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Transform Your Space for Inner Healing: Day 1 - Lessons for Optimal Health

Move Away from a Place of Survival to a Place of Harmony.

Dr. Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAC, was one of the presenters at the Breast Cancer Breakthroughs Summit. His book, The Survival Paradox, discusses the concept of our inherent healing capacities can turn on us. His lessons on moving from the sympathetic system to the parasympathetic system were a gentle reminder to live through the heart.

Survival is an innate instinct ingrained within the human species. This instinct is present within every single cell of our bodies. In moments of stress or anxiety, our sympathetic nervous system takes charge, priming our bodies for a fight or flight response. However, if we find ourselves constantly surrounded by stressors, this can result in chronic inflammation, a leading contributor to the development of chronic diseases and certain types of cancers, including breast cancer.

One way to reduce chronic inflammation is by transitioning from our sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the rest and digest system. It is responsible for creating within us a state of calm, peace, and relaxation.

An exercise that is helpful for you to design your environment to be supportive of the parasympathetic response is to do a T chart. Divide a paper into two columns. Write in the Column A the things or activities that bring you peace, calm, and joy. In Column B write down the things that bring you stress and/or anxiety.

Reflect on both columns and do the things in Column A and reduce or don't do the things in Column B. It is as simple and as difficult as that. Take your time in moving forward, but please move forward to create your calm, peaceful, and respectful home and/or workspace.

When I underwent my initial bout of breast cancer, I opted for a lumpectomy. Simultaneously, I decided to undergo a (Name-ectomy) of individuals or work contracts in my life that contributed to unwarranted stress. This second time of reoccurring breast cancer, I am writing down my lists again and making the commitment to ensure my environment and the choices I make assist me in living life over cancer.

Know that you are worthy of a healthy life. Remember that absence of disease does not mean you are healthy. Take the first step today and confidently tell yourself and those around you that you are embracing a heart-centered approach to living optimally, prioritizing your well-being above all else.

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