One in four American’s will die each year of heart disease. Over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Studies show that people who live in Urban America suffer from higher levels of stress and inflammation, and now Coronavirus has upped the anti on our immune systems.
It is my opinion that Mother Nature has provided us with all we need for health and resilience. Through our five senses we get to taste the flavors of wonderful life-giving food. Smell the fragrance of fresh cut flowers in springtime. We get joy from seeing those we love smile and feel the heart-warming sensation of a tender touch and a hug.
Find time to pause, several times in a day and listen to your breath, the sound of nature, or chimes in the wind. Did you know that the hum of a crystal bowl can rearrange the molecules in your body? Responsibility for what we take in through our five senses is our best attribute as human beings. When we invite nature in and in fact realize we are not separate from it we can claim our birthright of homeostasis.
As a society we are waking up to the limitations of our medical institutions as providers of health and realizing their role as emergency care, pharmaceuticals and surgery. Now we can awaken to the truth of prevention and how it literally is up to every one of us to believe in our bodies' innate wisdom for health and resilience.
With my best wishes for your continued health,
It is March 15, 2020 and the Corona Wind is blowing crisis around the world. I choose the metaphor of the wind because like the wind, Covid-19 can seem uncontrollable. It’s an unstoppable force. It also primarily affects the lungs. Air is the common denominator in our lungs and the wind. Maintaining some sense of normal life in the face of such a threat is the challenge we all face. How we respond is the key. I believe the first thing to do is to realize that we do have a choice. We could succumb to the fear and panic. Or we could be creative and look for opportunity. This simple yet powerful change in point of view can have a profound impact on our quality of life. It puts us back in the driver's seat of our lives. This in turn reduces stress which is directly related to a healthy respiratory system. Stress causes the lungs to contract which restricts the airflow. This in turn causes major imbalance in our system. Just like a car with a clogged air filter, our bodies will not function properly. If we allow this to continue it will have serious consequences to our health.
Given that “Social Distancing” is recommended for all of us here are some suggestions for creative opportunities as we find ourselves spending more time at home. Catch up on reading. Start a journal. Take a class online. Explore the world of crafting. Spend time with loved ones. Dance. Play games. Go for walks. The outdoors is still not off limits even during the time of “Social Distancing.”
Regarding food and other natural remedies, it’s important to eat well to maintain a healthy immune system. At this stage of Covid-19 the best defense we have is our immune system. Soups are simple, easy, delicious and many of the ingredients are full of antioxidants that boost the immune system. Sweet Basil, also known as Tulsi is an adaptogen, fever reducer and immune-system builder. You can also make tea with Tulsi. Turmeric with black pepper help keep the blood clean. Cooking is also a source of creativity. Find new recipes. There are lots of groups online centered around cooking. Entering the Spring season, it’s recommended that we eat light as our lymphatic systems can get clogged. Using a Eucalyptus diffuser in the house helps keep the airways in the lungs clear.
Covid-19 is fostering chaos around the world. Another choice we can make is to create order and routine in our daily lives to help maintain health. Proper sleep, exercise, yoga and meditation all work in subtle yet powerful ways develop resiliency, so that like the bending blade of grass in the wind, you’ll bend but you will not break.
No Individual is an Island and every Island requires True Leadership.
Leadership is a process of sculpting a way of Being. Leadership replaces a mentality of knowing, to a mentality of discovering.
A true leader steps into vulnerable conversations in the face of No Agreement and provides a space for others to be courageous and responsible.
This is no easy task to be a Leader. There is Nothing Easy About It.
2020 requires a revolution on “What it means to be a Leader.” Will you take this on with me? The rewards are infinitely bigger than anything you could ever imagine.
If I were to die tomorrow, my biggest wish would be to make a difference in the world. To leave it cleaner and safer than it was when I came in. With less complaints, less fear, and more productive conversations. I’d aim at bringing out the best in people. Spread the notion of cooperation and self-expression and soften the drive to blame, shame and compete with others.
If I were to expire tomorrow my wish would be that human beings realize their miraculous self. That they are beautiful inside and out, and I’d leave them with the knowledge that PEACE is a state of mind.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach as well as a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.