GO Figure- the Transfiguration and Prayer!

   Before my knee problems started, I would travel to different parts of the world to scale mountains because I loved to take in the spectacular views, and the sense of freedom I felt. However, these days I usually choose somewhere by water, since I find it calming and refreshing at the same time. I grew up in Australia by the sea, and as a child found myself on many occasions walking totally alone to enjoy an empty beach in the coolness of the changing seasons.

Now, in my senior years, I live by the sea once again and I just love the feeling of the deep serenity that an empty beach brings. When it is just me and the sea birds, the sand, and the vast sea, I feel alive and very close to God. Also, near where I live there is a river, and I often walk up the wooded path alongside the fresh bubbling water coming off the Welsh mountains. For me, the sound of moving water is like nature singing thanksgiving to God – beautiful! Nature is wondrously delightful, which reflects the love and nature of God. And what about you? do you feel a sense of wonder when you see a beautiful sunset, or snow-capped mountains, or even a great building? The next time you are out about, try to see God’s handiwork everywhere- even in the eyes of others, this can bring you such joy. All these wonders of nature can help to clear your head and bring peace to your soul. 

Romans 1: 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

To show his disciples something special, Jesus took them up on a mountain. That would seem remarkable enough. The view from the mountain would have been glorious. Jesus wanted to lead them forward into a brave new world, and he needed them to be willing to be led and guided. Jesus had a particular purpose in mind on this mountain visit. He took his disciples to this remote place on the mountain to pray – or that is what they thought, and they could never had imagined the wonders that awaited them.

On that mountain, Jesus wanted to give them something more than a spectacular view of the landscape- he wanted to give them a glimpse of God. So as Jesus prayed, the disciples watched his face change in appearance. His clothing changed as well, they became white and dazzling (v. 29). Then to add to the spectacle, two great men of Israel’s past Moses and Elijah, popped in to visit and joined in with the illumination. Startled, the disciples then found themselves in a mist when a cloud suddenly descended. If there was television around in those days, they would have thought that they were in the middle of a science fiction-fantasy movie. But that is not all, it got weirder by the minute.

Coming from the cloud, a voice spoke. The voice declared “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him! (v. 35). Wow, that was a real clear-cut announcement, no wriggle room there! It was then that the disciples realised that the purpose of this visit was not to simply pray. The deeper purpose, however, was that Jesus wanted to give them a memorable glimpse of his glory so they could be confident in his leading into future. Prayer prepared their hearts and focused their minds on God.

Prayer opened their minds and heart to what was to be subsequently revealed. We don’t know how long they were praying, it might have been hours or minutes, however, the point is that Jesus wanted to get through to them that he was something more than just a great leader, like King David. He was more than just like God- he in fact, wanted them to know that he was Gods’ reflective glory (Son), in other words- he is the manifestation of God on earth- this is the only one true God who would lead them in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake, then eventually, they would take that Name to the world.

However, we know from the scripture readings to follow, that it seemed that the disciples were not geared up for that task because following events were turning out quite different from what they expected. The disciples anticipated that Jesus would apply a predictable strategy, like forming an army to defeat and push the Romans out of their land. The disciples must learn that Jesus was more than a good teacher or a political figure, and their role would be pivotal in building the new kingdom. However, they would not fully grasp the meaning of Jesus’ life and death until after the resurrection (John 20: 6-9). 

Nonetheless, the experience on the mountain started to prepare them to be led, so they could lead in turn. It was a seed planted in the disciple’s hearts and would grow and blossom in due time. Have you ever had an experience like that? Some people have – I have. I have heard people talk about their dramatic experience when they were headed in the wrong direction, and suddenly without warning came face to face with God, which turned their lives around. 

How has God turned you life around. May be your seeking to have your live turned around- you wont be disappointed giving your life to Christ to put God in the driving seat.

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Wellness and Your Faith

What makes us well is an important subject. If we are conscious of our health and how to maintain it’s more than half the battle.

Do you know what makes you healthy and how that can impact our faith? Watch the video and read the article below to find out!

 In this article, I will share with you what I call well- habits to keep you well. I am not a nutritionist; I am doing a diploma in health and wellness, and I want to share with you that I have learned and found works for me and my work for you also.

The problem is that what is not good for us often tastes great, so we want more. There are man-made foods that are readily available and cheap to buy but are toxic to our bodies.

Sometimes we consume food that makes us unwell, but the goal is to regularly consume the food that heals us and maintains our health.

God put on this earth are as a Bible says herbs for our healing so to be aware of exactly what we are putting into our mouths and what it actually is doing to our bodies is so important if we want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay well.

Track What you Eat

Over the years I have struggled to find what food works with my body. As I have been getting older and now on the other side of menopause my nutritional needs have changed. I have tried my best to accommodate this by alerting my diet.

 What I could eat a few years ago, seems disagreeable with my body now. So, I try to keep in tune with my body and take notice of the changes.

To be healthy, you need to look at your overall daily nutrition. A good way to do this is to write everything down that you eat. Starting from the first thing in the morning to all of the snacks and everything you drink to the last thing at night.

The reason for this is because we get busy during the day, and we can actually forget what we eat, and we can start eating mindlessly managing the things which are actually detrimental to our health.

 A lot of fast foods, readymade meals, snacks that are readily available have are loaded with chemicals that actually can poison us in large enough quantities. Many of them are toxic to the cells of our body and actually can affect us profoundly in a negative way. So, researching to understand and it writing down what you need, is really important if you want to stay well.

One of the advantages of writing everything down that you consume is that you can review it at the end of the day, and indeed at the end of the week, and make the right adjustments.

You can go even as far as documenting exactly what food you’ve eaten and how it has made you react or feel. For example, when I discovered that I was having stomach pains after I was eating started writing down the reactions and discovered over a few weeks that every time I had something containing onions that I suffered from acute stomach pains.

So, this is helpful to me because it helped me to identify the problem and so I could eliminate onions from my diet, and soon as I dared say I had no more pains. And now many years on I’ve tried to introduce a few onions into my diet and I’m fine are if I overeat onions of the pains come back but now I can have a small number of onions and there’s no pain so writing things down and even documenting on how that food reacts with you can be really helpful to you.

Track what you Are drinking

It’s easy when you’re thirsty to just grab the nearest thing and drink it and think that your thirst will be satisfied sometimes we may be drinking value-less beverages which are actually a waste of time and actually could be making our bodies set.

For example, carbonated drinks research shows that they can actually leach calcium from our bones.

I’m sure in very small amounts carbonated drinks would be quite harmless but if you are regularly drinking it throughout the day and you have a significant amount are you actually might be this might be detrimental to your bone health. Particularly if you have osteoporosis in your family and if your woman is you may be likely to get it so you want to stay away from carbonated drinks or anything else that actually may be detrimental to your bone health.

Carbonated drinks are heavy with sugar or contain chemical sweeteners that are known to create cancer in rats – not good!

Low self-esteem and bad eating habits

When what you consume controls you, rather you are controlling it, you have a big problem on your hands. Being not in control lowers your self-esteem.

Self-esteem is where you respect yourself to the point that you esteem yourself enough to look after your mind body and spirit.

When what you eat and drink controls you- you can lose your confidence, self-worth, and then you just start eating any old thing even if it makes you sick. I know I’ve been there, and I am sure you have as well.

A Few Tips to Help

Self-esteem has got a lot to do with a variety of eating disorders. I remember when I was in my late teenage years, I had a bad relationship with food. I was actually frightened to eat because I didn’t want weight gain.

 It took me several years to recover, and I had to teach myself to enjoy food. And then later into adulthood had an abusive marriage and my husband was gaslighting me, and my self-esteem was at an all-time low.

My husband would comment on how I looked, my confidence remained low, so I became anorexic for many years once again.  

Food is fuel for your mind and your body and without it, you will die, and without it, you will get sick.

Understanding Wellness

To understand what wellness is, we are needed to understand our minds our bodies in relationship to food and whatever we consume.

If you have an unhealthy diet by consuming loads of takeaways and carbonated drinks, and other foods that have no nutritional value, you going to be unwell.

For example, MSG is a chemical that is in most takeaway foods and for some people, it causes swelling of the joints and pains in the legs. You may be treated for those symptoms and may be diagnosed with something else but try it if you remove MSG from your diet, you may find that swelling of your joints and pains in your legs may go.

MSG is in most Chinese food and I remember when living in Australia I ate a lot of our Chinese food and began to develop terrible pains in my legs. I discovered the truth of MSG and what it actually does to people, so I removed MSG from my diet – and bingo – the pains stopped.

And now when I have Chinese food I tell them I don’t want any MSG in it. MSG is an emulsifier enhancing the color of the food to make it look more attractive. That’s why Chinese food is beautifully bright colored and it in most frozen foods, takeaway foods and lots of snacks contain MSG. Please read the labels before you but, see if there is MSG present.

Make Nutrition Fun

I found that the best way to approach your nutritional needs is to make it a hobby – make it fun. I make it a prayerful activity as well. I pray over the food as I am preparing it and give thanks to God for supplying me with enough food to keep me healthy.

This also helps me to be conscious that I am the temple of the Holy Spirit and I have a big responsibility towards my health, ensuring that I put good food into my body.

 You can make it fun by writing what you eat down, researching it by talking about your nutrition to friends. read books and make it a bit of a hobby, and a bit of a challenge by writing down your goals and the steps towards reaching those nutritional goals.

 In this way, it won’t be a chore but a pleasure. Your newfound hobby will become a good habit. Healthy habits maintain and keep your body well – because you are worth it!

It never ceases to amaze me how people look after the houses and their vehicles and never think to look after their health.  They spend hundreds of pounds on their pet’s health and grooming but do not spend one penny on their own health. Many people spend time tending their gardens, decorating their houses, learning new skills, climbing the corporate ladder, but they won’t pay any mind at all to their health or wellness.

Until that is that they become unwell and then suddenly their interest is sparked. But I always say prevention is better than cure. It is best to make health and wellness a hobby, make it a fun thing to do while you are healthy so can maintain your health into older age.

Supplements

The human body possesses an innate ability to heal. But that process can be strengthened and sometimes accelerated in a safe and healthy way, with the use of natural supplements (Not Chemically Derived).

Prevention is better than cure – right?

Well – Yes of course- that’s why natural supplements are also used to prevent potential health problems before they develop. For pharmaceutical alternatives, use quality, natural supplements in a preventative way. When you take natural supplements, you will get a better result than if you take lab-processed, chemical supplements.

So, with natural supplements, it’s about prevention and support. It’s also about having the right information, and only taking natural supplements that are proven, trusted, safe.

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My Top 5 Tips to Self-Awareness of Mind, Body & Soul

The phrase ‘know thyself, is a famous adage that is often attributed to Socrates or Plato. It’s a great saying, and we know it well, but what does it actually mean to know oneself? Of course, this can be a subjective question. However, here are a few questions to start your thinking.

· Do you welcome change? 

· Do you believe that you can learn self-awareness?

· Do you believe that if you become more self-aware, it will change your health and life?

Bad Habits

Today, hundreds of thousands are battling a chronic disease, and many have multiple chronic conditions. Statics say that by 2030, these chronic conditions could cost sufferers upwards of 47 trillion U.S. in healthcare spending. Why is this happening? Two short words give us part of the answer- Bad Habits. Changing habits is not easy, and for most people, one habit alone isn’t to blame. Realistically, it’s repetitive, multiple negative habits over time that is the culprit. This is because habits lead us to be well in our mind, body, and spirit. 

Alternatively, they can lead us into struggling with un-wellness and eventual sickness. If you want to find a way to overcome feelings that drag you down, you must become aware of what is going on. My mission is to help you work with you through the destructive mind, body, and spiritual habits that hold you back from a fruitful life. I will help you to cultivate good habits. In fact, I like to call them Well-Habits! Let’s get first things first. You cannot develop sound habits if you are not self-aware.

So, let’s take a moment and ask yourself-

· What drives my decisions? 

· How do I honestly feel about myself?

· How do I honestly feel about the people in my life?

· What causes me to behave the way I do? 

Jesus said, ‘you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Do you want to be free to be the real You? If the answer is Yes! I invite you to read on.

In this article, you will learn my Top 5 Tips for self-awareness 

  1. Tip Self-awareness is important
  2. Tip: Understand what self-awareness is 
  3. Tip: Become self-aware of your mind (mindfulness)
  4. Tip: Become self-aware of your body (body awareness)
  5. Tip: Become self-aware of your spirit (inner self/spirituality)

I am not explaining each tip but will point out a few points. These tips are for you to explore for yourself, to give you food for thought. 

What is Self Awareness?

Self-awareness is often defined as the ability to engage in honest self-reflection. Seeing yourself as others see you. Self-awareness is about understanding why you feel what you do and why you react in a particular way.

Once you begin to understand this, you then have the opportunity and freedom to change things about yourself, enabling you to create the life you want. You will become the CEO of your own life. No longer will you be bounced around by unruly behaviours and emotions. You will be better able to keep yourself in check because you know ‘how ‘you work.

It’s almost impossible to change and become self-accepting if you are unsure as to who you are.

Having clarity about who you are and what you want is empowering, giving you the courage and confidence to make even the most challenging change. How self-aware are you are? Being self-aware is vital for both personal and professional success. It is also vital to overcoming negative behaviours and habits.

When you are self-aware, you empower yourself. You have the power to choose where to focus your emotions, your energy, and your personality so that you can improve and direct the course of your life. Self-awareness helps you be much more aware of your thoughts, emotions and behaviours and helps you guide your life. 

Create Good Habits 

The best way to continually develop self-awareness is to learn the habit of looking at yourself objectively. In other words, see yourself as others see or perceive you. The more self-aware you become, the more you can improve and make positive changes in your life and lifestyle. As you develop an awareness of the self, you begin to connect with your uniqueness. You connect with the essence that makes you – You!

 As you honestly examine your inward self and your associated behaviour, in comparison to your core values, you become self-conscious and an objective evaluator of yourself, which is a very important well-habit to develop. So let me share something with you.

Good Stress

When feeling overwhelmed and panicked, it’s easy to plunge into negative habits that often worsen matters. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any demand or threat. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defences kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response. What makes me feel down isn’t always clear to me at the time, which adds to my distress. However, when I realized why these unwanted feelings occurred, I realized more than half the battle was won, which makes me hopeful that things will be okay. I know it doesn’t feel like it, but the stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working correctly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. 

There is good stress that gives you extra strength to defend yourself in emergencies. Healthy stress can save your life, for example, urging you to slam on the brakes to avoid a car accident.

Write it!

Over the years, I have learnt the considerable value of jotting things down. So, when I feel low, I note it down. I briefly describe how I feel and the circumstance that led up to it, then date it. Later, I can look back and understand why a particular activity, circumstance or situation made me feel out of kilter.

Inner self/spirituality

 My faith has been paramount in helping me to become self-aware. I am not always aware of myself, but I am mindful of being so every now and then through my day. I also pray, asking God to help me in this. None of us has arrived. None of us is perfect. However, we can work each day to learn by becoming self-aware.

Are you Learning to be self-aware? What Have you learned so far?  Let me know- Leave a comment- I  would love to hear from you!

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