Loveliness and Laughter Among the Living

I haven’t written an “advice” post for quite some time and I think the reason being, I’ve just been too focused on all the positive things happening in my life that I feel unqualified to say much.

However, the reason I’ve been able to focus on the good things more might be a good tidbit to share!

I’ve always “known” that the focus of the mind is what really matters. It’s what gets things done and life moving. Sadly, I don’t think it completely registered until I read one of the best inspirational “self-help” books I’ve found so far. I have “self-help” in quotes because it isn’t so much self-help as much as, this should be common knowledge because it’s so basic and such a simple mindset that everyone should know it. But, like me, a lot of people “know” things but either it hasn’t been said in a way that it really gets stuck in the brain or they honestly haven’t been privy to the kind of experiences and knowledge that I have had access to. At the same time, the information is there for everyone, if you choose to search for it.

The book I’m talking about is

Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None

Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None

called “Did I Ever Wake Up” by Mod Sun. AMAZING BOOK. It’s only 70 pages and $25, I think everyone should invest in this book. He is a drummer turned rapper and has a great perspective on life. His name he changed to Mod Sun to portray his life change. It is an acronym for Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None. Beautifully summed up in a name, his character is so very admirable.

One of the points he makes has really stuck out to me and I want to focus on it, and I’m pretty sure I’ve quoted it to at least 10 people, half of them were strangers I met on my trip home this past weekend. He says, in a thought such as “I want to stop being so negative all the time,” the universe doesn’t hear words like “want” or “hope” or “need.” All that the universe hears is “negative.” It doesn’t matter what you say you want or need or hope happens, all that matters is WHAT you are thinking about. THINK positive, DO what you want, GO get what you need. We are what we eat, and I think we are what we think. That really struck me as so true. I have been constantly surrounded by thoughts about hope, want, need and breaking the habit of this kind of thinking is going to be hard.

Since reading that book this last Friday on my plane ride to Minneapolis, and implementing many of its simple methods (positiveness and constant friendliness) I have had a hard time NOT smiling. I just want to smile all the time! My face hurt all weekend and even at my weird job I consciously make myself smile and the endorphin’s hit me. Everything bad that happens, will be turned into a good. Bad things happen all the time

Flowers in the Winter

Flowers in the Winter

and most of the time we can’t do anything about it, like me missing my flight home for Thanksgiving. The only thing we have control of is how we react to those bad things. That reaction could very realistically turn it into a wonderful happenstance. Lets learn how to do this together, as a society and as kindred spirits.

Like a flower in the dead of winter. Beauty can be found in any situation.

A Promise is a Promise

Alright, so I promised I would give an update on what all happened with that weird ER visit I alluded to in my last post. Since that happened two weeks or so ago, the world feels topsy-turvy. We have since found out what was wrong after visiting four different doctors not including the ER doctor who was, in fact, useless. That whole trip just provided us with first hand knowledge about how terrible our healthcare really is. It needs some help…

Unfortunately, none of the doctors except the chiropractor even had a remote clue as to what was wrong. We ended up doing our own research, along with the chiropractor helping and taking into account some things his physical therapist mentioned (thoracic extension, or lack thereof), and we have found this: When he was in high school he had a basketball injury where he stuck out his arm in front of the guy with the ball, but the guy with the ball was running full speed, so it spun Casey (the boyfriend) around and tweaked his back to the point where he had to limp off the court. That was the day, 8ish years ago, that he started going to the chiropractor. She helped some, but he also tried acupuncture as well and after going several times and feeling moderately better, he thinks he just learned to live with it and started thinking it was the normal way to feel. Turns out, that hit had messed up his whole body.

His rib cage was shifted, affecting everything.  His thoracic extension was all messed up and he didn’t know why, we know now that his injury shifted his body and over extended his body so that any extra stretch he did would result in a muscle spasm. This lead to bad posture and developing the wrong muscles in his core. I don’t know what order this all happened, but it all happened at some point these in these 8 years. Come to find out, one of his ab muscles had been compensating for the other and became attached to his sternum some how and the night that I took him to the ER, he had been stretching, and it caused a severe muscle spasm that pulled his sternum farther down and to the left. This resulted in nerve issues and a huge difference in breathing capabilities. Because he was so upset that he suddenly lost all the good feelings that he had been slowly getting back by doing proper exercises, it had aggravated it so much more that it made everything worse.

Thus the ER visit. The best resource he found is this article The Scapula and Thoracic Spine: A Classic Love Story To Improve Your Overhead. It explains how he went wrong to being with, in general terms, and then breaks down exactly how to fix that weird place in your body that the average person just doesn’t think about. Go figure, breathing correctly is the key to a healthy life!

In the conclusion, he is improving more every day but it is a journey all the same. Please, dear readers, keep him in your thoughts even if it’s just a second and send good vibes and JuJu his way!

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