Over the past 150 years, we have focused so much time, energy, and effort on understanding the human body. In our quest for more knowledge, we have spent decades studying the physical body. Our understanding of the it, however advanced we believe it is, is still very limited in nature. We have hardly scratched the surface of understanding the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit.
In his book, Mind, Body, Spirit, Dr. Keith Karren explores the relationship between these three critical elements that make up the entire person. I found his book a powerful reminder there is a need to support all levels of someone’s health and well-being. There is a powerful connection between our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Likewise, it is important to take care of all three of these areas as they all co-relate. This text provided valuable connections that link together the mental, physical and spiritual health, and well-being and how we can be mindful of how we can strengthen our entire body.
Parker Wells, Vice President of Care To Stay Home, Santa Ana, CA
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Resilient Health Discovery
We have two lives. The life we learn with and the life we learn after that. Suffering is what brings us toward happiness.
Bernard Malamud, “The Natural”
A Better Tomorrow Excerpt
The Key to a Life of Successand Optimal Wellness
This may come as a surprise, but you may have two wolves living inside you—two wolves competing for the direction of your life path.
Let me explain.
According to a Native American parable, an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson, “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One of the wolves is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
The boy’s eyes grew wide, and the wise old grandfather continued, “The other wolf is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, compassion, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, and faith.
“These two wolves are waging a ferocious fight against each other. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about the fierce battle for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee replied simply, “The one you feed most!”
That parable has stuck with me ever since. It taught me that I had freedom of choice and that I could choose the path of life that was right for me.
What are your thoughts? Which wolf in you are you feeding? Remember, you’re the one who chooses which wolf you feed. If you feed the evil wolf, you will find yourself blaming your negative thoughts, experiences, and feelings on other people and events. By faulting others, you give away your own power. The evil wolf becomes your inner critic, resulting in anxiety and low self-esteem. When that happens, you lose your freedom of choice; you become a “victim.” It’s normal to look outward as you try to make sense of what’s going on inside of you, but it’s so dangerous to get trapped as a victim of life.
The key is to increase how much you feed the good wolf. That said, you shouldn’t try to squash the emotions of the evil wolf. Acknowledge them then let them go. As you exercise your freedom of choice and actively decide to “nourish” the good wolf, you free yourself to discover your one thing— your one path to optimal wellness and happiness. Read more . . .
Dr. Keith Karren
Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.
Mind Body Spirit Excerpt
If you think a well-toned, properly fueled body is the key to wellness, you’re right. To be more exact, you’re only a third right—because optimum wellness involves not just your body, but a solid balance between your mind, your body, and your spirit.
It all boils down to psycho-neuro-endocrine-immunology. That’s quite a mouthful—and chances are good that you’ve never tried to wrap your tongue around it before right now. Let’s make it simple: it’s a science that shows how your mind, body, and spirit are all linked together and how they help you resist disease and infection. And it might sound like a bunch of hocus-pocus, but some of the nation’s leading researchers and medical experts have put their enthusiastic stamp of approval on it.
Researchers and doctors all over the world have been finding success with mind-body-spirit therapies. It’s pretty exciting: as just one example, they’ve shown how changing up emotions can make a big difference in diabetes and improves things like cholesterol, glucose levels, heart rate, and blood pressure. They’ve also found that meditation dramatically impacts chronic pain, anxiety, and depression, in addition to bringing on positive changes in the brain.
Dr. Keith Karren
Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.
Resilient Journey Excerpt
Everyone alive has a story. Let’s look at yours and how you’re writing it this very minute.
You add to your story every day through the events that contribute new pages, new chapters, and even new characters to the stories that make up your life. Some of your stories are good. Others are funny or surprising or sad. Some might be devastating.
Some stories are brief: you inadvertently step in a mud puddle on your way to an important appointment or you receive a welcome phone call from an old friend. Others seem to drag on forever: you spend years in a successful fight against breast cancer or work for eighteen months to research a ground-breaking dissertation.
Some stories are planned: you set your sights on law school so you can be a prosecuting attorney. Other stories are unplanned: along the way, you discover that your passion really lies in doing legal research for an environmental agency, something that will never take you inside a courtroom.
Some stories are predictable: you carefully engineer all the connecting flights to arrive in Anaheim for a long-anticipated vacation at Disneyland. Other stories are unpredictable: two of your children come down with stomach flu before you’re even able to leave the hotel the next morning.
Resilience is the set of skills, the innate force within your soul that enables you to look those disruptions right in the face. Resilience empowers you to thrive through adversity, challenge, and opportunity. Resilience gives you the grit to grow, become wiser, progress, and increase your coping capacity every time your life gets disrupted.
Simply put, resilience is the part of your story that helps you stay on your feet, no matter what. But it’s more than that. Instead of simply staying upright, you become better. And through it all, you realize that becoming stronger and better is a choice, one you can make over and over, every single day, regardless of what is going on in that story of yours.
There’s a lot to be said for resilience. It’s the very process and experience of being disrupted by change, stressors, challenges, adversity, and opportunities. That disruption— and what you choose to do with it—is good, because in the end it makes you thrive.
Dr. Glenn R. Richardson
We all need resilience to live a fulfilling life. With resilience, you’ll be more prepared to take on challenges, to develop your talents, skills, and abilities so that you can live with more purpose and joy.
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Resilient Health Discovery is a rich guiding resource enabling people to explore and discover innate gifts and strengths that optimize and balance their physical (body), mental (mind), and spiritual (spirit) health. Our books help you to live your life to the fullest. Try one, or try them all. Mind Body Spirit, Resilient Journey, and A Better Tomorrow are available in soft cover, eBooks, and audiobooks.
Would you like to live a great adventure that will culminate in the reality of optimum wellness, a deep sense of joy, and a long and satisfying life? Yes, even when life in America seems turned upside down? Do you feel that YOU are in control of you? Well you are and you can use your body, mind, and spirit in positive, health-centered ways to reach that goal. That reality will help you prevent or alter the course of disease and change the very fabric of your thought AND even your physical body
What health challenges are you presently experiencing? Most of us have too much stress and anxiety. Our blood pressure is too high and chronic pain robs us of a quality life. Add to that insomnia, depression, heart problems, low self-esteem—the list goes on. No one wants to live with poor health and an early death, including you, and you don’t have to! Mind Body Spirit shows you how to redesign your life through a mind, body, spirit balance
Rekindle future hope through powerful connections of the mind and body. Successfully manage your stress and develop greater resilience. Experience emotional control, positive perceptions, internal life control, healthy relationships, and spiritual wellness. These all result in a healthy body which leads you to healthier, resilient behavior, and optimal wellness.
You will learn the core principles of well-being. They include a feeling of personal control and empowerment. A sense of meaning and purpose develops. Positive relationships and connectedness occur. A feeling of hope is generated to experience optimal health and wellness. You will envision what you want to have happen in your life! It’s all found in Mind Body Spirit: The Triple Bond of Optimal Wellness, obtained at resilienthealthdiscovery.com.
So why should you listen to Dr. Karren or read his words? As a professor of Health Science at a major university for 39 years, he was awarded his University’s highest teaching honor. He taught, researched, and published in the areas of health and lifestyle management, health behavior change, and Psycho-neuro-endocrine-immunology. His twenty-four books include the classic text Mind/Body Health: The Effects of Attitudes, Emotions and Relationships, now in its’ fourth edition. Dr. Karren hosted the “Psychobiology of Health and Healing” conference for many years, working closely with leaders in the PNEI field. Above all, he is healthy and well and has discovered how to live life to its’ fullest.
Read more about Book 2, Resilient Journey below:
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It is the discovery of the path that leads to the fulfillment of one’s potential and helps to experience optimal health. The pathway is through resiliency. Resiliency is the process and experience of being disrupted by stressors, life events, adversity, or challenges and, in the humbling lows of introspective enlightenment, accessing innate self-mastering strengths, using integrative health modalities to which they have resonated.
People become stronger through the disruption. The magnificent energy to thrive is called resilience. It is a force within everyone that drives the person to seek self-actualization, altruism, wisdom, peace, and harmony with a source of spiritual strength.
The resilient journey facilitates the rediscovery of personal resilient qualities, finds purpose and meaning, and teaches powerful skills of self-mastery and health creating relationships. Resilience within the process of resiliency is vital in mastering and thriving through stressors—it is strength-based stress management.
The personal journey of discovering resilient qualities also allows people to form resilient relationships with trust, optimal communication, mutual empowerment, and synergy in families, businesses, and other social situations.
Read about Book 3, A Better Tomorrow, below:
As the millennials come into their most formative years, they are less healthy than the previous generation (Generation X—those born from 1965 to 1980). The majority seem to ignore preventive care. The years ahead are likely to be characterized by several chronic diseases due to a combination of the millennials’ technologic lifestyle, dopamine-producing entertainment, addictive and sedentary lifestyle that is contrary to human design, and poor nutritional intake. Add to all of that the chronic fear and anxiety of natural disasters, terrorism, and threats that result in mental health issues. The millennials are the first generation in American history to show a reduction in lifespan, mainly due to “diseases of despair!”
All those factors would be grueling enough without the added stress created by the Covid-19 pandemic. There are many different types of stress, but your body responds the same way to all of them. Any time you even perceive a stressful situation, your nervous system goes on high alert, a cascade of hormones is released throughout your body, and your immune system is slammed! (And Covid-19 has resulted in its own unique stressors. Imagine, for example, that your aged parents are both in the same nursing home, and you just learned that some of the staff and patients are infected.) It’s all part of the stress response, a life-saving system and reaction that served our ancient ancestors brilliantly, but one that isn’t suited very well for our time and long-term challenges.
There seems to be no relief from the threats and challenges the pandemic is causing in terms of political upheaval, closed schools, stay-at-home orders, masking, loss of employment, curtailment of a child’s ability to interact with peers, loneliness, and no social, religious, or recreational gatherings. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.
We are all in a Covid-19 pandemic stress cycle. The resulting chronic stress brings with it sleep problems, lack of exercise, poor diet, minimal connection with family and friends, consequent loneliness, and caregiving and employment challenges. Add to all that the fact that the nation has been politically turned upside down. It’s no wonder we are all struggling. Read more . . .