Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Welcome To Wellness Wednesday!

October 2, 2013

Okay, yet another change to the content of the blog--Wellness Wednesday.

I feel that since I'm a massage therapist, and I have a wellness ministry, it sort of makes sense that I try to pass on some of the things that I've learned through the past 16 years of workin' in the field of wellness.

Wellness, ain't just wakin' up and not feelin' bad. It's wakin' up each day with a sense of joy, anticipation, and purpose NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PHYSICAL SITUATION MAY BE.

Whoa--stepped on a few hypochodriacal toes, did I?

Look, just 'cause you may have a physical impairment, it don't give you the right to kvetch about it, bemoanin' your misfortune. It SHOULD give you motivation to do whatever you can to IMPROVE your life, and to enrich the lives of those around you.

A quick example of this--Joni Eareckson Tada, who as a teenager dove into too shallow water, fractured her cervical areas, and became a quadreplegic. After a time of self pity, anger and depression, she finally surrendered to God's will for her life, and as a result, she has gone on to be a painter (she holds the brushes in her teeth), writer, singer, and advocate for disabled folks. She even got married, and at 63, she is still a beautiful woman who loves her life.

There are so many other examples--Helen Keller, Christy Brown, Stephen Hawking--basically, folks who didn't let physical problems get in the way of livin' their lives.

My freind Eleanor, whom I have posted about--70 years on this earth, broke her leg, and three months later, she is walkin' around, drivin' and HIKING IIN NEW MEXICO.

HOW?

Simple, she took stock of what the situation was, used her knowledge of health and wellness, determined the strategy she needed to follow in order to get back to the state of health that she had built up over her lifetime, and followed through with it. Yes, she had days where she cried and felt sorry for herself, because she is human--but she kept remindin' herself that she would get past this, and move on with her life.

Okay, I'm chasin' rabbits here--let me get to my point.

Wellness is a lifestyle built upon four basic foundational principles:

1) Spiritual--I consider this to be the true foundation that all the others can be built upon. Where are you spiritually? Do you know God, the One Who Created you, the One Who knows you better than you will ever know yourself? Do you have a relationship with Him through belief in His Son, Jesus? Are you immersed in His Word, learnin' what His will is for you and your life? If not, you ain't gettin' much farther, cause you're buildin' on sand, like Jesus spoke of in matthew 7:24-27:

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

2) Mental--This concerns your thoughts, what you dwell upon. You are basically your thoughts, 'cause they influence how you act and speak. I heard not too long ago that you can choose what you think, and I agree. I can have a thought come into my head that is wrong, such as when I catch myself angry with someone who has tried to harm me or my family, but it doesn't have to STAY there--not if I don't ALLOW it to. I can CHOOSE to forgive, pray for, and MOVE ON to more important thoughts. Scipture says in Philippians 4:8:

"8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Oh, and no, I ain't sayin' to walk around with your head in the clouds, ignorin' evil in the world--that AIN'T Biblical. You have to be aware of wrong, so you can help to fight it. However, just because you are aware of pornography--don't go lookin' all over the internet for it, thinkin' you're doin' research. That's just stupid. Look at the good in life, so you know what's WORTH fightin' for.

3) Exercise--Get up and shake it, honey! MOVE! If you can't stand up--wave your arms around, if you are unable to move at all--get others to help you move your limbs. The body is a wonderful creation, made for movement, ALL the days of your life--you don't have the right to jusr sit in a rocker when you hit retirement.

The MAYO Clinic reports that exercise has many benefits, includin' weight control, mood improvement, prevention of many diseases, boosts energy, improves sleep, puts zip back into *ahem*, 'marital relations'--and it's just FUN. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676)

For those of you think that God ain't into physicality--check the Bible for all the times phyiscal movement is mentioned, even in a spiritual context--walk, run, box, fly, etc. Even the Proverbs 31 woman was known to;

1"7 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms." Proverbs 31:17

No, I don't think she took aerobic water classes. However, she was ACTIVE.

4) Nutrition--in order to do all that movin', you gotta feed your body, your mind, AND your spirit, with good food, in the right amounts. And guess what? It's not hard to do--if you take the time to learn what you need, and APPLY what you learn.

Nutritional, wholesome food is out there, and if you do the research, it ain't too expensive. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and some meats, are good sources of nutrition for the body.

To feed your mind--read, put on good music (and no, you ain't gotta listen just to classical, even though it is a good genre. Of course, at OUR house, DAVID ALLEN COE is considered classical...).  Find lectures and classes in your area--many are free or nominal in price. Yes, I still read a lot of fiction, but I also read things that feed my mind.

To feed your spirit--dig into God's Word, learn what He has to say to you. It's really a great big LOVE LETTER to you from God. tellin' you how much He loves you, why He created you, how to live your life, and how to be sure you get to spend eternity with Him. The bonus is, it nourishes your spirit, as Jesus said in Matthew 4:4;

"Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'""

Seek out good books from great Christian men and women, read thier testimonies. Find books by  and about great historical figures. If you like to be online, find blogs and groups with Christian folks who will pray for you and encourage you in your faith.

Oh yeah--PRAY. You will be amazed at how much your wellness quotient goes up just by the simple act of speakin' with Father God. Remember--you can tell Him ANYTHING.

Whew! I think I covered the basics of wellness here. As time goes by, I will cover many of the things that can be incorporated into each of these foundational principles. Hope I can help someone to better health.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013





 

2 comments:

  1. Dear Evelyn,

    This was a great post! I think that you're right, that our health starts in our spirit and extends from there. May we be good examples of that to all around us!

    Love,

    Marqueta

    p.s. Thanks for the parakeet tips; at least it doesn't hurt when they bite!

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    1. I had a cockatiel someone gave me many years ago. He was quite sweet, but at first, he would bite if I had to hold him to clip his claws, in fact, he often drew blood. Someone told me about the emery board--and he gave up after a time, since bitin' seemed to do no good. You can also wear leather gloves when handling him.

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