Last Modified on Mar 17, 2013
Body, Mind, and Spirit Remedies form the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. Both traditional medical disciplines recognize the substantial role that the mind and our thoughts have on our general health and vibrancy. Natural cures can be brought about purely with the proper frame of mind and positive spirit, if you can activate the body's own immune and repair systems.
Likewise, the body can experience pain and illness that the mind or spirit creates for itself, as a sign that the psyche or spirit is itself not well. We need to learn to listen to these signals from our body and mind, then find ways to go inward and adjust our own health for the better.
Natural Cures: Meditation, talk therapy, positive thoughts, exercise, hypnosis, prayer, and many other natural therapies are available to help us harness the power of the mind and spirit to restore health in our bodies.
I have used Bach's Rescue Remedy for stressful times in the past, or mild anxiety and worry. Lately I have had success using a supplement called GABA calm in times when I have become irritable or irrational, due to personal struggles, or just with PMS. It has been working well for me. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar in water has also been an effective, immediate stress reliever but I often forget about it at those times. I am currently wrestling with some personal issues which keep nagging at me even though I've faced them and been doing much work on them. It's a journey and I've made progress. These aid in calming me when I find myself getting triggered by a thought, that makes me feel upset or irrational. These are like my defensive measures to put things in thier place!
Building Balanced Emotions:
I am also putting forth much effort in BUILDING my emotional balance (offensive measures!) and strength in these areas. I am dedicating effort from my mind, body and soul, towards gaining strength in these areas of my life. Some of these things are what I am using for immediate relief, while others are more long-term in thier approach.
1) Prayer and Self-Reflection
Prayer and self-reflection is certainly #1 and a daily measure that truly uplifts me when I open up to it. This is hard to do when we feel upset or angry, but it is SO successful for me at those very times, and usually does turn things around. I would also say that realizing my goals every day and re-affirming that I have made progress helps. This could also be called honesty and facing fears.
One thing that has truly turned my life around is the 'Self-Hypnosis' approach, which in it's essence is kind of like affirmations to yourself. It is most effective if you are in a light trance state, such as when you 'daze' off while reading a book or just notice you were staring off into space. I have had great results using this to adjust my perspective on things, how I look at life, more positive attitude, confidence, even just that I'm going to have a good day, etc... And I am also trying to use it to build more security and trust pertaining to these issues I am working on currently. I recommend an old but good book called simply, "Self-Hypnosis' (or 'A guide to') written in the 60's. I read this book a few years ago and it was enlightening for me. It is very simple to implement in one's life for any reason! Please don't confuse this method with the 'law of attraction' or something like that. They could be connected, but this is not about gaining
anything material, but more about re-wiring your subconcious mindset to healthier habits and thought processes. It isn't new age it is just about building a better mindset.
3) Flower Essences
Another thing I decided to do for myself was to try out the Bach Flower Essences. If you research these essences, you will find that each one addresses a particular area of the human condition. Things such as pain, lack of confidence, specific emotional isssues, security, inspiration, etc. I can't say how it works, though I read that the flower's vibrational essence is imprinted into the water/alchohol, and that it helps to unblock the blocked or unbalanced emotion. After years of using Rescue Remedy, I am going to give them a try. I will report back on how it's going.
4: Writing, Prayer, Self-Reflection
One other thing which is commonly promoted is journaling, or writing. I have been writing down positive things whenever I can, pertaining to the things I am struggling with. I also have decided to try to write the things I want to communicate to my partner rather than have heavy discussions which aren't always neutral on my side. Until I can gain more balance at least.
5) Hormonal Balance
Monthly cycle does effect the hormones, and I am trying to pay attention to this and add supplements which can help to keep things more balanced. I haven't gotten it totally down yet. So far I am using Calcium/Magnesium, Black Cohosh, eating well, and might try Evening Primrose Oil as well.
I feel that these practices might help to take the rough edges off and finally I can truly gain grounding from letting these things nag at me when I feel I've put them to rest long ago. Or, if I am suffering from the monthly cycle and all of it's unbalances. I am no expert, just sharing some of my experiences and willing to learn more.
I recall seeing a subject for 'batting abuse or battling your demons' and was going to list this under that thread. But I would like to suggest a page for 'Emotional Balance'. I see a PMS page, a stress page and an anxiety page, but I would like to suggest one for Emotional Balance of these and other types. Either way, I hope that this helps someone and I am always willing to learn more!
EC: Actually, your post is perfect for the new body, mind, spirit page - thanks!