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True Health

True health doesn’t stem solely from what we eat or how many times we visit a yoga studio or gym.

It’s about relationships…

And I’m not just talking about our relationship status on Facebook, I’m talking about our relationships to everything: our past, our jobs, our creative expression, our family, our environment, our body, our food, our emotions, our spirit.

The holistic (the whole enchilada) approach to what’s up with our well-being is way more crucial than our calorie intake. Having the best routine and dietary regime won’t get to the root of why we feel like crap. Trust me.

Check out this incredible video from TED Talks that really spells it out.  Examining what your little red flags are is the best thing you could do for you and your world, that’s true health.

Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women’s health and wellness community OwningPink.com. Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can’t quit your calling. This epiphany launched her on a journey of discovery that led her to become a leader in the field of mind/body medicine, which she blogs about at OwningPink.com and is writing about in her third book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013).


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  1. Another thing to consider- how do we talk about our relationships? After reading Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements, I started thinking a lot about my word and how I use it, i.e. the first agreement: be impeccable with your word. Gossip isn’t an attractive past time but let’s not forget that talking badly about your last relationship or a co-worker is just as unhealthy as bad-mouthing your job, your marital status, your money, your body/health- even your poo! Working with infants from time to time involves a lot of poo talk which keeps things real, lemme tell ya. So put shit talking on the rainbow slide back to care bear stares and make peace with whatever it is that’s getting under your skin.

    If you wonder why women, men, money or your body aren’t loving you, ask if you’re loving them? Treat everything in your life like an important friendship and it will do you right. Don’t believe me, try it. Relationships are mega-important and although I’m not one for alcohol, I ask along with Stolichnaya, would you have a drink with you?

    • Andrew Roth says:

      Good point about gossip. The problem in my family is that gossip is effectively the coin of the realm. Without it a whole bunch of us would have voids in our souls and no idea of how to fill them. Unfortunately, that includes me. Gossip serves as an important release valve for pent-up annoyances for me and my relatives, but it has also acquired the force of habit over the past few years due to practice and sheer ambient volume. A lot of us don’t have alternate ways of coping with the drama, which has increased substantially since my grandmother died. I’m mainly hoping that the extended family doesn’t splinter into eternally estranged factions now that she’s gone. Either way, it’ll be a bitchfest.

      My policy when I’m the subject of gossip is that all is fair in love and war as long as long as it doesn’t get back to me. If it gets back to me, someone has a mouth to shut. Immediately. That’s exactly how I try to gossip about other people, too. A few weeks ago, I nearly got up in the face of an old college lunch buddy who was saying snarky things about me nearly within earshot, then giggling and telling me, “never mind.” This was at an engagement party. That dude seems to have somehow absorbed the sociopathy that our other friends finally lost in the past year or two. Indeed, I’ve been known to keep some disordered company, although this particular crew pretty much sniped at one another openly and directly. Lunch was usually Prime Minister’s Questions with a slander allowance.

      As far as literally talking about shit is concerned, I’ve done a bit of that on the Internet, too–actually, I recently did a whole lot of it–so I won’t be casting stones on that account.

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