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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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Stories and Dreams

I’ll be at the Village Pearl in Vancouver today from 1 to 3pm — talking about stories, dreams, and what they mean for our health and future. Join me if you can!

The Village Pearl

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Location:Village Pearl in Vancouver

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Old School Japanese Myrrh Plasters to treat injuries.

I found these at the Goodwill today, checked them out on the internet, and the company has changed name and product. The only return on the Shikajirushi name is an Anime character by that name. I wonder what that mythology is all about…

I won’t have the time to get into that, but the little illunimated Deer in the upper left is a relative of the Giraffe, and he is mighty interesting. The picture here is adequately good resolution to merit a closer look if you can zoom in.

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The Savannas of Africa on the Shores of my Mind

Just goes to show that when you go deeply into something with an open mind, the rewards are great! I invited a fellow health practitioner to share my office a couple days a week to lower my overhead. I offered to create some marketing with her and set her up with a website as part of the deal. She said she was best at treating Whiplash auto accident cases, so I suggested she create a clinic just for that. We tossed around ideas and I soon found myself really focusing on it, staying up most of the night last night following my intuition and researching how best to present her message. Here is the logo I came up with:

I think I was with another client and we were talking about this last week or the week before, and the idea popped up to use the image of the Giraffe for the logo — obviously because of the long neck fit so well with the whole whiplash concept, but also because it would go well with the Zebra in ZebraPoints. So I started googling “Giraffe”, and was soon engrossed in learning about the Giraffe and its habitat. My research soon led me to some amazing discoveries that I will share with you shortly.

For now let me introduce Misty Leonard and the ThornTree Whiplash Clinic, treating auto accident whiplash injuries with massage therapy — now sharing the offices with ZebraPoints at 2912 Main Street, Suite 3, Vancouver, Washington.


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Walking the talk at TED

Fantastic insight into conflict resolution!

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Tintin in Tibet

According to some accounts Herge, the author and illustrator of the Tintin series, was suffering from a debilitating depression half-way through the Tintin in Tibet graphic novel, it is widely recognized as some of his finest work. He was living in German-occupied Belgium during the 2nd World War, and traveled to seek the help of none other than Carl Jung in Zurich, Switzerland. After their initial consultation, Jung told Herge that he could not help him and suggested only that he return home and complete his work, Tintin in Tibet. He did and he recovered from his depression. I have this poster hanging in my office, as I have a personal fondness and connection to Tibet (unless you could not tell from my name) and for the Tintin books.

Using Jungian, symbolic interpretation, the Yeti could stand for Herge’s depression and/or the emergence of an archetypal power from the unconscious. From my perspective, following the footsteps of the Yeti in the vast wilderness of the himalayas — like on the cover and the poster — is like tracking the development of body symptoms back to their origins.

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Carl Jung action figure

As the back of my Carl Jung action figure package reminds me, he is quoted, “The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was the soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”

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