Brush Away the Old Make Way for the New - self care is a choice

Written by Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D.. Posted in Holistic Living.

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  • Better Self-Care Is a Choice •

  Being your own best friend means both caring for yourself and taking care of yourself.  When you decide to take better care of yourself, you’re making a choice to change some part of yourself.  That’s a big job ahead.  It takes thought and effort to shake free of old habits that no longer serve you, write Newman & Berkowitz.  They advise mindfulness to recognize self-generated put-downs, to stop for a moment to edit, rewrite or replace thoughts that are self-critical to make them self-supportive.  
Some people are naturally healthy.  Even with all the scientific research attempting to define the components that support general good health and immunity, there’s that mysterious bottom line: some people have a naturally high level of health.  They survive long and well. As for me, I’ve really applied myself to practice a health building lifestyle.  I am one who needs to keep growing my health in order to stay healthy.
             Newman & Berkowitz declare, “…if we want to become all that is in us to become, we have to use everything we’ve got—our feelings, our intuition, our intelligence, and our willpower—our whole self.  If we do, the pay-off is enormous.”            
             In this way, dry brushing becomes a ceremony or joyful ritual that engages mindfulness.  It celebrates life, and specifically your own body’s ability for self-cleansing, self-protecting and self-healing.  Can you begin to comprehend the manner in which rudimentary layers of holistic applications lead us into ever more sophisticated and more fulfilling and more effective levels of living?  This formula of attention + vocalization + ceremony becomes an increasingly powerful vortex of attraction for more of life’s goodness.  I confess I’m hooked on holistic living—it’s definitely mind altering.

Writer's Bio: Karen is a naturopathic physician who has taken holistic healing and education into the realm of quantum physics. She is credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage ~ research demonstrating energetic interconnections ~ since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century.” International recognition for her healing and educational work includes an honorary degree, a silver medal, listing in Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, appearances on TV and radio, lecturing in Europe and in the U.S. for professional symposia, colleges, corporations, community groups, and being featured in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. She has published more than 200 articles on holistic health and education. She has facilitated joyful well-being and health for hundreds of students she has personally certified in holistic healing and holistic massage and for hundreds more clients she has personally touched including luminaries in science, medicine and religion.
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