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How to own the magic in your broken bits

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How to own the magic in your broken bits

I hope you’ve realized that the parts of you that you think are broken are also the parts that illuminate and shine – the magic and moon dust that makes you unstoppable and inspiring. The parts of you that feel driven to birth creations into the world and make shit happen, are the same parts that refuse to wear pants indoors, or won’t wear shoes ever like me because I need to stay connected to the Earth even when its frozen or “inappropriate” in some one else social standards!

BTW my amazing client Lee-Ann has a great solution for barefoot babes who hate rules, that truly makes my inner Goddess very happy – take a look at here beautiful foot adornments aka feetlets here  http://www.funkyfeetlets.co.za.
….because I believe your feet need to be free, or maybe you just can’t freaking STAND being told what to do even though um, sometimes you could use someone to tell you what to do.

I was writing in my morning pages today about all the ways over the past almost 5 decades used to make me think I was too broken to fix instead of celebrating that thats how the light gets in and thought it would inspire you to share your 101 plus ways you can turn your story around and inspire someone else. So here goes in the hopes you will dig deep and get to the root cause of what has kept you suffering instead of celebrating –
After all you get it when you get and it never shows up the way you think or looks the way you think it will but at the end of all the self judgement and beating yourself up over it, the botheration, the lamentation, the red, hot and holy it is simply YOUR MAGIC. Time to sprinkle it around like seed planting and proclaim to the world I have got this! Its time to be your own magic and shine .

101 plus ways I’m NOT broken can you relate to any of these?

I routinely scoff at books I know I need to read,
like The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Retirement Make Sense
or Master Your Cravings 4 Life (4 Real This Time)
or How to Adult Like You Care About Adulting.

I love salt even though it makes me weepy
and salty liquorice even though it makes me look 6 months pregnant
and Facebook even though it gives me zombie-screen-face.

I want to save the world and blow it up. (Sometimes in the same breath.)
I love people and wish at times the Earth would tip and all the stupids would slide off so the kids could run the world because they know how to have fun and
say it like it is and never let NO stop them
I don’t watch the news because it hurts to see how lost people are in fear and anger and how dying to be free is actually killing them because they don’t stop long enough to ask Is this True?
or How can I change this?
I care more about homeless animals than homeless adults.
I’m not sure my efforts to make a difference in the world make any difference,
just like I’m not sure my writing makes any sense to anyone but me
or that my life has an ultimate
deep-down-for-real-for-real purpose other than the one I give it.

I can’t extrovert for more than an hour at a time
and would take last place in the Small Talk Olympics.
“So um…yah…um…”

I’ve got a soft spot for all animals
and I love to have conversations with insects and rocks
and hug trees and howl at the moon with my huskies
and wish I could make the pain I feel for all living things
go away.

I routinely drink too much coffee and need to remember that coffee is medicine when taken as an enema literally saved my life many times.
I wear my pjs to the shops occasionally
and don’t brush my hair often because it does not like to frizz.

My I.Q. is embarrassingly high when compared with my credit score.
I believe cash is king and banks don’t like that and thats fine.

I suffer from seasonal affective disorder
and depression and abibliophobia —
the fear of running out of reading materials —
so I packed twelve books for my last trip and forgot I could
have made it easier on me and the poor guy who had to lift my case into the plane and just take my kindle.
There is something very satisfying about highlighting a paper page
even though i was told that was not very respectful to the books.

I routinely colour my whites in the wash because I forget to separate and
often have tissue all over my clothes because I don’t check my pockets before I throw them in the machine.
I would rather travel than spend money on just about anything else
with the exception of learning and giving back to great causes like animal sanctuaries, feeding schemes for feral cats and animal shelter, and Pachamama and Pencils for Change.

I am, officially, ‘obese’ on the medical terminology scale
and am better at showing people how brilliant they are and how to make money doing what they love than I am for myself.

I cried when I watched Avatar because my body knows dragons from past lifetimes and that as a human we need to wake up.

I avoid shopping malls and grocery shopping because all the entities hanging around want to have conversations and people give me the crazy look when I
stop and stare into space like a crazy person when I am actually telling them they don’t have to stay.

I still don’t know how to do contour makeup or like wearing any.
A 9 year old client told me just yesterday I should wear lipstick and that my hair is very grey.

She is right and I cannot wait to be totally grey and live into my wise crone.
The one time I tried to do eyebrow stencils I had a crooked eyebrow
and looked exceptionally skeptical all afternoon.
I have since had them tattooed by the creative genius Yvonne Taylor
I highly recommend her for all thing beautification
http://www.pinkpepper.co.za she is truly MAGIC and bringing the Goddess within out!.

I would rather live in a shoebox by the water than anywhere else
but for now I live a landlocked life and love that I can visit the bush and the elephants, lions and rhinos in a 60 minute drive.
Missing the ocean hurts every day which I ease with lots of splashing in an epsom salt bath..

I want to say I’m wise and beyond  trying to fix myself
but really, I know there is nothing to fix and the broken
bits is truly where the magic seeps in,

and so when I make extended eye contact with kids
and we break into dance at a restaurant or stuffy church service
I can call it ‘broken’ or ‘magic’
and either label will fit, depending on where I meet my other self.

When we gather and don’t talk about the weather
or exchange recipes but discuss souls and light and dark
and you show me who you are
we can call it ‘broken’ or ‘magic’
and either will be true

and when we agree that having to feed yourself three times a day,
every day,
FOR LIFE,
is really the worst,
again:

Magic.
Broken.
One and the same.

So let’s be magic, forever and ever,
which means broken, forever and ever,
and let’s enjoy the way the sunshine hits your forgotten to-do list,
the way you failed at meal planning again,
and all the other ways magic has found
to weasel its way into your existence,
today and every single day.

(But really: no shopping malls or grocery stores alone.)

For more random facts about me like you care – I share more
surprisingly imperfect things about me on my new website
www.accessurtruenature.com
and if you are wondering who made my website so incredibly
beautiful and so me and want to know how she can help you get your
message into the world
contact Nicole Barratt  at Alchemy
yup she is another magic maker
Her website http://www.studioalchemy.one,will be live soon,
we have been making magic some amazing offerings for you!

And let me know
What magic making capacities have you not been acknowledging?

Much love and gratitude

Sarah-Jane

 

Comment:

OMG I just love this … I laughed and laughed and laughed…

You are simply the best in every way possible… and one amazing person… actually most amazing person I am yet to meet..

I am truly blessed to have found you and have you as part of the most exciting journey of my life … you r the very first person ever to have made a difference and when I see already the difference I am so excited for the rest…

You are an angel from above and just know how grateful I am for you

L

Living beyond judgement

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Living beyond judgement is the authentic path to freedom.

One of the biggest toxic stressors is the addiction to approval, an energy of disease we take on when our need for approval over rides our own intuitive process to choose what we most need to stay healthy and happy regardless of the manipulations to control from others.

Its not your fault, its the bad programming of this reality and something I go deeper in to resolving through my work with adverse childhood experiences or ACES.

You can get your ACE score and learn more about them here:

https://thalia.leadpages.co/acetestoptin/

For today, just know that the approval trap worked for you in the past to keep you safe.

While you do want to know that what you’re doing is OK with them, what you really learnt as a child was to  avoid confrontation and judgment.

Your nervous system is wired for survival as is the primal part of your brain, which has not changed much to the modern standard of living in an unsafe world!

We have all be taught to believe (programmed against our true nature and gut knowing), that if get others to approve of us and of our actions

before we take action that they will also approve of our outcomes and

successes and they won’t criticize or judge us for them. And as you have probably experienced in your life, that doesn’t always happen.

Whether we succeed or we fail, approval can be hard to come by and we generally seek approval from people who won’t give it to us.

So we’re criticized and judge for everything even though we do everything we can go get others’ approval. What can we do?

change the way u look at things

There is a solution and it is up to us to make changes. We need to change our toxic approval energy into authentic authoritative energy,

where we acknowledge ourselves as the creator of our reality.

This is the spiral path, inwards where we get to heal from our adverse childhood experiences sabotaging the truth of whom we came here to be.

Yes, forget seeking approval and instead, become an authority (the author of) our reality.

Rewrite your story by shifting the illusion of separation, of not enough ness and get back to living intimacy ( in to me see).

sounds simple enough, but how do we walk the spiral path with so many noisy projections coming from the outside world?

 

Can you relate to the personality type of Earth element, the over over, the people pleaser, the good girl – all fractures of our souls authentic path to just love yourself where you are at

as doing the best you can with what you have beyond decisions, judgements, conclusions and other peoples points of views about how you should be living your life?

If you have not taken the 5 elements personality quiz to find out what your drives you, you can take the quiz here:

https://thalia.leadpages.co/5equizoptin/

5elementchart

Your quiz results will give you a deeper  understanding  to why you may be seek approval in the first place (to avoid judgment) even when your wise self knows better!

When you stop avoiding the feelings, then you can heal knowing that no matter what you do, people will always judge you!

As a child does it make sense that you would have shifted your perception IN ORDER to create secure attachment?

And that on a sub conscious level, other lifetimes of cellular memory would steer you away from rejection in this life time, if you had been cast out of your tribe and left to die in the elements

alone.

I will be sending you a FREE series of simple, life changing tools and action steps to assist you in becoming the author of your reality and stop making yourself sick so that you can recognise your self sabotaging patterns like seeking approval, playing a small game and create secure attachment by trusting your body mind wisdom to heal itself naturally?

When you get to truly know yourself in your True nature, then you can let others’ criticism and judgment be a gift from non attachment and set yourself free to follow your dreams and desires?

When you choose to stand in your truth no matter what, you get to be the catalyst for others to be the best version of themselves and together we make a positive impact to a world that thrives!

I want that, don’t you?

Take the quiz now https://thalia.leadpages.co/5equizoptin/

and post your comments, insights and aha’s you learnt about yourself in BEing your own medicine!

 

We must feel to heal

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We must feel to heal,

yet we love to find ways to immediately suppress and fix the uncomfortable stuff, right?

What if the only way to heal is to feel everything?

I hear so many people say that they don’t have time to slow down, to heal, to listen to their body –

which is why so many people take a break and get sick. The disconnect between the body and the mind has to come back to a holistic lifestyle where you get to reduce stress, heal your body and de stress because you are in touch with your body’s gentle nudges to pay attention to misalignment before it brings you down!!

We are 3 months in to 2016 and If you feel like life is passing you by, you don”t know how it can be APRIL already and are in a state of overwhelm or shutdown then let me support you in getting more Clarity you can book a complimentary CLARITY to healing breakthrough session now by going here:
https://www.vcita.com/v/sarahjanediamond

I was CELEBRATING with one of my VIP clients this week about how far she has come in the past 3 months we have been working together to heal her adverse childhood experiences. Today she wrote me back and said her results for Hep C that she has been struggling with since she contracted it through a blood transfusion after the birth of her so decades ago came back CLEAR!!
It is so easy to diminish our victories, forget how far we have come in shifting our minds and bodies and move into the space of divine emergence because life is fast, chaotic and sometimes feels too painful.
But the truth is, you have to FEEL in order to HEAL.
Its noisy out there and finding the right kind of support in this deep dive of root cause resolution is essential.

mindshift

what you think you become – heal trauma from the root cause of the story

I’ll be very honest here and say that entering into this level of healing isn’t always easy, as it means tapping into body sensations and emotions that may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but over time a person begins to welcome such discomforts and knows that they’re there to teach something very potent.It’s the gift in depression, in everything good, bad and ugly!!

Many of my clients are alternative medicine practitioners, energy healers, life coaches and body worker who have realised that in order to fill their practices and support their clients they need to heal their own core woundings.

When we stop feeling we also stop being able to listen to what our body wants.

The signalling mechanisms go off and we stop being a healthy human being. We go into low oxygen, low metabolism mode. (Hello person having trouble losing weight, whose immune system is weak and/or who can’t think clearly or find any creative juices. We need lots of oxygen to be a healthy human being.)

Our safety signals get thrown off. We start living in a stressed out survival state.(Hello person who is always afraid of putting themselves out there, and may be in a state of perpetual panic and anxiety about future events that haven’t happened yet, or past event that occurred a long time ago.)

Over time, this shows up in not just our health and biology, but as we become adults it seeps into how we think, work, create and connect.

This is what early and/or developmental trauma does to the grown up – those early strategies to stay safe and protect our being hang around forever, unless we address them. You cannot change what you don’t know is running your life and that is why working with my mindfulness change and purpose mapping processes is the foundation. It does not matter how good your money mentor or reiki healer is, if you don’t address the root cause of your pain, it will keep surfacing over and over again

5elementchart

flow and the feeding cycle of chinese medicine

Many of you who know my personal story of  how I healed myself of chronic depression and life threatening disease is what brought me to this space of assisting others with their health crisis. It took me a long time to realise that my purpose, when I aligned with my vital essence would never have emerged if I had not walked the path through the pain.

One of my favorite means to help my clients is through the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine,because it is all about energy flow, pathways, patterns and meridians. That when we can see the inter connectedness of all things, that how we tend to our internal gardens is a reflection of the outer garden and that the survival of the planet depends on each us practicing radical self care, love and allowance.

April is the time we move from the lungs and into peak of large intestine time, the Metal element, the emotion of surrender, grief and letting go.
Its Autumn in the southern hemisphere and an invitation to shed our “leaves” and move into the roots as we ready our body for the colder months.
In the North, you are moving into Wood element, Spring and a time associated with the Liver and Gall Bladder systems.

But in Chinese Medicine, the Liver doesn’t just help us digest fat, filter out toxins, and synthesize hormones.
It also helps us to process emotions, governs vision in both the literal and metaphysical sense, and helps us put plans into motion.
It has to do with planning,creativity, flexibility, decision-making and having the heart (courage) to move forward with ease and grace. 
To help you harness the energy of the season, whether you are in Autumn or Spring, I am sharing an introduction audio from my Going with the flow through the 5 Elements to Whole health Master class series.

Listen to it on your drive to work. Or better yet, on a walk into nature.

Spring and the wood element: http://1. https://soundcloud.com/sarahjanediamond/wood-element-indecision-to-inspired-action/s-ifacZ

And if you find this stuff intriguing and are ready to learn more about how to reconnect with flow in YOUR True Nature I am relaunching this course with live weekly calls and experiential guided tools and processes in a few weeks.  It will help you to reclaim your best life and BE YOUR OWN MEDICINE.

Today is the beginning of the rest of your life. Join me on this important journey and I promise you’ll be inspired and supported as you find the joy in life you truly deserve.

Much love and to your healthy, happy life

Life can be a bitch sometimes, can’t she?
Do you ever feel like there’s got to be something better out there for you?
Maybe you had something happen to you in life and it really shook your world: had a relationship break up, lost your job, you lost a loved one, or even had an illness…there are so many things we can love and then lose.

Did you know that our energy has EVERYTHING to do with EVERYTHING?
Yes, it does, you can live a life of pure HAPPINESS, WEALTH, LOVE, whatever you desire you can create!
You know there’s supposed to be more to life – more joy, more fun, and more fulfillment – but you just don’t know how to create that.

Do you feel like you need to reassess and redefine who you are and what you want the rest of your life to be like? 

Well then….you need to check this out 

http://healyourselfenergysummit.com/SarahJane 

Denise has gathered together 30+ energy experts from all over the world to talk about how to heal yourself through your energies and create a life that excites you! And I’m so honoured to share a little about how I assist my clients through “Lifestyle medicine” and how to truly reclaim your health by being your own medicine!

It’s the…Heal Yourself Energy Summit; discover how energy affects your health, mood, motivation and future! 

This is such an important topic and one that’s close to my heart – how we can heal, how we can be truly happy and healthy, and live the fulfilled lives we’re all entitled to. It is your birthright to thrive!

You won’t want to miss this! 

Click here to join these inspiring conversations and heal from the inside out!
http://healyourselfenergysummit.com/SarahJane 

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For FREE Access to this event plus some awesome gifts from transformational experts that will jump-start your shift into a higher level of manifestation, health and total well-being,  click here: http://www.mcssl.com/app/?af=1503261

Known for her authentic, fun loving spirit, Judy has a charming way of leading her guests to share new innovative ideas and processes to support Your Growth.  See what some of her listeners say:“You are such a beacon of light for all of us in creating this magnificent event.  I am so deeply grateful for you and for all who share themselves on your show.  You and your guests have made my vibration sky rocket into the “ether”!  You are so loved.  Much love, D & Anya” 

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How to heal by trusting your body’s yes and no answers

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How to heal by trusting your body’s yes and no answers

Are you too exhausted and stressed out to even read this blog article?

Do you find yourself unable to fall asleep because your brain is fried trying to come to a decision – a simple yes or no?

Do you sometimes wish you could just take a magic pill that would take away your pain,
delete your regrets,
remove your fears of something to lose rather than what you could gain,
your what ifs?

Do you feel like you are broken, too wounded or never enough and wonder what’s the point of it all?

What if there is an easier way to trust that your choices align with your dreams and desires,
your heart song,
your living legacy,
your truth?

What if there is a way of honouring your body’s innate wisdom,
it’s divine true nature to thrive
that opens you up to allowance and grace
beyond the judgements,
attitudes,
belief systems,
programming,
stories,
considerations
that are beyond the ego,
beyond the opinions of others,
beyond the fears
keeping you stuck, exhausted and stressed out?

The good news is you can stop the madness
the monkey mind
the procrastination
in a heart beat!

It’s time to trust that thoughts become things
stop creating a toxic environment

trust your body so it can heal
and the neuroplastic ability
of your brain.

One way to take one step towards being your own medicine
is to trust your body’s yes and no answers.
Its the little choices that create lasting changes
in every aspect of your life.

Try this simple, fast way to get out of your monkey mind
and back into communion with your body.
https://youtu.be/VMZMf4wt0VE

If you are still not sure and are getting a mixed message
watch this short clip and get out of your own way!
https://youtu.be/gY3QMI-Azv0

After all your body never leaves you, it’s your greatest
consciousness facilitator
and it never lies!

Want more support to get to the root of your health or relationship issues, so that you manage your stress, heal your body mind
and trust that can create joy in business?

Schedule a complimentary CLARITY to healing session now
https://www.vcita.com/v/sarahjanediamond

During your CLARITY complimentary Skype consultation:

  • We will explore what its costing you to stay in chronic stress and overwhelm
  • Identify what symptoms of adrenal burnout, gut and brain inflammation you are experiencing.
  • How to get relief from the stressors in an easy way
  • We’ll also talk about your vision for your life and business and whats holding you back from achieving your goals.
  • I’ll support you to overcome your stress by giving you some simple action steps to heal your body mind naturally and
  • BE YOUR OWN MEDICINE.

Once you have tried the simple yes/no tool, let me know if using this to ask your body mind a question that has had you up at night
helped you,
empowered you,
excited you
and if you are willing to follow through and listen to your body.

Give yourself permission to trust your YES and know your NO.
Book your session now and stop stressing! You don’t have to do it alone
let me support you!
https://www.vcita.com/v/sarahjanediamond

Remember the story of the hare and the tortoise?
Slow and steady – small things lead to greatness.
Write your own prescription.

Love and gratitude


Today’s guest article speaks more about walking in your true divine purpose

If you are still with me let me know
what would you like to receive more of
in these blogs?

I am in the creative process and
discomfort that comes with all
great changes to bring you more
tips, tools and processes to help
your trust yourself more to heal
on every aspect of body, mind and spirit.
Your feedback would be such a help
to get to the point of your pain so
that together we can expand your genius
and your pleasure!

The Beauty of Authenticity
by Blair Patrick Shuyler
www.solitaryalignment.comMost of us walk through the world craving truth and validity, wearing masks to
hide our intentions and insecurities. We post pictures capturing flashes of how
we’d like to be perceived, and delete anything that might prove contradictory.
We manufacture images built from aspirational notions, and hope no one notices
the holes in our Swiss cheese.

It’s a high-wire routine, and many times we’re left swaying on a safety net—
feeling anything but safe—and wondering how we fell. But, what if we removed
the mirage and abandoned the ruse? What if we stopped filtering our words
and screening our thoughts?

The consequences would be disastrous, right? How would we manipulate one another,
gaining what we want by leaving a trail of unsuspecting victims in our path?
How else could we construct perfect alibis and hide honest opinions inside of false compliments?

I’m not claiming this transition would succeed without bruises, and I don’t know if it’s
even feasible in a technologically translucent society. But, beating the bedrock to expose a
fallacious foundation may not be the worst use of our united efforts.

Games are fun, and they serve their purpose at birthday parties, baby showers,
and wine-guzzling get-togethers. But, an existence safeguarding every word and
action is a life spent toiling against the grain. Leave the fantasy on stage,
and say what’s in your heart. It’s a dose of fresh air in a crammed elevator,
and it feels fantastic.

Old habits die hard, but allowing even a modicum of legitimacy to creep into your vocalized
notions will give the those tiny roots permission to sprout.
Before long, we’ll all be standing atop a tree of transparency…or not.

I love patterns and pathways, they are the true nature of life itself.
Some call them biomimetic mimicking systems
Others sacred geometry
others quantum physics
I use the feedback from the
very nature of patterns in my work
with chronic stress, anxiety and
depression and how non specific disease shows up.
Its the way the body talks and expresses itself,
that gives me accurate feedback and a pathway to turn pain into
purpose driven life.

This past week, I had a series of clients book sessions
for the animal companions that were “out of nowhere”
pooping in strange, undesirable places.

Each case and solutions were unique but the gift
in all of these cats and dogs was a very clear
message that it is time for humans to stop the shit
and choose a more aligned conscious way of living.
Animals don’t blurry the edges, bury their heads
in the sand, pretend everything is ok?
They stay present just like our bodies,
when they are afraid they express fear,
when they are angry or have their boundaries
cross they tell us to back off.
Simply they don’t shit where they eat.

They want us to STOP the madness now not
later.
They want us to make more conscious choices,
to stop making excuses and putting things off.
They want us to wake up and sometimes they are
willing to go to extreme lengths even at the cost of
their own health to get us to change our toxic ways,
get out of our heads and into living.

As we transition into Spring or Autumn, notice how your
body mind feels, where there is tension, where
daily rituals and flow need to change.
There is a season for all things, tread gently on the
Earth, tend to your inner garden, listen to the subtle nudges
your body, your animals friends and your environments are
gifting you and then…..
respond softly, with kindness and an honouring of
the seasons of change.

Perplexed by your animals responding to changes
in their environment and ready to listen to what
they want to say to you?

Book an Animaltalk energy healing and communication
session here:
https://www.vcita.com/v/sarahjanediamond

In honour of Puppy day, I am offering a 30 minute
session for your pack members for only $97.
AS you know 50% of all my animal
sessions is pad forward.
If you book a session within the next 2 days, all proceeds of these
sessions will be donated to
my favourite local shelters and feeding schemes.

Did you know the DOG is GOD spelt backward?
If you have ever loved a dog you know they love you no matter what.
National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional
love that puppies bring to our lives.
But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies
across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.

A wonderful video and puppy pics are here:
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Depression is A Disease of Civilisation: Hunter-gatherers hold the Key to the Cure

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Depression is A Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure

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Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from clinical depression within their lifetimes, and the rate is increasing with every generation.

It robs people of sleep, energy, focus, memory, sex drive and their basic ability to experience the pleasures of life, says author of The Depression Cure Stephen Ildari. It can destroy people’s desire to love, work, play and even their will to live. If left unchecked it can cause permanent brain damage.

Depression lights up the pain circuitry of the brain to such an extent that many of Ildari’s psychiatric patients have called it torment, agony and torture. “Many begin to look to death as a welcome means of escape,” he said in a Ted Talks presentation.

But depression is not a natural disease. It is not an inevitable part of being human. Ildari argues, like many diseases, depression is a disease of civilization. It’s a disease caused by a high-stress, industrialized, modern lifestyle that is incompatible with our genetic evolution.

Depression is the result of a prolonged stress-response, Ildari said. The brain’s “runaway stress response” – as he calls it – is similar to the fight or flight response, which evolved to help our ancestors when they faced predators or other physical dangers. The runaway stress response required intense physical activity for a few seconds, a few minutes, or – in extreme cases – a few hours.

“The problem is for many people throughout the Western world, the stress response goes on for weeks, months and even years at a time, and when it does that, it’s incredibly toxic,” Ildari said.

Living under continually stressful conditions – as many modern humans do – is disruptive to neuro-chemicals like dopamine and seratonin, which can lead to sleep disturbance, brain damage, immune dysregulation and inflammation, Ildari says.

Civilization is the disease

hadza-dance-tanzania_13187_990x742Epidemiologists have now identified a long list of other stress-related diseases as “diseases of civilization” – diabetes, atherosclerosis, asthma, allergies, obesity and cancer. These diseases are rampant throughout the developed world, but virtually non-existent among modern-day aboriginal peoples.

In a study of 2000 Kaluli aborigines from Papua New Guinea, only one marginal case of clinical depression was found. Why? Because the Kaluli lifestyle is very similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors’ lifestyle that lasted for nearly 2 million years before agriculture, Ildari said.

“99.9 percent of the human experience was lived in a hunter-gatherer context,” he added. “Most of the selection pressures that have sculpted and shaped our genomes are really well adapted for that environment and that lifestyle.”

In view of nearly 3 million years of hominid existence, since homo habilis first began use of stone tools, our genus has undergone rapid environmental change since the advent of agriculture about 12,000 years ago. And in the last 200 years, since the industrial revolution, our species has had to cope with what Ildari calls “radical environmental mutation.”

While our environment has radically mutated, our human genome is essentially the same as it was 200 years ago, Ildari says. “That’s only eight generations. It’s not enough time [for significant genetic adaptations].”

“There’s a profound mismatch between the genes we carry, the bodies and brains that they are building, and the world that we find ourselves in,” he said. “We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, fast-food-laden, sleep-deprived frenzied pace of modern life.”

 

The Cure

Though he’s not entirely opposed to medication, Ildari says we can throw all the drugs in the world at the depression epidemic, and it won’t make a dent.

Anti depressant use has gone up 300 percent in the last 20 years, but the rate of depression has continued to increase. One in nine Americans over age 12 is currently taking an antidepressant, and one in five have been on them at some point.

The answer, Ildari says, is a change in lifestyle. He says the results of his six step program have exceeded his wildest dreams:

1. Exercise

2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

3. Sunlight

4. Healthy Sleep

5. Anti-ruminative activity

6. Social connection

In his presentation, he emphasized the importance of exercise and social connection, as they are two of the hardest parts of the program for modern Americans.

Exercise is ‘not natural’

Ildari says the results of exercise on depression are so powerful that if they could be reduced into a pill, it would be the most expensive pill on earth. The problem is 60 percent of American adults get no regular physical activity. Ildari says it’s not their fault. Between long days at work and household and family responsibilities to attend to, who has the time or energy to hit the gym?

The dirty little secret about exercise, Ildari says, is “it is not natural.” We are designed to be physically active “in the service of adapted goals,” not to exercise on a hamster wheel.

Hunter gatherers get four or more hours of vigorous physical activity every day, but if you ask them they will tell you they don’t exercise, Ildari says. “They don’t work out. Working out would be crazy to them. They live.”

“When you put a lab rat on a treadmill … it will squat down on it’s haunches, and the treadmill starts to rub the fur and the skin right off it’s back side,” he said. “When you stare at a piece of exercise equipment, there is a part of your brain that’s screaming out ‘Don’t do it! You’re not going anywhere!’”

If you can’t go out gathering your own nuts and berries or hunting your own meat, Ildari recommends brisk walking with a friend. Walking for 30 minutes, three times a week, has better effects on depression than Zoloft, he said.

Social Connection

Another huge factor in modern depression is the lack of social connection in our modern nuclear-family bubbles. “Face-time with our loved ones puts the breaks on our stress response,” Ildari says.

The problem is we’ve replaced face-time with screen-time. “Our hunter gatherer ancestors spent all day every day in the company of their loved ones.”

Unfortunately illness, including mental illness, triggers people to isolate themselves, which only makes depression worse.

“Resist the urge to withdraw,” Ildari says, “because when you’re ill, your body tells you to shut down and pull away. When you have the flu, that’s adaptive. When you have depression, it’s the worst thing in the world you could do.”

Rewilding and Tribal Living

What Ildari didn’t mention in his Ted Talk is how difficult his cure is for most modern humans to attain. Sure, we’d all like more fresh air, sunlight, exercise, a better diet, better sleep, less monotonous work, and more interaction with loved ones, but who has time for all that?

I’m stuck here staring at my screen typing about it in an effort to make a living for myself, and many of you don’t even have time to read this article because you have 50+ hours-a-week jobs of your own. Meanwhile, immediate-return hunter-gatherers work an average of 17 hours a week. In this world, we certainly can’t just quit our jobs to be less stressed, when the financial stress would create more stress.

In my opinion, the answer lies in baby steps. Baby steps away from dependence on civilization, and toward nature, earth skills, and self-sustaining communal living.

Its about remembering to come back to your heart, your true nature and loving where you are.

Getting back to your roots, following an ancestral diet, listening to your body, going with the flow of our natural cycles with nature, trusting your gut knowing are the keys to set you free.

You are not broken, there is nothing to fix, there is only a return to the present moment of loving what is.

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