William Esteb’s “Spiritual Subluxations”

Often we are only concerned about our spinal subluxations that we often ignore the spiritual subluxations! Here’s an article about how to recognize those signs.

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Cloudy thinking – A mental fog makes it difficult to think clearly, obscuring opportunities and solutions.

Procrastination – Postponing a needed action is often a sign you’re off-purpose or unsure what it is.

Lack of concentration – Succumbing to the distraction of the Internet, email and other shiny objects can be an effective tactic.

Worry – Rehearsing what you don’t want is not only counterproductive, it squelches your creativity and problem-solving abilities.

Fear – A spiritual oppression that can only exist without faith, seducing you to live in a future that hasn’t happened. And probably won’t.

Depression – Anger (without enthusiasm) is a gold mine for drug companies, allowing the anger to go unforgiven.

A common deception is that spiritual oppression doesn’t exist. While chiropractic care is a good start, addressing spiritual subluxations requires spiritual tools such as prayer, fasting, gratitude and forgiveness.

Dr. Dyer “Being Peace”

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.

— The Prayer of St. Francis

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You can become an instrument of peace in any given moment of your life by deciding that you are not going to use your mind for anything other than peaceful thoughts. This may sound extreme to you when you take into consideration all the difficult people you have to deal with, your financial picture, the illness of a close relative, the inconsiderate boss you must face, the taxes you owe, as well as outrageous traffic delays, and on and on. Try taking a breather from your habit of continuously looking for occasions to be non-peaceful. Go to that quiet, serene peaceful place within you that is covered by the outer layers of your material life. It is here that you know what being an instrument of peace means. Here, your emphasis is on giving, rather than receiving, peace.

When you are an instrument of peace, you are not seeking anything, you are a peace provider. You do not seek peace by looking into the lives of others and wishing that they would change so that you could become more peaceful. Rather, you bring your own sense of calm to everyone you encounter. You do not go about viewing every circumstance of your life in terms of whether it meets with your standard of peace. Rather, you bring your peaceful countenance to the chaos you encounter and your presence soothes the outer turmoil. Even if the turmoil continues, you have the freedom to choose a peaceful thought, or to quietly remove yourself from the immediate scene. How do you do this? Repeat the words of St. Francis that appear above. Chaotic moments are times to remember that you will not gain your peace from anyone else and that you choose to bring peace to every life situation you encounter.

The most important moments for cultivating this awareness are when you find yourself right smack in the middle of a tumultuous exchange, when someone is argumentative, surly, or irrational and you sense yourself falling into the pandemonium. Usually, in such moments your inclination is to blame all of the external forces for your absence of peace. Begin to look at these situations in a totally new way, one that will help you not only become a delivery person of calmness, but will make you a more reliable and steadfast instrument of peace.

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7 Practices Great for Your Emotional Health

A key to total health and wellness is making sure you have good emotional health.  Check out this article by Pathways.

http://blog.pathwaystofamilywellness.org/pathways/7-practices-great-for-your-emotional-health/#sthash.wPZiS6pU.dpbs

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By Natalie Sager, Certified Holistic Healer, Certified Pilates Instructor

1. You are what you think

Our thoughts consume us. All day. Everyday. We think about our kids, our parents, our friends. We worry about work and finances and accomplishing the days goals. We fear accidents and illnesses and death. We daydream about living a life of ease and serenity. We analyze past conversations and dissect every angle of our life. We plot and plan and organize. We create chaos between our ears and stress in our souls. We begin changing the cell structure in our bodies which in turn affects the future of our lives.

We have 50 trillion cells in our body and every second, every thought is releasing different neurohormones that go into our cell membranes to signal to the brain that we can change the way DNA makes protein.

We have a lot of thoughts everyday, thousands and thousands of thoughts. Thoughts translate into chemistry through our nervous system. A thought of love translates in the brain into wonderful hormones like oxytocin and dopamine. Then suddenly we feel a surge of love and energy.

2. Positive and negative thoughts are profoundly affecting our future

Stress is the greatest cause of cancer and disease in the world. Positive thinking can promote healing, but negative thinking is equally as powerful in creating disease and even death. Positive and negative thoughts are profoundly affecting our future.

Thoughts give rise to emotions. Emotions rule our moods and minds and therefore affect our relationships with ourselves and others. When we learn to see the world differently we can enjoy a much healthier, happier life. Because our thoughts shape our lives, we would be remiss to ignore the gab between our ears.

How many of our thoughts are positive, inspiring, motivating, and calming thoughts? How many are negative, judgmental, self-deprecating thoughts?

Once we become aware of our thoughts and where our minds automatically go when put in stressful situations, we can either continue down the path of negativity, or we can change our pattern and decide to be happier.

It really is that simple.

Our thought patterns can directly influence our day, our week, our life. The beauty and simplicity of that is in the realization that we have the power to manipulate our thoughts and reconfigure our hearts purpose by simply acknowledging our thoughts and thought patterns.

3. Realizing your truth, is the first step in taking control of your potential

In addiction therapy, people are successful when they admit they have a problem. When they are aware that there is an issue that they need to work on, they are able to heal. Acknowledging there is a problem is the first step in successfully overcoming their addiction.

Because, as a society, we have this visceral reaction to the word addiction, admitting there is a problem is a problem in and of itself. It’s a double edge sword. But, the fact is, we are all addicted. Some addictions are healthy and nourish our eternal light and some addictions are self-sabotaging and are eating away at our hearts potential. Acknowledging your addiction, declaring it to be true, admitting the existence of your attachment, or realizing your truth, is the first step in taking control of your potential.

Once you have honored that certitude with honesty and candor, then you can move forward. At that point you are ready to progress. Progress is never a final destination, it is just the tool and the fire to keep you moving forward in a positive and constructive direction.

4. We need contrast and growth in our lives to help us appreciate more

We explain addiction as a weakness or a defect. We think of it as failure or a massive shortcoming. The word addiction and depression tend to go hand in hand because we are looking at addictions as a negative fault rendering us imperfect. However, we do not have to define addiction literally. Instead, we can use the definition and suggest to ourselves that addiction is a tool to help us improve our current situation. If there was no addiction, there would be no need for growth. And, without growth there is no contrast. We need contrast and growth in our lives to help us appreciate our lives. There is simplicity and depth in every experience.

It is our moral obligation to our souls, ourselves, our communities, and our families to acknowledge our addictions and then empower our thoughts to take honorable action in pursuing the higher good for ourselves and for others.

Remember, addiction does not have to imply alcohol or drugs, sex or stealing, violence or hate. You can be addicted to food, or exercise, attention, or guilt. You can be addicted to people or certain types of people. You can be addicted to shopping or materialism. You can be addicted to TV and the media. You can be addicted to video games or gossip magazines. You can be addicted to feelings, emotions, thought patters, moods, relationships, etc.

5. Become fully present and in the moment

Once you have honed in on your addictions and your “weaknesses”, you can begin your path to self-awareness. You will become more sensitive to your thoughts, your words and your actions.

I love the term “consciously aware” because it implies that you are fully present and in the moment when you say, do, or think something. If we all live our lives with constant conscious awareness we would have the power to truly feel and bask in the glory of life’s offerings. We would be in such awe of the world and the people in it, that our entire lives would shift.

The beauty of this is that we really do have that power. We have the inherent intuition which originates in the mind. It’s not metaphorical or philosophical, it is a reality we must drink with enthusiasm and respect. When we are ready to digest the Universes capabilities we are permitting ourselves to Be. To be in the moment, to be alive, to be intuitive, to be heard, to be loved, to be helpful, to be worthwhile, to be blessed, to be productive, to be you.

6. Learn to love yourself

Self-discovery is one of life’s most cherished gifts we can give ourselves. Learning to not only love yourself but contriving the meaning behind your existence will bring you to a place of peace and true contentment.

We have the innate ability to tap into our inner being and develop our future success and usefulness. Our energetic field of power has the ability to attract anything we desire into our lives. The possibilities and potential prospects are infinite. In order to use our intrinsic ability to discover our purpose, we need to become aware of the mind chatter in our heads.

Our thoughts are energy, our physical bodies are energy, our relationships are energy, we are filled and surrounded with energy from the universe and its electric field. When we use these energetic thoughts  in a beneficial way, we are contributing to the betterment of the world. And, when we give to the world, we feed our souls purpose.

It is a circle. A circle of being, a circle of energy; a ripple effect where one thought or action will influence or impact the next thought or action. What we don’t realize is that we have countless opportunities everyday to positively feed ourselves which will then feed others.

7. Start seeing your glass as half full

What are you thinking about right now? Is it serving you or others? What kind of language are you using when you are thinking? Positive, optimistic, encouraging, and loving thoughts? Or draining, depressing, painful thoughts that are negatively affecting your mood. In the simplest of terms, are you a glass half full, or a glass half empty type of person?

Every second of everyday we are thinking, whether we are of present mind to realize that is another story, which is why it is so important for us to become aware of the buzz inside our minds. Before we react, we have to actively think about what is going to come out of our mouths and how that will potentially affect the being we are connected to and connecting with. Acknowledge the monologue in your mind and change is on its way.


natalie-headshotHi, My name is Natalie Sager, the Modern Hippie Mama and I am bringing Hippie back! My company, HeWeLoHa is a groovy acronym for Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness. I am a Mama to my amazingly delicious sons, Jonah, and his baby brother, Skye. My mission is to inspire, educate & empower fellow Hippie Mama’s to take control of their HeWeLoHa. As the main power houses in the home we can then create a ripple effect to our family, friends, community and beyond. As Martin Luther King so simply put, “I have a dream.” My dream is to reach as many Mama’s across the world so that we can positively shift the mental, physical, and spiritual health for the collective benefit. My dreams are big, my vision is clear, my enthusiasm and determination are contagious.

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Why is Pediatric Chiropractic so important?

We all have this thing called a nervous system and it is becoming increasingly important for us to find ways to take care of our nervous system because wordly pleasures definitely don’t help us… From preservatives in foods, lack of sleep, stress, and physical activity, our bodies take a beating! While it is important for adults to maintain chiropractic care, it is EXTREMELY important that children are introduced to Chiropractic care as early as day 1 and continue chiropractic care throughout their lifetime. During infancy and childhood, there is rapid growth and development of the spine and nervous system which is why this is so important. As you know, your spine is what protects your spinal cord from damage- your spinal cord consists of millions of nerves and fibers that run from your brain down your entire spine and is responsible for sending your entire body information. It is basically how your brain communicates with the rest of your body. Subluxations, or misalignments, in the spine can lead to communication interference causing an array of issues. This is a big deal when we are talking about the growing and developing bodies of infants and children. Some benefits of Pediactric Chiropractic include: sleep issues, colic, earaches, acid reflux, asthma, allergies, ADD/ADHD, and behaviors such as wetting the bed. Infants and children are very resilient and tend to respond to chiropractic care rather quickly. Even if your child is not presenting with any symptoms, it is still important to get your child adjusted as a preventative measure against future issues that could arise. On top of all these wonderful benefits, Chiropractic is very effective for aiding in immune system health! So what are you waiting for??

Meet our new Massage Therapist!

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We are happy to introduce a new Massage Therapist – Ryan, who starts working for Healthy Life Chiropractic Today, January 11, 2017.

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Originally from Chicago, Ryan has lived in the Atlanta area since 2003, just recently relocating to Newnan.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working out, and is an avid movie watcher.  Ryan realized his love for massage therapy in 2014 and enrolled at the Atlanta School of Massage, graduating and passing his licensing exam in 2016.  His passion lies in helping others heal through massage and enhancing overall health.  He creates a massage that suits the specific need, individually tailored to provide his client with a thorough, soothing, and effective massage.  Ryan’s positive energy and compassionate touch bring comfort and warmth to his specialties in Swedish, Deep tissue, Chair Massage, and Reflexology.

Ask about scheduling an appointment with Ryan the next time you are in the office.

 

The Real New Year’s Resolution

As so many set resolutions for the New Year, it seems as though the theme is always to do more in 2016. More exercise, more work, more plans, more “stuff” and bigger and better things ahead seem to be the plan. However, sometimes less is actually more.

Our society is so “plugged in” that it seems as if we don’t immediately return a text or email that we are committing a faux pas. Even our kids are continually on electronics whether playing games, surfing or messaging.

Think about making 2016 the year you unwound from the social media and actually learned how to unplug. Here are some suggestions for things you can do instead of always being attached to your phone or computer.
1. Buy a coloring book and colored pencils and start creating art: You’d be surprised how relaxing it is.
2. Go to bed early to read: There is a reason why our forefathers were able to get up at sunrise. They actually went to bed when it got dark out.
3. Meditate: A few minutes of quiet meditation each day can do so much good for not only your mind but your body as well.
4. Put your phone away: Try keeping your phone in your car when at dinner and have a “No Phones Rule” when you are out with friends or family. It’s shocking to see how many couples are in a restaurant both with their faces in their phones.
5. Write: Spending time journaling every day is peaceful and healing.
6. Play a game: We all have that closet full of games we forgot about for our electronics. Why not pull out one of your old childhood games like Sorry, Payday, LIFE or Twister?
7. Take a class: What have you always wanted to learn how to do? There are so many places you can take creative classes these days, such as knitting, clay work, cake decorating, cooking, etc. It’s amazing how calming it can be to create beautiful things.
8. Give gratitude: When is the last time you actually took the time for a hand-written note for nothing except to say you are grateful someone is in your life?
9. Purge: We all seem to have “that drawer” in our house that holds everything we couldn’t find a place for. Throwing things away creates a vacuum for more good things to come into your life.
10. Self care: Chiropractic adjustments, massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, aromatherapy, acupuncture all help the nerve system, calm the body and will actually keep you healthier in 2016.

There are so many more ideas of things you can do besides plug into your phone first thing in the morning and going until late at night.

Mindfulness could be a great theme for 2016 and being fully present with your loved ones instead of continually distracted by electronics.
We wish you an amazing 2016 of being fully present in every moment.

Merry Christmas from Dr. Bill Esteb

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It’s that time of year again. Actually it starts even before Halloween when store decorations featuring ghosts, goblins and witches are often fighting for attention from the Jingle Bells, Santa’s and nativity scenes.

This post isn’t about rising above political correctness to wish others “Merry Christmas!” This is about your practice and whether December is among its busiest month or slowest. Which is it?

If you think talking about the birth of the savior of the world is controversial, read on. Some may find the following observations about chiropractic in December even more contentious!

It probably makes sense to start at the beginning. In other words, what would cause the bones in someone’s spinal column to misalign and distort nerve communications between the brain and the body? What would cause someone to manifest a vertebral subluxation? In other words, “What would cause someone to lose the biomechanical and positional integrity of one or more spinal vertebrae?”

Personal experience suggests that the spinal column can manifest the effects of three different stressors: physical, chemical and emotional. Or, in the words of D. D. Palmer, trauma, toxins, and autosuggestion. While this assertion is a hundred years old and seen by some as merely the rantings of a self-published fishmonger moonlighting as a magnetic healer, I haven’t heard a better explanation.

And when do these three stressors show up in abundance? You guessed it. December! When the combustible combination of a sedentary lifestyle is supplemented by the fudge, alcohol, rich foods and emotional tensions caused by financial pressures and the forced proximity to intolerable in-laws.

If patients recognized the three types of stress and the role they play in their overall health and well-being, your most health-conscious patients (if you have any) would probably make a beeline to your practice throughout the month of December. Naturally, if nervous system stress is not part of your chiropractic patient communication repertoire, or you don’t tend to attract health-conscious individuals, then December is probably pretty lonely.

Communicating Stress

Helping patients appreciate that their particular flavor of spinal dysfunction is the effect (symptom) of physical, chemical or emotional stress will require confronting one of the most prevalent patient misconceptions about chiropractic: that your adjustments treat their headaches, back pain, subluxations or anything else.

Insurance carriers, which most patients expect will cover all or some of your ministrations, are singularly uninterested in this distinction. It has seduced many chiropractors into taking the path of least resistance with their patient explanations. And thus the current state of affairs.

I’m increasingly convinced that the widespread belief among patients (and many chiropractors!) that chiropractic care treats aches and pains rather than reviving the patient’s ability to self heal is the root of many of the challenges facing chiropractors.

Okay, with clarity about what chiropractic care does and doesn’t do, the next obligation is to acquaint every patient with the three types of stress so they can recognize them and sense when their ability to accommodate them is compromised.

While our stress poster is a good start, the best strategy I know is to cover a wall in your adjusting room with white butcher paper or obtain a large dry erasable white board and divide the surface into three columns, labeling each with the headings Physical Stresses, Chemical Stresses and Emotional Stresses. Then, encourage patients to write examples of stressors that produce subluxations.

After a month or so you’ll be astonished by the result. Sure, it’s messy and so unlike what some patients expect to see on the practice walls of a licensed professional, but so what? Changing the consciousness of patients is a messy business!