In the year preceding my departure from my last corporate job I had walking pneumonia 5 times. Once it even came with a bonus kicker of whooping cough. Steroids, antibiotics and over the counter remedies did nothing to stop it. Days of working from home, long naps and attempting to power through it made no difference. I was chronically tired, chronically sniffling, chronically coughing after every word I spoke. I had put on weight.
In the prior 3 years I had been diagnosed with allergies, GERD, Arthritis, Migraines, more than a few bouts of bronchitis and sinus infections as well as the rarest form of asthma.
I kept thinking…wow, is this really what it’s like to be human?
Around me I saw the same things happening. To be sick seemed to be the latest fashion trend. Everybody I knew seemed to be on something for something. Showing up to work sick was done with a sense of pride, “I’m so dedicated and valuable here I can’t possibly stay home.”
“Seriously, there has to be more.” I remember thinking.
Recently my Yoga Instructor reminded me of all this. She looked at me in class and said, “we have been doing this about 10 years and you haven’t aged.” We talked about why and I am going to share my suspicions with you here. I perceive 3 primary actions driving this outcome:
- I changed my diet.
My cravings were for fresher foods, more organic flavors and higher quality. I gave in to them. I began to buy fresh, local and organic. Even when my budget became the tightest it ever was, I stuck with it. I found I need less volume when the quality is higher – go figure.
My weight dropped and my stomach issues cleared up almost immediately. Increasing water helped my headaches begin to fade and my ache from arthritis dissipate. As time went on I found that eating processed foods had an immediate and sever impact on my body: skin rashes, stomach aches and more.
My diet was a huge step to take in feeling better about my life.
- I changed where I spent my energies.
Mentally I had to get straight on what mattered. I developed an exercise called aligning priorities and put it to work for me. Using it I became very focused on spending resources on what I valued most and saying no to the things misaligned.
What followed was an increase in opportunity to engage with my dreams. The opportunity to open my business presented itself, I took it. Changes needed in my relationships became obvious and I made them. Expired affiliations and loyalties were retired and lower vibration options just went away.
This alignment of energies gave me clear path to yes or no in my life. Today I ask, “will this get me closer or further away from what I want to do?” as the gatekeeper question.
- I changed how I heal myself.
How I heal myself today addresses my entire system. Rather than running to a doctor for each discomfort, I explore my life holistically. I never seemed to have an easy illness for a doctor anyway. There was never a “oh you have this” response. It was always, “well it could be several things”. Now I know why: my illnesses weren’t just a bug – they were connected on all levels.
Today I work with a holistic chiropractor, Dr. Karly Abel, and view my health primarily through natural and spiritual means. I consult with healers periodically and go the VA for my annual physical. In the last 3 years I have had to consult a General Physician once for an illness I could not contain. It was walking pneumonia. Rather than just taking the antibiotics and waiting for a cure, I also took stock of my life and found other areas needing to be addressed.
I believe our bodies talk to us about our life choices. They will tell us when we are off track – the same way our intuition speaks to us. Therefore, we need to heal not only the physical symptoms, but the emotional and spiritual as well.
Do you recognize yourself in any of this?
Is doing exactly what I do right for you? Maybe. Is some degree of it? Definitely.
Your diet and how much water you drink is a fundamental building block – your body uses what you put in it – wouldn’t you like it to be the absolute best Mother Nature can create? Fuel yourself with high quality and you body will return high quality energy and output.
Focus your energies on what is most important to you and those things will flourish. Spend time on the things you value most and you will feel most connected to them. Feeling connected to those things will inspire you to live in alignment with your purpose and in turn you will feel more freedom. Your sense of conflict will diminish as you know what you can say yes to and what to turn down.
How you heal matters – we are multi-dimensional. Treating only one dimension just seems ludicrous. If I ignore a spiritual or emotional pain long enough, it will show up physically. I bet yours does too.
What is your health currently telling you? Are you trying diet plan after diet plan? Are you on a closet full of prescription meds? Are you always hungry and always eating? Are you shoving emotions down faster than a bag of French Fries? Chances are it goes deeper than conventional methods would explain.
Rebel. Explore other means. Try a new approach if what you have been doing isn’t working.
The answer to how I haven’t aged in my Yoga Instructors eyes in 10 years is in living a lifestyle I love. It is encompassing of healthy supportive food, people I love, a career that inspires me and a sense of completeness. This lifestyle is more than professional success, it’s my entire life of success as I have chosen to define it.
YOU can find this too – you can be the person receiving your ultimate compliment. You can be the person former acquaintances don’t even recognize and look at in wonder. It is possible for you.
It’s time to define what lifestyle success means to you – how do you define it? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I’d love to hear your definition!
I am Jennifer Murphy, a certified personal and executive coach ruthlessly focused on helping people live awesome lives. I spent a large chunk of my life pursuing other people’s ideas of success and while those experiences were sublime in some cases, they weren’t the “more” I was seeking and I just never felt full. In 2011, I made the commitment to live life on my terms and everything changed. The life I love today was created.
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