|"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." ~ Hal Borland|
I know this quote is hard to believe, especially since snow is still in our forecast and it is May 2nd as I write this. Ugh!
The saying ‘patience is a virtue’ comes to mind. Is it? Always? And is that all it is? For some odd reason, I want to challenge this (yet another) conventional thought provoked by this lingering winter weather and I think there is an important correlation to be made to our health.
Being patient with the arrival of spring is probably not our greatest challenge right now, even though we’re very tired of winter. After all, what can we do about it? But have you ever chosen to exercise patience and ended up frustrated, suppressed or even depressed? Where is that line drawn and how does that happen anyway?
Do you think of being patient as some sort of serene endurance? When has choosing to be patient actually brought you peace? Look at these Webster Dictionary synonyms: forbearance, long-suffering, sufferance, and tolerance. And here are a few more related words: acquiescence, resignation, conformism, subordination, submission, or submissiveness.
Dating back to the 14th century the Greek origin of the word was pēma, which meant suffering. The Latin, pati then patiens also meant to suffer, which has brought us our English word patient. This makes total sense in the established use of the word as someone who is sick and being cared for by a medical team.
Where is the virtue in suffering and in all those other synonyms and related words? Maybe our understanding of the word patience should be reconsidered because in our natural health practice, we have observed lots of folks (mostly women) wearing this virtuous badge of ‘patience’, yet suffering from the physical consequences of chronic suppression.
In case you haven’t picked up on it, I’m building a small case for our mind-body-spirit connection. From a holistic standpoint, whether it is suppression, anger, forgiveness, fear, or any number of negative emotions – they are all eventually destructive to our physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Suppression, in particular, brings some level of loss (ie: loss of freedom of expression or personal power), which results in a grieving process. Bereavement studies have provided systematic evidence suggesting an increase in the risk of physical and mental illness associated with the inability to cope with loss. This is where many of our clients live, but because they cannot identify a specific object of loss and because patience is a virtue after all, they do not make the holistic correlation between their belief system and their health problems.
Fatigue, memory loss, muscle tension, headaches, backaches, menstrual difficulties, poor sleep, lowered immunity (catch frequent colds), gastrointestinal problems, allergy flare-ups, even frequent sighing – are many signs of stress brought on by chronic emotion suppression. You can thank your adrenal glands for simply reacting to the insidious threat of your extinction brought on by suppression. Adrenaline and cortisol flow through your blood stream, releasing harmful fatty acids, breaking down proteins, raising your blood sugars, on and on… This is just not the way it is supposed to be!
How about replacing this ‘patience is a virtue’ cliché with honest acceptance. Now there is a positive word of approval and agreement that has no suggestion of suffering or resignation. If there is a situation, a mind-set, or a belief system you cannot honestly accept or embrace with agreement, then changes are in order. If you remain in it, you will become a literal patient.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SATURATED FAT DVD IS READY!!
Speaking of long-suffering, many of you will be thrilled to know that I’ve finally finished my DVD “The Truth About Saturated Fat”. It is not perfect but I honestly accept that (ha!). This DVD is so basic, so fundamental to every concept of natural health that Energy Concepts teaches. Please view the Introduction part of this video now on our website on the Instructional DVD page. If you want to purchase the entire DVD just fill out an order form (on the Ordering Page) and send it my way.
(And while you're on the website, check out the Enzyme descriptions on the new Enzyme Solutions page)!
Those who have pre-paid for this DVD, let me know if you’d like to pick it up or I can mail it to you or you can get it in class this month.
First Tuesday of May (7th) will be Self Assessment Review as usual. Class fee $8 per person. Bring your temps, pulses, pHs, questions, etc… and let’s see what is going on!
Third Tuesday class (21st) will be “What is Sucrose?” Class fee is $10 per person. This presentation will be one part of my next DVD “The Truth About Sucrose” which I will plan to have completed by this July.
Classes are always in our building (somewhere) and start at 6pm. Visit our website (energyconcepts101.com) for more information. I’m not sure if Google maps is correct yet, but we are at 300 E. Sunshine. Email any questions!
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Carla & Ronnie