MENTAL AND SPIRTUAL HEALTH
Dis-ease may contribute to disease.
Conversely, combined with medicine, positive mindset is empowering.
Spiritual well-being begins with respiration,
the root being spire/spirit,
the dynamic energy interplay
connecting the physical body with the universe.
While otherwise still,
breathing that is slow, deep, smooth, and rhythmic
relaxes us while improving blood pressure and oxygenation and focuses awareness on the present here and now.
Exhale = Expire
Breath = Respire
Inhale = Inspire
dialogue between one's ears
Bliss comes from within.
Appreciation of Others
Focus on What One Has
Positive Social Comparison
INNER DIALOGUE EXAMPLES
I have so much in life to be thankful for.
I'm really thankful for friends and family.
I reflect on how fortunate I am to have basic things like fresh air, water, food, clothing, shelter, and freedom.
When I see natural beauty I feel awestruck.
I use rituals to remind myself to be grateful.
I stop to enjoy life as it is; now is a gift called the present.
Contemplating death, I live every day to the fullest.
When I see someone less fortunate than myself I realize how lucky I am.
There is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
EXERCISE/ACTIVITY: releases endorphins for natural high
(do what you can as tolerated)
BODY HABITUS: good posture, breathing, smile, laugh
"power positions" have been shown to make people feel empowered: universal victory sign is arms up in V shape or standing like wonder woman with hands on hips feet shoulder width