One of the #1 things you can do for your health! MEDITATE

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Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I know that I’m supposed to be letting all thoughts go, more and more fly through my mind. Soon I have a laundry-list of “to-dos” in my head … and then my legs fall asleep. It’s all downhill from there.

Today’s TED Talk, however, might actually convince me to give meditation another shot.

“We live in an incredibly busy world. Our pace of life is often frantic, our minds are always busy, and we’re always doing something,” says Andy Puddicombe at the TEDSalon London Fall 2012. “The sad fact is that we’re so distracted that we are no longer present in the world in which we live. We miss out on the things…

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How To Build Your Personal Healthcare System

As I left my office this morning I was speaking to a dear friend and RN, telling her how excited I was to be meeting with a new doctor in a couple weeks that was like-minded and took the approach I take with my own health. Holistic, integrative, open-minded, prevention focused. He does energy work with his patients for goodness sake! How perfect could this be? She nodded and said, “It’s so important. That’s who’s in charge of your health, right?” As I left and walked to my car that comment had me pondering.  I thought I was in charge.

In my opinion, YOU are in charge of your health. Most modern day practices however, have you in the passenger seat.

Don’t get me wrong; I respect doctors. I have worked with many personally in the last six years; some of the most caring and compassionate individuals I’ve met with best intentions at heart. But when it comes to who should be directing your health it has to be YOU. Why? You are unique and your system of healthcare should be too. You are also the only one who truly knows what you need.

Here are a few ways to start building your personal health squad and healthcare system:

Build a team around you of all types of health professionals and people that can support your vision of and approach to health.

This can include a doctor, naturopath, your best friend, a healer, a spouse, or a friend from your spin class who is like-minded and ‘gets you’. What matters most is that you and your team are on the same page and you feel supported. Negativity and judgment can be toxic in your on going health journey.

Take the knowledge, expertise and evidence out there from various sources, from both sides of the topic. Ultimately you have to decide what works for you.  Listen to those you know you agree with, but try to stay open to those who you think are out of their minds. What remedies one person can be another’s poison. Its naïve to think that we can apply a one size fits all nutrition/exercise regime/health plan on everyone. I’ve experienced this first hand with various health issues that I now know were just symptoms of imbalance. If I was following the Food Guide I’d be bloated, itchy, gassy, and sick.

Keep an OPEN mind. Find out what a dosha is. Investigate your chakras (you definitely have a few). Ask an acupuncturist what your meridians do. Visit a vegan café. Remember that science is one way of studying and viewing the world. ONE. There is an abundance and wealth of knowledge and ancient wisdom all around you if you choose to see it, explore it, open your eyes to it, maybe even just entertain the idea of thinking about it!

Learn to discern for yourself what your body needs by developing self-awareness.

Explore practices that build self and body awareness like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Take some time each day to be with yourself and fully experience your body. This cultivates awareness and puts you in touch with your inner wisdom. It’s like going on a daily date with your inner guru.

Finally, make the shift.  Allow your health choices to be inner directed versus outer directed. Consult others as needed and let the final decision be guided by you!

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