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WHAT DID HIPPOCRATES KNOW!

Hippocrates was born c. 460 bc , island of Cos, Greece.  He died c. 375 , Larissa, Thessaly.  He was the most famous ancient Greek physician who lived during Greece’s Classical period and is traditionally regarded as the father of medicin.
Here are some quotes from him.  Given our current knowledge, how would you say he did?

 

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.
Walking is man’s best medicine.
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.
There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
Life is short, the art long.
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.
Everything in excess is opposed to nature.
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I’d say he did quite well.
It’s amazing, how ancient wisdom turns out to be right on!

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TWO WAYS

Two ways to live;
Two ways to go;
Which will you choose?
How will you know
Which one brings life;
The one that’s right?
One is darkness;
The other light.

 

Clear is the way
Of love and peace;
Honor, respect,
Freedom’s release.
Will you choose this
In all you do?
Will you speak life;
Words that are true?

 

Dark is the way
Of mindless hate;
Words that tear down;
Bigotry’s weight.
Will you support
Such things as these?
Reject others;
Take what you please?

 

Two ways to live;
Choice that’s so clear;
One that builds up;
One that brings fear.
Will you please join
In choosing light,
Till darkness dies
And all is right?

 

Yours is the power
To make and build;
Choose better ways;
Exercise will.
Which way for you?
Darkness or light?
Anger and fear?
Or the way bright?

SIMPLY BREATHE

I am often intrigued and delighted by the simple things we can do to feel better and live well.  None  of them have anything to do with prescriptions or OTC’s; every last one is immediately available and easy to do.

 

Walking or some other form of moderate exercise is one example.  Numerous studies show that one half hour of moderate physical activity will cure depression and prevent relapse as effectively as antidepressants.

 

Another study I once read indicated that five minutes of moderate exercise lowers the frequency and intensity of migraines.  Similar research found that people with Fibromyalgia experience significant improvement in their quality of sleep and how they feel with five to fifteen minutes of moderate activity.

 

There are all sorts of foods and herbs that have incredible properties of healing and pain relief, too numerous to list here.  I do have a couple of favorites:  Ginger relieves nausea and stomach pain.  It is safe enough to give to infants and nursing mothers.  Garlic is an all-round good antimicrobial.  I know people who eat a raw clove of this power-gem every day as a preventative measure.

 

Now for one of my absolute favorites:

There is a wonderful tool that each of us has at his or her disposal, anywhere, anytime.

 

It will stop an anxiety attack, reduce pain, lower blood pressure help to induce sleep and increase energy.

 

It’s true!  Simply breathing will do all of these and more.
Here’s how it works:
Breathe in through your nose;
Then exhale through your mouth.

Repeat this process, taking slower and deeper breaths each time, until you get the desired results.

 

“Yeah, sure,” you say.

My clients used to have the same reaction, until I guided them through the process and their pain or panic attack went away.

 

So simple and available; absolutely powerful…with no negative side effects.

 

Try it; then come back and share the results with us.

HOW TO WALK

One step at a time;
Keep a steady pace
We’re in it for the long haul;

This is no sprint or race.

 

Look ahead not back
Eyes set on the goal
Of greater things before you;
That lift and feed your soul.

 

This is how to walk
On the path called Life;
With tenacity and hope;
In peace and without strife.
Steady as you go;
Grow along the way,
Until you arrive at last
To the Eternal Day.

LAUGH EACH DAY

Have you laughed at least once today?  Have you found one tiny reason to smile?
It’s amazing how even the slightest chuckle will lift our heavy spirit and help us to find new perspective.  Laughter relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, knocks the depression monster down to size…and just makes us feel good all ’round!
I have not read any of the reports myself, but I hear that there have been studies to show that people who laugh recover from serious illness more quickly than those who remain somber.  I have been told that this includes people with such things as cancer.  Hmm, it certainly can’t hurt, right?
I remember a presentation at a continuing ed workshop I attended years ago.  A therapist was sharing stories about groups she facilitated for survivors of sexual abuse.  One game she had participants play was, “Haha.”  She would have them lie on the floor so that each person’s head was resting on someone’s stomach; then she would start with one “ha.”   The next person had to add a “ha”, making “haha.”  Then the next one added yet another, until the whole group was laughing.  Her point was that people who go through trauma often lose the ability to laugh and need to learn how, all over again.
Hope and joy are the keys:  When we know that we can expect good things in life; that we are precious and loved completely apart from circumstances, we can laugh.
Steve Backlund, of Global Legacy wrote a book called, “Let’s Just Laugh At That.”  He identifies lies that we tend to believe; then, you guessed it, he says to laugh at them:  It takes their power away.  I think there is truth to this.  Lies only have an impact when we give them serious attention; laughing communicates that they simply aren’t that potent.
Sometimes, the hardest things are the ones we need to laugh about most.  Perhaps we don’t really laugh at them so much as in spite of them or as a declaration over them.  We may only succeed at a hint of a smile at first; yet if we can look to hope and joy, we will be able to lift our heads, put a spring in our step…

 

and laugh.

BUILT TO HEAL

When we fall and skin a knee, it takes a day or two; then there’s a scab.  Before we know it, the wound is gone.

Some wounds take longer.  A broken leg needs more time than a cut finger; neurological injuries take at least two years.

so it is with the human soul.  There are the bumps in life that “skin a knee.”  They will heal in a short period of time.  Then there are the severe injuries that may heal in a lot of years.

The process for the promotion of healing looks a little different; yet it is pretty much the same:
Cleanse the wound – With soap and water for physical ones; with forgiveness for soulful ones.
Put salve on it – With ointment for physical ones; with love and comfort for soulful ones.
Cover it – With a dressing for physical ones; with thoughts and actions that create positivity for soulful ones.
Give it time – That works for both kinds.

Some physical wounds need to be immobilized in order to heal properly:  a broken bone or sprain.  Then, they’ll need physical therapy.
Again, this works with our souls.  There are places and activities we might need to avoid for some time because they re-injure us or put too much stress on an existing wound.
Then, it’s time for therapy, which can occur in a number of ways.  The point would be to get those soulful muscles, tendens, joints and the like to work well again.  that might include professional counseling, art, music, journalizing or plenty of walks in the forest.
The hope in all of this:  We are built to heal; it is happening.

LAUGH YOURSELF WELL

I was looking through some articles I had found in preparation for a workshop on wellness.  One of them was a cross-cultural study that measured the effects of laughter on well-being.  It reminded me of an old bit of wisdom:  “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)
There  are bunches of articles and books declaring that this is true, from stories of people watching funny movies to laugh their way out of depression to people living far longer than expected because they stayed cheerful through life-threatening illness.

What works for you?
Are you a comics reader –  A daily dose of Charlie Brown or Farside keeps you going?
OR a joke book collector – One in every room, especially the bathroom?
Or is it vids for you?

Perhaps you don’t need any of these helps.  I know people who can laugh, just because they decide to.

Then there is the kind of laugh:
Are you the quiet sort, who kind of chuckles under your breath?
Or one with a real guffaw?
perhaps yours is more like a bubbling creek that just trickles out of you; maybe you have a belly laugh that has everyone around you joining in.
Do you laugh at the drop of a hat; are you one who needs to warm up to it a little?

An interesting note in this one study I was reading is that moderate levels of laughter are the most beneficial:  Too little or too much either had no effect or an adverse impact because it tended to set off bouts of respiratory problems.  One thing is consistent, however, laughter clearly improves our health, from the inside out.
Have you taken your merriment medicine today?