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Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 15, 2009
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on January 15, 2009
A few weeks ago I was flipping through the million channels on my TV trying to find just one thing worth watching (which isn’t an easy task). Luckily I found Dr. Wayne Dyer on PBS.
I read my first book by Dr. Wayne Dyer (Real Magic) about twelve years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. So when I watched his seminar on PBS that was based on his latest book, of course I had to run out the next day and buy it. This one is called Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life, and it’s his interpretation of the 81 verses of the Tao.
[The Tao Te Ching was written five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, and offers advice and guidance for living a balanced life.]
As I read, I came across aspects of this wisdom that are helpful in my quest for better health and weight loss. So, even though I’m no philosopher (obviously), I thought I would share some verses that stood out for me. They offer guidance for healthy living and even weight loss. Here are three.
[Keep in mind that I am only pulling the parts of these verses that I find most relevant to good health, this is by no means a complete look at any of these verses.]
Verse 9 – Living Humility – To keep on filling is not as good as stopping.
This verse is interesting in how it relates to healthy eating and weight loss. It’s telling us to eat, but to stop when we’re full. Eat until your hunger is satisfied, and no more. That’s pretty good advice, I wonder how many of us actually follow it?
It also tells us that we should seek joy and pleasure in the activities we are doing. In order to do this, we need to slow down and enjoy our lives (and our meals).
Here is a way you can begin to practice this idea during your next meal. Enjoy each bite of your meal. After a couple of bites take a moment to reflect on how you are feeling and determine if you are full. Once your hunger is satisfied, stop eating.
Verse 63 – Living Without Difficulties - Take on difficulties while they are still easy.
This verse can relate to how most of us see weight loss as being difficult or a struggle. It encourages us to see the simplicity in the things we perceive to be hard. You can do this by taking one day at a time, or one meal at a time, or one moment at a time. Break down your biggest challenges into smaller, more manageable ones.
It also reminds us to tackle problems in our life before they become big problems. In my case, it would have been better to begin eating healthy when I was only 10-20 pounds overweight. Rather than waiting until I was 40+ pounds overweight and my blood pressure was so high that I required medication.
You can practice this idea by taking time to recognize whether your weight or eating habits are suffering because you fear the problem is too difficult to address. If this is the case, believe in your ability to tackle the problem one day (or one meal) at a time…It need not be difficult.
Verse 71 – Living Without Sickness – Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick.
As someone who suffers with chronic illness, the notion of healing ourselves implies that we make a choice to be sick or to be well. And I just don’t believe that. But this verse isn’t about blame. It’s about being aware. Basically, our symptoms are our body’s way of talking to us, and we need to take the time to listen.
Could fatigue be a message to slow down and get more rest? Could high blood pressure be a message to make healthier food choices and lose some weight? Could a headache be a message that we are allowing stress and worry to steal moments of our life that we can never get back?
Each symptom may mean something different to each person. The goal is simply awareness.
I think with chronic illness, it’s also about how we “perceive” it. We may need to accept our illness, while still listening to our symptoms and striving to be the healthiest version of ourselves that we can be. Remember that we are not our body, so we can stop seeing ourselves as our illness.
Practice this idea by taking some time to listen to what your symptoms may be trying to tell you.
So…What do you think? Could the Tao help you find your way to better health? Can changing your thoughts change your life? Let me know in comments.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on January 1, 2008
It’s the last day of 2007, and I thought I would do this post on some of the hot topics from BlogHer Health and Wellness. So, in no particular order, here is what I think are the top ten. — read the full post at BlogHer.
And, my New Years wish for you…and the world.
Posted by Catherine Morgan on December 5, 2007
This post has been cross-posted at The Political Voices of Women.
The nation’s teen birth rate has risen for the first time in 14 years, according to a new government report.
The birth rate had been dropping since 1991. The decline had slowed in recent years, but government statisticians said Wednesday it jumped 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.
“It took us by surprise,” said Stephanie Ventura of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a co-author of the report. — see full article here
It seems to me that this latest report proves that abstinence-only programs are not working.
Ideology, not science, has been driving America’s response to the twin epidemics of teen pregnancy and STD/HIV infections. Funding for abstinence-only censorship programs is dramatically increasing. All told, abstinence-only programs have received over half a billion dollars in federal funds since 1997, and the Bush administration requested yet another sharp increase to $204 million for fiscal year 2007. By 2009, President Bush proposes that funding for abstinence-only programs reach $270 million.
This huge investment of taxpayer funds in abstinence-only programs conflicts with scientific and medical research: abstinence-only programs are not proven effective and may in fact result in riskier behavior by teenagers. Responsible sex education programs, on the other hand, have demonstrated positive results such as delayed initiation of sex, reduced frequency of sex, and increased contraceptive use. — read full article here
I would love to know how these programs have spent over half a billion dollars of taxpayer money teaching abstinence? I would also like to know what the current presidential candidates will do when elected to lower the rate of teen pregnancy in this country?
Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 26, 2007
Choosing Happiness — by Catherine Morgan
Are you making significant life decisions from a place of fear or anger? Most of us do. When we make choices and respond to people and situations in our life, in reaction to fearful and angry emotions, we are choosing unhappiness. From the little responses and decisions in our life, right up to the big ones.
You can read this full post at my new blog – CatherineBlogs.com (my first attempt at a blog with ads), I’d love to know what you think. Thanks. And, don’t worry…I still plan on continuing my blogging here and at all my other blogs.
Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 12, 2007
What if someone said to an embryo in the womb,
“Outside of your world of black nothing
is a miraculously ordered universe;
a vast Earth covered with tasty food;
mountains, oceans and plains,
fragrant orchards and fields full of crops;
a luminous sky beyond your reach,
with a sun, moonbeams, and uncountable stars;
and there are winds from south, north and west,
and gardens replete with sweet flowers
like a banquet at a wedding feast.
The wonders of this world are beyond description.
What are you doing living in a dark prison,
Drinking blood through that narrow tube?”
But the womb- world is all an embryo knows
And it would not be particularly impressed
By such amazing tales, saying dismissively:
“You’re crazy. That is all a deluded fantasy.”
One day you will look back and laugh at yourself.
You’ll say, “ I can’t believe I was so asleep!
How did I ever forget the truth?
How ridiculous to believe that sadness and sickness
Are anything other than bad dreams.”
Important UPDATED Information on the Merck HPV Vaccine Gardasil – From the New England Journal of Medicine
Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 15, 2007
Important UPDATED Information on the HPV Vaccine Gardasil – From the New England Journal of Medicine
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 10, 2007
Music and Flowers for Mother’s Day
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 9, 2007
image from 10 Reasons To Become A Bone Marrow Donor
The promotion, called “Thanks, Mom,” urges people to join the marrow registry in honor of their mothers, thereby giving the gift of life to others to commemorate the life that your mother gave to you.
The best part of the promotion is that you can join the registry from 7 May to 21 May FOR FREE. The NMDP has received funding to allow people to register at no cost to them (the registration fee is usually $52, to cover the cost of the tissue-typing kit and the associated lab costs).
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 26, 2007
I am so excited to tell everyone that I am now a contributing editor for Health and Wellness at BlogHer. What that means is; I will be surfing their BlogRoll for other women bloggers that are blogging on health and wellness issues, so I can feature them in my posts. There are contributing editors for all topics, so just register your blog…and there is a good chance you will be noticed and have your blog featured on BlogHer. It’s also a great idea to comment on topics you like….because your site link will be within the comment. Well, check it out and see what you think.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 22, 2007
Yesterday President Bush said, “The Supreme Court’s decision is an affirmation of the progress we have made over the past six years in protecting human dignity and upholding the sanctity of life. We will continue to work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”
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I have no words for how I feel about the tragedy in Virginia, I will let the words of others speak for me…..Imagine by John Lennon
Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 18, 2007
I have no words for how I feel about the tragedy in Virginia, so I will let the words of others speak for me…..
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A Four Minute Creative Visualization Tool To Help Woman Attain The Goal Of A Healthy Body – YouTube Video
Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 7, 2007
picture by © joansheartart
Here Is A Four Minute Creative Visualization Tool To Help Women Attain The Goal Of A Healthy Body and Healthy Life.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 30, 2007
I came across this video, and I thought it was just beautiful. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Posted in awareness, coaching, depression, empowerment, faith, family, feelings, happiness, Health, inspirational, love, motherhood, music, parenting, peace, reflections, self-help, spiritual, Women, YouTube | 9 Comments »
Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 21, 2007
Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 14, 2007
I found this video, and I thought it would make a good post. I hope you like it.
If you liked this video, you should also check out what I put up on my other site…..It is a video of inspirational quotes set to the song “Starry Starry Night”. It is really beautiful. You can see it at BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOURSELF
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 14, 2007
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