Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re driving down the road, radio blaring, sending a text message with one hand (don’t lie!), cup of coffee in the other, when you’re suddenly distracted by yet another sight: a person, or people, hurriedly propelling themselves on the sidewalk, utilizing nothing but their own two feet. Their pace is too quick to be walking, yet too smooth and even to be skipping. On top of that, many seem to be wincing in pain, sweat pouring down their faces, yet they remain undeterred from continuing their forward progression. The audacity of these folks to shun the use of motorized, or even pedaled, means of transportation! Are they crazy!? Who are these rebels?
These people are called “runners.”
And, yes, they’re (we’re) a little nutty.
Running is an ancient sport, probably one of the oldest known to our primate species. Once upon a time, homo sapiens (that’s us) used running as a means of obtaining sustenance, tracking hard-to-catch prey across the plains or through wooded forests. These days, it seems runners are only on the trail of catching their next PR (personal record), or swag goodie bag at the end of a race.
But running remains one of the most effective and gratifying forms of exercise or leisure. Running aids in weight loss and weight management, relieves stress, can be a great social activity, is a form of meditation (on those long runs, one’s mind becomes quite clear), offers a great challenge to oneself, and induces a great natural high (really, the only kind of high we endorse). And, believe it or not, even in the coldest of climates, running can be a four season outdoor sport, though treadmills and indoor tracks do make for tempting alternatives in times of inclement weather.
From time to time our Everspring team will be presenting blog entries on the subject of running, covering everything you need to know: from selecting gear and body mechanics, to staying injury free and preparing for races. We’ll even delve into the running lexicon, demystifying such terms as gradual pickups, aerobic intervals, splits, yassos and Fartleks, and how to not snicker when speaking them aloud.
So, whether you are a running novice or a gifted marathoner, there will be a little something for everyone. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have, and we can try to incorporate those into upcoming blogs.
"Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders."
-Andrew Weil, M.D.
What could be more natural than breathing? Most people don't realize that breathing, something each of us experiences around 20,000 times each day, can deeply influence our health and happiness on many levels. Our daily lifestyles can be very chaotic and a fast paced life leaves many of us feeling fatigued, anxious and depressed about our daily experience. At times this can leave us unable to cope with the many stresses of daily life. While these symptoms may be negative they are also our body’s way of telling us to slow down and to take a few deep breaths. A daily breathing ‘recharge’ or ‘reboot’ is something we can all benefit from.
Building self awareness is very beneficial when we seek to enhance the quality of our daily life. Before we discuss specific breathing techniques, let’s try to build our awareness of ourselves when we breathe. What kind of ‘breather’ are you- chest or belly- nose or mouth? By changing the way we breath can reduce stress, benefit our immune response thus improving our quality of life.
Try a simple breath awareness exercise: Place one hand on your chest and one hand on you abdomen. Take a normal breath while looking down. Now, if the hand on your chest rises first, then you tend to breathe from your chest. If the hand on your abdomen rises first, you are more of a belly breather. To find out whether you are a nose or mouth breather, unless you already know, just ask a friend or your partner or some in your family. Chances are they’ve noticed if you’re a mouth-breather.
We may also notice that we breathe from the chest and neck when we experience times of stress. When we experience long-term low grade stress shallow chest breathing can become our normal mode of breathing over time which reenforces the cycle. Yet, in as little as two minutes, our bodies will respond positively if we take the time to consciously observe the way we breathe. Deep breathing into the belly, through the nose provides the greatest benefit for calming mind, relaxing the body and helps us to increase our energy during the day. When we breath in this manner we know that science suggests we have improved nitric oxide levels just one of the many supporting constituents of our body's ability to repair from stress.
Let’s practice a very simple deep breathing exercise. We will do away with fancy names and complicated exercises. This is just basic daily deep breathing and with practice you may find that you are letting yourself breathe a little deeper each day while your body and mind are reaping all the health benefits!
Simple deep breathing
The most basic thing to remember is that your breath begins with a full exhalation. We can’t fully inhale until we empty our lungs completely. It is also important to breathe in through your nose as we fill the lungs with fresh air.
Sit in a comfortable position with your hands on your knees. Relax your shoulders and close your eyes slightly so that we are more aware of our body. On your first exhalation, breathe out slowly through your nose, counting to five. Contract your abdominal muscles while drawing in your diaphragm to help your lungs fully deflate. At the bottom of your breath, pause for two counts; now inhale slowly to the count of five. Expand your belly as you breathe all the way in. Notice how your belly is expanding instead of your chest. Now close your eyes and repeat 5–10 times. Think of your diaphragm as the pump and imagine your belly as a flexible balloon filling with air, as if your lungs expand down into your abdomen.
Focus on listening to the sound of your breath. It’s very common that your mind wanders during this practice, but don’t worry. Just let that thought be and refocus on your counting. If you can count 24 deep breaths you are making great progress. As your awareness of your breath increases, you’ll find that it becomes easier to breathe deeply.
Give yourself the opportunity a few minutes each day to calmly be with yourself, to relax your mind for a moment and allow yourself to just simply breathe.
Returning back to my native MN from a life in the tropics, I brought with me a few treasured souvenirs: a fading tan, a jar of sunshine (which may have a leak), and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of turmeric root. Along with the sand, sea, and exotic plant life, the tropics offer some pretty heinous jungle-strength infectious organisms. It was as a result of one of those nasty buggers that I was first introduced to the healing, protective effects of turmeric root.
The Hawaiian Kahuna L'au Lapa'au (the native hawaiian herbalist) that I desperately sought for advice suggested taking a spoonful of crushed, raw turmeric root ('Olena in Hawaiian) mixed with honey each morning to help reduce inflammation and improve immune function. I was happily amazed with the results, and soon I learned how people have been been benefiting from the properties of turmeric root since ancient times, in cultures around the world.
In India, turmeric root is used by the traditional Ayurvedic practitioners to aid the digestive system, promoting proper metabolism proteins. Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, has been shown to stimulate the gallbladder to induce the flow of bile, which breaks down fats. It protects and detoxifies the liver. It is used to strengthen the circulatory system, purify the blood, (228) prevent blood clot formation, lower cholesterol and prevent the accumulation of plaque in the arteries. Traditional Chinese Medicine also uses it for its mood-lifting abilities.
With so many positive health benefits, it's no surprise that many folks in Minneapolis are starting to incorporate turmeric root into their diets. What's more fun than a daily spoonful of turmeric? How about trying a tasty Indian curry instead? Turmeric is one of the three staple spices used in traditional Indian curries, giving them the distinctive yellow color. For a fun infusion of turmeric in your day, try one of these mouth-watering recipe ideas.
Breakaway Cook Eric Gower gives a great interpretation of Jehanghir Mehta's Turmeric Chips featured on Iron Chef. To try the recipe yourself, thinly slice turmeric root and fry it up in walnut oil or olive oil and butter with sea salt and black pepper. Sprinkle these on top of fish, salads, or soups, or nibble on the tasty morsels all by themselves. For more info by the Breakaway Cook Read More
Add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.
As the holiday season revs into full swing it presents us with the opportunity to further our consideration for Everspring Living. When it comes to our personal health and living a fulfilling life we cannot overlook interpersonal health. Interdependence is the root of human existence from our small family units to the world society as a whole. Now more than ever we need to cultivate our interdependence, to cultivate the opportunity for everyone to live their best life.
Strictly from a human development standpoint most of us are likely aware of the benefit interpersonal cooperation presents to ourselves and to our surrounding social environment. We shouldn't need the research to show how the act of giving cultivates our interpersonal connections and most certainly plays a role in healthy living. Nonetheless research has shown that when we show interpersonal connection (e.g. an act of generosity) both the giver and receiver show biological benefit via improved blood chemistry similar to that which is shown during stress reduction practices. At the same time should there be an observer of the act of generosity then the individual observing the act also benefits from a change in blood chemistry, an experience many of us can relate to even while watching a movie.
A great personal example of healthy living via healthy giving is the Jimmy's Kids program out of Detroit, MI. For over 20 years Jim Tuman along with 100's of volunteers have been making sure the children of Detroit are not forgotten. The program began when Jim decided one day that he wanted to help a group of 22 special needs kids at Dewey Elementary in southwest Detroit. He bought gifts and a Santa outfit, so he could play Santa's helper, and set out to share an afternoon with these kids so that even for just a short period of time these kids would feel safe and loved.
Now 20 years later serving kids in schools, churches, community centers and individual families the Jimmy's Kids program has ebbed and flowed with swells up to over 25,000 kids in a single season. What is important about the Jimmy's Kids program with regards to healthy living is that it focuses on interacting with the kids not just dropping off toys and wishing the kids the best. The toys serve only as the vehicle for interacting, for the relationship, with the kids and that is what makes the program such a great example for Everspring Living. The program doesn't have fancy offices or even employees, it is a simple volunteer organization that has experienced success because they understand that it is all about the relationship. It is in the relationship where healthy giving becomes healthy living.
One of the most influential memories for me was when I was dressed up as Winnie the Pooh for a Jimmy's Kids event. The outside temperature was well below freezing and unfortunately the facility could only allow for a certain number of guests inside at any one time yet the line to get in went around the block for hours. At this event we offered food for everyone along with toys and clothes for the kids and as the kids were playing I remember watching a guest crying as she shared her story with another volunteer. This guest was so happy and grateful that for just a brief period of time her child was getting fed, staying warm and playing with other kids. Mind you I was in a giant Winnie outfit so was not able to directly interact with her but the barrier of the costume presented me with a fly on the wall experience where I was able to observe how something seemingly simple to so many of us changed this woman's life.
It was through this experience that I began to understand how having the ambition to change the world is so much less daunting than what many of us may believe it to be. Changing the world is simply, genuinely, compassionately changing the current experience for another person even if for only a moment. Since that first experience I have spent almost ten years working with the Jimmy's Kids program and time after time I am reminded of the fact that the single most important thing to do is to show up. It is easy to say we are busy because we are all busy but if our intent is to change the world then we must show up and share our time and our lives with another human being. So as this season progresses but more so as our lives progress we need to think about how Everspring Living manifests in our choice to reach out to connect with and share in the reality that healthy giving is most certainly a part of healthy living.
Jimmy's Kids is a 501c3 organization that accepts donations of toys, clothing and funding throughout the year. Please visit their website www.JimmysKids.com to find out how you might help or how you can host a Jimmy's Kids event in your area.
Sleep! No vegetable, no exotic fruit, no secret potion will out perform a good night’s rest. Sleep is the most effective source of antioxidants we can find not to mention the dozens of other health benefits sleep provides. Get to sleep by 10pm for even a week and see how it changes our life.
Reduce stress! Take some time to relax, sit, be quiet and enjoy being who we are. If we can’t be content sitting still, sitting quietly for more than a few minutes, this is a sign we need to sit still for more than a few minutes! Take 2 mins out of every hour, 5 mins out of every 2, whatever the formula we should shoot for 30 mins of down time everyday (down time = zero stimulus) and see how it changes our life.
Eat well! It is a must that we enjoy our food. No single diet has a corner on the market and we should be cautious of generalized diets that suggest highly eclectic or exotic content or restrictive methods. The most successful short and long-term diets include simple whole foods and focus primarily on vegetables (60% or more). They will include a variety of simple dishes with small servings of whole grains, spices, fruit (usually best not with other foods) and limited high quality natural grazing lean meat. 2/3rds full + warm fluids (e.g. tea) = enough for one meal (i.e. if we feel full we have eaten more than we need). Simplify and diversify and see how it changes our life.
90% of all health conditions simple or serious can be positively influenced via better sleep, stress management and a healthy diet. These lifestyle practices help our body recover when our body is weak and they help us further refine our health for greater productivity when our body is strong. No other resource is as effective as these three resources, which is why they need to serve as the foundation of our personal health and quality of life. If we need help we should seek out practitioners that support these three lifestyle practices as the foundation of our health program.
The doctor is not the only thing we can keep away with a healthy diet, it is estimated that as much as 90% of all conditions can benefit from a healthy diet. As fall arrives and apples come into season, apples in many forms can make a simple tasty addition to our healthy diet.
Apples are one of the few fruits that have been found to grow in almost any climate or geographical area. When it comes to healthy eating, eating local really does make a big difference in our health. This is partly because of the freshness of the food and partly because the food grows where we live thus offering benefits the food gains from the local environment. We see this where people who suffer from pollen allergies can sometimes benefit from the intake of local honey. Of course any specific practice for any specific condition should be done under the facilitation of a qualified practitioner
In general Apples have a great combination of healthful vitamins, minerals and amino acids along with antioxidants and flavonoids. A medium apple will usually be somewhere around 80 calories with good serving of dietary fiber (approx 4-6 grams) all in all a healthy, easy to find and affordable resource for Day-E-Living.
Apples in general can be a great snack for anyone looking for to help loose weight, lower cholesterol and for those seeking to improve the health of their digestive tract. Apples have mild but beneficial anti-inflammatory properties and there is evidence that those who eat apples on a regular basis present statistics of a lower chance of lung cancer and lower risks of asthma.
A great way to enjoy apples especially as the weather cools off is to make some stewed apples a simple tasty treat that makes a great breakfast, snack or after dinner treat. Try stewed apples as the first part of your breakfast and notice the difference in how you feel in as little as a week. Apples in general but this recipe specifically will be great for waking up the digestive tract with some pick-you-up energy to help get your day going.
Recipe for stewed apples
Total time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
To expand on this recipe remove the apple, cloves and ginger from the water leaving the water behind. Add a tablespoon (or 2) each of rolled barley and oats to the water leaving the heat on med low and stirring occasionally. Stir until tender (5 mins or so) pour water/grains over apple to make a great morning congee. More water (1/2 cup) might needed depending on much water has evaporated.
Living for today and embracing the concept we suggest as Everspring Living isn’t going to always equate to enjoyment and enjoyment isn’t always going to be a reliable a benchmark for fulfillment. In fact there are many examples in our modern experience where enjoyment isn’t found to be very fulfilling but where fulfillment is almost universally enjoyed. There is a tendency for us to think that a fulfilling life is one where "fun" is the prevalent experience or that fulfillment comes via a connection to some sort of physical token (trophy, money, etc).
Ask the firefighter, the ER doctor, the pastor, the teacher or anyone else whose chooses to serve others in their daily role despite the distinct possibility of working outside the “value” of their pay. Ask them if “fun” is the reason why their life has meaning and most likely they will respond by recognizing their opportunity to make a difference in their own life by making a difference in the lives of those around them. The reality is that working hard with meaningful intention however we personally define it changes the way we look at our day and the moment in which we live.
The challenge of course is for us to look at our own role and see the available opportunities within our day. The challenge is to see ourselves working at a job, even if it seems to be dead-end or temporary, and see a greater opportunity to improve who we are and what we do to make our impact. There is an opportunity for a fast food fry cook to see the opportunity to make a customer’s day a little better by making sure they get the best possible burger and fries. There is an opportunity for a school custodian to see the opportunity to keep kids safe versus having to just clean up their mess as a means of getting a paycheck. There is an opportunity for a CEO to think big in project scope and yet still find ways to validate the effort of those who will be doing the work.
Here is the kicker, we will always have reasons to justify excusing ourselves from making our days more meaningful (boss, pay, customers, time, energy, etc.) but working through that very experience is the path towards fulfillment. A fulfilling life is the result of letting go of excuses, embracing our true nature and seeking out the opportunities in our daily life. This leads to a reality that inherently puts responsibility in our own lap as well as the guidelines for living our best life. By embracing our true nature and the opportunities in our day we begin to discover our role in this day and in turn our role in this life. By finding what is meaningful and then finding our own way to genuinely share that experience with those around us we begin to find that a fulfilling life is not defined by that which makes us standout. Rather a fulfilling life is the resulting experience of our effort to stand up for a better life for ourselves and for those with whom we come in contact. The value of living for today lies in the personal reward of a fulfilling life.
As I begin this entry I am sitting in the airport waiting for another adventure to begin. This time my travels are taking me to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This will be my third Olympic adventure and while being an enjoyable personal endeavor that I would recommend to everyone there is also a lifestyle practice that I wanted to share. The challenge of this adventure is that I have no tickets for any events. This is partially because tickets were sold out within weeks of them going on sale except for outlets that grossly over-inflate the price, which is another discussion entirely. The opportunity for Everspring Living is for us to realize that we’re invited to participate in our own lives. The practice of Everspring Living is to observe how only when we “show up” and accept the invitation can a fulfilling life be truly possible.
Year after year, book after book we see presentations of the concept of a “positive attitude” or having a “vision” as being the secret for good things to happen. While having a positive attitude and a clear vision certainly have their place the reality is that good things happen because first and foremost we decide to participate. Showing up involves having an awareness that opportunities oftentimes only reveal themselves when we are present in the moment. The concept of showing up means being both physically and mentally present in our lives. Our invitation for an inspired life is renewed each and every morning when we wake up. The benefit is that each day is a new opportunity to accept our invitation to show up and be present in our own lives; the challenge is to actually follow through.
So how do we bring to life this concept of Everspring Living and the concept of showing up? Like any lifestyle practice it can be a challenge to incorporate something new into our daily lives. To assist us in this endeavor it can be helpful for us to create isolated opportunities, like setting a goal to attend the Olympics, where we can focus on learning how extrinsic practices can be personalized within our daily lives. One of the challenges we face in incorporating new practices is internalizing an experience and making it our own. Oftentimes we get advice from someone or read about a new lifestyle practice and find ourselves struggling because we try to follow someone else’s practice. Accepting the invitation to our own lives must involve embracing our own true nature and pursuing the life we want to lead. If we never find our own connection, our own value to a lifestyle practice it will be difficult at best to truly make it a part of our lives.
For many the commitment involved seems like a daunting or even unrealistic task. To commit everyday for the rest of our lives to some practice that we hope will be beneficial is admittingly difficult. This is where this lesson comes to light, while fulfillment comes from embracing our lives as a whole we must also keep in mind that our lives are not lived as a whole they are lived day by day. When we choose to show up to our lives and be present in the moment the most demanding part of the process has been addressed. Once we show up even though demands may vary from experience to experience the rest is about embracing the opportunity and enjoying the experience. We can test and develop this practice by taking on tasks that are enjoyable while at the same time offer a bit of a challenge that may push us outside our normal area of comfort.
The challenge of showing up is not knowing if it is really possible to get tickets to our intended event or that whatever else we feel makes an experience worthwhile will actually happen. Part of the point of putting this practice into action is to see if we actually decide to show up what will truly come of that effort. This leads to the second part of our practice, which involves our expectations. How we view and react to a situation certainly plays a role in how we ultimately value that situation. If for example we are not able to get tickets and our hopes were entirely invested in that reality it makes sense that we set ourselves up for a significant disappointment. Then instead of enjoying the myriad of opportunities available to us we would just sulk about how we traveled so far or worked so hard and missed out on the event. Having the courage to show up must be balanced by a perspective that life in and of itself is an enjoyable experience and wherever we are there will always be an opportunity for us to embrace the concept of Everspring Living.
Once we have the courage to show up then we can begin the practice of refining our ability to make the most of our experience once we get there. As for my trip we were able to get tickets for three events, each event was supposedly sold out and we paid face value for those tickets despite requests asking for 3 or 4 times that amount. While the details of this may be for another discussion the reality is that we were present, we were in Vancouver and despite “advice” against doing so we just walked up stood in line and asked if they had tickets. Chalk it up to luck or coincidence or our own secret formula but what we did was something that everyone can do – show up and be present for our life. Our invitation is waiting.
While considering an appropriate introduction for this blog I was reminded of a story I have heard a number of times over the years. The story is about a student meeting with a teacher to discuss how to experience a fulfilling life. The story essentially leads up to the point where the teacher was pouring tea and as the student's cup fills with the tea the teacher keeps right on pouring. Soon there was a mess on the table and even on the floor. Only when the student said to stop did the teacher retract the tea pot. The student asked what happened, “Why did you pour so much tea and make such a mess?” It was then that the teacher asked the same question of the student “Why do you pour so much into your life and make such a mess?”
The lesson is that it is only when we say stop and choose to make room in our cup that we can even begin to decide if more is possible or even needed. I think one of the challenges we all experience is when we do so much and yet still experience a lack of fulfillment in our lives. Many of us may look at lack of fulfillment as an experience of not having enough. However, we must consider that fulfillment in any natural system and especially in our own lives results from a relative state of balance. A balanced experience requires that we understand that doing too much or too little can both result in a similar unfulfilled experience. Fulfillment is not just about filling the moments of our lives but allowing the moments of our lives to be fulfilled with valued and meaningful experiences.
A balanced experience requires a dynamic commitment and valued experience requires an opportunity for awareness of what it is we want or need. The challenge then is for us to let go of something we feel to be important or that has value because it offers the comfort of reliability. If we are always hanging on then it is difficult to be aware of what it is like to not hang on and our ability to be aware of our experience is restricted. Much like letting go of the side of the pool allows us to experience the fun and freedom of swimming a part of learning to let go is gaining the understanding that we can always return to a point of comfort. The more we experience this process the more empowered we become because the increased awareness of our lives actually results in better understanding and greater comfort.
Leading a fulfilling life is a dynamic experience; everyday is a new day and a new opportunity. Sometimes it is best to stick with what is familiar and other times it is best to push our boundaries as far as we can. Either of these choices and any choice in between begins with the ability to let go, to let go of what is expected or assumed and to ask what is appropriate. We cannot fully answer the question of what is appropriate if our perspective is locked in a familiar state. By letting go and stepping back we can consider whether or not our cup is too full or not full enough. Then as we gain perspective we can ask what is appropriate and decide what best contributes to a fulfilling life.
This is the intention of Everspring Living as a resource in general and this is the intention of focusing the concept of Everspring Living into this blog. The goal will be to challenge us to let go, even if only for a moment at a time, and consider alternative options and experiences. The challenge for us as readers will be to realize that solitary or momentary practice may or may not lead to short-term revelation. Awareness and understanding result from a persistent commitment to seek a more fluid, more meaningful perspective and in turn a more fulfilling life.
What is Health? Is it something prescribed by our doctor? Something we learn about in a book, magazine or a website like this one? Or do we need to resort to the proverbial “they” for true insight? The intent of the "What is Health?" blog is to take a look at a perspective of health with regards to our own personal experiences and how we might as individuals improve own health in our own lives.
When considering health from our doctor we generally understand that it comes from a desire to help. Fortunately it generally comes from a point of logic, likely based on science and more specifically defined by research. If we are lucky our doctor will also offer practical consideration for our less than sterile real lives and without a sales pitch. However, as reflected by recent headlines our doctors seem to have less and less time to spend with us. Less time means that "health" then becomes subject to preprogrammed protocols or worse leveraged by sales pitches from outside sources. The default is that all too often health from our doctor has become our personal experience leveraged against a series of numbers ranging of blood constituents to degrees of kinesthetic motion to 10 scale pain thresholds. When individuals are leveraged against data sets true personalized health becomes a diluted experience. Personalized health means that information and application must be merged into a program that is appropriate for the situation being addressed along with the personal experience of the individual.
One can speculate that health in media comes from the intent to inform which sometimes can be more confusing than helpful. However, in many or most cases health information understandably involves an underlying secondary desire - the desire to sell the book, magazine, improve one’s personal brand, recruit fans and sell products. The most significant of these are commercials seemingly offering "advice" then recommending you talk to your doctor about the latest drug, device or procedure that they happen to sell. The challenge here is that some of these products have a yearly revenue larger than most small countries. So, one could speculate that they may have an underlying secondary desire. Here again we as individuals need to review this information not as something that offers a blanket benefit just because of how it might be presented. As individuals personally responsible for our own health and experience of life we must ask ourselves, "What is it that we want to experience?" and how might we effectively utilize the resources available to create that desired experience.
Health from the proverbial "they" often includes governmental or independent review groups charged with the responsibility of public health. Removing the debate about sometimes questionable motives and assuming the best intent is indeed intact we need to look at the challenge these groups have providing criteria that can be provided to the masses. We are not talking about reasonably large groups of individuals we are talking about criteria that is applicable for 100’s of millions of people. Then consider the layers upon layers of bureaucracy in between the guidelines and the end user. Furthermore add in guidelines that may contradict one another despite being based on research and coming from groups with altruistic intentions and we might recognize significant challenges with regards to personalized health and healing. When considering public health matters we should seriously consider the information being presented, especially in matters of an urgent nature. We should neither ignore the advice being presented nor should we blindly embrace an overwhelming flood of information that can understandably create a great deal of personal stress or confusion. We should again utilize the resources available by seeking the appropriate advice from our personal practitioners and then make decisions that are best for our current situation and the experience we wish to create.
So what is health? There is no question that the resources mentioned above are all influential factors in the concept and definition of health, however, there is only one source that can fully define the experience of health – ourselves. The experience of health is really only able to exist at the level of the individual. The quality of our lives are ours to embrace and it is our responsibility to seek and cultivate a more refined experience. If we intend to create a desired experience it is up to us to seek the best advice for our situation and it is also our responsibility to pause for a moment to reflect as to how we might utilize information that is honest and genuine towards our personal application. This responsibility requires trust on our part and at the same time it requires scrutiny on our part. Fulfilling our responsibility supported by the help of others who are more experienced or knowledgeable we should be able to discern an appropriate application within our own lives.
This is "Everspring Living". it is an understanding that health and personal refinement is an outward manifestation that is inspired from within not prescribed from some external resource. Everspring Living is a recognition of our personal desires for a better life and the ability to create this experience with those around us every day of our lives. As Everspring Living develops as a resource we will be exploring this topic via this blog specifically and in general throughout the rest of the Everspring Living website.