Tag Archives: well-being

FMM 1 24 20 Shift to Self

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn.  I have a very clear memory from my childhood of an episode of pain.  I had a severe ache in my leg, in the shin area, which earned me confinement to bed, and the tender ministrations […]

FMM 8 16 19 Nursology

“They don’t want to see us live together.” ~ Robert Nesta Marley.  My first official job as a registered nurse in this country was at a large private hospital on Miami Beach.  In those days (and perhaps still, for all I know), non-residents had to apply for a police identification when working on the Beach.  […]

FMM 2 2 18 Good for You

“The right to protect the health and well-being of every person, of those we love, is a basic human right.”~ Elizabeth Holmes. Country children in Jamaica (I don’t know if it happened in ‘Town’ – Kingston also) were subject to a particular tradition.  At the end of every summer vacation, in order to be ready […]

FMM 6 6 16 Be Still my Monkey Mind

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W. B. Yeats  What do you tell yourself that is making you sick?  Have you ever observed the power of suggestion?  Our minds are programed to respond to the information it receives, whether the information is factual or based […]

Mind-body connection, Friday morning message January 2012

Deepak Chopra

Good Friday Morning Family! I was inspired to write about science and spirituality after listening to a lecture by Deepak Chopra. He was lecturing about the inter-relatedness of the cells in our body, which have the ability to speak to each other. He spoke of our ability to heal ourselves. He also tied that in to humanity’s inter-relatedness to each other.

But what stayed with me the most, out of all of the amazing things he discussed, is the scientific work he is doing to demonstrate the effect of our mind, our attitude, our spirituality on our physical health. Along with other researchers, they are documenting what are the things that improve our ‘well-being’, not just physical wellbeing, but on the emotional, social, and financial fronts also.  This research utilizes science to measure well-being.

And one of the things that has been demonstrated to improve your well-being is being surrounded by happy people. Further, if those happy people are surrounded by happy people, even that improves your well-being. And if those happy people (and these are people you don’t know, don’t come in contact with) are surrounded by happy people, that also improves your well-being.

If you have some spare time, listen to his lecture. He explains it far better than I can. We need to recognize how much power we have over our own well-being. Not only that, but we can influence our health, and instruct our cells to heal and repair themselves. I am not trying to put drug companies out of business (ok, maybe I am – they have a lot to do with trying to prevent Health Care Reform from being put into effect), but we need to stop believing that we can buy health, happiness and a way to heaven! The answer to many of life’s problems lies within us. We just need to tap into this amazing source.

There was one more point that Chopra made that resonated. He said that even the happiness of your perceived enemy, improves your well-being. This means that you can let go of pettiness, and permit the happiness of those you may not count as friends, for their happiness makes you healthier! Sometimes we hold on to bitterness and resentment for no good reason, and in doing so we only harm ourselves.

So this Friday morning, let us appreciate the happy people around us, and pay back the debt by being happy ourselves. Life is too short to be negative, and our negativity is shortening lives! Have a happy weekend, and take time to be good to yourself.

One Love, Family!