Positive Steps to Managing Personal Change

In the midst of personal change, fear can often erupt. Worry then ensues. These two things, fear and worry serve no positive purpose in managing change. Well really, they serve no positive purpose in any part of our lives.

So how does one limit the fear and worry when change is happening and an inevitable part of life?
The mind is the most important piece of the puzzle to maintaining rationality and making decisions that will achieve a positive change. When you have your mind right and are staying positive and rational, you can do anything! Your mind tells you what needs to be done. Listen to it, but only with a rational tone. If it starts running away with itself it’s time to rope it in and bring it into balance. Fear and love are inversely proportional. So reduce the fear about the change by showing yourself love and kindness. You could do any or all of the following: Take some time to exercise, go for a walk, ride your bike, walk your dog, or practice deep breathing, Make sure you are nourishing your body, and are eating for health. Try some simple meditation. Remind yourself that you have a 100% track record for getting through other changes in your life. If you can, write some positive affirmations on pieces of paper and put them around your house where you can see them. These things will keep your mind positive and rational.

Once you feel you have decreased the fear and worry sufficiently, then ask yourself, “what do I need to accomplish to get through this change?” This is the action that is necessary to make the change. So answer your question! Start a list of these things with everything you can think of. Even if the list is starting to get long, don’t allow that to increase your fear and worry again. This is a list of things you will do over time. You may want to put time frames on each item if that will help you to sort out the time you need to get through the change you are making. You are in the drivers seat of this change. You are not a victim, and it is not driving you!

The fact is, this change might just help you onto the path that you really want. Check in with yourself about that, and about what you heart is wanting, what your higher self is needing, what your true self feels about the change that you are making. It is a good idea to journal these thoughts to help you sort them out. If journaling doesn’t work for you, then sit quietly and sort out what you feel about the change with regard to your life path, your heart and your higher self. By taking the time to feed the heart and soul, and listen to it, you will find that your head will continue to decrease in fear and worry.

As I said at the start, change in life is inevitable. We can only control our reaction to it, and how we manage it. When we do this, we are caring for and loving ourselves. This is an essential element of good health and well-being.
Take back your health America!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Here’s a grounding meditation by Wendy Love Edge to assist you in managing change

Free Yourself from Pain and Tension

Empowerment in one’s own health and one’s health choices is a process.

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In fact, it starts with making a decision to change your mind to the positive, and then proceeds to becoming mindful of everything that you do, everything you say and think about yourself, everything that you eat, how much rest you give yourself, how much you move your body, and so on. It can be overwhelming at times. The truth is though, once you have awakened this part of you, it is nearly impossible to shut it off. It is a complete lifestyle change where you are in charge and in the drivers seat of your health. This, while as I said can be overwhelming, also feels very, very good. It lifts you up to a higher state of being.
I have been thinking a lot about this lately. I realized too, that with the changing my mind and deciding I could be healthy and well, also came this immense self-love. This may be an ingredient that has to start with a seed and grow slowly as one becomes empowered in all of their life choices and health choices. It is however, an ingredient that is necessary. Because the desire to make changes, live well, and become a healthy individual is a journey. This journey takes perseverance and patience and one has to know that they are worth it to continue. I know you are worth it. If you are reading this, you are wanting to be free of pain and tension and you are wanting better for yourself. That may just be the seed that you need of your own self-love to the start of your journey. Or maybe you have just hit a stumbling block, and needed a little pep talk. Well here ya go:
You are capable of growth and positive change. Your body, under the right conditions, will heal itself, and you in all of your power can free yourself from pain and tension too. You are complete, beautiful, perfect, and whole just as you are. Let go of the pain and tension, and free yourself!

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
Take back your health America!

Try this meditation:

The Power of The Placebo Effect

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I have some dear ones, A and Z, and they have been talking about “the placebo effect” for some time now. I brushed it off, even sometimes feeling annoyed with their comments about it. After all, I have worked hard to choose a healthy lifestyle and make natural healing choices for the numerous autoimmune issues that they tell me I have. If my choices are simply a result of “the placebo effect”, then what is turning out to be my life’s work through Bulldozer Health Inc. could just be all in my head. These thoughts and upset, however, are just a result of an emotional response to their inquiries and comments. I needed a more intelligent and intellectual response. So I decided to research the topic. This way, I could understand better what they were talking about, and give an informed response. There is so much information on the topic, and it is actually quite interesting! I think the best article I read though, was about the work of Ted J. Kaptchuk. Here is an excerpt from his biography: “Ted J. Kaptchuk is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard-wide Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.” The article was in Harvard Magazine’s March-April edition, by Cara Feinberg. I find Professor Kaptchuk’s work to carry much weight as he has ample education and experience in many healing traditions and then turned to research on the placebo effect.

After pouring through the article and some of this work, I actually became fascinated with the topic. He wasn’t just doing pharmaceutical pill studies giving one patient the drug and one patient the placebo, he was looking at giving acupuncture with needles that didn’t enter the skin and pills with no medicine in them only, and comparing that! Many of the patients in that study reported back exactly the symptoms they were told they might experience. Further, those that fakely received acupuncture reported more relief than those that received fake pills. So something about the interaction of the acupuncture provider with the patient probably increased their thought that it was providing more relief than just being handed pills. This I found to be a really compelling idea.

I began to think about how this might apply in my health journey. After all, the attention to my health alone, the feeling of empowerment I began to experience when I took my health into my own hands, had improved my outlook and well being. I also realized that as I have gone through this journey, I receive more praise and attention for the choices I am making now. When I was doing mainstream medicine and pharmaceutical pills, people mostly felt sorry for me. I could feel it. So positive reinforcement and psychological effects of making a positive change cannot be discounted. So is the improved health I am experiencing simply the result of the placebo effect?

How exactly is the placebo effect defined? Here is one definition: “A beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”

Okay, well, it is true that I believe in the treatment I am using now for my health. But when the doctors told me I was going to die and I needed to take the medicine they were giving me (which they said might also kill me), I believed that too. I did everything they said because I wanted to live. And I lived. I survived really, more accurately. Two years later I was still surviving, my family torn apart and I was stilt unable to do many things. The belief in what they were giving me for treatment was strong enough to keep me on it for two years, but not strong enough to really improve my health. I had to change my mind and decide I could get healthier. Once I did that, lots of other options opened up for me.

I am going to say this. The psychological effects of believing in a health treatment are very powerful. They can be life affirming even. I cannot completely eliminate the placebo effect as a positive influence in my journey of health recovery. After all, even “fake” treatment can cause physiological effects. That said, for me the effects of the herbs, medicinal cannabis, exercise, nutrition, adequate rest, and reduced dependency on pharmaceutical drugs all work together with this placebo effect,to improve my health. I am okay with that. Our minds are extremely powerful, and we can use them to create a positive healthy outlook, or the opposite. As I always say, change your mind and you change your life.

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
Take back your health!
http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Bulldozer Health Show Podcast Episode #8 Focus and Find Your Path

Listen to The Bulldozer Health Show Episode #8
In this episode Wendy Love Edge discusses ways to help you find your path in life through meditation to focus and stay in the moment, as well as other ideas.

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Please hit the link below and listen:

bulldozerhealth.x10host.com/podcast/8.mp3

The Bulldozer Health Show is now self produced. The producer is Angela “Oxygen” Edge. Music is “Wake up” by Angela “Oxygen” Edge
You can reach Oxygen on Twitter @oxygenedge

Choosing a Healthy and Happy Lifestyle

Life is all about choices, and when we make positive healthy choices for ourselves, we are really choosing a positive and healthy life.  I am going to discuss three basic elements that you can look at today to help make a healthy lifestyle for yourself. They are good nutrition, exercise, and positive thinking.

With regard to good nutrition, there is a lot of literature out there about what food is healthy and what isn’t.  This can be very confusing to someone who is trying to change their eating habits.  I usually suggest to people to think of it simply.  Buy fresh organic vegetables, spices, herbs and fruits.  Choose items that are not processed.   When we do this and cook at home, we really can’t go wrong.  Then we know exactly what we are putting into our bodies.  And it tastes so much better!   Processed convenience products may be attractive at the outset because they are quick to prepare, but they are not a healthy choice for a long healthy life.  Read labels.   Watch for chemicals, dyes and added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  These are things that you definitely do not need in your diet.  With everything I know, I was tempted to buy a jar of pre-made pesto the last time I went shopping.  Then I read the label. Sure, there were pine nuts, basil and olive oil.  Then there were several preservative chemicals that I couldn’t pronounce.  I quickly put it back on the shelf.  I could buy the ingredients to make my own pesto for a little more money, but  make three times the amount!

Additionally, if you are trying to lose some extra weight that you have built up in your body, it can be very confusing how to approach that in the safest and most nutritionally balanced way.  There are many programs out there, and it may seem  too difficult sometimes to even think about getting started.  Here is a health tip from Jay Morris Sprigs about that very subject:

 

 

Exercise is also a big factor in creating a healthy lifestyle.  Many times, we feel that we can’t possibly fit exercise into our lives, and we just don’t have enough energy to do it.  The truth is, if we fit it into our lives it would increase our energy level and make us feel stronger and more capable over the long-term.    It’s great to attend a gym especially if we have friends attending the gym and we can make it a social event.   But that isn’t always possible due to time crunches and financial issues.  And sometimes someone may just feel the gym isn’t for them.  So here is a health tip from Andrea Sumers about increasing your activity level without having to attend a gym:

 

The last healthy life style topic I want to discuss here, is  positive thinking.   Life is busy and often difficult today.  We get caught up in the worries of life, and forget a most basic element to a happy life.  Happy and positive thoughts.  Take a few moments every day, and think about what your mind is creating.  The thoughts we put into ourselves and outward into the Universe have an impact on the outcome of our lives.   A mantra that we create ourselves can help us to create the life we want.  Here is a sound clip on how to create a mantra:

Please consider your life style choices today, and what they are creating for you.   It is never too late to start creating the lifestyle that will bring you health, wellness,  and happiness.  Your happiness is in your own mind and choices.  The  creation of your life, for better or for worse, is  in your own two hands.

 

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America

 

 

 

 

Podcast: Bulldozer Remedy for Health #1, change your mind. Guest: Sheila Berger

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Change Your Mind: Bulldozer Remedy for Health #1, Part Deux

 

When you decide to change your mind, it happens very quickly. The instant you make the change, you will know it.  It is like a switch flips in your head, and you see the world with more clarity and more positivity. When I say change your mind, I mean step outside your preconceived notions to a more positive perspective.  This is the root of positive change in your life.

Though the change of the mind happens in an instant, it really is a long-term project.  It is important to realize that, and understand that whatever your age is, that is how long it took you to bring your mind to where it is now. So it will take some time to make changes for the better. Especially when you are changing habits to make yourself a healthier person.  The old saying, “old habits die-hard” may apply here.  But though that may be true, you must remember that you are an evolving, changing being.  Sure, you can fight that, by  planting your feet in one spot. But know that when you do that, there  is no movement and you can’t allow change. So inject some movement, and look at all options in every situation. Look at different perspectives.  Talk to others in a given situation and listen to their perspective, to see that life really is about perspective. Watch, listen and learn, always staying open to new information and ways of handling things.

So, if you’ve decided to change your mind for the positive, and you are watching, listening and learning you must also map out how you will continually increase your positive thinking.  Will you start to do some meditation to open your mind and/or clear it?  Will you make sure you get some sunshine everyday?  Can you take the time to write down at least one blessing everyday?  Will you say positive affirmations?  These are some examples of putting your decision into action.

You see, you must be sure that you keep moving your mind to the positive with every day that passes. You must not waiver on your decision to change your mind.  If you are presented with a challenge, train yourself to look at it as just that.  And tell yourself that it is only a bump in the road.  If you hit a roadblock, find a way around it.  We all tend to make mountains out of mole hills at times. That kind of thinking though, doesn’t help you to a peaceful and more positive life.   Perspective and looking for the lessons and silver linings will.  In every situation, those are present. You just have to train yourself to look for them instead of focusing on the negative.   If you get stuck, talk to a positive friend or acquaintance about the situation and possible avenues to the positive.  Or go  within and ask the Universe to help you find it. Or take a walk and step outside of it so you can gain a different perspective.

I know that change isn’t easy.  Ask yourself the following question though.  Has my current train of thought brought me to where I want to be in life?   Only you know the answer to that question.  And only you hold the key to positive change in your own life.  Change your mind, and then take the steps to do what needs to be done.

Yes. I have said it before, and I will say it again.  Change your mind, change your life.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take Back your Health. America!

Here is a short meditation  from Bulldozer Health Inc. on Soundcloud  to help with grounding and clearing your mind:

https://soundcloud.com/bulldozerhealth/audio-recording-on-friday

BulldozerRemedy for Health #1: Change your Mind

Changing your mind  to the positive is a key aspect in taking back your health.  I remember very clearly when I changed my mind.  I had just become separated from my wife. She told me when she was leaving, that I would find my strength and my power if she left. I didn’t believe one word of it.  It made me sad and angry actually.  For a time, I sat with that sadness and anger.  Nothing changed.  Being sad and angry and remaining on all of my pharmaceutical medications certainly wasn’t going to change my life for the better.  But I couldn’t see that.  Then one day, I was thinking  about the victim that I had become.  A victim of the medical system, of the diseases that I had, of the failing economy, of the 16 pharmaceutical medications that I was on, and of the pharmaceutical companies themselves.  I decided I didn’t want to be a victim anymore.  To do this, I realized that I had to change my mind.  Once I started to change my mind, I could see everything with more clarity.

Next,  I  began to change my language.  I realized that I was owning the diseases that I had by saying things like “my” dermatomyositis or “my” psoriatic arthritis, “my” diabetes, or  “my” myasthenia gravis.  So instead, I said, “I have 4 autoimmune diseases, but they don’t have me”. Or I said, “I am healthy and whole”.  I not only said these things, but I believed them.  I couldn’t just have faith that I would change my mind, it was key to believe it, and to know that it was happening.  And to never waiver on that.

To empower myself further,  I read everything I could on the diseases I had and the medications that I was on.  I then began to investigate what alternative treatments might help me.  I had read all about the diseases before, but this time it was through the eyes of someone who was going to be  victorious over them, find alternatives that worked, and teach my body to heal itself.  The body knows how to heal itself, but it can only do so under the right conditions.

There was one more belief system I had to conquer.  You see, the doctors had told me that I was going to die repeatedly.  I believed them.  It was like they, in their white coats with their diplomas on the wall, had some inside information from my maker, and only they had the key to unlock my ability to remain alive.  Our beliefs are very powerful.  So in changing my mind, I had to change my beliefs.  Or more accurately, I had to stop believing what the doctors were telling me.  I am a trained medical professional, a spiritual healer, and a very intelligent  woman.  But all that went out the window the minute they told me that I was going to die from the disease that made me gravely ill or the medicine that they believed they had to give me to treat it with.  I had already been a survivor in my life.  With this illness, I had to  realize that I already had survived it too.  Once I did, I was determined to find a way to live well, not just be a survivor.

Our mind is a powerful thing. We are a product of our genetics, intelligence, family, experiences, beliefs and more.  That said, we can change our mind at any time to the more positive. In doing so, we find our truth and change our lives for the better.

Change your mind, change your life. You’re  victorious, beautiful life is in your own hands.

Peace,


Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!