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Telling your story with a whole heart

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Do you tell your story with a whole heart?

 

I love this quote:


“You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”
~Brené Brown

It’s your living legacy, the significance without making it significant of what makes you, uniquely special!
The truth is, when we build ourselves up by healing from the inside out everything heals.
I’m trying to make myself stronger on the inside, to be able to heal with life on the outside.
That’s what I’m doing that’s significant.”
It is time to share your gift, your unique story with the world.

I was leading a client through the True Nature Mindfulness Change process this week. She had a huge breakthrough around a childhood memory that has been running her life for over two decades. By giving the unresolved pain – the trapped sensations of her child parts a voice, the constant back pain and deliblitating migraines that had been running her life, left her body and for the first time in a long time, she finally felt like an active participant in how she would create her life from the present. It was beautiful to see the twinkle come into her eyes and she honestly looked twenty years younger in that instant she realised she HAS CHOICE – choice to live life for herself, not her mother, not her sisters, not her husband, not her children, but for herself.

You can Listen to this free webinar here about healing the abandoned child.

and

part two here

I see spontaneous healings

like this every day in my work with adverse childhood trauma and often get asked if we ever truly get past our stories of abuse and trauma.

Can you relate to not wanting your story to be your story?

Yes?
Then consider what I told her, this IS your story.
There is a GIFT in your story of abuse, of neglect, of the challenges you overcame and that is what you came into the world and got through to share with others.
You see the world is not waiting for someone LIKE you, the world is waiting for YOU to tell your story as the GIFT not the victim of the lies someone told you were true about your experiences.
And guess what?
Until you embrace the gift you are, your body will continue to keep the score and it will hurt!

You can treat symptoms of anxiety and depression, you can release trauma from the body, but in the end fighting your true nature, your soul purpose for being YOU in a physical body –  IN the story, is exactly what causes a lot of the suffering, symptoms and disease in the first place.

For years I tried to live outside my story – telling myself I had nothing to be depressed about,
that I wasn’t traumatised,
that I wasn’t easily triggered,
that I wasn’t sensitive,
that I could keep up with what was expected of me by others
that I had no choice in what happened to me or my body.
that is was just life –
“make your bed, lie in it”
“its your latin life – deal with it”
and a whole lot of other lies, unkindness and judgements that held the suffering in place
…. about my story – my life experiences.


Like Berne Brown, I too am an expert on shame,

on not enoughness, on feeling like I am alone, I did not learn it with a phD at University, my phD is my story because after all I gained all my experience out in the world, in the big bad assery field of blame, shame, guilt, self sabotage and external bullying.

For years I did everything I possibly could to “fix” myself
prove I was enough
prove I was worthy
and loveable
and brilliant just as I was
messy and imperfect.
and make the in the lies I tried so hard to make true that I told myself and others especially in the moments of caring not empowering me to do something different.
I remember my Mom telling me as tears pure down my face after a particularly rough day at high school when I felt so alienated and alone
” oh they are just jealous, don’t worry about it.”
and her saying that make me feel even worse.

It added to my confusion, my anxiety and my suicidal thoughts.
By not acknowledging the fact that my nervous system was sensitive, that being intuitive made me easily triggered,
that I was entering adulthood from a starting post that was further back than many people,
I was making life a lot more difficult than it had to be.

This doesn’t mean staying small and remaining a victim.

On the contrary, having a spiritual breakdown a decade later
owning my heroes journey in that dark night of the soul when I entered the cave
was when I finally could own the gift of my story,
and then I because I could FEEL into it, I began to heal.

I had tried to own my story as a child, I shared excerpts of it with others, and I was told variations of ‘you’re too sensitive’ and ‘you need to try harder’, right after I’d been screamed at, shamed or ignored for a week.

I wasn’t TOO sensitive, I was hurt, confused and abused and abandoned.
That’s the truth under all the lies.

Now I vulnerably own and tell my whole story with a whole, open heart,

because my story is a version of your own story and visa versa.
I can say no when I feel overwhelmed without feeling like I’m a failure.
I can take baby steps, slow and unsteady at times with things that others do without hesitation,
without telling myself I’m useless or stupid.( My ex narcissistic husband was really good at reinforcing that!)

I have so much gratitude for my story and for the clients I see who remind me of my resilience in their story.
Together we create a space of fertile listening, of honouring the story from the child’s perspective,
of acknowledging that through the story you created secure attachment when you could not run away, or fight back or create sanctuary or receive
and you will continue to stretch outside your comfort zone to be able to
take care of yourself, as the loving parent who perhaps was not able to keep you safe back then in your childhood moments
and then the nervous system, the brain gets a chance to rewire and reboot from the present.

When you try to live outside your story,
you are constantly putting your nervous system in harm’s way, back in that moment as if it is happening in current time.
Your amygdala responds to the threat of being chased by the lion, and you are right back in the fight/flight/flee state.

For many of the clients I have the honour of guiding back to their True Nature it looks like:

  • taking a job that puts you in situations that constantly trigger  bullying or harassment -“I am not safe”.
  • staying in a relationship that is abusive and unkind – ” I am not worthy of love”.
  • beginning a weight loss program only to binge eat on day 2 “-  I need to be invisible”.

What would it be worth to you to not ever have to make yourself right again by being able to identify the patterns, the feeling under the feeling in those stories and get rd of them forever?
If you have a broken leg, you don’t agree to go hiking in the mountains with your able-bodied friends.
You don’t agree to a job that requires you to stand all day.

This doesn’t mean your leg will always be broken, but it will heal a lot faster if you stop acting as though the injury doesn’t exist.

“You cannot heal, what you cannot feel!”

If you rest up and take the pressure off, it may heal completely and you will be able to go hiking.
Or it might always give a twinge of pain so you decide to take a job that enables you to take the weight off it occasionally.

Our stories are always changing based on our current reality.
Acceptance of what is in any moment is what keeps us truly safe.
Stand up for your whole story, honour it, and if those around you tell you you’re playing the victim,
know that you’re doing the exact opposite.

Are you ready to take responsibility for your healing, your well-being and reclaim your True Nature to thrive?
In the Purpose Mapping process, you get to find your gold by going into the cave, embracing the parts of your shadow you wish were not you and seeing the gift of who you came here to be, BECAUSE of your story
And this means making space for growth at a pace that actually works – for you.

If you are curious about what any of this has to do with Lions and the lessons we can learn from the Power of the Pride and nature – why Zebras don’t get ulcers, I hope you will join Cara Gubbins and myself for a refreshing, honest conversation about how to respond to life stressors , calm down your nervous system and heal your body naturally.
You may be surprised how simple it can be to heal from trauma and abuse in a way that does not require
anxiety, depression or beating yourself up with all the head tripping.

Join me as I’m interviewed by Dr. Cara Gubbins on the Animal Wisdom Circle Expert Interview Series on May 6 at 11am PST.
Her show helps animal lovers and spiritual seekers connect with their truth so they can change the world. My interview is called “The Power of the Pride: What Lions Can Teach Us About Heart Connections and Teamwork,” and I’ll be sharing how to heal separation sickness, create calm in the chaos of the urban jungle, and use the power of animal totems.
Join us for what will be an uplifting and inspiring event.

You can register here: http://eepurl.com/bLd-a1 and get all the details for joining the call.

and in the meantime celebrate your incredible story – its what makes you, uniquely special!
It is time to share your gift, your unique story with the world.

Much love & and gratitude

P.S. READY TO SILENCE SELF SABOTAGE?:

Notice the name calling that happens with your inner voice.

Start to cultivate self compassion and radical acceptance of yourself with these reflections:

  • “I can have compassion for myself and accept myself just as I am”
  • “Let me just start right where I am, right now”
  • “I deeply love and accept myself”

Accepting yourself as you can give you a place to start without judgement. The next step is to ask for what you need and and move forward on your priorities.

Was this helpful?

I’d love to hear what you got from it- send me a quick email or comment below !

 

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:
https://youtu.be/Zvzc6vux1yI

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.

Interested in getting to the root cause of your disease, suffering, anxiety and depression?

Book a complimentary CLARITY to healing through lifestyle medicine session now

Article credits: returntonow.net

What you don’t know about depression

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What you don’t know about depression

On my own journey through life and mis diagnosis of bipolar disorder. functional autism, it makes my heart expand to know that finally the truth about depression, anxiety and chronic stress can no longer be muted by big pharma. When you ask questions and trust the inmate wisdom of your body mind, you can heal your body naturally using nature’s medicine chest and the ancient wisdom of our ancestors to write your own prescription for a healthy, fulfilled life on purpose. Over the past 15 years, I have had the honour of assisting women all over the world to heal themselves from the inside out, from their cells to their soul using simple strategies like eating clean, getting enough restorative sleep, rewiring their nervous system by getting to the root cause of their current health, relationship and money issues through my Mindfulness Change and early childhood experiences with unpredictable stressors i.e. epigenetic and then using an integrative healing approach unique to each individual to reboot their brain and support their body systems naturally and effectively so they thrive!

Who am I to show you how? Well, I have created the True nature Systems based on healing my own body mind, years of study, certification and clients results . When doctors told  me I would be on SSRI’s for the rest of my life if I wanted to stay alive and functioning, I chose to look at alternative medicine and nutrition as my pathway from pain to purpose. In 6 months, I tapered off the medication, cleared my brain fog and anxiety through the D.R.E.S.S code (diet, rest, exercise, sleep and supplementation) and regained “a mind of my own.”

It was not always easy or comfortable, there were times when I just wanted to curl in a ball and go to sleep forever, but my vision to heal myself and help other women was bigger than my fear.

I know I did not go through all of this to keep it to myself – this work matters and there has never been a better time to trust your YES!

You can read the long version of my story here

Knowledge is power and I am on a mission to “teach a wo/man to fish and feed him/her for life”.

If you’re diagnosed with depression, then chances are you can relate to any of the following: persistent distress, malaise, anxiety, inner agitation, fatigue, low libido, poor memory, irritability, insomnia, sense of hopelessness, and feeling overwhelmed and trapped but emotionally flat. You might wake up most mornings unmotivated and uninspired, and you drag yourself around all day waiting for it to end (or waiting for a drink). Maybe you feel a sense of dread or panic without knowing why. You can’t silence the negative thoughts, which puts you on edge. Sometimes it seems like you could let loose an endless stream of tears, or perhaps you can’t remember the last time you cared enough about something to cry. All of these descriptions are symptoms that typically fall under a diagnosis of clinical depression. And if you were to seek help through conventional medicine, even if you don’t consider yourself “depressed,” you’d likely be handed a prescription for an antidepressant, joining the more than 30 million users in America. You might already be part of this community and feel like your fate is now sealed.

It doesn’t have to be.

Over the past twenty-five years, ever since the FDA approval of Prozac-type medications, we’ve been taught that drugs can improve the symptoms of or even cure mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety disorders. Today they are among the most prescribed, best-selling drugs. This has led to one of the most silent and underestimated tragedies in the history of modern health care.

As a practicing psychiatrist with a degree in cognitive neuroscience from MIT, an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, and clinical training from NYU School of Medicine, I care deeply for women struggling with their well-being. I’m compelled to share what I’ve learned about the corruption of modern psychiatry and its sordid history while investigating holistic methods that focus on nutrition, meditation, and physical activity—what some practitioners are calling lifestyle medicine because the approach involves changes in everyday lifestyle habits, rather than the use of pharmaceuticals. While such drug-free methods are rooted in supportive science, they are virtually unknown in this age of the quick fix.

Let’s get a few facts straight from the get-go. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I’m not even that politically minded, but I do like to think for myself. I’m a natural skeptic and pragmatist. These days, there are a couple of issues in my line of work that are making my blood boil, and I’m working to connect the dots between them to help establish a framework for a truth in science “sniff-test.” For one, symptoms of mental illness are not entirely a psychological problem, nor are they purely a neurochemical issue (and, as we’ll see shortly, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain). Depression is merely a symptom, a sign that something is off balance or ill in the body that needs to be remedied.

And two, depression is a grossly misdiagnosed and mistreated condition today, especially among women—one in seven of whom is being medicated (one in four of reproductive age). Although I was trained to think that antidepressants are to the depressed (and to the anxious, panicked, OCD, IBS, PTSD, bulimic, anorexic, and so on) what eyeglasses are to the poor-sighted, I no longer buy into this rhetoric.

We owe most of our mental illnesses—including their kissing cousins such as chronic worry, fogginess, and crankiness—to lifestyle factors and undiagnosed physiological conditions that develop in places far from the brain, such as the gut and thyroid. That’s right: you might owe your gloominess and unremitting unease to an imbalance that is only indirectly related to your brain’s internal chemistry. Indeed, what you eat for breakfast (think whole wheat toast, fresh OJ, milk, and multigrain cereal) and how you deal with that high cholesterol and afternoon headache (think Lipitor and Tylenol) could have everything to do with the causes and symptoms of your depression. And if you think a chemical pill can save, cure, or “correct” you, you’re dead wrong. That is about as misguided as taking aspirin for a nail stuck in your foot.

I do not deny that I have developed a bit of an acrimonious relationship with much of conventional medicine over the past several years. After having witnessed the devastation this paradigm has wrought upon the lives of hundreds of my patients, I’m convinced that the pharmaceutical industry and its bedfellows, concealed behind official titles such as certain medical societies and associations, have created an illusion of science where none exists, in the service of profit over professional responsibility. I can myth bust just about everything you think you know about the role of drugs in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It’s time to turn the lights on in this dark room. Let’s open up this conversation and embrace a perspective on depression that radically challenges mainstream assumptions and theories.

The time has come for you to have a mind of your own.

Adapted from A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD

Kelly Brogan, MD, is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is a mother of two.

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How to stop worrying and start living happy

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How to stop worrying and start living happy is a choice!

Last week I spoke about how you can stop capping your happiness and CHOOSE to have happiness as a CHOICE.

https://youtu.be/46ZZjJdfEJ0

I know what it feels like to not live in to my YES and It breaks my heart to see incredible, powerful women let fear stop them from achieving the health, happiness and success
they know is possible by capping their happiness and making themselves wrong.

It’s a touchy subject that has had me squirming more than once when I have reached out looking for the “right” person to support me
in getting out of my own way when I am stuck in the yes but, and other mean self talk.

Maybe I’ll piss you off so much you will hit unsubscribe and never want to speak to me again, that is okay, I won’t stop loving you where you are.
I am not going anywhere. I am willing to give up having you in my tribe ( for now) if it will help you get into action in your Diamond zone of genius and high shine.

I speak to women every day that have so much to offer in their unique zone of genius and then something happens – they stop trusting and start thinking about all the reasons and justifications WHY they can not instead of asking How can I……..???

Just last week I spoke with a woman who had had enough of the old self sabotage, the pain, the stress and overwhelm showing up in different versions of the old stories. She was ready to take a leap into the unknown, unravel, get to the root and change it! She wanted private mentoring with me. We spoke about what it was coming her to not get to root of her pain. She was so ready, so excited to rewrite her story and reset her nervous system. As she tapped into her pain she received that the very things she had experienced as sickness and childhood trauma was her purpose and potential> She acknowledged it was time to share her story, that her heart was telling her to say yes and make the leap into my FACET private mentorship program, and she said YES to that knowing, that she was done playing small and scared……

The next day she backed out, stating that she said yes, “in a moment of weakness.”
“I just did  not think it through, I don’t know what came over me.” she said
and she stepped away from her YES and back into a place where she knew how to cap her happiness
and settle for less.

When is listening to your higher self EVER a moment of weakness?
Do you want to know what weakness actually is? It’s when you won’t listen to your heart and only listen to your head, which will tell you any kind of lie it needs to in order to keep you right where you are. It cautions you to be careful, weigh your options, list the pros and cons, and don’t do anything that will cause you stress.

Well, guess what?
Accessing your true nature DOES causes stress. It stretches you and makes you feel uncomfortable, because you’re doing something you’ve never done before!  Your comfort zone is called the comfort zone for a reason: because you’re comfortable there!

Your Diamond zone of genius, not excellence, GENIUS does not lie in your comfort zone. 
If you want to go where the magic happens, you must leap where it tells you to leap before you know how it’s all going to work out. You don’t get trust first and THEN do the scary thing; you gain trust AS YOU DO THE SCARY THING.

“To get what you’ve never had,
you must do things that you’ve never done.”

“Thinking things through” will close the door on more opportunities and miracles than you can even imagine.

Being your OWN magic and medicine, requires that you follow the body nudges ( it feels intense, painful even – to get your full attention) where your heart whispers and encourages you and  let your head work out the logistics along the way. Start trusting yourself that you’ll be have the time and money to invest in your dreams, because I promise it will require an investment of both to create miracles. At the least the kind of miracles you want to make.

It will take mindful change to rewire your nervous system and reboot your brain from all the old beliefs holding you prisoner in the confines of a crazy mind so it no longer runs your life and makes you sick with stress and overwhelm.

It’s not that hard once you get the hang of it. But you’ve got to stop thinking things through, or you’ll think yourself right into rut after rut after rut.
You will keep capping your happiness and make you self sick, tired and depressed!!

It does not have to be this way!
Let me support you in following your body minds innate wisdom, your gut instinct because when you get to the root of your pain, stuck sensation trapped in your tissues you can create a solid foundation of safety for yourself and turn your pain into purpose driven living NOT dying!!

Listen to todays magical tool to balance your “split mind”
https://youtu.be/ve2nSEVgD5o
and get you out of thinking and into trusting even when you are afraid. Follow that with exhilarated aliveness rather than fear and reclaim your meaningful life.

Please don’t cap your happiness, you are far to incredible to not be #unstoppable.
Do you have a personal way that you stop self sabotage and move towards your true nature?
Share it please #unlimited

Appreciating your Diamond genius

Love and gratitude

Book your complimentary CLARITY to health and happiness breakthrough session now if you have had enough of living from the same old story expecting a different result

www.sarahjanediamond.com/contact

Its your birthright to live free in your True Divine Nature and thrive!