Deborah K Bates - Blog
“Our true state of health is not a goal to be reached but a way of living”
Most people want to improve their health. Most people want longevity – longevity that is with well-being. We have the ability to live longer today – to live longer and healthier.
“Health is a large word. It embraces not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.”
Health’s primary goal is to restore harmonious function so that every part of the whole is doing its work and is in open communication with every other part. Holistic applications are not about fighting disease – rather it is about restoring harmony – and within this environment disease cannot be tolerated. Well-being is dependent upon all of our processes working at optimal levels. That is holistically. That is – mentally physically, emotionally and spiritualty.
“To have health you must first be health”
Our true state of health is not a goal to be reached but a way of living. Thus, health is a state of being and we are our own health. Author, Astrid Alauda wrote, “My inner advisor is dying to heal me.” As we listen to your bodies we attune to its needs mentally physically, emotionally and spiritualty. We have the answers within and our body gives us messages and requests. True health requires a balanced and fluid connection between the physical body and the subtle body and the environment we live in. Thus, the goal is to live the health you desire and apply this to your environment.
Self-acceptance and self-care are integral to health, this applies to our environment, and it encompasses eating healthy, thinking healthy, living in homes which support this through fresh foods, clean environments and awareness of artificial and toxic substances. Maintaining a clean and toxic free environment applies also to our thoughts, words, behaviours, intentions and deeds. Two excellent toxic cleansers for the emotions and mind are weeping and laughing.
Weeping and laughing are two of the easiest and fastest ways to release toxins, raise energy levels and decrease stress.
The act of weeping is clearly understated and almost stigmatised, yet it is one of the most powerful cleansing tools we can use for both mind and body. Emotional tears are a response which only humans have. All animals that live in air produce tears to lubricate their eyes. But it is only humans that possess the marvellous system that creates the act of weeping.
Biochemist William Frey has spent 15 years as head of a research team studying tears. His scientific studies found that tears created from ‘emotional crying’ carry toxins not normally found in the tear created to simply moisten the eye. The research team compared the normal moisturizing tear with the tear caused by emotion and found that stressful tears contained far more toxic biological by-products in addition to ACTH hormone which is associated with high blood pressure, heart problems, peptic ulcers and other physical conditions closely related to stress. Weeping, they concluded, is an excretory process which removes toxic substances from the body that normally build up during emotional stress.
The simple act of weeping not only cleanses and detoxify, it raises the body’s energy levels, which assists people to feel better both physically and physiologically. Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contribute to diseases aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems and peptic ulcers.
And so it is… weeping contributes not only to the health of the individual. But more than that at a more lateral level, tears are an extremely effective method of communication, and can elicit sympathy much faster than any other means, thus deepening connections with others.
The act of laughing is gaining more insight today and accepted as a therapy as demonstrated through laughing clubs. There appears to be an assumption that we need something funny to laugh at. The contrary is true. Children laugh approximately 80 to 100 times per day. Children appreciate the relationship between humour and enjoying life. They will laugh at anything! If you ask them, “what’s so funny,” they may say something like, “nothing!” By the time we reach adulthood, we laugh only 5-6 times per day. It is not so much that we have lost the ability to laugh or forgotten how to but we simply do not find the time to or are too stressed to find the humour in – nothing.
Some of the benefits of laughter are:
- Enhances T-cell production, which boosts the immune system
- Triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
- Releases toxins
- Provides for improved cardio-pulmonary function
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress hormones
- Increases muscle flexion
- Raises levels of disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies
- Produces a general sense of well-being
- Dissolves tension, stress, anxiety, irritation, anger, grief, and depression
- Lowers inhibitions
- Releases pent-up emotions generating a sense of well-being.
- Helps to integrate both hemispheres of the brain
- Laughter has the ability to raise the vibrations and energy levels of humans and is becoming one of the most low maintenance, free, all-rounder holistic balancers available for better health.
Questions to ask:
- Are you your perfect weight?
- Do you eat nutritionally and exercise?
- Do you have any health conditions that are being unattended?
- Do you use addictive substances or prescription drugs?
- Do you drink enough water, 2 litres per day and get enough sleep?
- Is your environment conducive to health?
- What constitutes good health to you?
- Do you use the medical profession; support your health through alternative practices?
- Do you listen to your body; do you pay attention to symptoms?
- Do you allow yourself to weep?
- Do you laugh daily?
- Do you love, nurture or hug regularly?
- Take frequent energy breaks in your day and ensure you look at a pleasant scene, read poetry to balance the cerebral hemisphere stress patterns
- Listen to revitalising music
- Allow your body to absorb the sounds of nature, birds or running water
- Smile as often as you can. Do it several times a day as an exercise
- Think positively and walk proud
- Dwell on positive thoughts – love, faith, trust, gratitude, and courage
- Eat well, drink plenty of water and supplement with herbs and minerals if you skip meals
- Get to know your body, develop an intuitive knowing regarding its rhythms and needs
- Breathe deep into and expanding the belly
- Laugh long and frequently
- Nurture your soul by honouring its needs and requests
- Do nothing – rest, restore, revitalise
- Give yourself a definite wake up and sleep time. This helps you feel well, sleep soundly, and awake refreshed
- Watch how much sugar, caffeine, and other stimulants you use. People who are stressed almost always begin to use stimulants as a boost. Stimulants put the body under even more stress. Eating more raw foods and vegetables can help your body deal with stress instead of increasing it
- Exercise three times a week. Enjoyable exercise, in moderation, reduces stress. It will make you feel better right away
- Dancing, listening to music, reading, working on a craft, playing a musical instrument, meditation, and biofeedback also relieve stress
- Smile and laughter are your personal amulets and you can wear them anytime
- Positive thoughts are an inner amulet which will reflect outside
- Clean clothes make you feel healthy
- Pictures of healthy environments and people
- Healthy looking plants and furnishings
- Clear, clean and clutter filled homes
- Clear, clean and clutter filled bodies