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Say Yes to Life

Yes! What a great word to say as we begin to heal and feel better. So often our being in a state of “dis-ease” causes us to say no to the aspects of life we once took for granted.

Taking steps to live life fully requires an action plan, patience and practice. Some habits are difficult to break and new ones are difficult to establish but the benefits of making change can be astounding.

We are fortunate to have exceptional resources here in Columbia to improve our quality of life. In addition, publications and internet sites dedicated to the same make it easy for us to tailor a program to our needs and limitations. I am sharing a few favorite quotes as a consideration of each option.

Please remember to always use sensibility and caution when considering change and consult your physician first.

If you do not change direction you are likely to end up where you are headed. - Lao Tzu

RESOURCES FOR YOUR BODY

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. - Jim Rohn

NUTRITION

Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.Hippocrates

MOVEMENT THERAPY

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.
- Earl of Derby

BODYWORK

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. - World Health Organization, 1948

RESOURCES FOR YOUR MIND

You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.Albert Einstein

PATIENT SUPPORT GROUPS

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. - Benjamin Disraeli

COUNSELING

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. - Thich Nhat Hanh

MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION

Mindfulness can be summed up in two words: pay attention. Once you notice what you’re doing, you have the power to change it. - Michelle Burford

BREATHING TECHNIQUES

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. - Thich Nhat Hanh

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb

PRAYER

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. - Mother Teresa

HYPNOSIS

He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens - Carl Jung

GUIDED IMAGERY

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

BIOFEEDBACK

If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. - Norman Vincent Peale

CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. - Pablo Picasso

MEDITATION

Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. - Zen saying

REFERENCE RESOURCES

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

If you never did, you should.
These things are fun, and fun is good.

Dr. Seuss

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