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Shelter from the storm,
How are you creatively responding to change??

by Mary Francis Hoffman PHD, REACE, RSME

Every time I look at a headline or listen to the news the message is doom and gloom. We canít really change the economic crisis or the tumbling stock market. Nearly everyone I know is feeling the effects of this downturn.

What can you do to shelter yourself from this storm? When stress reaches its high points try spending more time nourishing youíre physical well being through proper diet and exercise.

We all know that stress has a huge effect on our health. I could tell you not to read the papers and turn off the news and radio. Letís be realistic we canít live in a bubble. Often staying informed makes for good conversations about the choices we make day to day.

The body is an amazing instrument. When we eat the right nutrients we can ward off colds and the flu. Also stress has less of an effect on our emotional self and physical self.

Here are a few food choices that are beneficial and these foods resemble the body area it benefits. (Synchronicity) Letís call it a little food for thought.

Did you know that a sliced carrot looks like the human eye? The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eyeÖand Yes, science now show carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and helps the function of the eye.

A tomato has fur chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lynchpin and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. (I love this stuff) Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Celery Bok Choy, rhubarb and many more look just lie bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you donít have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Onions look like the bodyís cells. Todayís research shows onions help clear waste materials fro all of the body cells. They even produce tears, which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. Another companion to the onion is garlic. Garlic helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

This may sound simple and it is but there is one sure way to calm that racing heart and mind. Meditation is simply stopping every thing and just sitting still for 5 to 20 minutes. (f you can find 20 that is best but 5 minutes is a good start.)

Really just sit and breathe with out a lot of effort. Sitting will allow you the opportunity to just be present to yourself. If you are feeling fearful or negative, simply sitting with whatever energy arises can create an alchemic effect. This energy can be transformed and hopefully shift will happen. Of course you can use visualizations and music to calm your mind. Meditation is very simple actually. The process can be as simple as just sitting and noticing your breath.

Today everything is geared toward effort. Trust me on this it takes effort to sit down and do nothing. The benefits are many. The research is out. So try it!

So with all that said, Take a moment or two to consider howou are dealing with the stress in your life. Your checkbook may not balance the way you wish but your body and mind will feel more balanced.



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