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Year and a Day! Day 1

So I decided to take the Year and a Day program, typically used in spiritual practice such as Wiccan and Pagan, and put my own twist to it. You can do this too if there is something you want to learn more about or perhaps start a new career. Give yourself 366 days to learn the material inside out, picking something new to learn each day.

Maybe you’re wondering what my Year and a Day is going to be about? Herbalism. Yes I have long been interested in the beauty, potency and wonder of medicinal plants. Not only will this incorporate plants, however, it will also incorporate meditation. My study will be, more broadly, integrative medicine.

Integrative medicine has been around for centuries and over in Europe, Asia and other parts of the globe, they see it as a serious practice. It encompasses treatment (and prevention) of disease from a wholeistic perspective. It sees that the entire body should be treated and stress should be regulated as well as diet and exercise in order to treat disease.

There are tons of accredited colleges offering study of holistic medicine, Chinese herbalism, Ayurveda and more. Here in the U.S.? No. We don’t see it as important. I could go on a long rant about how I feel we pump our bodies with chemicals and whatnot but that will be a different post.

So, join me on my journey of 366 days of learning and see where it ends up! Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired and learn a thing or two as well.

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Blog #2: Getting Back On Track!

So lately I’ve been a bit frazzled and out of place by not having such a clear mind.  I have lost touch with myself and I think it’s about time that I finally reconnect. Have you ever had a period of time where your mind just doesn’t seem to be working? It’s as if a haze seeps into your head and you really just can’t find your way. Yeah, this is pretty much how I’m feeling.

I go through life in such a fast-paced way that I just barely notice anything. My mind races with thoughts and I can’t seem to slow them down. When I was meditating daily I noticed a significant change in this. I was thinking more clearly and I was able to pay attention to more things in life. I feel that I had gotten thrown off the meditation wagon for a while to help me realize it’s benefits. It really does help with coordination and being able to be more in the moment. Buddha really had something going on there.

It’s fantastic to see how much meditation really does help the brain. I had done a study about meditation and the human brain and the findings were simply fantastic. It has the ability to repair neural pathways, cure things like ADD, depression, anxiety and the like. It also has the ability to make the synchronization between both hemispheres much more equal and it allows for the whole brain to be used during day to day activities, not just spots. This will allow for a more even distribution of thoughts when trying to figure out a problem. Instead of looking at the problem from just a few points you will be able to see it from many more points.

It’s important to note that this really has helped cure even the most horrid of problems, cancer. There has been extensive research that meditation can cure cancer. By changing the way the brain thinks, it can change the way the cell thinks. What a fantastic thing! Our cells respond to everything we do. Every positive or negative thought, every positive or negative person in our life, every healthy or unhealthy thing we do (Whether it’s eating or working-out;Or the lack of the two)

So people, we must listen to our bodies! We are made up of so many complex structures and so many things that we just won’t understand. The most important thing that we can do is to treat our bodies in the best way possible.

Healing comes from within!

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