I’m sure you’ve encountered these kinds of people. They practically live on airplanes, flying all over the world on business and always have their laptops out. George Clooney’s character in “Up In The Air” lived this kind of life.
Here’s the thing: no matter how far removed our daily lives have drifted from nature, she still has compassion for us. If you know anyone living this way (or if this is you!), here are two wonderful remedies that nature has provided for your convenience.
Black Tourmaline – this is a type of gemstone that is adept at absorbing radiation. So, for you frequent travelers, carry a piece of it in your pocket to pick up the waves emitted by the new security technology at airports and from your computer. Remember, radiation damages DNA so having a way to neutralize it is enormously important in this day and age.
Peppermint Oil – the oil of the peppermint plant can be rubbed into the fleshy area (not the webbing but the tender spot proximal to it) between the bones of your thumb and index finger and your first and second toes to reduce symptoms of jet lag and regulate your body’s circadian rhythms after flying across time zones.
There isn’t any type of health situation a human being can experience for which nature hasn’t already provided some sort of medicine.
Have a good flight!
Do you really want to change our national healthcare system?
If you do, then commit to getting yourself healthy, first. The healthier you are, the less you’ll need doctors, hospitals, insurance and drugs. The less you need them, the less you nurture the status quo.
This is what creates a space for something new to be born. Ultimately, it may end up being the most patriotic offering you can make.
We’re all made up of several parts – a physical body, a mind and a spirit. But the health of each one isn’t necessarily dependent on the health of the other.
Take Stephen Hawking, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist. He has lived most of his adult life in a wheelchair, having been diagnosed with a paralyzing neurological disorder when he was 21. He cannot walk, speak or perform any of the normal functions you and I take for granted. Yet, his mind and intellect are on par with the greatest scientists who’ve ever lived, including Newton and Einstein.
Now, consider Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of India’s most beloved saints. He realized complete enlightenment at age 16 while hanging out in his uncle’s house one afternoon. However, for most of his life his body was weak with a type of arthritis and most video footage always showed him with a stick to support his crippled legs.
Finally, remember Darryl Strawberry? He was one of the driving forces behind the success of the New York Mets in the 80′s. He was fantastic – a legendary ball player with amazing skills. However, his record of drug problems almost equaled that of his home runs and stolen bases. Here was a body capable of so much and a spirit that often appeared broken.
We can cultivate a strong, vibrant body and leave our mind and spirit out of the equation. We can have a lifetime of spiritual experiences while our body gets neglected. And we can have a brilliant mind while unable to cook ourselves breakfast.
But if we are fortunate enough to have access to all of these parts, then it really behooves us to spend the time nurturing each one while we can.
You can live without sleep. You can survive for several days without water. You can last weeks without food. You can function an entire lifetime without exercise.
But you’re done in anywhere from 5-10 minutes without oxygen.
It’s funny. When we consider health, we think about what to eat, how much exercise to get, how much sleep to get, the right relationships to have, the right thoughts to think, etc.
And all these things are vital.
But they mean nothing if we’re not breathing. Literally.
Eat well, move your body, sleep and do all the things that nourish your health.
But always remember that it’s your breathing that keeps you here.
The nature of technology is to become obsolete and be replaced by newer technology.
When I was a child, we played Atari. Eventually, Nintendo came along. After that was Sega. Today, my nephews play Wii.
Whenever my brothers and I would “grow out” (just a way of saying something new had reached the marketplace) of our current video games, the actual physical components became useless and would get disposed of. This way, we made room for the next, new thing. Our cassette players and VCR’s met the same demise.
We’re so used to dealing with technology in our lives that it’s hard for us to relate to that which isn’t. Our bodies, more sophisticated than anything we could ever produce or invent, are NOT technology. Your pancreas will never be replaced by a newer, better version. Your lungs won’t ever seem outdated because your neighbors bought the next, slicker model. Your thyroid gland won’t ever be something you can upgrade.
It doesn’t really matter if we can accidentally drop our cell phone in the toilet. It’s replaceable by something newer, better, faster and more accommodating.
But after a lifetime of drinking blows out your liver or decades of poor diet scorches your intestines, what happens then?
You can’t go buy new ones at the Apple Store.
Technology is wonderful, but don’t bet your life on it.
“7’s & 8’s” refers to an ancient Chinese medical concept stating that human beings develop, age and experience life according to cycles of 7 years (females) and 8 years (males). Originally called “The Cycles of 7 & 8”, this model of human life goes from birth and early childhood (called the 1st cycle) to adolescence (the 2nd cycle), to young adulthood (the 3rd cycle) and all the way to the end of one’s life.
Each cycle has its own changes and attributes as they pertain to physical development. An infant learns to walk, talk and function during the 1st cycle and the teenager experiences the process we call puberty during the 2nd cycle. By the 3rd cycle, we are fully grown and well on our way to adulthood.
As we get on in years and our cycles increase in number, the physical changes known as aging begin to occur. Hair changes color, menopause and hormonal shifts affect the ability to conceive and the body seems to lose the vigor and vitality it had only a couple cycles ago. On the surface, the Cycles of 7 & 8 is a model of your physical development and aging process.
However, underneath is a much deeper understanding of human life.
My Chinese Medicine teacher, himself a Taoist priest and renowned scholar, taught me that the essence of the cycles is less about the various changes our bodies go through and more about the development of our spirit as we experience the necessary changes of life.
Seen in this way, the Cycles of 7 & 8 become a roadmap of the process of being human. It’s a study of how you experience the deep, meaningful changes of your life.
Did you relish being young? Do you despise the process of “getting older”? Are you able to adjust to the different responsibilities of your life now as opposed to when you were a teenager or young adult? Are you able to gently begin letting go of the responsibilities you had as an adult? Do you find meaning in the cycle you’re currently in? What does it mean to you?
The basic question of the Cycles of 7 & 8 is: Can you find peace as you move through the transitions and seasons of your life?
This is the essence of the human spiritual quest.
Your cycles are the way you reconcile the aging nature of your body with the ageless aspect of your spirit. It’s the way you accept, appreciate and find deep regard for who you are.
It’s the process of learning how to keep your heart young while the rest of you appears to get old.