Summer in Fargo, ND is embraced by most of us who live here as a gift that is time limited. Trees and vegetation are lush and happy; the gardens are growing and the markets are outdoors….like the farmers markets of the city. The topic today is related to nature, balance and some of the bumps in the road. I continue to be amazed at the workings of the relationships in the body. In my own healing journey I am realizing more and more the power of knowledge and discernment. Scents that hit our noses are packed full of knowledge in the chemical molecules. In recent studies from Science AAAS, humans can distinguish up to 1 trillion scents vs the 10,000 that had previously been thought to be our human capacity. Even those with rather poor sense of smell had the ability to distinguish 80 million. Our immune network is a vast combination of interactive cellular communities, chemical potions of molecules, and the individual’s daily experience: attitudes, emotions, stresses, and happiness. The immune organization is truly a body-mind experience. In one of my classes with Alexandria Brighton, the aromatherapy formulator, we explored the system of the white blood cells defense/types of immune cells and was in awe of the different classes of cells and how they can learn to detect and protect.
NK “Natural Killer” cells are the earliest defenders against viral infections, killing virus-infected cells directly within hours of attack, even before the rest of the immune collaboration takes place. These cells are sensitive to lifestyle and emotions. This has been measured in the labs: If you are feeling lonely or depressed, your NK cells may become sluggish. Meditate, find something funny to watch and you pep up these cells. (This validates laughter Yoga and comedy) Previously, I have referred to Candace Pert’s research in emotions and health. A series of experiments performed in the 1970’s isolated minute chemicals called neurotransmitters, which are used by the nervous system to transmit information, including thought processes, throughout the body. Scientists were excited to find that these neurotransmitters existed well beyond the physical boundaries of the brain. They have been found in the adrenal glands of those with anxiety and in their blood as well. We now know that our immune system does not exist in isolation from our emotions.
Alexandria Brighton has developed a line of essential oil blends that target the imbalances of life. It is called the Release and Restore or Dispel and Restore – they are referred to in both those ways. There are 20 blends targeting fear, victimization, anger, unhealthy relationships, fear, judgement and self-sabotage. Each negative emotion connects with its positive emotion such as courage, independent self, unconditional love, empathy, prosperity and reality check. Changes have been observed. They are a great tool. I encourage you to research them. goDesana.com/newpath
Google has been in the news lately with the controversial memo about how men and women perform in the workplace: that men may perform better and could handle more work stress. Women tended to less driven to work insanely long hours and live the good life in corporate America so to speak. The ability to power work is still glorified. The series of Mad Men is recalled and the image of those skyscrapers, bars in the offices, and chain smoking and sex on the couches with the secretaries. Science has not transmuted to our everyday culture yet. Living a healthy lifestyle is still not the norm but is becoming more popular. One of the positives of this memo was the response by so many. People are standing up and noticing. We are evolving despite what the news, governments and others may say: and this evolution is positive. Let’s get to work then. There is a man employed by Google called the Happiness officer. His job is to teach others the practice of mindfulness and balance. I hope the author of that memo finds his way there.
Developing healthy lifestyles is a choice. The question: “What is best for me? What is best for me? What is really, really best for me?” These are the questions I pose to those I work with to help the wheels start turning in a creative way. When there is high stress, there is usually rigid or polarized thinking. (It’s either this way or that) It’s often hard to get out of our usual ruts of thinking and making up things. Our brains make up solutions if we don’t have them, and sometimes these “solutions” are negative and not in the best interests of our whole self. Anyone that is challenged with depression or anxiety knows the power of negative and critical self-talk. These are some of the made-up solutions that I’m referring to. I created my own business some years ago, It started as a leap out of the employee status motivated by a businessman who frankly told me I shouldn’t do it…that I didn’t have the skill set. I was after all rather sensitive and with that some of the side effects of focus, anxiety and insecurities. Still, in my 40’s I ventured out of my own box into the world of creativity and shades of color. There have been many twists and turns but long story short, it was one of the best decision I ever made. One common “solution” that my brain came up with was “I won’t have enough money” when my business would slow for some reason and “You must not be a good enough therapist.” When we hear things like this our bodies take it seriously and react in some way. You may not notice it but it is recorded. As time passes the jug fills up so to speak and the body has symptoms…all sorts of emotional or physical problems you have heard about or may have experienced. This is a similar process in relationships. You can run but cannot hide from your emotions. The best way is to decide to be open to whatever they are and do something about them.
5 Steps to Transformation (insights of the day)
- Decide to live more authentically and set that as your intention.
- Hydrate – drink lots of fresh, filtered water and use 1/2 of an organic lemon/lime in the mornings. You can also add a drop of lemon essential oil and a drop of peppermint to cleanse the liver during high stress times. Do this for a week and see how you feel. It can be energizing. My husband does this periodically and has noticed significant decrease in allergy/asthma symptoms.
- Wellness plan – Develop one…find good support from trusted friends/mentors/professionals. Striving for your own excellence is a not done in a vacuum.
- Nutrition/complementary/medical care – Seek to understand your own body, use the best essential oils/herbs for healing and be check in on your medical Dr. to get the numbers so to speak on your internal health. Medical school doesn’t educate doctors to understand personalized nutrition. There is a product out called Gene SNP that is used by mental health professionals to assess DNA and best lifestyle practices. It’s the science that we have available now although it is still in the early stages of being utilized.
- Think in abundant terms…You are loved on this earth. Even though all these things may happen remind yourself in front of the mirror each day that You are Loved. Google mirror work and see some of the results.
Classes: I have 2 classes coming up on Friday, August 25th that I am doing with Veronica Ortega. Emotions and essential oils is from 11 AM-12 PM. Healing with whole foods and introduction to Mind, Body Soul anti-inflammatory nutritional products is from 12 PM-1 PM. For details about Veronica or the classes, please refer to my facebook page – Tina M Johnson, MSW
Location: 1321 23rd St So. Ste H Fargo, ND Cost: Free!
As always, please contact me if you have questions or need additional information.