Dear Friends of Holistic-Ways,
As you can see, the newsletter has gone through some color-changes. This goes right along with the website, which is in the process of renewal and adjustment itself.
So while Holistic-Ways is serving ‘health & change of lifestyle-seeking’ individuals, we would like to expand our area of expertise to welcome a special new audience, the military community. Therefore, please let me share how this shift was initialized.
For those of you who do not know me that well, I am an Army Spouse of 15 years. My husband and I have three children and survived many separations, both short and long-term. Over the years I have grown an immense passion for the members of our Armed Services and their families.
Unfortunately, over recent years, I have also witnessed an increase of physical and emotional trauma and injuries of the mentioned. Personally, I believe that the hurt individuals (military members of all services and spouses alike) need a more gentle, yet strong approach toward healing. (As we all do, really!) There is an increasing need to create health from within, rather than only masking the cause and treating the symptoms.
Therefore, this issue of the weekly newsletter will focus on the tremendously important mind-body connection.
Looking back at all the training I received and attended over the past years (including yoga, tai chi, meditation, reiki, resiliency, and nutrition) all topics tie back to one word. My clients ask me often: “What’s the word?” Well, here it is the secret (not really) solution to many problems; creating AWARENESS.
Honestly, it does not matter if you work within the civilian realm or are part of the military community. We can all benefit from awareness – and the mind & body connection, which creates it.
Spoken in easy terms, we are not machines that when one part is broken you simply switch out that part and replace it. If one system in our body malfunctions, chances are that other systems are affected as well. For example, just imagine for a moment that you eat perfectly – all organic herbs, vegetables, fruit; no packaged or processed food, no sugar, etc. Now imagine that day in and day out you are attending to a job that does not serve you well. It may be stressful because of your boss, your colleagues, or the workload that is given to you each day. Think, would that good food that you eat every day solve those problems and make you a well-rounded, happy and energetic individual? My guess is, probably not.
This is why we have to take a look at the whole being – hence, holistic. You do not only consist of food – although granted, nutrition is a very important part of your wellness, but more comes into play: relationships, career, spirituality, and physical activity. If you get those areas under control – phew… let me tell you from my own experience, it’s a journey!
Good news: It’s never too late to start on this journey. You must only take the first step. And I am here to provide guidance if you let me.
Blessings to all,