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Developing Inspiring Habits in All Dimensions of Life [E047]

Often times we focus on the physical and chemical stressors we face but neglect a vital aspect of health. In this episode, we want to make sure you have the tools to decrease emotional stress and create a full set of inspiring habits that address all dimensions of life so you live a healthy well rounded, balanced fulfilled life.

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Introduction To Inspiring Habits

Without wings I can feel free
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Dr.Bryan Joseph: We’re in episode 47. Time flies. We’ve actually been producing as much content as we can to try to help more people get well and stay well naturally. And as we’ve always said, there’s just such a spectrum of information that can actually allow someone to live a life where they’re healthy and well. And so we don’t just pick on one topic, hopefully, you can appreciate that we bounce around a little bit just because there’s a lot of different people on the audience that might be needing something that you don’t need or vice versa. And that’s the whole idea of creating a whole well-rounded, healthy person.

Dr. Jason Hamad: Yeah. I mean there are too many dimensions just to focus on one. I mean, we could sit here and talk about keto all day, or gut health, or spinal alignment or exercise. But openly, I think that we, I know that we don’t practice that. We practice a multidimensional aspect of health. We advocate that for our friends, our family and our patients. And I hope that it is providing value to the listeners out there that are recognizing that health is a full spectrum approach, not just what you shop for in the grocery market or what you look like in the mirror or what your workout routine is.

Top Areas To Focus On To Live An Inspired Life

Top Areas To Focus On To Live An Inspired Life
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Dr.Bryan Joseph: So, Dr. J, let’s start talking about what, well first of all, in your mind, and I know there’s a lot of different ways to look at the different dimensions of life, but if you are going to be giving somebody some advice on all the different categories, or many of the categories, that would be clustered together and considered important that couldn’t be neglected, or shouldn’t be neglected, what are some of the top categories that come to mind in regards to that you have to make sure you’re putting energy or emphasis on to live an inspiring habits life?

Dr. Jason Hamad: For me, I like to put them in containers because it helps me, the way my brain works to create inspiring habits and rituals to help honor those. So again, people may have different ones, but for me it’s spiritual, it’s the physical body, it’s my family unit. And then actually financially, it’s financial health.

And it’s one that I think that we, the last one, financial health, oftentimes people don’t come full circle and recognize how much your financial health or lack of financial health can actually play into poor choices you make within your family dynamic, within your body dynamic or your spiritual walk. So I added that one in, on some level, years ago, but becoming more and more aware of how my lack of financial health or my lack of financial awareness was actually playing into destructive behavior patterns and the other aspects of my life.

These aspects are intertwined

Dr.Bryan Joseph: So I think part of the reason we’re going to have today’s conversation is that every one of these dimensions typically can bleed into another aspect of your life. And let’s just use that example as you just shared. If someone’s struggling financially or is stressed about the topic of finances, then it’s ultimately going to creep into other aspects of your life. So we want to make the point clear that all of these dimensions of looking at yourself as a whole being instead of a bunch of mini parts all coordinate and create inspiring habits.

Dr. Jason Hamad: But 100% they overlap and that has become blatantly obvious to me over the last five years of my life. That if you’re not honoring one aspect or most, more times than not, what we do is, as a culture, someone will focus on, innately, what they’re gifted at. Someone who was an athlete naturally will focus on, double down on that.

Or someone who’s innately a great mom or dad will say, “Oh,” they’re going to pour everything into themselves. “I’m going just going to be the best mom, the best dad I can possibly be. And I’m just going to be like a martyr and I’m not going to take care of myself because I’m want everything for my kids. And the money will take care of itself.

If you’re just spiritually, you’re gifted and you’re focusing on that, but then neglecting the body that you’re given to walk this journey with as a spirit. So they have to be looked at as a symbiotic organism, no different than how our organs all work together.

Taking Care Of Your Soul

Taking Care Of Your Soul
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Dr.Bryan Joseph: Now let’s talk about, what are some of the different things that are intertwined when creating inspiring habits? I think when it comes to health care, oftentimes people have expressed or come into our facility or other facilities with a problem, right? They come in with health issues trying to diagnose the problem.

So first and foremost, I think the ultimate dimension that needs to be paid attention to is basically our own self or our own soul, our own spirit, if you will. Right? And that emanates in terms of how you actually see yourself in terms of your self-esteem, how you actually take yourself through this walk of life and how you interact with other people.

But most importantly, how you interact with yourself and see yourself. Because a lot of people, and I think you would agree, that if you don’t see yourself as a worthy individual- not an arrogant individual- but a worthy individual that actually is capable of actually enjoying a fulfilled, loving life, then inevitably you’re going to see a lot of emotional turmoil inside your body that’s going to destroy a different aspects of your health. And you may not be all pinpointed cause you’re going to say, I have a healthy diet, but I still feel like I’m sick.

Dr. Jason Hamad: Yeah.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: So I think, would you agree that that part actually would be really, really, really vital in creating inspiring habits?

Dr. Jason Hamad: 100% percent. I think that is the driver, in my opinion. I think that’s the main driver. When we’re not right with ourselves, we’re not right with what we, not even see in the mirror, but what we see when our eyes are closed.

The power of your underlying emotions

Dr. Jason Hamad: When you’re in the own recesses of your mind and you’re stagnant and you’re quiet, are you being misled by these thoughts, these chatter or able to really clear the mechanism, clear the noise and really get at peace with what your life journey looks like, or are you literally creating a bunch of stories that are revving you up? The more stories you have in that mind, the faster that mind’s going, the faster you are going, and the faster we go, I would argue, the less innate or godly-like or inspiring habits we make, we make the exact opposite. The faster our mind goes, we make less inspired choices to only basically not have to look at what’s going on in the inside.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: So the reason we start with that, and this might be a little bit off the wall for a lot of people to grasp, but the longer we’re in healthcare, the more you realize that you’ve got to get your energy right in your body. And energy is not just about “Am I fatigued or am I energized?” It’s about what a lot of other ancient healing arts refer to as your chakras or your energy flow or your vibrational levels or your chi.

Dr. Jason Hamad: Chi, I was going to say chi. I think they were chakras too. I could be wrong.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: But so many of those ancient healing techniques come back to underlying emotions that are not right. And if someone doesn’t have emotions within a good context of how they should be for their, for healthy living then inevitably, they’re going to have a lot of struggle throughout the course of their life. So.

Fatigue is resistance

Dr. Jason Hamad: I’ve coined that term, at least I thought I coined it, maybe it’s not, but ‘fatigue is resistance’, I’ve said that for years. And that came about where, when you think about, for listeners out there, think about right now, an event that you’re really excited about, maybe it’s Christmas as a kid or maybe you’re a huge fisherman and you cannot wait for this fishing trip, or maybe you’re a lady out there and you’ve got a hobby you like and you’re getting together with your girlfriends and you’re about to go on this trip.

Now you could literally have an hour and a half sleep, get up at 3:30 AM and you are full of energy because there’s no resistance to the action you’re about to do. You are literally in total alignment on an energetic, on a B level, on a being level of whatever’s going to happen next, whether it be opening gifts, going fishing, or hanging out with your girlfriends.

Now fast forward, I give you eight and a half hours, 10 hours sleep with even a sleeping aid, a perfect scenario, the best pillow in the world, but yet you get up at six-thirty for work, and you’re exhausted. Why is that, alright? Cause there’s something on some level within your life, whether it be your surroundings, the family environment, your work environment, your financial health, your physical health, something that innately on a deep, deep, innate, being level that you are resisting. So hence ‘fatigue is resistance’.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: So I think you can all use that as a great barometer of whether or not you’re right with yourself and whether or not your emotions are really aligned with who you are spiritually right now.

Take A Good Look At Your Relationships

Take A Good Look At Your Relationships
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Dr.Bryan Joseph: Let’s let the circle, the ripple effect kind of spread out a little bit now. Now let’s just say self is right. Your body’s being well-tuned to and taken care of, and then the next bubble would probably, in my mind, go to relationships, right? Like people that are you. You mentioned family, but whether it be wife, husband, kids, best friends, coworkers, the next element is how healthy are your relationships and where is there any resistance in their relationships?

Dr. Jason Hamad: I would make the argument from studying the human body and also just studying as you just mentioned, healing, and studying cultural trends and even slightly some history is that the human being was made for connection. And that connection is just as vital as air, just as vital as food, just as vital as a movement.

If you are not connecting, if you are not giving and receiving love, kindness, support and gratitude on some level, then you literally are, it’s toxicity for your soul, it’s an essential element and I’ll fight that to any level with anyone who would say otherwise, because I just, there’s too many cases that would demonstrate that we need connection. It may look differently from one person and the next, but we have to have connection. We have to give and receive love, gratitude, forgiveness, support. It’s essential. And if you’re not honoring yourself, then likelihood is that you’re probably not honoring others around you in your sphere of influence.

The missing vitamin C

Dr.Bryan Joseph: So I remember a doctor, actually it was a Harvard medical doctor, that I was at a conference at years ago, that said, “The biggest deficiency that exists in our culture is a deficiency in vitamin C,” right? And everyone was thinking, well everybody grew up drinking orange juice and taking vitamin C pellets and whatever it may be. But what he was referencing was a vitamin C as connection, meaning, there are different types of connection you might be referencing or thinking your mind does that mean that you have to go out and spend like a ton of time around a ton of different people? Connection for an extrovert might be people. A connection for an introvert may be actually nature, but you still need to honor the connection that needs to exist between you and actually this thing called life.

Dr. Jason Hamad: Agreed. There has to be a portal, there has to be an exchange.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: It makes me think of at the end of every night where you actually recharge your cell phone, right? What is the thing that allows you to feel plugged in and recharged? Because if you never connected your cell phone to the charger, then inevitably it’s going to die, right? Same thing with us. Like if we don’t reconnect ourself in some capacity with other people or with nature or whatever your connection piece is, you’ll feel like you’re dying.

Dr. Jason Hamad: Agreed.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Right?

Live A Purpose-Driven Life

Live A Purpose-Driven Life
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Dr. Jason Hamad: 100%. So we’ve got body, we’ve talked about spirit, source, being, we’ve also talked about connection to, again the world, but also human beings. What’s another one that you would talk about? Another dimension?

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Purpose, purpose. How are you executing- purpose basically means to me, in this context, what are you doing professionally or what does your walk through life look like? What does your business career look like? What is your- where are you serving somebody? Where are you helping somebody? Identifying a clear purpose as a dimension of life to know that you actually are doing something that is making a difference, making the impact that you feel that you want to make or need to make, but at the end of the day, helping and serving somebody else in a way that lines up with what you feel that your walk on earth is supposed to be.

And I know this is kind of a little bit deep, but even if you are geeked out by building a bridge and you are the architect and engineer that actually created that, and that’s your creative outlet, and that’s your purpose, that you left a legacy, that you actually were able to design something that other people couldn’t design. That’s so vital to know that you expressed your gifts while you walk this life. Now on the flip side, if you’re someone that writes books, then great, that’s another form of expression. If you’re an artist that sings, then you let that out. But I think we allow ourselves to get sick by actually suppressing these things rather than expressing them.

It doesn’t have to be big

Dr. Jason Hamad: I agree. I think that’s a huge component. If we’re talking about purpose being a dimension, you could possibly marry that up with that spiritual link, where if we slow the mind down and recognize the, “Hey listen,” I’ve told these stories about my dad, right? My dad, towards the end of his life, he filled vending machines and I vividly remember going on runs with him and he was so proud of how neat and tidy all the vending machines were that he was operating, right? He knew everyone and everyone in the buildings that he was going into. So we can be real quick to say, “Hey, that’s not a purpose-driven. He’s not making the next iPhone,” or I know I’ve done that to myself, right? I’m not doing enough to change enough lives.

But then at the end of the day, you recognize that by simply sharing a smile, making sure that someone’s got their very fair branded Doritos in the vending machine because he knows he likes them. That made a difference for someone else’s life and it’s still a huge purpose-driven activity. If we’re looking at purpose, it doesn’t have to be that you’re the next world leader. I mean, you could be taking care of your family and your kids at home and you are 100% doing an amazing thing for them, for yourself and literally changing the universe just with that alone.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Totally agree. And I think that what you make me think of is sometimes stay-at-home moms, and I think they deserve a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for that role, but a lot of times, their purpose is to help to raise their families and then the family moves on.

How To Improve Your Financial Health

How To Improve Your Financial Health
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Dr. Jason Hamad: I’m going to flip the script and ask you a question now. So, let’s talk about what, the first one’s from a financial standpoint, if we’re talking about how you improve financial health, what are some foundational things that people can do to actually set that part of their life may be more at peace of mind so it doesn’t bleed into the other dimensions?

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Well, I think you’ve got to know what you’re looking for. Most important, I think people just circle around just taking one day at a time and saying- that can be okay, but basically living paycheck to paycheck and in some aspect of their mind, they have a goal that they want to be able to retire, be financially free, but they’re taking zero action towards that. So, I think first when it comes to financially is, we hear some of the basics of live below your means, establish some type of regular automatic savings systems. But ultimately decide what it is you want and make sure that you’re executing some type of a plan that supports that, so that you can continue to advance yourself financially in the course of your life.

Dr. Jason Hamad: I would agree and I would only add to that becoming aware of, really, where you are. If you’re not really aware of where your cashflow is on a monthly basis, that can be a very dangerous thing, and it can be a very frightening thing, for some people out there, that you’ve never done this or it can be daunting, but it truly is a very freeing thing.

What do abundance and prosperity look like to you?

If you can understand where you are, just like all of our health assessments and taking tests and understanding where your body is biologically, you’re looking at your cashflow and looking at cashflow quadrants and, “How much am I spending and how much do I earn?” It can literally allow you to just to be very free with the decisions you need to make. Okay, next dimension.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Well, let me just, if I could put a little bow on that because to me the tactics are really not that important right now because everybody’s got different goals, everyone’s got different visions. I think what you need to honor is what do abundance and prosperity look like to you? You have to define those things and if it’s meant financially by a tactic that’s going to accumulate millions of dollars, then go after it.

But if it’s meant to have zero accumulation but have inner peace and fulfillment, then go after it. So I don’t want to define any of the tactics per se, in regards to what I would suggest. I mean, I have my own walk of life and I think they do too, but I think that the quest should be under understanding that one of the dimensions of life is to reach a spot of prosperity and abundance, however you define that.

Taking Care Of Your Spiritual, Body, and Family Health

Taking Care Of Your Spiritual, Body, and Family Health
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Dr. Jason Hamad: Right. Agreed. So let’s go on, let’s go into another dimension then. What would be another tip from a standpoint of being or spiritual health?

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Well, many of the episodes we’ve talked about stress reduction and connecting yourself with a source. Tips can be things like meditation, yoga, they can be tips like going out in nature and reconnecting yourself and energizing yourself.

Dr. Jason Hamad: Journaling.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Going to church, journaling, these are all, these are all elements that help to get you more spiritually connected or get your being right.

Dr. Jason Hamad: Agreed. Body or physical.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Oh man, we’ve had a list of probably 30 episodes on this, but exercise, movement, stretching, whether it be weight lifting or whatever activity you’re involved in. I think honoring what goes in your mouth in terms of what you’re putting in to feed your body. Recognizing when there’s any teardown or a breakdown that needs to be repaired professionally and seeking resources to do so. Those are all ways that I think you have to just be in tune with to say, “Okay, listen, how long am I going to let this eye that I can’t see out of, continued to worsen before I go and actually just pick up the phone and contact an expert and say, I need help.” Right? So protecting the body, you get one body and I think you get one run through this life that we all are aware of.

And with that said, I think it’s very vital that you do what you can to try to protect the body you’ve been given.

Setting aside time for your family

Dr. Jason Hamad: Last is family, family dimension.

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Family dimension, for me it’s really about just putting deposits in. Liken it to the financial discussion that we had a second ago. As you know, in most instances when it comes to relationships, whether it be family or friends or husband or wife, we’re really good at taking and not always good at giving. And I could speak for myself and I can’t really speak for everybody else, but I think that is very important to, as you referenced before, create some inspiring habits or some rituals which allow you to create some deposits, meaning spending quality time with the people that you really want to be around, that you really value the relationship.

Setting aside undistracted time where you’re not just buzzing through a bunch of text messages and emails, but you’re really, having a cup of coffee, you’re actually spending time playing a board game, whatever it might be that lets you feel that there’s really an expression of love around the people that you like to be around. And then from the friends or coworkers standpoint, I think it’s also vital to make sure that there’s never a stale error.

And what I mean by stale error is, you clear the air when there’s misunderstandings or where there’s a fuzziness in your mind or your heart and you’re allowing that to build up into poor emotions or toxic buildup that’s going to create a problem. I think you’re doing yourself an injustice by not stepping up and learning how to communicate without being offensive and emotional in every discussion, but really just clearing the air so that everybody actually understands what’s expected of them and what makes each other tick.

Closing Thoughts

Dr.Bryan Joseph: Well listen, we covered multiple dimensions that need to be paid attention to for someone to be healthy and to be well. Hopefully you grabbed a nugget out of this episode. If you like it and you want to share some of this discussion with somebody else, as always, we always appreciate you actually paying it forward. Till next time, do your best to take care of yourself and get well and stay well as long as you possibly can.

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