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Wellness: Holistic Health

What Is Holistic Health?

Holistic healing means taking an holistic approach when seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle. What primarily distinguishes holistic healing apart from alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine, is that physical health is not necessarily the main focus.

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Holistic Health

And it is true that our pains and other physical discomforts demand our attention. This is where the saying “sticking out like a sore thumb'” originated from. Common sense tells us that we should seek help to alleviate our discomforts.

Holistic healing is not an “alternative” to conventional medical care. Sometimes going to a medical professional is the best solution to addressing a dis-ease.  Physical illnesses are the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical.

Holistic or “wholistic” healing addresses all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are most apparent. Holistic healing is not intended to serve as a band-aid or a one time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately; living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness.

Holistic Healing Goes Beyond The Mind-Body Connection

Holistic healing is really a lifestyle approach. The holistic approach goes far beyond the Mind-Body connection of finding and maintaining wellness. All parts of a person’s life (physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional well-being, and spiritual beliefs and values) are considered. Taking a holistic approach involves seeking the tools that will help us attract our desires and find personal power.

Wellness and Holistic Health
The Lotus of Wellness

Likewise, a person who embraces the desire to find wholeness within his own being soon learns the importance of tending to relationships, caring for the planet and our environments, having compassion for humankind in general, and accepting and tolerating differences among a diverse population of people.

The holistic healer recognizes that our discomforts or pains are merely symptoms of an imbalance. The imbalance could be a physical issue, the result of abusing the physical body through an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or too little sleep.

Or, the imbalance may be the result of mental, emotional, or spiritual needs not being met. Therefore, no aspect (mind, body, spirit, or emotions) of a person is overlooked when an holistic treatment is sought.

While people are living longer today they also are experiencing chronically high levels of stress and fatigue, are consuming nutrient depleted foods, and are exposed to hundreds of potentially harmful chemically through our air, water, cleaning, and personal care products daily. So to say that holistic health is important would be an understatement.

For many living with chronic disease and undiagnosable symptoms, the modern-day healthcare industry has failed them, and it is time that a more holistic, whole-body solution became a standard part of the way we treat and support the health of the billions of people living on this planet.

Holistic health also takes into account the many external and environmental factors which could be supporting or impacting our overall health and wellness.

The types of holistic therapies available are extensive. Among them are:

It is a fascinating look at wellness from many different angles. Here’s a cool PDF I found on my PDF source site: It’s a free download, and NO, there is no spam or anything unsafe about the download. It’s coming from my WordPress database, so enjoy!

My Recovery:  53 Months Clean

When I started this blog in October of 2016, after a 5 month stay in jail, I had no inkling of where my sobriety would take me. Fast forward to My Recovery: 53 months, still clean and sober! See one of my earliest posts about self-condemnation, just 15 days into my treatment at the VA.

My Recovery 53 Months Clean

From October of 2016, until November of 2017, I learned about recovery through multiple VA treatment programs for Veterans. The principles I learned helped keep me strong, when I finally went back on my own. I even developed an acronym for the 5 pillars of my recovery.

The 5 Pillars of My Recovery

The acronym, S.N.A.G.M., stands for SPIRITUALITY, living in the NOW, ACCEPTANCE, GRATITUDE, and MINDFULNESS. I actually dedicated a blog page about S.N.A.G.M. here!

These 5 principles, along with the lessons I learned in therapy, courses like Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, have served me well in my recovery journey; I have not relapsed once since I was basically forced into sobriety by jail, on May 12, 2016.

New Age: What Is It About The Number 12?

The number 12 fascinates me.  See if you can come up with any others and let me know so I can add to this astonishing and fascinating list of the significance of the number 12!

  • The word significance has 12 letters (haha).
  • 12 months in the year.
  • The 12 degrees of humility according to the holy monastic rule of saint Benoit.
  • The Buddhists recognize 12 causes of existence or Nidanas.
  • The tradition reports that Joseph of Arimathea, who brought in Great Brittany the cup of the Holy Grail, had with him 12 knights.
  • The 12 winds and their porticoes seen in the vision by Enoch, according to the Book of the calendar of writings of the library of Qumran.
  • Fabre of Olivet recognizes in the man 12 abilities, divided into six dualities: attention and perception, reflection and repetition, comparison and judgement, retention and memory, perception and comprehension, imagination and creation.
  • The 12 signs, or constellations, of the zodiac.
  • Receptacle of the good and the evil, the Egg of Osiris contained 12 white pyramids, symbol of the good, and twelve black pyramids, emblems of the evil, introduced by Typhoon.
  • The Book of Revelation contains much numerical symbolism, and a lot of the numbers mentioned have 12 as a divisor. 12:1 mentions a woman—interpreted as the people of Israel, the Church or the Virgin Mary—wearing a crown of twelve stars (representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel). Furthermore, there are 12,000 people sealed from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, making a total of 144,000 (which is the square of 12 multiplied by a thousand).
  • The 12 “simple” letters of the Hebraic alphabet are the initials of the zodiacal names in Hebrew.
  • The 12 eras that the Earth crosses in 26000 years. At each of the twelve cycles of the humanity would incarnate a rescuer. Read more by checking out the Mayan Calendar!
The 12 Eras of Earth
  • The 12 curses proclaimed by Moses to all men of Israel. (Dt 27,15-26)
  • The 12 works of Hercules.
  • The 12 animals of the Chinese horoscope: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Cat, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Cock, the Dog and the Pig.
  • The 12 lunar years in the Chinese lunar calendar forming the complete cycle which lasts sixty years.
  • There are 12 principal divinities in the Greek mythology.
  • The 12 stones of the altar of Elijah. (1 K 18,31)
  • The 12 names of the Sun in Sanskrit, which are pronounced such as the mantras.
  • In the Japanese cosmology, the Creator is sat on 12 sacred cushions.
  • The 12 articles of the Creed.
  • There would be 12 Universe and the earth would belong the 12. And in this twelfth Universe, there would be 12 different solar systems.
  • The 12 petals of the Anahata Chakra located in the area of the heart and the 12 petals of the corolla of the Sahasrara Chakra located a the top of the head.
  • It is the number of proposals or verses of the Emerald Table, summarizing all the teachings of the Hermetic tradition. It is a document originating from Egypt, attributed to Hermes Trismegist.
12 Days of Christmas
  • There are 12 days of Christmas.
  • There are 12 members of the council of the Dalai Lama.
  • The biblical Jacob had 12 sons.
  • There are usually 12 people (jurors) on a jury.
  • The woman would carry her child during 12 months: three astral months and nine physical months.
  • Texas A & M has the 12th man.
  • 12 is the number of the disciples accompanying the great Masters of the history: the 12 apostles of the Christ; the 12 disciples choose by Mahomet to spread his doctrine; the 12 minor flamines beside the Pontiff Maximus; the 12 first companions of St. Francis of Assisi; the 12 disciples of Confucius; the 12 disciples of Mithra; the 12 descendants of Ali; the 12 companions of Odin, with also the 12 goddesses for women; the 12 marshals of Napoleon.
  • In the Islamic religion, there are the 12 imams. The imam is the preferential intermediary between the men and God. For the Shiites, he should be a descendent of Ali, son-in-law of Mahomet. The twelfth imam having disappeared at age of four years old, in 260 of the Hegira (873), with the death of his father, he had no successor and he was considered alive.
  • The 12 administrators of Solomon for all Israel. (1 K 4,7)
  • The 12 gods of Egypt whose Hercules was the chief.
  • The 12 Olympians were the principal gods of the pantheon.
  • The 12 tables of the shield of Achilles which represent the social and the agricultural life during each month, starting with January.
12 Tables of the Shield of Achilles
  • The 12 “fevers” of the Russian popular tradition.
  • The 12 provinces that Ra visits each day by passing one hour in each one of them.
  • The 12 animals of the Chinese dances included in the ceremony of the change of year.
  • The 12 imposing rooms of the Scandinavian paradise.
  • At the three years old, the Virgin Mary entered to the Temple and she remained there for a period of 12 years.
  • The 12 virtues and the 12 vices of Our Lady of Paris.
  • The 12 rooms of the Hell corresponding to the 12 nocturnal hours of the eschatologic doctrines of Valentine.
  • The 12 lions decorating the steps of the throne of Solomon in the Arab legends.
  • The 12 seats surrounding the throne of Odin.
  • There are 12 “Jyotirlingas” in Hindu Shaivism.
  • Measured by the passage of the 12 moons (29 days and half each time), the lunar year counts only 354 days.
  • 12 is the first number known as “abundant” since the sum of its dividers (aliquot parts) gives a result higher than 12: 1+2+3+4+6=16.
12 Tribes of Israel
  • The 12 gates of the human body of the man – 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, 2 breasts, the navel, the anus and the penis.
  • The human cell has 12 biochemical salts.
  • Islamic: 12 descendants of Ali, the Imams or directors rule the 12 hours of the day.
  • The twelve ganglions in the human body.
  • The pure light would be made up, not of 7, but of 12 colors.
  • The manifestation of the Trinity to the four corners of the horizon – 3 X 4.
  • The twelve stones chosen by the twelve men in the Jordan to make a monument. (Jos 4,3)
  • The twelve semitones derived from the seven notes of the scale.
  • Birthday of marriage: linen or silk weddings.
  • Twelve is the number of what is completed, which forms a whole, a perfect and harmonious unit. In the ancient civilizations, like Oriental and Judaic, it corresponds to the plenitude, the completion and the integrality of a thing. R. Allendy tells that it expresses the idea that the Universe forms a whole, associated with the idea of differentiation – 10 + 2.
  • The number 12 is used 189 times in the Bible.
12 Knights of the Round Table
  • In the famous Pythagorean 90o angle triangle  with vertical sides 3,4 and substituency 5, the total of all sides is giving the holy number 12.
  • Symbol of material and spiritual food, because of the 12 breads which Jesus Christ broke during the Last Supper, Himself being the Bread of Life.
  • Number attributed to the government of the world or the cosmos.
  • It is the creative capacity, and in some religions, it expresses also the Divine Mother.
  • 12 Knights of The Round Table.
  • There are 12 basic hues in the color wheel.
  • 12 people have walked on Earth’s moon.
  • 12 face cards in a card deck.
  • In English, 12 is the number of greatest magnitude that has just one syllable.
  • In Greek mythology, the number of labours of Heracles was increased from ten to make 12.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 steps, 12 traditions and 12 concepts for world service.
  • There are normally 12 pairs of ribs in the human body.
  • The Aeneid, an epic poem by Virgil is divided into two halves composed of 12 books.
  • The Chinese use a 12-year cycle for time-reckoning called Earthly Branches.
  • In Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names. Also, there are 12 Petals in Anahata (Heart Chakra.)
  • The Testaments of the 12 patriarchs (from the writings of the library of Qumran), for each of twelve sons of Jacob.
  • Tom Brady wears #12 (just had to put that there).
Number 12 – Tom Brady

My Recovery:  52 Months Clean

 

When I started this blog in October of 2016, after a 5 month stay in jail, I had no inkling of where my sobriety would take me. Fast forward 52 months, and here I am, still clean and sober! This blog, up until now, chronicled my experiences in brutal and raw honesty.

From October of 2016, until November of 2017, I learned about recovery through multiple VA treatment programs for Veterans. The principles I learned helped keep me strong, when I finally went back on my own. I even developed an acronym for the 5 pillars of my recovery.

The acronym, S.N.A.G.M., stands for SPIRITUALITY, living in the NOW, ACCEPTANCE, GRATITUDE, and MINDFULNESS. These 5 principles, along with the lessons I learned in therapy, courses like Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, have served me well in my recovery journey; I have not relapsed once since I was basically forced into sobriety by jail, on May 12, 2016.

Now, I want to take you dear readers on a different journey with me: in addition to the 5 principles that have kept me recovered, I have another 25 principles that I think are essential to living life wisely. In the coming months, I plan to draft an outline of a book I wish to write, tentatively titled Principles of Purpose: A Guide to Living Life Wisely. You will see the menu, and its subsequent posts, by clicking on Principles of Purpose.

Drawing from instances of my own life, I want to share these 30 principles with you. In essence, I first want to get you up to speed with the remarkable events of my life, since April of 2017-when I essentially stopped blogging-and then go back through my life, sharing with you how these principles could have-or did have-an effect on my life.

Much of my life has been shrouded in trauma, alcohol abuse, mental health issues, and self-destructive and poorly designed patterns of behavior. I intend on being brutally raw and truthful about, not only my life, but also about the decisions that shaped it.

I hope that you will join me in this new journey. I think the principles I am going to share are largely going to be obvious to most of you. But I also think that I will be able to illustrate, sometimes in dramatic fashion, how the application of these principles can prove exceptionally difficult, especially if childhood was particularly horrible.

In the telling of my journey, I hope that I am able to impart to you, some of the wisdom I have gained in my 56 years. I hope that I am able to help you avoid mistakes I have made, learn how to improve the quality of your life, gain perspective on how to overcome traumas through self_care, and come away from the experience a little better off than when you started.

Until then…

New Age: Kundalini part III of III Video

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Kundalini, in the Dharma religions, is a primal energy, or shakti, located at the base of the spine. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of “awakening” kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment. Kundalini is described as lying “coiled” at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force, or “mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation”.

Kundalini awakening is said to result in deep meditation, enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reach within the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of the head. Many systems of yoga focus on the awakening of Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. In physical terms, one commonly reports the Kundalini experience to be a feeling of electric current running along the spine.

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