Weird or Wonderful? YES!

Is it better, more admirable, to be a social butterfly than a wallflower, an extrovert than an introvert?

There seems to be more written in poetry, novels, and screenplays of the jovial, talkative, “life of the party” personalities, than the “socially maladjusted” wallflowers; but what about the myriad between.

Fact or fiction? Is the lifeoftheparty better adjusted than the quiet, reserved wallflower? Let’s see…

First, we know that shyness is as self-centered as ego-mania. Each is on the self-esteem continuum, only at opposite, extreme ends.

The shy’s response at feeling “less than” is to hide, and pull inward. The ego-maniac puffs up to appear greater than his inner feelings of insufficiency.

But, wait! We humans are way more complex than a one-dimensional label of introvert or extravert.

From the earliest times, physicians and philosophers used their understanding of the four humors (bodily fluids), “the four temperaments,” to treat diseases and understand people’s individual differences. Although each person is a mixture of temperaments, there’s usually one dominating.

Succinctly, Tim LaHaye’s book, Spirit Controlled Temperament, discusses the passive phlegmatic; the fickle, outgoing sanguine; the gloomy melancholic; and the assertive, fiery choleric. (He has 2 others on temperaments: Transforming Your Temperament and Transformed Temperaments) 

And, Carol Tuttle writes about the four energy/personality types in It’s Just My Nature and The Child Whisperer.

We who are more introverted know that we’re comfortable in our solitude. But, are we best remaining in our solitude? (Here’s one of my first articles about such. http://conversationswithcynthia.com/2012/09/28/my-pearl/ )

I know of many espousing introverts who are proof that out of their solitude came wisdom, and strength, for future change, teaching, art, music, books, and inventions. We would have been robbed of their/your contributions, deprived of your inspirations, and may have missed a life-altering epiphany had you not turned inward and away, for a time!

I too prefer my solitude, and have always been a loner. But, I was a social misanthrope until I learned the purpose of my life: people. Isn’t it ironic?

There’s a coalition of (solitary) contemplative thinkers, like the above, to help us recognize the treasures within each of us. As author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts, Susan Cain admonishes: “let us come back from the wilderness to share our revelations.” The world needs your insights!

What if you’re in a wheelchair, walk with a limp, speak with a stammer or lisp, have a weird laugh, eyes of different colors, lots of freckles, carrot red hair, or as gorgeous as Johnny Depp?

I love "weird."

I love “weird.”

How you appear isn’t who you are. So, what if you’re a little weird? What if you’re vanilla?

None of us are wholly one thing or another. We’re bits and pieces, different shapes, different colors, with different expressions of individuality. Sometimes bringing peace, and at other times, exuding energy; but always a beautiful medley of uniqueness.

We’re a wonderful mélange of experiences, thoughts, and emotions sewn into a patchwork personality, fitting perfectly into the quilt, but never haphazardly! For…

You are “…fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalms 139:14

If you’d like a gentle nudge in the right direction TO BE THE BEST YOU, you can order my book here http://booklocker.com/books/6811.html  or at Amazon.

For a deeper understanding of your physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional self, invest in my January 3-March 14th “Journey to Wholeness” series.

 

HE IS RISEN!

In a way, Easter is a birthday celebration. Jesus’ calculated birth is said to have been between March 21st and May 29th, April 24th being between. As for the date we celebrate His birth, December 25th, it seems that date was borrowed from pagan holidays. It was thought that more pagans would be open to that god if it coincided with their holidays. So, in truth, spring marks Jesus’ birth into the world, as well as His death and resurrection out of it.

For my Easter article, and since today is Good Friday, I want to share a posting from Kari Browning, author of Unsealing Ancient Mysteries, clarifying some other misconceptions:

“In some Christian congregations, “Good Friday” is celebrated as the day Jesus was crucified. Actually, Jesus had to be crucified on a Thursday in order for Him to be in the ground three days and three nights and to rise on the first day of the week (Sunday).

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:40)

Now on the first day of the week (Sunday) Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1)

So, why do we celebrate the crucifixion on “Good Friday” if Jesus was actually crucified on a Thursday? The confusion is because the Church, for the most part, does not understand festival language or Hebraic customs.

This confusion stems from John 19:31, that states Jesus’ body had to be taken down from the cross because the next day was the Sabbath. The first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread is considered a Shabbaton (a high Sabbath). This verse wasn’t referring to the weekly Sabbath (Friday at Sundown to Saturday at Sundown), but to the high Sabbath that was on Friday, Aviv 15, that year.”

HE IS RISEN!

(To learn more and understand the festival language of the Bible, you can purchase Kari’s book, Unsealing Ancient Mysteries, on Amazon.)

Dangerous Mental Gymnastics

Are you worn out by mental gymnastics: queues of running thoughts jumping from must-do, should’ve-done or said, hoops of self-defamation, back-bending somersaults of other’s downfalls, racing anger, hurdles of hate, marathons of unforgiveness, and Olympic pools of shame and guilt? Unlike the resultant skill, strength, and endurance of athletes-in-training, these toxic thoughts and emotions cause illnesses when not released. They literally poison our bodies.

Modern medicine tends to look only at and treat the physiological functions of the body; but as far back as Hippocrates, it was accepted that emotions strongly affected the internal organs. For some reason, the association between our internal dialogues, conditioned from what we’ve heard others say about us, and their triggered emotions, hasn’t registered.

No emotion is inherently good or bad, unless it becomes chronic. Experiencing a gamut of emotions is normal throughout one’s lifetime. It’s when they’re not processed properly, and we get stuck in them, that they can become negative and destructive.

According to Kari Browning, Director of New Renaissance Healing & Creativity Center:

“Medical research has found that 75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. We make ourselves sick if we do not release toxic emotions and thoughts. When we experience trauma, we store that memory in our body and it can cause physical illness. When we release trapped emotions, we can begin to heal.”

And, according to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “toxic waste generated by toxic thoughts causes the following illnesses: diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin problems and allergies, to name just a few.”

Consider these findings:

Grief is stored in the lungs. Restriction of air flow, asthma, and bronchial conditions are attributed to its sadness.

Emotional shock is stored in the heart. Problems sleeping, confused thinking, even hysteria and psychosis can result in extreme cases.

Fear and shock are stored in the kidneys and adrenals. Extreme fear will cause immediate urination, but urinary tract disorders, incontinence, and lower back pain results. Also, bed-wetting in children is associated to insecurity. When the adrenals are stressed, memory and learning are impaired, and the body’s ability to repair itself is compromised.

Anger stores in the liver; the “red face” leads to headaches. Resentment, frustration, irritability, and guilt follow, which suppresses the immune system. If the overflow of anger effects the spleen, there will be indigestion, and diarrhea.

Worry/anxiety (over-pensiveness), dwells in the spleen. Gastric disturbances, poor appetite and forgetting to eat, elevated blood pressure, weakened immunity, and a tendency toward phlegm and colds occur. These mental gymnastics, or too much obsessing over a topic, can even infiltrate dreams at night.

According to the CDC: “For every one prescription painkiller death there are 10 treated admissions for abuse, 32 emergency department visits for misuse or abuse, 130 people who abuse or are dependent, and 825 non-medical users.”

Toxic emotions and their prescribed pharmaceuticals are poisoning us. If you’re interested in using essential oils on your journey toward health and wholeness, message me at cynthia.white@ah-haventures.com or go to https://www.youngliving.org/4Wholeness    

 Further reading:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/chinese/traditional-chinese-medicine-causes-of-illness6.htm

http://www.greekmedicine.net/hygiene/Emotions_and_Organs.html

http://www.sahej.com/organ-emotion_printready.html

Earthing: Barefootin’s Benefits

Okay, spring is here. We may still have some temperature dips, but this is a Health Alert about going barefoot; not that it’s bad for you. This is an announcement that it’s good for you!

I remember the good ol’ days when it was acceptable to go barefoot. In fact, my shoes (and books) remained where they were flung after hopping off the school bus on my way to shimmy up a pear tree or climb to the top of the barn! Shoes were an encumbrance to my speed and a major impedance to my climbing skills. And as important: my feet needed to breathe!

The benefits of barefootin’ was the topic of this month’s newsletter, “Chariot Notes,” that went out this past Wednesday.  For those of you not on my mailing list, here’s a smattering…and then some.

Since the invention of plastics in the 60’s, there’s been an increase of inflammation-related health disorders. We moved from leather-soled shoes, and wooden floors, to synthetic-soled shoes, synthetic carpets, and linoleum, which left our bodies depleted of electrons! Our autoimmune systems have become compromised. “Earthing,” or walking barefoot, reduces oxidative stress.

The earth naturally carries a negative ionic charge, so when we are grounded with the earth, free radicals are neutralized in your body. It has been proven that negative ions not only detoxify and calm the body, but also reduce stress and inflammation.

A second benefit is reflexology. Because there are reflex points corresponding to every organ in the body on the soles of our feet, barefooting offers a free reflexology session…helping to relieve what ails ya’. If there’s initial tenderness, it will subside as your body adjusts.

In addition, going barefoot offers a dual reprieve from a fast-paced lifestyle. First, you’re out-and-away from business, taking an opportunity to unwind. At the same time, you must be present, giving attention to where you step, living in the moment. And, research has proven a 62% decrease in anxiety and depression, increasing those feel-good endorphins. Simply quieting the mental chatter relaxes the mind, body, and spirit.

Whether walking in the grass, on the bare earth, or in the sand, connect with Mother Nature, and her Creator. Feel the warm sunshine on your face. Smell the flowers. Listen to the wind in the trees, and the bird’s enchanting songs. How wondrous are our senses!

Even now, I go barefoot from April through October. Maybe I can’t pound the earth with my feet, but I can prop them up on rocks, or tree roots, while I tune in to earth’s harmony and commune with my Father. Sometimes, I even extend my legs and slide down in my chair just to feel the cool grass under my toes.

Remember, I’m from Tennessee. You can take the country bumpkin out of Tennessee, but you can’t take the country bumpkin-ness out of this Tennessean. (To read about my superintendent reprimanding me for going barefoot in the “My Daisy Dukes” chapter of Views From My Chariot, you can order it here http://booklocker.com/books/6235.html or off Amazon.com.

So today, for your health and happiness, I’m suggesting a barefoot stroll. Be rejuvenated!