ASK MAx: MIND/BODY HEALING

Mind Body        LET’S TALK ABOUT…MIND/BODY HEALING. Seems with all the changes in the health care system, more and more people are asking me to explain the concept and practice of mind/body healing.

I inadvertently started my journey of mind/body healing when I was twenty years old. I say “inadvertently” because I had become focused on learning to meditate to get me through a stressful time in my life. And, after all, it was during the Guru movement in the US. (we will discuss that next column: )

What do I mean by mind-body healing? Simply put: the use of the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health.

Hippocrates wrote, “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”Believe

When I was 27 I became very ill—or, I was told by well-respected physicians that I was ill following emergency surgery. My doctors proclaimed that I would be disabled “for the rest of (my) life”. Other than a slight problem breathing, every day after meditating I patted myself on the back because I felt so healthy.

I was really confused. Well known physicians were telling me I was ill. My body was indicating I was well??confused

I was introduced to a physician that was experimenting with “mind/body healing”. He expanded what I already knew about meditation and taught me the art of mind/body healing. I have been practicing this “art of healing” ever since then.

Heal Your BodyLouise Hay published a simple little book in the 1980’s called “Heal Your Body”. Louise is not a famous physician, scientist, or researcher. Louise was an ordinary woman, abused, and undereducated. Yet, she managed to write this powerful reference book for mind/body healing.

“Heal Your Body” pages are each three columns. On the first column there is a list of physical symptoms, or area of your body, that you might be having issues. eg: Depression

The second column is a list of things you may be emotionally experiencing because of being depressed. eg: Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.

Third column is a positive affirmation to change your thinking about how you are experiencing your life. eg: I now go beyond other people’s fears and limitations. I create my life.

Sound simplistic. It is. And, it works….as long as you believe it works.

Deepok Chopra

Deepak Chopra has published many works on mind/body healing using the concept of “consciousness creates reality”. The idea of creating our own healthy reality will help you further understand the mind/body concept.
We are so fortunate to live in a world that offers all the “scientific breakthroughs” that are offered from both Western and “Alternative” medicines that contribute to our health and longevity. We don’t have to choose one over the other. The National Institute of Health encourages a balance of both approaches when considering personal healing approaches.

There is a power within you. Perhaps the next time you have a physical malady you might want to consider creating your healthy reality that doesn’t include a copay, hospital visit, or popping a pill—change your thinking.Change Thinking

Glad we talked about this.OPINION Of course, it is just my opinion.

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ASK MAx: TIME FLIES WHEN YOU ARE HAVING FUN

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LET’S TALK ABOUT….TIME. Have you noticed the older we get the faster time seems to go?! It seems I was just wrapping up the Holidays, and, now, I am trying to find ways to cool off from the June heat. Where did the past six months go?!

Thanks to all the money being filtered into brain science,Dr. Khasa there are finally scientific explanations for the phenomenon.

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., President/Medical Director of The brainLongevity bookAlzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation in Tucson, Az and author of “Brain Longevity and Meditation as Medicine”, sites three scientific theories that shine a little light on the mysterious experience of time speeding up with age.

Dr. Khalsa’s three suggested theories involve the brain:

1. TelescopyDISTANT MEMORYThe underestimation of time. Think about looking through a telescope; details in the distance appear much closer. Telescopy allows the brain to recall distant events as if they occurred yesterday. Has it really been 45 years since the Beatles broke up?! I vividly recall the news broadcasting them debarking the plane with screaming teens welcoming them to the US—seems like just yesterday.

2. Reminiscence Effect—“Memory bumps”, “emotionally charged” events already vividly securely stored deep within your brain memory bank.BRAIN MEMORY BUMPS “The problem is that, as time marches on, life may become more routine, more mundane. Hence, you create fewer memory bumps, which give you the feeling that time is moving very quickly.” I can recall just about every detail of my daughter’s wedding almost ten years ago—seems like just yesterday.

3. The third theory is your Biological Clock that is linked to the hypothalamus gland that is known for the release of important youth-maintaining hormones via Telomeres. TELOMERESTelomeres are associated with wellness, stress level, and your DNA. Consequently, these hormones influence how we take in, store, and pass on our memories. I recently had a family crises. I was so stressed out I barely remember very many of the details. Surely, my telomeres were impaired and my aging process accelerated. Yet, it seems like it was just yesterday.aging-women

Good news! There are ways we can compensate for not being able to “save time in a bottle” during our aging process. Dr. Khalsa suggests:

collageSLOW DOWN: Stop and breathe deeply during the busy hours of your day. Build transitions between tasks and events throughout your day. Live life in the present. Stress usually comes from things we can’t change from the past; or, the “what ifs” of the future.
meditation-MEDITATE: “12 minutes per day” increases positive health benefits by 44%. Check out the time saving, in expensive, Kirtan Kriya (KK), yoga meditation method

 

AWARENESSPAY ATTENTION: Be in your awareness. Really look at what is all around you. Fully taste your food. Wholly live. Experience each moment using all your five senses. Be grateful.

As I “wholly live” my life in a hectic caffeine generated world, I have found understanding this process of aging and time has gained me wonderful commodities: peace of mind, good health, and an enduring zest for life.

How is time working for you?

EinsteinBut, than, my hero, Albert Einstein’s take on time was “Time is an illusion.” Hmm. Another conversation at another time.

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ASK MAx: JUST BREATHE!

breathe-you-are-aliveLET’S TALK ABOUT…BREATHING!! I dropped by the hospital to visit my friend that just had hip surgery. While there I accompanied her to her second physical therapy session. There were six other post-surgical patients in the PT room with her. They all looked scared to death and in pain. Everyone was appearing to be in various stages of breathing: not breathing, very shallow breathing, almost hyperventilating. As the therapist started them through their exercises, it seemed people held their breathes through each attempted movement. I just wanted to shout “BREATHE, for goodness sake!” I couldn’t help myself: as I left the room I said to the therapist, “Please ask your patient’s to breathe!”

Taking oxygen in and out of the body is an important life function. How many of you actually practice deliberate breathing? That is, being aware of how your body feels, then, adjusting your breathing to reset how you are feeling.

breathe-fullyDidn’t know you could do this?

Let’s start with some interesting facts about breathing:

1. Breathing is not so much about the oxygen we take in—the air we breathe in has 21% oxygen, the body only needs 5%; it is really more about Carbon Dioxide. Breathing in through your nose, exhaling from your mouth, upsets the CO2 balance.
2. Your breath is connected to your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. The way you inhale and exhale adjusts with what you are observing, tasting, touching, feeling, sensing, thinking, and experiencing at the time. Stress, inability to think clearly, bad teeth, childhood lisps, and impairment of body elimination—all caused by the inability to correctly breath.
3. Louise Hay, “You Can Heal Your Body”,Heal Your Body says “The lungs represent the ability to take in life.” If the lungs were open flat they would cover the size of a tennis court!! That gives us a lot of ability to take in life if we learn to deliberately breathe.

Deliberate breathing isn’t a new concept. breathe-fully

“Patterned breathing” has been used by women to reduce the pain of labor during childbirth. The goal of patterned breathing is to achieve a calming and relaxing effect that lowers pain, anxiety, stress, and prevents light-headiness. This is achieved by taking deep, cleansing, relaxing breaths.

 

qigong-people“Qigong” is ancient Chinese health care discipline that integrates breathing techniques with physical techniques and focused intention. Qigong teaches breathing into the organs: breathe into your lungs to remove sadness and grief; into your kidneys to dissolve fear; into your liver to dissolve anger. Through this practice you can learn to consciously feel your body change with each exhale.

A simple conscious visualization can direct the flow of your breath to every part of your body to improve energy flow, relieve headache, dissolve tension, distress and ground you: Close your eyes, inhale through your nose, as you slowly exhale through your mouth, imagine your breath flowing down your legs, to your feet, up to your toes, then into the ground.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation.

Are you deliberately breathing now?

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ASK MAx: WATCHDOG or OSTRICH

watchdog_wakeup_v2LET’S TALK ABOUT…BECOMING WATCH DOGS. My father was a wounded WWII US Navy Veteran. His final year on earth was spent as a patient at the Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital in Ashville, NC. The staff of the hospital, including physicians, were available, respectful, and comforting. Dad left (passed away) in 1971 of lung cancer.

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Recently, I was trying to assist a friend attempting get benefits for her husband who honorably served during Vietnam. His benefits were bogged down in bureaucratic mire. He left this earth all too soon, and, not honored, or, compensated for his sacrifices to our country.

Over the years I have advised Veterans to contact their Congressmen to seek support when they run into red tape barriers. One VA client was told he has to wait 14 months for a colonoscopy!

I mention these cases because I want to really talk about how we allow government agencies to screw up by being “ostriches”.

In each one of the cases above I probably could have done more. Of course “time” becomes an issue—there are only so many hours in a day, and government agencies seem to use the majority of those hours putting people on hold.

How many times have you gotten frustrated dealing with an agency that is financed through your taxes?

State AgenciesMost recently, I have had people complaining to me about a State Agency that seems to have lost sight of their mission: “…We assist individuals with disabilities in getting and keeping a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities.” Legal action had been taken in the past against this agency. They lost, more Agencies sprung up, and it was “business as usual”. While attempting to advocate for better services, a manager of this agency admitted “the system is broken and I don’t know how to fix it.”

Maybe, just maybe, if each Director of each Government financed agency took responsibility for what was happening in their facility, “scandals”, like the current VA Hospital, would not have happened.?

Maybe, just maybe, if we all became more watch dogswatchdog_wakeup_v2 than ostriches, the agencies financed by government funding would live up to their mission statements.head-in-sand1

Here is my dichotomy to be an activist: On the one hand I feel I have a responsibility to the people that have voiced their concerns to me. There is a trust involved.Listen

On the other hand, professional peers are reminding me what happens to “whistle blowers” of agencies that are out of integrity for the public good.Whistleblower

I am hesitating doing anything.

WOW! How did I get here?! I am a boomer! I took part in the integration movement, marched against war, rallied for gay rights!

During one of my visits at the VA Hospital with my father, he mentioned that he had “heard” that I was participatinWorld_War_II_Patrioticg in an “antiwar” rally. He said “I don’t agree with what you are doing,“ he pulled up his shirt exposing his WWII abdominal scar “because I got this defending your right to be out there doing what you think you need to be doing.”

 

My dad’s statement gave me courage to continue speaking up.

 

Why am I now experiencing activist hesitations?

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ASK MAx: GRADUATION ENTITLEMENTS

GRADUATIONLET’S TALK ABOUT….GRADUATION! I have been thinking about all the High School Seniors getting ready to walk down the aisle to receive the “long awaited” diploma. Because they will reach out and accept that diploma, I know I can be assured that they have met all the school’s “Academic Benchmark Assessments”. You know, those baseline requirements all schools are mandated to meet in order to measure student growth—and, to continue school funding.

But, are our graduates ready to enter the “real world”? REAL WORLD

I was invited to teach my “Moving-On” workshop at an Alternative School to students preparing to graduate. The workshop is taught over three days with three main topics: “Grief and Loss”, “Transitions”, and “Plan B”. When I asked the question “What is the first thing you will do on your first Monday following graduation when you no longer have to go to school?” Many of the students immediately answered “Sign up for food stamps.” SNAPlogoThey were serious.

ENTITLEMENTAccording to GoogleDictionary.com, “Entitlement”: “the fact of having a right to something.” I checked the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, there is nothing written in it about “food stamps”.

WiseGeek.com explains that “An entitlement program can be defined as a governmental mechanism where public funds are given to people because they meet some kind of requirement. One commonly known American example of an entitlement program would be the federal food stamp program, which allows people without sufficient funds to buy food.”

FeedingAmerica.org clarifies: “The program is targeted at our most vulnerable citizens, predominantly serving households with children, elderly, and disabled members.” And, I suppose high school seniors 18 and over?

“Able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) may only receive three months of benefits during any three year period, unless they are working a minimum of 20 hours per week or participate in a qualifying job training program. States may waive the time limit….” Oh! Good. That may encourage getting a job after graduation, or, going off to college.

But, “Most college students are ineligible for SNAP, even if they meet income eligibility requirements.” Hmm.Food-stamp-spending

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), approximately 48 Million of the 314 million US citizens, “participate” in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”). The average monthly benefit is approximately $135 per person. So, 48 million times $135—you can do the math.

Individuals qualify for “participation” if they make 130% of the poverty level, approximately $1245 gross, or under. Certain deductions are allowed.

We are still a very wealthy country. We use to be known as “The breadbasket for the world.” I have never seen a reason for anyone in the US to go hungry—not even graduating high school seniors.

My point is, why didn’t the students respond to my question of “What is the first thing you will do on your first Monday following graduation…” with “Start working full time.” Or “Find a job.”JOBS

 

If the students learn about “entitlement” programs in their senior year, wouldn’t it be wonderful to include a “Benefits of being employed” class? Surely the Department of Education could come up with an Academic Benchmark Assessment to measure a student’s preparation for the Monday after graduation?!

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