Through the years, I’ve come across some awesome books that can help you heal your body and change the way you think and feel about your health. If you have any other suggestions, please add them in the comments section below.
Here they are in no particular order.
1. 12 Stages of Healing by Dr. Donald Epstein
Dr. Epstein is one of my mentors and his work plays a large role in my practice. During my advanced workshops, we often use exercises from this book to move our breath, energy, body and change our state.
2. Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown
She is a researcher who studies shame, courage, worthiness and vulnerability. I first heard of Dr. Brene Brown through her Ted talk, the Power of Vulnerability, which is one of the most watched talks ever. Here it is: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
3. Molecules of Emotion by Dr. Candace Pert
Dr. Candance Pert discovered in her research that the brain and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems work together as a unit and system in which every part communicates with every other part. In other words, your mind and your body are dependent on each other and work together. She states that “emotions, are the nexus between mind and matter, going back and forth between the two and influencing both.” In summary, your mind and body work together and are influenced by your emotions!
4. Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton
In the Biology of Belief, Dr. Lipton talks about the discoveries of the biochemical effects of the brain’s function on your cells. He goes on to show that all the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts and he describes the molecular pathways through which this occurs.
5. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
In this book, medical doctor, Christine Northrup speaks of the medicine of empowerment. She states that “it is abundantly clear to us all that a woman’s state of health is highly influenced by the culture in which she lives, her position within it, her experiences, and her day-to-day thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours.”
Mindset plays a huge role in healing yourself. There has to be a belief that healing is possible, a want to heal the body and a willingness to do what it takes.
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We all come from different backgrounds with unique upbringings, challenges and opportunities. Despite that, happy and successful people can be found in all areas of the world. Why is it that some people are more successful at being happy than others?
Firstly, success is defined differently by each individual. The first thing is to know what success means to you. Does success mean having a job that you’re passionate about? Having a family? Living in a nice home? Having time to travel? Making a million dollars? Spending lots of time outdoors?
What is your definition of success? Without knowing what that is to you, how will you know if you reach your goal?
Once you’ve spent some time on defining your success, next, it’s time to get curious. What areas of your life currently need more work? Relationships, finances, spirituality, health? It’s not a time to say all the things you think you “should” be doing. It is simply an opportunity to reflect and evaluate where you are versus where you want to be.
Once you’ve identified an area to start from, figure out 1 thing you could do to take you closer to your success.
Take action towards your successful life right now. Remember to measure your success by what is important to you and not by comparing yourself to those around you. It is also important to celebrate when you take steps towards your goal.
Include success in all areas of your life and don’t just define it by finances. Life's a journey, not a destination. Having trouble figuring out your successes? Come to our advanced workshop.
Were you ever told to be quiet when you were a child? To not raise your voice or told to listen to the adults and do as you’re told? Even if your parents allowed you your voice, there were probably some instances where you found it challenging to say what you wanted.
When we want to express an emotion in the moment and we cannot it creates dis-ease in the body. The energy that was created by the emotion to move you, gets stored in the body because it is not expressed and has nowhere to go. If we don’t release it, the energy will stay stuck in your body.
Here are some steps to allow you to release that childhood voice.
Lie down on your back with your arms at your sides. Start by taking deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth. Maintain this breath pattern throughout the exercise.
Imagine yourself as a child. How old are you? What are you wearing? What were you doing? Picture it clearly.
Think of an instance where you remember being told to be quiet. It could be at home by your parents or caregivers, your teachers at school, your babysitters, etc. When you find that memory, observe in your body the areas of tension. Most often, it’s in the chest, throat or stomach area.
How old were you in your memory?
Next, I want the person you are right now to appear in front of the child version of you and you are going to tell the younger you to speak up. If it were me, I would say “Speak up Amanda”.
Repeat as many times as it takes until you feel better or you feel the release of the energy.
Finally, say to that child, “I’m sorry I forgot about you for so long.”
To do this full exercise in person, come join our complimentary monthly workshop.
Each one of us was given unique gifts and talents when we were born. There is no one of us exactly alike in our life experiences, emotions, perceptions, thoughts and talents. There was no one left out of the gift giving process either. No one was in the bathroom when the gifts were given out and no one was skipped. We all have them.
Some gifts we received right away, our heart beating, breath in our lungs, etc. Others we learned along the way. The gift of patience when we had to wait for something that we wanted, the gift of forgiveness when someone let us down or the gift of speaking up when we spoke when we were scared to say it.
Take a minute to reflect back on your life to see what gifts you have. A clue is in the things that you are passionate about. Is there anything that you could do all day long, even if you weren’t paid for. Is there something that you enjoy doing so much that it keeps you up at night or gets you out of bed first thing?
Once you become aware of some of your gifts, you get to start using them. This is important because that which you don’t use, you lose. For example, the majority of us were born with the gift of physical flexibility. Babies can do the splits and move in ways that we can’t when we’re older. You had all the ranges of motion in your body as a baby. As you grew older, if you didn’t continue to use those ranges, you started to lose some of them. Most adults, can no longer to do the splits.
What if you had the gift of writing? At some point in your life, you wanted to write and share that talent with others. If you started to lose focus on your gift, or got distracted by something else and eventually stopped writing, you would stop sharing this gift with the world.
Losing a gift starts of slowly. You used to do something everyday and then you’ll drop to a couple days a week and then 1 every other week. Your mind will make other things seem more important until eventually, you stop.
The good news is, it’s always there in the background if you want to re-vitalize it. It may time a little time to get back into it, but your gift can be there. If you lose it, you can work hard to regain it. You can re-learn to do the splits as well...though it may take you a while.
The world needs more people to share their gifts. Find your gifts and share them to make the world a better place.
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Too often we give away different parts of ourselves to others and wonder why we don’t have anything left for us. What do we give away? Our time, energy, power, confidence, money, friendship, etc. We get frustrated and even feel bad when we don’t feel we get the recognition or acknowledgement that we crave. It’s time to take back what we have given away.
I’m not saying that giving is a “bad’ thing. It is when you give so much and it creates tension or ill feelings within yourself. It’s when you said yes to something that you wanted to say no to. Or when you wanted to speak up and use your voice and you didn’t. It happened when your children asked you for money (again) because they were not responsible and you gave them more when you knew better. Whenever you did something in spite of knowing that it would not be congruent with who you are.
Think back to a time in your life when you gave something away that you want back. It could be emotionally, mentally, spiritually or even figuratively. Picture the incident clearly in your mind. What did it feel like? Look it? Sound like? Was someone else there? Once you can clearly see it and feel it, check in with your body and look for any areas of tension, discomfort or pain. The usual areas tend to be in the chest or stomach. After you locate this area, put your hands on it.
Start taking deep breaths in through your nose and out through your nose with your hands on top of the area of greatest discomfort or pain.
Continue to breathe faster and faster until you can’t anymore, then say loudly “Enough!”. Enough of this. Next say to this area, “I take my ______ back!” Fill in the black with what you gave away. If it was your power, then you say “I take my power back!” Or “I take my life back!”. Finally, in that same area, say “I deserve so much more than this!”.
Parts of this exercise comes from the book “The 12 Stages of Healing” by Donald Epstein. If you would like to do the full exercise on reclaiming your power, please come to one of our advanced workshops.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.