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Words from Other Birds

In each issue Vegetarians in Paradise presents an informative article by a guest contributor on a subject that is of interest to vegetarians and vegans.

This month we feature Laurie Leah Levine who has had over 20 years professional experience as a holistic and metaphysical healer, health and lifestyle coach/trainer, seminar leader and author. Laurie is a trained nurse and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Her work has spanned the world with presentations and corporate training, workshops and healing sessions in the US, Australia, Canada, Japan and Russia. She has appeared on many television and radio shows, and in major magazines and newspapers in Australia and overseas. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Metaphysics. This essay is from her book, Spiritual Medicine.

A Healthy Body is a Healthy Life

by Laurie Leah Levine

Laurie Levine We can tend to spend so much time working and doing all the things we need to do in our life that sometimes we forget about taking care of our physical body and staying healthy and fit. If we do not pay attention to our body it will give us signals and warning signs; such as physical pain or numbness, lack of energy, fatigue, or any changes in eating, sleeping and in our emotional well-being.

It is important to stay in balance, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I am going to focus this column on ways to keep the physical body strong and in good shape no matter what age you are.

We can hold so much stress and tension in the body and it is vitally important to release this pattern on a regular basis in order to stay healthy and fit. The following steps come from my book, Spiritual Medicine and will help to give you some practical tools to use on a daily basis. It is important to have a routine around staying healthy and making it a priority in your life.

#1 Breathe more deeply. Breathing is one of the most unconscious patterns we have and in order to improve our breathing patterns we need to be more aware of them first. Many people I have found breathe very shallow. This puts a lot more stress on the physical body and can create more tension, tightness and pain in our body. Begin now to become more aware of how you breathe and especially how you breathe when you are under pressure or concentrating on something. Breathe fully into your belly and then bring your breathe up into your chest; as if you are blowing up 2 balloons. Hold your breath in for a count of 2 and then breathe it out fully. Continue several times and do as often during the day as you can. You may need to write notes to yourself to be a reminder to breathe.

#2 Do some sort of exercise for at least 15-20 minutes every day. This could be anything from walking, stretching, yoga, sport, jogging, swimming, bike riding. Make sure it is something that you enjoy and feel motivated by. Get someone to do it with you as well. This can help us to get more enjoyment out of exercise.

#3 Be more aware and disciplined about the food you are eating. Spend more time making sure you feed yourself healthy, fresh and nourishing food. Avoid fast food and eating on the run as much as possible.

#4 Keep your body hydrated. Make sure you are drinking at least 4-6 glasses of water per day. No other liquids take the place of water.

#5 Make sure you spend time laughing, doing the things you enjoy and being creative. This helps to lessen the tension and bring about more balance in your life.

#6 Keep your environment free from clutter. Spend the time making sure that your living and working environments support your health and well-being. Be more aware of the radiation and chemicals you use and have around your home. These can certainly affect our health and can cause illness.

#7 If you use a mobile phone, it is important to use an ear piece with it so that the phone is not up against your head.

#8 Get plenty of fresh air daily and spend a regular amount of time in nature and giving your body a rest.

#9 Rest, rejuvenate and renew on a daily basis. Do not wait to do this until you are on a holiday, do it now. Have a regular massage or healing session to help your body and mind to relax and let go of stress.

#10 You are worth taking care of. Remember to love and nurture yourself every day. We cannot take care of others unless we are taking care of ourselves first. Our health is one of the most important things we have!!!!

Additional information on Laurie Levine and Spiritual Medicine can be accessed on her web site at http://www.laurielevine.com/

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