Are you willing to spend 30 minutes per day caring for your health?
Please read Part 1 of this article, if you haven't already (and you may like to reread it if you read it awhile ago).
Okay. Ready? So, what do we do, once we realize that "health care" and "health insurance" as commonly defined are really nothing of the sort? How can we actually care for and ensure our health?
As you've probably noticed, there are thousands of people trying to sell you their particular secrets to health: what to eat, what not to eat; what kind of exercise you need, and how much; nutritional supplements, probiotics, antibiotics, vitamins, minerals, oils; magnets, electrical gizmos, infrared and ultraviolet devices, audio technologies, and on and on.... It all becomes so confusing, you're likely to do nothing at all.
I can only offer suggestions based on my own experience, of course. Two practices that have been most beneficial to me are Macrobiotics and Reiki.
Even though a good understanding of Macrobiotics requires deep and continuing study (and personal observation), and though Macrobiotics is about much more than food ... we can mention here some basic elements that will lead toward healthier eating:
- Include whole cereal grains (rice, barley, oats, wheat, millet, etc.), eaten in their whole form (not as products made from flour — though you can eat some of those, too) in your diet every day or almost every day (and white rice is not a whole grain!).
- As much as possible, eat vegetables and fruits grown locally and naturally (without chemicals) in their natural seasons (no bananas in the winter, for example, unless you live in the tropics! : ^ ).
- During the course of a meal, proceed generally from denser, more contractive foods to lighter, more expansive ones.
- Take very small bites, and chew the food as long as you can keep it in your mouth (the first step in the digestive process is pulverizing the food and thoroughly mixing it with saliva).
- Stop eating before you are completely full — when you would still like to have a few more bites!
- Minimize the amount of commercially processed food you eat (it's loaded with low-quality sugars, oils, and salts, genetically modified organisms, irradiated substances, artificial and chemical additives — lots of toxic stuff that our bodies are not designed to handle).
- Cook your food the old-fashioned way — not with microwaves!
- Use high-quality sea salt (small amounts!) in your cooking; not supermarket salt, which is just highly-processed sodium chloride (plus toxic additives usually). Get sea salt that has only been dried in the sun (and not the gray varieties; their energy is too constrictive). Sea salt is much more than sodium chloride; it contains also the trace minerals that are crucial to our health (and in the proper proportions). For best utilization by the body, it should be cooked into your food, not sprinkled on later.
If you feel drawn to study Macrobiotics, you can learn to fine-tune your eating (and other elements of your life) to continually balance the elements of yin and yang in the most beneficial way.
I cannot recommend Reiki too highly! I've been using it since 1991, and it has transformed my life in indescribable ways. It's a very simple and excellent way of keeping us connected with our true Self — and, the more we are manifesting the true Self, the healthier and happier we are!
Discovering who we really are, and accepting and being true to that is indeed the key to happiness. And happiness is the key to health. When we are truly, deeply happy, we are at peace and all is well...! And Reiki is a practice that puts us very easily into that state of peacefulness and well-being.
Reiki is a practice, and it's also a particular energetic vibration; it's the most-subtle, highest-frequency manifestation of our spiritual Source in the physical realm. As such, it is present in everything physical — and, what we call Reiki practice is a way of increasing our awareness of the Reiki energy and using it to bring in more Source-energy from the spiritual realm. In other words, a way of increasing our Self-realization and Self-manifestation — the side effects of which are happiness and health! : ^ )
Are you willing to spend 30 minutes a day on real health insurance?
Instead of spending money every month on so-called health insurance — betting that something terrible is going to happen to you — are you willing to spend 30 minutes per day on real health insurance, to ensure that something terrible doesn't happen? If so, then Reiki may be a perfect thing for you.
If you spend a half hour waking up in the morning before getting out of bed — that's a perfect half hour for your daily Reiki session! If you're one of those people who jumps out of bed the minute your eyes open — then you may like to open them a half hour earlier and stay in bed and do Reiki... : ^ ) Or you may like to do it before falling asleep at night (especially if you ever have trouble getting to sleep). Of course, you can do the Reiki anytime you like, whenever it works best for you — and you can do more than 30 minutes per day! But, if your health is reasonably good now and your lifestyle is generally healthy, 30 minutes of Reiki per day will probably keep you healthy and even increase your health.
Getting Started with Reiki
Let's leave this for next time, in Part 3.... Meanwhile, if you're interested in Reiki, I encourage you to read more about it in the Reiki section of my website Reiki, Shinki, Macrobiotics.
If you're really interested in Reiki, you might like to read the book Reiki, The True Story.
See you next time, for Part 3....
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