How You Can Save A Life (Or Two) This Year
GUEST POST BY IAN GAWLER.
Are you sitting near another person at the moment? Have you been talking to someone else recently? Thinking of someone else? On current estimates, one in nearly every two people alive today will develop cancer in their lifetime. That is way too many. But if you have someone else near to you, that is two people. So who might it be? How good would it be to save a life in 2013?
I suggest this can easily done when we put our minds to it. Quite simply, in 2013 my intention is to do all can to save lives and I reckon we can all do it.
What I am talking about is helping people to avoid developing a disease that will kill them before their time – like cancer. What I am also talking about is helping more people to recover from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Here are some suggestions.
TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE.
So the first life to save is our own. This is a project worth putting effort into!
1. Eat a plant based, wholefood diet
Six of the ten major diseases that kill people are powerfully related to poor nutrition – eating crap, basically. The new version of You Can Conquer Cancer explains what is wrong with the average Western diet so many of us have been used to, and how we can easily remedy the problems and enjoy eating well.
The Wellness Diet, as spelled out in the new book, is highly anti-inflammatory, highly regenerative. It provides new levels of energy, you feel great and you will look good. Eating well is the basis of a healthy, happy life.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes daily
Even if you miss a day or two in the week, this amount of exercise is still pretty well guaranteed to make most things in your life better, from your physical health to your state of mind.
3. Set up a vegetable garden
Great exercise, allows you to get in touch with the rhythms and moods of nature, appreciate your food more, enjoy the organic taste sensations and know where your food has come from and what has happened to it. It’s also terrific for the environment and may be one of the best things we can do personally to help our planet to survive.
4. Forgive someone, and practice gratitude
Resentment eats at the heart, gratitude builds delight! Simple recipe. If all else fails, imagine you are on your deathbed and check out how it would feel to be dying in a bitter, resentful state of mind. Yuck! That cannot be good. Why wait. Forgive now and enjoy the interim. You may live for ages; all the more time to enjoy a peaceful, happy heart!
5. Meditate daily
Meditate and everything gets better. Clear mind, peaceful heart. Good decision-making, the natural enthusiasm to look after yourself and to care for others. Meditation is at the core of a long, healthy and happy life – what we wish for everyone
TO SAVE SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE.
1. The easy option
2. A little more demanding
Offer to walk with someone regularly.
Offer to help someone set up their new veggie garden.
Take them to a workshop or offer to accompany them on a retreat.
3. Getting risky
Take time to talk with someone about real stuff, like asking them: Who have you forgiven recently? What are you doing about being overweight? Drinking too much? Stressing out too much?
4. Full on
Become a wellness advocate. Write to the local paper, the local MPs, speak to schools or service groups; find ways to share the positive reality that a healthy lifestyle prevents illness, generates good health and wellbeing, and accelerates healing.
Remember, those who have been through it become the most powerful advocates. I have had cancer. I do not want others to develop it; but those who do, like me, I want them to recover. If you have a personal story to share, when the time is right, when you feel ready, do consider how you can use that experience to good advantage – and help to save someone else’s life.
Speaking personally …
This year I will be more diligent. I eat well, but I could exercise more. I meditate regularly but this year will do more.
This year my public speaking will focus on A New Way of Living. I intend to spread the good news regarding how we can best prevent cancer and recover from it as far and wide as possible.
I hope you too can get excited about saving a life in 2013; or maybe two, or three, or ???
Where will you start? Tell us in the comments below.
Ian Gawler is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected authorities on Mind-Body Medicine and meditation. A long-term cancer survivor, Ian began one of the world’s first lifestyle-based cancer support groups, founded the Gawler Foundation and expanded his work and writings into the fields of disease prevention, health and well-being. Ian has a weekly newsletter/blog www.gawlerblog.com and he has just re-released the new edition of his best-selling book, You Can Conquer Cancer. Ian lectures widely as well as working on innovative ways to help people using new technologies.
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Positive affirmation for the day: I am saving my own life by living the best quality life possible.
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