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Meet Ron Thompson, Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Nanaimo Hypnotherapy Center

HU: What inspires you?

Answer: Inspiration is not something that you have to look for. If you really want to achieve success in your life, then it can come from anywhere. Well for me, inspiration comes from my parents who always believe in me and support me to achieve my dreams. My passion, commitment and dedication in my mission: coach, counsel and mentor adults and students - to help them to become globally competent to achieve their dreams and goals.


HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: I have overcome 2 amputations of my legs, one kidney transplant and I’m blind. I trained for 4 years to become a clinical Hypnotherapist. That’s was big for me.


HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: Tracy is my wife and partner - we work from our home and so we are together day and night . We train tighter and work with clients everyday. At night we do recordings of sessions for our new website coming in the fall. We also to Skype therapy around the world so we seem to be always busy…

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: Recording our seminars for different groups of people.


HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I would love to become a inspirational and motivational speaker.

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I think it is my eye sight and mobility issues. As well just keeping up to the changing social changes online.


HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: People that email after working together and letting me know how life has changed for them.  For me that is very rewarding.


HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: Changing ONE mind at a time.


HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I'm sure everybody knows to eat right and get their exercise every day as I do. More importantly is to turn off the phone and PC and enjoy life and your partner and do seeming for someone else and feel good about yourself. You will feel great.


HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: Fear!  As many do, one thinks "Can I do this?", "Can I become who I want to be?".  After I lost my second leg I thought it was over but here I am and seeing clients everyday so have no fear, fill your destiny.


HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: Life … I have seen and gone through so much and still here.  I hope I can help people as well to see their path and stay on it.


HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: I love to learn, I love to see what people are doing and how they live their life.

HU:  Is there any other advice you would like to share with the HU Community?

Answer:  Give yourself credit. Often when we feel frustrated or upset we only concentrate on the bad things or the mistakes we’ve made instead of giving ourselves credit for what we do right.  Allow yourself to feel confident about the things you have accomplished, even if you’ve messed up in other areas.  Let go of the past.  It does not determine your future so why focus on it?  If you feel yourself ruminating on the past make a conscious effort to take your thoughts in another direction.

 

Learn more about Ron Thompson, ACCHT, here.

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Meet Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD - Pharmaceutical executive, author, speaker, and leadership consultant.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: I am awed and inspired by the beauty of nature and love the outdoors. I am inspired by helping others to optimize their health and wellbeing and seeing those individuals undergo transformations in their lives to healthier living.

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: Successfully raising a son with autism, while maintaining a full-time career in medicine.

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I don’t really have typical days. I exercise and or do yoga in the early morning at least 5 days per week. I work full time in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing two global drug development programs, which keeps me quite busy. I also spend time writing articles and working on my next book, whenever and wherever I carve out time to do so. I try to spend quality time each evening with family and to do at least one thing for myself each day

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: My favorite current project is ramping up my speaking and writing career – it’s a big job!

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I am a big fan of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I appreciate the level of responsibility that she has as a Supreme Court Justice, and the positive influence that she has had not only on the law, but also the youth of America. I value that level of leadership and skill in a public service role.

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I work in a very hierarchal and somewhat rigid corporate environment. While I love my work, I don’t like the bureaucracy of much of corporate America. I am a ‘go getter’ and a ‘go giver’ and I like to get things done!

 

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: Serving patients with cancer worldwide.

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — The Buddha

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I make exercise and healthy eating a priority. I structure my day so that I wake up early, begin each day intentionally with a short meditation/pranayama practice and then hit the gym. I eat three meals per day and try to make health conscious choices regardless of whether I eat at home or out of my home.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: My father’s death was very difficult for me, as I was not able to help him to regain his good health after a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer. He died 6 months after diagnosis, despite receiving appropriate treatment. He had a significant influence on the course of my life and my career choice. My recently released book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga is dedicated to him.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: My work is focused not only on developing new drugs for patients with cancer but on helping people to stay well and develop healthy habits for life. I hope that the HU community will read and share my articles and book, Beyond the Mat, with their constituency.

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: We are on a collaborative journey which explores the shared purpose improving health and wellness. I do this by both developing drugs for patients with cancer and by helping people to develop healthy habits long term. I would love to connect with the broader HU community as our collective voices and wisdom are most powerful!

 

HU:  I understand that you are a physician executive for a major pharmaceutical company, and, in addition, are a trained yoga instructor. What inspired you to take a deeper look at the principles of yoga and apply them to your business life? 

Answer:  Corporate life can be very demanding and has attendant with it, many uncertainties. Coupled with this, my current position is international in scope, requiring availability well beyond typical business hours. While my goal is to serve patients globally, to do so, I must deal with very complex drug development considerations but also challenging business problems. Yoga initially caused me to pause, and it created some space for me to think, reflect, and exercise my creativity. It led to more flexibility of body and mind. The meditative and breathing exercises helped me to better cope with the demands and crises that came my way. The ‘oneness’ emphasized by yoga led me to redefine how I thought about leadership, and helped me to understand that becoming a highly effective leader is not about getting a position in the C-suite. It can be achieved by anyone, but it takes hard work and discipline.

 

HU:  How does yoga relate to effective business models?

Answer:  Business models built on a hierarchal structure with organized leadership and a guiding principle based on the “bottom line” are no longer popular. 

These models do not prioritize people—you can downsize them, rank order them, get rid of the bottom 10 percent, and take other liberties because in this system people are perceived as commodities. Leaders are now beginning to understand that building a company on connected, organic leadership and ideology of wholeness, not simply the “bottom line,” is actually a recipe for success. This model’s guiding principles are based on people and relationships. The skills and values we learn from our practice of yoga go hand in hand with the success of these principles. 

 

HU:  You talk about Enlightened Leadership in your book. What is Enlightened Leadership?

Answer:  As I mentioned, highly effective leaders aren’t necessarily those in the C-suite. Anyone can become an enlightened leader. Enlightened Leaders are committed to making the world a better place and to ongoing personal growth and transformation. Enlightened leaders are: Compassionate, confident, courageous, humble, intentional, open-minded, passionate, purposeful, self-aware, self-caring, spiritual and visionary. I have a quiz on my website: Are you an Enlightened Leader? See: http://www.julierosenbergmd.com.

 

HU:  What is one major thing that you still struggle with?

Answer:  Patience. I really have to practice this skill. I am not always the best listener. Practicing patience supports me in becoming a better listener and asking questions.  It demands that I take a deep breath and let go of my own impatience to solve problems myself. I continue to work to be objective enough to step back from a situation and remove my own opinions so that I can better see and appreciate it through the lens of another person. I am often in a hurry.  Practicing patience helps me to remember to breathe, slow down and respect the process. 

 

Learn more about Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD, here.

 

 

 

 

 

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I was a Diabetic Patient since 2000.It was discovered 290 fasting & 495 PP {Glucose }. During this journey of 18 yrs around 2 yrs all together, i took medicine. But it never helped me in Curing. My interest was in Naturopathy & Ayurveda. I treated my self changing in my life style & food habit. 

At present my sugar label is 100 fasting without any medicine.

 

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Meet Lisa Rufsholm - Hair Analysis Consultant:

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Helping people at all stages of health to improve their quality of life.  Finding the cause, eliminating symptoms and seeing clients improve brings me great joy!

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: My proudest moments have been helping a woman conceive when she was told she never would, helping a young man to avoid removing 7 feet of intestine with Crohns, learning my elderly patient fell but had no broken bones or injuries and assisting a young man with schizophrenia past his violent internal voices are what fills my heart.

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I am typically typing a report, helping a client through a retracing symptoms, educating on natural health and working out every day.

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: I am reaching out to stay at home moms, stressed out corporate employees and those who have been through the medical facilities with no answers or relief of symptoms to try alternative ways once we find possible causes through hair analysis.

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t trade my job with anyone because I love making a difference in the lives I’ve touched through hair analysis and the relationships I’ve built.

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I love working with people so using technology, social media and marketing to share what hair analysis testing can do to improve and measure health has been a challenge.

 

HU:  What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: My reward is when a client has eliminated symptoms, disease or overcome physical limitations by improving their health

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: Get healthy from the cell out.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: We have to care for ourselves so we can be 100% for our loved ones so I take supplements, detoxify, eat clean, healthy foods and exercise daily.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: I have such a burning desire to help people that I tend to want clients to do more for themselves than they are willing to do or change at times.  I had to learn to be ok with educating and supporting people where they are until they are ready too.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: Hair analysis is a wonderful tool to measure cellular mineral levels, heavy metal toxicity, thyroid and adrenal functions as well as cell permeability regardless of which program or diet people follow.  It IS the individual’s chemistry with no opinion or guesswork.

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: I love to learn about other holistic modalities and aspects of healing.  The relationships built by sharing our knowledge creates a well rounded community to help others improve their lives.

 

HU: Who is your ideal client?

Answer: I work with infants, athletes, people of middle age to the elderly.  Those who want to maintain their health or correct serious issues all benefit from my program.

 

HU: What does the test show?

Answer:  Hair Analysis is scientifically and specifically what is in an individual’s cell level (mineral or heavy metal). No guessing, generalization or by symptom.  It IS your chemistry.  I can help what I can see and is proven.  Once we see what is not in balance we can start to detox and correct.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

 

Learn more about Lisa Rufsholm here.

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Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

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Reposted Ken Keegans's article.

Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

(*from your profile page, click on your name, located in the top right corner, select Dash, and then scroll down to the Invite section, located on the right side of your screen.)

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Meet Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM, a doctor of holistic medicine.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Ahhh, thank you for this “Q.”  I am inspired by THIS! I believe that “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and I am inspired when my clients reclaim optimal health through my natural handcrafted remedies. I am inspired when my client, with uterine cancer, writes to me that my serums & elixirs are  “life giving miracles in a bottle.” I am inspired by living my passion! Most of all, I am inspired that I’m continuing the intuitive natural medicine woman legacy of my Nana; longevity through vim, vigor & vitality.

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: To date, I’m thrilled to have recently been awarded the “5-star”  (highest honor) by the International Beauty Show-NY, LLC (IBS) for “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”; my proprietary line of natural remedies that I handcraft with herbs, essential oils & LOVE!  I am honored that I was featured in the “Vassar VQ” Spring 2018 magazine (Vassar College) for successfully transitioning from award-winning journalist & documentary producer to Dr. of Holistic Medicine and Fountain Of Youth Guru™.  

https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer:  My Self-Care DAY begins with my gratitude prayer and Kundalini Yoga Practice followed by sound healing meditation.  I return emails and client calls and then I unleash my creativity with Marketing & Promotions for new courses and/or products.  Then…my fave part of each day is blendin’ in my “Aroma-Lab”; this soothes me.  I don’t play….LOL, I make sure that I get 8-hours of sleep a day AND I drink a gallon of alkaline water with lemon juice & ACV.

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: Okay…are you ready for this? I’m tickled to have been asked by the Food Network & America’s Best Baker’s Championship, LLC to be THE featured wellness lifestyle vendor for the Ultimate Bake-Off Competition on May 12, 2018.  Now, you may be asking “WTF, Cupcakes?” I am here to inspire a whole new world of “Wellness Warriors” with my Wise Woman Wisdom, Wit and Natural Remedies. Holistic Health & Cupcakes! OH YEAH…BRING IT! (vegan & GF options are on tap) https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t “switch” or change A THING in my life! I’m honoring my calling and living my PASSION! I am my own original Blueprint!

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I feel my greatest challenge is getting people to understand that they are ENOUGH and WORTHY of Self-Care.  Does anyone else have this challenge? S.O.S!!! Can WE Talk?

 

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: When the mother of my 8-year old eczema patient calls me to say that her child is sleeping soundly with no flare-ups! When my 70-year old client calls to tell me that my “Nana’s Healthy Hair Elixir” has stimulated enough hair growth where even his barber is asking him “what’s going on?” and when my 65-year old mother and grandmother, with uterine cancer, is blessed with LIFE; for another 5 years!  THIS…is my heart-song.

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  Ahhhhh, I have many! I LOVE to wax witty poeticisms! LOL, but my faves are: “ Healthy IS The New Sexxxy”; “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and “There's This Moment Where There's A Blank Slate & YOU Can Rewrite Your Story”...
Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: Hmmmmm, I remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E! I re-boot myself daily with my disciplined holistic routine.  I honor my divine feminine energies; regardless of which direction they’re flowing on any given day AND I AM THE SELF-CARE QUEEN!!!!  I AM Grateful for God’s Blessings & Inspirations, my business and life-partner, Vincent’s, support and unconditional love AND my Mommie’s EMBRACE.  I NEED this tri-fecta to function.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: Right now, I am in a cycle of healing. I’ve been rocked by the losses of my beloved Nana and my adored Daddy; suddenly within 40 days a part.  I’m walking my own talk…surrounding myself with my FAITH in God, my healing crystals, my own essential blends and my Traditional Chinese Medicine expertise.  One day at a time…baby steps.  I am healing my heart.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: I hope to share my ABSOLUTE JOY! “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”: ALL of my beauty & wellness products are handcrafted by me. Most are family recipes that I've tweaked from my late Nana...who dynamically lived to be 101! So, when you shop my Web Store you can trust that you are getting ALL NATURAL products that REALLY WORK. Nothing leaves my Aroma-Lab that I haven't had my hands in. I keep my prices reasonable so EVERY-BODY can afford health-full, all natural beauty & wellness. So, shop my "life giving miracles in a bottle" https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I hope to learn from my tribe: soul-full holistically conscious and consciously holistic individuals like ME!!! smile HU has been my sacred healing place.

 

HU: Where Can We Find You? 

Answer:  YES, PLEASE Reach Out & Touch Me! I’m a Proud Member of the HU Family! You can TWEET me @Vegas Holistic, Friend Me @Monica Bickerstaff on Facebook and binge watch me on YouTube; I’m a Featured Lifestyle Channel.

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo9QQoP98YwSv2a2yIgiyVw

Thank you for this honor to share!

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Dr. Holistic Medicine & Fountain Of Youth Guru™

Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials

WEB STORE: https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

Learn more about Dr. Monica Bickerstaff here.

 

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World Homeopathy Awareness Week is April 10-16.  Learn more here.

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Meet Peter Bedard - celebrated author and healer.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer:  Witnessing people do things they were told could not be done. I healed myself of things that I was told couldn’t be healed. I love it when people step out of their comfort zones and take on goals that are seemingly out of reach. Whether those goals are physical goals in overcoming disease or financial goals in overcoming poverty, I find it deeply inspiring to witness, and even when possible help, people achieving the impossible.

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer:  Personally, my biggest achievements have been learning how to heal my life, create a sustainable business, buy my first home, and love more deeply…and get married!

Professionally, my biggest achievements have been to write a book, Teach internationally, start a healing tea business, and share my message that healing is a mindset and a possibility for everyone.

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: For me, every day is different and the focus of my day changes almost hourly. I may be seeing clients in the morning, writing my next book in the afternoon, and dropping off teas to a customer in the evening. Some days I need to add in a class I may be teaching or even doing a chore around the house. In between all these things I need to study for a class I’m taking and of course time for my family, friends, and husband.

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer:  I have three projects that I’m super excited about. I’m currently in re-writes for my second book and just starting the process of my third book. I’m also expanding my healing tea business and just had the super cool possibility of sharing my teas in the 2018 Oscar Nominee Gift Bags.

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer:  I wouldn’t switch jobs with anyone but I would love the budget of a major Hollywood studio and the organizational support of a Broadway stage manager!

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer:  My biggest challenges are organizational. I do so many things and the paperwork and administrative things that need to be done slow me down.

 

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer:  The most rewarding aspect of my career is when someone sends me a message sharing their story of healing and letting me know that my work helped change and improve their life.

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  My mission statement is, “To Bring Wellness”. My motto is, “It is what it is”. My mantra is, “Happy, Healthy, Strong, and Wealthy”.

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer:  I work from home so it can be difficult at times to maintain a healthy balance between work and the rest of life. My life is my work and often there is no balance in the traditional sense. I have instituted some habits that bring ease to my daily routine. I meditate, sit in my Jacuzzi, practice chi-gong almost daily and I get a pedicure every six weeks.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer:  The biggest obstacle I have overcome personally has been my ill health and chronic pain. Professionally I am still working on leveling up and overcoming the poverty thinking that I was born into. I’ve come a long way but there is more to be done.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer:  I would love to share my healing work and healing teas with the HU community!

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I’m always looking to expand my awareness around marketing and gain a greater knowledge of how to share my message more powerfully.

 

Websites

www.ConvergenceHealing.com

www.ConvergenceHealingTeas.com

 

Social Media:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ConvergenceHealing/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/convergencehealing/

You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVHVV5xlV1EDKVk61FK64g

 

Bio:

After a near-death experience, Peter Bedard was faced with the greatest challenge of all: Living a life in severe physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. The former dancer soon discovered that the anger and frustration he felt because of his injuries were not only keeping him in pain, but were waiting to teach him the greatest gifts of his life. Now, a celebrated author and healer, Peter Bedard helps thousands of people globally to live a life of full potential while integrating the lessons of pain into balanced living.

 

Learn more about Peter here.

 

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Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

(*from your profile page, click on your name, located in the top right corner, select Dash, and then scroll down to the Invite section, located on the right side of your screen.)

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Health according to Ayurved is a complete state of balance - Balance between organs, cells or tissues of the body, balance between the body and the soul or balance between the human being and the Supreme Being. Acharya Sushrut defines health as:

 

Samadosha, samagnischa samadhatu mala kriya

Prasanna atmenindriya manaha swasthya ityabhidheeyate .

 

Thus, Healthy state of body is when the Doshas (Humors) of the human body are balanced along with an ideal state of Agni (Digestive fire and tissue metabolism), stable Dhatus (Tissues) in a perfect condition and quantity, proper excretion of body wastes through sweat, stools or urine, and when the Atma (Soul), Indriya (Senses) and Manah (Mind) are in a condition of Bliss and proper functioning.

 

Now, this Perfect health can only be gained through “Spirituality”. Spirituality here doesn’t refer to any belief or following any religion but it means to connect oneself with his own soul,  understand  the material  world  and  do  our own righteous  karma.  And  if  you  are not spiritually healthy you cannot attain perfect health as even the WHO in its definition of perfect health has added “Spirituality” as an important component. If you are not spiritually well, then your mind is unable to remain stable. This instability of mind leads to many mental and physical disorders as today almost 85% of the diseases are psychosomatic disorders (i.e. which occurs due to the involvement of both physical and mental dysfunction). And once you correct the Mental or the spiritual component the physical disorder is sure to be resolved. Spirituality thus is an important factor to be considered before treating a patient. It has been clearly noticed that when a person is mentally well-oriented he responds to medicines and treatments quickly and more effectively. Spirituality plays a very important role in keeping a person healthy. Being spiritually correct automatically keeps you away from things which can easily make you ill. It also helps you avoid unnecessary stress and tension. Being spiritually well oriented keeps your desires, greed, necessities under tremendous control which not only keeps you away from ‘Paap Karma’(Sinful acts) but also keeps you in a condition of perfect health.

 

Ayurved has a concept of ‘Hita-Ahita’ (Beneficial-Unbeneficial) and ‘Sukha-Dukh’ (Pleasing-Unpleasing). Ayurved believes that one must follow Hitakar lifestyle (That which is Beneficial) and not sukhakari lifestyle (Pleasing lifestyle which later harms us). For example for a patient suffering from Diabetes taking excessive sweets maybe pleasing (Sukhadayi) but may not be Beneficial (Hitakari) for his/her health while taking Neem juice may not be pleasing but would surely be beneficial. Thus one must have control over his/her senses, desires and necessities to remain healthy. And this is only possible through Spirituality.

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While working in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, I would use deep breathing techniques with my clients as a way to reduce stress and help them cope with physical pain. It hadn’t occurred to me that this was a form of meditation and that mediation starts with the breath.

Now that we’ve been using the So Hum meditation from 6 Ways Deep Breathing Helps You, I wanted to share another beneficial breathing technique. This is great for clearing mental fog or waking you from that afternoon slump. Before you can calm the mind you must control the breath.  To help further your experience try Breathing for Clarity and Calming:


1. With the right hand, fold your index and middle finger and curl them into your palm. Your thumb, ring and pinky fingers should be sticking up. Now place your middle finger and index finger between your eyebrows.

2. Place thumb on the right side of your nose and ring finger on the left side.

3. With the thumb, close off the right nostril.

4. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

5. With your ring finger close off the left nostril.

6. Open and exhale through the right nostril slowly and comfortably.

7. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the right nostril.

8. With your thumb, close off the right nostril.

9. Open and exhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

10. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

Follow this pattern for a minute, and gradually increase the time to your level. As you breathe, feel your thoughts become steady, clear, and focused.

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Meet Ron Thompson, Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Nanaimo Hypnotherapy Center

HU: What inspires you?

Answer: Inspiration is not something that you have to look for. If you really want to achieve success in your life, then it can come from anywhere. Well for me, inspiration comes from my parents who always believe in me and support me to achieve my dreams. My passion, commitment and dedication in my mission: coach, counsel and mentor adults and students - to help them to become globally competent to achieve their dreams and goals.


HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: I have overcome 2 amputations of my legs, one kidney transplant and I’m blind. I trained for 4 years to become a clinical Hypnotherapist. That’s was big for me.


HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: Tracy is my wife and partner - we work from our home and so we are together day and night . We train tighter and work with clients everyday. At night we do recordings of sessions for our new website coming in the fall. We also to Skype therapy around the world so we seem to be always busy…

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: Recording our seminars for different groups of people.


HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I would love to become a inspirational and motivational speaker.

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I think it is my eye sight and mobility issues. As well just keeping up to the changing social changes online.


HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: People that email after working together and letting me know how life has changed for them.  For me that is very rewarding.


HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: Changing ONE mind at a time.


HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I'm sure everybody knows to eat right and get their exercise every day as I do. More importantly is to turn off the phone and PC and enjoy life and your partner and do seeming for someone else and feel good about yourself. You will feel great.


HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: Fear!  As many do, one thinks "Can I do this?", "Can I become who I want to be?".  After I lost my second leg I thought it was over but here I am and seeing clients everyday so have no fear, fill your destiny.


HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: Life … I have seen and gone through so much and still here.  I hope I can help people as well to see their path and stay on it.


HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: I love to learn, I love to see what people are doing and how they live their life.

HU:  Is there any other advice you would like to share with the HU Community?

Answer:  Give yourself credit. Often when we feel frustrated or upset we only concentrate on the bad things or the mistakes we’ve made instead of giving ourselves credit for what we do right.  Allow yourself to feel confident about the things you have accomplished, even if you’ve messed up in other areas.  Let go of the past.  It does not determine your future so why focus on it?  If you feel yourself ruminating on the past make a conscious effort to take your thoughts in another direction.

 

Learn more about Ron Thompson, ACCHT, here.

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Meet Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD - Pharmaceutical executive, author, speaker, and leadership consultant.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: I am awed and inspired by the beauty of nature and love the outdoors. I am inspired by helping others to optimize their health and wellbeing and seeing those individuals undergo transformations in their lives to healthier living.

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: Successfully raising a son with autism, while maintaining a full-time career in medicine.

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I don’t really have typical days. I exercise and or do yoga in the early morning at least 5 days per week. I work full time in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing two global drug development programs, which keeps me quite busy. I also spend time writing articles and working on my next book, whenever and wherever I carve out time to do so. I try to spend quality time each evening with family and to do at least one thing for myself each day

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: My favorite current project is ramping up my speaking and writing career – it’s a big job!

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I am a big fan of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I appreciate the level of responsibility that she has as a Supreme Court Justice, and the positive influence that she has had not only on the law, but also the youth of America. I value that level of leadership and skill in a public service role.

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I work in a very hierarchal and somewhat rigid corporate environment. While I love my work, I don’t like the bureaucracy of much of corporate America. I am a ‘go getter’ and a ‘go giver’ and I like to get things done!

 

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: Serving patients with cancer worldwide.

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — The Buddha

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I make exercise and healthy eating a priority. I structure my day so that I wake up early, begin each day intentionally with a short meditation/pranayama practice and then hit the gym. I eat three meals per day and try to make health conscious choices regardless of whether I eat at home or out of my home.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: My father’s death was very difficult for me, as I was not able to help him to regain his good health after a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer. He died 6 months after diagnosis, despite receiving appropriate treatment. He had a significant influence on the course of my life and my career choice. My recently released book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga is dedicated to him.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: My work is focused not only on developing new drugs for patients with cancer but on helping people to stay well and develop healthy habits for life. I hope that the HU community will read and share my articles and book, Beyond the Mat, with their constituency.

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: We are on a collaborative journey which explores the shared purpose improving health and wellness. I do this by both developing drugs for patients with cancer and by helping people to develop healthy habits long term. I would love to connect with the broader HU community as our collective voices and wisdom are most powerful!

 

HU:  I understand that you are a physician executive for a major pharmaceutical company, and, in addition, are a trained yoga instructor. What inspired you to take a deeper look at the principles of yoga and apply them to your business life? 

Answer:  Corporate life can be very demanding and has attendant with it, many uncertainties. Coupled with this, my current position is international in scope, requiring availability well beyond typical business hours. While my goal is to serve patients globally, to do so, I must deal with very complex drug development considerations but also challenging business problems. Yoga initially caused me to pause, and it created some space for me to think, reflect, and exercise my creativity. It led to more flexibility of body and mind. The meditative and breathing exercises helped me to better cope with the demands and crises that came my way. The ‘oneness’ emphasized by yoga led me to redefine how I thought about leadership, and helped me to understand that becoming a highly effective leader is not about getting a position in the C-suite. It can be achieved by anyone, but it takes hard work and discipline.

 

HU:  How does yoga relate to effective business models?

Answer:  Business models built on a hierarchal structure with organized leadership and a guiding principle based on the “bottom line” are no longer popular. 

These models do not prioritize people—you can downsize them, rank order them, get rid of the bottom 10 percent, and take other liberties because in this system people are perceived as commodities. Leaders are now beginning to understand that building a company on connected, organic leadership and ideology of wholeness, not simply the “bottom line,” is actually a recipe for success. This model’s guiding principles are based on people and relationships. The skills and values we learn from our practice of yoga go hand in hand with the success of these principles. 

 

HU:  You talk about Enlightened Leadership in your book. What is Enlightened Leadership?

Answer:  As I mentioned, highly effective leaders aren’t necessarily those in the C-suite. Anyone can become an enlightened leader. Enlightened Leaders are committed to making the world a better place and to ongoing personal growth and transformation. Enlightened leaders are: Compassionate, confident, courageous, humble, intentional, open-minded, passionate, purposeful, self-aware, self-caring, spiritual and visionary. I have a quiz on my website: Are you an Enlightened Leader? See: http://www.julierosenbergmd.com.

 

HU:  What is one major thing that you still struggle with?

Answer:  Patience. I really have to practice this skill. I am not always the best listener. Practicing patience supports me in becoming a better listener and asking questions.  It demands that I take a deep breath and let go of my own impatience to solve problems myself. I continue to work to be objective enough to step back from a situation and remove my own opinions so that I can better see and appreciate it through the lens of another person. I am often in a hurry.  Practicing patience helps me to remember to breathe, slow down and respect the process. 

 

Learn more about Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD, here.

 

 

 

 

 

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I was a Diabetic Patient since 2000.It was discovered 290 fasting & 495 PP {Glucose }. During this journey of 18 yrs around 2 yrs all together, i took medicine. But it never helped me in Curing. My interest was in Naturopathy & Ayurveda. I treated my self changing in my life style & food habit. 

At present my sugar label is 100 fasting without any medicine.

 

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Meet Lisa Rufsholm - Hair Analysis Consultant:

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Helping people at all stages of health to improve their quality of life.  Finding the cause, eliminating symptoms and seeing clients improve brings me great joy!

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: My proudest moments have been helping a woman conceive when she was told she never would, helping a young man to avoid removing 7 feet of intestine with Crohns, learning my elderly patient fell but had no broken bones or injuries and assisting a young man with schizophrenia past his violent internal voices are what fills my heart.

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I am typically typing a report, helping a client through a retracing symptoms, educating on natural health and working out every day.

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: I am reaching out to stay at home moms, stressed out corporate employees and those who have been through the medical facilities with no answers or relief of symptoms to try alternative ways once we find possible causes through hair analysis.

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t trade my job with anyone because I love making a difference in the lives I’ve touched through hair analysis and the relationships I’ve built.

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I love working with people so using technology, social media and marketing to share what hair analysis testing can do to improve and measure health has been a challenge.

 

HU:  What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: My reward is when a client has eliminated symptoms, disease or overcome physical limitations by improving their health

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: Get healthy from the cell out.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: We have to care for ourselves so we can be 100% for our loved ones so I take supplements, detoxify, eat clean, healthy foods and exercise daily.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: I have such a burning desire to help people that I tend to want clients to do more for themselves than they are willing to do or change at times.  I had to learn to be ok with educating and supporting people where they are until they are ready too.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: Hair analysis is a wonderful tool to measure cellular mineral levels, heavy metal toxicity, thyroid and adrenal functions as well as cell permeability regardless of which program or diet people follow.  It IS the individual’s chemistry with no opinion or guesswork.

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: I love to learn about other holistic modalities and aspects of healing.  The relationships built by sharing our knowledge creates a well rounded community to help others improve their lives.

 

HU: Who is your ideal client?

Answer: I work with infants, athletes, people of middle age to the elderly.  Those who want to maintain their health or correct serious issues all benefit from my program.

 

HU: What does the test show?

Answer:  Hair Analysis is scientifically and specifically what is in an individual’s cell level (mineral or heavy metal). No guessing, generalization or by symptom.  It IS your chemistry.  I can help what I can see and is proven.  Once we see what is not in balance we can start to detox and correct.  If you don’t know where you at, you cannot plan how to get to where you want to be!

 

Learn more about Lisa Rufsholm here.

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Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

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Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

(*from your profile page, click on your name, located in the top right corner, select Dash, and then scroll down to the Invite section, located on the right side of your screen.)

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Meet Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM, a doctor of holistic medicine.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: Ahhh, thank you for this “Q.”  I am inspired by THIS! I believe that “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and I am inspired when my clients reclaim optimal health through my natural handcrafted remedies. I am inspired when my client, with uterine cancer, writes to me that my serums & elixirs are  “life giving miracles in a bottle.” I am inspired by living my passion! Most of all, I am inspired that I’m continuing the intuitive natural medicine woman legacy of my Nana; longevity through vim, vigor & vitality.

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: To date, I’m thrilled to have recently been awarded the “5-star”  (highest honor) by the International Beauty Show-NY, LLC (IBS) for “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”; my proprietary line of natural remedies that I handcraft with herbs, essential oils & LOVE!  I am honored that I was featured in the “Vassar VQ” Spring 2018 magazine (Vassar College) for successfully transitioning from award-winning journalist & documentary producer to Dr. of Holistic Medicine and Fountain Of Youth Guru™.  

https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer:  My Self-Care DAY begins with my gratitude prayer and Kundalini Yoga Practice followed by sound healing meditation.  I return emails and client calls and then I unleash my creativity with Marketing & Promotions for new courses and/or products.  Then…my fave part of each day is blendin’ in my “Aroma-Lab”; this soothes me.  I don’t play….LOL, I make sure that I get 8-hours of sleep a day AND I drink a gallon of alkaline water with lemon juice & ACV.

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: Okay…are you ready for this? I’m tickled to have been asked by the Food Network & America’s Best Baker’s Championship, LLC to be THE featured wellness lifestyle vendor for the Ultimate Bake-Off Competition on May 12, 2018.  Now, you may be asking “WTF, Cupcakes?” I am here to inspire a whole new world of “Wellness Warriors” with my Wise Woman Wisdom, Wit and Natural Remedies. Holistic Health & Cupcakes! OH YEAH…BRING IT! (vegan & GF options are on tap) https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I wouldn’t “switch” or change A THING in my life! I’m honoring my calling and living my PASSION! I am my own original Blueprint!

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I feel my greatest challenge is getting people to understand that they are ENOUGH and WORTHY of Self-Care.  Does anyone else have this challenge? S.O.S!!! Can WE Talk?

 

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: When the mother of my 8-year old eczema patient calls me to say that her child is sleeping soundly with no flare-ups! When my 70-year old client calls to tell me that my “Nana’s Healthy Hair Elixir” has stimulated enough hair growth where even his barber is asking him “what’s going on?” and when my 65-year old mother and grandmother, with uterine cancer, is blessed with LIFE; for another 5 years!  THIS…is my heart-song.

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  Ahhhhh, I have many! I LOVE to wax witty poeticisms! LOL, but my faves are: “ Healthy IS The New Sexxxy”; “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and “There's This Moment Where There's A Blank Slate & YOU Can Rewrite Your Story”...
Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: Hmmmmm, I remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E! I re-boot myself daily with my disciplined holistic routine.  I honor my divine feminine energies; regardless of which direction they’re flowing on any given day AND I AM THE SELF-CARE QUEEN!!!!  I AM Grateful for God’s Blessings & Inspirations, my business and life-partner, Vincent’s, support and unconditional love AND my Mommie’s EMBRACE.  I NEED this tri-fecta to function.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: Right now, I am in a cycle of healing. I’ve been rocked by the losses of my beloved Nana and my adored Daddy; suddenly within 40 days a part.  I’m walking my own talk…surrounding myself with my FAITH in God, my healing crystals, my own essential blends and my Traditional Chinese Medicine expertise.  One day at a time…baby steps.  I am healing my heart.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: I hope to share my ABSOLUTE JOY! “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”: ALL of my beauty & wellness products are handcrafted by me. Most are family recipes that I've tweaked from my late Nana...who dynamically lived to be 101! So, when you shop my Web Store you can trust that you are getting ALL NATURAL products that REALLY WORK. Nothing leaves my Aroma-Lab that I haven't had my hands in. I keep my prices reasonable so EVERY-BODY can afford health-full, all natural beauty & wellness. So, shop my "life giving miracles in a bottle" https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I hope to learn from my tribe: soul-full holistically conscious and consciously holistic individuals like ME!!! smile HU has been my sacred healing place.

 

HU: Where Can We Find You? 

Answer:  YES, PLEASE Reach Out & Touch Me! I’m a Proud Member of the HU Family! You can TWEET me @Vegas Holistic, Friend Me @Monica Bickerstaff on Facebook and binge watch me on YouTube; I’m a Featured Lifestyle Channel.

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo9QQoP98YwSv2a2yIgiyVw

Thank you for this honor to share!

Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Dr. Holistic Medicine & Fountain Of Youth Guru™

Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials

WEB STORE: https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium

Learn more about Dr. Monica Bickerstaff here.

 

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World Homeopathy Awareness Week is April 10-16.  Learn more here.

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Meet Peter Bedard - celebrated author and healer.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer:  Witnessing people do things they were told could not be done. I healed myself of things that I was told couldn’t be healed. I love it when people step out of their comfort zones and take on goals that are seemingly out of reach. Whether those goals are physical goals in overcoming disease or financial goals in overcoming poverty, I find it deeply inspiring to witness, and even when possible help, people achieving the impossible.

 

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer:  Personally, my biggest achievements have been learning how to heal my life, create a sustainable business, buy my first home, and love more deeply…and get married!

Professionally, my biggest achievements have been to write a book, Teach internationally, start a healing tea business, and share my message that healing is a mindset and a possibility for everyone.

 

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: For me, every day is different and the focus of my day changes almost hourly. I may be seeing clients in the morning, writing my next book in the afternoon, and dropping off teas to a customer in the evening. Some days I need to add in a class I may be teaching or even doing a chore around the house. In between all these things I need to study for a class I’m taking and of course time for my family, friends, and husband.

 

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer:  I have three projects that I’m super excited about. I’m currently in re-writes for my second book and just starting the process of my third book. I’m also expanding my healing tea business and just had the super cool possibility of sharing my teas in the 2018 Oscar Nominee Gift Bags.

 

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer:  I wouldn’t switch jobs with anyone but I would love the budget of a major Hollywood studio and the organizational support of a Broadway stage manager!

 

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer:  My biggest challenges are organizational. I do so many things and the paperwork and administrative things that need to be done slow me down.

 

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer:  The most rewarding aspect of my career is when someone sends me a message sharing their story of healing and letting me know that my work helped change and improve their life.

 

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer:  My mission statement is, “To Bring Wellness”. My motto is, “It is what it is”. My mantra is, “Happy, Healthy, Strong, and Wealthy”.

 

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer:  I work from home so it can be difficult at times to maintain a healthy balance between work and the rest of life. My life is my work and often there is no balance in the traditional sense. I have instituted some habits that bring ease to my daily routine. I meditate, sit in my Jacuzzi, practice chi-gong almost daily and I get a pedicure every six weeks.

 

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer:  The biggest obstacle I have overcome personally has been my ill health and chronic pain. Professionally I am still working on leveling up and overcoming the poverty thinking that I was born into. I’ve come a long way but there is more to be done.

 

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer:  I would love to share my healing work and healing teas with the HU community!

 

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer:  I’m always looking to expand my awareness around marketing and gain a greater knowledge of how to share my message more powerfully.

 

Websites

www.ConvergenceHealing.com

www.ConvergenceHealingTeas.com

 

Social Media:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ConvergenceHealing/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/convergencehealing/

You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVHVV5xlV1EDKVk61FK64g

 

Bio:

After a near-death experience, Peter Bedard was faced with the greatest challenge of all: Living a life in severe physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. The former dancer soon discovered that the anger and frustration he felt because of his injuries were not only keeping him in pain, but were waiting to teach him the greatest gifts of his life. Now, a celebrated author and healer, Peter Bedard helps thousands of people globally to live a life of full potential while integrating the lessons of pain into balanced living.

 

Learn more about Peter here.

 

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Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community?

The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.

It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. 

Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*.

(*from your profile page, click on your name, located in the top right corner, select Dash, and then scroll down to the Invite section, located on the right side of your screen.)

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Health according to Ayurved is a complete state of balance - Balance between organs, cells or tissues of the body, balance between the body and the soul or balance between the human being and the Supreme Being. Acharya Sushrut defines health as:

 

Samadosha, samagnischa samadhatu mala kriya

Prasanna atmenindriya manaha swasthya ityabhidheeyate .

 

Thus, Healthy state of body is when the Doshas (Humors) of the human body are balanced along with an ideal state of Agni (Digestive fire and tissue metabolism), stable Dhatus (Tissues) in a perfect condition and quantity, proper excretion of body wastes through sweat, stools or urine, and when the Atma (Soul), Indriya (Senses) and Manah (Mind) are in a condition of Bliss and proper functioning.

 

Now, this Perfect health can only be gained through “Spirituality”. Spirituality here doesn’t refer to any belief or following any religion but it means to connect oneself with his own soul,  understand  the material  world  and  do  our own righteous  karma.  And  if  you  are not spiritually healthy you cannot attain perfect health as even the WHO in its definition of perfect health has added “Spirituality” as an important component. If you are not spiritually well, then your mind is unable to remain stable. This instability of mind leads to many mental and physical disorders as today almost 85% of the diseases are psychosomatic disorders (i.e. which occurs due to the involvement of both physical and mental dysfunction). And once you correct the Mental or the spiritual component the physical disorder is sure to be resolved. Spirituality thus is an important factor to be considered before treating a patient. It has been clearly noticed that when a person is mentally well-oriented he responds to medicines and treatments quickly and more effectively. Spirituality plays a very important role in keeping a person healthy. Being spiritually correct automatically keeps you away from things which can easily make you ill. It also helps you avoid unnecessary stress and tension. Being spiritually well oriented keeps your desires, greed, necessities under tremendous control which not only keeps you away from ‘Paap Karma’(Sinful acts) but also keeps you in a condition of perfect health.

 

Ayurved has a concept of ‘Hita-Ahita’ (Beneficial-Unbeneficial) and ‘Sukha-Dukh’ (Pleasing-Unpleasing). Ayurved believes that one must follow Hitakar lifestyle (That which is Beneficial) and not sukhakari lifestyle (Pleasing lifestyle which later harms us). For example for a patient suffering from Diabetes taking excessive sweets maybe pleasing (Sukhadayi) but may not be Beneficial (Hitakari) for his/her health while taking Neem juice may not be pleasing but would surely be beneficial. Thus one must have control over his/her senses, desires and necessities to remain healthy. And this is only possible through Spirituality.

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While working in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, I would use deep breathing techniques with my clients as a way to reduce stress and help them cope with physical pain. It hadn’t occurred to me that this was a form of meditation and that mediation starts with the breath.

Now that we’ve been using the So Hum meditation from 6 Ways Deep Breathing Helps You, I wanted to share another beneficial breathing technique. This is great for clearing mental fog or waking you from that afternoon slump. Before you can calm the mind you must control the breath.  To help further your experience try Breathing for Clarity and Calming:


1. With the right hand, fold your index and middle finger and curl them into your palm. Your thumb, ring and pinky fingers should be sticking up. Now place your middle finger and index finger between your eyebrows.

2. Place thumb on the right side of your nose and ring finger on the left side.

3. With the thumb, close off the right nostril.

4. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

5. With your ring finger close off the left nostril.

6. Open and exhale through the right nostril slowly and comfortably.

7. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the right nostril.

8. With your thumb, close off the right nostril.

9. Open and exhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

10. Inhale slowly and comfortably through the left nostril.

Follow this pattern for a minute, and gradually increase the time to your level. As you breathe, feel your thoughts become steady, clear, and focused.

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