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My sense is that the regular business of daily life has become so intolerable for so many that there needs to be a constant stream of fantastical distractions just to not be with the boredom and / or aspects of life one finds challenging (and just learning to be present with what is).

Perhaps mainstream and social media has now become the biggest epical distraction of all. . .a non-stop 24/7 piece of entertainment. I find it interesting to see that we’re now at the point where something like Roger Stone’s commutation of sentence by the US president only gets one day of media attention and it’s on to the very next thing. Consider that if something like this happened in Canada or Europe, it would have been the subject of media attention for weeks or months. . .even if it happened in the US a few years back, it would have been discussed for weeks. Yet, it only is considered newsworthy for a day. . .maybe …


There’s a great book I read many years ago called “The Plot” by Loy Young. In her curious and fascinating tale, there are three central characters in the story of life: the victim, the villain and the hero.

The victim, which is perhaps the most common of the three roles, gets to “feel” the ups and downs of life the most . . .there’s lots of juicy emotions that come with being victimized and done-to by the world and villains. …


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It still seems to me like so many are completely missing an extraordinary opportunity that the COVID-19 crisis has presented to us all.

The opportunity I’m referring to is to discover a greater sense of peace and joy that is available from resisting the tremendous urge to busy oneself in the usual activities and distractions of work, mainstream or social media, pass-time entertainment, addictions and just be still for awhile with some time for self-reflection.

With the incredible myriad of distractions in the world, it literally took a crisis of epic proportion to have people not be busy all the time. …


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I heard a very interesting quote recently. . .

“A big crisis is a terrible thing to waste. . .”

We are living in extraordinary and unprecedented times right now. Things may be terrifying, challenging or crushing to many, but I’m also seeing how the current set of circumstances are presenting some of the biggest opportunities of our lives.

Look at how the crisis is serving to bring families closer together by having people who are in quarantine having to communicate and talk more. More communication in relationships produces more love and deeper connection in the end. …


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Working as a healthcare practitioner for many years, I wanted to present a whole other empowering way to look at viruses. This may provide a whole other context for what’s currently going on with COVID-19 as well.

This not medical advice but rather another perspective on things to consider.

For the most part, people see viruses as a threat . . an imperfection in nature. . . but consider, for a moment, that they could also be an important piece of the puzzle in the detoxification and survival mechanism of the human body.

The human body has a built-in survival mechanism and how it does this is through detoxification 24/7. …


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When working with health clients, I often get to discover the deeper underlying stress-related reasons about why they developed cancer, arthritis, diabetes, or whatever ails them. Experience has shown that when people develop more awareness in the areas that cause huge amounts of stress, often their health problems can disappear on their own accord.

Yet, talking about the stressful things I see going on with clients is almost like an art form. …


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Perhaps of all the health conditions a person could be diagnosed with, the one that seems to invoke the greatest amount of fear and terror is the diagnosis of cancer. When I get a call from someone diagnosed with this condition or from a relative calling me on behalf of someone in their family with cancer, I can often feel the extent to which they are gripped by the fear of death.

When I first started working with people with cancer in my health practice, I would pick up on this fear and was very much attached to wanting to save everyone who came my way with this condition. …


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Years ago, I had the great fortune of getting to train with a well-known naturopathic doctor who had a very high success rate turning around serious medical conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and much more.

I had the chance to learn a unique approach to helping people detoxify their bodies using a combination of dietary recommendations and medicinal herbs as well as helping them develop a greater awareness of how they lost their good health to begin with. …

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Jonathan Ley

Jonathan Ley is an herbalist, detoxification practitioner, and life coach. You can learn more about his work at: www.painfreehappylife.com

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