Since everyone has an opinion on it, I will share mine too

Whether it was created in a lab or not, if it got out of control or if it was naturally derived, this corona virus (Covid-19) seems to have taken control over our lives, in the sense that fear, panic and shock are daily emotions nowadays encountered not only in people that seriously could have a reason to feel like that, but it’s a common feeling encountered in young people and young adults or in healthy human beings. Yes, we should be concerned, but not to this extent of “we are all gonna die”.

If we think about the numerology of 2020, which is made of double 2s, and if we remember that 2 is the number that expresses emotions and feelings, we can conclude that this year is extremely emotional. There’s 2 sides to this coin. We can express positive feelings or we can choose negative emotions. And no matter which one you choose, you are right. When there is double 2s, we augment and increase the intensity of that symbol and of that energy, in this case the energy of the numerology-related number 2, which is emotions. We can choose to focus on positives and not on negatives, and that will expand even further, bringing more good energy in our lives and potentially saving us from negative experiences.

But if we solely focus on the negatives and the fearful images, words and feelings we are shown in the media, then, we can only expect to increase that and make a hill out of a mole. We have got to keep our rational minds here in calm, and focus on living our lives without having the panic around covid-19 take over our lives.

Fear, panic and anxiety are negative emotions and they can attract negative experiences in our bodies. Therefore, healing our emotions is critical to overcome our diseases or to make them be felt to a lesser extent. Flowers from Dr.Bach Flower Therapy have the potential to heal our emotional challenges. Plants are living beings. Become aware of this and be mindful of your surroundings. The more we engage to our natural surroundings, the easier will become to feel the subtle healing powers of these flowers. Because plants are in constant communication with us. Dr. Edward Bach categorised his remedies into The 12 Healers, the 7 Helpers and the Second 19 Helpers.

Dr. Bach felt The 12 Healers Flower Remedies were for our primary soul types, the sort of person we are. He equated these with the Soul lessons we have come to learn such as inner peace (Agrimony), strength and ability to say NO (Centaury) and wisdom (Cerato). We can see these types more easily in children – as adults we have accumulated other layers or imbalances – but when we are under pressure our soul type may betray itself. We sure feel this pressure these days with the new corona virus.

So, the 12 Healers are Agrimony, Centaury, Cerato, Chicory (to dissolve self-pity and “me,me,me” into generosity of giving), Clematis (to bring dreamers back to Earth), Gentian (to resolve discouragement and despondency into the positive quality of faith) Impatiens (to release the quick tense mind into gentleness), Mimulus (transforming fear of known things into bravery), Rock Rose (to transform terror and dread into courage), Scleranthus (to bring balance and determination from indecision), Vervain (to release over-enthusiasm into quiet and tolerance), Water-Violet (to change a proud aloof or quietly grieving person into the joy of service and taking part in life). Please note this is only a brief description and not the full understanding of the remedy. I will come back with a later post on the full “prescription” around these lovely flower remedies.

The 7 Helpers of the Dr. Bach Flower remedies are to support the Healer Remedies for long term conditions and are as follows: Gorse (for hopelessness), Heather (for fussy introspection), Rock Water (for rigidity of attitude), Wild Oat (for lack of direction in life), Olive (for weariness and exhaustion), Oak (for the strong person who never gives up), Vine (for a domineering forceful attitude, to bring the quality of calm wise leadership).

The other 19 flower remedies are called the second 19 and relate to emotional states that result from life’s knocks and challenges and are as follows: Holly (for jealousy, envy, revenge and suspicion and greed – in full negative, bringing the quality of love), Pine (which brings self-esteem relieving a feeling of guilt and self-blame), Aspen (for fear of unknown things), Beech (for intolerance), Cherry Plum (for fear of the mind giving way), Chestnut Bud (for failure to learn from mistakes), Crab Apple (this is also called the cleansing remedy, also known for self-hatred), Elm (if you feel overwhelmed by responsibility), Heather (for self-centredness and self concern), Honeysuckle (for living in the past), Hornbeam (for tiredness at the thought of doing something), Larch (for lack of confidence), Mustard (for deep gloom for no reason), Red Chestnut (for over-concern for the welfare of loved ones), Star of Bethlehem (for shock), Sweet Chestnut (for extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left), Walnut (for protection from change and unwanted influences), White Chestnut (for unwanted thoughts and mental arguments), Wild Rose (drifting, resignation, apathy) and Willow (for self-pity and resentment).

Bach Flower remedies are an alternative or complementary treatment that is used for emotional problems and pain. They’re made out of watered-down extracts from the flowers of wild plants. Dr. Edward Bach was a medical doctor and homeopath and created these remedies in early 1900s.

Dr. Edward Bach used to say “Every single person has a life to live, a work to do, a glorious personality, a wonderful individuality”.

So, in my opinion, I think we need to change our emotional state to be able to conquer any potential diseases. Yes, it can be very hard to be in a positive mindset when you are really struggling when really ill, and that’s why it’s important to stay up as positive , as chilled, as calm and as mindful as possible to avoid our energetic body get a glitch and we potentially get sick.

Please maintain your mental health to a higher level of positive mindset, thinking and attitude and peaceful state of mind and tranquillity and avoid stress.

If anxiety won’t let you focus on a powerful bold mental health, why not try to read out more about these flower remedies?

For anxiety, we can try the Bach Flower Remedy called Aspen, and this will bring back into our lives more reassurance that things will be ok. If you feel there is too many responsibilities you need to take care of during these times with Corona Virus (Covid 19), you can try Elm remedy to give you support in the face of all things you need to take care of. Gentian remedy can help if you feel discouraged in case something goes wrong such as you get a flu or cold and you start thinking you will get the novel virus, if you are already in a state of depression and you have given up as you see no light at the end of the tunnel, please consider Gorse remedy, as it will emphasise on hope and a hopeful and optimistic view of life’s circumstances and challenges.

If you find yourself stuck in the past, thinking of things that occurred many weeks ago and you believe this is going to affect you still or you will get the virus because so many people got it, then you might consider Honeysuckle remedy because it will assist you in being present and thinking more of living in the present and stop focusing on the past (or past examples of bad or negative experiences related or not with Covid 19). Hornbeam remedy can help you get motivated to start working on whatever you are working but you feel you lack the motivation to start on it because you feel it’s not worthy anymore given the current world situation and you’re stressed about it. I also think Mimulus remedy will give you back the courage to fight back this fear you have regarding Coronavirus. Oak remedy will give you the strength you need if you feel you struggle on with your mental health regardless of how much you try to keep yourself positive and rational and calm about the possibility of getting Coronavirus.

If you have Coronavirus or you had it and recovered but gave it to someone and you blame yourself for this and you feel guilty, Pine remedy can help you release that internal struggle and blame. Red Chestnut remedy can help you with peace of mind if you feel overly concerned for a dear person or a family member living in a Red Zone that they might catch the new virus. If you are truly feeling overwhelmed by fear and terror regarding the Coronavirus and the end of the world because of this Covid19 , then you might consider Rock Rose for fearlessness.

If someone close to you or a family member or friend or someone you know well has been tested positive for Covid 19 and you are feeling shocked or in grief, you can consider Star of Bethlehem remedy. You can also get this yourself if you are shocked if you discover you have the Coronavirus, obviously I wish you not to, but let’s think of all potential outcomes so we feel prepared. If we feel prepared, we are better equipped to deal with any shock or after effects of a situation or life challenge and can manage healing in an effective way as we follow a plan. The main reason people panic is because of the uncertainty of a situation. But, if we choose to think rationally and with calm the potential outcomes , we can get a better emotional state of mind and this will help us tremendously because if we believe we are energy, positive energy within us attracts more positive energy and experiences. This way we keep ourselves far away from all negativity and potential outcomes because of that. But, if you still feel anguished and you feel there is no optimism within you, then you might consider Sweet Chestnut remedy. Walnut remedy will protect us all from the fear we experience regarding this new change that we need to adapt to, this new world that is to appear because of the Coronavirus outbreaks.

If you have repetitive thoughts and you feel you cannot switch off and you find it hard to sleep given what’s happening in the world , then White Chestnut remedy can help with your tranquillity and sleep. If you feel resentful on people who have given you the flu or Coronavirus or if someone is sick because of someone you know has passed on the Covid 19 onto them, I would consider Willow remedy for you to give you a more positive outlook on life and release that resentment you feel. This willow remedy can also help if you feel sorry for yourself and think always that you are going to get unwell and that this is so unfair.

Recognising exactly how you feel is the key to choosing your essences. If you have selected more than 7 essences, cut down your choice by concentrating on how you feel now. Then match the exact mood you’re in with the appropriate essence. Most people find it easy to select their own essences. All you need to do is find the essences that reflect your situation, mood or personality the best. You can mix up to 7 remedies at a time. All of the states described are everyday emotions that we all feel from time to time. Even the most negative state has a corresponding positive quality that shows us what we can be when we are fully ourselves. Sometimes we find it difficult to be honest with ourselves, few of us want to be seen as jealous or intolerant, but once we have admitted how we feel, we are halfway towards balancing that emotion. So, if you have trouble working out your feelings, why not ask someone who knows you to help.

I would like to help you out too, and to the best of my capabilities I will reply to your emails at bliss.naive@gmail.com regarding confusion related to what remedies would suit you best based on your current state of mind or your current emotions you feel. Remember, this is not treating a disease, it’s complementary to any illness and it helps by balancing your emotions, which in turn will help the physical body by releasing the tension in the mind and de-stressing, because now we know that research has concluded stress can impact on our physical health in a negative way. So we must heal our negative emotions to help heal our bodies. Our immune system is prone to diseases if stress is too high.

Bach Flower Remedies are essences made from plants. An essence is the preserved vibrational substance – or vital life force – of the plant or flower that is used for healing and to prompt deeper levels of health and well-being. The essence can include a part of the plant, such as stems, leaves, roots, buds, or it can be a distillation of the whole plant. The flower or plant essences act upon our non-physical body rather than the physical body, influencing our feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and unresolved emotional traumas. Users of vibrational essences may find that, as their thoughts and emotions change, their symptoms shift as well.

Flower essences blends

When you or someone else is in distress or is experiencing an emotional spiral, whether it is because of the loss of a loved one, the experience of a life threatening accident, or the worry of facing a challenging situation (potentially getting infected with Covid19 or Corona virus) , the following flower essence blends will help to soothe and balance your emotions.

Physical and emotional shock – Bach rescue Remedy (the most known Bach Flower Remedy) – you can purchase this already made up, or you can blend your won remedy using Star of Bethlehem – for releasing the trauma, Rock Rose – against terror and panic, Cherry Plum – for fear of losing control and Clematis as it helps to make you stay conscious.

Sleeping problems – Rock Rose (it helps with nightmares) , White Chestnut (releases those worrying thoughts) and Agrimony (helps with restlessness from repressed worries)

Worrying about others – Red Chestnut (against irrational anxieties), chicory (releasing the concern for others, the neediness) and Holly (against jealousy and suspicion).

This is what Dr. Bach teaches us:

“It is our fears, our cares, our anxieties and such like that open path to the invasion of illness. Thus by treating our fears, our cares, our worries and so on, we not only free ourselves from our illness, but the Herbs given unto us by the Grace of the Creator of all, in addition take away our fears and worries, and leave us happier and better in ourselves.

Thus, behind all disease lie our fears, our anxieties, our greed, our likes and dislikes. Let us seek these out and heal them, and with the healing of them will go the disease from which we suffer.

The mind being the most delicate and sensitive part of the body, shows the onset and the course of the disease much more than the body, so that the outlook of mind is chosen as the guide as to which remedy or plant or flower remedies are necessary.”

Did you ever consider that at the heart of all diseases and distresses lay an imbalance in our emotional state and that true health is emotional harmony?

Emotional and mental causes of diseases

I have first heard about the connection between physical disease and emotions back in 2008 when I was still a student of Psychology. During that year, I became very passionate about Positive Psychology (soon I will be writing about it too) and a new interest or therapy, an alternative healing method named the Bach Flower Therapy, created by Edward Bach who was a doctor and a homeopath. The Bach Flower therapy relies on the fact that healing our emotions is relevant for overcoming our diseases.

If you need a brief overview regarding the Bach flower Therapies, have a read here, I just noticed, I posted this exactly 4 years ago 🙂

The Bach flower Therapies seem to add up to the writings of Louise Hay. A bestselling author and a teacher by profession, Hay’s ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ have done a beautiful job at building connection between the physical diseases and the mental diseases. If in Bach flower therapy, flowers have the potential to heal our emotional challenges, in emotional causes of diseases and positive affirmations of Louise Hay, to heal these emotional challenges, we have the ability to heal ourselves. In her work, the premise is that our thoughts create what happens in our life, including our health issues. Her suggested remedy is to say affirmations to change our thought patterns, and therefore change the problems in our life. Bach flower therapy relies on including specific flower extracts to heal certain emotions that are connected to physical diseases. I think both these approaches can offer a wider perspective over healing and over mental and emotional states of mind. It can aid our understanding of ourselves which in turn helps a lot the understanding of disease, therefore clarifying our emotions and our thinking patterns, we can change our lives. It’s our underlying emotions that create our physical problems, as well as what happens in our life. It’s also our emotions that create the thoughts that we have. And it’s our resistance to feeling those emotions that causes the physical ailment to manifest.

If you are new to this idea of healing yourself with understanding your emotions and mental patterns and their impact on your physical symptoms, then I recommend you start your introductory reading with these 2 blog posts I designed especially for you to be able to be open to this healing alternative option.

Blog One and Blog Two Introductory Links.

Louise M Hay is also known for her work regarding positive affirmations. I have wrote about this a couple of years back, in a post here if you wish to have a read and include in your healing.

Here’s a brief overview of Louise M Hay’s explanations relating to healing our bodies ailments with positive affirmations connected to healing the negative emotions and thoughts that have gathered in our hearts and minds in time.

ORGAN-WISE PROBLEM

Problems with the head: Feeling that something is wrong with “us”.
Hair problems: Lack of strength; tension.

Ear problems: Unwillingness to hear what’s going on around you; anger about what is heard.

Stomach problems: Inability to assimilate new experiences, fear of new ideas.

Neck problems: Stubbornness; inability to see the other side of the equation.

Throat problems: Feeling inadequate to stand for yourself; repressed anger; swallowing emotional hurt.

Back problems: Lack of support. Upper back: lack of emotional support, holding back love; Middle back: Guilt; Lower back: lack of financial support, fear of money.

Eye Problems: Not liking what you see in your life; Not wanting to see the past, present or the future; Not seeing Truth.

Knee problem: Inflexibility; stubbornness; inability to bend; ego.

Lung problems: Feeling that we do not have the right to live life fully.

Mouth problems: Incapacity to take ideas; closed mind; set opinions.

Nerve problems: Confused thinking; fear; struggle; anxiety.

Breast problems: Over-mothering a place, person, a thing or an experience.

Heart problems: Denying yourself joy and love.

Bladder problems: Being pissed off.

Colon problems: Inability to let go; holding on to the old.

Leg problems: Inability to move forward; reluctance for the future.

DISEASES/CONDITIONS

Allergies: Who are you allergic to? False ego and sensitivity

Cold: Confusion, dis-order, small hurts; Family and calendar beliefs.

Diabetes: Sense of sorrow; No sweetness in life.

Fatigue: Resistance, boredom; Lack of love for what you do.

Gas pains: Gripping undigested ideas; Gulping air from fear.

Headaches: Invalidating the self; emotional upsets; uncertainty.

Migraine: Putting too much pressure on yourself; wanting to be perfect; suppressed anger.

Sinus: Irritation with someone in your life; someone bearing down on you.

Itching: Unsatisfied desires; remorse; guilt.

Jaundice: Prejudice; discoloured beliefs.

Overweight: Need for protection; insecurity; seeking love; fear of loss; stuffing feelings.

Frequent pains: Punishment for guilt; blockage; belief in bondage.

Rheumatism: Resentment; lack of love; chronic bitterness; feeling of revenge.

Ulcers: Anxiety; fear of not being good enough.

Venereal disease: Belief that sex is sinful; sexual guilt; need for punishment.

Warts: Self-hatred; believing you are ugly; guilt.

Constipation: Inability to let go; tendency to over-save.

Varicose veins: Having to stand for a job you hate.

Arthritis: Constant pattern of criticism of self and others; need to be perfect.

Boils, cuts, fevers, sores, inflammations: Anger

Cancer: deep resentment for a long time; disappointment; hopelessness.

Stiffness: Stiffness in the mind; clinging to old ways.

Swelling: Stagnation in emotional thinking; bottled-up tears; blaming others for your limitations.

Tumors: Running old grudges; staying hurt for long time.

Here is a list of emotional causes of physical pain or diseases as a reference tool to understand the emotional root cause of an ailment.  Below each listed ailment is an affirmation to recite to shift the energy and bring greater healing.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASE STARTING WITH A

ABDOMINAL CRAMPS:  Fear. Stopping the process.
Affirmation:  I trust the process of life. I am safe.

ABSCESS: Fermenting thoughts over hurts, slights and revenge.
Affirmation: I allow my thoughts to be free. The past is over. I am at peace.

ACCIDENTS: Inability to speak up for the self. Rebellion against authority. Belief in violence.
Affirmation: I release in me that created this. I am at Peace. I am worthwhile.

ACHES: Longing for love. Longing to be held.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am loving and lovable

ACNE: Not Accepting or disliking self.
Affirmation: I am a Divine expression of life. I love and accept myself where I am right now.

ADENOIDS: Family friction, arguments. Child feeling unwelcome, in a way.
Affirmation: This child is wanted and welcomed and deeply loved.

ADDICTIONS: Running away from self, Not facing the fear. Not knowing how to love the self.
Affirmation: I now discover how wonderful I am. I choose to love and enjoy myself.

ADDISON’S DISEASE: Severe emotional malnutrition. Anger at the self.
Affirmation: I lovingly take care of my body, my mind, and my emotions

ADRENAL PROBLEMS: Defeatism. No longer caring for the self. Anxiety.
Affirmation: I love & approve of myself. It is safe for me to care for myself.

AGING PROBLEMS: Social beliefs. Old thinking. Fear of being one’s self. Rejection of the now.
Affirmation: I love and accept myself at every age. Each moment in life is perfect.

AIDS: Feeling defenseless and hopeless. A strong belief in not being good enough. Denial of the true inner being, or sexual guilt
Affirmation: I am Divine, Magnificent expression of Life. I rejoice in my sexuality. I rejoice in all that i am. I love myself.

ALCOHOLISM / ABUSE: Futility, guilt, inadequacy, self-rejection
Affirmation: I live in the now. Each moment is new. I choose to see my self-worth.I love and approve of myself.

ALLERGY & HAY-FEVER: You are allergic to someone who or yourself denies your power. Irritated to Life.
Affirmation: The world is safe and friendly. I am safe. I am at peace with life.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: Desire to leave the planet. The inability to face life as it is.
Affirmation: Everything happens in the right time, space, sequence. Divine right action is taking place at all times.

AMNESIA: Fear. Running from life. Inability to stand up for the self.
Affirmation: Intelligence, courage and self worth are always present. It is safe to be alive.

ANAEMIA: Yes but, Attitude. Lack of Joy. Fear of Life. Feeling not good enough.
Affirmation: It is safe for me to experience joy in every area of my life. I love life.

ANKLE PROBLEMS: Inflexibility and guilt. Inability to receive pleasure/ Represent mobility & Direction
Affirmation: I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer. I move forward easily in life.

ANORECTAL BLEEDING: Anger & Frustration.
Affirmation: I trust the process of life. Only right and good action is taking place in my life.

ANOREXIA: Denying the self and life. Extreme fear of rejection.
Affirmation: It is safe for me. I am wonderful just as I am. I choose joy and self-acceptance.

ANUS: Releasing point. Dumping ground.
Affirmation: I easily and comfortably release that which is no longer needed in life.

ANUS/ ABSCESS: Anger in relation to what you don’t want to release.
Affirmation: It is safe to let go. Only that which I no longer need leaves my life.

ANUS BLEEDING:  (See ANORECTAL Bleeding)

ANUS, FISTULA: Incomplete releasing of trash. Holding onto garbage of the past.
Affirmation: It is with love that I totally release the past. I am free. I am love.

ANUS, ITCHING: Guilt over the past. Remorse.
Affirmation: I lovingly forgive myself. I am free.

ANUS PAIN: Guilt. Desire for punishment. Not good enough.
Affirmation: The past is over. I choose to love and approve of myself in the now.

ANXIETY / NERVOUSNESS: Distrust the natural flow & process of life.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself and I trust in the process of life. I am safe.

APATHY: Resistance to feeling. Deadening of the self. Fear.
Affirmation: It is safe to feel. I am open myself to life. I am willing to experience life.

APPENDICITIS: Fear. Fear of life. Blocking the flow of good.
Affirmation: I am safe & relax. I let life flow joyously.

APPETITE, EXCESSIVE: Fear. Needing protection. Judging the emotions.
Affirmation: I am safe. It is safe to feel. My feelings are normal & acceptable.

APPETITE, LOSS OF: Fear. Protecting the self. Distrusting life.
Affirmation: I love & approve of myself. I am safe. Life is safe & joyous.

ARM PROBLEMS: Represent the capacity & ability to hold the experience of life.
Affirmation: I lovingly hold & embrace my experiences with ease & joy.

ARTERIOSCLEROSIS: Resistance, tension. Hardened narrow-mindedness. Refusing to see good.
Affirmation: I am completely open to life and to joy. I choose to see with love.

ARTERIES: Carry the joy of life.
Affirmation: I am filled with joy. It flows through me with every beat of my heart.

ARTHRITIS: Feeling unloved, criticism, resentment, bitterness. Feeling not good enough.
Affirmation: I am love. I now choose to love and approve of myself. I see others with love.

ARTHRITIC FINGERS: A desire to punish. Blame. Feeling victimized.
Affirmation: I see with love & understanding. I hold all my experiences up to the light of love.

ASPHYXIATING ATTACKS: Fear. Distrusting the life. Stuck in childhood.
Affirmation: It is safe to grow up. The world is safe. I am safe.

ASTHMA: Unresolved guilt. Smother love. Inability to breathe for one’s self. Feeling stifled. Suppressed crying.
Affirmation: It is safe now for me to take charge of my own life. I choose to be free.

ATHLETE’S FOOT: Frustration at not being accepted. Inability to move forward with ease.
Affirmations: I love and approve of myself. I give permission myself to go ahead. It’s safe to move.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASE STARTING WITH B

BACKS: Represent the support of life.
Affirmation: I know that life always supports me.

BACK PROBLEMS:

–UPPER: Lack of emotional support, or feeling unloved.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me.

–MIDDLE: Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there or Get off my back.
Affirmation: I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart.

–LOWER: Financial woes and concerns. Fear of money. Lack of financial support.
Affirmation: I trust the process of life. All I need is taken care of. I am safe.

BABY ASTHMA: Fear of life. Not wanting to be here.
Affirmation: The child is safe and loved. The child is welcomed & cherished.

BAD BREATH: Anger & Revenge thoughts. Experiences backing up.
Affirmation: I release the past with love. I choose to voice only love.

BALANCE, LOSS OF: Scattered thinking. Not centered.
Affirmation: I center myself in safety and accept the perfection of my life. All is well.

BALDNESS: Fear, tension. Trying to control everything and not trusting in the process of life.
Affirmation: I am safe. I love and approve of myself. I trust life.

BED-WETTING: Fear of parent. Usually Father
Affirmation: This child is seen with love, with compassion & with understanding. All is well.

BELCHING: Fear, Gulping life too quickly.
Affirmation: There is time & space for everything i need to do. I am at peace.

BIRTH DEFECTS: Karmic. You selected to come out that way. We choose our parents.
Affirmation: Every experience is perfect for our growth process. I am at peace with where I am.

BLACKHEADS (Pimples): Feeling Dirty and Unloved
Affirmation: I love & approve of myself . I am loving and lovable.

BLADDER PROBLEMS: Anxiety. Holding on to old ideas. Fear of letting go. Being pissed off.
Affirmation: I comfortably and easily release the old and welcome the new in my life. I am safe.

BLEEDING: Joy running out. Anger, But where?
Affirmation: I am the joy of life expressing and receiving  in perfect rhythm.

BLEEDING GUMS: Lack of joy in the decisions made in life.
Affirmation: I trust that right actions are always taking place in my life. I am at peace.

BLISTERS: Resistance. Lack of emotional protection.
Affirmation: I gently flow with life and each new experience. All is well.

BLOOD: Represents joy in the body, flowing freely.
Affirmation: I am the joy of life expressing and receiving.

BLOOD PROBLEMS: Lack of joy. Lack of circulation ideas.
Affirmation: Joyous new ideas are circulating freely within me.
Anaemic: (SEE ANAEMIA)
Blood Clotting: Closing down the flow of joy.
Affirmation: I awaken new life within me. I flow.

BLOOD PRESSURE:

–HIGH (Hypertension): Longstanding emotional problems not solved.
Affirmation: I joyously release the past. I am at peace.

–LOW: Lack of love as a child. Defeatism. “Whats the use? It won’t work anyway.”
Affirmation: I now choose to live in the ever-joyous NOW. My life is a joy.

BODY ODOR: Fear. Dislike of the self. Fear of others.
Affirmation: I love approve of myself. I am safe.

BOILS: Anger, boiling over. Seething.
Affirmation: I express love and joy. I am at peace.

BONES: Represent the structure of the universe.
Affirmation: I am well structured and balanced.

BONE PROBLEMS:

BREAKS: Rebelling against authority.
Affirmation: I am the only authority in my world for I am the only one who thinks in my mind.
–DEFORMITY: Mental pressure and tightness. Muscles can’t stretch. Loss of mental mobility.
Affirmation: I breathe in life fully. I relax and trust the flow and process of life.

BOWEL: Represents the release of waste. Fear of letting go of the old and no longer needed.
Affirmation: I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new.

BRAIN: Represents the computer, the switchboard.
TUMOR: Incorrect computerized beliefs. Stubborn. Refusing to change the old patterns.
Affirmation: It is easy for me to reprogram the computer of my mind. All of life is change & my life is ever new.

BREAST: Represents mothering & nurturing.
Affirmation: I take in & give out nourishment in perfect balance.

BREAST (left):Feeling unloved, refusal to nourish oneself. Putting everyone else first.
Affirmation: I am loved and nourished by all around me.

BREAST (right): Over protection, over bearing, difficulty in giving love.
Affirmation: I embrace and trust life knowing that I am safe and loved. I choose to love and be loved.

BREAST PROBLEMS –Cysts, Lumps, Soreness: Over mothering, Over protection, Over bearing attitudes. Cutting off nourishment.
Affirmation: I am free to be me & i allow others the freedom to be who they are.It is safe for all of us to grow up.

BREATH: Represents the ability to take in life.

BREATHING PROBLEMS: Fear or the refusal to take in life. Not feeling worthy to take up space.
Affirmation: It is my birthright to live fully and freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully.

BRIGHT’S DISEASE: Feeling like a kid who can’t do it right & isn’t good enough. A failure. Loss.
Affirmation: I love & approve of myself. I care for me. I totally adequate at all times.

BRONCHITIS: Inflamed family environment. Arguments and yelling. Rarely silent.
Affirmation: I experience peace and harmony within myself and all around me. All is well.

BRUISES: Self-punishment.
Affirmation: I love and cherish myself. I am kind and gentle with myself. All is well.

BULIMIA: Hopeless terror. Purging self-hatred.
Affirmation: I am loved, nourished and supported by life. It is safe for me to be alive.

BURNS: Anger, burning up inside.
Affirmation: I create only peace and harmony within myself and in my environment. I deserve to feel good.

BURSITIS: Repressed anger. Wanting to hit someone.
Affirmation: Love relaxes & releases all unlike itself.

BUTTOCKS: Represents power. Loose buttocks, Loss of power.
Affirmation: I use my power wisely . I am strong. I feel safe. All is well.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASE STARTING WITH C

CALLUSES: Hardened concepts & Ideas. Fear solidified.
Affirmation: It is safe to see & experience new ideas & new ways. I am open & receptive to good.

CANKER SORES: Festering words held back by the lips. Blame
Affirmation: I create only joyful experiences in my loving world.

CANCER: What’s eating at you? Deep hurt, secret or grief. Long Standing Resentment.
Affirmation: I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my life with joy. I love and approve of myself.

CARBUNCLE: Poisonous anger about personal injustices.
Affirmation: I release the past and allow love to heal every area of my life.

CAR SICKNESS: Fear. Bondage. Feeling of being trapped.
Affirmation: I move with ease through time & space, only love surrounds me.

CARPAL TUNNEL: Anger and frustrations at life’s seeming injustices.
Affirmation: I now choose to create a life that is abundant. I am at ease.

CATARACTS: Inability to see ahead with joy. Dark future.
Affirmation: Life is eternal & filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.

CHILDHOOD DISEASES: Belief in calendars, social concepts, and false laws. Childish behavior in the adults around them.
Affirmation: The child is Divinely protected & surrounded by Love. We claim mental immunity.

CHILLS: Mental contraction. Pulling away & in. Desire to retreat
Affirmation: I am safe & secure at all times. Love surrounds me & protects me. All is well.

CHRONIC DISEASES: A refusal to change. Fear of the future. Not feeling safe.
Affirmation: I am willing to change & to grow. I create a safe new future.

CHOLESTEROL (High): Clogging the channels of joy.
Affirmation: I choose to love life. My channels of Joy are wide open. It is safe to receive.

CIRCULATION: Lack of joy or the lack of circulation of ideas.
Affirmation: Joyous new ideas are circulating freely within me

COLDS: Too much going on at once. Mental confusion and disorder.
Affirmation: I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and all around me.

COLD SORES: Festering angry words and fear of expressing them.
Affirmation: I only create peaceful experiences because I love myself. All is well.

COLIC: Mental irritation. Annoyance with surroundings
Affirmation: This child only responds to love and loving thoughts. All is peaceful.

COLITIS: Over-exacting parents. Feeling of oppression & defeat. Great need for affection
Affirmation: I love & approve of myself. I create my own joy. I choose to be a winner in life.

COMA: Fear. Trying to escape from something or someone.
Affirmation: We surround you with safety and love. We create a space for you to heal. You are loved.

CONJUNCTIVITIS: Anger & Frustration at what you are looking in at life.
Affirmation: I see with eyes of love. There is a harmonious solution & i accept it now.

CONSTIPATION: Refusing to release old ideas
Affirmation: As I release the past, the new and fresh and vital enter. I allow life to flow through me.

CORONARY THROMBOSIS: Feeling alone & Scared. Not good enough. Don’t do enough. Will never make it.
Affirmation: I am one with all life. The universe totally supports me. All is well.

COUGHS: A desire to bark at the world. “Listen to me!”
Affirmation: I am noticed and appreciated in the most positive ways. I am loved.

CRAMPS: Tension. Fear. Gripping. Holding on.
Affirmation: I relax & allow my mind to be peaceful.

CROUP: (SEE BRONCHITIS)

CRYING: Tears are the river of life. Shed in joy as well as sadness and fear.
Affirmation: I am peaceful with all of my emotions. I love & approve of myself.

CUSHING’S DISEASE: Mental imbalance. Over production of crushing ideas. A feeling of being over-powered
Affirmation: I lovingly balance my mind & my body. I now choose thoughts that make me feel good.

CUTS: Punishment for not following your own rules.
Affirmation: I create a life filled with rewards.

CYSTS: Running the old painful movie. Nursing hurts. A false growth.
Affirmation: The movies of my mind are beautiful because I choose to make them so. I love me.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS: A thick belief that life won’t work for you. Poor me.
Affirmation: I love life & life loves me. I now choose to take in life fully and freely.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASE STARTING WITH D

DEPRESSION: Anger, hopelessness.
Affirmation: I now go beyond other people’s fears and limitations. I create my own life.

DIABETES: Longing for what might have been. No sweetness left in life.
Affirmation: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.

DIARRHEA: Fear and rejecting. Running off or away from something/someone.
Affirmation: My intake, assimilation and elimination are in perfect order. I am at peace with life.

DIZZINESS: Flighty, scattered thinking.
Affirmation: I am deeply centered and at peace with life. It is safe for me to be alive and joyous.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASE STARTING WITH E

EAR PROBLEMS: Not wanting to hear. Anger or too much turmoil
Affirmation: I hear with Love

ELBOW PROBLEMS: Not being flexible, not able to change directions or accept new experiences.
Affirmation: I easily flow with new experiences, new directions and new changes.

EYE (Astigmatism): Fear of “seeing” the self.
Affirmation: I am now willing to see my own beauty and magnificence.

EYES (Cataracts): Inability to see ahead with joy.
Affirmation: Life is eternal and filled with Joy

EYE PROBLEMS: (Children): Not wanting to see what’s going on in the family.
Affirmation: Harmony and joy and beauty and safety now surround the child.

EYE (Farsighted): Fear of the present.
Affirmation: I am safe in the hear and now. I see that clearly

EYE (Nearsighted): Fear of the future.

Affirmation: I accept life and am always safe

EYE STY: Looking at life through angry eyes. Angry at someone.
Affirmation: I choose to see everyone and everything with joy and love.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASE STARTING WITH F

FAINTING: Fear, can’t cope, blacking out what’s really going on.
Affirmation: I am strong and powerful and I have the knowledge and ability to handle everything in my life

FEET PROBLEMS: Fear of the future or not wanting to move forward.
Affirmation: I understand clearly and I am willing to change with the times. I am safe.

FEMALE PROBLEMS: Denial of the self and rejecting the feminine aspects within.
Affirmation:: I rejoice in the feminine. I love being a women and I love my body

FEVERS and INFECTIONS: Anger, burning up.
Affirmation: I am the cool, calm expression of peace and love

FIBROID’S: Nursing a hurt from a partner, a blow to the feminine ego
Affirmation: I release the pattern in me that attracted this experience. I create only good in my life.

FINGER (Thumb): Worry, always thinking. Being ‘under someone’s thumb’.
Affirmation: My mind is at peace

FINGER (Index): Fear of authority, or egotistical; abusing your authority.
Affirmation: I am secure

FLU: Responding to mass negativity. Putting too much faith in statistics.
Affirmation: I am beyond group beliefs or the calendar. I am free from all congestion and influence.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH G

GAS PAIN (Flatulence): Undigested ideas or concerns.
Affirmation: I relax and let life flow through me with ease.

GRAY HAIR: Stress, feeling under pressure and strain.
Affirmation: I am strong and capable. I am at peace and comfortable in every area of my life.

GUM PROBLEMS: Inability to back up decisions. Being wish-washy about life.
Affirmation: I am a decisive person. I follow through and support myself with love

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH H

HAND PROBLEMS: Grasping on to tight, not wanting to let go. Not ‘handling’ things well.
Affirmation: I choose to handle all my experiences with love and with joy and with ease.

HEADACHE: Self-criticism. Not wanting to accept what is going on.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I see myself and what I do with eyes of love. I am safe.

HEART ATTACK: Squeezing all the joy out of life, in favor of money or position.
Affirmation: I bring joy back to the center of my heart. I express love to all.

HEARTBURN (Re-flux): Clutching onto fear. Not trusting in the process of life.
Affirmation: I breathe freely and fully. I am safe. I trust the process of life.

HEART PROBLEMS: Lack of joy, dealing with issues from anger, not love.
Affirmation: My heart beats to the rhythm of love.

HEMORRHOIDS: Fear of deadlines. Afraid to let go and move on.
Affirmation: I release all that is unlike love. There is time and space for everything I want to do.

HERNIA: Ruptured relationships, feeling the burdens.
Affirmation: My mind is cleansed and free. I leave the past and move into the new. All is well.

HIP PROBLEMS: Fear of going forward in major decisions.
Affirmation: I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.

HIVES (rash or Urticaria): Small, hidden fears. Mountains out of molehills.
Affirmation: I bring peace to every corner of my life.

HYPERACTIVITY: Feeling pressured and frantic.
Affirmation: I am safe. All pressure dissolves. I AM good enough.

HYPERVENTILATION: Resisting change. Not being able to take it all in.
Affirmation: I am safe everywhere in the Universe. I love myself and trust the process of life.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH I

IMPOTENCE: Sexual guilt or pressure, feeling spite against a previous mate.
Affirmation: I now allow the full power of my sexuality to flow with ease and with joy.

INDIGESTION: Dread or anxiety about a recent or coming event.
Affirmation: I digest and assimilate all new experiences peacefully and joyously.

INFECTION: Irritation, anger or annoyance about a recent situation.
Affirmation: I choose to be peaceful and harmonious.

INSOMNIA: It is associated with feelings of fear and guilt and not trusting the process of life. Anxiety issues.
Affirmation: I lovingly release the day and slip into peaceful sleep, knowing tomorrow will take of itself.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH K

KIDNEY PROBLEMS: Criticism, disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a little kid.
Affirmation: [Divine] Right is always taking place in my life. Only good comes from each experience. It is safe to grow up.

KIDNEY STONES: Lumps of un-dissolved anger.
Affirmation: I dissolve all past problems with ease.

KNEE PROBLEMS:  Stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Inflexibility. Won’t give in.
Affirmation: Forgiveness. Understanding. Compassion. I bend, flow with ease & all is well.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH L

LARYNGITIS: Fear of speaking up.
Affirmation: I am flexible and flowing

LEFT SIDE OF BODY: The feminine side. Represents receptivity, taking in, women, mother, and love.
Affirmation: My feminine energy is beautifully balanced.

LEG PROBLEMS: Fear of the future, not being able to carry things forward.
Affirmation: I move forward with confidence and joy, knowing that all is well in my future.

LIVER PROBLEMS: (Hepatitis) Resistance to change. Fear, anger, and hatred. Liver is the seat of anger and rage.
Affirmation: My mind is cleansed & free. I leave the past & move into the new. All is well.

LUNG PROBLEMS: Depression, grief or fear of life. Not feeling worthy.
Affirmation: I have the capacity to take in the fullness of life. I lovingly live life to the full

LUPUS:  A giving up. Better to die than stand up for one’s self. Anger and punishment.
Affirmation: I speak up for myself freely and easily. I claim my own power. I love and approve of myself. I am free and safe.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH M

MENOPAUSE: Fear of no longer being wanted.
Affirmation: I am balanced and peaceful in all changes of cycles and know that I am loved.

MENTAL ALERTNESS & SENILITY: Returning to the “safety” of childhood. Demanding care and attention.
Affirmation: I am safe and life is peaceful. The intelligence of the Universe operates at every level of life.

MIGRAINE HEADACHE: Sexual fears, or fear of being close, letting someone in too close. Feeling driven or pressured.
Affirmation: I relax into the flow of life and let life provide all that I need easily and comfortably. I love Life!

MENSTRUAL IMBALANCE/PMS: Rejection of one’s femininity. Guilt or feeling “dirty”.
Affirmation: My bodily processes are a natural part of life. I love and approve of myself.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH N

NAUSEA: Fear, rejecting an idea or experience.
Affirmation: I am safe. I trust the process of life to bring only good to me.

NECK PROBLEMS: Refusing to see another’s side or position. Stubbornness. Who/what is being a pain in the neck?
Affirmation: It is in flexibility that I see.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH O

OSTEOPOROSIS: Feeling there is no support left in life.
Affirmation: I stand up for myself and Life supports me in unexpected, loving ways.

OVERWEIGHT: Fear, feeling a deep need for emotional protection. Running away from feelings, insecurity. Over sensitivity. Often represents fear and shows a need for protection. Fear may be a cover for hidden anger and a resistance to forgive. Running away from feelings. Insecurity, self-rejection and seeking fulfillment.

Weight issues at certain areas of Body:
–Arms: Anger at being denied love.
— Belly: Anger at being denied nourishment.
— Hips: Lumps of stubborn anger at the parents.
— Thighs: Packed childhood anger. Often rage at the father.

Affirmation: I am at peace with my own feelings. I am safe where I am. I create my own security. I love and approve of myself.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH P

PAIN: Self-punishment, feeling emotional guilt.
Affirmation: I lovingly release the past. They are free and I am free. All is well in my heart now.

PANCREAS: Represents the sweetness of life.

PANCREATITIS: Rejection. Anger and frustration because life seems to have lost its sweetness.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself and I alone create sweetness and joy in my life.

PARALYSIS: Fear, Terror. Escaping a situation or a person. Resistance.
Affirmation: I am one with all of life. I am safe and I behave totally adequate for all situations.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE: Fear and intense desire to control everything and everyone.
Affirmation: I relax knowing that I’m safe. Life is with me and I trust the process of life.

PEPTIC ULCER: Fear. A belief that you are not good enough. Anxious to please.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am at peace with myself. I am wonderful.

PHLEBITIS: Anger and frustration. Blaming others for the limitation and lack of joy in life.
Affirmation: Joy now flows freely within me and I am at peace with life.

PILES: See Hemorrhoids.

PETIT MAL: See Epilepsy.

PINK EYE: Anger and frustration. Not wanting to see.
Affirmation: I release the need to be right. I am at peace. I love and approve of myself.

PITUITARY GLAND: Represents the control centre.
Affirmation: My mind and body are in perfect balance.

PLANTAR WART: Anger at the very basis of your understanding. Spreading frustration about the future.
Affirmation: I move forward with confidence and ease. I trust and flow with the process of life.

PNEUMONIA: Desperate. Tired of life. Emotional wounds that are not allowed to heal.
Affirmation: I freely take in Divine ideas, which are filled with the breath and the intelligence of life. This is a new moment.

POLIO: Paralyzing jealousy. A desire to stop someone.
Affirmation: There is enough for everyone. I create my good and my freedom with loving thoughts.

POST NASAL DRIP: Inner crying. Childish tears. Victim.
Affirmation: I acknowledge and accept that I am the creative power in my world. I now choose to enjoy my life.

(P.M.S) POST MENSTRUAL SYNDROME: Allowing confusion to reign. Giving power to outside influences. Rejection of the feminine processes.
Affirmation: I now take charge of my mind and my life. I am powerful, dynamite woman. Every part of my body functions perfectly. I love me.

PSORIASIS: Fear of being hurt. Deadening the senses and the senses. Refusing to accept responsibility for our own feelings.
Affirmation: I am alive to the joys of living. I deserve and accept the very best in life. I love and approve of myself.

PROSTRATE: Represents the masculine principle.
Affirmation: I accept and rejoice in my masculinity

PROSTATE PROBLEMS: Mental fears weakening the masculinity. Sexual pressure and feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
Affirmation: I accept my own power. I embrace life and feel young in spirit. I love and approve of myself.

PUBIC BONE: Represents protection.

PUBIC HAIR: Represents both attraction and hiding. Neither children nor the elderly have pubic hair.

PYORRHOEA: Anger at the inability to make decisions. Wishy-washy people.
Affirmation:I approve of myself and my decisions are always perfect for me.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH Q

QUINSY: A strong belief that you cannot speak up for yourself and ask for your needs.
Affirmation: It is my birth right to have my needs met. I now ask for what I want with love and with ease.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH R

RABIES: Anger. A belief that violence is the answer.
Affirmation: I am surrounded indwelled with peace.

RECTUM: See Anus.

RASH: Irritation over delays. A babyish way to get attention.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am at peace with the process of life.

RESPIRATORY AILMENTS: Fear of taking in life fully.
Affirmation: I am safe. I love my life.

RHEUMATISM: Feeling victimised. Lack of love. Chronic bitterness. Resentment.
Affirmation: I create my own experiences. As I love and approve of myself and others, it gets better and better.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: Deep criticism of authority. Feeling very put upon.
Affirmation: I am my own authority. I love and approve of myself. Life is good.

RICKETS: Emotional malnutrition. Lack of love and security.
Affirmation: I am secured and nourished by the love of the Universe itself.

RIGHT SIDE OF BODY: Giving out, letting go, masculine energy, men, the father.
Affirmation: I balance my masculine energy easily and effortlessly.

RINGWORM: Allowing others to get under your skin. Not feeling good enough or clean enough.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. No person, place or thing has any power over me. I am free.

ROUND SHOULDERS: Carrying the burdens of life. Helpless and hopeless.
Affirmation: I stand up and free. I love and approve of myself. My life gets better everyday.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH S

SAGGING LINES: Sagging lines on face comes from sagging thoughts in the mind. Resentment of life.
Affirmation: I express the joy of living & allow myself to totally enjoy every moment of every day. I become young again.

SCABIES: Infected thinking. Allowing others to get under your skin.
Affirmation: I am the living, loving, joyous expression of life. I am on my own 2 feet.

SCIATICA: Being hypocritical. Fear of money & of the future.
Affirmation:: I move into my better mood. My good is everywhere and I am safe and secure.

SCOLIOSIS: See Round Shoulders

SCRATCHES: Feeling life tears at you, that life is a ripoff.
Affirmation:  I am grateful for my life’s generosity to me. I am blessed.

SEA SICKNESS: Fear. Fear of Death. Lack of control.
Affirmation: I am totally safe in the Universe. I am at peace everywhere. I trust life.

SENILITY: Returning to the so-called safety of childhood. Demanding care & attention. A form of control those around you. Escapism.
Affirmation: Divine protection. Safety. Peace. The intelligence of the Universe operates at every level of life.

SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA: A belief that one is not good enough that destroys the very joy of life.
Affirmation: The child lives and breathes the joy of life and is nourished by love. God works miracles everyday.

SEIZURES: Running away from the self, family or from life.
Affirmation: I am at home in the Universe. I am safe and secure and understood.

SHOULDERS: Are meant to carry joy not burdens.

SHOULDER PROBLEMS: Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Feeling like life is a burden.
Affirmation: I choose to allow all of my experiences to be joyous and loving.

SHINGLES: Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Fear & tension. Too sensitive.
Affirmation: I am relaxed & peaceful because I trust the process of life. All is well in my world.

SINUS PROBLEMS: Irritation to someone, usually someone close to you.
Affirmation: I choose to declare peace and harmony with all the individuals around me. I surround myself with love and goodwill.

SKIN:  Protects our individuality. A sense organ.

SKIN CONDITIONS: Anxiety, fear, feeling threatened. Old buried guck.
Affirmation: I lovingly protect myself with thoughts of joy and peace. The past is forgiven & forgotten. I am free in this moment.

SLIPPED DISK: Feeling unsupported in life.
Affirmation: Life supports all of my thoughts; therefore, I love and approve of myself and all is well.

SOLAR PLEXUS: Ignoring ‘gut reactions’, or your own intuitions.
Affirmation: I trust my inner voice. I am strong, wise and powerful.

SORE THROAT: Holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self.
Affirmation: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.

SNORING: Stubborn refusal to let go of old patterns.
Affirmation: I release all that is unlike love and joy in my mind. I move from the past into the new and fresh and vital.

SPASMS: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.
Affirmation: I release, I relax and let go. I am safe in life.

SPINE: Flexible support of life.
Affirmation: I am supported by life.

SPINAL CURVATURE: The inability to flow with the support of life. Fear and trying to hold onto new ideas. Distrusting life. Lack of integrity. No courage of convictions.
Affirmation: I release all fears. I now trust the process of life. I know that life is for me. I stand up for love.

SPLEEN: Obsessions. Being obsessed about things.
Affirmation: I love & approve of myself. I trust the process of life to be there for me. I am safe. All is well

SPRAINS: Anger & Resistance. Not wanting to move in a certain direction in life.
Affirmation: I trust the process of life to take me only to my highest good. I am at peace.

STERILITY: Fear & resistance to the process of life. Not needing to go through the parenting experience.
Affirmation: I trust in the process of life. I am always in the right place, doing the right thing at the right time. I love & approve of myself.

STIFFNESS: Rigid, stiff thinking.
Affirmation: I am safe enough to be flexible in my mind.

STIFF NECK: Un-bending bull-headedness
Affirmation: It is safe to see other viewpoints.

STOMACH: Holds nourishment. Digest ideas & feelings.
Affirmation: I digest life experiences with ease.

STOMACH and INTESTINAL PROBLEMS: Dread, fear of the new, or not feeling nourished.
Affirmation: Life agrees with me. I assimilate the new every moment of everyday. All is well. I relax and allow my mind to be peaceful.

STROKE: Insecurity, lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry.
Affirmation: Life is change, and I adapt easily to the new. I accept life – past, present and future.

STUTTERING: Insecurity. Lack of expression. Not being allowed to cry.
Affirmation: I am free to speak up fro myself. I am now secure in my own Expression. I only communicate with Love.

SWELLING: Being stuck in thinking. Clogged, painful ideas.
Affirmation: My thoughts flow freely & easily. I move through ideas with ease.

SYPHILIS: (SEE VENERAL DISEASE)

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH T

TAPEWORM: Strong belief in being a victim & unclean. Helpless to the seeming attitudes of others.
Affirmation: Others only reflect the good feelings I have about myself. I love & approve of all that I am.

TETANUS: A need to release angry festering thoughts.
Affirmation: I allow the love from my own heart to wash through me and cleanse and heal every part of my body & my emotions.

TEETH PROBLEMS: Being indecisive, not being able to break down ideas for analysis and decisions.
Affirmation: I make my decisions based on the principles of truth, and I rest assured knowing that only the right action is taking place in my life.

TINNITUS: Refusal to listen. Not hearing the inner voice. Stubbornness.
Affirmation: I trust my higher self. I listen with love to my inner voice. I release all that is not the action of love.

TESTICULAR PROBLEMS: Not accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within.
Affirmation: I am accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within me.

THROAT: Avenue of expression. Channel of Creativity.

THROAT PROBLEMS: The inability to speak up for oneself. Swallowed anger. Stifled creativity. Refusal to change.
Affirmation: Its okay to make noise. I express myself freely & joyously. I speak up for myself with ease. I express my creativity. I am willing to change.

THRUSH (VAGINAL INFECTION): Feeling sexually abused or exploited. Feelings of guilt, shame or repressed sexual feelings, or being intimate with the wrong person.
Affirmation: I let go off my past; I am free and feeling good about myself. I am doing right things at present.

THYROID PROBLEMS: Humiliation. Feeling repressed or put down. Feeling as if you never get to do what you want.
Affirmation: I move beyond old limitations and allow myself to express freely and creatively.

TONSILLITIES: Fear. Repressed emotions. Stifled Creativity.
Affirmation: My good now flows freely. Divine ideas express through me. I am at peace.

TOES: Represents the minor details of the future.
Affirmation: All details take care of themselves.

TUBERCULOSIS: Wasting away from selfishness. Possessive. Cruel thoughts. Revenge
Affirmation: As I love & approve of myself, I create a joyful, peaceful world to live in.

TUMORS: Nursing old hurts and shocks. Building on remorse.
Affirmation: I lovingly release the past and turn my attention to this new day.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH U

ULCERS: Fear, a strong belief that you are not good enough. “What is eating away at you?”
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am at peace. I am calm.

URINARY PROBLEMS: Feeling pissed off! Usually at the opposite sex or lover.
Affirmation: I release the pattern in my consciousness that created this condition. I am willing to change. I love and approve of myself.

UTERUS:  Represents the home of creativity.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH V

VAGINITIS: Anger at mate. Sexual guilt. Punishing the self.
Affirmation: Others mirror the love and self-approval I have for myself. I rejoice in my sexuality.

VARICOSE VEINS: Standing in a situation you hate. Feeling over worked and over burdened.
Affirmation: I stand in truth and live and move in joy. I love life, and circulate freely.

VENERAL DISEASE: Sexual guilt. Need for punishment. Belief that the genitals are sinful or dirty.
Affirmation: I loving & joyously accept my sexuality & its expression.

VERTIGO: Flighty, Scattered thinking. A refusal to look.
Affirmation: I am deeply centered and peaceful in life. I am safe for me to be alive and joyous.

VITILIGO: Not belonging. Feeling completely outside of things. Not one of the group.
Affirmation: I am the very center of life and I am totally connected in love.

VULVA: Represents vulnerability.

EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF DISEASES STARTING WITH W

WARTS: Little expression of hate. Belief in ugliness.
Affirmation: I am the love and the beauty of life in full expression.

WISDOM TOOTH IMPACTED: Not giving mental space to create a firm foundation.
Affirmation: I open my consciousness to the expansion of life. There is plenty of space for me to grow and change.

WRIST: Represents movements and ease.
Affirmation: I handle all my experiences with wisdom, with love and ease.

I hope that this list of emotional sources of disease helps you. Low-frequency emotions are the primary way that we weaken our energetic field, lowering our immune system such that disease states may develop.  If you look within, you will discover that your inner voice and feelings hold some of the answers to healing the physical body. Better understanding our emotions and knowing how to express them safely helps you to align with healthier outcomes.  This list is based on the work of Louise Hay and featured in her book, Heal Your Body.

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What is Brainspotting?

“Where you look, affects how you feel. If something is bothering you, how you feel about it will literally change on whether you look off to your right or your left. Our eyes and brains are intricately woven together, and vision is the primary way that we, as humans, orient ourselves to our environment. Signals sent from our eyes are deeply processed in the brain. The brain then reflexively and intuitively redirects where we look, moment to moment. The brain is an incredible processing machine that digests and organises everything we experience. Trauma can overwhelm the brain’s processing capacity, leaving behind pieces of trauma, frozen in an unprocessed state. Brainspotting uses our field of vision to find where we are holding these traumas in our brain. Just as the eyes naturally scan the outside environment for information, they can also be used to scan our inside environments – our brains – for information. Brainspotting uses the visual field to turn the “scanner” back on itself and guide the brain to find the lost internal information. By keeping the gaze focused on the specific external spot, we maintain the brain’s focus on the specific internal spot where trauma is stored, in order to promote the deep processing that leads to the trauma’s release and resolution.”

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I discovered brainspotting because I was curious about the psychology development courses offered by the British Psychological Society in UK and wanted to register as a psychologist with them. Brainspotting is a new therapy focused on the movement of the eyes and the gaze that stops in a specific point which heals the trauma experiences, releasing the unprocessed thoughts about it or the information received at that point in time, when trauma occurred. I have always been extremely passionate about new therapies and new ways of working within the field of psychology so I looked further into it. Brainspotting was actually discovered and branded, if I can say that, by Dr. David Grand who was working with a client of his using the Natural Flow EMDR therapeutic approach. In this type of therapy the client is guided to uncritically observe, step by step, what they experience, including memories, thoughts, emotions or sensations in their body and EDMR uses left-right eyes movements to stimulate the opposite hemispheres of the brain, back and forth. While working with that, Dr. David Grand observed that there were various and different rapid eye movements when the client would gaze at a specific spot. He used a pointer to direct the clients’ gaze and asked them to tell him how they felt. After trying on the approach with many of his clients, he realised a new therapy must emerge. I then looked into ways of reading more about it, and naturally I bought his book, “Brainspotting, the revolutionary new therapy for rapid and effective change”. Even though the book came to the market in 2013, I was not aware of this new discovery and reading more about it, testing it myself and also taking on an online course, made me want to share this with you. This is a type of therapy that go beyond the mind to gain direct access to the brain. Brainspotting is build on a model where the therapist simultaneously attunes to the client and the client’s brain processes.

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“Eye positions correlate to our own internal body experience and our psychology is expressed by the deepest parts of our brains and bodies: our reflexes. The brain is the ultimate scanner. monitoring every cell in the body, as well as itself, on a 24/7 basis. Any type of injury is both physical and psychological trauma to the nervous system and so they become inexorably intertwined. The healing process of Brainspotting is a creative one, and it can unleash and expand creativity in artists. Because it works simultaneously with the right brain and the left brain, it both mirrors and integrates the neural art and science. It is exactly like this – where you look affects how you feel.”

I have taken the Brainspotting online course on udemy, and if you want to discover more about this type of therapy, I would highly recommend to get an idea of what it means and try it for yourself with the exercises in this mini-course, because you can also do brainspotting on yourself too. However, the type of brainspotting you can do yourself would need to be focused on work related tasks, creativity, performance and overall well being as deep traumas would require a specialist for guidance and proper brainspotting therapy.

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Whenever I read about brainspotting initially my mind went to the thought that I have no traumas, this is not something I may be interested in, because I am more focused on self care, mindfulness and positive psychology, work psychology etc. However, that was a wrong way of thinking, a misconception. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. This means that there are specific stimuli that may stress me and others which may impact your nerves, depending on the subject’s internal responses, adjustments to external situations and experiences. I wrote a bit more about it on medium blog, here.

Do you have an interest in Psychology, Therapy or anything related to Well Being, Self Care and Help and Mindfulness? I would love to know in the comments down below! 

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1 Year of intermittent Intermittent Fasting

No, no, it’s not a misspelling. This is all about my 1 year experience of intermittently doing intermittent fasting. Last year in the beginning of May, I came across some information about fasting on YouTube. I knew a bit about fasting and what it does and what it means to the body from the religious point of view. Yes, and the food you are supposed to eat and not eat during the fasting period. However, intermittent fasting was something new to me at the time. At least the concept or the name given, because in a way I had been practising it when I was younger before going to uni.

What is intermittent fasting? It’s the same question I asked myself. It is a regular fasting by which you eat in a specific eating window daily, letting your digestive system to breathe for 16-18 hours per day. During those 16-18 hours (or a bit less, if you are just starting, let’s say 12-14 hours) you do not eat anything. You just drink water, tea or coffee (with no sugar or milk). Because I was hooked with the idea of cleansing the body and having a better digestion and charmed by the release of the growth hormone that occurs during the fasting period and its wonderful anti-aging effects, I jumped onto it. From eating all day long, every 2 hours for 16 hours a day, I moved in one night to eating 2 times a day during 8 hours. The opposite of what I was doing up until that point. I had no issues in adjusting to the schedule of eating. In fact, because I was expecting to experience the hunger effect in the morning, I went on with the expectation that I will be feeling hungry, but I will drink more tea. Clean even more my body. It was very easy to me to do it. Contrary to what I expected it to be, a bit harsh, not very easy to adapt but it will be worthwhile, it was extremely smooth in my experience. Probably because I wanted it to work so much. I was enthusiastic about my discovery and about Dr. Berg’s YouTube Channel. It was also Kinobody Channel that I discovered and a few others after digging more, Thomas DeLauer (who is more into ketosis) and at the time, I was watching Jon Venus for a while also, and realised that he had a video on fasting a while ago too, but at the time, it did not click anything in my head. Probably because I was associating fasting with something radical and too sudden, like dry fasting or religious fasting as it is in my religion. So, researching more and more with each day I was fasting, I realised how natural it comes to me to do it, but at the same time, was doing some exercises because I wanted to tone up my body. Kinobody entered my frequency for that scope. Little by little, I learned more about the process and realised the deep changes that were taking place inside and outside my body. The first week went off quite fast. And because I was pleased with the easiness of it all, the flow of the experience, it’s probably why I carried on. The first few days, the first main difference occurred.

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I realised just how much clearer and focused I was compared to the times of the past when I would eat every 2 hours to have energy and enough drive to go through the day, to cope with the multitude of tasks and customers over the phone in a very demanding and challenging fraud department of a call centre. I realised just how my concentration improved, I was able to deal with the situation so much smoother and I had a better mood overall to deal with stress. I believed that you need sugar and glucose in your blood and brain to have energy. I was so wrong. You need the lack of that to be focused. To have determination. Perseverance. To avoid procrastination and to be dynamic and energetic. 

Intermittent fasting made me realise just how much I was addicted to food, and sweets to believe that I needed it to go through the day. To actually work well. My brain was foggy and addicted to food. I was eating every 2 hours because that’s what some doctors and health specialists recommend, to eat often and less. But that triggers your insulin levels every 2 hours. Those mood swings? That insulin going up and down every time you eat was the main reason I had mood swings. And they were powerful, I was so mad, angry and upset on myself for my job. I hated my job. I thought that the reason I felt so up and down was the work I was doing. Maybe it played a part too, but then, how come after this intermittent fasting, the game changed completely? Little by little, I realised it was not the job itself. It was my lack of focus, my lack of presence in dealing with the tasks and customers situations was the reason I felt I did not enjoy what I was doing. I was caught in a carousel of emotions every minute because my brain needed more sugar to have the energy necessary to deal with frustrations, stress and challenges, and deadlines and timescales. I believed you need energy to cope with a demanding job. I was wrong. What you need is focus, a clear head and a peaceful mind. Those mood swings caused by this insulin swing and insulin resistance were not making me feel at peace. My mind was scattered in thousands of directions and I could not focus on one thing, because I did not wish to focus on what thing. I was actually wanting to deal with the feelings I had at the time. Those feelings of frustrations and feeling stressed, overwhelmed, annoyed with customers and annoyed with life for being forced to have that type of job (which I still do, but I have a so much better, peaceful and mindful approach towards). I had my brain injected with poison every day, every single hour and my brain only wanted the sugary thing. My brain could not focus on the task at hand. It had to deal with its addiction. I, on the other hand, had to deal with my brain addiction and its lack of focus to cope with my job. I was torn apart because I was upset on myself for not being able to cope with the chocolate addiction and for not being able to handle my job fulfilment. Too many emotions. So much chocolate drama. Food drama. I was constantly thinking at my next break and what to eat. I was always thinking of food and what I could eat. All the time, my brain and my mind were located in the food paradise. It is overwhelming for the conscious mind. It was not sustainable and anyone reading this, understanding what I say, feeling alike or glimpsing, yeah, it kind of feels like me, my God, you have no idea that life does not need to be like that.

Intermittent fasting has changed my life. I have also learned lots of stuff about health and mostly about myself and about my mind. Not my brain. My brain does what my mind tells him. The brain is an engine that we need to use for our mind’s use. It’s not the other way around, as most of the people live by, and as I lived by not long ago.

After the first month of intermittent fasting, I lost my period. I lost it for around 2 months, and then freaked out and stopped the 16-18 hours of fast. Went back to eating around 3-4 meals a day without skipping breakfast, but this time, it was different. Eating regularly felt different. I was more aware of what I was experiencing when I wanted to eat something in particular. Especially if the food desired was chocolate. I knew I was craving that because I felt unloved. I felt unfulfilled professionally. I felt I was not using my gifts or my talents and I would need sugar to compensate me for my failures. It was as if my brain was telling me, but you have this, eat this now and you will feel better, you’ll see, life is better after something sweet, life is sweeter after sweets. I realised I was not my brain nor my mind. I was more than that and I was not a reflection of what I felt I should eat. I understood the differences between what my brain is, what my mind is, and what my consciousness and spirituality is. I felt free of the burden of my brain addicted to food and free from thinking all day long of food. I felt free to actually focus on what I had to focus on. Things were so much clearer in my head and they transpired in my work. I was getting better at focusing at my day to day role. I felt less the stress that a couple of months ago I was experiencing. I was more at peace with myself. This was such a great realisation to me. Like an epiphany. Something like, so that’s why this happened. So that’s why I was doing that. It was like suddenly knowing something.

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My chocolate cravings diminished hugely during and after the intermittent fasting period. I went on after the 2 months intermittent fasting to a one month let’s say normal eating, but I was still eating in a eating frame window of around 12 hours. I was letting more time between meals before jumping to another one and I felt less and less the need to eat every 3 hours. I felt relieved. I mean, if this is what rehabilitated people from drugs or alcohol feel, I do understand why they would fell off track. It’s the emotional side of the addiction that needs cure, not the biological one. It’s very easy to make your brain understand it does not need something you are addicted to, but it is hard and it takes time to make your heart understand a trauma or an emotional conflict and how to overcome it correctly without the involvement of addictive substances. Because sugar is a substance if you did not know. A toxic one. It’s poison. POISON. TOXIC. Then during that time, my period came back. So I decided to adjust my fasting window to one more hour. But it turned out it was actually 15-16 hours, it’s just that I did not realise how easy it was for me to forget I needed food. I was not feeling hungry and when I was eating I was enjoying food SO MUCH MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. I could sense and taste more. My experience with food not only changed but improved in terms of sensations. It’s weird. I realised I was actually doing intermittent fasting without knowing in early November. I think I had a flu or something because in November my period did not come. But at that point I was not as concerned as I was in the first month. Because by that time I thought I just need to stop this for 2 weeks and it will flow again. Which it did. but then, I met a health consultant and I realised just how wrongly I had been eating all that time. Even though my sweet cravings have diminished a lot and the sweets that I was eating were more natural or better, and I was anyway and still am into organic food and wholefoods, I was making mistakes which I hope you will not do. Eating sweets after main meals, no matter what label of natural and better for you they have, is still sugar and sugar combined with any other food is alcohol to the liver. It’s more than sugar toxicity. It’s damaging for the liver, especially in the long term. The second mistake was that I was not consuming enough of greens, I was eating vegetables and I love them, but I enjoy more peppers and tomatoes and radishes and onions. I love onions. Very little greens like salads, kale or spinach. And that’s a huge mistake on a ketosis (high protein diet or lifestyle) or an intermittent fasting lifestyle. When you fast, the body releases lots of toxins from the body and they go through the liver to be cleaned out of the blood and the body. Not having enough of greens and its nutrients an other chemicals that help the liver to stream them out of the body is quite heavy for the liver. It’s like unpaid overtime. After a while, the performance will diminish. Why bother when there is no pay? I stopped that non-sense I would say in time. But that does not mean that the years before that, when I would eat a bit of desert after each meal, which is like alcohol after every single meal for more than 10 years-15 years, have not marked some difficulties for my liver to clean myself and itself. If the liver cannot heal itself through the greens we consume, then it won’t have the capacity to clean toxins and waste from our bodies. And that’s when I finally understood why parents said to us when we were young that we must consume vegetables and we must eat our greens. They must have heard it from their parents too and maybe in the past it was simply put out as for health benefits because vegetables have lots of nutrients and vitamins. But the reason we need it, is because those vitamins and nutrients help us live. If our liver would not perform as it’s supposed and expected to, then it would not have much life, and neither would we.

So, bottom line, eat your greens daily. In November last year, I did change a bit my lifestyle and my intermittent fasting became even more drastic. I stopped eating sugar. Little by little, I had since December last year to April this year a sugar free diet or lifestyle. And it felt amazing. I did lose a lot of weight (2 kg for me, being quite skinny, is a lot) mainly because I stopped consuming those foods which were high in sugar and hidden sugars and because sweets were expelled for a while from my diet. I talked about my sugar free experience in this post here, if you are curious how that made me feel and what I learned from that.

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The reason I called this post intermittent intermittent fasting is because my whole year was intermittently an intermittent fasting. I had 16-18 hours of fast. I had 12-14 hours of fast and also I had 10 hours of fast. But I did not once had a fast lower than 10 hours. In the last month, being April at the time of this post, I had intermittent fasting for around 12-14 hours. Which seems to work best for me now. And I started including a bit of sugar too. The recommended sugar per day should be 20 grams max. If you take a look at a package of biscuits you will realise, the whole package if eaten, and most of the times, by most people it is, it contains 40-60 grams of sugar. Can you imagine how much toxicity is in your body if only one package of biscuits has that amount and you would consume your coffee with sugar, you have a fruit yogurt or you eat a piece of cake as desert? And that’s without counting the hidden sugar in bread, sometimes meat, precooked meals etc. It’s unbelievable.

When I started intermittent fasting, I did not want it to lose weight. I am skinny anyway and always have been. I was interested in the long term benefits such as anti aging effects due to release of the growth hormone, no more insulin resistance, detoxifying my body naturally, better focus, improved sleep. I actually forgot to mention this, but I experienced a diminished need for sleep. And when it comes to sleep I am a koala bear. I would sleep A LOT. This aspect changed since doing IF. I am not needing to have 10 hours of sleep. I am able to cope just above fine with 7-8 hours. Which is an extra benefit to me. I am no longer tired and dreading to wake up in the morning. The attitude towards that changed also probably because my moods are now constant. And not up and down. I have lost weight even though my purpose was not that, but I am comfortable getting it back too, I would simply need to switch off the IF for a couple of months and eat regularly like 4 times a day. I noticed that when I was fasting and training I had seen an improvement in my muscles, in the sense that I was a difference before when exercising and not doing IF and after. It was more vivid the change. IF also is said to actually maintain your muscles and contrary to the believes that if you do not eat, your muscles will lose their weight. Actually, that happens when you are starving, but during IF you are not starving, you simply are not hungry because your body naturally does its job and it provides the energy it needs from the fat stored in your body, without the need to ask your brain to manipulate you into giving a treat. Cause, we are not dogs, are we?

In conclusion, my intermittent fasting thought me the following 5 important things:

  • I am not my brain and its thoughts. I am consciousness and I am human.
  • Mindfulness is very powerful and you understand it better through intermittent fasting, being much capable of practising it in other areas after an IF experience
  • Your focus is on your food or on your present moment. It’s one of the two. If you are not experiencing the present moment, it’s because you have a food addiction and an insulin resistance issue.
  • Peace truly comes from within. I have found peace and the opposite of this peace is called insulin resistance and its twisted mood swings and impulsive actions and consequences.
  • Do not underestimate your brain nor its power to dominate you. You have no idea how clever you are. You sabotage yourself daily and you don’t even know that it’s your brain doing it to you, because it’s the brain controlling you instead of you controlling your brain. And it’s really not that hard to manage it.

Intermittent fasting is part of my lifestyle now, I am also considering ketosis, however that is something that in my opinion should be tried out a couple of times during the year, like a couple of months. Do more research into that. Do lots of research into intermittent fasting if you are going to try it out. Do not jump into an 18 hours fasting period because, even though at first I thought it was easy, it was not easy to my body, my period disappeared. A hormonal imbalance does not equal health. Do it gradually, from 9 hours of fasting to 10 and so on. I am now doing 12 hours simply because my body is a machine. It serves me, but I need to take care of it. Sometimes you take your car to repairs. Sometimes you need to be loose. Experiment with balance. This is what I want to do. Not too much of anything but not too little either. A bit of everything in equal parts. Intermittently.

That’s how life is. Intermittent times of great fulfilment and deep mad disappointments. What we need, is to learn to jog with the two and bring the positives from a negative experience and think of the bad things in a good thing. Insulin resistance should be stopped in emotional situations too. Going from high to low is devastating and rising from low to high can be to euphoric sometimes and too much adrenaline may cause issues. Equilibrium. Intermittent equilibrium.

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What I learned from my sugar free experience

Last November I had an encounter with a health consultant and something simply clicked in my head with regards to sugar and sweets. The health consultant was mentioning about specific foods which should not be consumed as per my blood type, if I remember correctly. We were discussing the fact that I don’t cope very well, well not me, but my body, does not cope very well with dairy. Particularly milk. We went on to discuss about the fact that dairy should not be consumed with anything else. At that point in time, I already had enough info about certain food combinations, but for some reason, dairy was never something that I considered that much, probably because I do not really eat dairy on a daily basis and when I do consume it, I am very particular about what I can eat because over the years I have learned how to listen to my body and its reactions to what I put in it. And, maybe because I am not that much into dairy, that I never really put that much effort into it, as the only thing that I would eat would be butter, meaning on a regular basis. And, it got to that point that this health consultant said to me that dairy products are not to be eaten with anything else as they digest very slow or cannot be digested if mixed up with anything else. Not sure how the conversation went to sweets, well, I do, it’s because I used to have a strong addiction towards chocolate, and he mentioned that sugar consumed with any other type of food ferments in the stomach, causing indigestion and moreover, alcohol. Oh, wait, I remember, it’s because I had done some analysis for my liver.

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And my liver came back as if I was a bit of an alcoholic. But I am a particular alcoholic. The last time I remember having a sip of wine was ages ago. I don’t even drink on New Years Eve or on any special occasions, not because I have something against it, but because it is extremely dehydrating to the body and of course, because I do not wish to put my liver to do overtime. It’s not like it pays off. If you get the joke. My liver does enough of taking care of that huge amount of sweets I used to do. And it does a lot now, trying to clean up the mess left behind from more than 30 years with that lifestyle. So, when I heard that my liver believes I am an alcoholic, a little light popped up around my senses as if it was the emergency line screaming OMG. But, why? It turns out my sweet tooth is the culprit. So, naturally, it determined me to stop even more the cravings. I was already doing intermittent fasting, and my sweet tooth already was vastly diminished to what it compared to be, and was already switching to more so believed at the time “natural” and “organic” sweets. But that is still sugar. No matter what other beautiful or green label you add to sugar, that is still sugar and it will behave in your body the same way a non organic sweet or an artificial sweet would do. Sugar is the most toxic thing ever invented and we consume it daily. The sugar was transforming me into an alcoholic. I care about my liver very much. My liver is very important to me. We have a strong connection, I mean, it cleans my body of harmful things I eat and it is the most important organ in the body, having to deal with producing protein, breaking down old and damaged blood cells, breaks down the fats and produces energy. You name it. It is a detoxifying organ as well and it metabolizes drugs. No, not that kind of drugs. The medicines or supplements we take. How can I not be careful with it?

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I did not stop sugar right away as with my addiction, I would have probably went into chocolate withdrawal. I ate less and less every day and payed more attention to the sugar and how I felt about it, I was becoming more mindful around my thoughts about sugar and sweets. After around 2 weeks, I completely gave up pastry, cookies, biscuits, sweets, organic sweets, natural sweets, or fruits in high amounts of fructose. I was not consuming sodas or any other things like that anyway, when I was drinking my tea, it was without sugar and I rarely have coffee, like once in a couple of years. It was especially hard the first few days but then, the more time passed, the better I felt and I realised how free I had come to become. Free from the prison my brain crayoned for me, telling me, I need a bit of sugar to deal with this, I need a bit of sugar to care for myself, to love myself, I need a bit of chocolate, my brain is foggy. It was foggy because it was too much sugar. Not because it was too little of it. I had become free of the thought what type of organic natural chocolate to buy,  or when should I eat that piece of chocolate, or when is the next break to have a sweet snack to cope with today? Free from drama. Free from chocolate drama and all its aftermath: OMG, I ate so much, OMG I am fat, OMG cellulite. ETC.

I have been sugar free for around 4 months. I have to say it was amazing. I am back on sugar now, but do not imagine I went into a sugar free type of an experience for a detox period (even though I know this is how it may sound like), I wanted to do this to stop having days in which everything I ate was sugary no matter if that was gluten free and organic. Due to this, I am able to control my urges far better than before and that’s because I am more mindful of the sugar and its consequences and of the brain’s addiction or maybe of my brain’s lack of something and I start analysing what is making me feel this need of sugar. During these 4 months of sugar free, I realised that whenever I was craving sweets, it was not because I was in the mood for something sweet, which was what my brain was manipulating me into believing, as the brain was manipulated by the toxin called sugar, it was because there was 1 possibility out of 3 options: 

  • -emotional lack of some sort of a feeling, usually not feeling loved or lack of perception of love
  • -being bored and my brain needing something to get it stimulated
  • -inertia from past habits to have something sweet or social copy paste of some sort (if a colleague was having a snack, the habit of eating snacks together, or even by myself, as a form of caring for myself, you know, the idea that you need time for yourself and you would treat yourself with something to enjoy the experience more, to carpe diem shit, but this time, really harmfully twisted, it’s like a sort of live today to die tomorrow)

Sugar when consumed with bread, dairy, pastries, meat, eggs, ANY TYPE OF FOOD, it converts in alcohol in the liver. ALCOHOL. Eating daily like this will more than likely bring health issues and I bet that if you also consume alcohol regularly, it will be even more harmful. Sugar is dangerous. It’s an assumed type of danger we all take, a risk if you want. But with all risks, we need to take precautions. The precaution in the case of sugar is to eat less, consume it mindfully and understand that it is a toxin. It’s toxic. No matter what your brain is telling you now, because it’s actually the brain that is addicted rather than your body, and your brain is confused, it is toxic and you must engrave that in your brain. You must associate sugary things with toxicity. And not just any type of toxicity, it’s the type that will kill you for sure, but obviously, slowly, so that you won’t know it was its fault. 

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To stop your sugar addiction, I recommend watching the documentary That sugar Film. It will bring a bit more clarity to your confused brain. And I am sorry if I am a bit harsh. So, is sugar. Harsh, but sweet. I can be sweet too. And tell you that you can do it like I do, consume maximum 20 grams of sugar per day. Even though I do make sure I have lots of days from the 7 days per week, sugar free. And by sugar free I mean free from the artificial sugar, and the hidden sugar. There is a lot of sugar in bread, in salami, in hummus, in milk, in pre-packaged food, in yogurt. I cannot think of anything else now, not because there would not be a zillion other products that have sugar, but because I stopped consuming lots of them, and I cannot name any now, since they’re not on my radar. I should have written this when I still did have them popping my brain each time I was hungry. Months ago.

If you do eat bread, ham, salami, pre-packaged food, lots of sandwiches, Subways, or Macs or whatever else you have, let me tell you something, you are consuming sugar. Sugar is also a great so-called “natural” preservative. You can find it in canned foods. Everywhere. It’s everywhere. It’s really everywhere. It’s very, very hard to actually find something with no sugar. Maybe those food products on which it is especially written SUGAR FREE. And most of the times, some of those, do have sugar, but it has the scientific name of other type of sugar: xylitol, corn syrup, inverted corn syrup, maize syrup, and all sorts of other chemical artificial sugars. It’s still sugar. This even worse, as it is more chemical. You really have no idea what you put in your body. Then you wonder, why you are sick, why you gained weight, why you are not losing the weight, why you’re moody. Why. Why. Why. Lots of whys. Because the answer is SUGAR. If food is the main culprit of all diseases, then by logic, since all food contains sugar, and sugar is toxic, sugar is the main culprit of all diseases. Remove sugar and you will gain clarity of thought and of body weight. You will be healthier than ever before. Sugar and sweets is so toxic that the body needs to take the vitamins and minerals and nutrients to actually clean up the body from the toxic waste it leaves. By using our vitamins and nutrients to remove the sugar, we are left with no vitamins and nutrients for our main organs so that our bodies can show health. That’s how harsh sugar is. The sweeter it is, the more it endangers your health. 

Sugar free means health. Clarity of thought. Clarity of moods. Less ups and downs in happiness and sadness. More mindfulness. Sugar free comes with a better understanding of one’s self. With a deeper meaning and a greater comprehension around the brain and the differences between the brain and the mind and the consciousness. You will realise you are more peaceful when you are sugar free and the one thing that will probably remain the rest of your life after a sugar free experience or treatment or detox, whatever you want to name it, is the blunt fact that you do not think all the time about food and you are not the food you eat, not in that sense, that what you eat is what you look like. You are not defined by food. You do not live to eat. You eat to be able to live. See the difference. Better, taste the difference with your own sugar free experience. I dare you! 

And if you did do it, let me know in the comments below, I am interested in how you feel or have felt 🙂

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Proper food combining basics for optimal health

It’s not enough to eat healthy and avoid sugars or processed foods to say you are leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s not enough to also just be vegan. It’s not even enough to eat organic. None of that really matters or works for your optimal health unless you properly combine foods and learn which foods combine with what. Proper food combination basics will be covered in this blog post. To find out how to actually maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle, please read on!

6 years ago I discovered through a book the food combining principles and since then I was hooked and tried to eat as much as possible in accordance to what the principles stated. To understand the food combining principles you need to understand the categories of food, because each category of food can get combined or not with the other one. There are several classifications but to make it simple, as this is about the basics of food combining, this is what food is categorised into:

Carbohydrates (mainly containing bread, grains, pasta, starch, sugars) 

  • Starches: bananas, potatoes, all pasta product, rice, breads, cakes, pies, refined cereals etc
  • Sugars: whole, brown and raw cane sugar, fructose, honey, maple syrup, dried sweet fruits (dates, raisins, figs, prunes)

Protein (made up of light and concentrated protein) 

  • Light protein: nuts (almonds, cashew, hazel, hickory, peanuts, gooseberry, pecans, pistachio, soy, walnuts), seeds (sunflower, pine), peas, beans, lentils, coconuts, avocados (although some would class this as FAT)
  • Concentrated protein (meat, fish, fowl, eggs, milk, cheese, although milk and cheese also enter the DAIRY category)

Fat (animal and vegetable oils) 

  • Animal fat: butter, cream, lard, tallow, fatty meats
  • Vegetable fat: olive, soy bean, sunflower seed, sesame, safflower corn and ALL NUT OILS

Vegetables (starchy and non starchy vegetables) 

  • Starchy: acorn and butternut squash, lima beans, peas, corn, water chestnuts, artichokes, potatoes
  • Non-starchy vegetables: bamboo shoots, broccoli, brussel sprouts, romaine, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber, eggplant, endive, kale, lettuce (boston, bibb, leaf, romaine), parsnip, pepper (sweet), sprouts (mung bean, wheat, barley) turnip

Fruits (acid, sub-acid and sweet and melons) 

  • Acid fruits: currant, grapefruit, guava, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberry, tamarind, tangerine, TOMATO

Acid fruits also include VINEGAR 

  • Sub acid fruits: apple, apricot, blackberry, cherimoya, cherry, elderberry, gooseberry, grape, huckleberry, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, quince, raspberry, sapodilla
  • Sweet fruits: banana, carob, date, fig, prune, raisins, dried fruits, persimmon, mango, papaya, sapote
  • Melons: banana melon, cantaloupe, casaba, Christmas melon, Persian melon, Crenshaw melon, watermelon, honeydew melon, muskmelon, nutmeg melon

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Now, all these may seem a bit confusing, especially when at a first glance you spot some foods belonging to more than one category. But it is actually not that difficult to comprehend why they belong into various categories. First of all, all foods have protein and carbs but some have a higher percentage of one or the other and based on that they belong to a different category. As an example and maybe also an exception, peanuts, lentils and all cereals are considered as protein and starch combinations. However, peanuts and lentils when you prepare them to eat, they are going to be PROTEIN. Cereals will always be carbs because of what our bodies do with it when we eat them. You will also notice that banana is a sweet fruit and also a starch (carbohydrate) and that’s because being a sweet fruit it has a lot of carbs. It is considered a sweet fruit, and because it is so sweet it is a carb, because of the amount of fructose it contains. The same goes for dates and figs and all dried fruits, that are sweet fruits yet also classify themselves as sugars, again, because of the amount of sugar contained through its natural form in the fruit, fructose, it is a carbohydrate because of it. Again, potatoes are vegetables but because of the amount of starch, they also fall under the starches (carbohydrates) category more being better combined with other vegetables and not with protein.

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And this is how we reach the food combining principles. There are 9 RULES to properly combining food and the reason we apply and we must start to obey them is because different foods activate different enzymes in the body. Different enzymes in the body mean that the food is digested easier, faster or slower, harder. For this reason, we always want to eat first the fruits as they are digested within 40 minutes maximum. And we always eat fruits on an empty stomach. We also never combine fruits with anything else apart from vegetables (and we exclude potatoes from ever being combined to fruits, as potatoes are actually carbs as discussed above) Why do we need to combine foods? To properly digest the food we eat. And why do we need that? Because that’s the only way the food nutrients can end up enhancing, boosting and maintaining our optimal health levels. That’s how we do not get sick. That’s how we have maximum of energy. That’s how we properly enjoy food and we properly fuel our bodies to take us where we want to go. Now, the main thing about digestion is that to actually happen we need a specific type of acidity or alkalinity environment to our stomach and that’s because a certain type of environment is needed to be able to break the food and get the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and all the good stuff out and into our cells. So that this can occur in our stomach and in our intestines we must eat certain foods with certain foods. These are the rules of food combining:

  1. We never combine carbohydrates with carbohydrates (as an example would be bananas with oats, dried fruits with cereals, rice with syrup, sugars with cereals, jam on bread, bread with honey, you get the point)
  2. We never combine carbohydrates with acid fruits (as an example tomatoes with rice or any other cereals, lime or lemons with rice, vinegar in rice, tomatoes with bread etc)
  3. We never combine carbohydrates with protein (WE SHOULD NEVER EAT rice with chicken, rice with meat, with fish, with eggs, with dairy products as cheese, cheddar, we SHOULD NEVER EAT any cereals or bread or pasta with any type of protein no matter if it is light or concentrated, therefore cereals with nuts and seeds it is not properly digested)
  4. We never combine carbohydrate with sugars (never – this will trigger your insulin resistance, this is a calorie bomb too, it is a lot of toxicity for the body to work with, as sugar is TOXIC)
  5. We never combine protein and acid fruits (meaning as an example fish and lemons, tomatoes and meat, tomatoes and eggs, milk and dairy products with strawberry, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, guava, currants)
  6. We never combine protein with another protein (fish and eggs, meat and eggs, eggs and dairy, cheese, cheese and meat, nuts and seeds with eggs or fish or other type of meat)
  7. We never combine protein and fat (butter, cream, oils with meat, eggs, cheese etc)
  8. We never combine melons with anything else. They must be eaten on their own on an empty stomach.
  9. We NEVER combine MILK or MILK PRODUCTS (DAIRY) WITH ANY OTHER PRODUCTS (so milk or yogurt and cereals and fruits, it’s a NO NO)

And you might wonder and ask in total confusion Then, what can I eat? 

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Proper food combinations that are beneficial to our health include vegetables with any kind of other food category. You can have vegetables with carbohydrates, with protein and with fruits. They go with everything. You can have fats with carbohydrates such as butter, oils with cereals, pasta, bread. You can have protein with vegetables. This is how we should actually have protein in our bodies to properly be digested. Concentrated protein must always be eaten in combination with vegetables because protein has other harmful substances that go through out liver and to properly clean that out, we need green vegetables (and lots of it) to be able to have a functional cleansed (all the time) liver.

I mean when you look at all the food combination basics, you will think a)this is non-sense, there is not much I can eat (yes, you can, you simply need to re-arrange the foods you eat) b)if this is the correct way, why is it that everyone on the planet does not eat like this (because as with lots of other things, we are made believe that this is the right way, society, our grandparents, parents, school, so called doctors that are actually thought in their studies how to treat and not how to prevent and so on; I bet rich healthy people do not eat the junk food we all eat, and would most likely have access to the best of the best, including information which in turn transforms people, and this food combining principles should transform yours too, in a very good way!) c)but I have no digestion issues (you might not experience this now, as you might be younger, you may not have had the experience of not having this experience now, that you believe to be right, just try it, what are you going to lose?).

proper food combining basicsHey, this is not an opinion I have, these are researched information and knowledge that I have known about 6 years, yet more recently I have noticed that more and more people abide by the basics of food combination and they do see positive breakthrough in their diet, lifestyle and overall health. Of course, if we confront yourself with a disease now, you might not be able to cope with the information and I urge you to document yourself and do as much research as possible to start eating more the foods you do eat in the proper healthy way. I wish you all best of health, but honestly, you do need to avoid sugars if not all the time, at least as much as possible from processed foods. Nowadays, it is very hard to actually avoid it as even bread has sugar. But if all other foods we eat have it, and then we top it up with more processed sugars, what does that do to our health, I ask you, what do you think? We should have about 20-25 grams per day of sugar. And to me, that’s quite a lot still. But that’s the maximum recommendation if you really need to get sugar. But if you go even to a vegan or organic food health store, and take a look at their organic vegan sweets, you will immediately notice that a small bar of chocolate has at least 10 grams, and that if you are lucky. Most of them have at least 25 grams already. In one bar. Imagine having 3-4 snacks like that in a day. TOXIC. That’s all I am going to say.

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AVOID SUGAR AT ALL COST. START LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY COMBINE FOOD and you should be fine. You will feel the difference, I guarantee. When I first started combining foods based on those rules, the immediate most recognisable benefit or change was that I did feel bloated anymore. When you are bloated, it’s because whatever you ate did not combine well and was not able to be digested. It happens because certain foods require an acidic environment and some of them need an alkaline environment. When you mix the plus and the minus, you neutralise the effect of the enzymes that work to provide that environment. When you neutralise that, no digestion occurs. The food just rots in your stomach. Undigested. That can trigger fungus, bacteria, candida and all sorts of other diseases.

FOOD IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF SICKNESS OR OF HEALTHFULNESS.  

These food combining basics actually teach us to eat not to feel full (although even with these rules, we can still eat and feel full) but to actually feel lighter and energised by the food we have.

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Examples: In the morning you can eat fruits on their own or fruits with vegetables in smoothies (spinach, kale, apples). In the afternoon, you can eat pasta with vegetables/soup/rice with vegetables or any other cereals with different vegetables (there’s lots of recipes online). At dinner, you can have protein with vegetables. You actually do have a lot of options, but you just need to re-arrange the way you eat all the food categories. It does not mean you discard one type of food. It means you incorporate it in an optimal food combination for proper digestion and full intake of its vitamins, minerals, nutrients.

You also have to take into consideration the time each food category takes to be digested and broken down in all the nutrients. So fruits are the fastest to be digested in around 40 minutes. Carbohydrates take around 2-3 hours and protein needs between 3 to 4 hours. This means that you will feel hungry after that amount of time has passed. And it also means, once those hours have passed, you can now eat something else, of course, properly combined again.

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I am following this for a couple of years and more recently have taken a big change in these basics and around 70% of the time I follow the rules of food combining. Obviously I am not able all the time to reach 100% (although there are a lot of days in which I do attain that and my energy levels, mental clarity and health is optimal) but I strive on achieving it. I also have been dairy free (apart from organic butter) for around a year now, do not really eat that much meat and have 5/7 gluten free days. So, my choices in terms of health are even more restricted, but I choose to do this because milk, cheese, cheddar, yoghurt have a toxic effect unfortunately for me and have had to learn this on the hard way. Through years of trials and errors and hopes and eventually acceptance. I choose to not have meat except when I really crave it and that’s usually rare (once every couple of months). I do have eggs and that’s the organic ones. Not free range. There’s a big difference and if the chicken is fed with GMO, it’s pointless to get free range (I mean in a way, I get it, for the chicken lives, but it is actually more a marketing strategy than actually something beneficial to your health). You must buy organic eggs. I try to eat as much as possible organic and vegan. See here, how I am changing my eating habits in 2018! But again, that would mean absolutely nothing if I would not follow the basics of food combining.

Eating this way, will prove to you that your body really knows what is doing and you must trust it when it sends you signals that specific food combinations or specific foods are not desired.

Try the food combining basics for one week. Let me know how it went, until then, have a sneak peak in my “room kitchen pantry”! 

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How I am changing my eating habits in 5 steps in 2018

I have always striven to eat as healthy as possible and for a very long time, I thought I was having a good eating lifestyle taking into consideration the facts that I do not drink, I do not smoke, I do not drink coffee, I do not eat fast food, I do not eat processed foods or microwaved food. I do not eat dairy, with the only exception being butter. I eat meat once a month or on Esther and Christmas (you cannot refuse food from your parents), and that’s usually some sort of fish. But I was eating chocolate. Lots of sweets and sugar. And that compensates for all the other bad eating habits. Sugar is the most toxic substance for the human body. Sugar is poison. Sugar is the main cause of obesity, chronic diseases, cholesterol issues, heart attacks, cardiovascular problems and ALL other diseases.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018Change No 1 – Sugar Free 

I have struggled many, many years with my chocolate addiction and you might not believe me, but I was eating a whole bar of chocolate per day for many years when I was younger, however, I had always being thin and skinny so people really ever believe me when I explain that I too know how it is to live with a sweet tooth condition or sugar addiction. My mood was up and down, my skin was always having problems, issues with my stomach because of so much processed sweets.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

Many years ago I discovered the science of food combining, that was around 7 years ago, I acted on the principles of proper healthy food combinations and indeed, I felt lighter, I felt my body was able to digest food better and I liked knowing I was doing it. At that point I was still eating chocolate and sweets. Whenever I started eating more mindfully back then, I must have forgotten to read the chapter with sweets or something, because I cannot understand how such an important aspect of the food combining principles has missed my eyes and mind. This basic, most important, in my opinion, principle, is this:

YOU NEVER EAT SWEETS, SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, DESERTS AFTER ANY MEALS. SUGAR MUST NOT BE COMBINED WITH MEALS.

When sugar is combined with meals it creates indigestion first of all, but then the liver transforms it into ALCOHOL. So, I was basically an alcoholic for so many years without even thinking that it was in fact eating sugar that created it.

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Last year in November 2017, I came across the food combining principles again, and only by pure hazard, I was reading about gluten and breads and sugar references popped my eyes. When I read that sugar must never be combined with other foods as it converts into alcohol in the liver, going into the bloodstream, affecting not only the liver but the whole body, I just could not eat it anymore. That’s how my sugar addiction was cured. Once and for good!

Realising that I was poisoning myself on a daily basis with each meal, as I had no meal with no little sweet treat, and there were no going outs, even if it was to buy groceries, that I would not buy something sweet and small to eat on the way home. That something small and sweet was usually a vegan chocolate, an organic chocolate. Cakes, pastries and cookies, biscuits had been left behind around 1 year ago, because of the too many E’s in them, and I just wanted to clean up my diet, even if it meant to get rid of small things, like biscuits which I would anyway eat occasionally.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

I still cannot believe how much alcohol I had in these last years. I am surprised I am not an alcoholic. Oh, wait, but I am! You might not know but alcohol is actually made up of sugar. Sugar is the most powerful toxin in the food industry and we do not even know we consume something that it is so dangerous to our health. It does not kill you instantly. It will kill you slowly everyday so that eventually, after a lifetime of suffering from all illnesses and sicknesses you endured, you die because of the chaos created in your body. Sugar is nowadays in so many foods. There is no bread on the market that does not contain sugar. There is no canned food that does not contain sugar. Sugar is also a natural preservative. Therefore the food industry loves it. If you take a look at the label of each processed food that you buy, you will be horrified to notice you are actually dosing your brain with so much sugar that without knowing, your brain is now addicted to it. If you do not get a strong wake up call, you will not give it up. You might say to yourself, No, I am not addicted to sugar. I just need to eat something sweet, I just want a bit of sweetness. It’s like hearing myself from outside my body, as if I would be a witness of my past self. I know those words by heart. Have you ever wondered why you need that little sweet thing? Why do you need to have it after each meal, in between meals, and pretty much all the time? You are like conditioned by your addicted brain to go in search of the sugar. In search of everything is sweet. In search of death. Command your brain and put a stop on this illusion that you need sugar in your life. That you cannot live without sweets. That everyone on Earth is eating sweets and sugar and that your grandma was eating a cup of tea with sugar every day and she is 90 years old now very happy and healthy. Forget about the reasons your mind is trying to convince you that sugar is not bad. It is bad. It is the cause of all diseases. Look it up.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

I had been sugar free for 2-3 months now. I did not feel the need for sugar or chocolate at all. I am happy to continue with this healthy eating habit in 2018 and I wish to inspire you to start appreciate your body as it cleans you up every day of all this toxin and other substances that should never enter our bodies, and to inspire you to at least read more about it. Only if you come across an information that strikes you, you will change something. But that can only happen if you are determined to understand, to read, to do your research. You do not need to believe me. But I urge you to seek the answers, especially if you are willing to make a change, to try improve your eating habits, to enhance your body’s energy and to help it cure you, to help it help you. Your body needs good food to function properly and to be able to support your endeavours, in order to help you achieve your goals, whether they are personal, physical or career objectives.

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Change No 2. – Less Gluten and Gluten Free Days 

I mean, it is not just a trend or a posh lifestyle. It is extremely important to start consuming less gluten. I do not believe I will be gluten free entirely, but I am already doing gluten free days and making sure I am consuming less and less gluten on a daily basis. You know the drill with gluten, it is hard to digest. Or this is what you are told. But it’s not just that, or the fact that you feel sluggish during the day, or the fact that you feel tired all the time, as these are my symptoms. You see, the problem is not necessarily the gluten itself, but the way our bodies react to it. It creates an inflammatory reaction in the body, in the intestines, creating small scratches which to get cured, the body needs to put extra effort into fixing that, so inflammation occurs. Which again, prolongs the process of digesting other foods you intake as the intestines are in a bit of convalescence mode, and think about it, as this happens daily, with each meal you eat something containing gluten. It is also something a bit hard to avoid, and the other day I bought buckwheat flour, which is naturally gluten free, however the seller put on the label that it may contain gluten as it was stored together with other grains which were not gluten free and therefore the gluten can get transferred to the gluten free flours or grains. So, it is a lot of work that you need to do if you want to go gluten free. If it’s not stated on the label or on the front of the packaging or somewhere that it is gluten free you might end up with a product that you thought it is good for you, and instead to be the opposite. As in my case. I mean, the struggle is real.

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I have decided to make my own gluten free bread, organic and homemade, much tastier and healthier than the ones in commerce. I use organic yeast to grow the bread and I also intend on learning how to do sourdough bread. But that’s probably once I have mastered the gluten free bread.

5 steps I am changing my lifestyle and health habits in 2018

I do not wish to give up gluten because I have a health issue with it, but because I wish to prevent that from happening. Therefore, my logic tells me to eat less and less gluten and avoid it as much as possible. Have gluten free days. Make my own gluten free bread (which is so tasty and healthy). Eat other nutritious grains such as the highly praised quinoa. Now, you now the reason it’s so on top of everything. And everywhere. Mind this: it is not the gluten the problem, it is the way your body reacts to gluten that the issues is, and for which we need to be careful. I have made a commitment to myself to only eat gluten in weekends and not the same type of gluten, from the same grain, but from other grains, such as amaranth, another nutritious vintage grain, that we should all consume more of. I am not for eating rice, as for rice to be harvested it is very unhealthy for the people living in the area and it is not eco friendly, although you would think that something which nature has given would be ecologic for the environment. But no. Look it up. You will be surprised. And anyway, too much carbs is not healthy either.

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Change No 3 – A TOTAL GREEN Veggies Day per week 

I also intend on incorporating in my lifestyle a day in the week to eat only greens, vegetables and nothing else. I do want to eat more greens every day, however a study has been conducted and I heard about it on Thomas Delauer Youtube channel and I think it is an amazing discovery that if you go plant based one day per week, you are able to give your body all the vitamins and nutrients needed for a whole week. Of course, this does not mean that you should stop consuming vegetables during the other 6 days of the week, it simply means that research proved that only one day per week being green can impact positively on our health in such way, that it will maintain your health to an almost optimal level. Plant based diets have proved to give a boost of energy through their vitamins and nutrients and all the minerals vegetables contain and so, having only one day per week in this style, can help a lot. Imagine going 3 days. But, I would like to start small. Greens help out to clean out the liver, the body of all the toxins and it also provides the body with all minerals and vitamins needed. Only one day per week going green will give all the minerals and vitamins required by the body for that week. And this should be appreciated again by our bodies and our minds. Understanding the power plants and herbs and spices have, we can cure our bodies. We can maintain a optimal health level and we can go after what we want to achieve because we are not stopped by the lethargy of our body trying to fight over another infection or cold or illness that invaded our bodies.

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Change No 4 – Intermittent Fasting for 3-4 Days per week

I have started doing intermittent fasting last year in May (but at that time I did not know or remember that sugar must not be combined with meals, rather eaten separately, on an empty stomach, if you really need to, and drink lots of water to get it out of your system and to clean the bloodstream of its toxins) and I am still on it since December 2017, properly doing it, giving up sugar from my meals. If you do not know, intermittent fasting means to have an eating window of 6-8 hours in which you have either 2 meals or 3, and the time that passes from your last meal today until the first meal the next day is at least 16 hours or 18 hours. I found that 18 hours fast was better received by my body however I do stick with the 16 hours for hormonal balance. When I started doing intermittent fasting back in May last year, I had been doing it every day for 3 months, because my cycle stopped after the second month, I decided to have the fasting period shorter and I diminished it to 13 hours. After the first month in this eating habit, my cycle came so I started again IF, but this time, increased the fasting period with 1 hour or 1 hour and a half. Next month, my cycle again stopped. So I stopped the IF for around 2 weeks, time in which I actually got sick, catching a flu or cold or something that knocked me down completely for around 3 weeks. In those 3 weeks I had had 1 or 2 days per week with 16 hours fast simply because I did not need to eat or felt the need to ingest food and because I felt my body needed time to process the flu and destroy the bad bacteria. After I got well, in the middle of November, I started IF with again 16 hours fast. Some days with 18 hours, some days with 12 hours. I was not keeping track because I got accustomed to not eating in the morning and to not eat after 9 o’clock.

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In November I came across the healthy and proper food combination and stopped having sugar with my meals. I had something sweet homemade once a week on an empty stomach and then from December as mentioned above completely gave it up. I feel much healthy without the poison. It is probably the most hidden unknown poison in our food. Since December 2017, I stopped keeping track of my IF, in the sense that I feel better having only 3 or 4 days per week. Hormonal balance is also extremely important for women health and I believe I should not be taking a habit if it affects my overall balance, even if it is a healthy habit. IF cleans up your liver and your body of toxins, if done properly, with lots of vegetables and greens apart from the regular natural healthy food intake. However, you can still benefit from IF (and fasting in general is very good for the health, for the brain, for the mind and for overall wellness) by doing it a couple of times per week. I would also like to start fasting once a month or every 2 weeks (water fast), for the same benefits. This is one thing I had not tried – to fast for one day. But there’s a start for everything. So, this year, I am committed to 3 days per week IF, 1 day fasting probably at the beginning I will have it once am month, and the reason for this twist I am making, is to not interfere with my hormonal balance, since I noticed having it like this, my cycle gets healthy again.

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Change No 5 – Regular Physical Activity and Increase of daily exercise

 I cannot really remember the last time I had put my heart to run. I do cycle to work, however I cycle slowly, occasionally I have the energy to speed up but I would not count that as physical exercise. Would you? Therefore this year, I would really want to incorporate in my lifestyle regular physical activity, and I will do this at home, to start small. Baby steps. If I would choose to go to the gym now, in the physical condition I find myself now, I will have a sore body for a whole month.

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The baby steps I would like to take consist of stretching my body, small weights lift, body exercise and walk more. Increase my daily steps. Ever since I cycle to work (which started around 3 years ago), I stopped walking. I used to walk to work and from work back home and when doing groceries and that was for more than 2 hours per day in total, which is a total contradiction to the amount of steps I take nowadays. At most 20 minutes. Walking is highly de-stressing, calming and providing enhancements to our mental health. It is natural to walk and I must start using my feel more often. Working on a computer and staying on a chair all day long is stressful, unhealthy and totally useless to my healthy lifestyle and eating habits if I don’t do some form of exercise too. That’s a personal resolution too for 2018.

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What changes do you intend on making for your health this year? 

Your health is the most important asset you will ever owe. Treat it with care. Your health is also your right. But, as with many human rights, sometimes you need to fight for it. And this fight, is with your own self. 

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STOP THIS SUGAR NON SENSE INTAKE IN YOUR BODY

What truly makes me feel accomplished, successful and happy

I remember working for someone many, many years ago and reaching a point when I received a sort of promotion in the form of more money towards my salary. Even though I appreciated receiving more for the work I was putting in, because I did deserve it, as I am extremely reliable, serious and hard working, that did not make me happier or feeling more accomplished or believing of myself to be successful. And that’s because success to me translates to something totally different than what might signify to you or to other people.

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I find success to be something personal and the word itself means something different to another person. Even to you, reading this out, success might come in the form of a huge following online, getting lots of clients or customers, achieving a specific level up, going up in the walk of life or simply more money, more power to buy certain things or services.

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I realized that this definition we all have for success comes from our core values and our character strengths. Every single one of us is different and we all have different values and character traits and strengths. A couple of years ago, when discovering the positive psychology field, I read the basics of it and where it all started and that was through Martin Seligmans books. One of them explored the idea of the science of our characters and a survey he created along with late Dr. Christopher Peterson, changed my world.

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I discovered that what would make me happy in work so that I can tell the world the well known affirmation I am successful, accomplished and happy with my life is made up of 6 character strengths put into 4 core values categories. Understanding these concepts, makes it easier for me and for you as well, if you would like to take the survey (VIA classification survey) to cope with your personal story of the meaning of success and to be happy in life.

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These character strengths I owe are as follows: ranking first place – appreciation of beauty and excellence, second place, creativity, third place honesty, forth place, love, fifth place judgement and sixth place love of learning. These concepts which in their own significance explain so much more about what success and happiness in life is, make me who I am and how I am. Appreciation of beauty and excellence is something I work with through my blog, through all the small (or large) businesses I follow and enjoy shopping from as beauty is not just being beautiful, beauty is something from within too, beauty is being eco friendly, beauty is shopping ethically, beauty is being kind, compassionate, beauty is spirituality and appreciation of art, nature, music, writing, dance, everything that is beautiful in my own realm of beauty. And if you have this character strength, then whatever you are attracted to, that is your way of displaying appreciation of beauty and excellence. I find excellency comes from that beauty, as beauty is something close to perfection and perfection is very hard to attain, it is connected to doing your best in everything you do to obtain that excellent job. And that is beauty too. I am sharing my appreciation of beauty and excellence in this post here. Find out what I appreciate, follow and to whom I would like to collaborate, who inspires me and what composes my human nature and being.

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Creativity is my second character strength and something I need to use to be happy with the work I put. Growing up, I always attempted to learn how to be creative and to actually display creativity and to make sure I would become a formidable human being, much like an artist that changes the world, failing to recognize that I am already creative and you are too. We are all creative already. Doing exercises to improve or enhance or boost our creative natures is helpful and advisable especially for the brain, that always seeks new food, however, exercising it needs to go more on the side of practicing rather than just reading about it. I like to be creative. I like to do things in a different way, I find this is something that makes me stand out. That forces me to be put into the light. But I want to be creative not for the sake of it, rather to bring something useful, meaningful and enjoyable to humanity too. Maybe this is why I am writing on this blog, maybe this is why I studied psychology and have always wanted to work in a field of psychology that is new, different, more creative and have always found that positive psychology is something I am passionate about, ecopsychology is a new field I am interested in, graphotherapy, which I find extremely useful and easy to put into practice or color therapy that is so wonderful to work with, art therapies and everything in this modern world that is innovative, such as video therapy or the blooming of Virtual world and devices, that will probably come up with a way to do virtual therapy too. I am all into that. Love is and would be something I would look forward to contribute with. And to do that, I have the other character strengths to help with, one of which would be the love of learning and judgement. These last 2 concepts are valuable to me just as much as all the others are, because I am a life long learner and I enjoy finding new things out, I discover that this trait makes me very open minded. Being open minded is very important for the present time and it will be for the future as well, because lots of innovations will come to us and we need to be open to learning and to judge its need into our own inner worlds. Judgement is a character strength I currently work with actually, because I am working in the Fraud Department in a call center, and this along with the other core strength which ranks third, that is honesty, is making me resist in the job I do, even though it is a call center. Honesty is also connected to appreciation of beauty and excellence. Excellence can only be attained through honesty, through love. Love of people and of truth. And then we end up this self centered speech (although sometimes, we need to be self centered to make sure we do know ourselves and we are able to find out right place in this world) with my most important character strength that I do not believe finds much place in the workplace, rather in my personal life, which is love. Family life is the one that matters mostly for me and love is needed for me to maintain my balance, my purpose, my vision. And love is included into appreciation of beauty and excellence as well, because it can speak of humanity, of spirituality, of wisdom, of life. What would life be without love?

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The core virtues are composed by all your character strength and they mention a notion that encompasses it all under one name. My core virtues are transcendence, wisdom, courage and humanity. What does this mean? It means that under these names falls everything that will make me happy, will make me feel successful, will make me feel and be accomplished. I am working on all these aspects, and based on Martin Seligman’s approach, if you work with only 4 of your character strengths (at your current job), you will feel happy in work and ultimately that brings happiness into your life, as you feel successful since you are working with your character strengths. With your strengths, which I believe show your passions, show where your talents are and portray your vision of life, and maybe your mission, if you dig deeper.

What are your character strengths and do you use them in your work life? 

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Positive Efficient Affirmations for Health – Part 2

“The secret to having your affirmations work quickly and consistently is to prepare an atmosphere in which they can grow. Affirmations are like seeds planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich soil, abundant growth. The more you choose thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“The only moment you ever live in is this moment. It’s the only time you have any control over. If you don’t choose to feel good in this moment, then how can you create future moments that are abundant and fun?

“If you say, , this is not an affirmation for good health. You state clearly what you do want: I accept perfect health now.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

Affirmations to use to balance and bring health back to your body, mind and soul:

 I love and appreciate my body ! 

 I allow my body to return to its natural, vibrant health.

 I honor my body and I take good care of it. 

“I believe that we live in a Universe. No matter what we choose to believe or think, the Universe always says yes to us. So we want to think and believe that we have the right to be healthy, that health is natural to us. The Universe will support and say yes to this belief. Be a person, and know that you live in a world, being responded to by a Universe.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“Be very clear that your body is always trying to maintain a state of optimal health, no matter how badly you treat it. If you take good care of your body, it will reward you with vibrant health and energy.”

“I believe that we contribute to every in our body. The body, as with everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. Our body is always talking to us, if we will only take the time to listen. Every cell within our bodies responds to every single thought we think.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“When we discover what the mental pattern is behind an illness, we have a chance to change the pattern, and, therefore, the disease. Most people don’t want to be sick on a conscious level, yet every disease that we have is a teacher. Illness is the body’s way of telling us that there’s a false idea in our consciousness. Something that we’re believing, saying or doing, or thinking is not for our highest good. I always picture the body tugging at us saying: <Please, pay attention!>”.

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

Sometimes people do want to be sick. In our society, we have made illness a legitimate way to avoid responsibility or unpleasant situations. If we can’t learn to say no, then we may have to invent a disease to say no for us.”

True healing involves body, mind and spirit. I believe that if we cure an illness, yet we do not address the emotional and spiritual issues that surround that ailment, it will only manifest again.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

Exercise – Intensifying the Power of Affirmations

Writing an affirmation can intensify its power, so I would like you to write out a positive affirmation about your health for 25 times. You may create your own, or use one of the following:

 My healing is already in process.  

I deserve good health

 I listen with love to my body’s messages. 

My health is radiant, vibrant and dynamic now. 

 I am grateful for my perfect health.  

 I accept and deserve perfect health now. 

I am confident and secure. Life is easy for me. 

 It is safe for me to be an adult. 

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More affirmations to use for your health according to author Louise L. Hay of “21 Days to master affirmations” :

“Make these affirmations part of your daily routine. Say them often in your car, at work, while looking in the mirror or anytime you feel your negative beliefs surfacing.

 My body heals rapidly. 

 My body is ideal for me in this lifetime. 

 I love every cell of my body. 

I am filled with energy and enthusiasm. 

 I am healthy and whole and filled with joy. 

 Good health is mine now. I release the past. 

 I go within and connect with that part of myself that knows how to heal. 

 I am the only person who has control over my eating habits. I can always resist something if I choose to. 

 Filling my mind with pleasant thoughts is the quickest road to health. 

 I allow life and vitality to flow through me. 

 I am grateful for my healthy body. I love life. 

My body uses relaxation as a time to repair and rejuvenate itself. The more I relax, the healthier I am. 

 I take brief walks in the sunshine to invigorate my body and soul.  

 I am gentle with my body. I love myself. 

 I give myself permission to be well. 

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“If you want to create better health in your body, there are definitely some things that you must not do: You must not get angry at your body for any reason. “

“Anger is another affirmation, and it’s telling your body that you hate it, or parts of it. Your cells are very aware of every thought you have. Think of your body as a servant that’s working as hard as it can to keep you in perfect health no matter how you treat it. Your body knows how to heal itself. If you feed it healthy foods and beverages, give it exercise and sufficient sleep, and think happy thoughts, then its work is easy. The cells are working in a happy, healthy atmosphere. However, if you’re a couch potato who feeds your body junk food and lots of diet soda, and you skip your sleep and are irritable all the time, then the cells in your body are working in a disadvantage. They are in a disagreeable atmosphere. If this is the case, it’s no wonder that your body isn’t as healthy as you would like it to be.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“You’ll never create good health by talking or thinking about your illness. Good health comes from love and appreciation. You want to put as much love into your body as you possibly can. Talk to it and stroke it in loving ways. If there’s a part of your body that’s ailing or diseased, then you want to treat it as you would with a sick little child. Tell it how much you love it, and that you are doing everything you can to help it get well quickly.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“If you are sick, then you want to do more than just go to the doctor and have him or her give you a chemical to take care of your symptom. Your body is telling you that something that you are doing isn’t good for your body. You need to learn more about health – the more you learn, the easier it is to take care of your body. You don’t want to choose to feel like a victim. If you do, you’ll be giving your power away. You could go to a health food store and pick up one of the many good books that teach you how to keep yourself healthy, or you could see a nutritionist and have a healthy diet created just for you, but whatever you do, create a healthy, happy mental atmosphere. Be a willing participant in your own health plan.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

With respect to taking charge of your health, you may also want to consider using biologically active food supplements (BAFS and Smart foods or superfoods) which are natural complexes containing minerals, vitamins, dietary fibers, extracts of medicinal herbs, polyunsaturated fatty acids, amino-acids, etc. They make up for the respective deficiencies in nutrition, enhance assimilation of healthy substances, boost internal powers of the body and mitigate the risk of many diseases. Biologically active food supplements and smart food is something that I intake as well. I recommend Vision International People Group smart foods and BAFS, not because I work with them. It’s because they really work and I have seen wonderful results.  Educate yourself more on this by clicking this link ! 

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“I believe that we create every so called illness in our body. The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. Our body is always talking to us, we just need time to listen to it. Every cell within our body responds to every single thought we think and every word we speak.

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“Continuous modes of thinking and speaking produce body behaviors and postures and or dis-eases. The person who has a permanently scowling face didn’t produce that by having joyous, loving thoughts. Older people’s faces and bodies so clearly show a lifetime of thinking patterns. 

How will you look when you’re elderly ? “

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“Learn to accept that your life is not a series of random events, but a pathway of awakening. If you live every day in this way, you will never grow old. You’ll just keep growing. Imagine the day you turn 49 years as the infancy of another life. A woman who reaches the age of 50 today and remains free of cancer and heart disease can expect to see her 92nd birthday.

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You and only you have the ability to customize your own life cycle.

So change your thinking now and get going! You are here for a very important reason, and everything you need is available to you.” (Do you remember that song from Savage Garden, Truly, Madly, Deeply ? In one part of the song, the lyrics go like this: “All that you need will surely come.”)

“You can choose to think thoughts that create a mental atmosphere that contributes to illness, or you can choose to think thoughts that create a healthy atmosphere both within you and around you.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

More affirmations to use for boosting and enhancing health in your life :

Make these affirmations part of your daily routine. Say them often in the car, at work, while looking in the mirror, or anytime you feel your negative beliefs surfacing.

 I enjoy the foods that are the best for my body. 

I look forward to a healthy old age because I take loving care of my body now.

I am constantly discovering new ways to improve my health.  Maybe you want to try some Vision biologically active food supplements ?

I return my body to optimal health by giving it what it needs on every level. 

 I am pain free and totally in sync with life.  

Healing happens ! I get my mind out of the way and allow the intelligence of my body to do its healing work naturally. 

I balance my life between work, rest and play. They all get equal time. 

 I am willing to ask for help when I need it. I always choose the health professional who is just right for my needs. 

 I breathe deeply and fully. I take in the breath of life and I am nourished. 

 I get plenty of sleep every night. My body appreciates how I take care of it. 

 I lovingly do everything I can to assist my body in maintaining perfect health. 

 Perfect health is my Divine right, and I claim it now. 

 I devote a portion of my time to helping others. It is good for my own health. 

Water is my favorite beverage. I drink lots of water to cleanse my body and mind. 

My happy thoughts help create my healthy body. 

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“There is a big difference between the need for love and being needy for love. When you’re needy for love, it means that you’re missing love and approval from the most important person you know – yourself. The first relationship to improve is the one you have with yourself. When you’re happy with yourself, then all of your other relationships improve too. A happy person is very attractive to others. If you’re looking for more love, then you need to love yourself more. This means no criticism, no complaining, no blaming, no whining, and no choosing to feel lonely. It means being very content with yourself in the present moment and choosing to think thoughts that make you feel good now.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“If something unpleasant happens to you during the day, immediately go to the mirror and say:

< I love you anyway. > Events come and go, but the love you have for yourself can be constant, and it’s the most important quality you possess in life. If something wonderful happens, got to the mirror and say: < Thank you. > Acknowledge yourself for creating this wonderful experience. First thing in the morning and last think in the evening, I want you to look into your eyes and say:

< I love you, I really love you. And I accept you exactly as you are. > It can be though at first, but if you stick with it, in a short time this affirmation will be true for you.”

Positive Efficient Affirmations for health

“Every thought you think counts, so don’t waste your precious thoughts.” 

For more about affirmations, read my previous article here:) 

P.S. : Thank you for taking the time to visit , and here’s to your journey of growth !