Tale of 2 Siddhis: You Have the Power to Help Yourself

By Marilynn Preston

May 2, 2017 5 min read

From the top down, the news about health care reform in America is sad. Very sad. Chaos and greed soil every story, and every fix is geared to making insurance companies more profitable, instead of citizens more well.

But from the bottom up, I see real progress in health care. Ordinary citizens are more open than ever to new and extraordinary strategies for their personal well-being. They're eager to take better care of themselves. They know they should. They need education and encouragement. I hope you're one of them.

True Story No. 1: I walked into my local alterations shop to pick up some pants I had fixed, and Vera, the seamstress, was holding her back and bent over in pain.

"Too much sitting," she said out loud, and I couldn't resist agreeing with her.

"Yes!" I said, looking at her not one, not two, but three different sewing machines. "You probably sit all day."

"It's not good for me," she groaned, rubbing her belly and her back at the same time. "I know it's not. But what can I do?"

"You can stand!" I practically shouted. "Sitting is the new smoking. It's so bad for your body, especially your low back. It crushes your insides, and squeezes your organs, and..." I continued on in graphic detail, maybe too graphic.

Still, Vera was leaning in. She'd already read about the perils of sitting too much, but she works hunched over at her machine about eight hours a day. It's bolted to the floor. What could she do?

"Put your machines up on blocks," I blurted out, and Vera's face lit up like a slot machine in Vegas.

"Yes!" she blurted back. "My son can do that. That's a great idea!"

She stood in front of her primary machine, and we used her favorite tape measure to figure out that for her comfort and line of sight it had to be lifted 12 inches. She planned to leave her secondary machine where it was, she said, so she could alternate between sitting and standing. Brilliant, I said. I could hear her calling her son as I walked out of the door.

I had to come back in, because I forgot to take the pants, and it gave me a chance to tell her that I'd begged my nephew, the lawyer, to get a standing desk because he sits so much at work, and he did. A few months later, he is free of his back pain. I've heard this same miracle cure, time and time again. Sure, it's anecdotal, and so is this next one.

True Story No. 2: I met my friend Mara for a glass of wine after a full day of work (at my standing desk), and five minutes into our conversation, she told me she was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She was starting chemo in a few days. She was still in shock, clearly, but at the same time, she was gathering her strength.

"I need a visualization," she said. Mara was determined to go into chemo making a powerful mind-body connection that put her, rather than her cancer, in the driver's seat.

"I don't want you here" is one approach to use. You visualize the cancer as an object to be removed — one guy I know visualized his cancer as a great big turtle that was blocking his driveway — and you create a mental picture that makes the obstacle go away.

The meaning? It's up to you. You can sweep it with a broom, or go at it with a water hose. Some people choose to go to war with their cancers and create a visualization that blasts cancer out of their bodies forever.

"Be sure to finish your visualization by surrounding your body with a pure golden light," another friend at the table told Mara, now on her third glass of wine. "A golden light that penetrates every cell in your body so the ones that are not cancerous will have the strength to overwhelm the cancer-y ones."

Mara isn't woo-woo in the slightest. She's just smart. She got a tough diagnosis, and she's preparing as best she can.

Her next step? She's seeing a nutritionist with lots of experience prepping cancer patients for chemo and all that follows.


"Fortune favors the prepared mind." — Louis Pasteur

Marilynn Preston is the author of Energy Express, America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her new book, "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being," is available now. To learn more, visit Creators Publishing at https://www.creators.com/books/all-is-well. For more on personal well-being, visit www.MarilynnPreston.com.

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