My Skin Is My Teacher

Our bodies talk to us, but we don’t always listen. I know this because for 20 years, I ignored everything my skin was telling me as I suffered with the autoimmune disease, psoriasis. It was begging and pleading with me to eat real food and to show myself more love. My skin wanted so badly for me to stop, look at all the stress in my life, and alleviate it as much as possible. It took me a very long time to start paying attention. But six years ago, at 35 years old, I finally heard it for the first time. Since then, my life has drastically changed for the better!

For those of you who don’t know, the average person’s skin sheds about once a month when cells mature. However, when you have psoriasis, like I do, your skin sheds rapidly every few days. Because the cells are shedding faster than the body can handle, we are left with layers of red, thick, scaly patches on our bodies that are itchy and painful. Although it’s not contagious, you wouldn’t know it from the way people look at us.

I was treating my psoriasis like most people treat anything in western culture – with doctors and prescription medications. These were temporary fixes and my psoriasis always came back, often at inopportune times. I was perpetually covering myself up and living in a constant state of fear and shame. When I started listening to my inner voice, I realized that something had to change big time. I was done living like this. I didn’t want to worry about all of the judgment, not only from others, but worse – from myself. It was taunting me, following me around wherever I went, and I was undoubtedly my own worst critic. How do we know when to say enough is enough? When do we make the decision to be more loving to ourselves, with or without our condition or illness?

When I mention self-love, most people assume that I’m talking about pampering themselves a little more. They think I’m telling them to go get that massage they’ve been meaning to get, or buy yourself those shoes you’ve been eyeing. While these are absolutely ways of loving ourselves, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. What I’m referring to when I say self-love is making the conscious decision to change your thoughts. This means that we choose to be aware during all those moments when our thoughts put us down, or tell us we are not enough. It means choosing to say, “STOP,” and instead, picking thoughts that are more helpful, kind, and loving.

I know what you’re thinking – it’s so hard right? It is. It absolutely is. But trust me when I say it’s much harder to live your life filled with doubt and negativity. If you don’t change your thinking, you allow your ego to run things and make all of your decisions. It decides how much you apply yourself, how far you reach for your dreams, how loving your self-talk is, or whether to fight through your fear. It aims to keep you small. I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to listen. You are in control of these thoughts, not the other way around. You have the power to change them.

A friend pointed out to me recently something that was so simple, yet so profound. She was going on and on about how I have made my life’s work about giving back to other people, helping them learn to love themselves, making them feel special, showing them compassion. Then she asked, “Why aren’t you that way to yourself?” Was I spreading the love around and forgetting to leave some for myself? This was a great question! It sat heavy on me and I just couldn’t answer her. I try to be giving to myself; I do. After all, it’s what I preach, so of course it must be what I practice, right? But I’m not perfect and sometimes even I forget.

I think we are all guilty of this, especially during hard times. In moments like this, we need to shift our focus. We need self-love. We need positive, kind thoughts. Think about how you would talk to a friend going through a very hard time – that’s how we should talk to ourselves. Instead of thoughts like, “I suck,” “I’m not enough,” or “I’m stupid,” what about consciously changing those to, “I’m doing the best I can,” “this is just temporary, it’ll be okay,” or “I’m getting there one day at a time.” We don’t realize how all the negative chatter in our minds can slow us down and make things worse.

The day I decided to start paying attention to my body, I heard a voice telling me to “stop being a shrinking violet and start being all you were meant to be!” I’m listening now. Words can’t express how much my life has changed for the better once I shifted my self-talk to be more loving and gentle. It literally changed everything. I urge you to make that decision right now and declare it out loud so the universe can hear you – “I am going to be nicer to myself. I am going to give myself more love.

 

Kim Weiler’s 21-year journey began when she developed the autoimmune disease psoriasis at 19. After a long career working in all facets of the TV and film industries, she is now helping others through Healing My Skin, LLC. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from Marymount Manhattan College, is a graduate of the esteemed Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and is a member of the International Association of Health Coaches (IAHC). As an Internationally Certified Health Coach, Kim is devoted to helping others who struggle with skin conditions. Check out her new book Ps – It’s All About Love: How A Painful Journey With Psoriasis Became A Life Devoted To Healing Others and contact Kim through her website, HealingMySkin.com or at Kim@healingmyskin.com.

 

Transformation for Rosie wit Flower Essences Nationally known Animal Communicator Flash Silvermoon will share her insights that she has gleaned from her many years as an Animal Communicator and Lover. For this program Flash will share information regarding the healing powers of Flower Essences and Gem Elixirs and especially Animal Communication for our animal companions.

Mitchell Trubisky was drafted by the Bears with their first pick this past April for a reason-his great potential and talent.

That doesn’t mean he’ll end this year going to the Pro Bowl-rookie QBs rarely do. Mitchell has a playbook far more complex than the one he studied at North Carolina, and far faster, more complex defenses.

It’s not that Mitchell will never lead the Bears deep into the playoffs-its just that his rookie season will be as tough as it will be for Bears fans. Peyton Manning wasn’t able to turn things around his rookie season, so why would you expect Trubisky to.

Bears fans have hope-a quarterback they have to turn things around the next few seasons. That doesn’t mean they should expect that turnaround to start this season.

Ever wonder what g-naws at your soul?

Ever took the time to figure it out?

Worms?

Worry?

Doubt?

Ambiguities?

Fertilizer?

Hold on!

Fertilizer? I’m not a plant!

In a manner of speaking, you are. A young tender green shoot one that draws upon different substances to make you grow and keep growing spiritually.

I bet you never thought of yourself that way. Growing.

You probably figured that growing meant maturation, sophistication, and aging. Perhaps, physically, but not spiritually.

Spiritually, one never grows old, except in wisdom — in the knowing — in the doing — in the healing.

Spiritually, one never stops growing. The more we encounter and bring into ourselves, our internal selves, the more we experience the wonder of the universe and beyond. We are not chained to a physical reality. We are not deprived of oxygen, food, water, or sentiment.

Spiritually, one can rove the planets and sail on to other unknown splendors that can occupy an inner and outer space. Only our physical selves can hold us down from traveling far among the stars.

The more we grow, the more we can move on spiritually to higher planes not tied down by gravity, our doubts, worries, worms, or ambiguities.

We are truly free to do what our innermost heart desires.

To see the universe in 80 days.

Until next time… .

This is Daniel Riley for Sportstalk on Powertalk internet Radio.
I’m left with no choice but to address the events in Las Vegas this week.
The despicable actions of a demented man in Vegas leave Governments no
choice but to require Psychological testing for potential gun owners
Frankly, the refusal to take such action cost innocents their lives, health
and safety. Too many shootings are the result of those displaying behaviors
associated with criminal insanity getting their hands on firearms.
The number one person responsible for the Murders in Vegas is the man with
the gun; that doesn’t excuse state Governments and Washington D.C. from
passing legislation requiring mental health standards for gun ownership.
Period.

Is there a God in the 21st century, and if so, how do you reach ’em?

A funny thing happened to me while I was vacationing in CA and driving down a road that lasted forever. You know the type. Orchards on one side of you, vineyards on the other side of you, and you driving on that lonely road while buzzards, vultures, and dirt devils fly over and around you.

That sums up driving in CA. The cities become the oasis and everything else in between is one long stretch of pavement leading toward the mountains and the sky.

CA isn’t the place for cowards. Nope, it’s a place of reflection and wondering whether or not you can trust yourself, let alone the person driving the car.

In its vastness, there’s an eternalness that asks you how well do you trust yourself and your driving partner, and what do you do when you start self-doubting yourself or your partner?

It came to that last week when my spouse and I went first to Turlock and then on to Fresno for a 10 day break from the ordinary.

That’s when I doubted the existence of God and everything he/she stands for. After all, on those endless roads in CA, everything comes into question and when you start questioning yourself, that’s when you start doubting yourself and asking, “where’s Strider when you need him?”

Of course, Strider never came nor did a park ranger. In fact, there was no one on that lonely road except myself and my spouse who kept questioning me and giving me an hour for Interstate 101 N, 5 West, and getting to San Francisco International Airport via Bruno Avenue for our flight out of CA.

We actually made it in 4 hours instead of 3 hours and 11 minutes, but compared to our trip to Turlock (7 hours of straight driving), we did okay.

Did God hear our cries?

Did God answer our pleas?

Nope, no, no one heard us except us. I learned to count to 10 again so that no nasty curse words left my mouth. I told my spouse that I didn’t want to die when he did a K turn on a twisty winding road in Yosemite National Park and that if all the orchards and vineyards burned, that was all right with me.

But, God didn’t figure in all of this.

I don’t know why he or she didn’t answer.

I certainly prayed long and hard for help, but it never came.

I also remembered that quote “God helps those who help themselves.”

So, I  kept counting to 10, asking in God’s name where we were and did anybody really cared, and came to realize that Aragon, son of Arathon was just a character in “Lord of the Rings” by Tolkien, and that no matter how many times I invoked his name that he would never come.

And God?

Well, I’m still on the fence about that.

I’m still waiting to here.

Until next time… .

 

“The Power of Positivity”
Being more positive will change your life! Listen in to learn how to create
your very own positivity practice!

What type of practice do you do for Positive Thinking/ Would love to hear from you and your thoughts.


This is Daniel Riley for Sportstalk

Last weekend was an embarrassment for the Big Ten Conference; one team got blown out by the lowly Duke Blue Devils, Eastern Michigan beat a Big Ten Team, and the Wolverines unconvincing victory is cause for concern.

The Big Ten Conference’s style of play is to blame. Teams rarely focus on pass defense, and instead worry about stopping the run. With the return of run-oriented offenses still a ways off, it’s left teams open to humiliating losses,

Adding to the problem is that great quarterbacks are developed in other conferences (given Tom Brady rode the bench too much at Michigan, he doesn’t count as an exception.) Get ahead early on teams in the Big Ten, and they’re in trouble.

The Big Ten’s quality of play has its future as a “big-time” conference in doubt; too many teams’ll wind up blowing a chance at a bowl game because of their “play defense and run the ball” strategy.

Just wait and see.

 

 

 

Spiritual Half Truths

Are you guilty of using spiritual half-truths in your life?

Do you use them daily? weekly? monthly?

Or do you lie to yourself and tell yourself, “It’s a protective measure — for myself — for my children — for my relatives — for my spouse.

Actually the list is endless.

When you use or invoke spiritual half-truths, people are not getting the whole story. They are getting certain parts of the story. The parts that you want them to hear, to believe in, or to act upon.

Spiritual half-truths are a convenience because it allows you to tell some of the truth, but not all of it.

Think of it as creating a myth or legend. Certain truths are used to describe a situation or topic, but not all of it is the truth. You have successfully blended the truth into myths or falsified facts that color your story or topic, but doesn’t clarify it.

Don’t we want the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Think about it.

If we all depended on hearing half the truth throughout our life times, what would we end up believing is true and what is false.

If our spirituality depended on hearing the truth about ourselves from ourselves or other people (if you’re brave enough), then you’re about to grow outside of that protective skin covering you manufactured over the years to protect you from hurt, emotional or physical.

We all do ourselves a favor when we see the truth through rose-tinted glasses because we see how we see ourselves, but not truly. We see ourselves through a filter and magnification process that allows us to bask in our own glow. A glow of our own making because there are no faults, no errors, no mistakes, nothing to slight or tarnish our perfect image of ourselves.

However, we are not perfect. We need to see the imperfections. To visualize what we’re not forcing ourselves to accept, take responsibility for, and then act upon what we received and done.

It’s difficult for us to accept truths as face value. Spiritually, we want to hide ourselves from the ugly, the unimaginable, and the distorted. We don’t want to associate with other people who may carry these deeply implanted faults. We like to associate with and surround ourselves with people like us who can accept the half-truths on our own turf.

In other words, we want to incorporate these spiritual half-truths because they make us feel better, healthier, and able to go on with our lives without really hurting anyone else.

Should we know better?

Our civilization has been around a long time. Within this time frame, we have graduated from many spiritual lessons that have taught us certain truths. When we strayed from this truth, then we are inviting into our lives a certain reluctance to face the truth about ourselves and our fellow countryman.

When we face up to ourselves, then we can demand this same type of behavior from our fellow-man.

Remember that what comes around goes around.

Spiritual Half truths take the same route. What comes around goes around. And, do you really want your children to accept half the truth when the whole truth exists and can turn their lives around?

Until next time… .

 

 

 

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