I would argue that caring for your body in traditional ways- like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and taking your vitamins- may be the least important part of your health. (I know! Radical idea coming from a doctor!)
This may sound shocking to you. After all, you’ve probably watched many other doctors get on television to tell you that your health is all about using food as medicine, getting enough exercise, and avoiding bad habits. I’m not suggesting that those aren’t great health-inducing behaviors. What I’m saying is that it doesn’t matter how great your diet is if your body is flooded with stress hormones! No amount of kale is going to counterbalance the toxic effects of high levels of cortisol and epinephrine on your body.
So what’s the most important part of your health? The nature of your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. When your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings are positive, relaxation responses are activated, healing hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, nitric oxide, and endorphins are released, and the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms are activated, allowing the body to do what it does best-heal itself.
- Lissa Rankin, M.D
Author of What’s Up Down There: Questions You Would Ask Your Gynecologist If She Were Your Best Friend
what’s that? It’s healthier to love your body than to spend every minute hating it and wanting to fundamentally change it but being stressed that you can’t actually change your body into some chiseled piece of perfectly oiled machinery like the media sells us?
Snake Dancer - a thin Shrine based in a miniature cigar tin. Glass snake charm, brass goddess, wood, wire, postage, ink, and various decorative papers. The beads shift around on the wires and make a soft rattling sound when the Shrine is handled.
I just realized that several ink drawings I thought were scanned don’t seem to be on my computer. Uh oh! Until I can figure out where they went or scan them again, have an octopus-themed shrine. Pocket candy tin, about three inches across. Toy octopus, rhinestones, silk, ribbon, decorative papers, glass and a mixed anodized finish with acrylic paints. I had loads of fun painting the tentacles on this piece.
The Plague Doctor - this piece was built on a wooden cigar box, which as you can see opens in a unique, stage-like way. The doctor is sculpted from clay and his garments are made of leather. Includes vintage iodine bottle and prescription, toy rat, salt, vintage heart and skull pieces, bone, and metal stampings. Oct. 2010 - collection of the artist. I like to sit this one out during Halloween.
I can’t believe this is even an argument we’re having at 8am on a Tuesday.
Your desires (and especially your desire to use a word) are not more important than someone’s right to feel safe. If a person says, “Hey, stop it, that hurts,” you don’t say, “But it shouldn’t.”
You simply stop.
Stingray Shrine - This piece was built in a large Altoids box, like the gift tins you used to be able to buy around Christmas. The seaweed on the front is poly clay, and the inside is lined with flannel and cut paper. Also contains seashells, glass, broken resin wing, toy blue-spotted stingray, and semi-precious gems.