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Closing the Gap

What if you knew that your physical health was linked to your emotions? Would you pay attention, do anything different, would you even care?

Research has proven there is a definite link between our physical health and our emotional state. Studies continue to show us just how closely related the two are. Epigenetics is the study of chemical reactions and factors influencing them as it relates to our genes. (More on epigenetics in future blogs)

dnaChronic painful emotions create psychological wounds that if ignored will distort our perception and thinking. Negative emotions like loneliness, failure or the fear of, rejection, low self esteem create stress and are known to cause high blood pressure, increase cholesterol levels, suppress our immune system and more. In short, unprocessed negative emotions increase our chance of illness and premature death. How well do you pay attention to your emotions?

Once we become convinced of something it is very difficult to change our mind. Replaying in our mind all the negative thoughts and beliefs becomes a habit that will eventually destroy our health. Our mind plays tricks on us, wanting us to believe it is the best friend who only wants the best for us while at times acts like our worst enemy. When something is going well it tells us how brilliant we are and just as easily when something goes wrong it will tell us how absolutely stupid we are. It makes us feel afraid and insignificant just as easily as it plumps us up with false bravado. As a result most of us function below our actual potential which affects both our health and quality of life.

What can we do? We have to fight feelings of helplessness, anger and sadness, break the negative cycle by gaining control of our mind. By taking action through changing our responses to the world we will become less like a victim and feel better. Just like negative emotions can make us sick positive emotions like joy, peace and happiness can heal us. They empower us by lifting our emotions which in turn reduce stress levels and restore our body to equilibrium and well being.

Let's close the gap between our physical and psychological health by making them both of equal priority. We certainly don't have anything to lose and so very much to gain!

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Actions and Words

I notice when your actions don’t match your words.

I feel when you are not being totally honest with me.

I remember the promises that you make and don’t keep.

I see how you dismiss my thoughts and feelings as though they didn’t matter.

I know when you are lying to yourself and living in denial.

Not because I want to, it’s just how I’m wired.

Yes, I could turn to addiction (many of us do) to numb the pain I feel when I am with you. Except ‘I’ want to be in control of myself.

I could judge you and point out all your faults, mistakes and lies but I am too sensitive to want to hurt your feelings. I know that pain too well. And I also know that I would only make myself sick by doing so. I choose to be healthy.

Sometimes I wonder how you can’t see the pain you’ve caused me. But I don’t tell you because somewhere along the line I figured out that my happiness is my responsibility. You are my teacher and you will give me as many opportunities as I need to learn the lessons you are here to teach me. When I notice my frustration with the repetitiveness of my lessons I’ve learned not to judge you but to look within for the answer. I’ve learned to accept that some lessons are harder for me to learn than I would like.

I now know that my sensitivity is my gift, the one I was born with. You were born with your own and oh how I envied that your gift was more obvious to you than mine was to me. I am excited to tell you that is no longer the case.

I want to thank you for helping me feel the pain so deeply because it forced me to keep searching for the answers that would make sense of it all. And I want to thank you, who held a wise, loving, gentle and safe space for me while I struggled to find MY gift. I love you equally.

Now that I finally recognize my gift I want to own and honour it. The best way I can do this is to use my gift to help you find and use your gift.

My gift has, and continues to help me find the way to live my life in peace, happiness, gratitude, abundance, acceptance and the true meaning of unconditional love. I promise you that your gift brings the same opportunity for you to find your way as well. This is THE journey of our life.

With deep gratitude and love,

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The Pain Journey

By GiGi

Thru pain, I realize my weaknesses.
Thru pain, I acknowledge my actions.
Thru pain, I must face my loneliness.
Thru pain, I search for answers.
Thru pain, I ask for meaning.
Thru pain, I look to God.
Thru pain, I question my motives.
Thru pain, I seek the Light.
Thru pain, I learn to forgive.
Thru pain, I let go of obstacles.
Thru pain, my friends will gather.
Thru pain, my prayers have meaning.
Thru pain, the dark is frightening.
Thru pain, my heart is broken.
Thru pain, my spirit is aching.
Thru pain, my burden feels heavier.
Thru pain, my tears seem endless.
Thru pain, my world seems hollow.
Thru pain, I reach into my abyss.
Thru pain, I learn to love.
Thru pain, I must forever believe.
Thru pain, I await the new day.
Thru pain, I discover my strength.
Thru pain, I let go of control.
Thru pain, I become child-like.
Thru pain, I must be by myself.
Thru pain, the flicker of hope remains.
Thru pain, I must accept defeat.
Thru pain, is the joy of surrender.
Thru pain, self-love is the journey.
Thru pain, my mind becomes calm.
Thru pain, my vulnerability is apparent.
Thru pain, I can offer compassion.
Thru pain, I can receive love.
Thru pain, I transcend materialism.
Thru pain, I chip away at my rigid thinking.
Thru pain, I discover my calling.
Thru pain, the rain is sweet.
Thru pain, the wind is an embrace.
Thru pain, the earth sustains.
Thru pain, time stands still.
Thru pain, my senses are heightened.
Thru pain, my logic is dulled.
Thru pain, my love can be genuine.
Thru pain, my heart awaits.
Thru pain, feelings are confronted.
Thru pain, I learn to accept.
Thru pain, God will carry me.
Thru pain, I become one with my sister,
my brother.
Thru pain, I know myself.

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Feast on Your Life

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the others welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

By Derek Walcott

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