Category Archives: Health and Diet

Over Coming Depression

When you are depressed, life loses its luster.  There is very little life force energy available to get through the day.  You may not sleep well, or you may sleep too much.  You may have a difficult time functioning at home and at work.

Depression is a repression, or suppression of one’s life force energy and the emotions that are not being properly dealt with.  We often tell ourselves we shouldn’t be feeling what we are feeling and deny, suppress or medicate our emotions.  This causes a suppression of your life force energy.

You may or may not know what you are depressed about.  Knowing what you are depressed about doesn’t necessarily help to heal the depression.

What really helps heal depression is to deal with the underlying emotions that you are likely avoiding, and perhaps, looking for the spiritual guidance trying to come through the darkness. Continue reading Over Coming Depression

Why I Eat a Vegan Plant Based Diet

Although I have been vegetarian most of my adult life, in this past year I have committed to a 100% whole food, plant based diet without any animal products.  For me that meant dropping the dairy and eggs.

Some may think such a diet is extreme and people always ask me where I get my protein.

Well, first of all let me address what is extreme.  The extreme cruelty and torture of innocent beings just so we can have a slab of dead flesh on our table is extreme.  If you have ever watched a video about what happens at those slaughter houses, you would think it was extreme too.

What is extreme is that over 56 billion farm animals are slaughtered every year by humans for our selfish consumption.  Some people will tell me that this is the purpose of these animals.  I can’t wrap my head around this kind of thinking.  How could it possibly be the purpose of an animal to suffer extreme conditions and torture at the hands of mankind?

Some “spiritual thinkers” say that these animals have a karmic contract to  be our food.  Really?  This kind of statement feels like an unconscious justification for something one is afraid to look too closely at, for fear they just might have to make a change.

Farm animals, like goats, cows, pigs and chickens are conscious beings.  They have eyes, ears and feelings.  Whoever said these animals don’t feel or are too stupid to know what is going on, has never spent time with such an animal.  If you love dogs or cats or horses, you love animals and need to consider if your personal daily activities are both environmentally friendly and animal friendly. Continue reading Why I Eat a Vegan Plant Based Diet

Finding Balance in Body, Mind and Spirit

Self love is really about taking care of yourself on all levels, body, mind and spirit. If you put all your attention in one area and not consider the other important area’s of your life you will experience a lack of balance.

People often come to me out of a state of emotional pain and chaos. The emotional part of their life is needing a lot of attention. This often happens when we ignore our emotions for too long. We develop sophisticated methods of suppressing our emotions so we don’t feel pain or discomfort and when our usual methods of suppression don’t work anymore we begin to experience the pain and discomfort we have long been running from.

When we ignore our body, we also experience physical issues such as gaining too much weight, lack of energy and illness. Our bodies need care on a daily basis and yet so many people put more effort in maintaining their vehicles than their own bodies. When we suffer the ill effects of neglecting our body, we don’t feel good on all levels.

The mental aspect is the part of us that thinks, analyzes, evaluates, solves problems and makes decisions. It is also the part of us that gets stuck in negative thought or stinking thinking. We need to practice being “mindful” of our thoughts. Negative thinking can lead to negative feeling and deep emotional pain. When you think the thought “I am not good enough,” you will not “feel” good. So practice minding the mind, watch your thoughts and beliefs. There is truth to the saying “what you think about comes about.” We can choose where to put our mind, but it may involve practice and conditioning. Continue reading Finding Balance in Body, Mind and Spirit

The Most Powerful New Year’s Resolution You can Make

newyearsresolutionsSo we are beginning a new year, and many of you have likely made some resolutions as to what you hope to do differently, to begin doing or stop doing.

It is a great time for people to “start a new!”  It’s a great time to commit to breaking a habit that isn’t supporting the highest version of yourself, or to form new habits that do support who you know, deep down, you can be.

successPersonally I am a big fan of “fresh starts” but not so big on New Year’s Resolutions.  This is because I feel that any time is a good time to have a fresh start.  The New Year, of course, is as good a time as any.  But people tend to make resolutions and then break them a few days or weeks in and go back to their old ways of being and doing.

A resolution is both an intention and a commitment. You are setting an intention, to make a change in your life and you are making a commitment to do something differently.

The most common resolutions people make, is to improve their health, lose weight, go to the gym, eat better, stop smoking or stop drinking.  As a result, Gym memberships and weight loss programs tend to have very high enrollment on the first of January, only to have the enrollment drop off by the end of the month.

Why is it people don’t keep their resolutions?  Well, because the same behaviors you had prior to the first of the year are the same behaviors you have now; unless, of course, your resolution is to tackle the underlying behaviors that are keeping you stuck in old, unhealthy patterns.

Just deciding to do something differently is usually not enough.  We need to have a deeper understanding of why we are engaging in the unhealthy behavior in the first place.  You can resolve to stop drinking but if you don’t resolve the underlying issues behind your drinking, will power won’t be enough.

It is my recommendation that if you want to make a change this year, you go deeper.  Go straight to the root of the problem.  If your problem is that you eat too much,  smoke, drink too much, or have poor relationships, making the decision to stop the “bad behavior” will not be what is needed to make a lasting change in your life.

Making a decision is only the first step!  Finding out what it is in your unconscious, that is causing you to “act out” through your unhealthy behavior is key to making a lasting change.  So regardless of what your New Year’s Resolution is, self-exploration is the most powerful path you can take to achieve your goals.

Rather than signing up for that gym membership, you might think about signing up for coaching, counseling or hypnotherapy so that you can really get to work on the underlying issues preventing you from achieving your goal.

The most powerful New Years Resolution you can make is to resolve to know what is standing in your way of having what you say you want.  Start here, and the rest will become much easier!