Morris Goodman
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The Miracle Man… Doctors said “You Will Never Breath on Your Own, Speak or Walk Again” Well He Did!!! Part 2 of 2

In the first part of this post about Morris Goodman, The Miracle Man we looked at:

  • Why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  • Why we need to take total responsibility for our own recovery

In this second part we will discuss:

  1. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  2. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

This will continue to help us discover how Morris walked again after many doubted he would even be able to breathe on his own, let alone walk.

So let’s get started…

How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…

The first thing I want you to do is to get a pen and paper and find some quiet time. (Non-negotiable)

there are massive benefits to getting your thoughts out your head and onto paper, it makes it official!

“If you don’t have a dream or a goal how is it supposed to come true?” Morris Goodman Click to Tweet

Now, write at the top…. What do I want?

Do not over think it! Just get it down on paper!

Quick tip, make sure you write your goal in the present tense….

If you are really struggling, try to think of what your life would be like if you did not have any fear, pain or any other challenges you are going through right now.

Once you have written down your goal, leave it and come back to it the next day. You may see that something does not fit or you may want to add some more.

Repeat each day until you are completely happy with your goal.

Breaking down your goals…

Now that you have your written goal, we are going is to break it down into easy manageable steps.

And the best question to ask, what is the first step?

Just imagine, Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth! Walking up to the track and is no starting line.

Now, I am sure you would agree, even Usain Bolt could not cross the finish line (the goal) if he did not know where to start (the First Step)

Starting with today, what can I do today that will move towards my goal? Again, write it out in the present tense.

Then continue to write out your goals for the end of the week, then onto week 2, week 3, week 4, then onto the next month.

Keep on going until you have reached your end goal, as I have mentioned before, go at your own pace. There is no time limit.

However, what I would say, if you are in the zone, keep going!

You now have a plan! A goal to work towards!

It has been shown time and time again, that, you are more likely to reach your goals if you have a plan.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint Exupery


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Now that you have a plan, take action! It is just words on a piece of paper if do not take action!

Now you have the goal, it is time to bring out the big guns, your own mind!

How To Use the Astonishing Healing Power of Your Own Mind to Achieve Your Goals…

Let’s us start off with our friend, Morris Goodman,

I cannot think of a better example, of the astonishing healing power of the human mind.

Study after study has shown the mind cannot tell the difference between what is imagined and what is real.

Morris supports this when he states that…

“All I had to work with in the hospital was my mind and once you have your mind you can put things back together again.”

Morris also states that he could not let anything come in to his mind that would distract him from his goal and vision.

To me this is a very telling thing to say because it demonstrates his focus and desire to achieve his target. He had one thing on his mind and that was to walk out of the hospital by Christmas.

Now, let me ask you this! If power of the mind can heal a man, that had broken his back in two places, could not breathe without a machine and could not speak.

Just think what it could do for you?

You already have had proof on how your mind affects your body!

  • I am sure you have shed a tear or two in your lifetime, the emotion sets of reaction in the body, which produce tears when we cry!
  • Also, we blush when we are embarrassed.
  • We have that gut feeling that something is not quite right.

 

Now that you know you have the power, how can you use it to aid your own recovery?

Well, in 2 words…

Creative visualisation!

Morris Goodman used Creative visualisation, to visualise his goal with himself walking out of the hospital by Christmas.

He felt the feelings of what it would be like to achieve that goal as it was happening in this very moment!

The feeling of fresh air as he walked out the door and the pride as he knew at that very moment he had achieved his goal.

You now have a goal too, and just like Morris… you are going smash it! You are going to live life on your terms. It is time to start living!!

How to visualise your goal…

Ok! Take your written goal and just try to think of what it would be like if you achieved your goal.

What would it feel like? Write it down! Get into the details and Use all of your senses

  • What are you feeling? (emotions)
  • What can you see?
  • What can you hear?
  • What can you smell?
  • What are you touching?

To get the best possible results with creative visualisation we need to get into a relaxed state.

To enter in the relaxed state use the body scan meditation in chapter 2

Once you are totally relaxed, open your eyes and take a look at your goal and your list above. (This will not affect your relaxation)

Now start visualising your goal, try to use all of the senses!

  • Try and make the vision as clear as possible.
  • Feel the emotions!!!
  • What can you smell?
  • Make the sounds clear!
  • What are you touching? Is hard! Soft! Smooth!

 

If you’re like me!

You are struggling to nail down the emotions, I find a smile while you are visualising the goal really helps.

Try it right now! Close your eyes and relax, then simply smile.

It feels different, doesn’t it?

Of course, you may find it difficult to relax the first time you try visualising.

But the more you practice the better results you will have.

Like Morris Goodman and the thousands before you.

you will be absolutely astonished by the results!

You have seen proof on how Morris Goodman used the power of his own mind.

Now it’s your turn and really prove to yourself that you too, can live a life that is free from suffering and discomfort.

Let us take a little recap.

  • At the beginning we talked about accepting where you are right now and how to overcome resistance.
  • Then moving on with a better choice that helps your recovery.
  • Then we talked about taking full responsibility for your own recovery and the choices you make.
  • Even if you choose to take your doctor’s advice, you can still take responsibility for your own recovery.
  • How to set a goal and break it down into manageable action steps
  • Then, finally we went through how you can use the power of your own mind to reach your goals

 

I really hope these posts made you realise you do have a choice.

  • You can read it and do nothing!
  • Or read it and take action that changes you life!

 

Also, I would love to hear what’s going on in your life and if this post has helped you in any way.

Just put a comment below and I will answer a quick as I can!

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Morris Goodman
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The Miracle Man… Doctors said “You Will Never Breath on Your Own, Speak or Walk Again” Well He Did!!! Part 1 of 2

Yes that’s right! Morris Goodman walked unaided, straight out the main entrance of the hospital.

Even though Morris was completely paralysed and his 1st and 2nd vertebrae were broken, he had no doubt about his recovery even when Doctors told him that he would not breath on his own, speak or walk again.
He states that it does not matter what they thought of me, the only thing that mattered is what I thought.

Morris realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made, and not the doctors, so he chose the most positive behaviour to aid his recovery.
He set his own goals and knew each individual targeted goal he would require to achieve his ultimate aim of walking out of the hospital by Christmas.

What are Your Goals?

How do you want to live Your Life?

“If you don’t have a dream or a goal how is it supposed to come true?” Morris Goodman Click to Tweet

I would argue that Morris naturally had the correct mindset to recover but that does not mean YOU cannot learn and develop a similar mindset to aid your own recovery.

This remarkable video demonstrates the tremendous mindset of The Miracle Man – Morris Goodman.

Here is what you are going learn from the miracle man…

  1. Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  2. Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery
  3. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  4. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

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Why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…

Ok, let me ask you this, and really be completely honest with yourself! How are you feeling Right Now in this very moment?

  • How are you resisting?
  • Are You Feeling angry?
  • Frustrated or are you tense?
  • What is your body telling you?

Are you tense in the shoulders?…neck or stomach…are you clenching your fists?…Is you breathing shallow? Or maybe you have a headache!
What are you thinking right Now?

  • “Why me?”
  • “I wish it would just go way!”
  • “This is not how life should be”
  • Or just simply “ I am pissed off with it all”

Now you have a choice….You can accept it or resist it?

“What you resist will persist.” Buddhist Quote Click to Tweet

Let me explain,

The aim with the feeling of pain or discomfort is to observe it and not resist it.

Read that last sentence again. I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it is so important you understand and really take it in!

So what does that mean?

To put it simply, you just need to take a step back and take a real good look at your life.
Remember the pain and discomfort is only a part of your life. It may be a big part, but it’s only a part!

Now, take a deep breath and calmly say to yourself “I choose to accept whatever is happening to me right now”

Now ask yourself… “What is a better choice for me right now?”

Examples of better choices and resistance coping skills…

Laughter…

Laugh as much as you can, Ok you are not feeling your best but that doesn’t mean you cannot laugh. Watch a funny film, a comedian you know is funny or look up some funny Youtube videos.
The animal and children videos are my favourites; I can’t stop laughing at some of them, you know what I mean, that gut wrenching laughter where you just can’t stop.

Family and Friends…

Spend time with loved ones and friends that understand and support you on your path. Just being around the people you love is amazing, especially children, they make you laugh and are always doing something to keep your attention.

Acts of kindness…

At least once a day do an act of kindness to either someone you know or a complete stranger. It may just be a simple comment about someone’s appearance. Just do was feels right for you.
Gratitude…

Each day write down a list of things you are most grateful in your life. You could start with being grateful for your family and friends, a roof over your head or your pet that gives you so much pleasure. Once you start you will find it hard to stop.

Just think of the examples above as choices, nothing more nothing less. You do have choice!

  • Choose to resist it and focus on the pain with all the negative thoughts.
  • Choose to accept the pain and move on to more positive thoughts.

Ok, let’s move on.

Taking total responsibility for your own recovery…

Firstly, let’s take a look at Morris Goodman, he realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made

He took total responsibility; He did not let anyone stand in his way, not even the doctors.

The only person that can take responsibility for your recovery and your own life is YOU!

Take these examples…

  • In the west we would go to our doctor and ask how can YOU help me with my condition?
  • Now, in the east we would go the doctor and then ask how can I help myself to ease the pain and discomfort.

Can you see the difference? With the eastern example, we are taking responsibility for our own recovery.

Now, I am not saying that you ignore your doctor’s advice! But what I would say, you can still take full responsibility for your own recovery and help avoid other health issues in the future.

issues in the future.

Examples of taking full responsibility for your own recovery…

Eating well…

Having a healthy diet is one of most important things you can do to help you recover from pain and discomfort, and also helps prevents further problems in the future.

As you know there is so much advice out there on dieting and which are the right foods to eat. But my favourite is just so simple. It is from Louise L Hay,

“If it grows eat it …if it doesn’t grow don’t eat it”

How simple is that! If you just follow this simple advice from Louise L Hay to help your recovery, you will find that your energy levels will rise and you will look and feel healthier.

Exercise and fitness…

Keeping fit and healthy is another major part at taking full responsibility for your own recovery.

Of course we all have our own personal limits and challenges. But that does not mean we all cannot keep active. Even, if that is just 10 to 30 minutes.

Here are few examples…

Walking…

Start off at your own pace for about 10 minutes a day. When you find it getting too easy, increase to 15 minutes… then to 20 minutes… maybe 30 minutes. Do whatever feels right for you!  You will be simply amazed by the benefits.

Yoga, Pilates and T’ai Chi

Whatever challenges you’re going through in your life right now. Yoga, Pilates or T’ai Chi will have massive benefits, not just on your body, but also your mind.

You may have to do little research which one is best for you. As a guide, try to focus on the one that looks at Meditation, breathing and posture.

Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises

These can be as simple as turning your head to look over your shoulder or stretching your arm towards the ceiling. My advice is to have a chat with a physiotherapist to find which exercises suit your personal needs.

Your only responsibility is to stick with exercise plan. The physiotherapist can give you plan and give his advice, but you are the only one that can execute it.

Swimming…

I think this is a great choice! Whatever you may be going through, swimming is great for fitness and pain management. You can get amazing benefits at any fitness level or ability.

Just being in the water itself is enough to start with, as your body has to work harder to move around in the water.

Here are a few more.

  • hydrotherapy
  • Gentle aqua aerobics
  • Water polo
  • Walking or running in water

If you are not sure, take a visit to your doctor or your local swimming pool and take a look at what they have to offer.

Meditation…

Meditation is great way to relax and let go of the negative self-talk and reduce pain and discomfort.

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular, and has been shown in clinical trials to reduce chronic pain by 57 per cent.

That’s huge!!

Even some hospital pain clinics are now using mindfulness meditation to help their patients cope with a wide range of conditions and diseases.

Such as, Cancer.. heart disease… and Arthritis. It is also used for back problems, migraines and fibromyalgia.

Basically, whatever you may be going through, Meditation can help you far more than you could have ever imagined.

Now that you know what mindfulness meditation can do, let’s show you how it can help YOU!

The Body Scan Meditation…

If you have never experienced a body scan meditation before you are in for a real treat!

You do not have to expert meditator to feel the benefits. And you can start seeing results quickly.

Ok, let’s start,

Find a quiet place to lie down or sit, just do whatever feels right you. Turn of your phone and make sure you will not be disturbed for 20 minutes.

When you are comfortable, take 3 deep breaths in through nose and out through mouth. Then start to focus on your breathing, feel your chest going up and down.

If it feels natural try to take the breath right down into your belly.

Get into a rhythm…In and Out…In and Out…In and Out, as you start to relax.

You may start thinking negative thoughts or start to feel pain and discomfort, just smile and move your focus back to your breathing.

Now you are relaxed and still focusing on your breathing, you are going to focus on relaxing individual parts of your body….

  • Starting from your scalp then moving down to your forehead
  • Around your eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Continue working your way down your body to your toes.

By now you are totally relaxed, now with each out breath try to relax even more and just enjoy the feeling of being relaxed and in the moment.

When you are ready start to come back to full awareness, do this at your own in your own time. Just wait until you are fully back to awareness before carry on with your day.

And of course, Practice…Practice…Practice

The more you practice the deeper you will relax each time you do it.

The best time to practice is in the morning just before you get up as you are already relaxed from a night sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed the body scan meditation.

Now, as I mentioned before, taking total responsibility for your life and your recovery is a choice, nothing more nothing less!

If we take a look at Morris Goodman, he had accepted where was at that moment and took total responsibility for his goal, to walk out of the hospital unaided by Christmas.

Even though the doctors said he would not be able to breathe, talk, let alone walk out the front door of the hospital.

That brings us nicely to the end of this first part in which we have looked and discussed:

  • Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  • Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery

In the second part of this post, which can be read here, we investigate:

  1. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  2. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

Until then take care.

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I Will Get Better
Healing, Pain, Recovery

I will get better!

Stating your intention that ‘I will get better!” is a strong affirmation of recovery from a disease, pain or illness.

As Ayn Rand said:

“It isn’t who is going to let me it is who is going to stop me”

Having the intention to recover and overcome gives us purpose.

Auto-suggestion, a form of self Hypnosis, suggests we say to ourselves as often as we can:

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”

This saying will fully focus our subconscious mind on helping our body better.


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Being 100% responsible for our recovery, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to help ourselves because it enables us to orchestrate the best behaviours for the best possible chance of recovery.

We all know we are going to pass somewhen. But whilst we are alive we can always hope for the best outcome from whatever current situation we find ourselves in. As Thich Nhat Hanh said:

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

Choose life
Healing, Recovery

Can our minds delay extend our life?

This is an interesting question because if it means we have so much power within us, even if we don’t yet know it. So can our minds extend our life?

Some may feel this is a sombre subject to bring up. I would just say that no live person has ever reached the age of 200. So it is, pretty much, certain that we are all going to pass away at some point. So let’s accept it and use it as a tool to fully appreciate life. This allows us not to be shocked when our time does come, although we all want that to be as far away from now as possible.

I would like to share with you a few stories that I feel demonstrate the minds potential to delay death.

For the first time in a New York hospices history, not a single person died in a calendar month, that month was December 1999. After the first week of January, when the number were high, all the figures went back to the expected rates. Why do I feel this is? The patients wanted to see in the New Millennium so much that even death would not get in the way.


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I accept that had there been a severe failure of a major organ for one of the hospice’s residence there is nothing that could be done, but it does suggest to me that we can subconsciously (or even consciously) give up on life, due to lack or purpose.

Think of married couples who have been together for 40+ years and one passes away, the other half then can pass very shortly after or the time you hear or a grandparent who makes it to the wedding they have so wanted to go to before passing not long after.

And of course, there is the example of Tom who I discussed in our last post.

I would say that by listening to our intuition (Mind, Heart and Gut) we can discover what our purpose is for being alive and here? This will focus our mind on being alive.

Suffering
Healing, Pain, Recovery

Can I stop my suffering?

First of all, I wish you freedom from any suffering you are experiencing.

You may say is it really possible for me not to suffer. Can I stop my suffering? I would say you most definitely can and there are others who know it too and a couple who even explain how!

The first is Haruki Murakami whose quote seems to always appear on posts about suffering, and this one is no different, so here it is, but in full:

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself”

How I interpret this is that pain is the sensation of hurt. The suffering is our negative reaction to it. Our point of control over is that we can choose how we react and therefore reduce or remove our suffering altogether.


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So how can we remove suffering? Shinzen Young, a Zen Monk and Author of Break Through Pain, has a really clear and simple formula which is: S=PxR.

Suffering = Pain x Resistance.

Which means that if we do not resist our situation, and accept it just as it is, we will not suffer and just have the sensation of hurt which is much less than having the pain and suffering.

So acceptance is key to overcoming suffering and leaving us with the pain or illness for us to manage in whatever way we choose. As Allan Lokos so eloquently puts it:

“Suffering usually relates to want wanting things to be different from the way they are”

So why not practice accepting each situation exactly as it is thus enabling us to focus fully on our recovery from a position of where we are in this moment.

Thank you for reading this post. Please comment below if you have any questions, views or opinions that you would like to share.

Take care
Mark

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First Step
Pain, Recovery

First step to overcoming illness and pain

The best place to start here is that we are all human and sometimes knowing the first step to overcoming illness and pain to lead a more comfortable life is one thing, actually putting it into practice can be something else.

We may think that we have it sorted and ‘Bam!’ we realise we have a little further to go on our journey. Either way, we still know that our first step is correct for us, even if as of yet, we do not know how we are going to get there. As a friend of mine said in his preparation for a Triple Iron Man:

“The best way to eat an Elephant is one bite at a time.”

So what is the first step? I hear you ask. The answer is Acceptance.


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Acceptance is key for many reasons, but the main one is if we are not accepting our situation exactly as it is how can we build our plan to overcome it. As Byron Katie so nicely puts it:

“I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.”

To me, this is so true because reality is exactly how it is supposed to be.

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” – Byron Katie

There are so many points to break down from this quote but for us at this point the key is to accept our situation, we don’t have to like it because our aim is to work towards changing our current situation to one of health and comfort and that is what we at Natural Healing Resources aim to support you with, but from the point acceptance because only then can we change our current predicament.