Becoming a Healthier Version of You

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Can anger or negative thoughts influence your health? Or do you believe that factors outside of you (stress, environmental issues) or inside of you (within your genetic code) cause illness to occur?

The answer may be a little of both. DNA within individual cells can mutate due to internal and external factors, which leads to a change in the way the cell acts.

Mutation is an inevitable and fundamental property of DNA: changes occur by chance when DNA is replicated and passed on to the next generation, and this process can be affected by factors in the environment. Fortunately, most changes have no effect whatsoever. A tiny fraction are harmful and can lead to cancer or genetic disease, and an even smaller proportion are actually beneficial, and provide the raw material for evolution.

Thousands of changes occur to our DNA daily, but for the most part, mutation is corrected through a series of processes called DNA repair. In fact, less than one in 1000 changes in DNA result in mutation.

The Mind/Body Connection

While the medical industry has not come out directly and said that your state of mind has a direct impact on your health, many acknowledge the mind/body connection.

“It is not a question of whether an illness is physical or emotional, but how much of each,” Dr. F. Dunbar, author of Mind and Body.

Does Anger Cause Heart Disease?

If you believe you are chronically ill or you believe you have a propensity towards a certain disease or condition, you will.

In an observational study of nearly 100,000 women, those with a pessimistic, cynical disposition developed more coronary heart disease, had more heart attacks, and died earlier than optimists. Cynical women were also more likely to develop cancer.

A Healthier State of Being Begins with a Healthier State of Mind

The first step in your path to better health is to eliminate the stress factors in your life that cause you to feel angry. You are probably saying, “Easy for YOU to say!” Here’s the thing, if you can learn to react differently to these situations, it eliminates the “fight or flight syndrome,” (sympathetic nervous system) and creates less stress on the body. Instead of screaming at other drivers who have cut you off on the highway, why not try some deep breathing instead, or sing a song? Remember, reactions and feelings begin inside your brain, which creates a chemical reaction inside your body. A happy or relaxed state of mind causes the parasympathetic nervous system to engage, and the body can then begin to heal itself.

Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD, author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, and The Fear Cure, breaks down the self-healing process into six steps:

  1. Believe you can heal yourself.
  2. Find the right support.
  3. Listen to your body and your intuition.
  4. Diagnose the root causes of the illness.
  5. Write the prescription for yourself
  6. Surrender attachment to outcomes

For more on the subject visit To hear Dr. Rankin present her findings live on Ted Talks please visit:
Wishing You Health and Happiness!

Appreciating the Present and Defining the Future

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Sometimes we look back on our lives and can see the milestones, the turning points, where we made a decision that created the track we are now on. Ever look back at that moment and say, “What if? What if I had chosen that job, taken that trip, accepted that invitation?”

Do you realize that when you are in the present moment you are actually experiencing the past? For example, when you look at a page in a book, it takes a nanosecond for your eye to register the words on the page. So the moment you see the words on the page, you are seeing the words from some point in the past.

Another example: When a group of artists gather around a studio and simultaneously draw a still life, each image is different. That’s because the artists see the objects from their own unique perspective, drawing from their own set of experiences, based on their own capabilities (how they depict what they see) and ideas as to what the fruit should look like at a particular moment in time.

“Since no brain is the same, every person will have their own limits of time perception and their own sphere of now. In fact, every brain, be it biological or mechanical (light-sensitive detecting device), has a different processing time and will have its own sphere of now; each one will have a distinctive perception of reality. “ – The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning by Marcelo Gleiser

So if the present is actually the past, that means we can change the future, doesn’t it? Instead of dreading what’s ahead (fearing the future), why not create what you want instead? In her book, Future Lives: Discovering and Understanding Your Destiny, Gloria Chadwick writes:

“If you could pull the future into the present, what would you do with what you learned and how would it affect you? What would you bring back from the future as a gift to yourself in the present? What corresponding changes would ripple through the past, present and future? … Look into future lives to observe your soul patterns and to see the talents and abilities you have, then weave them into the present and the past.”

Granted, we cannot change the past, but at the same time, the past is in fact, behind us, and should no longer define our present reality. Forgive yourself and forgive those that have found fault in your actions, thoughts and deeds, then redefine your view of those past experiences. They are your personal experiences, so it’s no one’s business how you view them. Each person sees a situation from their own perspective anyway, so there is no right or wrong way to view the past.

So how do you redefine the future? Start with what you know. Take a moment to list your positive attributes, i.e.,  the talents that you were given in this life. Are you a writer, an artist, a poet, a dancer, a chef? Are you a great listener? Place the list in a place where you can reflect upon it regularly. After a while, you will come to realize that you are as unique and beautiful as a snowflake. Appreciate the “you in you.” No one else is quite like you, and that is something to be proud of. Then visualize how you could use those talents in your life to make it better.

Louise L. Hay, in her book, You Can Heal Your Life, writes:

“In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole and complete. My life is ever new. Each moment of my life is new and fresh and vital. I use my affirmative thinking to create exactly what I want. This is a new day. I am a new me. I think differently. I speak differently. I act differently. Others treat me differently. My new world is a reflection of my new thinking. It is a joy and a delight to plant new seeds, for I know these seeds will become my new experiences. All is well in my world.”

Empathic Challenges for the Nurturing Soul

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Are you a naturally giving person? Spiritually attuned? A nurturer? Do you have difficulty in crowds because you seem to be tuning into the feelings of others rather than your own?

If so, you may be an empath. Empaths feel everything around them – including the moods of others.

If empaths are around peace and love, their bodies assimilate these and flourish. Negativity, though, often feels assaultive, exhausting. Thus, they’re particularly easy marks for emotional vampires, whose fear or rage can ravage empaths.
Dr. Judith Orloff

So how can you tell you are an empath? And what can you do about it once you have the knowledge? Here is a 30-point list published by

If you have checked yes to at least 3 of the items on the above list, chances are you are an empath. No worries, as it is not the end of the world for you, but a great starting point for the future.  Rather than stop the flow of information coming to you, channel it instead. Or in the case of an energy vampire – give the feelings back.

  • Get grounded. Plant your feet on the ground and picture roots tying your feet deep into the soil.
  • Give yourself time to check in with nature.
  • Give yourself some alone time.
  • Channel positive energy through you to the people in your path.
  • Assign a color system to alert you as to whether the feelings are yours or someone else’s.

Assigning a color system:

I have found that the color code system has been the most helpful for me. My own information is painted purple. While my family comes in as blue. Other people’s stuff comes in as yellow from strangers and green from friends. With this information, I can then make an informed decision as to what I need to do with this energy. I usually, just send it “return to sender”, attached with love and light (or repainted in purple love).
                                                                                                                                                   Trevor Lewis

And a final thought on keeping your empathic energy in the best possible light.

“You are a conduit of Divine Energy. Channel it and send it out to the people in your environment. This is important – if you send your own energy out it will be exhausting for you. It will drain you and weaken you even more to let in their energy when your defenses are down. You are only a conduit for Universal Light. Visualize it coming in through the top of your head, your crown chakra, and out from your heart (and, optionally, all your other chakras) to them. The flow of Divine Energy through you and out to your environment will help to push their energy away from you. In addition, just as a water pipe cannot channel water without getting wet, you will be energized by the flow of Divine Energy through you. … Tell your subconscious that this is what you want to be doing 24/7 and then let go.”
– Thriving as an Empath.pdf


Healing with Color – Tips for Self and Home

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It’s been a long winter this year, and some find it hard to break out of the winter blahs and into the glory of spring. Sometimes, a little color can help. Your body is an energy system. You can slow down your heart rate or speed it up, simply by getting centered, breathing deeply and visualizing color. You can also train yourself to detect colors by taking your hand and placing it over a “color” card to determine if it’s a cool or warm color. With practice you can determine the nuances of each color.  You can also work with your hands to visualize sending out the color through your hands to help someone or even yourself.

Healing a Headache
Visualize the color yellow then take your hands and place them over your temples than place one hand on your forehead and the other on the back of the head. Picture the color yellow streaming through your hands.

Everything in moderation, as the saying goes. And so it applies to color as well. Too much of one color can have a debilitating effect.

In Ted Andrews’ book, Healing with Color, he talks about the basics of different colors, and how they can impact the human body.

  • White – Awakens creativity
  • Black – a protective color, it can be used to ground and calm extremely sensitive individuals. Use black in conjunction with white.
  • Red– stimulates. It energizes the base chakra. It energizes the blood and helps with colds and mucus ailments. Too much red can be over stimulating.
  • Orange – the color of joy and wisdom. It stimulates feelings of sociability. Orange can assist healing the spleen, pancreas, stomach, intestines and adrenals.
  • Yellow – stimulates the mental faculties. It stimulates the solar plexus. It reawakens enthusiasm for life. Helps treat depression and can benefit digestive issues.
  • Green – balances energies. Can be used to increase sensitivities and compassion. It has a calming effect for inflamed conditions of the body.
  • Blue – is cooling and relaxing. It quiets energies and has an antiseptic quality.
  • Indigo – dynamic healing color on the spiritual and physical level. Strengthens the lymph system, glands, and immune system. Blood purifier.
  • Violet – affects the skeletal system. Cleansing and purifying. Good for cancerous conditions of the body. Arthritis can be eased by violet light.
  • Pink – can be used to awaken compassion, love and purity. It eases conditions of anger and feelings of neglect. It can be used in meditation to awaken greater truths.

Shifting Energy In Your Home: The Art of Feng Shui
Sometimes the home can feel stuffy. Air seems to stagnate and there is no energy flow. Changes can be made by introducing color. Feng Shui is an anccolor wheelient Chinese art used to balance energy and create harmony in the home. Depending on how your home is positioned (does the front door of your home point East, West, North or South?) will determine how rooms should be decorated and how they should be painted. While it may seem odd that a darkened hallway should be painted orange, you will be surprised at the joy you will experience with this delightful color. Gray is a great color for an office because it energizes the individual working in it. An easy-to-read overview on Feng Shui can be found here: If you have not introduced Feng Shui into your environment, I highly recommend it. It’s fun to try new colors and room layouts to change the energy of your home. One tip worth considering: if you have a long hallway that has a door at the end, hang a crystal at the entry point. The reason is energy gathers at the entry point and shoots full speed to the end of the hall. Years ago, I had moved into a refurbished house and noticed a long dark hallway. I thought “this hallway needs a crystal.” When I looked down, I noticed that the floor was buckled. I was told an earthquake (this did not occur in California but Georgia!) occurred and damaged the wood floor in the hallway.  Take a look around your home and see if there are any long hallways that could benefit from a crystal to break up the energy.

To enhance energy flow: fans are good for moving energy as are pets (the ones that run around, not the ones that lay around), wind chimes can imply air flow, and there are other remedies as well. Welcome spring with a splash of new color and energy flow with yourself and your environment.


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