I recently had the pleasure of doing a quick 10 minute radio interview on my approach to health, my background, my passions, and my goals for the future with Moore Integrative Health. If you’re new to this space, give it a listen! You might learn a little bit more about who I am and how you might begin your journey to better health. Have any outstanding questions? Drop me a line!
You know that feeling, when you have a knot in your throat from an emotion, but feel that you have to hide it and repress it from being fully experienced and expressed because of some societal expectation? That knot isn’t just the feeling of tears waiting to erupt, its the ENERGY of emotion needing a space to be set free. These repressed emotions don’t just dissipate and go away. They get stored as memories throughout our bodies. In our muscles. In our joints. In our subconscious memory, waiting, just waiting, for an opportune time to represent themselves. What we feel, what we believe, deserves to be verbalized into the spoken word. It deserves to be expressed. The freedom from our pain lays in our capacity to speak this truth, whether it be to other people or even to ourselves.
Our society has developed these norms that drive a fear of assertiveness, of feelings, of emotions. A fear that if we express these emotions we’ll be judged harshly for them, so we’re better off being diplomatic and emotionless. The time has come for us to speak our truth, to be assertive to those around us of how we feel and to reclaim our power. This means standing up for yourself, your beliefs and ideas in a work environment; whether you defend an idea to your boss or a co-worker or explain to others how their actions may have hurt you. It means telling your significant other how you feel, truly and deeply. Whether you tell them you love them for the first time and drop the fear of being the first one to say it, or tell them specifically what they could do to bring more joy into your relationship. It means reclaiming your power from someone who may have harmed you, whether it be sexual abuse, physical abuse, or emotional. Reclaiming your power means expressing how their actions may have affected your life. With this comes forgiveness. Forgiveness does not mean that we brush off what others may have done and discredit how wrong it was. Forgiveness means letting go of the built up emotion we hold onto so strongly and releasing the grip that others may have on our lives.
So what is your truth? What have you been holding onto for so long without expressing to the person that it needs to be expressed to, even if that means being honest with yourself. Emotions are REAL. The pain we experience on a day to day basis from chronic disease, chronic pain, chronic fatigue may very well be from a build up of emotions over time that are BEGGING you to release them. Your body doesn’t work against you. It gives you messages when something needs to change. In this notion exists the power we have to heal ourselves.
I have been feeling the sheer effects of the theme that 2019 seems to be emanating. A theme of transition, re-alignment, restoration of energy and vibrancy. The need for self-care and inner nourishment has never felt so great. I was recently reading some wisdom from Sophie Bashford, an inspiring intuitive channel, teacher and writer, who shared that this year, we'll be asked to slow down, to respect our innate rhythms. We'll start to become in tune with our true energy and emotions - allowing our unadulterated creativity, gifts and ideas to flow without being fueled by chemicals or stimulants.
This means we need to slow down as a society. To learn to respect our natural rhythms and to respond to feelings that are showing up in our bodies, instead of ignoring them and pushing on. The need to push on in our culture has become a natural response. Unfortunately, this response will only further drive our souls into a state of exhaustion. If, like me, you are feeling burned out, overwhelmed, and in need of some space, try taking advantage of the below themes that Sophie recommends for this year:
Work on addictions of all kinds
Clear strong attachments to stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol
Gently alter your eating habits in a way that is based on self-love, including increasing your intake of fruit & vegetables and reducing chemicals
Adopt a very regular deep breathing and stretching practice
Come into daily meditation & silence
Come into Nature very regularly
Practice regular deep relaxation
Receive regular massages and healing touch
These words all landed so powerfully within my soul because I’ve been feeling the need for this over the past couple of months. I’ve come to learn that these feelings I experience are rarely something to be ashamed of, but a feeling to be shared as usually they are experienced within the collective consciousness of humanity. If you too are feeling over exerted, yet see everyone else around you pushing on, please exercise judgment before comparing yourself to someone else’s actions. Just because others are pushing past their boundaries of self-sacrifice, doesn’t mean everyone needs to. Its time for us to change the status quo and take a time out for rest, recovery, and inner-work. Have we all forgotten how to slow down?
Here are some quotes to inspire you on your journey toward inner-nourishment and transformation:
“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally, of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are” - Chöguam Trungpa Rinpoche
“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul place” Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“Trust means that you will open to life knowing that you will experience situations & emotions that bring you to your knees, and not shying away from these or modifying your reality to avoid them” Ezzie Spencer
“You cannot be in tune with your inner truth if you are constantly distracted by how others are working. Your purpose needs to be 100% focused upon your own intuitive guidance” Sophie Bashford
“We live in a world that is constantly noisy, stimulating, and distracting. Our attention is relentlessly pulled to the external and the material. There is simply so much going on out there, and online, that our need for retreat and inner connection has never been more urgent” Sophie Bashford
“Our individual consciousness is influenced by the collective consciousness of our environment. We absorb and reflect what is around us” Thich Nhat Nanh
“We are lead to believe that there is only ever a limited supply of what we want, yet the truth is that abundance is infinitely available and provided by the universe” Vex King
“Faith is an active choice we make to stay optimistic” Vex King
“Sometimes all we have is our faith - our faith in the fact that things are going to get better. Hang on to it and keep believing, even if that means you’re the only one who does” Vex King
“To meditate is to focus energy within. It is a method of drawing awareness back to our center: to gather the scattered pieces of our outer beings and bring them into our internal home” Sophie Bashford
For some wonderful reading to inspire your journey to inner growth and transformation, I highly recommend the below books:
Bashford, Sophie. (2018). You are a goddess. Working with the sacred feminine to awaken, heal and transform.
King, Vex. (2018). Good vibes. Good Life.
Spencer, Ezzie. (2018). Lunar abundance. Cultivating joy, peace, and purpose using the phases of the moon.
Contrary to conventional medicine, functional and integrative forms of medicine, including functional/integrative nutrition, aim to discover the root cause of patients’ ailments. Instead of placing a band-aid on the symptoms, we dig deep into health history, symptoms analysis, blood work, additional laboratory work, physical manifestations, among other aspects of your physiology to really get down to the bottom of why you aren’t feeling well. Imagine it like this. The human body, in its optimal state of health, is like a tree. The roots of the tree are made up of things like our sleep, relaxation, exercise, dietary intake, stress, environmental toxin exposure, and our relationships. The base of the tree, moving up from the roots, is our mental and emotional state, spiritual influences, our genetic predispositions, and our experiences, attitudes, and beliefs (in other words, our perspective). Building on top of that are events throughout our lives such as traumas, accidents, major life changes, marriages, child birth, divorce, etc. that are major triggers or mediators of our state of health.
As you start getting toward the branches of the trees, you begin to see the signs and symptoms appear, growing out of the roots and the trunk of the tree. You can see these symptoms categorized to each major branch of the tree (or organ system off of the body). The nervous system, endocrine system (chemical messenger system, more commonly known as hormones), digestive system, circulatory system, renal (kidneys), pulmonary system (lungs), etc. Symptoms manifesting within these branches all stem from some sort of an environmental input, interacting with our genes, further down toward the foundation of the tree. This is the tree of functional medicine.
What we put into our bodies, whether it be food, the water we drink, or the air we breathe, has a major impact on our health. Think about it. Food is information to our cells. If we are consuming information that our body’s don’t know how to process, such as hydrogenated fats, synthetic food coloring, or artificial sweeteners, it will begin to cause a malfunctioning within our cells that can lead to whichever disease we are genetically predisposed to. Functional nutrition aims to restore cellular integrity and communication with the proper inputs by identifying what the body is lacking in the form of micronutrients or phytonutrients, and by identifying what sort of inputs our unique individual physiology does and does not benefit from. Did you know that a large percentage of American’s are deficient in Vitamin C, Magnesium, Vitamin D, among other nutrients? And did you know that long-term deficiencies of any of these nutrients can cause symptoms? This is a highly individualized process, one that oftentimes requires a little bit of laboratory work, and most importantly time. Through targeted supplementation with micronutrients, phytonutrients, herbs, and other nutraceuticals, along with a whole foods based customized dietary plan, functional nutrition is born.
When I say that I’m glad you found us, I genuinely mean it. It took me 4 years to find this information and these conversations after desperately trying to figure out “what was wrong with me.” My hope is that by creating this platform, I can help others to find health and happiness long before they get to the 4 year marker. It saddens me that so many people, humans, living souls, have to go through life struggling for so long. Depression and chronic disease are rampant in our society - and the effects that pharmaceuticals have on these conditions are sub par to say the least.
Whether or not you want to believe it yet, only YOU have the power to heal yourself and to find happiness. No magical pill will do that for you. Its going to take some elbow grease on your part, and a lot of soul searching to find the reasons as to WHY you want to live. What I have found is that the human experience requires us to find passion, drive, meaningful connection, and purpose in order to WANT to get better. So, what do you feel that your purpose is? I found my purpose through my own struggle. Through feeling as if my life was going to surmount to nothing important - only to realize that I could turn my own struggle into my passion. Start to ponder these questions. Ask yourself what brings you meaning. Is it your family? Your dog? Your artwork? All of these things are important to nurture. Ignore what society tells you you are “supposed” to do. Think about it - we are living on a floating ball of lava orbiting around another ball of lava in an endless universe. Anything is possible. There is no right or wrong. There is only what you perceive. So start to be aware of your perspective. Challenge your perspective. And make a promise to yourself that you will put the work into creating a healthy relationship with life - because I PROMISE you are worth it.
I am here to help guide you down this path. Through lifestyle changes, through poking holes in your prior outlooks, through helping you to get in touch with your body, through clinical applications, and through helping you to cultivate a mindful relationship with the food you put into your body. How we treat ourselves will reflect the level of life we’re able to get out of our bodies. So lets commit together to treating our bodies as we would treat our lovers, our best friends, our families, our pets. The world is dependent on us to change our outlooks and perspectives on life on this planet. I so look forward to meeting you.
With love, gratitude, and light,