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Becoming an Architect of Change

After another enjoyable time on the Architect of Change radio show, Connie Whitman asked me to share Dr. Sauvage’s 4-Step Spiritual Action Plan and a version of St. Ignatius Examen. Both can help with the spiritual discipline needed to be an architect of change for yourself and the world. During the show (which I will post […]

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Nurturing Your Body: Loving Yourself

Nurturing Your Body: Loving Yourself From Opening Hearts Chapter 5 Healing & Nurturing the Body The body is a miraculous self-repairing system of awe-inspiring  complexity. To maintain adequate function and prevent disease, the body requires a few vital things from us: good nutrition, adequate  exercise, and protection from toxins and the elements. Making good choices […]

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Opening Hearts Chapter 5 Healing & Nurturing the Body

Opening Hearts is a book I collaborated on with Lester R. Sauvage, MD in the last eighteen months of his long and fruitful life. The book was generated from Dr. Sauvage desire to leave an enduring healing legacy following an amazing career as a cardiovascular surgeon. In a series of posts, I have been sharing Chapter 5 of this […]

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Cardinal Rule 5: Avoid Toxins

Toxins Are Avoidable Deadly Foes, Especially Smoking From Opening Hearts Chapter 5 – Healing and Nurturing the Body Some people combat stress by ingesting toxins in a variety of ways and smoking cigarettes may be one of the worst of the bunch because the well-known dangers of smoking cigarettes greatly outweigh any relaxing effects of […]

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Cardinal Rule 4: Manage Stress With Balance & Inner Peace

Rule 4: Manage Stress by Finding Balance and Inner Peace From Opening Hearts: Chapter 5 Five Cardinal Rules for Healthy Living Excessive, chronic stress can literally kill you. Our emotional, mental, and physical response to actual or perceived threats triggers the adrenal glands to release a flood of hormones including cortisol and adrenaline.42 [Footnote 42: […]

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Cardinal Rule 3: Exercise – Good Nutrition’s Essential Partner

From Opening Hearts, Chapter 5’s Cardinal rules for healthy living: Rule 3 Exercise Human beings are created for activity; our bodies are made to move. Yet in our technological world too many of us spend most of our lives sitting. We sit in cars, at computers, in front of televisions and desks, and at sporting […]

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Cardinal Rule 2: Maintain a Healthy Weight

Rule 2: Maintain a Healthy Weight From Opening Hearts: Chapter 5’s Five Cardinal Rules for Healthy Living; Weight – The Shape of Your Physical Self Weight literally shapes the person you see in the mirror. An underweight emaciated person appears gaunt or even skeletal while an obese person often resembles an apple or a pear. […]

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Nutrition’s Nemesis: Sugar’s Outrageous Growth

Opening Hearts: Chapter 5 Nutrition’s Nemesis: Sugar’s Outrageous Growth If I could select one substance to decrease in our diet it would be sugar. This unhealthy substance feeds the inflammation that damages arterial walls and has a long list of other harmful health consequences including cancer. Yet the average American consumes about 150 pounds of […]

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The Spirituality of Food Production and Choices

From Opening Hearts, Chapter 5’s Five Cardinal Rules for Healthy Living – Rule 1 Nutrition   When we consider all the gifts and resources we have available to us, we begin to understand that our food choices have spiritual as well as health consequences. Mindfulness and intentionality are just two of the spiritual aspects of […]

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Opening Hearts’ Five Cardinal Rules: Keys to Healthy Living

Recently I had the great honor of being a guest on Connie Whitman’s internet radio program, Architect of Change to talk about Opening Hearts, the book I co-created with the amazing cardiovascular surgeon Lester R. Sauvage, MD (1926-2015). Connie and I discussed the advice Dr. Sauvage shared about how to nurture the body as part of living a healthy […]

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