every demand of the human heart.”
~Baird T. Spalding
Summer is here and with it, from the traditional Chinese medicine point of view, its relationship to the fire element and its connection to the heart. And so, I chose to talk about … love. Am I talking about love again? How can that be? Because, if it is the greatest healing force in the world (it is!) … we need to finally surrender and put our focus on what love means and how to bring it into our lives.
If the science of epigenetics demonstrates that it is the trillions of cells in our body that turn on and off our few 20,000 thousand genes, and if the new science demonstrates that our own and collective beliefs wire our biology … we better listen! Listen to our individual and collective thoughts. Are they kind, loving and compassionate, or angry, filled with fear, stress and self-sabotage? Are we lovingly listening to these thoughts which are the expression of a deeper parts of the self, deeper individual, generational and collective wounds…trying to get attention from our responsible self to finally listen and do something about it? What is preventing us?
In this exploration toward more clarity and understanding of how our beliefs wire our biology, I want to share Dr. Mario Martinez’s work. He is a clinical neuropsychologist, author and founder of the Biocognitive Science Institute. Biocognitive Science is a new paradigm that investigates the causes of health and the learning of illnesses. It identifies complex discoveries of how our cultural beliefs affect our immune, nervous and endocrine systems, and translates them to practical applications. “Biocognitive theory integrates research in psychoneuroimmunology, neuroscience, and cultural anthropology to conceptualize and address the causes of health, the learning of illness, and the biocultural ingredients of longevity as integral bioinformational fields that cannot be reduced to their cognitive, biological or cultural components. Dr. Martinez proposes a new model of PNI he calls Cultural Psychoneuroimmunology, taking the research from the constraints of the lab to natural settings in cultural contexts that could significantly influence the outcome. While rat research could be productive, the results must be interpreted as responses from animals that do not have the capacity to find meaning in their actions and awareness of their mortality. Cultural anthropology is the missing link of psychoneuroimmunology”. (www.biocognitive.com/index.php/philosophy/page.html)
As he says: “Your cultural beliefs predispose you to what you eat, the environment you choose to live, the quality of your relationships, the value of the pleasure you engage, your expression of exalted vs. primitive emotions, your choice of righteous anger vs. chronic anger, growing older vs. aging, mindfulness vs. mindlessness, love vs. fear, optimism vs. pessimism, empowerment vs. helplessness, inclusive compassion vs. exclusive caretaking, assertiveness vs. submissiveness, and much more.”. He recommends that we be aware of our inherited cultural messages, and consciously affirm language and beliefs that encourage wellness. It is the conglomerate of these experiences that determine gene expression of wellness, or not.
In his CD ” The Mind-Body Code: How The Mind Wounds And Heal The Body”, Dr. Martinez explores how we need to be mindful of the power we have to improve or prevent any condition, and invites us to discover the dynamic interplay between our thoughts, body, and cultural history to master the creation of wellness and fulfillment. His six sessions program contains insights, exercises and mind-body meditations to help us balance every facet of our lives toward wellness, from relationships and aging to abundance and ambitions.The first step he proposes toward health and satisfaction begins by “allowing yourself to live your greatness. For it is in reclaiming your natural state of worthiness that you come back to wholeness and see anew all that is possible for you”.
According to Dr. Martinez, by valuing and committing to self-care, we build our self-esteem and than follows healthy affiliation with others. When these three things come together, we can make empowering choices, as we value ourselves enough to be worthy of love, than allow more joy into our lives, and the cycle of self-sabotage ends as self-care, self-esteem and affiliations with others can address the root causes of our fear of love. Yes, love is the greatest healing force in the world…and science is starting to demonstrate its effect on our health and well-being.
So, are you lovingly treating your body, mind and soul? This summer, lets explore your health, individually, but also lets look at how your health is being impacted by the collective, and lets make appropriate choices and changes. Are you being influenced by your emotions and surroundings while little voices within, are trying to get your attention to redirect you in following your truth? The part of you, your body, this amazing temple, is infinitely intelligent but depends on your conscious loving choices for its equilibrium. As we are entering a new season of life, with the summer at our door, I invite you to pause, and look at self-care and self-love, how worthy you are, and how you can enhance your life, joy and health!
“When you release your hatred, jealousy, cynicism, and distrust from the cages you created to restrain you,
there’s a vacuum that is gradually filled with liberated self-love.
Then you can invite others to share your new treasure.
But it does not happen by sending good wishes to the universe.
It requires mindbody action that confirms your commitment to freedom from self-entrapment.”
~ Dr Mario Martinez
HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
Plant Your Feet On The Earth!
Isn’t it interesting to think that there is now an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth is highly beneficial to your health? Human beings, creatures and even birds have been walking bare feet and sleeping under the stars, on the ground, since the beginning of our origins. Somehow with the modernization of our lives, we have been slowly losing our continuous connection to this natural phenomena, part of our long time inner programming, but we are surely coming back to it.
The Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface, and when in direct contact with the ground by walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface, the earth’s electrons are conducted to our body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. We are Energy! Nature has provided conductive energetic systems within your body that deliver electrons from your feet to all parts of your body. It grounds us, inducing favourable physiological and electrophysiological changes promoting optimum health, and now protecting us from exposure to electromagnetic pollution. With an adequate supply of electrons, our immune system functions are enhanced, and these electrons can also provide antioxidant effects that protect our body from inflammation.
Multiple studies have documented Earthing’s improvement in blood viscosity, inflammation, heart rate variability, endocrine and autonomic nervous systems, sleep and reduced effects of muscle tensions and stress.
Have you ever noticed how much more relaxed and how well you slept when returning from a hiking or camping trip? Well, when you ground yourself to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs, letting go of the ongoing fight and flight response linked to our demanding life styles, and than your body can enter a more friendly, balanced, and healing mode of functioning.
Taking the time everyday to walk on the grass and to sit and meditate under a tree can be just what you need!
“Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”
~Elizabeth Barett Browning
DAIRY-FREE MANGO LASSI
A mango lassi is a a great refreshing drink for the summer months. Called the “King of fruits” mango has been highly appreciated in the Ayurvedic diet and cuisine. Native to India and Burma, this sweet fruit has been mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit Literature for at least six thousand years. Supporting the health of all body tissues, this fruit is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, potassium and fibre; it is low in calories, supports elimination and the digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems.
- ½ cup frozen cubed/sliced mango
- ⅓ of a frozen banana, or 2 tablespoon or raw cashews
- ½ cup homemade almond milk, or coconut milk ( you can add a little more depending of desired consistency)
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1½ tbsp lemon juice
- dash of salt
- 2 or 3 cardamom seeds
- Optional: fresh turmeric root ( size of the tip of a small finger).
- Mix in a blender until smooth.
HOMEMADE CARDAMOM-SCENTED PEACH ICE CREAM!
Eating healthy doesn’t mean to be depleting ourselves from the great pleasures of Mother Nature! To the contrary! It is about coming back to our roots and being able to savour all her gifts without chemicals and additives which prevent us from accessing our taste buds. Enjoy cardamom’s warm, sweet and pungent scent in this festive recipe! The stone fruit that is the peach is well designed for our warm summer as it has cooling properties. The alchemy of well balanced composition of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins and minerals makes them very beneficial to our health. As with many other fruits and vegetables, we find a highest concentration of nutrients in the skin. So eat peaches as nature provided them ~organic ~ to avoid chemicals crossing from their thin peels into the pulp. Enjoy!
- 1 cup of cubed/sliced peaches ( you can also use nectarines)
- 1/2 cup of chunks of frozen bananas
- 1 1/2 cans of regular coconut milk (totalling 600 mL)
- 1/2 cup of soaked raw cashew ( or substitute for bananas)
- 3 to 4 tbsp of coconut sugar, maple syrup or raw honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 tsp guar gum
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground cardamom ( to taste )
- optional: 1/8 pure almond extract.
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup cup chopped peaches to add in at the end of churning.
- Put everything in a blender except the chopped peaches which will be added at the end.
- Puree until smooth.
- Transfer to an ice-cream maker and churn to ideal consistency.
- Add the reserved fruits and churn one more time.
- Transfer to the freezer in a container with a lid.
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
Continue to be inspired about about Love, with this Love Song To The World:
Accept my gratitude for the possibility to share, and for the precious and endless teachings that I receive from each and every one.
Thank you for reading my blog, and please, share it freely!
We are truly interconnected!
In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,