Life after Christ Embrace

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One of the greatest gifts to us human beings is Christ consciousness, having accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. As the world is moving forward, we are seeing more and more people awakening. We as humans are coming to realize our self-worth as well as our cosmic and spiritual homes. Since the experience of Christ Consciousness, awareness of a relationship with Christ, it is like a treasure found, not everyone is fit to accept it and use it to best of interests. That is why the awakening need in some is manifesting in form of doubt and atheism.

I too was once caught in my web of doubts and faithlessness. I was once a very casual person. Like common stream, I viewed that only priests had power to save us from fire of hell.  Christ Jesus had died for our sins and we have to make up for his sacrifice by being overly religious. Never did I ever miss church due to fear of God.

My life changed drastically as I embraced the moment of Christ Consciousness. Being one of God’s creations, the work of transformation found me. Ever since I breathed in that moment, I realize now that it was the revolutionary moment of my life. I still go to church; the difference is that the fear of God has been replaced with love of all mighty Creator. In this article, I will tell you what experiences I underwent ever since I accepted the divine truth. I assure you that these things are very general. The awakening is highly personal experience, wrapped by improving moments of your life. It makes you realize that the small virtues have power to change your entire life.

Gratitude:

The gratitude is one of the rights of God. We owe it to great Master as well as Creator that we are thankful for the life He gave us. I understand some of you are not going to agree. I know we as humans undergo many challenges. Some of you have experienced cruelties of life. But did you ever think for a moment that there are always two sides of pictures? Believe it or not but those experiences are the reason why you are not falling into such life’s cruelties again. If you are then it simply means you haven’t learned from life mistakes and incidents. You don’t know how tough it is for that kid in Africa who is smiling. Awakening makes you realize the fundamental truth that life is sacred. We are and should always be grateful for life if we truly accept higher truths of life.

Liberation:

No! I am not talking about liberation from your problems. Those problems are what make us special. They are necessary for our growth. Spirituality doesn’t mean escape from problems. It simply means embracing your mistakes and learning that thought transformation is a divine action. As we undergo the experience of Christ Consciousness, we are truly liberated from all those attitudes, emotions and limitations of our mind which we think are stemming from outside sources. The outside sources are actually manifestation of those limitations which you will be freed from.

Sense of Connection:

We are all connected. We humans are divine beings of God. All of us have a purpose. Whether they choose to do it or not is up to human beings individually. However, ever since the awakening, you will feel a deep love for God and His creations, wanting to guide them on the path of biblical wisdom.  There is a reason for it. God is connected to everyone. When you truly love God, you care for His beings because you now love the same thing which God loves. There is no rocket science involved here.

Higher Purpose:

Ever since that profound moment, I have deeply felt that I was sent to this world with a sense of purpose. The practice of meditations and acceptance is not to just excel in life. It comes with a higher purpose and understanding. You will come to realize it better as you embrace the divine truth.

Like I said, spiritual awakening is highly personal. I have not mentioned many things here which worked for me. However, the above mentioned gifts are profoundly general.

Part II Healthy Mind to Deal With Chronic Issues

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When you are suffering from chronic diseases your mental health will degrade automatically. However, both mental and physical health are interconnected and mental health can be boost through physical health. Thus it is very important for you to pay attention to both your mental and physical health for a healthier lifestyle.

Chronic conditions come in all shapes and sizes and some are more serious than others. Some are life threatening but some are not. Many people who have chronic conditions even more than one function quite well and enjoy a good quality of life. Other people are impaired and markedly debilitated by their diseases. Some of it has to do with how you manage your life and your disease.

If you were recently diagnosed with a condition that requires medication or some lifestyle changes, stick with the recommendations of doctors. First of all, you will try to reject it and do not own it or wish it away. You wish to put it aside and continue to live the way you were living. But you have to realize that you need to live your life with or without the serious medical condition at the end. These will help you to develop an outstanding mental health if you are suffering from chronic health issues.

First of all plan a diet using Healthy Diet Pyramid to make healthier foods for the meal. Avoid fats foods and processed foods. Always follow the concept of clean eating with natural vegetable and fruits.

Secondly resting very important. It will help prevent unnecessary straining or injuries to muscles. Make sure you get enough sleep so that you will be ready to tackle new challenges the next day.

Surely create a regular workout routine for yourself. It can be jogging, swimming, or cycling. Try different types of exercises for variety and also for the different benefits that it can bring. Get your friends to join in some group sports, such as badminton, basketball or tennis. This will help you to reduce your stress levels and to get the company of others.

It is also to try to participate social gatherings like parties, weddings and social meetings, this will help you to experience a change in your sedentary lifestyle.

Finally, it is important to participate your religious activities. This will help you to increase your mental wellbeing.

Healthy Mind to Deal With Chronic Issues Part I

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For many people who deal with chronic health issues, the mental, emotional, spiritual toll it takes can make or break.  I know, as I deal with fibromyalgia.  I thought it was important to write about this.

According to WHO mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.  And Attitude is described as a predisposition or a tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person, or situation. Negative attitude influences an individual’s choice of action, and responses to challenges, incentives, and rewards. This is related to the attitude and mental health with chronic health issues.

Sadly, many individuals don’t comprehend mental wellness issues and may have an adverse perspective of individuals who have them. This can make individuals with mental health problems to be dealt with seriously with their remaining in the group. Some of the individuals feel like it is a disgrace to them. Mental wellbeing isn’t something you can see and it can be ‘hard to get your head around’ it. Some people compare the individuals with the normal and convey wrong messages to the society.

For many individuals, chronic diseases and bad mental health come together and they are unavoidable truths that might apply to everyone in the world. An endless chronic disease is a condition that goes on for quite a while and as a rule can’t be cured totally, albeit a few sicknesses can be controlled or overseen through the way of life (eating routine and work out) and certain drugs. In diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, mellitus, Kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Hemiplegia, Spinal cord injury and several types of arthritis.

Many individuals with these sicknesses wind up noticeably discouraged. Truth be told, misery is a standout amongst the most widely recognized difficulties of endless sickness. It’s not hard to see the circumstances and end results connection between interminable disease and wretchedness. Genuine sickness can cause colossal life changes and point of confinement your versatility and autonomy. A perpetual sickness can make it difficult to do the things you appreciate, and it can destroy your fearlessness and a feeling of expectation later on. Nothing unexpected, at that point, that individuals with ceaseless ailment frequently feel depression and pity. Now and again, the physical impacts of the condition itself or the reactions of the medications that are used to treat this disease.

An inspirational state of mind relations and loved ones can likewise affect your genuine emotional and mental state. From managing stressors related to the diseases helps to make imaginative answers to issues in day to day life. Sometimes you may find that social insurance is uncertain and you have left out form the society. But with a positive attitude, you can face these challenges and live a happy life. 

Quote Reflection of the Day

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“Immature love says “I love you because I need you.  Mature love says I love  because I love you”  Erich Fromm

This is one of the life lessons I have had to learn, come to understand in life, and it is not an easy one.  What is the difference, aren’t loving and needing, wanting all the same? Well, heck no.  When you want and need someone, it’s a reliance, which if you are a child, even a young teen certain wants and needs are understandable because you are not a self sufficient adult.  However want/love and need in a relationship, depending on the degree and the dynamics of the relationship can be quite a suffocating experience.  When you need someone, you forgo your independence, on their attention, what they think of you etc…and in some cases are totally reliant on them to where you have no self.  You lose the ability and desire to complete basic tasks by yourself, you forget what it’s like to be alone with your thoughts, and you can barely remember a time when you were capable of existing alone.  Every decision you make revolves around them, around being with them, phone calls you might get from them, it’s as if you disappear as a person.  You literally might feel like a piece of you is going to be ripped out of you if they are not connecting to you every day etc… , as an extreme.  It’s a sense of they are your daily bread and breath and you literally can’t survive without them, that’s how you feel and may even take it to an extreme.  God does not want that kind of toxic connection in our lives not for us to feel that way or someone to feel that way about us.  That is not love, that’s want and need, but not love. Love looks different. 

What does love look like? You start with want, but what does that mean?  It starts with wanting to know them as a person, what they are about, their likes and dislikes, goals, hopes, dreams and hopefully they feel the same.  It’s a journey that helps you grow as a person and even maybe discover some stuff about yourself.  You are both complete persons, not looking for the other to heal you, make you whole etc…  You enjoy each other, learn together and from each other.  You create memories, and share memories.   You want to be there for each other, but are not needy, not demanding of each other with a laundry list of “must do”.  You inspire the other to want to do things for you and vice versa, care for you, pick up your meds on their way to work because it’s no biggie, they want to do that for you.  It’s where in a crisis they are your cheerleader to move forward, see you through the dark tunnel and help you to gain insight, faith and strength in those situations.  

Love and Want are different from Need, Neediness  I hope that the Lord gives me the gift of a great companion soon to share my life with someone who I will want and love, and they me with maturity, mutual maturity. 

Amen

 

Lifestyle Wellness, Rumble, Steady?

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In this article by Lauri Clinch we learn the following.

 WELLNESS = An … of Health + Vitality “Not a strong wind, nor a surge of … nor a fit of passion, nor … can throw you off when your body, mind and spirit are in perfecy harmony.

LIFESTYLE WELLNESS = An Adventure of Health + Vitality

“Not a strong wind, nor a surge of pressure, nor a fit of passion, nor anything, can throw you off when your body, mind and spirit are in perfect balance.” – Unknown

‘ Wellness ‘….what does word mean to you? What are the images, thoughts that come to mind? Perhaps you relate it to one or several of the following dimensions:

physical dimension:

a state of being free from illness, being in good health , feeling ” well ”, practicing good healthy habits ; being able to do all you desire without physical restraints or limitations.

emotional dimension:

feeling positive and enthusiastic about ones-self ones’ decisions, goals, sense of contentent ment, fulfillment, having peace, love, joy in our lives and our attitudes; cultivating and experiencing positive,loving relationships.

mental dimension:

engaged in activities that bring personal gratification and fulfillment, You can feel good in mind by , learning more, making firm positive decisions, intellectual wellness,stress management, critical thinking, clearing your past to gain freedom from guilt, shame, insecurity, fear etc

spiritual dimension:

seeking meaning and purpose in human existence. It could involve seeking answers to philosophical questions, such as: ”Why am I here?” and ”What is life about?” For some, organized religion and faith in a personal God provides answers. For others, introspection as well as being in touch with nature and their environment/universe helps to provide answers.

I recently polled some friends as to their personal definition of wellness and although each was unique and distinct yet there was a synonymous streamlining of their sense of wellness which is that ‘ wellness ‘ is a holistic concept and one of balance, encompassing the ‘ whole ‘ person and all aspects of their life. It seemed to be unanimous that keeping these aspects balanced can be like a juggling act and if just one dimension is out of balance, it will upset the others. In daily life it can be an ongoing conscientious struggle to achieve this balance.

Balance is a universal law and for things to function properly there must be equilibrium. Three examples are:

1) nature exists in balanced ecosystems;

2) the planetary system with its gravitation and rotation and specifically for we earthlings, that we neither freeze to death nor burn up because we are just the right distance from the sun

3) the human body works best when our systems are balanced, if not, it is called illness.

We are all familiar to one degree or another with the results of imbalance in our lives: burnout, conflicts in relationships, a disorganized environment, fatigue, frustration, illness, insomnia, lacklustre, no fun, not creating or expressing oneself fully,overwork, not enough money, no spiritual life etc.

Success isn’t success unless your life is well balanced and you have peace of mind.” Nancy R. Fenn

Wellness is about TOTAL YOU; but it is not achieved by accident…just picking the dimension of wellness that you like and minimizing the others doesn’t work in the long run. Optimal lifestyle wellness begins with a conscious, intentional decision/choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It may mean raising your standards above what you have been comfortable with; it will require time, commitment, energy, motivation and attitude.

” Adventure isn’t just hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life — facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential ” (–John Amatt organizer and participant in Canada’s first successful expedition to the summit of Mt Everest.)

” We are constantly advancing, like explorers, into the unknown, which makes life an adventure all the way ” Eleanor Roosevelt

We all have tried many times in different ways to tackle and manage the imbalances in our lives; sometime however, unsuccessfully or not completely. Encouragement,accountability and knowledge are often lacking. As a Coach, I help you discover/unearth who you are, where you are at and where you want to go and to create sustainable, healthy changes in your life with resourcesFeature Articles, tools and insights and a strong partnership with you. It is like running a race with a relay partner whereby your time and results are maximized while your efforts are halved.

Wellness, How, Where to Start?

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This is a hot topic for many and as one who navigates fibromyalgia day to day and is trying to make changes to her life, I realize this is am important topic so I decided to find some info on this topic and am going to be sharing today a few articles I came across with advice I am going to implement myself.

 

How To Begin The Quest For Ultimate Health And Wellness _ Josee Smith

The journey to attain ultimate health and wellness begins with building a lifestyle which supports you. A health and wellness oriented lifestyle is built by making healthy habits and choices part of your daily routines.You do not need to completely overhaul your entire life all at once. These changes can be made gradually.

Phyysical Fitness

The United States Department of Health and Human Services published the first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008. It recommends 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity daily or a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week for adults ages 18 to 64 years. Strength training for all of the major body parts,legs, hips, arms, shoulders, abdomen, back and chest is recommended at least twice a week.

If you are not already physically active, incorporating fitness activities into your life does not need to pose a major challenge. A wide range of physical activities meet the guidelines. Examples of moderate physical activity include dancing, brisk walking, bicycle riding and more.

Keep in mind, 30 minutes of moderate activity provides the minimum required to gain health benefits.  More vigorous activities, jumping rope, rock climbing and swimming provide even greater health benefits. Extending the amount of time spent doing any physical activity also increases health benefits.

To successfully integrate physical fitness activities into your life, make them part of your daily schedule. Set aside time in your daily planner and add a reminder to the event on your phone or watch. The most important things you can do are show up for the activity and  perform some level of physical activity. Even if it does not equal the full 30 minutes, you’re still building the habit of physical activity.

Keys to Success:

• Start with an activity you’ll enjoy.

• If you are a social person, join an exercise group or workout with friends.

• Remember every little bit counts. If you exercise for 20 minutes twice a day or in 10 minute increments throughout the day, you can meet the requirement of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week around your schedule.

• Block out your exercise time on your calendar.

Diet

Along with physical fitness, ultimate health and wellness hinges on a healthy and balanced diet. People who eat well experience a variety of health benefits, better weight maintenance, lower chances of developing diabetes or heart disease and lower instances of illness. As recommended by the 2010 issue of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy diet includes significant amounts of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and unrefined grains. The recommendations also suggest lowering sodium, added sugar, trans fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet.

Before you look to cut things from your diet, work on adding healthy choices to your meals and snacks. Take a proactive positive approach as you make changes to what you eat. Drink a non-carbonated beverage instead of a pop or soda; you can choose unsweetened herbal tea which still provides flavor, lemon water or plain water. Select brown rice instead of white rice with your meals. Just as with exercise, small changes add up to a complete transition to a more healthful lifestyle.

Keys to Success:

• Choose one or two small changes to incorporate into your diet each month.

• Experiment. Eating healthy needs to be enjoyable for you to make it a part of your lifestyle. Eat different foods and a variety of ways to prepare them and enjoy the ones you like.

• Make sure to keep your daily menu varied so you don’t get bored with your food choices and go off track.

Mind-Body Connection

Our emotional state can affect our food choices, our level of physical activity and our ability to maintain positive social engagement. Foods high in sugar and fat satisfy the pleasure and reward centers in our brains.

If we are stressed or unhappy, many of us reach for rich foods to make ourselves feel better. Sometimes this is a conscious decision; many times it is not. Also, feeling angry, unhappy or depressed saps energy, making it more difficult to exercise or pursue some other physical activity; we just don’t feel like it.

There are many ways to combat this cycle. Physical activities like yoga, pilates, tai chi and many others expressly cultivate a healthy mind-body connection for practitioners. Each of these activities use movement tied to breath awareness to focus and calm the mind and the nervous system.

Yoga includes breathing exercises and meditation as well. These activities build fitness and relieve stress. Some mind-body activities, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation, do not involve whole body movement; they focus on channeling mental activity and relieving stress.

It is important to keep the body healthy and the mind in a state of equilibrium to experience a sense of well-being. Equilibrium does not mean you become an automaton. It simply means you do not experience unrealistic highs or debilitating lows (depression). Being even tempered makes it easier to deal with stress, adapt to change and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Keys to Success:

• Choose a mind-body activity to include in your schedule which suits your lifestyle and temperament.

• Practice it consistently for the best results.

Make It A Habit

It takes 21 to 30 days of consistent application to make a simple action a habit. More complex accomplishments like establishing an exercise routine, daily meditation and dietary changes can take significantly longer.

The rate of accomplishment for more complex changes can be highly variable; do not end your quest for ultimate health and wellness if you are not seeing immediate results. The key to changing established habits and acquiring new ones is consistency and persistence. You can reach your goal!

 

 

 

 

 

Is It A Heart Attack Yikes?

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I have hypertension and am spiritually hypersensitive, when I get connected on a psychic conscious level to someone stuff happens, not always pleasant.  I have had incidents of hypertension and chest pain, mild angina attack, and other times I have had chest pain with no hypertension, so how do you know if it’s just anxiety for what?  I came across this article and thought I would share as I am sure many have had this kind of thing happen.

Tightness in Chest With Anxiety

BY GARY WICKMAN | ANXIETY | RATING:

This condition often ensues after a person is affected by a panic attack. However, chest tightness can still afflict those with only mid-level anxiety. Due to similar sensations, one may confuse anxiety-related chest tightness with the onset of heart attack. In general, chest tightness caused by anxiety is less suffocating than heart attack. People often describe chest tightness as pressure or compression feeling on their chest cavity area, that is accompanied with shortness of breath and faster heart beat. It is often triggered by the fear of an impending or unknown danger.

Sufferers are often concerned that they have early symptoms of heart attack. In reality there is a significant difference in the intensity throughout the episodes. Chest tightness is definitely less severe although sufferers can still be rushed to the hospital. It is likely that when they arrive at the ER, the symptoms mostly already subside. It is important to distinguish between the two conditions to prevent misdiagnosis and allow the sufferer to deal with their anxiety sooner and more effectively. Heart attack, on the other hand, feels more like a squeezing and crushing sensation in the chest, which is completely different with normal chest tightness. On people with heart attack, the pain spreads quickly to the shoulders, neck and jaw. People with panic attack don’t experience this symptom.

How Tightness in the Chest Happens

Panic attack starts at the central nervous system when people sense the imminent arrival of a threat (whether real or imagined) and enter the fight-or-flight response. When our body experiences this response, the tightness happens because our mind perceives a threat and tends to exaggerate the threat level, causing a fight-or-flight response even when the stressors are insignificant. If this is the case, you should immediately seek assistance for a professional to treat your panic attacks. Tightness in your chest can last for the duration of the anxiety attack episode or goes at intervals. On more severe cases, the pain may be similar to being pierced or stabbed in the chest. It travels to esophagus and can get worse if you lie on your back.

The fight-or-flight response is one of our most primitive emotional reflexes, when we perceive threat and danger. It is literally our body’s way of preparing for a fight or flees the dangerous situation to save our life. When the reflex is triggered, a corresponding biological reaction occurs. Adrenaline, noadrenaline and cortisol are released into your blood stream. When these juices completely spread through your system, you’ll start to feel your heart pounding; you’ll shake, the chest tightens and the heart flutters irregularly, a completely terrifying experience.

A panicked individual also have higher level of epinephrine and norepinephrine on the brain, both control the rate of brain functions. Both chemicals can put your brain to an overdrive and you may end up feeling disoriented. In more severe cases, people can suddenly burst into a maniacal episode and have frantic reactions.

To better understand your chest tightness, you should know the extent of your anxiety. Anxiety is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s important for personal self-defense and to help us improve ourselves despite the adversity. Try to correlate the actual threat and your anxiety level, panic attack should normally happen when the threat can endanger your life or make significant, unfavorable changes in your life. If you have chest tightness after experiencing low- or medium-intensity then you should see a therapist to help you understand your situation better.

Prevention

Obviously the best cure for any disease is still prevention. People who suffer from tightness in the chest from anxiety should rationalize their fears and try to control their predicament. By understanding the real cause of your anxiety, you can seek prompt treatment to regain your normal life and free yourself from uncomfortable emotional and physical discomforts. These are a few things you should do to prevent severe anxiety and panic attacks:

Learn More About Anxiety

You should understand how anxiety can affect your body, mind and well being. Find out what anxiety is really about.

Avoid Stressors

Don’t put yourself in situations that can easily trigger panic attacks, like speaking in the public, simply say ‘no’ to invitations that make you feel unpleasant. Some people may stress you out, so you need to avoid them. Don’t accept additional works or say ‘yes’ to everything if they can add up your mental pressure.

Learn How to Become Assertive

People with panic attacks are usually have low self-esteem. If you are passive and feel worthless, then you’re opening yourself to symptoms of depressions. You can lean to become assertive by joining clubs or groups, so you can open up to others. This may take awhile, but once you become more assertive, you can have better outlook in life and can work more effectively to prevent anxiety.

Practice Relaxation Techniques

By performing yoga, meditation and other exercises regularly you can prevent panic attacks better. Those who are adept at these exercises often have uplifted emotions, self control and better happiness, which increase self-esteem and self-confidence.

Exercise

Regular physical exercise can benefit both your body and mind. It is also a proven method to prevent or at least lessen anxiety attacks. You should exercise 30 minutes a day, 4 or 5 times a week. This is a moderate intensity to promote healthy mind and body. Increase exercise intensity, if possible, to gain more benefits.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Just like regular exercise, you should have a healthy, balanced diet to maintain a low stress level and prevent illness. Eat only home-cooked organic foods, if possible, as processed foods often contain preservatives, artificial coloring, taste enhancers and other chemicals.

Avoid Caffeine and Nicotine

A combination of coffee and cigarette can intensify anxiety attacks on some people. Avoid them whenever possible.

Treatment

Relaxation exercises are the most common treatment for chest tightness. If you begin to tightness on the chest, sit down and breathe deeply through your nostril. You should focus on your breath, not the threat nor the discomfort on your chest.

Inhale slowly for 5 seconds (or counts) and exhale slowly for 2 seconds. Inhale for 5 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds. Inhale for 5 seconds and exhale for 6 seconds. Do it until you exhale very slowly for 12 seconds. The whole breathing exercise is consisted of six cycles and at the last cycle you’ll be much more relaxed. This method should be your first line of defense in dealing with chest tightness that comes with anxiety.

You should try to relax your muscles while being affected by a panic attack and your sitting position should remain neutral. Focus on each of your muscle group. Tense a muscle, hold it for five seconds and then relax. You should start from your lower extremities and work your way up until you reach the facial muscles. When performed after the above breathing exercise, the muscle relaxation method can be very effective in eliminating your chest tightness.

Your inner dialogue during a panic attack episode determines the progression of your condition, whether you’ll calm down or become more panicked. Controlling your inner dialogue can be challenging, for example, you may aggravate your panic attack by worrying about heart attack. This is the primary reason why chest tightness sufferers are sent to the ER, as the paramedic can’t diagnose your condition on the spot. Always make a conscious effort to assure yourself that you’re going to be alright.

Your doctor may prescribe some medication to curb your chest tightness symptoms. Inhalers are often used as an early, quick treatment when the sufferer feels the tightness symptoms coming on. If the above exercises can’t help you, the doctor may prescribe some medications to suppress anxiety symptoms.