SPIRITUAL: I have found that when I am missing a sense of peace within me my focus is more on my weaknesses and the physical obstacles before me rather than on God and His Strength. One very early morning many years ago, I was in the midst of my prayer and meditation. Those of you who know me well know that I start each day with God & Coffee: in that order - with caffeine and prayer – because with those two elements, I believe that anything is truly possible! I went to God with all the details of my current dilemma and God impressed upon me to “Trust the Process”, to which I quickly informed God that I could not trust the process and I proceeded again, to list the many, many details of my current dilemma. And I asked, “How in the world do I trust the process – these details are so many and the way out of this lion’s den is so very complicated and unpredictable from a physical standpoint!” Deep within my spirit, I heard, “I AM the process.”My perspective immediately did a 360 degree shift from a physical focus to a spiritual focus on God and His sovereignty. I went to my Bible to find any Scripture that had “I AM” in it. And through the process, I found out more about who God is. I have been collecting I AM Scriptures for years; I separated them by theme about who God is: Warrior, Friend, Counselor, Great Physician, Husband to the Widower, Father to the fatherless, Giver of gifts, knowledge, insight, and understanding, Prince of Peace…., and I’ve brought them here for you to take with you in order that you would be encouraged on your darkest days and most challenging times. I want to encourage you to focus on who God is in you, through you, and for you and less on you and your weaknesses. I am sharing the manuscript form of a book that encompasses them: Light a Candle and Consider Me (a book you can pre-order at Thursday night’s March 19th SPEC of Hope Event at the Three Blind Mice Restaurant at 7:00; 1066 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn, GA; 770-696-4139)
PHYSICAL: While it essential for me to start my day from a spiritual stand-point; I am also very excited about the physical, tangible opportunities that are presented to me daily to help me achieve optimal health. My daughter, Faith, will be 20-years-old next week! She recently made a comment that it was time for me to get a new work-out video because my Leslie Sansone Two-Mile Walk at Home work-out was so worn out, it skipped in the same spot. More specifically to address how this personally impacted Faith, she listened to Leslie’s voice skip while she ate her breakfast for years (since she was in 7th grade to be exact). Plus, she said I needed a little more variety and fun in my workout to help me balance out the monotony of my work-out and day. “It’s time, Mom,” she said with a grin. ;)
What is it time for you to do in order for you to improve your physical health and add some fun to your life? J We are three months into this new 2015 year and while I do not make New Year’s resolutions, I do continually try to implement healthy lifestyle choices that positively influence my physical health. Diet and exercise are key factors to establishing and maintaining balance.
· One thing I have learned is that the longer something lasts on the shelf, the quicker it spikes my carbohydrate and sugar levels in my body and the quicker it turns to stored fat – let alone what it is doing to my cardiovascular, immune, and metabolizing systems!
To help us consider a physical change for long-lasting optimal health, my dear friend, Dori Miller, will be at the next SPEC of Hope Event at the Three Blind Mice Restaurant Thursday night to share her story about the changes she made to implement balance and fun into her life. I can’t wait for you to meet her! Come, and bring a friend!
EMOTIONAL: The degree to which me move and the quality of what we eat also impacts our mood states. Does anyone remember the documentary, “Super Size Me”, where Adam Schuster ate all his meals at McDonalds for a year? … Here is a link to the Super Size Me song for increased awareness.
One of the main things that Adam discusses in his documentary is how he became depressed while eating only McDonalds. Sure, he gained excessive weight and I imagine that is in part, what led to his depression, but the food he was eating, only McDonalds, also set in motion a sugar, fat, and carbohydrate addiction. If he did not get the food, he was grouchy. When he ate the food, he temporarily felt better (because of the quick rush of feel good neurotransmitters: Serotonin and Dopamine, specifically) were being lit up and released like a 4th of July display within his brain and body. But just as quickly as they were released, they died out, and he was left feeling worse than before he ate – so he had to do it again, and again in order to temporarily feel better. The cycle of depression is vicious in this way. When someone is severely depressed, they will often do anything to feel better and get their life back. The problem is, unless they learn about all aspects of their health, depression lurks around in the background of one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. For Adam, the problem, of course, was that his cycle of depression was one where he temporarily felt better when he ate, but then he quickly felt worse, and he’d eat again to temporarily feel better. His overall health suffered: spiritually (I’m not sure of his spiritual beliefs, but I’d be happy to share my I AM Scriptures with him), physically, emotionally, and cognitively). I imagine he would have attended a SPEC of Hope event during his self-experiment because I know that he now knows, as he has shared his journey with the world, that it only takes a SPEC of Hope to transform a life and diet – one’s nutritional intake - is a crucially key factor to one’s overall well-being.
COGNITIVE: One’s ability to think clearly is directly related to the pace at which they breathe:
· Short, shallow, chest, fight, flight, or freeze stress breathing when much oxygen leaves the brain and heads to our main muscle groups in our arms and legs to prepare us to fight to the death, run for our lives, or play possum so that we don’t get devoured by the perceived Kodiak Beer of a situation right before us
· Versus long, deep, at rest state diaphragmatic breathing where much oxygen enters the brain so that we can plan, organize, and think about thriving, excelling, and growing in and through our situation rather than merely surviving it.
When we are stressed, we are in 911 mode; it’s hard to think about anything other than mere survival. Likewise, the degree to which we are implementing consistent exercise into our routines impacts the amount of oxygen in the brain (which helps us think clearly and more efficiently) as well. Movement (exercise) and food (fuel) greatly impacts how quickly, effectively, and efficiently we process our thoughts! While I drink two glasses of water, a cup of coffee, and a nutritional Complete Juice Plus Smoothie each morning, if I put those same ingredients in the gas-tank of my car, it would not make the car run because it requires the right fuel to run. Our bodies are the same way, when we eat processed foods, (remember if it last long on the shelf, it quickly deteriorates our health) we short circuit our ability to think clearly. Processed foods spike insulin levels, quickly turned to stored fat, and create free radicals (particles of toxins) within our cells. Cells need to fire (start-up and spend energy in efficient ways) to work effectively. If the cells in our brains try to turn their ignition on but constantly stall out, we end up with a brain-fog effect. And, it’s essentially because eating the processed foods is much like putting toxic fuel into our systems. And our systems require the right fuel, phyto-nutrients – phyto for plant, to help nourish and protect our cells in order that they too would fire. When they fire, this is equivalent to starting up, sending a message, and performing a job. The job entails a list of tasks about what they are supposed to act and when they are supposed to remain on cruise. And sometimes, the task is to move into spring cleaning mode within the homes they live, our bodies, based on the healthy programming from the nutrients that they receive in order to:
· Do this
· Don’t do that
· Create this hormone
· Don’t create that hormone
· Synthesize this cholesterol and
· Attack this virus, bacteria and/or toxin
The way in which we live in balanced ways, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and cognitively directly impacts our overall health, and remember…
It only takes a SPEC of Hope to transform a life!
I can’t wait to see you this Thursday!
Email or call me and let us know you are coming to the next SPEC of Hope Event
678-793-4906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Three Blind Mice Restaurant at 1066 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn, GA