And chronic illness is also common in the other stages of the life cycle. Thus, we are discussing an immense burden of morbidity, present in all societies. Through the personal and economic costs of distress and disability, chronic illness leaves no unit of society unaffected. The chronically ill, if not you or I, are our parents, grandparents, children, siblings, aunts and uncles, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or clients. With such a ubiquitous problem, one can only marvel at the societal devices of denial that keep this normative aspect of life so well hidden. Images of widespread chronic illness are not what capitalist or socialist ideologies want to represent to their members as the states try to encourage consumption or mobilize enthusiasm for governmental campaigns. The imagery of infirmity and disorder provokes moral questions that most social systems prefer not to encourage. In the current age, where image making is the essence of politics, no regime wants to expose these realities lest they threaten the naive optimism they seek to maintain in the population. To try to deal with the difficulties I have reviewed, questions about cause and effects and effective ways of managing illness must arise. The answers to these questions come not only from the sick person but from anyone in the social network, the media, or the orthodox and alternative therapeutic systems. He was a tennis player and found that as he got older, his knees were often painful after working out. He jokingly referred to this as part of the natural aging process but was willing to do whatever it took to be able to do what he loved. He began by drawing his body map. To his surprise, the rest of his body was present, except that there were huge black lines where his shoulders were, and his lower body (from the hips down) was dotted or completely absent, except for swirls and a big black dot over his left knee. In communicating with his body deva, he found that he had a tendency to carry energy in his upper body due to his work. Ken was an intellectual and writer who spent a lot of time in his head. Additionally, his body deva revealed that his body was so out of balance because a divorce ten years ago had knocked him off his feet, and that feeling of lack of stability had followed him around since that time. He did follow-up work with me (inner child work, although he was in his thirties when it happened) to find further information on how the divorce affected him, and he simply asked his body deva how to get more in balance. The body deva revealed that he needed to get back out there--he needed to start dating again and heal the fear that resulted from his rather messy divorce. He listened to this and agreed that he really wanted a relationship and was willing to find someone.

She is usually fine until something happens to trigger her into a memory of past abuse. It might be the way he breathes on her neck or how he touches her, however tenderly. That creates panic internally for Nancy, so a stronger, more aggressive part comes out who feels better able to handle the situation. Her husband, though, is generally able to detect the switch and it creates distance between them. She adapts to protect herself from painful memories even though it creates problems in her marriage. Sometimes the memories appear as pictures in her mind, and at other times she feels intense sadness and fear, but something keeps her from hurting herself. She cannot fully explain what happens. All Cindy knows is that she goes into a kind of trance and does not have the energy to hurt herself. Typically, she falls asleep and then wakes up a few hours later feeling capable of dealing with life again. What she does not know is that she has an inside part whose job is to keep her alive. She agreed. At the end of the evening, he said, Obviously, I'd really like to see you again. When are you available? Marissa said, Three nights in a row seems like it would be too much, and we'd be breaking all the dating rules. So let's do it anyway. The intimacy was great; Marissa had a real sense that this was the one, the guy she'd been waiting for. On Thursday night, she said, So what's your weekend like? I do consulting for nonprofit agencies, Will said. I'm running a board retreat this weekend, but I'll be back late Sunday night.

Crystals that are worn for long periods of time should be cleansed on a regular basis, both physically and energetically. To cleanse a crystal physically, place it under running water for a while. For energetic cleansing, place it upon or within a piece of amethyst or smoky crystal druse. This has the additional advantage of also recharging it energetically. Alternatively, you can cleanse crystals with salt. Place the crystal in a shallow dish with dry salt crystals for 3-4 hours (no longer! Most crystals cope well with this, but occasionally the procedure may lead to a dulling of the surface of crystals that are polished and shiny. If you want to be absolutely certain no harm will come to your crystals, place them in a small dish and then place that dish in a larger one containing the salt. In this way the crystals have no direct contact with the salt, but are cleansed nevertheless.Mindfulness is the mental or psychological state and ability to focus the attention or get complete and total awareness on something of the present. It is defined as a state or being completely attentive on the present moment and present circumstances as well as really paying attention to something in a conscious manner. I didn't know what was happening. I'd never had anyone do that after a show before. She walked up to me and said, I have something for you. What is it? Hold out your hands. She reached into her pocket, held her hand over mine, and dropped a small razor blade into my hands and said, That's my straitjacket, and I don't want it anymore. No one has ever made me feel like there might be hope like you did today. A teacher came around the corner, gathering straggling students, and said, Time to go back to class. I never got that girl's name. But as she turned and walked away and put her hands into her pockets, I'll never forget seeing glimpses of her wrists and the scars that extended from under the sleeves of her hoodie.

You know what you must not do, and you don't do it. By day's end, you're satisfied, calm, and at peace with your life. To a disciplined mind there is always only one thing, that which demands their attention in the present. Nothing else is allowed to exist. This is peace. Most people repeatedly do what keeps them small. These habits are not propelling them toward something better, only digging them into a deep hole of despair, self-loathing, pity, regret, and envy. A life without discipline is a cancerous existence. A life of discipline is peaceful. And while we talk at length about accomplishment and achievement, what we're really after, or an aspect of what we really want, is peace. While your brain is built to help you pay attention to what is important to you, it reacts on the basis of memories. Once a part of your brain has an intense memory of a certain event, it will activate very quickly at events that are even just a little bit similar. This is called the kindling effect. You need to be discerning and open-minded about what the situation really is. For example, when I noticed the man walking toward me on the nature trail and my danger alarm went off, it could be that indeed he was dangerous to me, or it could be that he was not dangerous but my activated memory thought he was because of a similar experience I had years earlier, in which I was attacked by a man walking toward me. The pheromone molecules our bodies take in activate different parts of the brain, each with stored memories. Same Pheromones--Different Reactions Pheromone molecules activate brain areas according to what is unique and important to you. It is not just generic activation that works the same for everyone. We focus on what is pertinent to us based on our own unique perception, history, and circumstances.

If he puts hands inside his pocket, he is not interested in a courtship. If he copies the facial expressions of a woman, he is interpreted as attractive as well as considerate. As a business owner, you must learn the techniques of body language because you need to meet many people. Some of them may not communicate their business decisions by words, but secretly give you a hint through their body language and nonverbal cues. When you meet an entrepreneur for the first time, he or she notices your overall personality, ie your attire, grooming, habits, speech, etc Body language communicates about 70% of the message to the receiver, which creates n impression about your personality in his or her mind. First impression is the last impression. Hence, the receiver must feel positive about meeting you such that he or she will be interested to meet you often to discuss and help in your business. When you attend a business conference or meet your client for the first time, the other person always notices how you present yourself. You must always maintain an upright posture to exhibit self-confidence and trust in your value proposition. The right posture involves pulling the stomach inwards, stretching the chest outwards, keeping your shoulders back, and maintain an upright head position. These explanatory accounts are essential for the more immediate tactics of tacking through the rough seas of chronic illness; Thus, the chronically ill are somewhat like revisionist historians, refiguring past events in light of recent changes. Does this event portend a break in the dike of therapeutic and preventive defenses? Did that experience mean I can no longer rely on this coping strategy? Will that upcoming circumstance provoke an exacerbation, as it did a year ago, or pass by unnoticed, as it did two years ago? The chronically ill become interpreters of good and bad omens. They are archivists researching a disorganized file of past experiences. They are diarists recording the minute ingredients of current difficulties and triumphs. They are cartographers mapping old and new territories. And they are critics of the artifacts of disease (color of sputum, softness of stool, intensity of knee pain, size and form of skin lesions).