Flax Seed Is A Busy Body and Budget-Conscious Must-Have

Keeping fit and healthy in this day and age is becoming more of a luxury. A luxury of time for people who are always on the go and who ca not seem to find the occasion to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals. Moreover, it is an indispensable luxury especially for the regular wage earner whose income can barely afford the price of garden fresh foods and health supplements to instead settle for microwaveable meals. So how does a typical American keep healthy despite all these everyday constraints?

If you think processed food is remarkably healthy, then most likely you are buying into empty promises of nutrition. In fact, much of the nutrients fortified into processed food items are lost in the course of refining and processing. Furthermore, these products are packed with preservatives, so beware of the related health risks. Now if you have been regularly taking synthetic vitamins and supplements, be informed that the concept of complete nutrition is not likely in this instance since the body cannot effectively utilize the vitamin contained in the pill, with its compound being isolated from a set of micronutrients typical from the natural source.

In the end, natural, whole foods remain as the top source for essential micronutrients that the body can directly absorb and utilize for its various biochemical functions. Nothing beats the regular consumption of garden fresh food and farm products. But was not it mentioned earlier that these are not only costly but also time consuming in terms of preparation? Yes indeed! But there is an easily available natural source packed with all the right nutrients that will not even hurt a tightened budget. That is the willowy flax seed.

Get it whole or milled, the flax seed is an affordable, natural supplement that provides the essential nutrients important to our diet. On top of its nutritional components are Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs – particularly Omega 3, that aid in the various functions of the body. EFAs assist in the formation of strong muscles, in hormonal excretion, with brain development, and in the upkeep of immune functions. Likewise, Omega 3 regulates metabolism, blood pressure, and sugar levels to prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases as well as keep the body energized and full of stamina. Moreover, flax seed is packed with soluble fiber to aid in digestive functions, and lignans that are known to inhibit the growth of tumor and cancer cells.

So if you can not afford the regular purchase of whole foods or are too busy to be bothered by its preparations, then why not buy cold-milled flax seed and sprinkle it over meals and beverages today. flax seed

is the nutritional ally for both busy-bodies and budget conscious consumers.

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The Busy Body – A Sibling Of Eckhart Tolle’s Pain Body

Have you ever noticed that your mind is chattering constantly? Have you ever been able to stop this chatter? Almost everyone answers, “Yes” to the first question and “No” to the second one.

I call this part of ourselves the busy body. It is like a restless, frisky kitten, pouncing on anything that draws its attention and batting it about with no particular purpose other than to keep itself constantly busy. In most of us, the Busy Body is utterly unrelenting in its pursuit of items with which it can play around. Any stimulation of our senses may set it off on a series of mental associations, one leading endlessly to another until a new focus catches its attention and then off it goes in another series of directions.

I woke up one morning to the sound of a construction crew hammering on the roof of a home across the street. I was tired and annoyed to have my sleep interrupted, feeling I was being treated inconsiderately by the universe.

My mind pulled on this thread of feeling inconsiderately treated, finding that it was also attached to the neighbors who had been partying the previous night, keeping me awake late; to blaming myself for not getting to bed earlier so that I wouldn’t be so tired; to blaming myself for blaming myself rather than being kind and compassionate with myself.

This started a new series of thoughts about my practice of meditation, disciplining my mind so that it would not constantly chase bits of chaff blown in the breezes, winds and storms of my thoughts and imagination; and then turning a corner to chase memories and speculations about my uses of WHEE (a self-healing method) with myself to release bunches of my self-criticisms; and then off to threads of WHEE that tangled into untidy webs of memories about clients I was helping with WHEE and some of the lessons I was learning along with them about my own issues that needed clearing…

In classical Freudian psychoanalysis this process would be called “free association,” which is presumed to be a completely normal activity of the mind. In fact, free association can reveal much about ourselves when we observe the threads of associations that we weave.

The patterns in the weaving help to uncover ways that we defend ourselves from anxieties, fears and hurts that were long ago buried and forgotten by our consciousness – but remain alive and very active in the depths of our unconscious mind. By practicing observing these patterns we learn to disengage from them to the extent that we can catch ourselves chasing about and bring ourselves back on tracks of our conscious choosing.

I find it more helpful to identify this part of ourselves as this restless, mischievous kitten I call the busy body. This is similar to Eckhart Tolle’s identification of the pain body, an inner aspect of ourselves that thrives on pain and seeks frequently to cause and experience pain.

Tolle notes that when we become aware of the pain body, it is possible gradually to reduce its intensity by disengaging our energies from it. Tolle’s approach is to constantly bring our awareness back to the Now, the present moment, the only moment that actually exists. This, like psychoanalysis, is usually a process that takes a very long time to learn and master.

Anxieties, worries, fears and pains increase the activity of the busy body. They also make it more difficult to control the pain body and to stay in the Now.

Calming the busy body is also very helpful in developing a practice of meditation. By quieting the mind, we are able to stay centered and move more deeply into the meditative states we are pursuing.

WHEE (Whole Health – Easily and Effectively) is a powerful method for decreasing anxieties and other stress reactions, which then slows down the busy body. For instance, sorting myself out at the end of my meanders described above:

I realized my most intense annoyance was with myself. I used WHEE, tapping on either side of my body while reciting an affirmation, until I released this irritation. This helped me settle my mind down to where I could concentrate on what I needed to do that day.

Working as a wholistic psychotherapist, many of my clients have reported they also find WHEE helpful with their busy body, their pain body, and with the stresses that often made it difficult to deal with these challenging parts of themselves.