A Makeover For Your Health

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The Blank Page

The Blank Page

By on Nov 17, 2013 in Everyday Health, Expectations, Expression, Healthovers Blog |

Imagine pulling your resume up on the computer—and deleting it. Did your brain say “ouch” at the very thought of electronically crumpling up the piece of paper that claims to know everything you’re good at and that you should be striving for? The resume is a handy tool to get a job, and it’s also a confining piece of paper that can spark feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, and dissatisfaction. Even without the paper itself, you can see “resumes” metaphorically in how they affect life. Each of us has roles that we can pressure ourselves to perform perfectly, and sometimes unrealistically. The roles and tasks performed can become larger than the person. The person can drown in the resume. It can feel like nothing’s ever enough. Again, imagine deleting all the lines on the resume page. The lines that talk about being the perfect business person, parent, daughter or son, teacher, worker, student, athlete, human being, and so on. What’s left? A blank page. It may seem like just an empty page, but it stands for a lot more than that. It’s potential, free and ready for you to use. How would you fill it if you didn’t have to stick with 12-point font, employment history, years worked, qualifications, education, and skills? There are probably things that you imagine doing from time to time, fleeting thoughts in your mind. Maybe after you imagine them, you’re habitually used to scrapping them because there are more important things to do on your resume. Of course the resume is bible…or is it? Maybe you do have space to do the things you’ve imagined doing. As long as you do them your way. The blank page may not come with directions, but it frees you to go where you’ve never been. Just because we use resumes, doesn’t mean we have to become them. Try pulling out a blank page, and see what happens.  ...

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The Guilt of Going for It

The Guilt of Going for It

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Expression, Facing Challenges, Guilt, Healthovers Blog, Practice Health |

Have you ever wanted something for yourself, and then felt guilty about wanting it? It could be an interest, a goal, a dream, a win, or just about anything. It’s common to want something and to experience guilt or fears of backlash about it. You might even wonder whether life will somehow punish you for following your dreams. The guilt and fear can snowball into a superstitious belief that going for what you want is taboo and dangerous. Sound familiar? Let’s look at this guilt in an open light. First off, what is guilt? Guilt is one word, but it can have many different shades of meaning. The dictionary describes guilt as:  “The fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime.” The dictionary says that when you do something wrong, or someone else claims you’ve done something wrong—you feel guilty about it. In fact, there are many other triggers of guilt that have nothing to do with wrong-doing. Guilt can actually come from right-doing. Guilt can result from wanting to do something right—by going for what you want in life! We’re universally taught that certain dreams are acceptable to strive for in life. It often includes a family, a house, an occupation, a cat and a dog. These desires are definitely important to the extent that you want them, but they are not all that life’s made out of. Each individual has unique wants and dreams outside of this picture. What are yours? It’s challenging to go after what you uniquely want, the things that no one else around you is striving for. Thoughts can pop up such as, “What will other people think about this?” or “Am I doing something wrong by going for this?” You might fear that you won’t belong anymore if you set off confidently in pursuit of your dreams. You may also have second thoughts such as: “Am I imagining the importance of wanting this?” or “Am I on the wrong track and hurting others by selfishly wanting this in my life?” The guilt can reach so far as to imply to you: “I’m a bad person.” or “I’m crazy for wanting this.” or even “When are the police coming after...

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Health as Art

Health as Art

By on Jun 30, 2013 in Expression, Healthovers Blog, What is Health, Whole Body Health |

We often look at art as something outside of us—a painting hanging on a wall, an ornate vase, a moving photograph. If we look at art through a different lens, we can see that the first and most beautiful work of art begins with the body itself and the potential that it holds for life and health. Without even stepping into a museum or a gallery, we can wake up every morning and picture the art we want to see in our bodies and health. What is Health as Art? First, it involves recognizing all the coordinated events that the body is designed to carry out on a daily basis. From digestion, to immunity, to muscular strength and circulation—the body creates an artful display of physiology every day that helps us get the nutrition and energy we need to do what we want. It all happens without you even having to think about it. Next, it’s interesting to look at the connection between inner and outer health. Constant communication happens in the body to let us see outwardly the health that we’re experiencing inwardly, and vice versa. When we feel better in our health, we tend to look better too. This reflection of health is boosted when we really pay attention to the body’s signals both inside and outside. Health is also like art in that each individual is unique. Every body is different from the next, and what it takes to uphold health and beauty for one person is different from the next. As you get to know yourself and your health better, you can find ways to reflect the most artful expression of your unique health. Health isn’t usually described as artful, but it definitely is. Inner health is what allows each of us to bring vibrancy and health to anything we create, whether it’s related to writing, drawing, work, music, or just about any other activity. Health isn’t just an isolated event, it’s woven throughout everything that we do. Just like any art, you want to see an honest expression of it in your health. Feeling this type of health begins with you instead of anything outside of you. It’s great to eat well, exercise, and...

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