Monday, September 14, 2009

Cultivate Inner Peace To Nurture Your Mind And Body Health.

"We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen."
-- Thomas Merton

"The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order."
-- Henry Miller

“Without peace of mind, life is just a shadow of its possibilities.”
-- Jean Borysenko

There are moments when you feel you’re not yourself. Your mind is in turmoil. This feeling robs you of your innate ability to be all you can. The storms in your mind rob you of your creativity, zest and passion for living. Without these qualities, you are a shadow of yourself.

You have the power and the ability to be the master or mistress of yourself. However you need serenity to be able to master yourself and your destiny. Therein lies the importance of maintaining your body’s software, the mind, in top notch shape. It’s like maintaining your computer regularly to rid it of malwares and viruses. These are some of the practices that can help.

· Devote sometime to be still and know yourself.

· Cultivate productive relationships as they serve as buffers in times of need.

· Read widely. By so doing you come to realize that you are weaving the same tapestry as your next door neighbor. In other words you're in this together.

· Volunteer and give of yourself. Selfless acts wipe the tears from the face of a suffering neighbor. When this happens you forget your own tears.

“If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”
-- Chinese Proverb

"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the 'atomic age' -- as in being able to remake ourselves."
-- Mohandas Gandhi

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Hard Times Require Nurturing Your Mind And Body Health.

"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines."

Robert Schuller
"The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests."


These are hard times for many people all over the world because of the global economic woes. The world is one big tapestry on which you are painting. A spilled paint in one corner affects the work of other painters. This means other people are experiencing whatever you're going through.

Therein lies the power of breaking your day into moments at a time. For each moment has solutions for the next moment. This technique helps you tap into the power of now. Practicing to live one moment at a time will not come easy. However, like everything else, practice brings perfection, for, a moment's problem surmounted provides ammunition for the next moment. This is a winning recipe for your mind and body health.

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

Helen Keller
"A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl."

Stephan Hoeller

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My First Movie Screenplay

Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.
Robert Collier
Since medical school I have taken many writing classes to help me to write. My house is full of books form and other bookstores on how to write. I have taken writing classes on line from Gotham in New York and from other sources. I have written poems and a short story. However nothing really appealed to me more than writing for the big screen.

The journey started last August when I bought a lot of screenplay books and started reading. I started writing my first screenplay about 2 months ago. I decided to write a 30 minutes screenplay. I bought "The Final Draft" to help me write. However, I did not like it because I could only load it on one computer. I accidentally stumbled on Celtx , a free movie writing software on line. It was God sent. It worked seamlessly and I could write anywhere provided I had access to a computer and the Internet.

I have finished my second draft. I am still working on polishing it. The setting is in Ghana and hence I am looking for producers in Ghana or Nigeria to take a look at my maiden script to see whether it cuts the muster. I am really excited. I am planning the outline for my second screenplay. Wish me luck.

Recruit Your Spirituality For Your Mind and Body Health.

It's only logical that mental health proffessionals will recruit their patients' interest in spirituality to help them heal. It looks like the profession has come round to this realization. Please, read on... 

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Spirituality Is Good For Your Mind And Body Health

Spiritual energy brings compassion into the real world. With compassion, we see benevolently our own human condition and the condition of our fellow
beings. We drop prejudice. We withhold judgment.

~ Christina Baldwin

Awareness of the sacred in life is what holds our world together, and the lack of awareness of the sacred is what is tearing it apart.

~ Joan Chittister

Since time immemorial, human beings have been enchanted by the sacred. Most people believe that there is a greater force in this world that resides everywhere. We see its manifestation all around us. All we need to do is to open our eyes and have an open mind. An open mind appreciates that a world that everything works in unison for the good of mankind must have an architect behind it. You may call the architect by any name you like.

The Time Magazine recently presented many interesting ideas on these issues. Please, read on...

Reference: Time Magazine

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Recruit The Changing Scenes Of Life For Your Mind and Body Health.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

Charles Dubois

Change is the norm in the world. The child you bring into the world was once dependent on you. Give the child the right environment, and like a well tended flower, the child blossoms and transforms herself into something new. Without the appropriate environment the child wont achieve her inborn potential to be something better than what she was born with.

Change is what makes everything happens but we dread change. We get so comfortable with the status quo that change becomes an orphan. Yet, to live a meaningful life is to change constantly for the better. Life without change is a toxin for the mind and body health. The following are some of the suggested things you can do to change your life:

  • Live one moment at a time. If you don't, the anxiety of the next moment is enough to cripple you, thus preventing you from being your best.
  • Learn from the seasons. Nothing is permanent. Change is the language of nature. Each change in the seasons has its purpose.
  • Adopt an attitude of lifelong learning, for todays' fad is tomorrow's relic. This way you would be equipped with the winning skills to be able to cope with tomorrow.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

Harriet Tubman

"For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out."

James Baldwin

"Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!"


Friday, April 24, 2009

For Your Mind And Body Health, Practise Forgiveness

Mark Twain

Allan Paton

Joshua Loth Liebman

As humans we hurt each other. It's natural, since sometimes we hurt people without knowing they are hurt. On the other hand we may intentionally hurt people just to retaliate for something they have done to us. Just hurting someone to retaliate never gives you peace of mind. When you annoint your neighbor with perfume, you also smell good.

Learning to forgive is not easy, so is holding on to grudges. I will rather let go of grudges so I can have a peaceful life than hold on to grudges and have a misearable life. The choice is yours. Live at peace with yourself and your neighbor, knowing well that you may hurt your neighbor who may forgive you. So may your neghbor hurt you and expect your forgiveness.

To live a healthy happy life is to try to shake off any shackles that constrain you such as grudges and hatred. For, the person you are angry with may not even know that you have such feelings towards him. To live is to unlock those shacles that may prevent you to be all you can be. This is a healthy and a winning recipe for your mind and body health.

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.

Henry Ward Beecher

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Start Something New To Energize Your Mind And Body Health.

"Living in my own world

Didn't understand

That anything can happen

When you take a chance

I never believed in

What I couldn't see

I never opened my heart

To all the possibilities

I know that something has changed

Never felt this way..."

High School Lyric

"What we receive by reaching our destiny is not nearly as important as what we
become by stretching towards it."

Author Unknown

It took me 3 years after signing on Google's Blogger before I had the courage to start blogging. I gave various excuses such as my writing will not be good enough, not enough time and not enough material to write on. One day in October 2006, I took the first step and wrote my first post. The going has not been easy, however the writing has become easier and I enjoy doing it. The research before the writing and the writing itself give me the high and motivation to continue doing it.

As we begin a new year, I am challenging you to come out of your shell and tackle any projects you've been dreaming of. That is what living is all about. To fulfill our dreams and contribute our part to the world. This way, we will leave the world a little better than we met it. This act in itself will empower you to make you hope for tomorrow. As the saying goes, "Today's seeds are tomorrow's flowers." If you don't do anything today to buoy you up tomorrow, your boat will not float. There would be no waves to help your boat to the shore.

The feeling of being an important part of mankind cannot harm you. That feeling is an elixir to your mind and body health. Feelings matter. For these feelings produce the chemicals that make or unmake you. Hence, as we enter this new year, dare to start the new project you've been dreaming about all these months. Starting is half the battle won.

"Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really
knew. They're what make the instrument stretch--what makes you go beyond the

Cicely Tyson

"The principle of "stretching" is involved. Stretching is going beyond one's
normal, comfortable limits and taking into account the big picture. To see the
situation in a larger context motivates behavior change that benefits the
relationship rather than the self. What is good for the relationship benefits
the individuals involved. Stretching means to transcend the ego in the service
of something greater. Making that initial move can be extremely difficult."

Elinor Stanton.