Overcoming Depression
Pain, Recovery

How I Healed Myself From Depression and Got My Life Back Without Taking Pills!

According to the World Health Organization as you are reading this right now 300 million people worldwide are suffering with depression!

And the problem is getting worse each year.

It is also a major cause of disease and other major health problems.

I’m sure you agree these statistics are quite shocking.

But the fact is when you are going through the hell that is depression. You just don’t care about the other 299 million.

As I know depression is very personal. You feel that no one really understands how you feel and it can feel quite lonely.

Ok, you may go and see your doctor.

After only, a 15-minute chit chat on how you are feeling your doctor will more than likely give you some medication to help with all those bad feelings.

Some things cannot be fixed with a pill!

I was in the similar situation about 17 years ago. At the time, it was the lowest point in my life!

In fact, I even considered ending my life!

I was given anti-depressants, which I knew deep down were not going to work so chose not to take them.

This led to me going through counselling for 2 years, even though my therapist, Clive, was a huge help at that time.

For quite some time I did not really feel I was getting any better!

I just felt I was going around in circles and talking about the same stuff over and over again.

But then, I had a real breakthrough that changed everything!

And that is exactly what I am going to show you right now.

    • What you are going to learn today
    • How do you know if you have depression?
    • You do have a choice!
    • How to stop procrastinating and change your life.
    • The 9 steps that I personally used to heal myself from depression…

Ok, let’s get to it!

How do you know if you have depression?

You may be saying to yourself I have depression but the fact is unless you have had diagnoses from your doctor (which I highly recommend before you label yourself as depressed)

You really do not know for sure if you have depression or that you are simply feeling sad or a feeling down.

So to point you in the right direction here are the most common symptoms of depression…

Symptoms of Depression

If you think you have any of these symptoms constantly for more than two weeks you may have depression. As stated before making an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out is a good idea.

Like what happened to me your doctor may prescribe you medication or refer you to a therapist to help with a diagnosis. Or it could be both!

If you are diagnosed with depression it could be…..

Bipolar disorder…

Previously named manic depression a server type of depression where the individual may experience server mood swings and major depressed states.

Each episode could last up to weeks or even months in some cases.

Postpartum depression/postnatal depression…

This type of depression occurs when a woman has given birth; it generally develops 6-9 weeks after the birth. In some cases can be up to several months to develop.

There is no link with this type of depression to not loving the child and has nothing to do with your character. In fact, it is a clinical illness.

Seasonal Affective Disorder…

You may know of someone with this type of depression S.A.D for short.

The symptoms are typically the same as depression. However, S.A.D generally only happens when the days get shorter. Which means there is less sunlight?

Experts say that lack of sunlight is a major cause of S.A.D. an ultraviolet light can help relieve the symptoms.

But remember this!

Feeling sad time to time is a part of life. For example, if you are grieving the loss of a loved one or even after losing your job. It is only natural that we feel down from time to time.

The difference is that you feel that even though it is a bad time it will get better.

However, if you have depression you may feel that there is no way out. You keep repeating the same thoughts over and over again.

And if you keep thinking these negative thoughts it could eventually lead to major health problems in the future.

But the good news you can choose to do something about it! Depression can be treated.

Naturally or medically, in fact, it could be a combination of both, if you choose?

That moves us nicely on to the next chapter, it’s almost as if I planned it.


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You do have a choice!

You may be thinking right now it can’t be that simple. But the simple fact is you have made the choices that have brought you to this point in your life.

But you can do something about it. You can make a different choice!

So let’s make a choice right now….

Choose to continue what you are doing.

Or

Choose to take responsibly for your own life and start making different choices.

When I was going through depression 17 years ago I asked myself a simple question that changed my life.

Are the choices that I am making right now helping me to recover?

For me, the answer was a big fat NO!

So I made a choice right there and then in that very moment to take responsibility for my own recovery.

I started to meditate, eating healthy and made sure I had enough space and time to be gentle and supportive to myself.

I realised that you can only change in this moment, the past is gone the future is not here yet. Unless you have a time machine, you can’t change the past and you can’t predict the future.

It is only at this very moment that we can make a change!

So from this very moment make a choice to do something about the depression.

It’s time to do things differently!

However, for some of us, it’s not that simple.

Even though we all have good intentions at the start, life starts to get in the way. Part of you wants to move forward and the other half wants things to stay the way they are.

Basically, we are procrastinating, even if we desperately want things to change.

And before you know it you are back to your old habits. Focusing on the negative thoughts and feeling there is no hope.

To help beat procrastination watch this video below:

Let’s make this very clear…

You are the only one who is going to do it!

But just think of what life will be like on the other side, a life where depression does not rule your life.

So let’s not put it off any longer… it’s time to finally do something to change your life, or like in my case, save it!

You may ask…How can you be so sure?

Because I have had depression and came out the other side.

And it all started by making the choice to do something about it.

Now I want you to break free from the shackles of depression and start living the life you truly deserve.

So let me share a video with you about how I beat depression and changed my life.

Before I start, these helpful tips that I am about to show, I believe, can work for anyone; you don’t need special training. I am just a normal person, just like you.

Ok, let’s get started and see if it can change your life!

I am sure you are aware that there may be others reading this post that may have similar challenges to yourself.

So why not put a comment below and let them know what you are going through and any successes you may have had.

In fact, you may be able to help them in some way?

I will also answer any questions you may have regarding your own challenges, I love to help.

Best wishes
Mark

NB: Just as a side note, For the last 6 years I have volunteered as a Listener for the Samaritans, a UK charity whose aim is that fewer people die by suicide. I spend 3 hours each week listening and offering emotional support to callers who are in distress and despair. On top of this for the last 4 years, I have been a qualified trainer of both new Samaritans going through their Initial Training as well as offering On-Going-Training to existing and long-serving Samaritans. Of all the things I have done in my life, volunteering for the Samaritans is by far the most rewarding, though as you can imagine, because of the experiences I’ve shared in this post, that is not the reason I do it.

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Healing, Recovery

10 things you must know if want to live cancer free

Do you have a history of cancer in your family?

If not, I’m sure you must know someone who has lost their life to cancer.

Even though it’s a terrible fact, it’s really no surprise!

According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2016 there were 1,685,210 of new cases of cancer with 595.690 deaths.

And it seems we are no nearer having a cure for cancer than we were 10 years ago.

However,

The odds of surviving cancer are so much greater if you take responsibility and look after your health and well-being.

Like they say “Prevention is better than cure!”

In fact, there are so many things we can do to prevent us getting cancer, it just means making some better choices.

So let me show you how!

What you are going to learn

  • The reason why prevention is better than cure
  • 10 things you can do right now to prevent cancer
  • Why taking action is the key to surviving cancer

 

The reason why prevention is better than cure.

First of all, I want you to think of owning a car.

It has a check-up/service; you repair any dents and scratches and check the oil levels.

You don’t make the mistake that you think you have a monster truck, and take it over rocky tracks that damage the suspension!

And of course, if there is anything major you will take it to a garage to be repaired.

Basically, it’s your responsibility to do anything to keep it on the road!

Now, if you did not do anything and just hoped it would be ok, I’m sure you would agree your car would not last very long.

It would either have lots of problems that would just keep getting worse and worse.

Maybe the engine would blow up because there is no oil in the engine.

Or like I did once, you put the wrong fuel in and damaged the whole engine.

Your mind and body are no different!

You need to have regular check-ups with your doctor to see if there is anything majorly wrong. I.e. cancer!

Even more so, if you are over the age of 50.

Also, making sure you are putting the right fuel/food into your body so it does not damage your engine/body.

Like your car.

It’s your responsibility to look after yourself so you can prevent developing major problems in the future.

And it’s not just cancer! Also heart disease, Joint problems, High blood pressure or even stress and anxiety, to name but a few.

I am sure you agree that prevention is far better than just hoping you will not break down!

Now it’s not beyond the realms of possibility you could make all the right choices and still get cancer.

Like your car, some things are just out of your control.

  • There are things that you can control and can change,
  • Other things you can influence and persuade others to change and finally
  • There are those things that you cannot

 

“Control the controllable” as the saying goes.

“You take control of those things that you can control” says Stephen Covey

However,

And there is still something you can do for the things you cannot control

Thomas Miller in his book “How to want what you have” suggested that if we cannot change it, we must accept it.

This enables us not to suffer and to be aware of what is going on.

What the hell does that mean! You may ask!

Well.

If you have cancer you are probably suffering with pain and stress on a daily bases, because you want the situation to be different.

Basically, it’s getting too much!

But even then, we do have a choice!

There are things we can do to reduce the suffering. (more on that later)

Only if we accept what is going on now can we make choices that improve our life and reduce our suffering.

The reality is, if what we are doing now is not working, and then we can change our behaviour to give ourselves the best possible chance of surviving.

Instead of burying our head in the sand and hoping it will be ok!

“Suffering is to want reality to be different from how it is” TWEET THIS

Or as Byron Katie puts it “When you argue with reality, you always lose – but only 100% of the time” and “I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.”

Every expert will confirm that if you make the right choices, you will dramatically reduce the risk of developing cancer or any of the other major diseases.

Even if we develop cancer we can still make good lifestyle choices that not only helps prevent the situation getting worse but may even cure the cancer altogether.

It’s a win – win!


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Yes, it may be scary and I’m not saying it is going to be easy.

But, if you know you are making poor choices and don’t make the change now you will be putting yourself at risk of a doctor someday giving you some very bad news!

Whether that is cancer or another life threating disease.

But!

Making the right choices can be difficult if we don’t have the facts!

10 shocking facts about cancer that you need to know right now!

10 shocking facts about cancer

I am sure you agree, they are quite shocking facts.

But, instead of thinking how terrible they are, use it to your advantage.

Say to yourself I’m not going to be another statistic!

I am going to start making better choices right now in this very moment that will increase my chances of avoiding cancer!

So! If your family has a history of cancer, it does not mean you will get it too!

In fact, it’s more likely that lifestyle is the reason our families has a history of developing cancer.

To break that cycle, all we have to do is to simply make better lifestyle choices.

Ok Mark, I now know that prevention is the best course of action.

But how do I know I am putting myself at risk of getting cancer?

I am glad you asked!

Well, prevention has a lot to do with our lifestyle. We are all going about our daily lives walking around with blind folds on.

Never stopping and taking that blindfold off and really looking at how our lifestyle is affecting our mind and bodies, not just us but our loved ones too.

Or in this case cancer!

So to bring you up to speed…

6 things you can do right now that drastically prevents you from getting cancer!

1 Eating a healthy diet

The first and one of the most important is eating a healthy diet.

According to cancer research UK, our diet has been linked to many different cancers:

  • Mouth cancer
  • Upper throat cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Bowel cancer

However!

There is so much information on what’s the right food we should be eating, that we can’t see the wood for trees.

Low fat this… reduced calories that!

In fact, all we need to do is eat real food!

So if you are serious about preventing cancer you need to know what food you are putting in your body.

I don’t know about you I like to keep things simple. So here are some simple changes to your diet that will help prevent cancer!

  • Eat more fruit and vegetables

In fact, like me I would base your whole diet on fruits, vegetables or anything else that grows out of the ground like whole grains, beans and natural nuts.

  • Stay away from processed foods and takeaways.

It is not just the burgers, Indian/Chinese takeaways, donuts and cakes..

Basically, if it is in packet don’t put it in your mouth!

  • Also avoid foods products with the word “light”, “low Fat” or “Non-Fat” in their names!

Just because you remove the name fat, does not mean it is not fattening or healthy.

We then think we can eat more just because it says “Low Fat” on the label!

In fact, they are just as unhealthy, as they are full of refined sugars.

Since the low-fat campaigns began in late 1970, Americans actually have been eating 500 more calories per day.

And, most of these calories are in the form or refined sugars!

2 Stop drinking alcohol

Drinking alcohol dramatically increases your chances of getting breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, kidney and also liver.

You will be more at risk if you have been drinking regularly for a long period of time and also the risk is high if you are a heavy drinker.

So it is in your best interest to stop. I stopped drinking 10 years ago and I have never looked back!

However if you think you have drink problem, go and get some help…

http://www.quitalcohol.com/guides/top-10-alcohol-treatment-centers.html

3 Include Apoptosis Foods in your diet.

Apoptosis is a natural process for when a cell commits suicide to protect the body. This only happens when a cell detects damage.

But in cancer cells this does not happen. But scientists still do not know why this happens.

However, there are foods that are proven to force the cancer cells to commit suicide just as if it was happening naturally. These are called Apoptosis Foods

Here are some you can try:

  • Green Tea – 
  • peas, beans lentils
  • blueberries, strawberries ,raspberries
  • broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
  • kale and turnips
  • Tomatoes

Also, if you have been diagnosed with cancer ask your doctor about using apoptosis-causing foods.

3 Stop smoking

We all know the danger of smoking, especially the link with lung cancer!

So, giving up smoking is one of the important things you can do, to not only prevent cancer but also other deadly diseases.

Even if we do not smoke, just breathing in other peoples smoke can put your health at risk!

If are a smoker and have tried to give up in past, keep trying until you find the best way for you! There are many ways that could help you break the habit for good!

  • Find your motivation.

In this case it may be to help prevent yourself from getting cancer. But it could be for your children and family or whatever drives you forward to being a non-smoker.

You are the only one who knows what is going to motivate you!

  • Try nicotine patches and gum.

You are going to face some resistance to spark up again. To combat this, try using nicotine patches or even nicotine gum.

It may sound simple but, this could mean the difference between giving up completely or going back to your smoking habit.

Have a chat with you doctor to find out more.

  • Tell others you are quitting.

Having support while you are trying to give smoking is must! But most of us try to keep it to ourselves.

The thing is, if you don’t tell family, friend and work mates, how can they support you?

Tell your friends and family, you just might need them when the going gets tough!

Label yourself ‘A Non-Smoker’ to yourself and everybody you meet.

4 Sleep well

This is one of the least well known ways that helps to prevent cancer.

But you also may not know that an average of 1-10 of us experience some kind of sleep problems.

Where we are always waking up or are easily disturbed.

However, there are some simple ways to help with sleep problems:

  • Get up and go to bed at the same time every day.
  • Only use bed for sleep.
  • Go bed only when you feel very sleepy.
  • Avoid drinking caffeine just before bed
  • If you are still not asleep after 30 minutes, get up and do something you find boring.
  • Listen to a relaxing mp3 before you sleep

I personally listen to an mp3, but you will find the one that works for you?

5 Getting enough Exercise

Be honest with yourself, do you do enough exercise?

According to the American Cancer Society, at least 30 minutes of daily exercise is needed to reduce the risk of getting cancer.

Now, I would like to point out, this is beyond your daily activities!

So if you walk to work every day, sorry, that will not count!

Now, you may think, I don’t want to run around the block 3 times or go to the gym 5 times week.

That’s absolutely fine,

So find something that you will enjoy!

The best part is, it won’t feel like exercise because you will be enjoying yourself so much!

Trust me, you will know when find it!

And you will be astonished on how it can change your life!

5 Avoiding stress and staying relaxed

If you only took action on one thing from this post, this would be it!

In fact, this could change your life!

Stress plays massive part in developing not only cancer but all the major diseases that we experience today.

Now, because I believe this to be so important and I really want you to understand how stress can affect your mind and body.

But more importantly,

I want you to Increase the chance of you NOT developing cancer in the future.

So read what I wrote for you! It’s free…

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Now, that you know why you should choose prevention rather than waiting for cancer to arrive on your door step.

And you have also learned 6 ways that can help prevent cancer.

But these are just words on the screen unless we take action.

To make sure you don’t just read this post and forget it! Take a look at the video below..

Here are a couple of infographics I found helpful, I hope they help you too.

7 ways to overcome procrastination

24 ways to overcome procrastination

Cancer Cure
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The number 1 reason why Chinese women do not get breast cancer

Anyone who is suffering from breast cancer will know first-hand what a cruel disease it is.

In fact, 1 in 2 women just in the UK alone are affected by breast cancer.

And more than likely to be advised by a doctor to undergo radiotherapy, chemotherapy or receive painful surgery.

However, even though your doctors reassure you it is the best way to go.

You just have a gut feeling that death is just around the corner! But also know you have family and friends that want you around as long as possible.

Basically! You want to live!

Well,

This is exactly what Professor Jane Plant PhD, CBE from the UK was going through.

But something happened that changed everything!

Jane’s husband returned from a business trip to China and brought cards, letters and a gift of an amazing herbal medicine that was a cure for breast cancer!

Even though it was a challenging time, Jane and her husband had a sense of humour about the situation.

Jane remembers saying…

“If this is what the treatment for breast cancer is in China, then it is a little wonder that Chinese women avoid getting cancer”

Then it hit her!

Why didn’t Chinese women get cancer?

And what Jane and her husband discovered was far simpler than Jane could ever wish for!

Oh yes, Jane is now completely cancer free!

What you are going to learn from Jane…

The number 1 reason why women in China do not get breast cancer.

How to copy what Jane did and heal yourself of breast cancer.

The difference between success and failure.

Jane plant had an overwhelming desire to not only to find out why Chinese women do not get cancer.

But also to live!

Jane remembered a conversation with some fellow scientists from China, which they compared to breast cancer statistics between the west and in the east.

Well, quite frankly, Jane was astonished!

Only 1 in 10,000 women in China will die of breast cancer!

Compared to…

Are you ready for this!

1 in 12 will die from breast cancer just in the UK alone.

It gets worse!

In most western countries the average is 1 in 10!

I am sure you agree these figures are quite staggering.

Now you may be thinking that China has more rural areas than most western countries. And this is why the statistics are so different.

In short, NO!

Even in the cities like Hong Kong, the rate only rises to 34 deaths to every 10.000.

That is still very low compared to the western world!

There’s more…

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have similar statistics to Hong Kong and we all know what happened in these 2 cities!

So, from all this information, Jane came to a simple conclusion…

If a western woman moved to Nagasaki or even Hiroshima, the risk of her getting breast cancer would be cut to more than half!

Before you start packing!

Jane also discovered if a woman from China moved to a western country…

Let’s say the UK!

There would be a 1 in 12 risk of getting breast cancer, just by moving to the west!

Well, at least Jane knew it can’t be genetic.

So what is going on here?

Well, in short, lifestyle!

The Chinese have a saying for breast cancer… “Rich Woman’s Disease”

Why? You may ask.

Only the well-off can afford to eat, what the Chinese call… “Hong Kong food”

Or to put it another way western food!

  • Ice cream
  • Milk chocolate
  • Pasta
  • Cheese
  • To name but a few

Jane now had the feeling she was getting somewhere.

In fact, this goes for us men out there too!

According to the World Health Organisation, the number of Chinese men getting prostate cancer 0.5 to every 100.00

However, in the UK alone the risk is 70% higher! And like breast cancer in women, they were all middle class or well off areas.

Now, Jane remembers saying to her husband.

“Come on Peter, you have just come back from China. What is it about the Chinese way of life that is so different?”

Why don’t they get breast cancer?

Jane and her husband decided right there and then to use their scientific back ground and look at it logically.

First, they looked at fats in diets

But, Jane knew from past experience and research that fat intake does increase the risk of breast cancer.

Then, something was said that changed everything.

Jane was not sure who said it first? Jane or her husband Peter…

“The Chinese don’t eat dairy produce”

It was hard to explain how excited she and her husband was, at that very moment they both knew they had found a massive break through.

This led to more confirmation on what they had both discovered…

Jane recalled how the Chinese people cannot tolerate milk.

Jane also mentioned, that people from China whom she had met always thought that milk was only for babies.

In fact, the Chinese find it very strange that we eat and drink dairy produce.

I am sure you would agree this is quite amazing!

With her science cap on, Jane started to look into it a bit further and discovered that milk is one of the most common causes of food allergies.

And found, remarkably over 70% of the world’s population cannot digest Milk, sugar or lactose.

As you may know, in the western society we eat a lot of dairy products.

  • Skimmed milk
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Yogurts
  • Cheap mince beef (ground up dairy cow)
  • Ice cream

At this point, the chemotherapy was simply not working. The cancerous lump was still the same size.

Now!

Armed and inspired with all this information, Jane did something that anyone else would do in her situation.

How to copy what Jane and heal breast cancer.

She gives up eating and drinking dairy produce altogether!

Jane was a woman on a mission; before she put anything into her body she would check the label to see if it had any trace of dairy in the ingredients.

If dairy produce was in the house, it went in the trash!

Well!

About 2 weeks after Jane’s second chemo session and  1 week of not eating any dairy.

Jane’s lump started to itch.

Then miraculously, it began to reduce in size. The tumour was in complete remission!

And then, one Saturday afternoon, Jane asked her husband Peter to confirm what she already knew.

Peter could not feel any lump, the tumour had completely vanished!

Even though they were understandably excited, they thought it would be best to get a second opinion.

So! Jane went to see her cancer specialist at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

After examining Jane thoroughly…

And after being a bit confused but very delighted, he said….

“I can’t find it!”

In fact, none of the doctors expected anyone of her type and stage of cancer to survive.

Let alone to be completely cured!

Jane is living proof that a dairy free diet not only helps to prevent us getting cancer in the first place.

But can heal or cure cancer even when all hope of surviving this destructive disease is lost!

However, you may still find it hard to believe that simply cutting out dairy will have a dramatic effect on your chances of healing yourself of cancer.

Just think to yourself, “If Jane can do it, then I can too!”

Now, you may be asking yourself, what foods contain dairy and what can I eat instead?

Don’t worry I have got your back!

A simple guide on how to live dairy free

Avoiding dairy is not as easy as not eating butter or drinking milk. Many different foods contain dairy ingredients that we are not even aware of when looking at labels.

Here is what you should be looking out for…

  • Milk additives
  • Casein
  • Whey
  • Chee
  • Lactose
  • Lactulose
  • Curds
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Hydrolysates

This list may be a bit daunting.

But this is a good habit to get into before you put any food or drink into your shopping basket.

Ok, it might be a bit time-consuming at the beginning. This will become much easier when you get to know what produce contains dairy and what are the best alternatives.

So! To point you in the right direction here is a list of the common dairy foods and suggested alternatives…

Dairy Alternatives Infographic

This is just a small number of dairy free produce you can choose from; there are literally hundreds more available.

If you do pick up something from your local shop that you are not sure that it is dairy free.

Just copy Jane’s example and check the label.

Ok, you are now armed with all this information and inspired by Jane’s amazing story.

The next step is to take action.

Not taking action is one of the most common reasons why people do not follow through and get the result they truly deserve.

Even though they are inspired by a story like Jane’s and I don’t want that to happen to you!

So! I’m not going to leave you unless I know as soon as you have finished reading this post; you are going to take action!

The difference between success and failure.

Let’s stop for a minute and have a little chat one to one.

Look I get it you still have your doubts and you already have lots to deal with already.

But let me ask you this:

Will it harm you in any way if you could cut out dairy?

Here is another question…

Do YOU really believe that chemotherapy is going cure you of cancer!

If the answer is no! Carry on reading!

Now, you may still want to choose to carry on with your chemotherapy and along with cutting out dairy just like our friend Jane did!

After all, it is your choice! And that’s all it comes down to…

A choice!

  • Take inspiration from this post, take immediate action and give yourself a better chance of healing yourself from breast cancer and live life to the full.

Or…

  • Put your eggs in one basket and just carry on with chemotherapy and hope it heals your breast cancer on its own.

Which as you know, many of the doctors did not even believe it could cure Jane’s breast cancer? Even though they told her it was the only option!

For me, it is a no brainer!

Like I said I am on a mission to get you going!

So, the best time to take action is…

Not in an hour

Not tomorrow

Not next week

But right now in this very moment!

Why?

Because you’re more than likely to be inspired by Jane’s amazing experiences, after all, she is living prove this really works.

However, if you leave it to long, life will just get in the way and it will get put to the back of the line.

And I don’t want that happening to you!

I want to give you the best chance possible to survive this terrible disease.

So, start checking labels in your fridge, cupboards and freezer and put all the dairy products in the bin.

Now that you have started, keep going!

Don’t give up!

Ok! It might be hard at first, but just think of the potential benefits?

  • Spend more time with your family
  • Watch the grandchildren grow up
  • Living cancer and pain-free

I tell you what! When you have cleared out your cupboards and put all the dairy products in the bin.

Put a comment in the box below! Also, you can see if anyone else has done the same!

A little community as it were.

That’s all for today

Speak soon
Mark


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Why Natural Healing is Far better For You!

With the title of this blog Natural Healing Resources, I think you know which side I lean too!

But how do you choose?

Look! I get it!

We are constantly told by the media and the government that we should take this pill for this and have treatment for that!

The fact is, there are so many forms of healing, conventional and natural,

We just don’t know which way to turn!

Also, you must know that there is no one single method that covers all of our health needs.

It just does not exist!

But!

There is one that completely dominates the whole health industry.

And that is western medicine!

In our modern world conventional medicine is everywhere.

So even if we want to go down natural healing path. We are told by our doctors that it is not advisable.

As it has not been proven in a lab and it is all just hocus pocus nonsense!

So, we are never really told that we already have incredible healing power.

In fact, in most cases we don’t need any medication or treatment to heal ourselves.

So how do decide which method is best for you!

How can you cut through the confusion and the hype!

I can’t think of any better than to put both cases in front of a Judge and a jury of the Peoples Health Court!

Entirely fictional of course! 🙂

Before we start….

What you are going to learn from the court case.

  • Why doctors think modern medicine is the only way to treat and heal the human body!
  • Why natural healing is better than conventional western medicine ( backed up by overwhelming evidence)

 

Ok let’s get to it!

On one side of the court, I will put my case forward to the jury via video link!

Why natural healing is better than conventional western medicine!

And on the other side of the room, a medical doctor of conventional medicine presents his evidence.

Why modern medicine is the only way to treat and heal the human body!

And of course!  To win the case we also both have to convince the judge.

Let’s say, is your grandmother!

Well! Your grandmother has seen it all in her lifetime. She will make a great judge!


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And last but not least, we have to convince the jury!

That is YOU!

The judge has set a date, which is to today!

Right now in fact!

It should have been yesterday but your grandmother had bingo!

She is the judge! 🙂

Ok!

First up is the medical doctor!

Why modern medicine is the only way to treat and heal the human body!

“Ok, I would like to start by speaking for all the medical doctors out there!

By saying that the human body just needs help.

And I will prove it!

Let’s take this as an example…

For argument sake, you left here and on your way home you had a car accident. You broke your leg! And you are losing blood!

Where would you like to taken too?

The emergency room or the herbalist, may be an acupuncturist or even a chiropractor?

Of course, you would use the emergency room!

In fact! With Trauma and serious accidents which need immediate surgery.

I’m sure the jury would agree there is absolutely no other option than to use conventional medicine!

Even some infections require emergency care and medication.

And I am sure you know if you go to any medical doctor with any problem, there is a medication or treatment to combat any disease!

For example…

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Joint pain/back pain

 

Even if you are feeling stressed, we have a pill to fix it!

And if that does not have any effect, we can give you stronger pills!

Basically, any symptoms you have, we can fix it with medication, surgery or even chemotherapy which has all been proven in lab tests.

In fact, unless it has been proven by science then, in my opinion, it is hocus pocus and has no place in conventional medicine.

That is why most of us trust our doctors because we are the only ones that have the responsibility for your health!

Members of the jury!

I am sure you can see that conventional medicine is the only way to treat the human body!

Thank you, I rest my case!

Thank you, doctor!

Before Mark starts he has asked the jury to consider the following exhibits:

Death by Medicine by Ashley James on Scribd

Ok, Mark, you are up.

“Thank you doctor”

and

“Thank you Mark”

 

The jury has a great responsibility today, in choosing the between conventional medicine and natural healing path.

On one side you have conventional medicine that has tried to prove that medication or treatment can almost treat everything. And especially effective if the body needs fixing.

The doctor said, “The human body cannot heal by itself, it just needs help.”

Conventional medicine in brief:

  • Cares about repairing the body.
  • See us a machine
  • fixes everything with drugs and surgery
  • Only interested in repairing us when we are sick.

 

Then there is Marks case.

After reading the shocking statistics, taking responsibility for your own health by making better choices, in Marks opinion is the best way forward.

Natural healing also relies on prevention rather than going straight for the pills or painful treatment.

Which, in some cases, the side effects are worse than the problem you are trying to heal.

Especially Chronic disease!

Conventional treatments for Heart Disease, Cancer, High blood pressure, joint pain

Simply do not work!

In fact, chemotherapy is so devastating that even doctors said they would refuse it if they became ill!

In brief…

Natural healing which focuses on:

  • The whole person Body Mind and Spirit
  • See the human as part of a bigger picture
  • Looks at putting everything back in harmony
  • Encourages that will enable our body to heal naturally.
  • Put the individual in control, not the doctor.
  • Its purpose is to always keep us healthy.

 

Ok, jury, it’s down to you to make the right choice!

Not for anyone else, just YOU!

Please leave a comment below to let me know your views.

And which you think is best for you?

If you have any questions regarding this post please let me know.

Speak soon

Mark

Blood Pressure
Healing, Recovery

7 things you can do right now to lower your high blood pressure, and change the day you die!

Developing high blood pressure has a lot to with how you live your life.

We are all busy and concentrating on our daily lives that we somehow manage to forget that we are creating habits that are is contributing to our high blood pressure.

However!

It’s never too late to make a change!

By simply making better health choices you could dramatically lower your blood pressure and reduce your medication.

Or even stop using it altogether!

And as added bonus, you will get to live longer too!

Let’s us find out some simple ways on how you can change the day you die!

What you are going to learn today…

  • Why it is never too late to make a better choice!
  • 7 things you can do right now to lower your blood pressure
  • Why you need to take action now!

Let’s get to it!

Why it is never too late to make a better choice!

If you have high blood pressure it is more than likely you have been prescribed medication to keep your high blood pressure under control.

Ok yes!  They may be working, but there are also many side effects depending on which medication you’re taking.

Which is affecting your overall long term health!

However!

You doctor may not have told you there are a lot of things we can do as individuals to help lower blood pressure. Without even taking a single pill!

In fact! We have so much healing power within us all; we could not stop it even if we wanted to!

Knowing this, high blood pressure tablets for me would be the very last resort.

Now! You may be thinking that it is too late for me to lower my blood pressure. The doctor said

“It’s the only choice you have left”

Quite frankly, that is not true!

Ok, you may not want to come off your medication all together, even though it is completely possible to do so.

But!, it’s never too late to make better lifestyle choices that can dramatically lower your blood pressure and change the day you die!

And over time you will be able to reduce the medication or come off it altogether!

As an added bonus, your overall health will have improved which could stop other health problems in the future.

So from this moment, take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing and start making some better choices!

In fact, really that is all it is…

A Choice!

  • Choose to carry on taking the medication and suffer from all the side effects without taking any responsibility for your own health.
  • Choose to gradually come off the medication by making healthier lifestyle choices, which not only lowers your blood pressure. But also gives you a better chance of living longer!

I don’t know about you, but this is a no brainer!!!

Ok, Mark, that’s fine!

But I don’t really know what I need to do to lower my blood pressure without relying on medication.

Well, you’re not alone!

A high percentage of us don’t really understand how are behaviours and actions are having a big part in creating high blood pressure and all the other health problems that will affect our lives.

So to point you in the right direction here are a list of behaviours and actions you may be doing without really know what damage it’s doing to your health.

7 things you can do right now to lower your blood pressure

1. Lifestyle…

Lifestyle plays a major role in lowering blood pressure, especially if you’re overweight.

High blood pressure and weight gain often go hand in hand, which can also increase the chance of other health problems, such as…

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Blood clots
  • Breathing problems

But the good news is!  Just by losing 10 pounds (4.5 kilogrammes) you can lower your blood pressure!

And if you maintain your weight, your blood pressure will stay down.

If you are not sure you are overweight, take a visit to the doctor.

2. Regular exercise…

In my opinion, exercise is an absolute must if we are serious about lowering our high blood pressure.

In fact, even if we do not have high blood pressure, 30 minutes of regular exercise will help prevent it!

It’s a win, win!

But, you have to be consistent!

If you stop exercising for long a periods your blood pressure may rise again.

The key to getting into the habit of regular exercise is…

Enjoyment!

If you enjoy it, it does not feel like exercise!

Here are a few examples that have been proven to lower blood pressure.

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Or even yoga

Do a bit of research, find an exercise you enjoy and keep at it!

You will be absolutely amazed at the results!

3. Healthy diet…

There is a lot of confusion around what is the most effective healthy diet to lower blood pressure.

But in fact! It’s really simple!

Stop eating…

  • Saturated fatty food
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Processed food/meat
  • Too much alcohol

I think you get the picture! Not very healthy!

So! Instead of eating and drinking that stuff!

Try eating…

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Lean meat
  • Whole grains
  • Natural nuts
  • Unprocessed fish

Now, this is real food that will not only lower your blood pressure. It will also make you feel healthier.

Louise L Hay summed it up in only a few words…

If it grows eat it!

If it doesn’t grow don’t eat it!

I told you it was simple!

It does not need any explaining.


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4. Cut down on the alcohol…

Now I am not saying you have to give up alcohol altogether.

In fact, small amounts of alcohol can actually be good for you!

However, if you are having a drink every day, then you’re probably drinking too much.

And, can actually raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels!

To combat this…

Save drinking alcohol for the weekends or on special occasions.

Not only will this help lower your blood pressure, you will also find that you will look forward to it more which also adds to the enjoyment!

Try it, it really does work!

5. Quit smoking…

I’m sure you know that smoking is bad for you.

Not only for your high blood pressure for other major health problems.

But!

You may not know that after each cigarette you smoke your blood pressure rises and then stays at the same level for many minutes.

However, if you choose to quit smoking your blood pressure will return to normal levels fairly quickly!

In fact, people of any age that stop smoking will not only be a lot healthier in general, they will actually change the day they die!

You may have tried to give up before or you are still struggling to give up smoking?

Try one of these options…

  • Nicotine patches/tablets
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Support group
  • Or even switch to E-cigarettes

The fact is, anyone who has quit smoking will tell you that, not only has their blood pressure gone down but they feel a lot fitter!

So if it works for them then it can work for you!

6. Reduce stress…

Chronic stress is a major contributor in developing high blood pressure and other chronic diseases

We are always on the go with our busy lives and more than likely do not even know we are even feeling stressed!

But, everybody reacts to stress in different ways, so it can be hard to nail down what you’re actually stressed about!

But!

Our behaviours and action can give us clues…

  • Eating too much
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Out of character mood swings
  • Withdrawn

Also, we need to a step back and look at what our stress triggers are!

Basically, what is it that is that you are worried about the most?

It may be…

  • Work problems
  • Family issues
  • Money problems
  • Chronic illness

The good news is!

That once you know what the problems are you can manage your stress more effectively!

Here are some ways you can manage stress more effectively…

Don’t expect too much of yourself

Trying to please everyone and control every situation is impossible.

But there are small things that you can do to reduce stress.

For example…

You may be rushing around in the mornings to get ready for work?

Because in the back of your mind, if I don’t leave soon I am going to be stuck in traffic for hours!

Why not try getting up a bit earlier or have everything ready the night before.

This simple change will give more time in the mornings instead of rushing around and feeling stressed.

Also, throughout the day, if you feel that you don’t have the time to do a task, learn to say no!

We have all been there, we said yes to something and then realised we have no time to do it.

So, we try to fit it in or rush it! Mainly because we don’t want to let the person down!

But if you said no! Sorry! I have not got the time!

I am sure the person would be fine about it! And find someone else or just wait until you do have the time?

There are only 24 hours in the day, not 30!

Talk to them

This may also apply to family and friends or even the mortgage company!

If you talk to them about your problems in my experience it can be a massive relief. It’s better than burying our heads in the sand and hoping the problem will just go away.

In fact, just simply talking about our problems can be enough to reduce stress in our lives.

Now, you may have a boss that is always on your case?

He is always putting you down and you are just fed up with it!

It just seems to be you!

Why not try talking to him/her face to face.

Ok, it might be a bit scary. At least you will get an answer either way!

The thing is your boss might be having his own problems, and therefore might not even know that you’re feeling this way.

So a simple chat just might make your boss realise how he/she has been treating you!

Of course, you may get a negative reaction?

So you may want to start looking at other options! Like getting another job!

The thing is your health is more important!

Make time relax!

For me, as a hypnotherapist, taking the time to relax is one of the most important things you can do to reduce stress.

And one the best ways to relax is through your breathing.

You only need 15 to 20 minutes a day and a place where you will not be disturbed. The best times are either in the morning just as you wake up or just before you go to sleep.

Whatever you choose just make sure you don’t speed through it!

This is your time to relax and to enjoy the experience.

To start to relax,

Close your eyes and gently breathe in through your nose and slowly out through your mouth.

Try to get into a nice slow rhythm,

If any thoughts come up just let them go.

This may take a bit of getting used too, as your mind is always bringing up thoughts.

Keep going as long as you can, then come back to full awareness!

If you find it difficult to relax listen to relaxing sounds of nature or a relaxation mp3

Now, if you get into the habit of doing this every day you will be simply amazed at the results!

Just listen to this and find yourself totally relaxed in minutes

FREE Relaxation mp3

7. Get support

When everything is going at a fast pace and we feel that we have no time to stop for anything.

We often forget that we have people around us that love us very much.

So, simply reaching out and asking for help can have a massive effect on the way we deal with stress on a daily basis.

However!

You may need help that your family and friends are not just qualified to deal with!

You may need to attend a support group with people that have had been in the same situation as you and come out the other side.

This support will give the confidence that everything is going to be ok!

If they can do it! So can I!

Or even reading a post like this can give you the motivation to take responsibility and take action to reduce stress in your life.

Basically! If you want to support it is there.

Just find the one that suits your needs, not somebody else!

But for you!

Why taking immediate action is the difference between success and failure.

Now, if you are reading this I am assuming that you are serious about lowering your blood pressure and dramatically increasing the chances of extending your life.

However!

You may be thinking “yes I’m going to try this”

I will start tomorrow or after my holiday!

This will not work!

I will tell you why.

At this moment in time, you are feeling motivated and keen to start!

And that is fantastic!

I applaud you for that.

But if you put it off for too long your motivation will fade.

In fact, you will either keep on putting it off or you will give up completely!

And I do not want that to be you!

So, I urge you to make the choice to start right now at this very moment.

Not tomorrow! not next week!

But today!

All it takes is to take the first step on the stairway to success.

And I have absolute no doubt you will get there!

Ok that’s all for now

If there is anyone you know that could benefit from this article, please share or simply leave a comment below.

And of course, as always, if you have any questions please do contact me!

Speak soon,

Mark,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Natural Healing Block
Healing, Recovery

What is Natural Healing And Why You Are Blocking It?

In short natural healing power is what the body does completely naturally.

If we cut your finger, we know without any doubt that it will heal itself.

And it does!

Even if we catch a cold, we know it will just go away.

And it does! And not even cross our mind that it is not going to end your life!

So!

If we believe that a cold or cut can be healed by the body’s natural healing power.

Then why do we not believe that we can heal ourselves from cancer?

The fact is, it’s the same healing power that heals a cold that also heals a cancer tumour!

But!

Do you really believe you can naturally heal yourself from cancer?

For most of us, I expect the answer is NO!

Well, you are not alone!

Most of us believe that cancer is a death sentence.

But remember:

“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” – John Diamon

 

And I will show you why…

What you are going to learn

  • Why you don’t always have to believe what the doctor said.
  • Find out how what’s blocking your own healing power.
  • How to recognise the signs of the flight…Fight…freeze response?
  • How to use a relaxation technique to neutralise the Flight…Fight…Freeze response!

 

Ok, let us make a start!

Why you don’t always have to believe what the doctor said!

Let me ask you this!

If you were told by your doctor you have…

  • High blood pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Or even cancer

Would you take his advice and resort to medication, painful surgery or even chemotherapy!

Or would you trust your own healing power?

Be honest with yourself!

Do you really believe your own healing power could heal, let’s say cancer!

We would like to think so!

And yes it is entirely possible!

However!

Even, though you may have read the stories of other people naturally curing themselves of cancer.

You just feel deep down; you really should be taking the doctor’s advice.

That’s ok!

Now, don’t get me wrong!

I respect doctors; they are the best people around for knowledge of the human body and what needs to be done physically.

But, when it comes to a holistic knowledge of our full healing power.

A Medical Doctor would be one of the last people I would go to!

Why? Because they are focused solely on the body and medicine and there are so many other factors we can consider to aid any recovery.

Especially, with chronic diseases like…

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart diseases
  • Back pain/ joint pain
  • Stress
  • Cancer

Take cancer for example!

In a special report to the American Cancer Society in 1972, it was stated that the average lifespan of an individual that had been diagnosed with cancer was 4 years.

But!

People who took full responsibility for their own recovery by taking the natural route and never asking for help from any medical doctor.

Their life span after diagnosis jumped up to 12 years!

Ok, you may be thinking that was 40 years ago?

We have moved on since then, right?

But in fact! We haven’t!

Have we beaten cancer?

NO!

Ok, there is chemotherapy!

But even some medical doctors said they would refuse chemotherapy if they were ever diagnosed with cancer.[1]

Doesn’t fill you with confidence, does it!

Chemotherapy destroys the immune system in the hope to ‘reboot’ it to start fighting Cancer again, once it comes back. A bit like a computer which we turn off and on again to fix the glitch.

As humans we are producing Cancer cells all the time, it is just that, for most of us, our body’s immune system does its job and removes them.

Even after the trillions that have been spent on treatments and research in the last ten years, conventional methods have not found a cure or anything really new or groundbreaking.

So, why do we believe that chemotherapy is the only option, even though there is so much evidence to prove that conventional medicine is simply not working?

The answer, in short, it is what you believe to be true!

Let me explain!

When we were born we did not have any experiences, everything was new to us. We did not know right from wrong.

Good from bad.

We then started to learn a little from our parents.

If my mummy smiled, she was happy….If she frowned, she was angry. Then we started to recognised smells, mums perfume or the smell of cooking food etc.

And then, as we got a little older…

We would know that if we were ill, our parents would show fear and worry all over their faces.

We would then be taken to see the doctor, and he may have given us some horrible tasting medicine.

I remember that one!

Also, we may all remember…

…falling over and cutting or grazing our knee, and after running to our grown up crying…

…who would say “don’t worry it will get better all by itself”

And it did!

Every time!

Can you see the pattern here?

What we believe to be true has a lot to do with what we were taught by our parents and other authority figures as were growing up!

  • Teachers
  • Doctors
  • Older children
  • News and media

If we go to our doctor and he/she gives us the diagnosis that we have cancer and then states that the only options is surgery or chemotherapy.

Like your parents before you, you are going to believe that to be the only answer.

We take our doctors’ word as complete and utter truth!

Why!

Because we have been taught to believe that cancer is a death sentence, even though there are countless stories that prove otherwise!

Yet! We still believe!

We all know someone who has died from cancer whether that is a family member or the man down the street.

They, more than likely, had surgery, chemotherapy or both and may have still lost their battle with cancer!

But please don’t despair! There are other options you can add to your recovery toolbox to increase your chances of healing.

Let me ask you this!

If you were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? Just take your doctor advice or would you look for all the options and choose what is best for you?

We somehow believe that cancer is stronger than our own natural healing power!

This simply is not true!

If you do believe cancer is strong, don’t worry…

…beliefs are not set in stone.

They are constantly changing and being influenced by what is going on around us on a daily basis.

Opening our minds to other possibilities helps change any beliefs.

We are so focused on our day to day habits that we forget we just need to step back and keep an open mind!

Now I’m not asking you to stop taking your doctor’s advice or to change your beliefs.

But, what I would ask is that you look for all the options to help you overcome your illness and choose the best ones for you?

I will share some ideas later in this post.

But there may be something stopping you from trying them.

My guess that that thing stopping you would be fear and worry!

With that said, let me show you how to control fear and worry to help you change your beliefs!

How to Find out What’s Blocking Your Own Healing Power

So we now know we have incredible healing power.

We know this because we know a cut on our finger heals completely without any conscious effort on our part.

However, our past experiences and our beliefs are getting in the way of our own healing power.

So, to help combat this…

…we just need to step back and let our healing power do its thing!

And that is to heal!

“One cannot help the physiological process. The point is not to hinder it” Dr Michael Odent – Tweet this

The greatest threat to our own natural healing is fear and stress!

The amazing Louise L Hay refers to fear as being False…Evidence…Appear…Real.

Basically means, fear is worrying that a negative situation will occur.

For example…

We worry that if we do not take the doctor’s advice we may die!

Even though we get inspired by all the amazing stories of people naturally healing themselves of cancer, high blood pressure, joint pain and back pain to name but a few!

But we still worry that it will not work us!

“Worry is preposterous. We don’t know enough to worry”   Wei Po Yang

The very wise Wei Po Yang is so right!

Because there are millions of occurrences that can happen in the future and we have absolutely no idea what may or may not happen.

So if we have to focus on anything let’s choose to focus on the best possible outcome instead of worrying.

Even better that we can choose just live in the moment and fully appreciate each moment in a calm way as this Taoist story illustrates:

One day, while walking through the wilderness, a man encountered a vicious tiger. He ran for his life, and the tiger gave chase.

The man came to the edge of a cliff, and the tiger was almost upon him. Having no choice, he held on to a vine with both hands and climbed down.

Halfway down the cliff, the man looked up and saw the tiger at the top, baring its fangs. He looked down and saw another tiger at the bottom, waiting for his arrival and roaring at him. He was caught between the two.

Two rats, one white and one black, showed up on the vine above him. As if he didn’t have enough to worry about, they started gnawing on the vine.

He knew that as the rats kept gnawing, they would reach a point when the vine would no longer be able to support his weight. It would break and he would fall. He tried to shoo the rats away, but they kept coming back.

At that moment, he noticed a strawberry growing on the face of the cliff, not far away from him. It looked plump and ripe. Holding onto the vine with one hand and reaching out with the other, he plucked it.

With a tiger above, another below, and two rats continuing to gnaw on his vine, the man tasted the strawberry and found it absolutely delicious.

source: http://www.taoism.net/living/2003/200301.htm

Don’t worry about the tiger in the past or the one that may be in your future for we do not know enough to worry about either.

Why?

Because there are too many possibilities to be concerned with anything other than this present moment.

What does this mean?

Well, the waiting tiger could fall asleep, die or a hunter could come along.

The mouse could fall into the tiger’s eye or even frightened/distract the tiger away, someone else could come along and become the tigers’ lunch. there are millions of possibilities other than the worst case scenario. So focus on the strawberry, which is this good h moment.

What is the tiger in your life?

What do you fear?

Is it the fear of dying, if you don’t take the doctor’s advice?

Or maybe you worry what family and friends will say if you don’t take the doctor’s advice?

Whatever it is?

This is what is getting in the way of your own natural healing power!

In fact, worry and stress have been proved to hamper our natural healing power!

“Almost all major illnesses that people acquire has been linked to stress” Dr Bruce Lipton

But how?

We spend too much time is a state of stress and fear.


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Marie Mongan states that ideally, we should not be in the Sympathetic part of our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) for any longer than 2-5% of our life.

The Sympathetic part is our stress Fight or Flight or Freeze part of the of our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

Autonomic Nervous System

On an average day how long do think you are in the Sympathetic state?

Bruce Lipton in his book the Biology of Belief explains it something like this:

Our Immune system protects our body from illness and disease, but it is labour intensive on the body. Which is why we feel lethargic and need to rest when we are unwell. This is our body working its Natural Healing Power to get better.

He goes on to explain that the HPA Axis which is similar to the Sympathetic part of the Autonomic Nervous System will always top trump the Immune system and deal with any perceived threat that may destroy us as an individual. For example, anytime we are in Fight or Flight mode.

Which as we know in our dog eat dog world is quite often.

You may also be aware how when you take annual leave from work you become poorly for the first few days this could be because you relax and the body no longer feels under threat and enables the immune system to start working again.

The importance of relieving stress, fear and worry cannot be overstated because it really does enable our natural healing power to do its job.

Earlier on in this post, we mentioned that as humans we are producing Cancer cells all the time, it is just that, for most of us, our body’s immune system does its job and removes them. According to Bruce Lipton and Marie Mongan, the best think we can do it to let our immune system to do its job is to relax and remove worry and anxiety.

This is, as always, best to do when we are well but can work and be effective after we have a diagnosis.

How to recognise the signs of the flight…Fight…freeze response?

We know the fight…Fight…freeze response (F.F.F.R) is affecting how our own naturally healing power does its job.

Now we need to recognise when our F.F.F.R is activated.

As well you may know, in today’s modern world there are no sabre tooth tigers chasing us around the streets.

 

If you were being chased by a tiger, you would know without a shadow of a doubt that your F.F.F.R is activated.

It’s plainly obvious!

But knowing what triggers our Fight…Flight…Freeze Response in our dog eat dog world can be little trickier!

Although, even in our modern world the FFFR is extremely beneficial to us when we are in real danger!

Such as,

Having to quickly move out of the way of a moving car.

And there are times when a mother can lift a huge amount of weight, just so they can save their child from a burning car.

But for most of us in today’s modern world, we cannot run away when our F.F.F.R is activated! Like the risk of losing our job or stress from a boss.

We have to sit it out, so to speak until we can feel it through.

You must also know, that when we are stuck in the F.F.F.R state we are also stuck in survival mode!

We focus on just fear. So with these little emergencies, we look for the short term fixes and in turn, this makes us struggle to slow down and relax.

This is counterproductive!

By choosing to step back and accept where we are now and take responsibility to move on and make better choices in each moment can be extremely helpful.

Remember the Tiger story from earlier. There are millions of possibilities for the future so the best we can do, in each moment, is to pick the best behaviour to give us the most likely chance of survival.

But first we need to find out what our triggers are, then we can find productive ways to counter the F.F.F.R throughout the day.

So, you may ask, how do I know what my triggers are?

Well, each person has different triggers depending on what is going on in their life.

But for the majority of us, the F.F.F.R triggers are either physical or emotional.

Do you recognise any?

That’s ok! It might be more than one!

That’s ok too!

In fact, it is really good news.

Because, now you have found what your F.F.F.R Triggers are, you can control them!

In fact, let’s do that right now!

How to use a relaxation technique to help neutralise the Flight…Fight…Freeze response!

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Healing, Recovery

Copy These 40 Proven Examples of People Healing Themselves With Their Minds!

Let me ask you this?

Are you fed up with taking medication and having to cope with all the side effects that go with modern medication?

Also, you may have heard stories of people completely healing themselves of disease and suffering without a doctor in sight!

In fact, all they used was the power of their minds!

Now, if you are reading this right now you are at the very least, interested on how the mind affects the body.

But at the same time, you may be are a bit sceptical.

Look I get it! I really do!

I was in your shoes early 2000, I was very low and even considered suicide!

I was also in therapy for 2 years.

However!

I would not blame anyone, as I had made the choices that lead to the darkest point in my life.

My therapist suggested, because of my mindset I should read a book called “I Can Heal Your Life “by Louise L Hay.

This, along with a conversation with a deputy manager at work was the turning point of my life!

I started to acquire as much knowledge as I possibly could and soon realised that pain and suffering do not have to control my life.

In fact, I learned that I had much more control over my emotions, events and outcomes than I ever thought possible!

Just by using the power of the mind!

I was so inspired, my particular journey then directed me to qualify as a Hypnotherapist, choosing to specialise in Pain Management, Recovery and Performance.

Before completing several courses including Mindfulness, Basic Buddhism, and a very interesting course in a pain management technique called Noesitherapy.

I really do believe that you too can be inspired to find out how to use the incredible healing power of your mind to naturally heal almost anything!

Although, unlike me, whereas I researched for week after week to get the information I needed.

And then proceeded to put all the information I had found into one book!

Here are some examples from that book “Your Body Only Better” that I hope will not only blow your mind!

But inspire you to change your whole life.

Ok, that’s bold claim!

But I am living to prove it can change your life far more than you ever thought possible!

Now I have broken them down into 4 sections and some have a link below for more information.

Ok, Let do it!

What you are going to learn from this post!

10 Reasons why you can control pain with your mind.

10 Techniques to help you control pain with your mind.

10 Examples of people healing their body with their mind.

10 Techniques to help the body recover using the mind.

First up is…

10 Reasons Why You Can Control Pain With Your Mind.

1 – No More Morphine

During WW2, Henry Beecher ran out of Morphine whilst treating US soldiers injured in battle. He continued injecting with just saline: 40% of the soldiers reported pain relief from the placebo.

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2 – Meditation and Pain
A North Carolina study showed that one hour’s meditation training helped participants reduce pain by almost 50%. The pain relieving effects were considered even greater than those of morphine!

“Most people can learn to meditate and gain even more control over their pain.”

3 – Dental Injection
Two groups both received a placebo tablet to control the pain of a forthcoming injection. The 1st group were told that the tablet may or may not work. The 2nd group were told how amazing the tablet was at controlling the pain of the injection. The 2nd group experienced less pain and anxiety.

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4 – Operation Relaxation

Published in the Western Journal of Medicine, a study of recovery from pain compared two groups of awake but sedated patients. One group received attention and general care, while the other group had the same care but with guided meditation – the final group recovered quickest, with less pain, anxiety and medication.

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“Have you noticed that when people are in pain they sometimes return to the fetal position? It looks like this unusual position may help with the pain.”

5 – Phantom Pain
Les Femi PhD discussed how a patient of his could still feel pain in a leg which had been amputated due to a traffic accident. He stated that around 95% of all amputees still feel pain in the missing limb.

“This shows that the brain really does interpret pain and it is not purely physical.”

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6 – Plasticity of the Brain
Studies in the 1990s discovered that our brain can adapt and change to form new pathways and frequencies. By changing our perspective of the pain we can change how it feels.

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7 – Meditation
A 2009 study by the University of North Carolina found that patients meditating for 20 minutes a day for 3 days, even if they had never meditated before, could change their perception to their pain.

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8 – NO MORE PAIN

In 1997, a Bassman and Wester study developed the following acronym:

Noticing where I am relatively comfortable
O
ptimising the control I have

Motivating myself to engage in positive activities
Opening my mind to new possibilities and choices (being flexible as much as possible)
Relaxing in some regular way, e.g. using self-hypnosis regularly
Evaluating my time and priorities (Recall that managing chronic pain can be a full-time job)

Practicing self-hypnosis to gain some control over my pain and other symptoms
Avoiding stressful and conflictual situations as much as possible
Individualizing my schedule and not being afraid to make “downtime” when the pain flares up Negotiating support from others

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9 – Believe it Won’t Work?
A 2011 study by the University of Oxford using brain imaging showed that if a patient did not believe in an effective pain medication the drug’s chance of working was reduced or could be totally overridden.

“Amazing! This shows the power of our expectations and beliefs.”

10 – Vicious Cycle
Howard Schubiner MD states that there are three major parts of our nervous system that create the vicious cycle of pain:

  1. The nerves that send pain signals from the body to the brain
  2. The brain itself, where those nerve signals are interpreted
  3. The nerves that send signals back to the body

He continues by saying we can, with a variety of techniques, retrain our brain to manage these three parts of the pain cycle.

Learn More – http://amzn.to/1tmKeju


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10 Techniques To Help You Control Pain With Your Mind.

1 – Dr Weil’s 4-7-8 Breathing Technique

  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound as you do.
  • Close your mouth, then inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. This is one breath.
  • Repeat the cycle three more times.

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2 – Mantra
Sitting on a chair, take a few deep breaths. Repeat a mantra, which is best for you, over and over. If you prefer, writing it over and over again helps too.

An example of a mantra could be “I am in control of my pain and discomfort” or “Every day, hour, minute and second I am becoming more and more comfortable.”.

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3 – Noesitherapy
This method is surprisingly effective at reducing and numbing sensations. The key is keeping your mouth full of saliva and focusing on the part of the body you numb, e.g. the right arm. Say and repeat to yourself 3 times, with the saliva in your mouth;
“My Right Arm [or any other part of your body] is completely psychologically anaesthetised”

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4 – Positive Imagery

Think of your safest, happiest and most relaxing place. Picture every detail of yourself there and immerse yourself in this place – sights, sounds, smells and emotions.

5 – Your Present Moment
Describe everything you are experiencing in the present moment, without anxieties about the past or worries about the future. Focus solely on the concrete description in the now, like “I am sitting in this chair with my feet on the ground, wearing a red jumper in discomfort”.

Keep away from emotional descriptors such as “excruciating”, “frustrated”, “angry”, etc. – they only confuse this exercise. Just concentrate and become aware of what you are doing now that can be seen.

“By accepting where you are right now, you have the foundations to change and build the next moment upon.”

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6 – Body Scan
Take a few deep breaths to relax and then start by taking your attention and breath to the thumb on the right hand. Work your way along your hand, up your arm, around your shoulder, down your back on the right side, down your right leg and foot, taking your breath and attention to each part as you go. Repeat on the left side before focusing on your neck and around the parts of your head. If you discover any tension or discomfort, focus your breath and love on the area, then continue on with the body scan until you have finished.

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7 – Meditation
Sit in a comfortable position and take a few deep breaths in and out, with no emotional reaction or attachment to the pain. Be aware of its sensation. Don’t try and push it away, just sit with the pain and realise that at the moment it is part of you, but with no emotional reaction within. You are just sitting, breathing and being with the pain in acceptance – you may even want to dance with the pain.

“Like any conflict, it is generally resolved by talking and even friendship.”

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8 – Exercise
Practising light forms of exercise, like Yoga or Tai Chi, can help keep you flexible and loose to enable your outer body, as well as your inner body, to flow and move. This also produces endorphins, known to be a natural painkiller.

9 – Dissolve Pain
Taking a few deep breaths, close your eyes and become aware of yourself sat in the room. Then imagine feeling the space that your whole body occupies, imagine feeling the space between the center of the pain or discomfort you feel and the back of your body and finally imagine feeling the space between your thumb and forefinger. Really visualise that space and its feeling before opening your eyes.

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10 – Prepare Yourself
When you notice the pain arising, try saying to yourself – “I’m going to get ready to deal with this. I can handle this. I have coped with this before. This time it will be easier for me to manage. I will be okay. I can listen to what my body is telling me. I can learn something from this. It’s a shame to waste ‘good pain’.”

“Preparing is step one of four from Bruce Eimer’s Stress Inoculation Training – the others focus on ‘during’, ‘the worst moments’ and ‘after’ the pain.”

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10 Examples of People Healing Their body With Their Mind.

1 – Pacemaker
In 1999 a Swedish hospital fitted 80 heart patients with a pacemaker to help with their condition. However, they only switched on 40 of the 80 pacemakers. The results after 3 months were that both groups stated they felt better and had increased use of the heart.

2 – Heart and the Canoe
A patient with blocked arteries, after every other option was tried, was told by his doctor to visualise. For 20 minutes each day the patient imagined he was paddling through his arteries scraping and clearing any blockages. After a couple of months the x-rays showed his arteries were much clearer, and he was no longer needing his wheelchair.

“Visualisation is good enough to improve performance in Olympians, so why not for us and our health?”

3 – Breast Cancer Recovery
A study by Belgian Professor Fabienne Roelants found that patients undergoing breast cancer surgery recovered more quickly if they had hypnosis and local anaesthetic. Each patient needed fewer painkillers and left the hospital a day earlier than those who had the same operation with a general anaesthetic.

4 – Breathe Mindfully
In a study of 40 people with asthma, each was given an inhaler which contained nothing but water vapour, however, they were told it contained a drug that would tighten the airways. 19 of the 40 people experienced breathing difficulties and of the 19, 12 experienced an asthma attack. These 19 were then given the same water vapour but this time was told it would help their symptoms and it did.

“Just through suggestion alone an asthma attack can appear, so why not suggest to ourselves daily that we intend to get well quicker?”

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5 – Imagine Yourself Stronger
The Lerner Research Institute split 30 volunteers into two groups. One group was given a little finger exercise for 15 minutes a day.

The second group was asked to do the same exercise but to only use their minds. The results after 12 weeks were; the little fingers’ strength improved by 53% for the exercise group, compared to an amazing 35% for those who only used their mind.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined his biceps ‘as big as mountain peaks’ as he did curling exercises, it seems to have worked for him.”

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6 – The Power of Belief
A study by The British Stomach Cancer Group found that 30% percent of a Placebo group lost their hair and 56% were sick when taking nothing more than a sugar pill.

“The power of belief and expectation is very fascinating. It makes me wonder what else belief can do.”

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7 – Hypno-Band
A lady lost 55lb using hypnosis. She was encouraged to believe she’d had gastric band surgery, thus reducing the amount of food her stomach could take at one time.

“If you can lose weight through hypnotic gastric band surgery, I wonder what other Hypno suggestive surgery could help us with in our lives.”

8 – Cancer Be Gone
David Seidler, the writer of ‘The King’s Speech’, tells of how he felt he had nothing to lose by trying to imagine his bladder cancer away.

He did this for the two weeks leading up to his operation. At the pre-op biopsy, they could find very little sign of any cancer.

“There are lots of stories of how people who tell of how they imagined their cancer away.”

9 – Whatever You Think
Dr. Elmer Green of the Menninger Foundation stated that if studies prove that we can make ourselves ill with our minds, then it goes without saying that we can make ourselves better with our minds too.

“I, for one, feel this is true, because the more studies I read, the more I am sure that our mind has the ability to make us both poorly and well.”

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10 – Spontaneous Remissions
Erik Peper, Ph.D student at Harvard, reported on all the cases of spontaneous remissions from cancer. The repeating factor throughout the recoveries was that the individuals took responsibility for their body and health. They developed an attitude of hope, effort, determination and positivity.

“The Silva Method states that to make positive Mind-Body changes, a person needs desire, belief and expectancy that the event will occur.”

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10 Techniques To Help The Body Recover Using The Mind.

1 – Imagine the Growth Melting
Picture your growth or tumour just melting away. You could visualise a mini you shrinking down, going into your body, and melting it with a blow torch, or you could instruct your body to heat it up and melt it away.

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2  – Blood Flow
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Take your focus to your heart and imagine all the blood flowing around your body. As it does, notice all the nutrients you need to live are being transported to where it is needed. Imagine a vehicle picking up the nutrients and needs for the part of your body that you would like to recover. Once full, deliver it to this part of your body and notice how it improves and changes.

“Dr. Parkyn[4] says: “No organ of the body can perform its functions properly when the amount of blood supplied to it is insufficient.”

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3 – Popping Balloons
Picture the ill or unhealthy cells as balloons and imagine them being popped and disappearing.

“This is a very powerful meditation as each time you do it you can feel that there is less and less illness in your body.”

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4 – Affirmations
“In every way, I am getting better and better.” is one affirmation that can be repeated over and over each day.
You can repeat this until your body understands this is what you would like it to do and you believe this is what is happening.

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5 – Intention
If we intend to do something we generally do it because we put our focus on it. So, it is worth repeatedly affirming to yourself: “I intend to recover”, “I intend to get over this condition”, or whatever works for you, always beginning with “I intend…”.
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6 – Magic Eraser
On a piece of paper, with your body shape drawn on it draw in pencil the object or growth on the paper which represents its position in your body. Then, carefully and mindfully, happily remove it with an eraser. You could also say to yourself, or out loud, as you are doing this: “I erase this growth on this piece of paper. I erase this growth from my body.”.

7 – Ask Your Doctor & Imagine Recovery
Find out from your doctor exactly what would need to happen for you to make a full recovery. Once you know, picture this happening inside your body. Imagine it over and over again.

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8 – Give Thanks
Speak as if you already have what you want as it is much more likely to manifest. For example, “I give thanks for my ever-increasing health, beauty and vitality.”
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9 – Spiritual Affirmations
A magazine called ‘Universal Truth’ suggests these daily affirmations.

Monday – Perfect health is my external birthright.

Tuesday – I have a health of intellect, therefore I have wise judgment and clear understanding.

Wednesday – I am morally healthful, therefore in all my dealings I love to realise that I am quickened by the spirit of integrity.

Thursday – Healthfulness of soul gives me a pure heart and righteousness of motive in everything I do.

Friday – Meditation upon the health of my real being out pictures in physical health and strength, in even temper, joyous spirits and in kind words.

Saturday – My health, is inexhaustible, because I keep my eye steadily fixed upon its eternal Principle, and my mouth filled with words of its Omnipotence.

Sunday – The Father and I are one; one in purpose, alike in Substance, and one in manifestation

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10 – Autosuggestion

State what you need for recovery and repeat to yourself as many times as you can throughout the day. For example, if you have poor digestion you could say, “I am improving, my stomach is doing its work well, digesting what it is given, the nourishment is assimilated, and it is getting better and better each day.”.

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Pheww!

Let me take a breath!

As you can see there is so evidence that the mind and body connection is very real!

Now all that is needed is for you is to take action, you will not regret it!

I am living proof!

Just find the one that inspired you the most, and run with it!

If by any chance you did not find any that inspired you?

There are another 160 examples in my book!

If you know of any more examples please share or comment below.

I love to hear your stories.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me

Until the next time,
Mark

Further Reading

Healing, Recovery

3 proven relaxing techniques that lowers blood pressure, all without taking a single pill!

So you have high blood pressure?

Well you’re not alone!

About 70 million are living high blood pressure just in the United States alone.

And the problem is getting worse!

Now, a very high percentage of these will take medication to control their high blood pressure.

However, there is a problem!

Medication is only dealing with the tip of the iceberg and not addressing the real underlying problem.

Stress!

But! Most of us don’t even realise that stress has a major part in developing high blood pressure.

Also, we must realise that stress is totally a natural part of life; we just need to know how to deal with it! TWEET THIS

And there is no better way to combat stress than with breathing relaxation techniques.

What you are going to learn!

  • What are the warning signs that you are stressed?
  • How to take responsibility for your own health!
  • 3 proven relaxing techniques that lower blood pressure and reduce stress!

Let’s get to it!

Let me ask you! Are you feeling stressed?

Yes, no… not sure?

The thing is, we are all going about are daily lives and don’t really know that we are stressed or even know what the signs are.

The fact is, if it is not dealt with, long exposure to stress can have long-term effects on our health

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Blood clots

So, how do you know when you are feeling stressed!

Well, the body is always giving you warning signs; you just need to know what they are!

Here is a few of the most common signs to look out for from boots

PHEWWW!!

Any of them stand to you?

Or maybe there is more than one?

If so! That’s ok!

Because you do have a choice!

  1. You can accept where you are right now and apply one the 3 stress busting techniques?
  2. Or you can keep on the path you are on now and the risk the effect stress can have on you?

And that is what it all comes down to taking responsibility and making better choices!

How to take responsibility for your own health!


In the video above, I mention a link to a book about Spontaneous Remissions and the 8 characteristics needed for recovery, both from the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Here it is, just for you.

3 proven relaxing techniques that lower blood pressure and reduce stress!

Now that you know the warning signs of stress and have made the choice to take full responsibility to do something about your high blood pressure.

You now need to know how to deal with the stress.


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One way, when you are feeling stressed, slow down your breathing with deep breaths.

However, this technique is fine for a quick fix!

But, if you want lasting change, then I recommend one of these 3 relaxing techniques…

1. Muscle Relaxation

Muscle relaxation is a fantastic way of lowering blood pressure.

Also when you apply the muscle relaxation technique you will be able to tell the difference between the muscle that’s tense and a muscle that is fully relaxed.

With that fresh in your mind, let’s move on!

The Muscle Relaxation Technique…

Ideally, find a quiet place to sit or lie down where you will not be disturbed.

You can either start at your head or your feet, for this example we will be starting at the feet.

Take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Start by tensing your feet making sure you hold on for a few moments.

For larger muscle groups you may want to hold the tension for a bit longer.

As you hold the tension notice how your body feels. Then let go of the tension from your feet as you breathe out slowly.

Feel the relaxation in that area for 20 seconds and repeat with your…

  • Lower legs
  • Thighs
  • Abdominal area/ stomach
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Head

Then take 3 more deep breaths and slowly come back to awareness.

Give yourself a few minutes before carrying on with your day.

The more you practice the more relaxed you will feel. If you can, try this at least once a day!

2. Visualisation

Visualisation is very effective at reducing stress and high blood pressure.

I am sure you have closed your eyes and imagined that you are lying next to the pool on some paradise island with the sun beating down on you as you take a sip of wine.

Mmm sounds good!

Then you open your eyes and find that you are sitting in you chair at home with the rain thrashing against the window.

This is visualising.

However, to make visualisation effective we have to bring together all the senses, not just visual!

You must also use…

  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch

Now, before we move onto the visualisation technique.

I want you to think of an ideal place that makes you feel calm and relaxed.

It can be anywhere you like.

  • The beach
  • A walk through nature
  • Walking through mountains

Basically whatever you want!

Now, you have your ideal place in mind.

Let’s move onto the visualisation technique.

Visualisation Technique

Find a quiet place to sit or lie down where you will not be disturbed for at least 15-30 minutes.

Take 5 deep breaths – in through the nose and out through the mouth. Try to take the breath right down into your belly.

Also, try to get into a rhythm of breathing in and out.

Now, I want you to relax every part of your body starting with your scalp and then moving down to your forehead then down to your eyes, ears, cheeks mouth and continue all the way down to your toes.

Feeling totally relaxed, we can now start to visualise.

While still keeping your breathing rhythm, bring into mind your ideal place of relaxation.

Try to use all your senses.

Something like this…

You are looking down the long stretch of sandy beach with the waves rolling onto the sand.

People are laughing and having fun, you also hear birds singing in the background.

You hear the waves crashing.

You start to walk along the beach; you feel the warm sand between your toes.

You smell the salty air coming off the sea.

You may have an ice cream in your hand, you have taste, and you feel the cold ice cream in your mouth.

Of course, you can choose you own relaxing place, if you wish.

Now!

If any thoughts pop up, which they will!

Just let them pass and get back into your breathing rhythm.

Practice, practice, practice!

Again the more you practice the better the results you will get.

So, every time you are feeling stressed, take 15-30 minutes and go to your ideal place of relaxation.

You will then find that your stress will just melt away.

And of course, it will automatically lead to your blood pressure lowering to a healthy level.

Ok let’s move on to the next technique…

Mediation

In my opinion, Mediation is by far the best of the 3 techniques I have talked about today.

Not only does it lower your blood pressure and reduce stress. Meditation, if done correctly and with some practice can have a dramatic positive effect on your whole life.

Studies have shown not only will meditation work at the time of practice. It also keeps you calm and relaxed throughout the rest of the day.

Now if you have tried and practised any of the techniques above you are in a perfect place to try meditation.

However, that does not mean trying the muscle relaxation technique or visualisation to have any success with meditation.

In fact, you can start right now!

Wait! Hold on their Mark! I’m no Buddhist monk!

I can’t concentrate more than 2 minutes let alone siting for 5 hours with my legs crossed!

Ok, I get it!

People automatically think that they have to meditate for many hours while keeping their minds completely silent.

Quite frankly this is not true!

In fact, you only need 5 minutes a day to get started and with more practice you will be able to meditate for longer periods.

Ok, let me show you how to meditate!

How to meditate

First of all, find a quiet place to sit where you won’t be disturbed for at least 5-10 minutes.

Once you are comfortable, take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Start to really concentrate on your breathing, get into a slow relaxing rhythm in…out…in…out

If it feels right for you, try to take your breath right down into the belly!

Now, that you are completely relaxed. Just let go and observe you own mind.

If any thoughts pop up, just simply let them go.

Keep going until you feel ready to come back to full awareness and then take a deep breath.

Give yourself a couple of minutes before you carry on with the rest of the day!

Oh yes!

Practice, practice, practice!

I know I sound like a broken record, and this goes for all 3 techniques.

The more you practice the more effective meditation will be for you over time!

And remember!

If you feel that you are not getting any benefit after 3-4 times of trying?

Don’t be discouraged! Keep on practising you will get there!

Not only will you have lowered your blood pressure, you will have changed your life!

Ok, that is it for today.

Please leave a comment below on your thoughts of this post; I love to read all your comments!

And as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Speak soon,
Mark

Further Reading

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!

Further Reading:

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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