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Critical Choices on the Border of Life

What choices will you make due to life-threatening illness?

The common man whose identity is based on ego will do everything to live, but the spiritual man who is searching for truth, will take every opportunity to die. What does it mean to die? To die to one’s ignorance, to die to the ego, to die to fear, to die to suffering, to die to misconception, to die to judgements so they can really wake up to their timeless reality. – Mooji

Raw.  Vulnerable.  Honest.  Those words jump immediately into my mind when I attempt to describe the New York Times Bestseller, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

I rarely read books these days.  But this one traveled around my circle so I couldn’t miss it.  And, to be honest, I’m fascinated by death at the moment.

I want to know death in its stark reality so I can face it truthfully.  I want to know the myriad emotions that might arrive when death says hello – from fear to denial to great compassion to release from worldly concerns.  I want to know the gifts a prospective death promises to bring, at least to those who are willing to acknowledge and embrace it:  For example, the ability to embrace each moment fully with loving awareness.

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Great Links for a Good Life {03.08.15}

Dew - Great Links for a Good Life

Welcome to my occasional collection of exceptional posts from around the web, inspiring resources to help you live the best possible life, and sometimes a book or two.  Enjoy!

I hope you find something here that brightens your day and inspires you heart! I would love to hear which articles resonated for you. 

And, if you have a moment, please help me by sharing the goodness on your favorite social media sites.  I appreciate your support.

Be happy, be well!  With love, Sandra

Good Links for a Good Life: From Creativity to Cancer

Pink Sky Over Lake

Welcome to my monthly (or so) collection of exceptional posts from around the web, a good book or two, and practical resources to help you live the best possible life.  Enjoy!

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How to Accept the Unacceptable

Bolt of lightning

Editor’s Note:  This post responds to requests made by readers who asked me to write about accepting chronic illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue and facing cancer as well as other physical challenges.

Like a bolt of lightning out of the blue, my health unexpectedly took a plunge 10 years ago.  Muscle, joint, and neurological pain, gut distress, sleepless nights, fatigue, and multiple intolerances became my new companions.  At my low point, I weighed 84 pounds.

I wish I could say I embraced this change gracefully.  But, actually I fought it.  My Virgo disposition turned on my obsessive solution-seeker.  I spent most of my time in my head pouring over information in order to “fix it” instead of being present with the new me.  A tough nut, it took me considerable time – years – to accept the unacceptable.  And, I can’t even say that I’ve fully accepted it now, but I feel more at peace with it.

There will come a time in your life when the unacceptable arrives, too. That’s just how life is.  The unwanted might appear as a serious illness, cheating spouse, job termination, death of a loved one, or in one of countless other possible ways. As much as you might try – like me – you cannot escape undesirable changes.  But, if you’re willing to work consciously with whatever comes, the pain will gradually soften and you can find great strength in your vulnerability.

Here are some of my hard-won insights from living with chronic illness, which may also be relevant to other types of unexpected change that occurs.  Let me warn you, none of what I share will be easy.  You’ll probably want to cling to the past or a better future. I fully understand.  But, I have every confidence that with time you’ll embrace the journey – your journey – that has been placed in front of you.

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A Simple Way to Balance Your Emotions and Revitalize Your Body

“My destiny is in my own hands.”  Mary Burmeister

According to the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can harmonize your emotions and nourish your body by holding each of your fingers in sequence.  This is a subtle yet powerful self-help approach I’ve personally used to great effect for several years.

Each finger is associated with an attitude that can imbalance a corresponding function and organ system via the subtle energy channels that invisibly course through your body.

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Chemical Time Bombs Ticking in Your Body

Plastic and the Ocean

A styrene metabolite in my pee?

Recently, I took a urine organic acids test, which measures metabolites – the end breakdown of various chemical substances  – in the urine.

The test is not intended to measure levels of environmental toxins in the body.  It just happens to measure mandelic acid, a  metabolite from the breakdown of styrene.  High mandelic acid usually occurs from exposure to styrene.

I was surprised to find that my level of mandelic acid was slightly elevated.  This might be due to the normal metabolism of the neurotransmitters phenylalanine or tyrosine since the levels were not extremely high, but it got me wondering.

What Is Styrene and Why Is It a Problem?

Styrene (vinyl benzene) is commonly found in plastic and, of course, Styrofoam.  On June 10, 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen“.

US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) studies on Americans have shown that 100% of human fat samples contain styrene.  Once in the body, there’s no mechanism for getting all of the styrene out.

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