2005-09-16 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles


DR. Nancy gahlesDR. Nancy gahles “Never forget that Life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.” – Annie Besant,, Wisdom.

September heralds the beginning of new adventures for many of us. The uncharted territories of new schools, the anticipation of making new friends, the expectation of new challenges can provoke feelings of excitement or feelings of despair. It all depends on how you perceive it. Much like the old adage, do you see the glass half empty or half full?

Anticipating a splendid adventure will evoke positive feelings that can stimulate us to do our best as well as to enhance feelings of excitement and well-being. It is a kind of positive stress that generates enthusiasm for the task ahead. Enthusiasm gives rise to ideas and creative solutions to obstacles that will be encountered along the way.

One major pitfall that could present itself is the opposite of enthusiasm. We begin on a high note of excitement only to be disappointed when the inevitable drop comes. Often, at this point, when we “lose a battle”, we will feel the sensation of failure.

Remember the big picture!

Nothing in life is a constant.

There must be opposites.

This is the balance of life energies.

The winning and losing of many a battle.

The tension of life resides in the balance of opposites.

Maintaining this tension is what health is all about. Picture a taut string being held securely at either end. The degree of tension on that string produces a vibration or a sound in the case of a musical instrument. It produces structural stability in the case of a suspension bridge. It provides support for cable wires and a means for electrical transmission across lines.

Tension in our muscles allows us to stand upright against the forces of gravity. Too much tension pulls us out of alignment and creates pain. Too little tension creates fatigue and a tendency to fall.

The key is to recognize what our natural, healthy state of tension feels like and to manage our adventures in Life so as to maintain this delicate balance.

There will be highs and lows.

There will be joys and sorrows.

There will be wins and losses.

It’s all part of the adventure.

Take it all in.

Take it in small doses.

Sleep on it.

Make decisions when you are refreshed.

Act out of strength never weakness. If you don’t know the answer, contemplate on it.

See it with Love.

Say it with Love.

React to it with Love.

Hold fast to the principle that Life will sustain you.

Hold fast to the understanding that everything is working together for the good of all concerned.

Have courage.

As a Master of Wisdom once put it, “courage belongs to the immortal soul. The mortal body knows only the law of self-preservation.

Courage is the red badge of our immortal spirit, who lives and grows by sacrifice and faith and love.” Codd, Wisdom.

May The Blessings Be!

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