Confessions of a Practicing Self Advocate
For the last 40 days I have been working on a God Given Talent that I possess and have neglected.
I am very proud to say that I have been practicing singing for at least one song and humming some scales every day, except for 2 days over the last 40.
The 2 days where I did not sing actually announced the arrival of my real Epiphany workout and gave me so many Ah Ha! moments () and ideas that I know just where my path is headed. The talent I was supposed to be working on was Healing – healing myself in particular. For I have developed this awful, huge, noisy, drippy, watery eyes, nose blowing, tea and water drinking, horrible, terrible, horrific chest cold. Which makes healing the torn ligament or muscle in my sternum area (I thought it was a heart attack for the holidays!) a next to impossible experience.
I put myself to bed for 2 full days only up and around for more tea, sweat baths, and putting ice on the inflamed muscle. The third day I wandered around in my PJs (sometimes that is just the perfect way to spend a day) and finally settled in to channel surfing on our new TV. Thus arriving at a series of self understandings and an opportunity to figure out where I need to send my feet in my next explorations.
A Nugget of Learning:
If you take external ointment Vapor Rub and put it all over the bottoms of your feet, put on socks and then go to bed one will stop coughing for about 4 hours (The second night it worked for 9 hours for me). This nugget was from the receptionist at the Massage Therapy Office whose son suffers with asthma.
What I learned while channel surfing:
- I believe I have an answer to the malady that has inhabited by body since birth. I heard a Plastic Surgeon’s comment on a Doctor’s talk show about Women’s Health say, that some women who have had abdominal surgery particularly for ovarian cancer often have recurrent problems with Fatty Liver Disease.I immediately went to the computer and the Mayo Clinic Site and looked up the disease. It fit about 50% of my symptoms, but not quite. When I got to the bottom of the page I found another disease listed, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. There was not a great deal of information, but what was there matched my life story at about 90%. It is a genetic disorder and it is not caused by eating a high fat diet, which I don’t eat.
Here is the control of the disease: Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Eat whole, fresh vegetables, fruits and low protein and carbohydrates. No High Fructose Corn Syrup or white sugar. Use Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil or Cold Pressed Walnut Oil and drink a whole glass of fresh pressed apple juice or eat a ½ a grapefruit before every meal. Eat 8 small meals a day, never a big Thanksgiving style feast meal. Weigh 10-15 pounds underweight for you. In other words, go back to my exercise and eating routine where I felt so great in 2007.
- I am going to wean myself off the diabetic diet and go on a Potassium Broth Liver Flush diet for the next 40 days, starting on Ash Wednesday.
- I also discovered some of the beliefs I held deeply about money, are not very useful to me anymore, so I am going to take a new class about making money (not just how to manage it)which was introduced to me by Barbara at Blogging without a Blog. I enjoyed Mary Ann’s introductory lessons so much and I think this is just the right next step for me.
- I am not going to watch the news for the next 45 days. I will just read the headlines off my feed reader. I am not going to absorb any more fear messages and then have to debrief.
Are you going to take on any new practices and discoveries over the next 40 days?
Did you have any epiphanies you would like to tell us about?
What kind of Support do you think you might need for these changes?