I couldn't find a picture of myself getting all angry and crazy, bur I did find this picture of a stunning male Macaque and I must say the similarities are striking.
To be honest, he doesn't look half as terrifying as I do. See his eyes? He don't got those wild Iraqi eyes. What can I say. When you got it, you got it.
I wish I knew how to put a caption bubble next to his face. "GO TO SLEEP ALREADYYYY!!!" I would write. "STOP TALKINGGGGG!!!"
As much as I like to believe I'm high energy, when the clock strikes 9 in da p.m., I turn into the Wicked Witch of South Beach. But I don't just get nasty. I get over-tired, super-irritable, ravenous, and sometimes anxious. Did I mention super-irritable?
Of course, if my kids aren't asleep yet, that just multiplies my irritability by a factor of 10. Obviously.
Okay, so let's talk about irritability. And anxiety.
Turns out much of it is in our brains.
Not necessarily our minds. Our monkey brains.
To be more accurate, it's in our blood, which leads to our brains.
Anxiety and other mentally-related issues such as low mood, anxiety, (oops, already said that one!) and fear actually start in the blood, according to Chinese medicine.
The blood, aside from bringing oxygen and nutrients to every organ and body system, nourishes the mind. It's considered the physical basis for mental health. If you have "strong blood" according to Chinese medicine, you sleep well, wake up feeling rested, have a good memory, are grounded and calm.
Strong blood gives people the feeling of being alive and ready to take on the day. Their minds are clear, their reactions are calm, and their focus is sharp.
I hate "strong blood" people.
Blood is made up from the food we eat, and how we eat it. If we eat too quickly, not enough food, not enough blood-building foods, too much at once, too late at night, on the run, etc., our blood constitution will be weak. And as a result, we will be weak, both physically and mentally.
What Chinese medicine calls blood deficiency might correspond in Western medicine to any one (or more) of these health issues: chronic fatigue, infertility, arthritis, anemia, restless leg syndrome, eating disorders, migraines, gynecological problems, trouble focusing, being scatterbrained or in the clouds, muscle pain and/or weakness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, even depression.
Interestingly, people who tend to be blood deficient are people that give too much of themselves and don't take care of themselves enough.
They literally deplete themselves because they are imbalanced.
Ummm.... like, "ALL MOMS EVERYWHERE??"
Hey, I just thought of a tagline for a great TV channel! "All Moms... All The Time." Then you'd have 24-hour-long shows of moms doing everything they do, not sleeping included.
So! What's my point?
A few points:
-If you suffer from any type of imbalance, mentally and/or physically, start taking better care of yourself! Eat healthier, exercise for 20 minutes every day, get enough sleep, and pamper yourself, for G-d's sake!
-If you want to figure out what's causing your imbalance, you can get a blood test, which is great. BUT! I think it's a fatal flaw in western medicine to look at the parts and not at the whole.
For example, anxiety can actually be a symptom of low iron! I know, because I have it. Low iron, I mean. The unease I would feel usually happens after my witching hour, which makes sense because by the evening, I feel totally drained. Like I just can't go on.
Incidentally, I started taking an Iron with B complex under the direction of my Chinese doctor who happens to be a rabbi, and it's done wonders for me! I'm even sleeping better at night, and have no problem falling asleep any more! I used to toss and turn all night.
If I had gone to a regular MD, he would likely have given me some magic pill to help me fall asleep. But he wouldn't have connected the low iron to sleeplessness. That's why I always say western medicine is great for emergencies and acute issues.
But it doesn't aim to get to the root of the problem.
That's what I like about natural approaches. They look at the entire mind-body connection through their own wisdom and knowledge.
So many people are tired, overworked, undernourished, walking zombies who are just surviving. They're not living. I can see by the way they drag themselves around with no energy. So blah.
It's so common, maybe people think it's normal. But it's not.
Hashem gave us life, and we have to do our best with what He gave us. We are responsible for our health. Not our doctors.
We are responsible for our knowledge. Not our doctors, who incidentally have little or no formal training in nutrition.
Let's take control of our health and stop relying on doctors and overpriced magic pills with thousands of side effects to "fix" things for us.
If you're not feeling great, do something about it! Today!
Wishing you a day full of vitality and strong blood!
Don't miss Rav Brody's weekly Emuna class tonight! Scroll down for details.
Today's live broadcast and shiur from Jerusalem is a vital shiur that Rabbi Shalom Arush gave in one of Miami events during our recent "Emuna is Our Future" Tour to North America.
It's a game-changer and a lifesaver - no exaggeration - so don't miss it.
Join us for today's emuna lesson and live broadcast from Jerusalem entitled "Timeout From Troubles", which will take place, G-d willing, on the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7 PM Israel time; the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.
Today's shiur is a vital encapsulation of Rabbi Shalom Arush's teachings during our recent North American tour about what emuna really is; it's a game-changer, a lifesaver, and the fast route to genuine emuna, which will change your whole outlook on life. Don't miss this…
Rav Lazer Brody with his esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a during their recent "Emuna is our Future" tour in North America
My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush writes: "Human dignity should be in our focus always. People asked the Chazon Ish: 'What is the pinnacle of spiritual levels that a person can reach in this world?" He answered, "to traverse one's seventy years on earth without harming a single person'. The first priority in harm prevention is being careful not to hurt one's spouse and children. One's child is the Almighty's creation as well as one's spouse. No one has the right to hurt them."
The anti-Semites characterize Jews as hook-nosed and pot-bellied.
Our hooked noses come from our Semitic origins. But pot bellies? They're not Jewish at all. To serve Hashem - without fooling yourself, because you're certainly not fooling Hashem - a person must be in good shape. This is an absolute requirement of Judaism, as the Rambam teaches us. Six-pack abs are a perfect complement to the Six Orders of the Mishna...
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