I don't come from a long line of doctors - my Dad's dad was a race car driver back in the 1950s and '60s. When I was a kid, he had a sticker on his truck that said, "I remember when racing was dangerous, and sex was safe!"
One reason we love traveling is the novelty or "newness" of the moments we get. Our minds crave this, and most of the time we're in a constant state of trying to find it. The funny thing is, this "newness" is happening right under our noses. Nature wants us to notice these changes. So how do we find this inspiration and excitement in our "everyday life?"
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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.
Michael Stanclift, N.D.
Naturopathic Doctor - Carlsbad, California
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.
Our minds crave novelty, connection and meaning and our everyday life can feel dull when nothing "pops out" at us. Mindfulness is a habit of noticing, without being carried away by our internal dialogue.