Archive for December, 2012

Think Big, Then Think Deeper!

Last week I posted 3 shortcuts to better health and greater happiness in 2013, the first one was “Think Big”. Being connected to our greatest ambitions and highest perspective is not easy and not always recommended if we are trying to stay grounded. When we are looking for answers we often look up, the heavens have often been a source of inspiration. Historically, over the course of our evolution, the stars have been guides for travel and for marking the progress of time with the creation of the calendar. In fact, some historians speculate that this orientation is what allowed for the development of agriculture in the ancient world.

In this day and age thinking bigger often includes contemplating something right under our noses, the ground. Many symptoms exhibit qualities of the ground or the earth, and function to draw our attention down and deeper. Looking deeper into things is not always a well-trained approach in our usual, Western, extroverted, heavenly-oriented attitude. However, looking deeper can yield unusual results quickly, if you know how to do it.

Thankfully, we have great teachers who have blazed the trail for us. We have to thank the field of psychology and Sigmund Freud for the idea of the unconscious, Carl Jung for developing dream analysis, and Arnold Mindell for his post-Jungian, process-oriented insight. Asian medicine is a veteran of inward contemplation, using it to produce the acupuncture map of the body and draw the inner landscape for effective interventions along invisible lines of force, or acupuncture meridians, charting the course of our instinctual, emotional, mental, and spiritual  impulses.

So, in thinking bigger, let’s not forget to think deeper! Approaching your health in this way requires some education, which is why I have been working hard to re-imagine the way health care can be delivered. I have come up with a coaching style which provides regular support over the phone. That’s thinking big! Check it out here.

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Top 3 Shortcuts to Better Health and Happiness in 2013 (Save Time and Money too!), and One Bonus Tip

How much time and money does poor health waste? A lot, right?! And trying to improve your health is not necessarily as simple as you might think, there are so many contradictory suggestions and so many details and points of view that it can be discouraging, to say the least. So, here are my Top 3 shortcuts to better health in 2013:

  1. Think Big: Studies show that your perspective can change how you experience pain, for example. People who feel that their pain is pointless report higher levels of pain, on a pain scale, than those who don’t. Thinking bigger about your life often reveals ways in which your pain is meaningful and you are on a heroic path. Your life has purpose, find it and it will improve your health!
  2. Express Yourself: One of the biggest obstacles to self-expression that I find amongst my clients is the attitude that since self-expression will probably not change the person’s mind with whom there is conflict, then there is no point in doing it. Wrong. Self-expression is relieving in-and-of-itself, regardless how anyone else responds. One study shows how people who shouted swear-words when they held their hand in ice-water experienced significantly less pain than the control group that remained silent. Go ahead, express yourself! It feels good, and can help improve your health.
  3. Keep Growing: It was Carl Jung who reminded us that, “The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.” So, to save time and money and improve your health, never assume you are the same person today that you will be tomorrow. Tomorrow’s you may not have the same use for today’s problems, so it’s a good idea to keep growing.

Ok, so there are my top 3 shortcuts to improving your health (and therefore saving time and money by avoiding poor health) in 2013. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions or post comments to add to this list, it’s for you to use. Here is one bonus tip, just because I’m feeling like I’m on a roll:

  •  Follow Your Dreams: Ever wonder why the most successful people are always going on about how it was so important that they never gave up on their dream, even when everyone around them told them it was impossible? Maybe it’s because it is, important, that is. Through the study of dreams and the role they play in sleep, health, and everyday life, today we know how true this suggestion really is. Just think of what life would be like without dreaming, without fantasy, whimsy, or imagination. Not really worth living, right?! So, place more importance on all kinds of dreaming in 2013 to find more health and happiness.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my top 3 shortcuts and one bonus tip to better health and happiness in 2013. If you need any help with any of this (and more), please feel free to reach out. I’m building my practice on providing these kind of insightful shortcuts to my clients. I’m here to help you think bigger, express yourself, keep growing, and follow your dreams. Here’s to you! …and to your health and happiness! And here’s to the new world you will help to create by doing what only you can!

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