Frequently one hears people in all age groups (with the possible exception of the very young) attribute their aches and pains, their lack of energy, lack of enthusiasm, their scepticism, hopelessness, apprehension etc., etc., solely to their age.
These physical / psychic changes do more than just disarm us; they are often the result of continued stress and a continuing state of discontent. When someone I know blames their ills on age I try to encourage them to reflect and find the real reasons behind their negative mind state. They are the only ones that can alter it to recover their wellbeing and / or to feel more optimistic about life.
At the start of Plato’s Republic, Socrates asks the ancient Céfalo if he considers old age to be the cruelest period of life. And he replies, certainly not, and that those who lament and cry that the cause of their ills is their age, need to be told that on the contrary, the cause is their own character, and that a bitter character and the inability to accept the conditions of life in each period are the causes of unhappiness, not only in the old but also in the young.
The novelist Almudena Grandes, being interviewed by a journalist on the question of age, smilingly replied that, apart from a few extra kilos and wrinkles, the years have brought her, power, knowledge, and a major sense of control. The journalist then commented that now at 60 she was starting a new creative stage.
As living beings it is natural for us to be healthy. Sickness or dis-ease is a sign that we have or are, moving away from our natural state.
Our bodies have been identifying, changing, converting, destroying and preventing invading substances and organisms inside us since before we were born.
In Chinese Medicine it is recognised that the majority of illnesses are emotional in origin. Although we cannot always control events in our lives it is our beliefs about these events which bring on emotional distress. Constant negative beliefs / emotions change our internal environment via the hormonal endocrine system and in turn, affect our natural state to be healthy.
We can change our beliefs. Our emotions are related to our beliefs, not to the events in our lives. Changing our beliefs changes our emotions which in turn can change our internal environment.
Event – diagnosed with a potential serious disease.
Belief – I’m going to be bedridden, a burden to myself, dependant on others.
Emotions – fear, worry, depression.
If we change the Belief to – I may or may not be ill with this disease, but what I do with my life now will make a huge difference. I can get well.
If we constantly remind our self of this new belief so that it becomes true for us we will begin to note the difference in our emotions – more confident, calm, inspired etc. Positive emotions influence our internal energies and help us return to our natural state of health.
So if you are concerned about a health problem look at the belief behind the emotions it generates – If the emotions it brings up are negative and the belief behind them is not changed your health condition may fluctuate from half empty to empty. Change the belief to change the feelings and give yourself the opportunity to go from health half full to full health.
Our life or desire to live, energy is always increased when we are doing activities / work which make us feel joy and deep fulfilment. Strive towards this ideal,
This delicious salad is an ideal light nutritious meal during the summer months.
Its ingredients couldn’t be more Mediterranean: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions and olives, all of which grow in abundance in southern Europe and conjure up images of long sunny days, happiness and holidays. All these ingredients are full of essential vitamins, minerals and water. The topping of feta cheese with its “piquant” taste is characteristic for this salad and provides protein, supplying from the nutritional point of view, a complete meal.
Making it is simplicity itself:
For 4 people we need three or four ripe tomatoes, one or two cucumbers, one medium red onion and a handful of tasty black olives. Finally a portion of feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil, some oregano and possibly a little salt (feta is quiet salty).
Cut the tomatoes, cucumbers and pepper into pieces, the onion into rings. Place all into a dish and dress the salad with the oil and a little salt if needed. Add the olives, put the feta portion on top sprinkled with some dried oregano and a drizzle of olive oil. Accompany this with a piece of good quality toasted bread and indulge in another drizzle of oil on the bread if the fancy takes you. — And Enjoy !!!