Is it too simple to be effective?

Medicine, pills, tablets, alternative, drug-free, natural therapy, EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques, TappingI just found myself having a little rant. I’d just finished reading an article on the neuroscience-based benefits of exercise and this paragraph stuck in my head:

“What if the real magic does not come in the form of a pill, but in the form of an exercise regimen? That’s exactly what the neuroscience research suggests… If regular exercise becomes routine for the vast majority of children and adults, we could have a population that’s not only healthier and less stressed, but also more productive.”

Question, conundrum, your opinion, your thoughts, rant, ravingsNow I don’t advocate becoming an exercise junkie to get your buzz (unless that’s your thing) but there are definitely benefits to both the body and mind from finding some form of physical activity that you enjoy. You’ll know when you find it because it will be give you energy rather than drain you of energy.

Anyway, the question the article raised is what led me to contemplate WHY we look for something ‘in the form of a pill’ when we have so many resources within us and around us that we completely overlook. In our quick-fix society we go for the band-aid solution before we even consider changing something in our life or, god-forbid, changing the way we think and feel about things. So this is the rant that my fingers went on:

Yoga, hiking, snowboarding, nature therapy, neuroscience, exercise, EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, TappingWhat is it about needing a pill to fix things?

Why is it that we overlook the everyday habits that can change our life and improve our health and happiness?

Is it because it seems too simple to be effective?

Or is it because we are still looking outside of ourselves for a quick fix?

Maybe changing or creating a daily habit is too much effort for most people? It has to get extreme for people to be willing to change – I know that was true for me.

Maybe people are not aware that they do have the capacity to change their lifestyle or habits? One little tweak at a time we can adjust our life trajectory. One little tapping session and it’s done. It sounds too simple for people that have been struggling for so long.

Or maybe we are disempowered and taught to believe that we are victims of circumstance or genes? It is our own personal responsibility to make the most of whatever resources we have at our disposal to strengthen, build and grow – not to use our lot in life as an excuse to not try.

It was at that point that I realised I was on my soapbox and this was obviously an issue for me – so I began to explore WHY.  Which resulted in more ravings:
Nature therapy, neuroscience, exercise, hike, cycle, surf, EFT, TappingIt’s probably because I wish that people knew that change doesn’t have to be so hard. It doesn’t have to take a long arduous period of using willpower and discipline. It can feel natural, enjoyable and empowering.

Through EFT tapping and Matrix Reimprinting I’ve been able to delve into my self-beliefs that were showing up in the form of self-sabotage and let go of them. It’s not like your whole life changes in one session (even though for some it does), but one belief, habit or thought pattern at a time is cleared. Once you’ve cleared that pattern you don’t feel it anymore, those thoughts don’t occur to you anymore; it’s long-term, you no longer have to use willpower and vigilance to control or keep it at bay.

Each time that you let go of another thing that is holding you back you change the path of your life, you change your long-term health and happiness, you change the way that you relate to world and people around you.

Now what else do you do once your atop your soapbox other than sprout to anyone willing to listen? Hence, sharing of these ramblings with you.

I’d be interested to know your thoughts or insights on this question – feel free to respectfully discuss in the comments section below….

Note: To provide balance and to avoid these thoughts and momentary opinions being interpreted to the extreme – I do recommend that people seek advice from health professionals and make good choices in their own self-care. I encourage people to do whatever it takes for their own long-term physical and mental health. Don’t neglect yourself, be too hard on yourself, expect too much of yourself or ignore the messages that your body is giving you. Don’t put yourself through unnecessary suffering if relief is on offer. However, I do recommend that you pay attention to recurring patterns and consider focussing on the underlying causes rather than the symptoms. The aim is to learn self acceptance, compassion, patience and kindness – it is there that you will find your own wisdom.

Health & Happiness,

Lou x

As I began to love myself ….

Evolve With Lou, EFT Tapping, Charlie Chaplin Poem "As I began to love myself"I recently came across this text (or poem) called “As I began to love myself”. The question about whether Charlie Chaplin wrote it or not doesn’t really matter, it is the wisdom in this short text that resonated with my experience of having to learn to love myself in order to recover from chronic illness and remain healthy and happy.

I believe it is such a vital piece at the beginning of any healing journey. The wisdom in each paragraph is one thing but I love the underlying message that we only experience each of these lessons by initially learning to love and accept ourselves first.

It touches on listening to our suffering, living in the present moment, becoming more contented, becoming mindful and in-tune with ourselves and connecting with the wisdom of our heart – all very contemporary topics that science is only beginning to understand the benefits of.

“I recognised that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.”

This line hit me between the eyes! This described exactly what I had learned in order to be free from Chronic Fatigue Syndrom (CFS/ME). WhenI understood the effect that the mind has on the body and how an overactive mind drains our energy and causes fatigue this was the ‘pièce de résistance’ in my recovery. Don’t get me wrong, there was a whole lot of other work with holistic doctors, naturopaths and nutrition that went into my recovery over a long period that got me most of the way there, but to stop the crashing I HAD to change the mental and behavioural patterns that led to CFS/ME in the first place and then continued to keep it in place –  that was where EFT Tapping and mindfulness practices came in.

“As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself.”

When we learn to love ourselves we find more stability and contentment within ourselves we stop looking for it outside in behaviours such as craving, whether that be for food or other distractions. When we begin to experience how it feels to be true to ourselves it provides positive feedback to continue making good decisions for our own wellbeing. Then, when we can see that the people around us are benefiting from the lighter, happier, more exuberant you, we know that making choices with our own self-care in mind is not a ‘selfish’ thing, it is actually how we can best contribute to the world around us.

I hope that you find your own wisdom in this poem….

As I began to love myself

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment, so I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.
As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it SIMPLICITY.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT.
As I began to love myself I recognised that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE” !

There is some conjecture as to whether Charlie Chaplin wrote this and delivered in a speech on his 70th birthday, or whether it came from book by Kim & Alison McMillen called “When I Loved Myself Enough”.

Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful video while listening to the words of wisdom and compassion.

Charlie Chaplin Evolve With Lou, mindfulness, acceptance, self-care, cravings, CFS, fatigue, energy. As I began to love myself I recognised that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.