Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Key to Healing: Just Love Yourself

If you want to experience deep, core healing, there is one critical first step you must take.

Learn to just love yourself.

Love everything about yourself—your body, your appearance, your gifts, your challenges—everything. At your core, you are love. Just love. Engaging in a moment-to-moment, lifelong process of bringing this core essence to light is a beautiful, powerful, empowering path for healing.

Just love yourself as a being of beauty and perfection. Note that I have not said to “accept” yourself. Just love yourself without feeling obligated to accept or reject anything. I also did not tell you to love yourself “just the way you are.” Just love yourself without regard to what you are, what you were, what you hope someday to be, or what your fears tell you that you may someday become.

Love is the divine light that illuminates your perfect beauty.

You can just love yourself today, in this moment, and still work to grow and evolve in your lifes. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: “These roses beneath my window make no reference to former roses or better ones. They are for what they are. They exist with God today.”

Exist with God today—just love yourself.

Until next post,
Doctor Mark William Cochran
Coeur d'Alene, and Sandpoint, Idaho

Enjoy this video about love around the world.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sometimes the fog that shrouds the beauty has a beauty all its own.

Do you have a health challenge? If so, be grateful!

We often think of health challengs -- minor or serious -- as something bad, something we need to fight, manage or cure. We feel like they are only getting in the way of how we want to feel and live. But every challenge in life presents an opportunity to grow, improve, evolve and expand. Pain and disease can take us back inside ourselves and show us our beautiful, divine essence. And from there, we can become more than what we were before.

It happened with me; it can happen with you...

Until next post,
Doctor Mark William Cochran
Coeur d'Alene, and Sandpoint, Idaho

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Is there something you want to do, but believe is impossible. You CAN do it. Time to get started!

This past Thursday afternoon, I pulled on my running shoes and Yaktrax, and crunched down a slippery, snowy trail, elevating my heart rate -- and my spirits -- on a grand trail run. As I ran, I reflected that, lately, I've been having a lot of fun doing the impossible.

One of the gretest inventions of all time!

Just a few years ago, the idea of me going for a challenging trail run would have been preposterous. Anyone who knew me would have laughed at such a notion -- and I would have laughed loudest of all.

Steep, slippery trail

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know my story. For much of my adult life, chronic arthritis pain made it difficult for me to even walk, much less run or do anything else physically strenuous. Now, I enjoy running regularly. In years past...impossible!

Happy runner!

A couple of weeks ago, I went snowboarding for the first time ever. It's one of the most fun things I've ever done!!! When we first moved back here to North Idaho, my son took up snowboarding. It looked so fun that I wished I could try it, too. But, alas, my pain made it ...impossible!

Although I've only been snowboarding once, I can harday wait to go again...and again...and again! On that first day, my instructor said he was impressed with how well I took to it. (Yeah, I know, he probably says that to all of his students. But I'm sure he really meant it for me.) Before the day was done, I was doing flips, spins, cartwheels quadruple axles, and stuff they haven't even named yet. None of those fancy stunts were actually intentional, but, hey, I was having a great time!

This is me. (Maybe...someday...who knows? It's possible!)

Is there something you'd like to do, but feel is impossible due to your health? It's possible. It might take awhile but IT IS possible. Give it a shot!

I'll close with this quote from an Adidas ad campaign that ran a couple of years ago:

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.
Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing."

Have a vibrant week!
Mark William Cochran
Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, Idaho