a guest post by Alanna Ford, founder of Claritas.
Gratitude is at the heart of living a happy and fulfilling life. When we regularly take time to give thanks and share a sense of abundance with others around us, we attract even more goodness. It’s a beautiful cycle, and practicing gratitude is like planting the first seed.
Here are some ways to embed a gratitude practice into each day, inspired by Claritas Collection’s “Cultivating Gratitude” kit. The only things you’ll need are some paper, a pen, a journal if you have one, and some string.
Notice with Wonder
The entry point of gratitude is slowing down enough so that we can deliberately acknowledge the goodness that already surrounds us.
Take a moment to notice something near you right now. Perhaps it’s something unexpected, even something you might typically think of as mundane. Absorb the details of that object. Allow yourself to be surprised.
If you’d like, describe your new appreciation for the object in your journal. Write or draw what you noticed when you saw the mundane with a sense of wonder.
Close your eyes. As you breathe in, create a sense of filling yourself up. As you breathe out, visualize sending gratitude and light to one person in your life. See them clearly, and watch the light move toward them. Breathe in again, creating a loop, visualizing the light coming back into you. Breathe out and visualize another person for whom you are grateful. With each breath, continue seeing the light of gratitude flow between you and the people in you care about most. Repeat this for several breaths.
Tie a Bracelet
The key to deepening your gratitude practice is consistency. When we practice gratitude regularly, it becomes an integral part of our worldview. To acknowledge this practice today, and to help you carve out more time for gratitude everyday, tie a simple charm with some string around your wrist. This is now your gratitude bracelet.
May this serve as a visual reminder of your gratitude. When it falls off, may it inspire you to continue cultivating gratitude as a regular practice.
About Claritas Collection
Claritas kits are like your own personal guide walking you through a process of reflecting through ritual. With topics such as Cultivating Gratitude, Letting Go, and Igniting Creativity, each kit comes with a deck of cards that walks you through the experience, along with treasures from around the world to help bring it to life.
Why is this happening? As human beings, we’re geared to root out immediate solutions to what we feel are immediate problems, but those fixes don’t usually fix anything. Medication is often no more than a Band-Aid—a quick fix. You feel better—often for a short-lived amount of time—and that’s great, but pain happens for a reason: to alert you to a problem. When you mute it, you essentially quiet the messenger trying to tell you about the real trouble, and that trouble remains unaddressed.
We certainly agree that medication can be a necessary treatment, but, by and large, prescription and over-the-counter medication not only mask the real problem, they can also introduce a whole new litany of new ones like side effects and dependency. Plus, the more a drug is used, the more resistant the body becomes, making the medication less effective and putting a prescribed patient at risk of misuse.
In response to this prescription opioid crisis, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain—a condition that affects up to 80 percent of Americans during at least one point in their lives. As per this guideline, doctors are directed to use noninvasive, nonpharmacological treatments first. Prescription opioids should be a last resort.
A more conservative, natural approach to lower back pain is the bedrock of the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic care is a hands-on, drug-free approach to healthcare, and spinal adjustments have been shown to effectively and safely reduce back pain. A trial conducted by the ACP concluded that spinal manipulation showed better long-term pain relief results than other options like exercise, yoga, acupuncture and massage. All of these can be great for relief, however, chiropractic is the way to go for actively combating the root of the problem. By correcting subluxations, the body is able to do what it naturally wants to—heal.
As an organization, we commend the American College of Physicians for updating their clinical guidelines to reflect a more conservative, solution-orientated approach to low back pain. These new guidelines by the ACP mark another important moment in chiropractic history, because chiropractic care is getting more recognition as a valuable and effective approach to treating pain and focusing on overall wellness. As mainstream treatment moves in a more conservative direction, more and more patients will be able to get the hands-on, drug-free care that will really change their lives for the better.
We are pleased to continue to support our patients and communities as they experience the benefits of chiropractic care.
We all know that sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose is something people with allergies must deal with. However, what about symptoms like sinus and migraine headaches, fatigue, depression, skin issues, IBS, or digestive issues? Could these be caused by allergies also?
The answer to that question is yes!
When the immune system and other parts of the central nervous system are overridden by chemical stressors in the environment they have a tendency to over react on a frequent basis. This over reaction is better known as a symptom. And, these symptoms are not limited to just runny noses, coughing or sneezing. New research is now pointing to the idea that allergic reactions or chemical hypersensitivities may be at the root of these and other common conditions.
Leo Galland, MD, director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine in New York City and author of “Power Healing” point out that people with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and similar conditions exhibit an over reactive immune system. “I believe that being an allergic individual predisposes you to chronic fatigue syndrome,” says Galland. “Chronic fatigue syndrome seems to be associated with an over-reactivity of certain parts of the immune system, which is similar to what we see in people with allergies.” He goes on further to say, “Mold allergy is an important cause of fatigue and muscle aches. A significant proportion of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have mold sensitivity.” Scientists have now discovered that mood and behavior is closely linked to the presence of allergies. There is a good deal of evidence pointing to direct biochemical processes connecting hypersensitivities, aka allergies with mood and behavior problems like depression, ADD, ADHD, etc. Chemical hypersensitivities cause stress on the nervous system, and when it is stressed out and under performing any number of symptoms can arise. Many doctors are behind the times and do not give credit to this cause and effect relationship, which therefore leads to misdiagnosis and overuse of prescription and over the counter medications.
Instead of ignoring the problem, medicating the symptom, or practicing avoidance, there are more natural and holistic ways to deal with this stress on your nervous system. Give The Gibson Center a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jean to learn more about what she has to offer to help you overcome these symptoms.
Yesterday on our Facebook page I posted an article that pointed out that legally prescribed opioids have become gateway drugs for heroin. You can read the short article here:
The FDA recommends that non-chemical and non-surgical options be explored first. Chiropractic fits that – our goal is to be non-invasive and to get you out of pain and back to living life in as short a time as possible.