Living On the Edge

On a day to day basis your immune system ‘seems’ to be keeping your body fit and healthy, however when your living on the edge continually and you don’t listen to your body’s signal system all’s it takes is one immune challenge, high stress incident, or emotional crisis to reach ‘THE TIPPING POINT’ and tilt your immune system over the edge.

Our body’s immune system has the natural ability to keep us fit and healthy when we give it the right tools and create the right environment. At the same time we know that the fast pace of life in the 21st century and the rapid evolution of:

  • Eating habits
  • Food sources
  • Financial burden
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Continuous stress
  • Family breakdown
  • Community structure
  • Relationship challenges

sees our mind and bodies struggling to keep up with the pace which is reflected in our current ramped increase in diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, ADHD, Hormone Challenges and Depression to name a few.

According to the World Health Organization, “Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is a state of optimal well-being.” Achieving wellness requires balancing the various aspects of the whole person; physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

The question is

  • ‘Do you wait until you hit a crisis and pass the tipping point?

or

  • Do you want to be proactive participant in changing your life?

If you answered yes to number one then stop reading now.

If you answered yes to number two then the curiosity and exploration becomes what can you remove or transform in your life to reduce the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual stress and what things can you add to your life to boost your immune system, balance and harmonise your spirit, mind and emotions to maximise your health, vitality and life.

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No matter which way you put it … There are only 2 CHOICES!

Every choice you make in every moment of every day either ADDS to your quality of life or DETRACTS from it on a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

The question is how PRESENT are you with what’s happening today? Most of us are living in this week’s budget, last year’s balance sheet or next week’s schedule. The power to choose is in your hands. Whether your:

  • Walking down the shopping isle,
  • Reaching for the 3rd piece of chocolate cake
  • Engaging in gossip
  • Stuck in a cycle of negative self talk
  • Emotionally beating yourself up
  • Unorganized and living in chaos

It’s not about getting it right or getting it wrong it simply requires your presence of mind and awareness to make proactive choices which enhance your life.

The question in every moment becomes ‘Does this choice make me feel heavy or light?’, ‘Does this choice take me one step closer to living my best life or 2 steps back?’

ONLY YOU have the power to choose.

One curious step at a time …

Excerpt from soon to be released ‘How Close Are You Dancing To The Fire? by Michelle Richmond

We all come to choice points in life when happiness demands that we are in touch not only with what needs to be done to feel successful, but also with what needs to be done to support us as individuals. 

To meet this demand Change Agent Michelle Richmond designs Life Transformation Programs and One on One Mentoring Sessions that support people in being a proactive participant in transforming thier business, relationships, health and life. A self care approach that places increased mastery of your life back in your hands.

Whilst her warmth, humility compliment her clinical experience and insight, she utilizes a well tested understanding of what inspires people to make change in their lives. Her previous role as C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine has seen Michelle mentoring 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. She continues to expand her repertoire of knowledge as she interviews colleagues from around the globe on Holistic Cancer Treatment as Co Director of maxAwareness.com an on line educational hub.

She is a Facilitator for the ‘Quest for Life Foundation’ and ‘Stepping Out’, a Trustee for the Integrative Cancer Solutions Institute and the Children’s Neuro Development Research Foundation and a member of the International Federation of Coaches.

Minimise Stress – Maximise Wellness

Now more than ever, we know about the mechanisms of how life in the 21st century reduces energy levels, restricts health and inhibits thinking. The ‘I’m SO Busy Syndrome” and unconscious, continuous stress, anxiety and worry effects our bodies and minds, we accommodate stress as a normal state of being, not realizing how serious the consequences are.

Stress, simply explained, is the body and mind’s response to any pressure that disrupts our normal balance when we perceive demands to be greater than our resources, triggering your personal PAIN Map which holds all the beliefs, emotions and mental states you have ever experienced.

Current statistics show almost 1 in 5 people and 30% of women experience anxiety and depression alone. According to the World Health Organization depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020, and studies show depression is a contributory factor to many illnesses.

Every time you feel stress whether conscious or not your body and brain change on all levels – physical, chemical, emotional, functional and you become incongruent within yourself. Transforming your stress response is a matter of choice, choosing to become the Master of your Mind, Your Physiological and Emotional responses allowing you to be more… yourself!

Your body is at its highest Potential when it has lots of rest and just enough stress and tension to keep it responding alertly and effectively. Its unequivocal that a decrease in stress; lowers your bodies response to aging, increases our presence, focus and creativity, boosts our immune system and confidence, decreases cravings, increases your I.Q. and brings feelings of love, laid back joy and euphoria!

7 Responses to Mastering Your Potential

 

  1. Become Aware:- Notice when you are in or going into a stress response, take note of the triggers the drivers and your bodies reaction to stress. When we move a reaction from the unconscious to the conscious mind the problem is already partially resolved.
  2. Occupy Your Body, Occupy Your Life:- Take 3 to 30 minutes when you hop into bed at night breath into your feet, your ankles, your knees and slowly all the way through body, your organs, your bones to the top of your scalp. Notice where feel contracted, where feels stressed and tired, spend extra time simply breathing into these areas. This helps builds the immune system, brings you back into your body and into the present and lowers your frequency for a better quality of sleep and can be repeated anytime during the day when presence is needed.
  3. The Choice Gap:- The moment in time you realize you are in stress or having a stress reaction, choose to break the habit. Stop, breath down into your pelvis, gently squeeze and flex the pelvic floor muscles and choose to implement a stress minimilisng technique.
  4. Breathe – Stress usually draws your focus and energy up into your shoulders, neck, face, head and mind. Creating movement pathways down into the lower extremities of the body allows stress to be alleviated and blocked, congested energy to be released. Focused breathing long slow breaths, draws you attention back into the body, slows the frequency bringing you back into the present and increasing brain function.
  5. Pelvic Tilts – Centering, Focus, Clearing the Mind, Stimulates Power Centre
    Technique: Stand with feet flat on the floor, hip width apart and parallel. Softly bend the knees and place hands on the hips. Inhale first, then initiate the pelvic tilt movement as you exhale. When you release the breath, your abdomen should come toward your back. Continue the tilting movement to drop tension away from the neck, head and open the lower vertebrae. Try to pull the pelvis from the abdominals, rather than pushing the from the butt.
  6. Flexion, Extension Toes and Fingers: Drops Tension, Improves Circulation, Moves Lymphatic Technique – Slowly curl your toes firmly down into the ground or your shoes, and then relax them and pull all the way up. Slowly bend and flex fingers joint by joint. Repeat for 15 to 30 seconds. Moving your toes improves circulation of blood, lymphatic fluid and energy. As your energy increases in you extremities, stress levels drop and you become more grounded with the earth.
  7. Negative Irons stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls relaxation, digestion and sleep. Oils that Ionize negatively when diffused are: Bergamot, Cedar Wood, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass and Sandalwood

Michelle Richmond is an innovator of holistic health, wellbeing and personal change management. In her previous role as CEO of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation, she has mentored 1000’s of people seeking a deeper understanding of an integrative approach to wellness. She combines research into Human Behaviour, Business Intuition, The New Sciences Quantum Physics, Energy Medicine and Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence. As a teacher and presenter Michelle is a natural; her presentations utilise a well tested understanding of what inspires people to make change in their lives. Michelle is a published writer, she consults in a private practice to individuals and is a Director of; ‘energy at work – Corporate Wellness Strategies’. ‘WR business Enlightenment’ and maxAwareness.com an on line educational membership, Founding Trustee for the Children’s Neuro Development Research Foundation and an advocate for the Quest for Life Foundation.

Vivacious and Healthy Breasts

Supermarket shelves, TV screens and bill boards are splattered with pink ribbons, whilst statistics report one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85, however little is shared on how to keep your breasts ‘Vivacious and Healthy.’

Our busy lives and the daily pressures of being a mother, daughter, partner, wife, friend and income producer often sees our daily routine encompassing little more than hair and makeup, as our breasts are tucked away or perked up in the latest ‘wonder bra’ hardly getting a second look in, unless something goes wrong. It may sound too simple to be true however 30%-50% of breast cancer could be prevented with a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.

The human body knows exactly how to take care of itself when given the right tools and by creating the right environment. Girls, it’s time to be proactive and add a little verve to your breasts for your own health, vitality and longevity. Personal development guru’s encourage being in the flow and that’s exactly what’s needed to create healthy, perky breasts. High levels of stress, emotional, mental and physical congestion and toxicity all contribute to a less than healthy breast tissue.

A recent study found that women who wear a bra 24 hours a day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes. The tissue around the breasts, neck, shoulders, and arm pits contain the lymph system which unlike the vascular system does not have a pumping station, relying on movement and breath to rid the body of nasty toxins. So along with your shoes, fling your bra off at the door.

As stress is a major contributor to disease, rather than adding a few more things to that already over sized list, become present and choose to take advantage of existing moments of time to self nurture and create flow.

Tips to Vivacious Breasts:

  • Breast Massage – Take 10 minutes a day a little Almond Oil or other natural oil and using the flat of your fingers use small circular movements, around the breast, armpits, and shoulder blades. A relaxing thing to do when in bed at night whilst focusing on things that you are grateful for throughout the day, thus calming your neurology and physiology before sleeping.
  • Where there’s movement in your body, there’s movement in your life. Dr Finn Skott Anderson from the Humlegaarden Clinic in Germany says Exercise, Exercise, Exercise is essential to heal cancer. What heals must prevent. Bushing walking, sport, gardening, yoga, dancing. Meet your girlfriend or colleague at the beach or park and go for a walk to discuss business instead of at a coffee shop or office.
  • Choose to still the mind by focusing on breath or an affirmation whilst walking, exercising, sitting on the bus, in traffic, when going to sleep, taking a shower become present with your body, your environment, your breath. Increase lymphatic movement and relax the mind with long slow breathing through the nose down into the pelvis – can be done whilst sitting on the train, at the traffic lights, waiting for a meeting or to pick the kids up from school.
  • Avoid farmed seafood, including prawns, barramundi and salmon. And commercially farmed chicken and eggs. Organic is always best.
  • Drink filtered water, not from plastic bottles.
  • Never use plastic when microwaving, only glass. This includes plastic wrap which when heated releases sexo-estrogens into the heated produce. Avoid micro waves if possible.
  • Choose organic live foods, greens and high enzyme foods. If not ensure you wash your vege’s in apple cider vinegar and peel the fruit or vegetable well. Foods which have anti cancer benefits; broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips garlic, onions, cabbage, cherries, beans, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, winter squash, yams, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, citrus, grapes, walnuts, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, tomatoes, carrots, guava, ruby red grapefruit, watermelon, green tea, nuts, seeds, especially flax seed.
  • Never believe a pesticide is safe.
  • Use non toxic hair, skin and household cleaning products – It is known that the breasts can store quite high levels of toxins from our environment. Studies of human breast milk have shown a quite alarming tendency for traces of household cleaning products to be present for example. It is believed that there could be a connection with the onset of breast disease from these toxins.
  • Do what you love and love what you do – you might not always like what you have to do in a day, you can complain about it or look at the benefit … find the benefit, the blessing and change the colour of your day.

Ghandi said “Be the change you want to be in the world and watch the world change around you” … next time you see a pink ribbon or a cancer statistics ask yourself “Have I put a little verve in my day and done my bit to lower breast cancer statistics?”

You’re truly worth it.

Michelle Richmond is an innovator of holistic health, wellbeing and personal change management. In her previous role as CEO of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation, she has mentored 1000’s of people seeking a deeper understanding of an integrative approach to wellness. She combines research into Human Behaviour, Business Intuition, The New Sciences Quantum Physics, Energy Medicine and Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence. As a teacher and presenter Michelle is a natural; her presentations utilise a well tested understanding of what inspires people to make change in their lives. Michelle is a published writer, she consults in a private practice to individuals and is a Director of; ‘energy at work – Corporate Wellness Strategies’. ‘WR business Enlightenment’ and maxAwareness.com an on line educational membership, Founding Trustee for the Children’s Neuro Development Research Foundation and an advocate for the Quest for Life Foundation.