Happy Sunday January 26, 2020
Greetings on this beautiful Sunday! Thank you for joining me today! I had the privilege of taking part in the Desert Refuge Family Wellness Conference this past weekend. The event was specifically designed to offer information and insight for law enforcement, military, first responders and their families. Presenters discussed topics related to mental and physical health; including stress, trauma, suicide awareness, relationships, marriage and overall wellness. I was honored to be included as a presenter for this important event.
The Desert Refuge originally blossomed in Joshua Tree, California, as a haven designed by Father Mike McCullough. He opened the space in the 1950’s, as a place for solitude and healing. He wanted to create a safe space for members of our military and law enforcement seeking to “foster personal and spiritual awareness.” He has long served as a Chaplin to law enforcement and military personnel. He recently retired from the duties of day to day managing of this organization. Father Michael Cooper now oversees the operational control and facilitating of events for the Refuge. Both Father McCullough and Cooper are spiritually guided men, seeking the best in mental and physical health for all people and their families. They remain closely connected to law enforcement, first responders and our military. There are dedicated and amazing people volunteering their time to assist in the process. All are truly committed to facilitating better health and wellness for all. I look forward to collaborating with them in the future. We all can benefit from more “wellness” in our life.
We live in a fast paced age, filled with technology, change and stress. Everything seems to be geared to make our lives simpler and faster. I truly wish it was all that easy. As the speed of life and connections increase, so does the associated stress and anxiety as we try to maintain pace. We communicate and live via our hand held devices. We can order and buy services, products, rides, food and more by the touch of a button. Entertainment, learning, exercise, banking, news and communication are done without speaking with another person. It is quite incredible what we can do and accomplish with these cellular tools. They have the ability to engulf our complete attention. Focusing our sight and senses on these can cause accidents (resulting in injuries and death) when we pay too much attention to them. It really is safer not touching them while driving a vehicle, operating machinery or even walking. I would much rather keep my attention and focus where it should be; life and health.
I too find myself caught up in the social media hype from time to time. I relate it to eating foods filled with sugar. Once you start, those cravings just seem to grow stronger and stronger. It really can become like an addiction. At some point you just have to break it off. My past experience and knowledge tells me to stay away from foods laden with sugar. They are not good for me or my health. So too, I need to limit the use of that device. Similar to sugar and unhealthy food, I try to limit my daily exposure to that screen. Think about what is best for you, especially your mental health and wellness. I would rather sit at the beach, in a forest or somewhere beautiful, than stare at that source of blue light. Yes, they are great for staying connected, but connected to what and for how long? I appreciate the ability to communicate with family and friends living miles away. For that I am thankful. I know that focusing on social media sites will not solve my issues, or the problems of the world. It will not bring me better health and wellness; although there are some sites that will lead you to believe they can. I do not believe everything I read or hear. I prefer to make my own assessments based on facts. I know what is and is not good for me. I believe overindulgence in most things are not good for anyone.
What I do know is; mental, physical and spiritual wellness are the key ingredients to a healthy and happy life. The old saying, “attitude is everything,” is so true. Our brain, mind and thoughts have the ability to control us. What we ingest (food, liquid, drugs, etc.) have an impact on our bodily functions and decision making ability. The sensory perceptions of our body; including sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, movement and body position can assist in maintaining balance or throwing us into an unhealthy state.
The best plan is to maintain a healthy balance and recognize when something does not feel right. That is when you need to make those immediate corrections to remain in healthy balance. Remember that our mental and physical health are intertwined. There will be times we may need to make small corrections along our path. Being able to recognize those times is the key. I relate it to speeding on the freeway and missing your exit. We need to take the time to slow ourselves down so we do not miss those opportunities as they present themselves. When we slow down, it provides us the chance to enjoy life and what it has to offer, rather than passing it by at 100mph. We are often so eager to get to an end result, thus missing so much of the fun and love along the way. Slowing our lives, taking time to take care of ourselves, breath and relax will lessen the stress and increase the happiness. Be grateful for life and what we have. We never know when that day will end. Slow down and enjoy the ride. Together we can make a difference.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thank you for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!