Before we discuss the simple prescriptions to fill your own cup and serve from overflow, we address the 12 medicines of SelfCare and the Lifestyle Medicine revolution. Let's take a minute to discuss 3 key challenges that keep us stuck, feeling like the answers we seek are outside of ourselves, rather than self-realizing that it has always been within all of us. Take your power back by shifting your beliefs and narratives about health and wellbeing, so that we can all live and serve from abundant overflow. Creating a ripple effect of positive change, connected to our own source.
1. Am I the Passenger, or the Driver?
"When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life.
Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again." - Steve Jobs.
The keys are in your hands. Don't be a passenger to your own human experience. Have the courage to take the keys and be the driver.
2. Am I the victim, villain or hero in my own story?
The victim mentality is when a person has the mentality that they are not “responsible” for anything that is happening or has happened to them. Said person feels completely and utterly a victim of circumstance. This can either take the form of collective victimhood or individual victimhood. In the individual case, a person may feel that they cannot succeed because some circumstance in their life prevents success.
Remember that “Only 5% of disease-related gene mutations are fully deterministic, while 95% can be influenced by diet, behaviour, and other environmental conditions".
“We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with peace, happiness, and love.”― Bruce H. Lipton,
3. Do I feel like Selfcare Selfish?
Somewhere along your journey, you may have prescribed to the belief that is normal to serve from an empty cup, to live a life of scarcity and survival, putting the oxygen masks on others before putting it on yourself. Self care is not selfish. Quite the contrary. It is essential in order for you to serve from abundant overflow, creating a ripple effect of positive change that starts internally within yourself and then externally. Looking after your front doorstep; your family, friends, and even your local community. If we all did just this, together we would create a ripple effect of positive change that would start in this generation and continue into the future generations to come. Have the courage to go first, fill your own cup, put your own oxygen mask on, and take care of your front doorstep. If you learn to master your survival needs, then you will have the opportunity to build a longer table, not just a higher fence. From here we can all thrive together as one human race on this beautiful, but fragile blue planet we call home.
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
12 MEDICINES & PRESCRIPTIONS
NATURE: Spend 90 minutes in nature per day. Connect to nature’s life support system every day in every way. Look after and support your front doorstep.
CONNECTION: Keep frequent connections with two people you can confide in and 5 high-vibing, like-minded people that you can grow with. Set boundaries for energy vampires. Find a mentor that shows you where to look without telling you what to see!
GENES: Find new ways to empower yourself as a “driver”, not as a passenger in your life. Ignite your human potential each day with your beliefs, thoughts, and daily actions. Believe that anything is possible and find stories of people that reinforce this belief.
ENVIRONMENT: Keep a record of the hours you spend in nourishing environments geographically, socially, culturally, and in your home and workplace. Remember that the environment you spend the most time in is often stronger than your willpower. Limit places that you feel are toxic or negative to you. Spend the most time in environments that enable, inspire, and empower your innate potential.
MIND: Learn how your subconscious and conscious mind work and begin to use their power in your life. Develop a positive mental attitude and silence the imposter.
FOOD: Eat more plants! Be a compassionate omnivore and remember that every time you breathe air, drink water or eat food, you are either promoting longevity or disease and dysfunction. Choose no-compromise sources and buy from regenerative farmers.
MOVEMENT: Move that beautiful body of yours for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Motion is lotion and the healing stimulus for all your organs. Make movement meaningful and a lifestyle, rather than a chore.
WORK: Do what you love each day and you will never work a day in your life. Seek your ikigai and plan de Veda and live your legacy from a passionate heart.
LIFESTYLE: Cast a positive future vision to live your ideal lifestyle and be courageous enough to live this dream in reality. Live a life worth living. Live a story worth sharing.
SPIRIT: Make time to connect with your own soul and sense of spirit each day. Live by the golden rule and dissolve any construct that creates separation. Everything is interconnected as one. If you get time to stargaze, then do so and remain curious.
MODERN: Find natural ways to support and optimize your human vessel, boost your immunity, and intervene only when necessary. Use modern medicine as a tool for prevention and as a way to stay healthy and happy. Use it as a tool to support the body’s natural healing mechanisms, never to replace it.
TECHNOLOGY: Use technology to free your time, monitor your health, and free your location to help optimize your human experience. Limit your time on devices to less than two hours per day.
Keys to Living a Healthy and Happy Human Experience:
- Don't be a passenger in your own life, and have the courage to be the driver
- Don't be a victim, be the hero in your own story
- Self-care is not selfish - it is essential to allow yourself to serve from an abundant overflow
- Spend 90 minutes in nature per day to connect to its life support system
- Keep frequent connections with two people you can confide in, as well as five high-vibing, like-minded people
- Learn how your subconscious and conscious mind work and use their power in your life
- Eat more plants - be a compassionate omnivore
- Move your body for a minimum of 30 minutes per day
- Do what you love each day and cast a positive future vision to live the lifestyle of your dreams
- Connect with your own soul and sense of spirit each day
- Find natural ways to support and optimize your human vessel and boost your immunity
- Limit your use of technology to two hours per day
At the end of the day, taking control of your mind, body, and soul to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle starts with developing the courage to take control of your life and not be a victim to your circumstances. Self-care is essential to be able to serve from an abundant overflow, and nature is an integral part of staying connected to its life support system. Every day, make sure to keep frequent connections with those who can support you and use technology in a limited way. Everyday actions, such as eating more plants and moving your body for at least 30 minutes, can make a real difference in helping you live the life of your dreams.
This is directly referenced from the best-selling Amazon SelfCare Book "Lifestyle Medicine For the People" by Rory Callaghan. If you would like to read more content like this. Grab the free online chapters of the book or a hard copy.
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