With stars dropping like flies and President Obama talking about national health care, I can’t help but think about the physical and mental health of our nation. And I’ve decided we’re in a nasty little funk y’all.
Well duh! You say.
Yes, we’re swimming in a sea of problems. But it could be worse. We’re not being slaughtered for our race or religion, there are no riots and we still have the constitutional right to whine, bitch and moan about the folks running the country. Not bad.
I don’t have a sure-fire answer as to how we get out of this Picasso- like blue period, but I do have one suggestion. Adopt a mantra and stick to it.
Mine is “Hum Sa.”
What makes me an expert? Nothing. I can just share my experience. Years of negative thinking, lack of sleep, bad eating habits and STRESS have left me physically and emotionally weak.
But I am determined to get stronger and healthier.
As you may know I have a form of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis. It’s in my spine, hips and neck. It’s sucks a big, rotten Easter egg. But I manage. I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck every morning, so I just have to “ease” into the day.
I can take medication for it. But I don’t. I’m waiting until I can no longer control my pain with exercise, meditation and heat therapy.
I also have three disc in my spine that have turned to dust (that’s degenerative disc disease to you medical types). I have hypothryroidism and have to take synthroid for that or my brain turns into sponge cake.
Last year I suffered numerous other ailments. They’re listed in the next paragraph, but skip it if you like. They’re actually boring… minus the one I caught in Vegas that later made me look like Jay Leno.
Osteopenia (bone thinning), Endometriosis (girly thing), Vertigo (dizziness, not the movie), Bacterial infections (hello rash), Epstein Barr Virus (that’s kinda like mono that comes back to whip ya again) An MRSA staph infection. (that’s the antibiotic resistant kind) I got that in Vegas, so what happens there doesn’t stay there afterall.
By the way… the staph was on my face! One day I had a bump that looked like a nasty zit… the next day I looked like the former Tonight Show host. It later spread to my hand. It really, really, really hurt. I couldn’t make food for my kids or bathe them without wearing latex gloves.
This is minor crap compared to most people. My sister had cancer. She endured months of chemo and suffered through radiation that nearly burned her leg off. But she’s not complaining. She’s a positive person.
Basically, I’m like an old car. I still start up and putter down the road. But my door sticks, the AC works intermittently and the wipers squeak. It’s just annoying.
I have a point, so just stick with me here. A few months ago I decided that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. So I decided to “heal” myself and adopt a mantra. Hum Sa.
It means “I am that.”
I started out by lying on the floor each night for about five minutes. I would breathe in and say to myself “I am” then I would breathe out and think “that healer.” I am that healer” The meditation mantra was free, easy and comforting. Sometimes I change it. I am.. happy, I am… grateful, I am… strong. You get the idea.
I’ve added exercise (yoga, weights, walking) and better eating habits to my mantra. I feel MUCH better. It’s not expensive either. It just takes a little time and effort. (walking outside is free, eating salad costs less than drive-thru junk)
I also make a grey-green looking shake for my husband and I every morning.
Gross maybe. But it really doesn’t taste bad. It’s saved me from my late afternoon sinking spells and given me more energy. It’s actually called “Green Super Food” and it’s packed with veggies, vitamins etc. Pretty much all of the “good stuff” that you’re never going to cook and actually eat.
I understand now that if I get very little sleep, eat crappy food and consume too much caffeine and alcohol… I’m going to gain weight, weaken my immune system and feel like death warmed over. Sure I have my moments, but I’m trying. I’m also trying to improve my attitude. So when negativity rears itself I turn to my mantra. Hum Sa…
I’m not asking President Obama to make the nation drink health shakes and do yoga… but I would hope his health care plan would encourage and reward people if they try to take care of themselves. There are no magic pills or government plans that will fix everything. We need to take better care of our mental and physical health. Invest some time in yourself. You deserve it!
I understand there are no simple solutions, but we’ve healed as a nation many times before. Seriously we need a mantra. I’m taking suggestions.