Thursday, January 3, 2013

Step 1 to a Healthier New Year in 2013

I love New Year's Resolutions!

Several months before the new year arrives I start my contemplation process and decide what my commitment will be for the coming year.  I often start practicing ahead of time so that by the time that ball drops on New Year's Eve I am fully committed, ready and completely vested in my project for the year.

Through the years one of the things I have noticed is that when I choose a small but meaningful resolution it "sticks" far easier and far longer than the sweeping, broad and lofty goals that were once part of my resolution lists.

Over the course of the next few weeks I will be sharing 20 Steps to a Healthier 2013.  It's my hope that you will find a few of them applicable to your own life, your individual lifestyle and then incorporate them as a part of your daily, weekly or monthly routine.

To kick it off, I'm going to share some examples from my own life. 

In 2009 I decided that 2010 would be my year of gratitude.  While I really loved the idea of keeping a gratitude journal, I know that I've never been good at keeping a diary or a journal on a consistent basis.  So I adapted my desire to something that would work for me . . .

Every morning, as soon as I woke up, even before I opened my eyes, I took a few moments to remind myself of at least 1 thing that I was truly grateful for in my life.  

Over the course of the year I became so happy that I often burst out crying tears of joy!  I have never been so happy, so healthy or so filled with compassion, love and joy!  

This small act, repeated on a daily basis, set the tone for my day.  It was so much easier to make it through any change or seeming "crisis" because my perspective had shifted.  It seems that there truly is something to gr-atitude.

I do want to add something here that I believe is quite significant . . . 

In 1999 a neuropharmacologist, Dr. Candice Pert, published a book entitled Molecules of Emotion.

She explained in very scientific terms that each of our cell membranes contain receptor sites for hormones, for minerals, for proteins and for emotions . . .

In other words, every one of the 100 trillion cells in our bodies contain emotions.  Now that's a bit of a mind boggling thought, right?

Now the challenge that lies before us is this . . . which emotions will be most prevalent on all of those cell membranes?

For those of you who have followed my blog, radio shows, newsletters and classes, it will come as no surprise to you that my research on cell membranes has led me to discover that the antioxidants in high quality ionized water can actually restore proper functioning of these membranes.

In my thinking, this means that all of the "stuck" emotions can be released leaving an opportunity for new emotions to attach.

(For more information on this subject, click on this link to learn more.)

I feel certain that it supported my change, but it was up to me to make the decision to commit myself to the process.

In reflection, I noticed that I have slipped away from this practice and so I've now renewed my commitment to myself, to gratitude.

Remember, it's never too late to start a resolution, to change course or to add something new to your routine!

Dr. P

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