Change your environment, change your health
~ Daria’s Wednesday Wisdom column ~
A client called reporting that her blood sugar levels, which had been stable and manageable, were starting to spike and change unexpectedly. “Should I come in for more healing work?” she asked.
Usually I leave that answer up to her higher wisdom. So I asked her body’s energy and higher wisdom that question.
“No,” it said. “Something in her environment has changed and she just has to change it back.”
Sounds easy enough! What was it?
…Something in the kitchen. Something having to do with sounds.
What new sounds did she have in her kitchen?
Well, as it turns out, a few weeks earlier she had started listening to right-wing radio shows in the kitchen in the morning.
“Are you enjoying it? Do you agree with what they are saying?”
No, not at all, was her answer. But it was entertaining for sure!
When we are stressed, we often think of higher blood pressure. But in this case, it was higher blood sugar. The energy of this stressful situation was disrupting her blood sugar energy, allowing it to become erratic. She thought she was entertaining herself, but instead she was stressing herself in a way that could harm her health and well-being.
She agreed to stop listening to the new talk shows, and later told me her blood sugar levels had become more stable.
You Are Your Environment
Your environment is not separate from your energy, your mindset, or your health. It is not merely a reflection of the state of your health, but completely connected to it. Your environment is continuous with (one with) the state of your physical, mental, emotional, and other energies and layers of your being.
Happily, due to this connection, you can change your environment and change your health.
Yes, really. But only if you change it in a healing way.
My upcoming book, Gift of the Healer, (due out in Decemberish) describes in detail the difference between healing change and general change, but here is one key to changing your environment in a way that positively affects your personal energy:
Permanently change how you do things. Change your method.
Cleaning up is one thing. Body cleanses and tidying up the house are lovely and important. But I am talking about stepping beyond a cleanup. To change your energy, you must do more than just fix the clutter in a way that allows it to accrue again. You must change your process so the clutter does not appear any more.
For instance, right here and now, think of a small area in your life where things tend to accumulate. Now walk through these simple questions.
1. Find the process you are missing.
In addition to putting away or recycling that pile of papers, batteries, or broken toys, ask yourself these questions:
Is it OK for this to accumulate here? If so, put a basket, tray, or inbox there (or somewhere more appropriate. Let that be the official place for that stuff! Skip to step 2.
If it is not OK, ask: why is this here? What allowed it to languish? You may say: I need to pay this bill, I don’t know where else to put this thing, I have to file these, I have to make a phone call about this…)
What process is missing? What did NOT happen that allowed this? If there was a process in place that would avoid creating this clutter, what would that process be? You might say, “I don’t have a holding place for my “to do” papers or unpaid bills. Perhaps you used to forget about it when it was in the drawer, so you also need a reminder, either on your phone calendar, or a marker on your desk when you have unpaid bills in the desk. (You can store the marker in the empty bills folder when it is empty.)
2. Create a new process.
Write out the new “rule” for that area. For instance, “When I come home, I will decide within 24 hours where new things live.” Or perhaps, “Unpaid bills go in the red folder in the front of the desk drawer and every month on the 15th and 30th I will pay them.”
Commit to your new process. Get buy-in from roommates/family/etc. Commit to yourself, to healing this broken process that is draining and cluttering up your energy. Adjust your attitude and assumptions that are creating this problem. Yes, your home can be beautifully clean! Yes, you are so worth it!
Put it in action. Implement what you have come up with. Mark your calendar for that bill paying, or write a sticky note to yourself to remember to do laundry every morning until you remember. It’s OK to forget once in a while when a process is new, but If the process does not work at all, review the steps that got you there. Is there a better process? Does your partner or friend have another idea?
Healing other people and animals heals you. Similarly, healing your environment also heals you. It is the healing that makes the difference, not what you are healing.
When you know exactly what turns positive change into healing, you can heal yourself and others all day long, in all that you do. Stick around here to learn more about that!
Please share the process you changed in the comments below. I LOVE to hear from you!
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