Patience

Good Health is Built Like an Empire

Good Health is Built Like an Empire

In general, when your health changes quickly, it's not good. Years of wear, tear, and abuse can't be reversed overnight. For that to happen, we've got to make tiny steps in a single direction. 

What you're seeing in this photo (besides Nicole's and my feet) are cobblestones outside the Colosseum in Rome. The Colosseum is roughly 2000 years old, so I imagine these stones have been there since at least then. I distinctly remember having the feeling of being connected to all of humankind while I was taking this photo. Imagine the many millions of feet that have stood on this very spot!

Looking around a city like Rome it's clear to see where the cliche "Rome wasn't built in a day" comes from. Even the Colosseum had scaffolding around it for repairs while we were there. Our health is much the same - small decisions to eat this, rather than that, respond with curiosity, rather than anger - these decisions build the "Rome" that is our health.

Sometimes it's helpful to imagine what we'll "be" when we get to our goal. But many times the thousands of steps it will take to get there seem overwhelming. Focus instead on this step, now. Commit to just one step, and take it. The challenge of taking a step goes down the more of them we take.

 

Sincerely,

Michael Stanclift, N.D.

Naturopathic Doctor - Carlsbad, California

Let Your Wildflowers Bloom

Wildflowers grow without our help. When the conditions are right, they bloom on their own.

Everyone has the seeds and soil for wildflowers to grow. If yours aren't blooming now, they will, when the conditions change. Which conditions? Only you know, and maybe you don't know it right now. But you can find out.  

When the bloom comes, enjoy it. Know it must end, and allow it to go it's natural course. There will always be another bloom when conditions change again.

 

Sincerely,

Michael Stanclift, ND

Naturopathic Doctor - Carlsbad, California

A Meditation for Discomfort and Stress

I remember the first time I met eyes with the "Dutchman." His stare was steady but soft, tinged with strength and fragility. It was clear he had tasted financial success and fame, but something wasn't all right with him. 

Transform Stress During the Holidays

This time of year can be an excellent opportunity for reflection and inner work. Below are three principles that can help us prepare and endure the season and holidays to come.