Category Archives: Spirituality

Mindful Genetic Control

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Bruce Lipton is a stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief.  Through his research and publications, he explains the power our thoughts have to control our genetic expression.  This means we are not a victim to our genetic inheritance, we actually have the ability to control it through our perception.  I heard an interview with Bruce on the radio and was immediately intrigued because I’ve never heard the science, and specifically the cell biology behind the energy and power in our thoughts.  As a practitioner in the medical field with a strong interest in metaphysics, it was relieving to hear a scientifically sound explanation supporting the power of belief! I wanted to share some his key points taken from his blog.  All of Bruce Lipton’s blogs can be found at https://www.brucelipton.com/blog.

Our assumption that DNA controls cellular function has been proven untrue.  The truth, he proposes, is that DNA function and expression is reactive and controlled by the cellular environment.  He relates this to an experiment he did with stem cells.  He cloned a single stem cell and ended with many cells genetically the same.  He divided the cells into three petri dishes with three varying mediums or environments.  The cells became either muscle, fat, or bone based on the environment, not based on their genetics because, as he said, the cells were genetically identical.

Whaatt??!!

The cell’s perception of the environment opens protein-gated channels in the membrane that then cause our DNA to turn genes on or off.  So really it’s all about perception.  Perception is influenced by the level of stress.  Our genetic expression is written and rewritten based on perception causing a biological reaction to the environment.  Keep in mind that a perception is not always true.  Biological reactions come in two forms:  growth and protection.  If the environment is perceived as nutritional, growth genes are activated, if it is perceived as harmful, protection genes are activated.    When growth is activated, our immune system is fully functional, and we are ready to heal and grow; however, when protection is activated energy conservation is kicked in by supressing the immune system and shunting blood away from vital organs into the extremities, this is “fight or flight.”  The cellular goal of fight or flight is to utilize the least amount of energy to reflexively keep the body alive…no time for healing, no time for cognizant thought or memory…just survive.  Survival does not allude to any type of replenishment, pleasure, or enjoyment.  With blood being shunted away from our vital organs and the immune system supressed, it is clear how this creates an opportunistic breeding ground for disease and cancer.

Davidji, meditation guru and Hay House author, reminds us that the breath initiates the fight or flight response.  Rapid breathing sets off this autonomic response but slow steady breathing has the power to reverse it.  How easy!  A couple of slow deep breaths amidst a stressful situation will help to keep our blood chemistry primed for growth, health, and love.

Bruce Lipton also speaks to the power of quantum physics where the focus is on the unmanifest, or in other words, energy.  Energy is the only true primal essence.  Energy is the building block of the manifest.  Quantumbiology is a new science attempting to harness the energetic power held in our consciousness.  Thoughts (energy) control blood chemistry, which affects DNA expression.  Love produces a blood chemistry conducive to growth and fear a chemistry conducive to death.

Book List

Many people have asked for a list of books I’d recommend or have read.  Well…here they are!  I’ll try to keep the list updated as more are added.  Of course there are many books I’ve forgotten or can’t remember the title or author so I’d say this is a list of the most recent :).

The Impersonal Life—Joseph Benner

Talking to Heaven—James Van Praagh

Ghosts among us—James Van Praagh

Heaven and Earth—James Van Praagh

Reaching to Heaven—James Van Praagh

Looking Beyond—James Van Praagh

A Still, Small Voice:  A Psychic’s Guide to Awakening Intuition–Echo Bodine

Heaven is For Real—Colten Burpo

Destressifying–Davidji

Secrets of Meditation–Davidji

How to Think Like Einstein—Scott Thorpe

Medical Medium—Anthony William

The Bhagavad GitaSage Vyasa

The Bible—God

Using Your Chakras:  A new Approach to healing Your Life.–Ruth White

The Earth Diet—Liana Werner Gray

You Are What You Eat—Gillian McKeith

Unbound:  A Practical Guide to Deliverance—Neal Lozano

The Big Book of Angel Tarot—Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine

Memories of Heaven—Wayne Dyer

Dying to be Me—Anita Moorjani

Wisdom of Scovel Shinn—Florence Scovel Shinn

Divine Magic—Doreen Virtue

Same Kind of Different As Me–Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent, and Ron Hall

Mary, Queen of Angels—Doreen Virtue

The Forgotten Promise–Sherry Wilde

The Power of Love–James Van Praagh

Life Changing Foods–Anthony William

The Shadow Effect–Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson

Use Your Magic

Florence Scovel Shinn was an author, illustrator, and spiritual teacher in New York City most popular in the 1930’s.  She taught the art of affirmation, faith, and truth.  In her books The Game of Life and How to Play it, Your Word is Your Wand, The Secret Door To Success, and The Power of The Spoken Word, she utilizes a God-centered approach to becoming a co-creator of our future through affirmations and affirmative prayer.

Immediately after I read the works of Florence Scovel Shinn, I was introduced to and read Divine Magic:  The Seven Sacred Secrets of Manifestation by Doreen Virtue and discovered that this was indeed the perfect book to have read next.  Doreen describes teachings from the Kybalion based on the teachings of Hermes revolving around the power of thought.

Below is a brief summary of the books and my interpretation of the information.  It was quite transformative!

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The Game of Life and How to Play it

God creates our divine future; however, often times this is met with resistance due to the human situation.  The Power cannot function efficiently and effectively through a resistant vessel.  By submitting authority, one may harness God’s divine power to uncover the abundant good that is planned for our lives.  Give the burdens of this life to Christ, so that you may be free—this is step one.  Step two involves going forward in faith.  Step three requires action in faith or preparation for the good God has in store for you.  If this requires clearing out a new space for a bigger couch, do it.  Maybe you need to buy a business suit for the job interview you are wanting.  Prepare and be grateful as if what you want is going to happen.  This is faithful action, which affects the subconscious and universal laws of attraction.

When acting under divine law and divine will the way is made clear but may not be fully explained.  When affirming, it is important to ask for a definite, obvious lead so you can head in the right path with no doubt.

By refusing to forgive and forget the past, disease is manifested coupled with ill will and fear creating a future filled with exactly that.  Bless all opportunities or missed opportunities, relationships, fortune and misfortune and be grateful for lessons learned.  This will create a future filled with blessings and joy.

A word on children:  Allow the Divine plan to unfold for them.  Do not place your ego based ideas and patterns onto their life purpose.  This restricts and inhibits God’s will and divine life purpose to manifest in their lives.   Allow the Lord to reveal the talents of your children. Understand this is not a battle you should fight but a show you should watch with pride and joy knowing that we are all divinely inspired.

Your Word is Your Wand

All uncertainty and unclear vision can be swept away by our words.  If you speak from a place of lack, despair, poor health, and hate the waters will never part and will remain tumultuous.  The seas of our lives will part and display a clear path to love, wealth, and bliss through the spoken word.

This book gives several examples of affirmations that I have modernized below:

  • “I am grateful for my overnight success in accordance to my Divine plan”
  • “I am a genius” or “I am a genius, and I can configure my future.”
  • “An abundant supply of money is always available to me.”
  • “I am blessed with millions that pile around me in divine right.”
  • “Opportunity finds me as if out of nowhere.”
  • “I do not worry about letting go of money, God is replenishes it immediately.”
  • “My tension is now released because Christ bears my burden.”
  • “I am permanently happy, healthy, rich, and loving.”
  • “Grace reverses karmic law.”
  • “I actively prepare for that which I pray because I faithfully accept it is on its way.”
  • “Debt is not a part of my life.”
  • “My Angels prepare the way and give me definite signs to follow.”
  • “Light surrounds me and evil shrinks away.”
  • “My perfect sight allows me to see God in everyone and everything.”
  • “My ears hear clearly.”

The Secret Door To Success

Do you find what you do interesting?  If the answer is no, then do not expect anyone else to find you interesting. This will not pave the way for career or personal success.  The lower vibrations associated with boredom and dislike repel the higher vibrations.  Higher vibrations include success, abundance, and material or manifest objects which represent this vibration.  Preparation demonstrates faithful prayer.  Expect miracles.  Are you serving fear or faith?  Trusting God should not be risky business as He provides a way when there is not one.  As we seek God, His presence and guidance will seek us.  Seeking God is displayed through affirmations, preparation, and positive expectations.  To catch the good that precedes us we must open our eyes, ears, and hearts before it escapes.

I love this quote:

“Every day examine your consciousness and see just what are you preparing for.  You are fearful of lack and hang on to every cent, thereby attracting more lack.  Use what you have with wisdom and it opens the way for more to come to you.”

Resentment of poor decisions creates disease as no organ is immune to it.  Despite diet or nutrition, resentment may be the disorder that needs remedy.

Consider how you make decisions:

  • You seek advice from everyone, make a decision, and instantly regret having taken their advice.
  • You carefully consider your own thoughts as well as those of others and make a calculated decision based on both. You are surprised if the decision is wrong.
  • You follow your intuition, which is divine guidance, and others are shocked at how “lucky” you are. You resent nothing as you have chosen by divine guidance.

We have billions of thoughts each day rushing in and out with no control; however, we have direct power over our words.  Repetitive words impress the subconscious and thus the universal laws of attraction.  Our conditioned lives forces our imagination into submission.  It is through imagination that the channels of success open.

The Power of the Spoken Word

Positive affirmations are statements of truth that enable you to transmute a situation such as transmuting failure to success.  By submitting to divine will we give up control, which then leaves time to prepare for our good.  Do not be a resenter, resister, or regretter.  This is exhausting not only to yourself but to your friends and family, and you lose sight of the beauty of the perfect, present moment.  Do not be fooled into thinking that things must be complicated.  When we act with the authority of Divine Intelligence, the congestion is cleared, disease is remedied, and our lives flow effortlessly with joy, ease, and satisfaction.  Here are the words of Jesus Christ:

“Ask, believing, thou shalt receive”

“When ye pray believe ye have it.”

“Why are ye fearful, oh, ye of little faith?”

Use the power of transmutation to turn all disappointments into good.  By speaking and believing in this way, you will find all that you have wanted.

Divine Magic:  The Seven Sacred Secrets of Manifestation

“When the pupil is ready to receive the truth, then this little book will come to him or her.”

This book is a modern translation of Hermetic principles found in the Kybalion written in 1908.  Hermes is said to be the founder of philosophy and taught based on the idea that our ability to heal resides in the mind.  The book is based around the following principles (consider each one carefully):

  • God is mind also known as thought.
  • Everything is everything. “As above, so below; as below, so above.”
  • Vibration describes constant movement. Everything vibrates.  It is an illusion that anything is permanently bound down, unmovable, unchangeable.
  • Everything is dual and can be its opposite. Therefore, we can change or transmute all situations.
  • Everything is rhythmic. We avoid cycles in our life but we can adjust the swing of the pendulum.
  • Cause and effect are always linked. No word you speak returns void.
  • Everything is both masculine and feminine, static gender is an illusion.

Through the understanding of these principles I discovered and was amazed by the idea that even the universe is too defined to be described as God.  God has thoughts, and this is what sparks creation.  His thoughts are vibrations.  Vibrations form what we perceive as solid matter or may also produce other thoughts.  Vibration by nature is cyclical and can be moved. Therefore, it can be changed or can transmute into something that is the total opposite of what we perceive it to be (both manifest and unmanifest, tangible and intangible).  Once there is thought (or cause), there is an effect, absolutely nothing returns void.  Every thought or creation is both masculine and feminine and from the same “essence” as everything else, or as I like to say…everything is everything.

References

Shinn, Florence S.  Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn:  4 Complete Books.  1989.

Virtue, Doreen.  Divine Magic:  The Seven Sacred Secrets of Manifestation.  2006.  Hay House Inc.

Pesky: How A Dog Proved God Listens

Our dogs are old.  My husband and I joke that they just want to sit in their rocking chairs, eat, and sleep.  Both of our beauties have blessed our lives for about 14 years.  A once feisty Boston terrier/chow mix and an energetic black lab have settled in their ways.  Games of tug-n-war and long runs in the park have been replaced with short, necessary walks in the yard and long naps in the sunshine.

My husband and I continue to enjoy their presence and love.  We call them our “old ladies.”  Our children love them but have been begging for a “new puppy.”  They yearn for one that will tirelessly fetch and give bountiful kisses and tail wags.  We had a handsome chocolate lab named Bruce Lee who was their “puppy.”  He tragically died at the age of 6 after a seizure leaving all of us heartbroken.  His rearing was difficult on our female dogs due to their possessive ways.  Because our “old ladies” are well…old, we simply do not want to introduce a new animal that will likely result in last-ditch dog fights and sleepless nights for all involved.

But still…what child doesn’t want a puppy?! I empathize with this and remember having several puppies growing up, which contributed to my love and appreciation for animals.  I feel as if I am robbing my children of a vital childhood experience.  What is the solution?  There’s no convincing my husband and no rational argument.

In prayer, I thanked God and the angels for providing us with the perfect dog.  I asked our deceased chocolate lab Bruce Lee to lead the perfect dog to our house allowing him to just “show up out of nowhere.”  I could not come up with a solution that would suit both my husband and the kids so I simply gave it up to God and the universe to sort out the details.

The answer to my prayer came the next day.  A bouncing, well groomed, well fed, energetic little male dog landed on our door step.  The kids were thrilled.  He wore a rabies tag with no phone number.  The kids played all afternoon with him, and I made him a bed and gave him food and water.  I vowed to take him to the vet on Monday to see if he was microchipped but spent the rest of the weekend watching my children enjoy what they now considered “their” dog.  They lovingly named him Pesky after one of my son’s stuffed animals.

Monday came and Pesky disappeared.  The children were crushed.  I called out for him but he was nowhere to be found.  I thanked God for sending him back to his loving family.  Both of the children broke down in tears and reassurance that he was with his family had no impact.  They were worried sick for him…I was too to be honest.

The following morning, he was back with a new tag that read, “Sonny–if I am lost please call my mommy,” with a phone number listed at the bottom.  I thanked God for validation that he was okay and back with his family.  We were all relieved.  We called Sonny’s mommy who lived just one street over.  When she arrived she apologized immensely stating “I just can’t figure out where he is getting out of the fence!”  I told her he is a blessing and assured it is no burden on us.

Sonny has come to visit a few more times and has proven to be the perfect dog for us!  Thank you God, thank you angles, thank you Bruce Lee!

The Secret

Who wants to cultivate mindfulness?  Who wants to develop a deeper relationship with God? Who wants to work on vision, intuition, and clarity?  MEDITATE!  In his book Secrets of Meditation, Davidji keeps it simple when encouraging and teaching the foundations of meditation and how to finally get started.

“Prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening.”  As a spiritual intuitive, meditation is something I’ve naturally been doing for years.  Slipping into the gap has been a hobby of mine from the time I can remember thoughts.  Now that I’ve read this book, I realize it was actually a form of sound meditation.  Ever since I can remember, I have the “gift” of drifting off.  How do I do this?  Certain sounds and vibrations take me away.  I simply listen to the vibration of a lawn mower, the air conditioner, someone’s tapping pencil, the water faucet, the dogs barking…and I’m off.  The utilization of honoring the vibration of sound has always quieted my mind.  My co-workers are amazed at my focus and ability to day dream in the most crowded and busiest of environments.  The ability to disconnect from the world and connect to the collective consciousness or higher self has set the stage and cultivated my understanding and acceptance of the world and that which is beyond.

Here’s my brief summary

Meditation has many benefits.  Our physiology, psychology, and biochemistry change.  We eliminate knee jerk reactions and replace them with conscious, purposeful reactions.  The production of stress hormones, heart and respiratory rates, and platelet production decreases and our immune system, sex hormones, and growth hormones increase.  There are many more transformative benefits of meditation that can only be discovered by starting a practice.

There are many methods of meditation that include biofeedback, the use of a mandala, Buddhist meditation, chanting, primordial sound, and breath awareness to name a few.  Meditation is not a religious practice, it simply unifies you with your higher, enlightened self and brings many closer to God.

Meditation employs concepts based in yoga, which means union, pure being, and acts to provide mental cultivation that resonates with unconditional love and compassion.  A mantra or chant acts as a mind vehicle to get us where we’re meditatively and wakefully going.  It allows the meditator to disconnect from the sounds or words and enter into the space between thoughts known as the gap that is beyond labels.  To pick a mantra, simply go with what resonates and vibrates with you now.  Here are a few examples he gives:

  • Aham brahmasmi—I am the universe
  • Moksha—I am emotionally free
  • I am or So Hum
  • Om or Aum—the sound of the universe
  • Yogastha Kuru Karmani—established in oneness perform action
  • Trust

What is the gap?  It’s the space between thoughts, which is where you find you.  The gap reveals your unbound potential.  You are not defined by your thoughts, and you cannot tell you are in the gap until your thoughts bring you out of your meditative state.

Stop trying, stop expecting just keep up the practice!  Don’t let thoughts, sounds, and sensations distract you.  Simply let them be.  We are human and cannot avoid experiencing any of these.  Simply witness it, accept it, and let it go returning back to the mantra, which can always override the others.  “Let it come; let it go; be unconcerned.”

You know you’re a successful meditator if any of the following happen:  You fall asleep, you have dancing thoughts, or you drift into stillness and silence known as being in the gap.  The gap opens up infinite possibilities, which you can materialize when your eyes open.  Through meditation the understanding and acceptance of life develop and deepen.  Meditation allows you to simply BE not just DO.  In fact DOing hinders the experience.

Here’s how to start a successful practice:

RPM—rise, pee, meditate 10-30 minutes.  Ritualize the practice, do this every day for 21-40 days.  You may also…

RAW—right after work, meditate an additional 10-30 minutes.

What I’ve learned after 21 days of meditation

  • Sometimes I’m in the gap, sometimes I’m not.
  • Sometimes I never find the gap.
  • Sometimes I can’t say the mantra very loud. Sometimes I whisper it, sometimes I just think it.
  • Sometimes I fall asleep…and snore.
  • I need environmental sounds playing while I meditate.
  • Sometimes I have to jog on the treadmill before I meditate because I’m very sleepy at 5:30am! So RRPM (rise, run, pee, meditate)
  • I need a blanket every time. Anytime I’m uncomfortable, I adjust.
  • Sometimes I sit, sometimes I lie down. I keep my legs however they are most comfortable.
  • Sometimes I have intense visualizations filled with people, animals, nature, and symbols, but most of the time I don’t—I just appreciate the vibration of the mantra and my voice.

What is destressifying?

“Live From The Sweet Spot” is absolutely my favorite radio show on Hay House Radio (http://www.hayhouseradio.com/#!/host/davidji).  Meditation guru and New York Times bestselling author Davidji is the host. He teaches very real, in the moment solutions for life’s stressors seeking to cultivate awareness and consciousness into the nuances of earthly existence.  His most recent book destressifying is a practical guide that helps incorporate enlightenment into our daily lives even in a never ceasing, constantly communicating, information overloaded culture.   My goal is to summarize a few of the techniques, and encourage you to GET THE BOOK–it may change your life!

Stress can be good, it’s what drives earth’s creations.  Stress is also our best teacher, leading us to our greatest accomplishments and higher selves.  Stress’s evils are nown all too well in our world today.  The ability to change the perception of stress from a negative event into a nurturing event is key to transforming your life.  The world is not out to get you, but it is out to guide you to your dharma (life purpose), and to cultivate our ever existing soul.  Sometimes humans need the brick over the head, or a life-halting moment to change gears, to repent, and to turn around!

Pattern Interrupts:  It is vital to pump the breaks as we begin to lose control and to prevent a loss of control.  Stress starts affecting our body by elevating the heart rate, causing us to perspire, and shifting hormone levels to adequately fuel the extremities to bounce into action.  Subsequently our brain goes into autopilot and we often react in a way that is regretful or physically harmful to ourselves.  A brief pattern interrupt can physiologically restore the body to a leveled sense of being so that rational, mindful decisions and reactions can be birthed.  The second you become aware of your body’s reaction to stress, Davidji suggests doing the following:

STOP, detach from the situation both physically and emotionally so that you can witness what is going on.  Pretend to be a fly on the wall, then react in a way that reflects the best version of yourself.

The book details examples that clarify, but for me the word “STOP” is the most important.  In the stressful moment, throw up an emotional, nonverbal stop sign.  If anyone else is involved in the situation, they do not have to be aware of what you are doing.  Stop because your reflexive reaction is not the imprint you want to leave behind.  Once the reflexive pattern has been interrupted, there is space to turn to the direction you wish to go.

PT application:  What is the biggest pattern interrupt of all time?  An injury, a traumatic event, a hospitalization–talk about a screeching halt!  As I mention in my blog Why Me Why Now at https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/01/19/why-me-and-why-now/, these events are ultimately wake up calls.  We ignore what our body is telling us on a daily basis continuing to grind through to accomplish something that in the end.  Do we even know what that something is?  By initiating the practice of pattern interrupts, I think we may be able to avoid and shift life’s screeching halts.

16 Seconds to Clarity:  If you listen to Hay House Radio Davidji offers a “meditation minute” between programs, and one of the techniques he uses is 16 seconds.  The best thing about 16 seconds is…it’s short.  If you are new to meditation or feel too busy for mediation, this is the perfect practice.  In our work-life culture, stress has become an accepted, mundane practice.  16 seconds offers a pattern interrupt to the stress-infused day.  It’s so easy–perform 16 seconds three times a day for two weeks, then observe as you effortlessly incorporate it out of habit in the days that follow.  The full version can be found on page 58 of destressifying.  Here is a summary:

Inhale deeply through the nostrils for 4 seconds, hold that breath in 4 seconds and witness it, exhale slowly 4 seconds (you may exhale through the nostrils or sigh through the mouth), hold the breath out 4 seconds and witness it dissipating into the universe.  If you have time quietly observe your normal breathing pattern in the following few seconds.

PT application:  16 seconds helps to detach your ego from the current situation.  In my practice many people have a brain block.  Their brain is convincing their body to be, act, and move in a certain way.  16 seconds allows the person to detach for a few seconds, clarify the situation, and then harmonize with the highest version of themselves.  An approach utilizing the higher self may impart utilizing a different spin or a different path to wellness as oppose to the beaten path, which translates to a new outcome for the situation.

The 5 Realms:  Consider five aspects of our existence according to our needs as identified by physical, material, spiritual, emotional, and relational needs.  Once you identify your blockages within each realm or within a particular realm, healing can begin.  We are our own ultimate healer and teacher.  Just by asking God reveals answers to us.  We just have to be open and receptive to that answer.  The 5 realms gives the human brain an objective playing ground.  More details can be found in Chapter 7!

PT application:  You can see that one of the five realms is physical.  My career has been birthed out of needs identified in the physical realm but that’s only 1/5th of the puzzle!  What I’ve come to realize is that a focus and consideration of the other four realms is essential.  When is comes to treating someone who is homeless, an abuser or abusee, an atheist, or someone without family or friends, a focus in the physical realm rewards little amount of healing.  By tapping into the deficits in the other realms, I can better tailor my treatment and education to guide my clients into healing the blockages present elsewhere.

The Importance of Relationships:  So many of us hold on so dearly to relationships that are tearing us to shreds.  It’s the one realm that requires the active participation of another individual.  Over and over I’ve identified and encountered people with physical burden due to these toxic relationships.  Yes, it may be your spouse, sibling, or dearest friend–that doesn’t make the relationship any less toxic.  A relational toxicity doesn’t mean that either person involved in the relationship is a horrible person, it simply denotes that the energy surrounding the relationship is not nurturing at this time to either of you.  Davidji offers four techniques to remedy a toxic relationship (Pg 145):  1)  Birth it–create a new relationship, start over brand new.  2)  Repair it–release the past and step into the future, (if this fails then) 3)  Shift it–create or dismiss boundaries to re-define the relationship (and if all else fails) 4)  End it–release the relationship for the time being.  When ending or shifting a relationship I always say that this doesn’t have to be forever, but for now.

Please visit Davidji’s website at http://www.davidji.com for more information

You can buy destressifying on Amazon.com

A Life of Discomfort: Our Human Situation

There is a time for being uncomfortable. It’s the uncomfortable moments that make you grow, change for the good, learn to accept, learn to cope, and learn to take care of yourself and others. It’s being uncomfortable in the uncomfortable that creates problems. Creating comfort in the presence of the opposite can be nurturing. As my Crossfit coach says “get comfortable in the uncomfortable!” In my physical therapy practice, I find that those who cannot tolerate dis-ease or discomfort have the strongest manifestations of their problems. This intolerance often leads to unhealthy habits, thought patterns, and addictions. In the presence of happiness, there is sadness. Likewise, in the presence of healing, there is destruction. Muscular micro tears is what ultimately makes the muscle stronger, friction and heat can stimulate an injured tendon to heal, breaking scar tissue improves flexibility and range of motion.

This world is not perfect, and this life flawed. We cannot allow ourselves to mask our human situation. No one wants to exercise every day, no one wants to push themselves to a place of discomfort. The only things our human selves want is have fun and feel good—but our soul is here to work. Our soul is here to accomplish something that cannot be accomplished in a perfect realm. Recall Jesus’ walk—not easy or comfortable. We must remind our human selves that drugs, alcohol, pills, and potions are not the answer—they simply mask the world. This mask covers our life’s purpose and inhibits our ability to accomplish the tasks God intended.

Being the broken record that I am, a steady payer and/or meditation practice can help ease fear and anxiety. It will also help reconnect you to your life purpose and God. Daily exercise releases our body’s natural feel-good hormones (which drugs try to mimic). Remember that your body is not going to volunteer to work hard but the soul will sacrifice pleasure for your well being and health. Listen to your soul—get up, move, and create. The next time you are trying to make a change, such as starting a new exercise program, initiating healthy eating, recovering from a surgery, or improving your mood, remember that change requires a shift in your standards of relative normalcy. A shift in normalcy creates some discomfort, but hang in there, an epiphany (mental or physical) is on the way! In honor of the forth of July, I am encouraging you to have the mind of a solider–step out of your comfort zone, sacrifice destructive, self-pleasing activities, and fight for the good within and around yourself.