The health of our minds and the health of our bodies are inextricably connected to the transformation of our spirit.
— James Gordon, M.D., psychiatrist, author, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Full Circle

My mission is to help you to experience the power of true health. Let us consider the concept of transformation which brings us full circle in our journey toward optimal physical and emotional well being. I hope the time you spend reading about and understanding my principles and methodology has shown you a path toward transformation. You can become the healthy person who possesses vitality, eats a healthy diet, exercises, gets good sleep, is able to relieve pent up tension, and experience ‘wholeness.’ And, as you harness the connectedness between your mind, body, and spirit, you will reinforce their connection and the cycle will continue.

As I have discussed here, our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, decisions, and behaviors, can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning, such as blood chemistry, heart rate, and the activity of every cell and organ. In fact our cells are constantly observing our thoughts and being changed by them! Recall the times you were nervous and may have gotten hot and sweaty or even felt nauseous. ‘Butterflies in the tummy’ is a familiar feeling you and I can recall as an example of this physiological process.

It bears emphasis to recognize how the mind can influence the health of the body, and, conversely, how the health or state of one’s body can cause a positive or negative effect on the mind. It is a widely recognized medical theory that when one’s emotional health is poor, the immune system may suffer. Stress, anxiety, worries and distress, may cause high blood pressure and stomach ulcers, among other harmful conditions. Poor emotional health may be reflected in back pain, changes in appetite, chest pain, digestive issues, fatigue, high blood pressure, or insomnia. Lack of sleep affects and weakens our response to serotonin. We may even fail to recognize how to adequately fuel our bodies. Important to you in this quest for optimal health is to avoid the anxiety, stress, and depression that leads to making unhealthy choices, or potentially going deeper into negativity and self-destructiveness.

While the conditions I present above can defeat our efforts to function and feel better, let me encourage you that, at the same time, the body is a magnificent network of intelligence and resilience! Based on my years of experience guiding individuals who work with my integrative methodology, I know you too can enhance your ability to naturally listen to your body and treat it with love and respect. I am convinced and state emphatically: you can discover your optimal state of balance and well being.

I urge you to take time each day to engage in what I refer to as “The three R’s”: Restore, Reset, Recharge. Practicing mindfulness is a must! Unless we pay close attention to where we are and how we feel, by default we switch to ‘auto pilot.’

Restful sleep restores the vital energy that is key to health and well being.

Purposefully bringing the mind and body to a state of calm in effect hits the reset button, necessary to fuel and function optimally.

Finally, in order to recharge, we must recognize that we are social beings who need to establish community, cultivate relationships, and spend time with loved ones. Isolation is generally accompanied by negative health effects.

When you do things you enjoy, that make you smile, laugh, and feel relaxed, you can more easily let go of emotional strain, grudges, and negativity.

Decide to take a walk on the beach, or engage in practices such as meditation, yoga, or Pilates, or anything that brings you a sense of well being! Mindful movement and breathing practices, a healthy diet, freedom from physical ailments, the ability to move well and feel at ease, all contribute to and reinforce the Mind-Body-Spirit connection. The ‘magic’ in this recipe is how it will give you the opportunity to feel, function, and live better!