[this is a very long ranble, typed direct, no edit,
conversational style.. its probably not worth
reading unless you have the time and/or
your own life management or course
has hit a rocky phase, etc..
ps,, reading is also an excellent brain and
mind activity if youre up to it..
im reading 'genji' at the moment..
about an hour a day, with brews..
recommend 'musashi' by eiji yoshikawa
medieval swordsman, his life and ongoing
unfoldment of his inner self, within a hard
and alien [to us] environment..
without spoiling it, even tho not obvious,
imo it is also a love story]
uncover my motorcycle a week ago after 3 weeks
first two housebound, limited movements etc,
after damaging lower left back and pelvic rim
muscles [ilio psoas involement], even coughing
was really unpleasant.. [an unusual lift]
anyway, healing is a process, and pain a symptom
useful even vital in healing feedback..
first 4 days used opioids from emergency dr
[children visited next day, immediately
took me into hosp emergency]
other than that ive managed my own physio
using yoga and traditional karate principles..
[first, do - as little as possible - first healing phase,
then isolate injury, whenever moving, sitting down,
standing, turning, reaching etc.. 1 used wall walking
with hand support each step.. carefully find out
what you can, do, without causing pain,,
then use whatever you can do as part of your
ongoing movement therapy.. moving muscles
and so on around, injury, but not causing pain
[or strong pain] helps brain learn new ways of
supporting torso etc, while healing happens..
anyway, started yoga again monday [hurray!]
with some restrictions and taking it easy etc,
my body and brain added that to the process..
for me it was wonderful.. the ride in was so
delightful that after yoga i kept going south
past my place down the nsw south coast a bit..
it was so,, enjoyable.. cant stop smiling now..
preaching to the converted here of course,
but that feeling of low flying while moving
your c of g with minimal body movements
like a bird in flight is just so special,
and no doubt beneficial to brain and body..
not to mention the poor motorcyclist
grounded for 3 weeks..
im not a fan of pharmaceuticals, which,
can have their place, when necessary,
and when managed by an expert in
this form of brain alteration,
[serotinin uptake etc] and,, dose...
these anti-dep such as schroeder mentioned
do have a wide range of side effects..
[including sexual dysfunction, a subject
mentioned here] thus should be seen as
a temporary assistance for some problem
these drugs use the natural cannabidoid system
in the brain for some effects, which indicates that
natural fresh cannabis can also have a place in
a range of disorders including stress related etc..
- thing about cannabis [and i know] is dosage -
cannabis smokers typically overdose..
there is little if any genuine dose information
available for cannabis, as there is for all other
substances starting with alcohol..
people know they can tolerate one drink
and drive legally [here at least]..
it is well publicised and part of all driving
or riding licensing procedures..
- yet try to find official cannabis dosing -
be that as it may, cannabis can be, helpful
in various disorders and generally within
stressful situations of life etc..
however good folk,, the underlying reality
is that any substance which alters brain
function and/or chemistry should be
seen as one ingredient in a personal
recipe,, not as in a lifebuoy for the drowning..
it is most important that you in there,
are still the one riding the wave..
now you have a wetsuit on to deal with
the cold, but the wetsuit cant swim
for you, or catch the waves etc..
the brain, your brain, at the center of
anti-depressant and stress related symptoms
must remain the place where you live..
you must deliberately and with forethought
hop up and shower [and enjoy it] then
deliberately do some stretching [even yawning
is a stretch] then open the door and go for
a nice walk.. take the dog if you have one..
whatever variation suits your lifestyle etc,
do that.. eg, take a bath if you prefer,
do karate kata or taichi if you are able,
[there are heaps of good yoga videos
made for people to follow along etc,
and are very well worthwhile]
if you cant, go for a walk, at least go outside,
into the garden or whatever you can manage..
[which will always be more than you think]
eat well.. simply.. less.. drink lots of water
[or grape juice or whatever]
imo certain supplements are vital generally
and esp with injuries and aging tissues
[im 69 soon] even tho i take glucosamine
and chondroitin sulfate plus msm for ligament
damage healing, and calcium plus vit d etc
for bone repair [fractures etc in the last year]
anyone can take these excellent supplement
for general joint health..
also take 5 x 2000mg caps of fish oil daily..
again for joint health plus brain etc..
take a good over 60 multivitamin [suisse]
which doesnt do much, but is still essential
to ensure you get certain vits etc..
i also take resveratrol [antioxidant etc]
which if you believe in a god would be
another gift to us from her..
also co enzyme q10 a basic necessity imo..
best to avoid sugar and salt generally,
even tho they both have their place..
fat is also a nutrient which becomes
the enemy beyond a point..
best avoid certain types of fat..
trans fats, saturated fats esp..
in deciding to hop up and shower then
do some stretching then go for a walk
or whatever, you are alerting and training
brain, to those simple elements of life..
this is a highly important understanding..
whatever you do, has this effect..
brain may compensate or work around
whatever you teach it to do, but best
treat brain as for a beloved or child
in your care.. ie, lovingly with adult
consideration for its welfare..
there is no doubt whatsoever that a motorcycle
can be part of a healthy life, including recovery
and so on from any 5hit that hits the fan
and maybe some of it gets you as well..
some things are by nature therapeutic..
going for a nice walk,, sex if thats on your
menu [im celibate], even taking a shower..
water droplets shattering on your body
release negative ions, which are good for
your brain.. same for walking the seaside..
people generally 'feel better' after a shower..
being clean is nice, but its the millions of
negative ios breathed in and to brain
that make it special..
when you take a shower, or whatever,
let brain be part of your awareness of
taking in negative ions, or moving fat
and muscles etc, stretching or yoga etc..
the most important component of any
drug or exercise or movement regime
is you, the one within your, brain
and control center for your, body..
believe it or not, when you concentrate
your mind on a fracture or other tissue
damage, this has a real and good, effect
on the natural healing sequences..
it has been shown that heart patients
who become aware of what their heats
are doing and how they are being treated etc,
have better outcomes than similar patients
who dont have such understandings
or are not advised of suchlike..
this is not down to psychology or
some other trick, but is a real
relationship with real outcomes..
if you trust your gp, not just because
he/she has a degree, but because you
actually trust their judgement for, you,
then by all means ask questions about
what drugs are for, how they work,
what are the side effects, what dose
is right for you, and most importantly
how long will you be on them,
before recovery or control of
some symptom etc, and off them..
good idea to go online to a reputable
source for information about what
any drug you are prescribed does,
how it works and so on..
this, again, is similar to those heart
patients who understood what
was happening and why,
to subsequent good effect..
i dont smoke tobacco or anything else,
dont take non prescribed drugs, alcohol,
gamble, watch tv [download doco's and
motogp etc and watch that thru my tv]
dont sit on chairs [except right now]
rather sit on the floor, on a small cushion,
in various yoga sitting positions incl
very simple and comfortable positions..
still practice my okinawa goju ryu karate kata
and check out instructional videos by my
master higaonna morio sensei 10dan hanshi,
altho dont train in a dojo any more..
practice yoga 4 days a week, coming off a
road smash etc, but will soon be back to
one or even two sessions a day..
coogee beach and the coast is only
a short walk away, and altho damaged
last year incl serious knee injuries,
i will be returning to coastal walks
and beach walks before too long..
[also practice kata and yoga on
quiet parts of the beach or rocks
down the coast a bit]..
all this is meant as feedback
not necessarily your life program,
but hints for however your life
may unfold, into your future..
underlying all of it, there are kernals
of truth and reality which apply
generally, according to individual
preferences and circumstances..
if you were a motorcycle, say,
you would like to be managed by
a responsible keen motorcyclist,,
who would maintain you in peak
condition, including taking you for
not,, some ratbag or thief who
treats you like 5hit and couldnt
car less about you...
life is indeed a brief candle..
of that there is no doubt..
but while alive, living our lives,
our potentials are endless..
each decision we make, or those
made for us, determines what
the following day will be
and what and who we
are and will become..
own the day..
as they say...