I have always dreamt of having children who were bookworms and as it turns out my dreams have come true. Following in the footsteps of her parents, my 8 year old daughter is a complete bookworm, who devours books as soon as she looks at them and it seems her younger brother is going the same way too. Thank goodness for the public library or else they’d be costing us a fortune. My daughter is a speed-reader like her Dad, often finishing a book in a day or two, whereas I prefer to saunter through my books relishing every bit of the story, or, as is normally the case, every new bit of information from whatever my latest health, nutrition or self-help book is teaching me.
Reading can help with almost any aspect of life and it was certainly intrinsic to learning about chronic fatigue and thyroid dysfunction to empower myself to do what was required to get me well again.
I remember a lovely quote I heard from a friend a couple of years ago, ‘there are 2 things that really change your life, the books you read and the people you meet’. Reading has improved my quality of life immeasurably, particularly when I picked up ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay. Thanks to Louise Hay my whole family now practices affirmations whenever there appears to be any obstacles or challenges in life, and as if by magic affirmations make them disappear or turn them into something really positive.
Reading is also an amazing way of building self-esteem. We are all aware of the change we feel when we become better informed about whatever we are reading about. It makes for a better memory (the old ‘use it or lose it’), and improves concentration and focus and of course your vocabulary. It is also a good way of getting away from all the digital and electronic distractions which daily life seems to be filled with these days, which if used excessively can actually altar the way the brain is meant to function, especially in children. Sitting in front of the television with its hypnotic effect actually slows your metabolism down more than just sitting.
Having said all that, I never considered that there could be a downside to my daughter spending so much time with her head in a book. She still goes outside a lot and gets plenty of fresh air, she has even mastered the art of reading on long car journeys without getting car sick, (how does she do that?), and you can see she relishes picking up a book that she has started to enter back into that escapist world to see what happens next. (She even talked of petitioning J.K. Rowling to write another Harry Potter book as she was so devastated when she read the very last instalment).
We can all relate to the feeling of finishing a really, really good book and feeling like there is no way our next read is going to match it.
Last half term however, she tripped over a large towel she was trying to fold and fell backwards badly on her wrist and broke it. How is this related to reading I hear you ask? An osteopath used a term for her a few years back that I now completely understand; she frequently gets ‘stuck in her head’. This results in her displaying behaviours where she is detached from her body, not literally of course. We can all picture a nutty professor or a scruffy academic that is very knowledgeable but not very coordinated in their bodily movements. You may recognize the feeling yourself on occasion when you can’t sleep or relax for thoughts buzzing around your head and go through a period of perhaps being more clumsy and feeling ungrounded. We all know of, or have been ourselves (myself included) a seemingly clumsy child that constantly has accidents.
My daughter also broke her arm when she was 5 and her finger last year, so I am now very familiar with the local hospital’s radiology and fracture department. She was quite a clumsy child and after breaking her arm the first time I got her started in a yoga class, which she continued for 2 years. The change in her was incredible which is why up until the latest accident episode I hadn’t considered that the potential for this problem could arise again. None of us like to force our kids into doing activities that they don’t love and enjoy, however after she decided after 2 years that she no longer wanted to do yoga I had to hide my disappointment. Well, here we are 16 months later and she has announced she’d like to start yoga again, hurrah!
It’s like everything in life, it’s trying to find the balance, (excuse the pun). To keep healthy we must try and include a rounded number of elements in our life that will literally keep us balanced and grounded, that is to stretch our brains and thinking, and exercise and ground our bodies. Right with that said, I’m off to do an hour with my yoga mat!
Here are 5 of my favourite books:
You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L. Hay
A life changing book for most that read it, including me.
Cellular Awakening, Barbara Wren
Take good health into your hands through an amazing understanding of how the cells in our body behave. Totally empowering book with advice on how to keep those cells healthy and awakened.
The Way of The Superior Man, David Deida
Many would consider this book very unp.c. It resonated with me so well it just had to be on my list. A great read for men and women. Listen up men, this is what women want!
Remotely Controlled, Dr Aric Sigman
This book is the sole reason that neither of my children watched any TV before the age of 3. A must read for parents who struggle with their children’s screen time, be it television, computer games or computers.
Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr Brian Weiss
The true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. I had heard of past life regression, but never really took it very seriously until reading this compelling book and attending a workshop where Brian Weiss performed a phenomenal hypnotic past life regression on the audience.
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