Lessons from a Recovering Doormat

It’s over four months since resolutions were made on New Years Eve. Have you kept yours? Most people haven’t. Do you think it’s too late to make good on them? Amnon Goldstein, M.D. says “no.” He’s a physician with more than 40 years of experience in conventional Western medicine and holistic and Eastern medicine. Dr. Goldstein has specialized in trauma care, vascular surgery and hypnosis, and has done in-depth study into the evolution of HIV and cancer research and treatments.

While retired from medicine he continues to travel the world, learning, teaching and sharing with others the healing powers within each person. Dr. Goldstein is also the author of Screwed: The Path of a Healer. Here’s what he has to say:

It’s Not Too Late to Make Good on those Resolutions!
Let Your Spirituality Be Your Guide
by Amnon Goldstein, M.D.

The new year is already well under way. Job deadlines – or job searching – has begun anew, and the stresses of bills, kids in school again, and the sometimes endless treadmill of daily life can make us forget those New Year’s resolutions we made not so very long ago. It’s time to slow down and re-evaluate.

You’ve heard it said before and you know it in your heart, but it’s the external pressures that leave us feeling stressed, depressed, disappointed and overwhelmed. Add to that the lingering economic troubles, families in flux and all of us working harder just to maintain our standard of living and it’s easy to forget the most person to take care of first is – you.

Those resolutions to exercise more, eat healthier foods, meditate or otherwise tend to spiritual needs, they should be priorities. They will ensure you’re stronger, happier, and better able to manage the external pressures, maybe even with a smile. Quiet contemplation and a focus on spiritual growth – no matter one’s religion or beliefs – will lead to a clearer vision of how to accomplish the goals set for this year. Spirituality is no longer linked only to religion.

More and more people understand that they must nurture both body and spirit, which is why they make the sorts of resolutions they do. No matter how difficult your life, it will become easier and more joyful if you keep to those goals.

I’ve practiced medicine around the world using conventional Western, traditional Eastern and less-familiar spiritual and mystical methods. In my book, Screwed: The Path of a Healer, I chronicle the path to wellness, understanding and enlightenment, a journey that takes the traveler to unexpected places.

I’ve known the horrors of war, witnessed the birth of new nations and experienced the mysterious healing powers of unconventional medicine. As a physician, I’ve explored unconventional approaches to age-old physical and mental health challenges, embracing an over-arching philosophy that a life well-lived is not one which follows a straight or uncomplicated path.

Proper nutrition is the basis for good health (no overeating, no dairy, no sugar), and exercise and meditation are the foundation of healthy living.

We can live healthier and more fulfilled lives by looking inward. Most of us will find that we have everything we need to celebrate the holidays in one form or another – either a healthy family, a warm home or some aspect of our lives that brings meaning. Expectation of perfection at this time of the year is toxic to our minds and spirits. Every healing is self-healing, but we need to take the time in the midst of our busy lives to take care of ourselves.

Check out Dr. Goldstein’s book, Screwed: The Path of a Healer.

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