One area I struggle with a lot is my lower back. Not only do I have arthritis of the spine, but I have had to sit a lot during the day while finishing school and beyond. When lower back pain is more than I can bear, the last thing I need is a vigorous workout routine to fix it somehow. I have done all of the physical therapy exercises, and most of them remind me of yoga.
Contrary to what many might believe, yoga can be very challenging on some levels. Yet, there are yoga moves and stretches that are incredibly comforting and relaxing. Our bodies were meant to move. When they don’t move, we get stiff, and joints get painful. I have personally been determined to age gracefully, but more than this, to age with as much ease as possible.
I joined YogaDownloads.com because I love variety and choices. I need to have different styles, movements, and perspectives to keep me interested in what I am doing. I am determined to be on my feet as long as I can during the long life for which I have set my intentions! Below, I am posting a brief video about my yoga journey, why I need yoga and why I love YogaDownloads.com Please use the Yoga Downloads hyperlink in this paragraph to access the members area. You will be amazed at how much you can learn in just one month and beyond! I am a Yoga Downloads affiliate and it would bless me to have you! I hope you enjoy the video 🙂
Hypnotherapy or hypnosis is a fantastic tool to help change and overcome negative thoughts or reactions in life. While placed in a mild form of trance, an individual can receive desired suggestions from a skilled hypnotherapist to assist in weight loss, release pain or anxiety, help with depression, and even stop unwanted habits. One of the more profound changes that can be introduced through hypnosis is behavior modification or behavior changes. Behavioral change is a benefit of hypnosis supported and researched by the Mayo Clinic.
Since our lives and outcomes of situations are about our behavior, changing unwanted behavior and responses can completely change the quality of an individual’s life. Even relationships can be improved by behavioral modification through hypnotherapy.
During hypnotic analysis, a client is placed into a mild trance where responses to the leading questioning can help bring out reasons for distress or hidden heart wounds. Since we all tend to lead and live according to many of our heart wounds, bringing them to the surface to heal them can help tremendously in the process of discovery and recovery.
Hypnotic suggestion is just as it sounds to be. Hypnosis can be used to place an individual into a deeper trance state, and the therapist feeds suggestions to reprogram or reformat the subconscious mind. Changing the subconscious is an effective way to change lifelong poor habits and gain new, more productive habits! Some of the wonderful ways to make changes are to have the subconscious mind accept suggestions for more productivity, abundance, self-worth, self-confidence, or even get that old tendency toward eating the wrong things out of mind and out of sight!
One prevalent and sometimes controversial reason for hypnosis is for past life regression. Our past life can be considered what happened in the past during this lifetime. Those who adhere to reincarnation hypnotic regression can regress clients into former lives with amazing clarity. During a regression, an individual’s reasoning or conscious mind is bypassed while the hypnotherapist guides into the subconscious mind that has a recall of all that has been experienced before. Through this process, the higher self, or what some call the superconscious mind, is connected with, and discoveries can be made, recorded, and analyzed to help bring more insights into the present life lived.
Although past life regression is controversial to some people, it can help those who embrace the concept or are willing to be open-minded about it (pun intended)! Even seeking back into one’s forgotten childhood experiences can be overwhelmingly helpful as situations and experiences are brought forth to help bring healing and hope for new things on the horizon.
“ I know that there is a reason for everything. Perhaps at the moment that an event occurs, we have neither the insight or the foresight to comprehend the reason, but with time and patience, it will come to light” (Weiss 1988).
Regression, analysis, and hypnotic suggestions can all work together to help bring ease, enlightenment, and new focus into life. Even more, some of the old un-useful habits can be released and reprogrammed for better ones. Several sessions are usually needed as mindfulness, subconscious thoughts, and past life thoughts are recorded, analyzed, and reprogrammed. The final results can be absolutely life-changing! Hypnosis is one of the most relaxing and revolutionary tools to use in complicated cases or even to stop the old habits that hold us back from being our authentic and true selves.
My first personal interest in yoga was when I was about 18 years old. I needed my yoga practice to offset my already busy work schedule. I needed energy, flexibility, stress reduction, and just plain old time to myself! Can you relate to this? As time went on, my yoga practice came and went according to my filling schedule. I had a renewed interest when children came along. The first thing I wanted was to be back into my nice work clothes, not to mention my jeans!
During a very stressful marriage break up, yoga became an anchor for me. My mind, body, and spirit needed the practice to keep balanced when my emotional footing was not as stable as I would have liked it to be. I have to admit my practice still was off and on as time seemed to constrain me more, but there comes a time when excuses are no longer an option! I needed my yoga practice!
As someone who supports mind, body, and spirit connection, I can not think of a better practice with all of these elements and so many benefits. Just to teach you all of those benefits, this blog post would have to become a book! Yes, it is that good for you!
When I was surfing online for the best yoga practice that I could stick to, I discovered Yoga Downloads! YES! I was so happy to see such a diverse community of yoga practitioners dedicated to their practice. “Yoga Download” is an online platform that gives you unlimited access to over 1700 exclusive classes from the world’s top yoga instructors.” (Yoga Download Website).
What is remarkable is it is so affordable! You can choose your level of commitment and also participation. You will meet multi-level yoga practices taught by happy and dedicated yoga practitioners and instructors. If you are seasoned in yoga or just want to give it a try, this is for you! Join over 250,000 people who are apart of this yoga community that has been moving forward since 2006. Choose the practice and the instructor you desire. You have nothing to lose just checking it out! Keep going, and you WILL BE HOOKED!
Yoga is so good for your body and especially your mind and emotional wellbeing. Sometimes we just have to take a leap and do what our heart is crying out for. Yoga Downloads is very inexpensive, and you can stop your membership any time you want!
I encourage you to come along and join me! Become hooked on yoga and do great things for your body at the same time! You can use the hyperlinks above or the links I have provided below. ** I am a Yoga Downloads affiliate
As I look back upon my life, I can not remember an illness as frustrating as COVID-19. I come from a generation who endured the mumps, measles, chickenpox and missed the old smallpox epidemic. The diseases of the past were irritating, except for some of the more life-threatening diseases.
I feel very blessed to have gone through a lot less than many people have endured regarding the illness department. I am so aware of those I cared for in the past who struggled with cancer forms or were dying from liver failure. When I reflect on those days of taking care of critically sick people, I feel doubly blessed not to have had endured them.
In my belief system, I feel everything in life is brought into our lives to teach us. My beliefs go beyond the old, “whatever does not kill us makes us stronger” mentality. To some degree, everything in life is a lesson, including becoming sick.
Before I continue to go off into left field, I want to stay true to my title and express what COVID-19 has taught me as an illness.
The little things in life are just as important as the more significant issues, whether blessings or difficulties.
Life is too short to complain about anything. We have chosen this ride on earth and can create in this life whatever we desire. If we are not happy with where we are, it is our fault. We can make life be as we envision we want it to be, so why not?
Love is always higher than anything, and it is our love that determines how much we have in our lives.
What we allow to stay will stay. If something is irritating, like a scratchy sweater, it is up to us to take it off and let it go.
Breath is important. No one should ever take a good breath of air for granted. If you smoke, STOP! You WILL get lung cancer or compromise your breath.
Don’t stress over the little things in life; they will pass just like everything else.
It is alright to stay in your jammies if you don’t feel well!
Leaving dishes in the sink is not a mortal sin. They will still be there later on when there is more energy to do them.
People in our lives have a particular purpose; they are not just placeholders. Find the purpose for every person and do your best to learn from that connection, love despite disagreement, and know you are blessed to have the honor of understanding them.
Difficult people are not only learning opportunities but are hurting human beings. Give them a break, especially when they are sick with COVID-19.
Aside from the evident appreciation for life, the comments mentioned above are not exhaustive in the least. When it comes to counting my blessings, I have far more than the stars, and they are uncountable. A little giving goes a long way. We all have things in life we have to process internally. We carry baggage. Some of us carry it over our shoulders, some in our hearts, and some are consumed in baggage without even awareness it exists. Burdens are not meant to be held but processed.
If you are dealing with COVID-19 illness, my heart and prayers go out to you; it is not a fun illness. Let God give you strength for the journey and a more healed heart for having been tried in the COVID-19 fire.
Everyone eventually becomes concerned about age and maintaining youth. We can tell how important this is to women just by going through the blogs and videos about how to keep young looking and vital in this world while getting older. I know men have their own concerns as well. I used to think ahead and wonder what I would be like as I aged. Now I know some of that equation. Sometimes I get asked what my secret is for me looking younger than my age. I think it is just plain old genetics. What I have been contemplating lately is what makes me young on the inside. The outer shell can become cracked and a bit wrinkled but the inner self is what keeps us young at heart.
What helps keep us feeling young?
One is movement. I have so many exercise programs that its laughable. I have them here, there, and just about anywhere they can be downloaded or kept. The strange thing is I have discovered just turning on music I love and just dance to it until I feel done. No timer. No plans. No kidding!
Another thing that creates a youthful feeling is nature. There is something about looking out at the world or being in nature that creates a feeling and desire for child like play. The rain is especially inspirational. I have memories of jumping in puddles and laughing out loud. Who says that can’t be done at any age?
Then there is cooking things that remind me of my childhood. I loved to make crepes, cakes, and chocolate chip cookies. Just thinking of the smell creates a feeling of youth and great memories!
I remember to gift myself. I see this in two ways. One is to give myself the gift of love, healing, and sometimes even material things. The other is to be a gift for others. Just writing things in this blog creates a feeling of youth and importance to me.
Loving to play with my cat creates youth in me. I have always loved animals. I believe they are given to us all for healing, emotional well being, and simple pleasure. Finding the pleasure created by animals is just an amazing youthful feeling.
I embrace what I see on the outside of me. This is the hardest part. We are bombed with images of what a woman should look like and there is no way any of us can keep up with those images. Comparison makes us feel older and less useful. Being who we truly are from the inside and out is what creates a feeling of purpose and youthful gain. Sometimes I look at the wrinkles that are working their way on my face and I think to myself, I have them because I have laughed, cried, and lived life. That is a good thing!
Staying young at heart is not hard. I love to create things to wear, purses of the past, and buy vintage things. They keep me feeling like I am living in my youthful past only in the present. It is drawing that experience forward and keeping those items sacred. They are a part of me and embracing them keeps me feel youthful.
I pray. I meditate. I sing (when no one is listening). I love. I am honest with myself. There is one person we can never hide things from and that is ourselves. I and God know the inner workings of my heart and soul. I am honest as I can be with what is going on inside. Those are the things that eventually show on the outside if not dealt with.
Smiling and laughing is a great way to stay youthful and happy. We create our own happiness. All of the muscles of our face determine how we feel. Try it. Smile and you can not be unhappy. It is impossible. Smiling creates a feeling of happiness and also youth.
About 11 years ago I found myself going through a lot of personal life transition. During that time I went into the caregiving industry, caring for seniors in their homes and helping them do things they could not do for themselves. I was shocked at how many pretty healthy seniors needed someone to help them up and down in order to get around the house. These were not people who had major surgeries or issues, they just did not have the strength to get up and down, or keep themselves steady as they walked through the house. Basically, I became their crutch.
I remember thinking to myself, I was not going to be like that! I am determined to walk on my own through my older age without help! Mobility is a gift in older age. Mobility helps us feel younger and more vibrant. I have come to appreciate this after a move from one city to another as of late. Unfortunately I ended up with a back muscle strain. It’s so hard when something hurts every time there is movement and there are things to be done!
Back in the 90’s I had already been introduced to exercise genius, Kathy Smith, by someone who was a friend of mine. She gave me my first Kathy Smith VHS video cassette tape to work out. I had been feeling a bit tired, and with five kids to take care of on my own it was hard to keep the energy up. I fell into bed every night exhausted and I knew I needed a change. I started working out with Kathy Smith and I loved it! It was so hard at first but I came to enjoy it so much! It always felt good when I was able to do more of the video than before. I realized, energy begets energy and motivation brings more motivation.
Today, I am working through Kathy Smith’s free 14 day exercise and diet challenge. (See link below). She supplies the great recipes, the online workouts, inspirational emails, and a Facebook group for support through the process. I am pleased that after just a few days of a new change in foods I eat, and completing my exercise each day, my back strain feels so much better. In fact, everything feels better! So far, I can even see my waist again! The main thing is feeling good. I’m no longer taking care of children in my home as my kids are grown now, but at this phase of my life I need even more energy to complete my life tasks. As I age, my overall health has become my biggest focus. I don’t need to look like a supermodel. To me, that is fake. I do want to feel my best and if I can feel 20 years younger at this point in life, why not go for it?
Kathy Smith’s free 14 day program is called “Fit Over 40″ and I love it! I feel like I am doing good things just for me. Self care is so important and this is the best self care. She supplies the grocery list for all of her recipes and an online eBook to download everything needed. One thing that really helps is the Facebook group. I keep inspired to continue when I read the posts and interact with others who are doing the same thing.
Kathy Smith’s “Fit Over 40 Challenge” starts here. Just click on the title link and go to day one! (I don’t receive from her sales and I do not work for her company. I just love what this program is beginning to do for me.) Ask about downloading her free eBook that has all of her recipes, grocery list, and workout links!
Before I begin with this blog post I want to say that addictions in our country is one of the hardest issues we deal with. The complications an addiction can bring to one life are so saddening. It often goes from wasting precious time to the loss of life. Regardless, addiction is not only a personal illness or disease. Addictions to substances or actions affect everyone the addict is in connection with. The worry, the concern, and the stress caused by being in connection with an addicted person can wear away at the life of those who love them.
Let’s Take a Look at the Bottom Line of Addiction and the “Whys”
I’m going to just put this out there. It’s pretty simple actually. Every addicted person feels that they lack pleasure in life and need a substance, action, or even person, to bring comfort from the difficult feelings one has. For some reason every addict seems to believe that life is supposed to be blissful, joyful, and problem free all of the time. NOTTRUE! Life is a learning journey and there is no way any life will ever have complete peace all of the time. This world is filled with problems from relational to humanitarian. It might seem simplistic but one of the greatest battles to fighting addiction is for an addict to first come to the understanding that life will have challenges and will not always “feel” good all of the time. Going by feelings instead of faith or practical knowledge is probably the first mistake any addicted person makes. We all feel and all can be sensitive to one thing or another. Yet, being driven by feelings alone can create a multitude of issues.
Bottom line, we are not meant to be comfortable all of the time. Masking the hard issues in life by using a substance or situation only stops a person from receiving the life lesson they need to grow up as a human being. What is the result? Stunted growth; especially spiritual growth.
So what about the pleasure centers of the brain?
Our brains are an amazing part of our creation. The brain is meant to control our bodily functions, guide our lives and record them. We also have pleasure neurotransmitters that are like carriers to the rest of the body. They tell us we are having a good experience or not. Sometimes they can control how we look at life if we allow them to. For instance, someone who has depression usually does not maintain adequate serotonin in the brain and therefore “feels” depressed. An anti-depressant can be given to help the brain maintain serotonin in order to correct the problem. Depending on the person, the same can be accomplished by helping the brain maintain the right level of dopamine. Both of these neurotransmitters are like “feel good” connectors. Those who have issues with neurotransmitter imbalances struggle with every day life and being able to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Much to our misunderstanding there is a way out of addictions and what they do to the brain chemistry. The neuro-pathways of the mind can be rewired by meditation, affirmation, and also hypnosis. Spiritual practices can also be just as uplifting as an anti-depressant given that the practice is created as a good habit in life. There is a way out! If you struggle with addictions of any kind you can correct the imbalances in your brain that life has created and actually overcome the addictions that plague you. Also, learning how to deal and cope with life’s setbacks is a real important part of the process. Dedication and desire come into play because without these nothing else will work out. If you really want out of the addiction trap the good news is there is one! The decision that you must make is if your dedication and desire are strong enough to really work on making the necessary changes. Often if a person experiences enough pain created by their addiction it can be enough to create a strong desire to change and heal.
Your life is waiting ahead of you! Why not consider making the change from being trapped in a nowhere life to really living the life you have been given! If you need help in this area, please call and find out how you can overcome your addictions!
++IMPORTANT Note: Detox from any substance such as a drug or alcohol is a very serious process and should not be attempted alone. Please seek medical attention before beginning any other process or along side a new process. Your overall health must be assessed. Remember, if you have been altered for a long period of time your entire body has been altered down to a cellular level as well.
This is no kidding! If you want to help lower your blood pressure then learn meditation techniques. It has been found those who practice meditation on a regular basis can lower their blood pressure and even lower the amount of medication they take. This interesting study was written in an article by Allison Aubrey, a correspondent for NPR news, called, “To Lower Blood Pressure Open Up and Say ‘OM’.”
In Aubrey’s article she cited a study on meditation and the effects on those with high blood pressure and on medication. She wrote, “It helps increase the formation of a compound called nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to open up. This, in turn, lowers blood pressure” (web).
Using meditation for health purposes whether emotional or physical has nothing to do with religion or faith unless those things are incorporated by those who are involved in the practice. There are many videos, audios, and suggestions on the web. I have personally found that meditation helps me focus better and helps my discernment and intuition. I find the practice relaxing. Meditating can also help positively reprogram the mind and the neurological path- ways of the brain.
Adding positive affirmation to meditations can mindfully help change or renew the mind and also redirect one’s life. When modern medicine supports and ancient practice, it is worth taking a look at. Agree?
Loving you from here,
Dr. Jenine Marie Howry
Jenine Marie Coaching and Ministries, LLC
832-484-8306 for instructional appointment via internet or in person
Reference: Aubrey, Allison. To Lower Blood Pressure, Open Up and Say ‘OM’. npr. August 21, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2018. Web. https://www.npr.org.
I was visiting my favorite drug store here in Paris, TX to grab a few things I needed for the week. A lovely lady with a very modern hair style with some awesome red highlights helped me at the cosmetic counter when I was ready to be rung up. Before she gave me the total I asked if they take AARP, which is an organization that gives benefits and discounts to older people. She proudly said they did and in fact she noted she would have to get one of those, (an AARP card).
Suddenly a huge smile hit her face as she let me know she was 56 years old! Wow, she sure did not look it. I would have never known. In fact, she looked in her late 30’s or 40’s. Since she shared, I was happy to share my age. She returned my complement, “Wow, you sure don’t look that age!” I don’t mind my age. I just don’t want to FEEL my age. I still think I’m in my 30’s but certainly know I am not after all the life I have lived through.
As I drove off, I thought to myself, “Age is a state of mind, not an amount of years that have been lived.” In my mind, I am still as young as when my kids were growing up. Now they are grown. What could ever stop me from being as young as my thoughts can create me to be? It’s true, the body changes after a certain age, but we don’t have to feel older. We can feel as young as we desire to believe we are. I have heard of people finishing college in their 80’s or running marathons in their 70’s. Can we really overcome any physical obstacles that are placed upon our chronological age? If its true that we live from the inside out and our thoughts create, then our bodies should follow suit and be as young as we believe we are. In other words, nothing should stop us from keeping as active as we can and vital as we believe we are.
Do we really need to “grow older gracefully” or can we decide we are as young as we feel? What is YOUR choice?