HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF
Don’t try to love yourself.

The ‘trying’ is the self-hatred.

Instead, make room for the part
that doesn’t love.

Or doesn’t know how.
Or mistrusts.

Hold that part of you
in loving awareness.

Breathe into the resistance. 
And you will know a love
that is unconditional in nature.

A love that is always present. 
A love that never ‘tries’.

– Jeff Foster

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‘Never be afraid of pain.⠀
We live in a society that has made us run for tablets or to doctors to fix our pain.⠀
Pain is a great teacher.⠀
It teaches us that when pain happens, we go and find the source of the pain.⠀
We sit with the pain and ask it what it is shouting at us for?⠀
What is the lesson we are not getting, nor acknowledging?⠀
What are we holding onto for dear life, when we should let go?⠀
What are we not digesting?⠀
What are we not expressing?⠀
Where is anger?⠀
Where is resentment?⠀
Where is fear?⠀
Where is unforgiveness?⠀
Where is holding onto grudges?⠀
Where is holding onto pain – because there is a payoff somewhere, like it earns us sympathy or we can use it as an excuse, or as “look at poor me?”⠀
Pain teaches us to take responsibility.⠀
Pain teaches us to let go of all that old baggage, that emotional clogging, that intense holding onto what no longer serves our highest soul growth and good.⠀
I went through excruciating pain in the last few years, in order to delve deeply into myself, and to release whatever I was holding onto in the form of emotional baggage, false beliefs, low self-worth issues, etc. one by one. ⠀
Yes, it take guts to delve ever deeper inside yourself for healing and answers.⠀
Yes, it take guts to delve into that pain and ask it what it is trying to tell you.⠀
But, let me tell you, once I shed all that baggage, and worked through the pain, my whole life changed, and a deep inner peace, contentment, equilibrium and immense love filled up all all of me.⠀
It is infinitely worthwhile and healing comes, healing balm is spread, and love opens up and expands, as the walls around the heart come tumbling down, and love is freed up and expands, ever expands and to be free to roam where it wills.’

-Judith Kusel

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‘Healing begins with acceptance and culminates with letting go.

They taught us that we can’t change the past, but in a very intimate, profound, and beautiful way we can. When a great misery occurs it remains with us for as long as we hold on to it, attachments become attachments because of the energy we use to keep what happened or the image of what we want to happen locked away within our mind and body – this is the cause of tension in our being. When we hold on to these attachments they travel with us as a burden, from the past, to our present, and into our future. They can even travel forward in our lineage long after we are gone.

The miracle of healing ourselves is so powerful, because in the movement of accepting and letting go, we relinquish the energy of burden not only in our present, but in our past and future as well. Imagine the timeline of your life, now imagine the burdens that you carry as an extra line layered on top of your normal timeline. As we let go of our miseries, this extra layer becomes thinner and thinner. Yes, it may not change what happened, but the extra energy we carried because of these occurrences will no longer weigh down the timeline of our life. What happened, happened, but now these moments are no longer attachments of pain and sorrow, now they are lessons we learn from, lessons that bring us into a present of greater freedom, happiness, and wisdom.

Letting go is not an easy process, it requires a practice that produces results and a commitment to continue delving inward so we can release deeper and deeper attachments. We all heal differently, but know that there is something out there for you. Be bold, courageous, find a practice that suits you and meets you where you are at. Healing will come to those who seek it. Sending love to all beings. May we all reap the benefits of letting go. May we all be happy and peaceful.’

-Yung Pueblo

If you’re not familiar with his work and are interested in reading more, go to #yungpueblo.

The Courage to Heal by Jeff Foster

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Healing does not always look or feel good, pretty or kind. True healing nearly always involves the re-opening of old wounds, the death of illusion, and a courageous confrontation with our pain.

One of the most dangerous myths we have inherited is that healing is supposed to ‘feel good’. No, not always. Sometimes our discomfort actually intensifies as the darkness emerges into the light, as unconscious material makes its way into awareness, as our old illusions burn up. Pain is not wrong, a mistake, or a sign that we are doomed. Pain may actually indicate that our healing process is intensifying, not stalling; that we are actually more awake and sensitive than ever, more deeply connected with the here and now, less willing to turn away.

There is such a tendency in our culture to avoid discomfort of any kind, distract ourselves from it, label it as ‘wrong’ or ‘negative’ or even ‘unspiritual’, meditate or medicate it away. Much of our Western medicine is geared towards the removal of symptoms, the silencing of disruption, the numbing of chaos and the journey towards some socially acceptable ‘normality’.

What is ‘normal’?

But sometimes, friends, we no longer have any interest in ‘returning to normal’! The ‘normal’ was the problem, not the solution! The status quo needed to shift. It was unstable and false. Old dreams were keeping us trapped.

Sometimes our ‘normality’ needs to break open into chaos and crisis, our pain and sorrow, frustration, exhaustion and doubts needs to be felt more fully than ever before, the heart needs to break open more completely. Our pain is not a punishment from a judgmental god, nor a mistake in a broken universe, nor evidence of our failure and unenlightened ignorance, but a profoundly alive spiritual teaching.

Witness Jesus on the cross. The device of his torture became his ultimate invitation to healing – the rediscovery of his own unbreakable Presence prior to his human incarnation, prior to time itself.

Consider the possibility that within your suffering you are being given an invitation: to let go, to wake up from the dream of normality, to embrace life in all its brokenness and wonder. To fall in love with where you are. To come out of the story of past and future, and turn towards the present moment, the place where you stand.

Let the winds blow, let the tempests rage, let all that is false be purified, let all that is dead remain dead, let life explode where you are. You are only being invited to a deeper healing, even though it feels like pain, even though the heart is tender and raw, even though you cannot yet feel your tomorrows.

– Jeff Foster

Source: https://www.ekhartyoga.com/blog/the-courage-to-heal

Thy Wild Self 

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

-Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

Healing is the journey: The destination is yourself.

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‘Healing is the journey. The destination is yourself. The full recognition of all the different aspects of yourself.. your joy, your sorrow, your pain, your pleasure.. all lead you to the source of who you are. Only by having intimate contact with this source can you experience the fullness of your life. Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape of your life and open yourself completely to all the love and compassion that lives inside you.’ 

~ Philip Berk

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Cleanse and Begin Again

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul. Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~John Muir

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Nature, the great restorer.

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‘There is new life in the soil for every [wo]man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if we only lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.’

~ Calvin Coolidge

The Longest Journey You Will Ever Make

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‘One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.’

Osho

Lyme Treatment: My Favourite Supplements

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As someone who has fought and won many battles against Lyme disease, I wanted to share some of the supplements that really made a difference for me. I haven’t listed the more common supplements such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D as most Lymies already know how critical these ones are. The supplements listed below were used in conjunction with a Lyme M.D, conventional medicine and lots of meditation, prayer and rest.

I’m not a medical professional, my advice is based on personal experience, research, doctors’ advice and trial and error. Everybody’s body is different and has different needs, especially when it comes to Lyme and your co-infections.

My doctor always suggested that I only introduce one new supplement at a time so I could track its progress and correctly identify the side effects. This was particularly important for my tummy as I have Leaky Gut and other food allergies thanks to three years of prolonged ABX use. Please check with your doctor before taking any of these are they may have contra-indications with certain medications.

 Cistus Incanus- Can be consumed as a tea or in pill form. Dr Klinghardt recommends this as a more natural way to breakup biofilm in the stomach. It is made from a flowering plant said to contain antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Glutathione- I’m only familiar with the nebulized or in pill form, although I believe you can also receive it in IV and injection form. It is an excellent antioxidant and a super supplement for detoxification.  Post Lyme, I still use this in pill form if I know I will be having a quiet drink or two. This supplement is so beneficial, whether you’re healthy or not. And let’s be honest, most people could do with a little detoxification.

Pau D`Arco-  It is a natural antifungal supplement made from a the wood and bark of a South American tree. It has a range of uses but it’s excellent for fighting yeast infections such as candida. This can be taken as a supplement or drank as a tea. I was encouraged to drink one cup per day to harness its antifungal properties.

Co-Enzyme Q10 & Flaxseed Oil: These two should be taken together. My doctor recommended Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for stamina and to help with fatigue. CoQ10 is a vitamin-like compound that helps in the production of the body’s energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant and helps fight free radicals. CoQ10 is fat soluble, which means it requires fat to be absorbed, so it should be taken with flaxseed oil which aids absorption.

Curcumin/Turmeric: It’s a naturally occurring compound derived from the Indian spice turmeric. It’s known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. We used it to help with my inflamed tummy due to Leaky Gut and pumping copious amounts of ABX in there. I used it in pill form, two pills, two times a day. I also used it in many of my soups and stews in its herbal form. A wonderfully natural supplement that can be used long term and is usually well tolerated.

Grapeseed Extract: While off ABX and on herbal treatments, I used this to treat the cystic form of Lyme. Containing bioactive flavonoids such as Resveratrol, I was told that it has antifungal properties. Pulsing is the best way to go. I found two weeks on, two weeks off to be most effective. I didn’t experience any strong herxing on this supplement which is an additional bonus. But of course, everyone responds differently to medicine.

Olive Leaf Extract: As the name suggests, this supplement is extracted from the leaf of the olive plant. It is used to stimulate and moderate the immune system. It is known for its antioxidant powers and has anti-microbial properties too. If you can’t stand the taste of the liquid form (like me!), take it capsulated.

Toxin Absorb Max- Another top supplement for detoxification and the removal of heavy metals. Consisting of clay and charcoal, you take four tablets before bed with a large glass of water. It provides a very natural but effective way to detox. Use with caution if you are having tummy problems.

Astra 8 Immune Tonic Although it contains eight key herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, the largest herbal component is Astragulus which is said to support your immune system. It is also an antiviral. It also has Siberian Ginseng which is said to be beneficial for adrenal support. Definitely check with your doctor before starting this as it is not suitable for all autoimmune diseases. I responded very well to it and found it helped with energy and fatigue. Again, I pulsed this supplement two weeks on, two weeks off.

Colostrum: Probably my favourite supplement, despite hating the flavour with a passion. I used the powder version, mixed with orange juice to mask the milky flavour. You can actually buy a pill version too which would have been a smarter choice for me. Interestingly, this was recommended to me despite being dairy intolerant as it is usually very well tolerated. Bovine colostrum is a type of milk secreted by cows within the first few days of giving birth. It is rich in antibacterial compounds and proteins known to help stimulate the immune system. It’s also recommended for gastrointestinal issues such as chronic diarrhoea and stomach inflammation caused by strong or long term ABX usage.

 When researching any supplements make sure you take the time to check the quality of the supplements. Don’t waste your money on cheap versions that contain inferior or lower level ingredients. Buy the best supplement you can within your price range.

I’d love to know what your favourite Lyme supplements are. Please leave a comment below.