It All Starts in the Mouth

When scientists first discovered microbes as a factor in disease, the initial reaction was fear.  For the next 100 years or so, the prevailing notion was that the only good bacteria are dead bacteria.  We tried to kill all bacteria, using antibiotics in medicine, dentistry, and in our food supply (meat, fish, eggs, and dairy) and even in our cleansers, cosmetics, and toothpastes. What we didn’t know initially was that bacteria have a powerful intelligence for survival and will mutate to survive.  This resulted in the creation of more virulent species and the very dangerous phenomenon of antibiotic resistance.   It seemed we were losing the war against microbes. No surprise since we have about 10 times as many microbial cells as human cells.   We are outnumbered. The human microbiome is defined as the collective genomes of the microbes (composed of bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses) that live inside and on the human body. In very recent years, science has begun to see that a) microbes are a necessity for all life forms, and b) microbial balance is of prime importance to our survival. Microbes are our best partners in health.  They greatly impact the vitality of the entire gastro intestinal tract and play powerful roles in our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. In fact, we just can’t survive without them. An imbalance in our microbes can contribute to weight gain, chronic illness, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, anxiety/depression, joint inflammation, ulcers, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, food cravings,  leaky gut, and pre-menstrual syndrome. How do we return to the balance that nature intended? The first step is to stop killing and focus on balancing. Your microbiome is as...

Your AMAZING Body and You

Do you identify yourself as and by your body? Close your eyes for a moment and sense the outside edges of your body.  Now close your eyes again and sense the outside edges of YOU, the Being, not the body.  Are you inside your body or is your body inside of you? The truth is, you are an infinite being, and you have a body. A truly miraculous body. Your body is a sensate, sensorial organism that is constantly giving you information.  It has an innate intelligence designed to perceive energy like radar. Your body wants to give you the awareness of this energy that is happening all around you.  Have you shut down your ability to be in this awareness? Take a moment again and sense contraction.  Much of the pain people experience can be an awareness that has been contracted rather than expanded as the fullness of space. Now sense expansion.  Can you feel a difference?  When you are contracted, your reality is finite and limited.  When you are in the sense of expansion you are living in the state of infinite possibilities. Did you notice that you got there simply by choice?  It is that easy.  You could choose to live in the awareness of the expanded you, or you could choose to live in the state of contraction. Your body is willing and ready to do what you choose. This ability is a gift from your body to you.  It has no judgement of the choices you make. On the other hand, the beliefs and judgements you have about your body are sensed and responded...