What Healing Means to Me

Chapter 5

From Fear to Love: The Mind/Body Key

Alexander T. Augoustides, MD, FAAFP ABIHM

If you knew the secret of life, you too would choose no other companion but love. ~ Rumi

n the journey through life, and in situations where we may be faced with decisions and difficulties, making choices from the perspective of love is always the best. We are told that hate is the opposite of love; ultimately, we hate what we fear. In the same way we often have to hit ourselves on the head, so that our heart has a chance to be heard! Stress is the antithesis of Seren- ity, and balancing these two opposites is what I have termed Stress Shifting©

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Sacred Secret Garden “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Start Living Realize the dream within you. ~ Alexander T. Augoustides, MD, ABIHM, FAAFP

mind, and spirit, we can re- vitalize and recreate our weary selves.

When stressed on a

higher level, our inner sanc- tuary is where we travel to, and if done daily this does

serve as a source of restoration. Starting with an Attitude of Gratitude and getting rid of the

Stinkin’Thinkin' further enables the cultivation of mental and emotional peace. We need to move toward becoming transparent to the love

we all have in us and allow ourselves and others those moments of caring and kindness. Participating in prayer and meditation on a daily basis, reading spiritual material that is relevant to our personal beliefs and serving others are the bedrock of this journey. We should endeavor to create that special quiet time in the Sacred Secret Garden of the heart where we can revitalize, rejuvenate and recreate our biological constitution on all levels.

‘the chaotic madness of doing!’ Over the years, as I have pondered about Stress Shifting©

Fear based activity is often frenetic and frantic and is termed: ,

the concept of a Sacred Secret Garden has grown in my heart. As we journey through our lives, we need constant renewal and refreshment. By nurturing and developing the garden of our body,


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