Broken: Why You're Stronger After Falling Apart

Hay House Radio Episode Recap

  • Episode Name: “Broken: Why You’re Stronger After Falling Apart”
  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, May 16th, 2016 at 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET
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Episode Summary Re-cap

Find out how to build strength, courage, resilience and most of all, faith.
So many of us feel we have to strive for perfection. We want a perfect life, a perfect body, perfect health.

Medical intuitive, MD and PhD (Brain science),
Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz joins Heather to reveal the principle of why being broken often makes us even stronger. Learn principles to honor where you are right now.

Dr. Mona Lisa SchulzSpecial Guest: Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz

Mona Lisa Schulz (Dr. Mona Lisa), is a medical intuitive. Dr. Schulz received her doctorates, an MD and a PhD (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Boston University’s School of Medicine in 1993.

In addition to her extensive background in health and brain research, Dr. Schulz has been a practicing medical intuitive since 1987. During a medical intuitive consultation, knowing only someone’s name and age, Mona Lisa discerns both a person’s physical condition and the emotional state of his or her life, explaining how the two are linked.

Dr. Schulz teaches us how to become aware of how our symptoms of illness are part of our intuition network, letting us know when something in our lives is out of balance.

During a medical intuitive consultation, there is no physician/patient relationship, nor is any psychotherapy being performed. Mona Lisa will educate you in how specific emotional situations in your life are associated with the increased risk of illness in a specific organ in your body. One of the many joys in Dr. Mona Lisa’s life is teaching individuals how to acknowledge, trust, and develop their intuitive skills.

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Stronger When Broken and Imperfect

So many of us feel we have to strive for perfection. We want a perfect life, a perfect body, perfect health. But we continue to find cases where being broken can make us even stronger. If you’ve been broken, by a life or health situation, how do you honor where you are right now? Let’s look at how to build strength, courage, resilience and most of all, faith.

In the Ukraine, there is a practice of painting Easter eggs that is so elaborate, that it can take hours or even days to complete one egg. The most beautiful eggs are works or art. When a museum displays pysanky, they have unusual trick: breaking the eggs. The eggs are broken and repaired because the broken eggs last much longer than the unbroken eggs.

In the Caribbean, where hurricane season can last for months, wood houses are built with open spaces between the wall and floor boards. It seems odd sometimes to be able to see the ground or the outdoors through floors and walls, but there’s good reason for this practice. When the hurricanes come, the winds shake the houses. The wood houses shake around, with just enough give to survive the strong winds. The concrete houses, which one would think are much stronger, don’t have any give. It’s the concrete houses that are most in danger of the rooves popping off the house. Once a roof comes off, the house is ultimately destroyed in the hurricane.

How to Create Strength in the Broken Places

Ernest Hemingway said:

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Here are 6 steps to create strength and resilience:

#1 Release control

For those who strive for perfection, being “in control” is very important. However, no matter how much we try, we can’t control everything in our lives. Wanting perfection or control often means that I’s much harder to accept when things don’t go your way. That crack in the egg or the house with the holes – even though stronger – will only look imperfect and unacceptable to you. And then, the beauty and strength…the relief…of imperfection is lost. What if you gave up control and allowed things to unfold? What if you believed that there is perfection, charm and authenticity in imperfection?

#2 Decide to get back up again

The first step is to decide you are perfect just as you are. Accepting yourself exactly as you are is critical. If you worry about not being perfect, it zaps your energy and keeps you feeling unworthy. Making the decision that you are fine just as you are helps make a major shift into enjoying your life.

#3 Use affirmations, mediation, and deep breathing

The key is to shift your mindset. Louise Hay started her career by helping people with AIDS love themselves just the way they were. Doing this helped many of them enjoy the rest of their lives and some credit her with saving their lives. Whatever your situation, affirmations like, “I love myself just the way I am,” or, “I’m open to loving and accepting myself,” can make a big difference. Meditating, doing breathing exercises, and other energy work can also help to shift your mindset.

#4 Use it or lose it – keep moving

When bones break, they begin to strengthen up as they heal. While there is a myth that a broken bone is stronger, it’s not true unless you begin working it again. Exercising, resistance work and other forms of using the limb again makes all the difference. What this really means is, get back out there and live. Do whatever you are able to do. It’s when we stay inside in fear that we shrink and our lives get small. Challenging ourselves to get out and try new things can expand our lives.

Moving means continuing forward in some direction. Any direction that makes you feel good or keeps you engaged in life is great. Dr. Mona Lisa likes to say, “Don’t let the parade pass you by.” If there’s something you feel you’re missing out on, make plans and do it to the best of your ability. Ask your friends or family to support you in moving forward, even if it’s just one small step at a time.

#5 Believe in yourself, no matter what “they” say

If doctors tell you the prognosis is grim, if you’ve been told something is incurable, untreatable or that there’s no answer…or if people around you say you’ll never meet your goal, decide to believe in yourself anyway. Most of the time, experts or people in our lives are acting on their own perceptions, the only information they have at their fingertips, or limiting beliefs and fears. When you believe in yourself, you open up the possibility that anything can happen.

#6 Trust in a higher power

Having faith is the key to making it through challenging times. When you believe in a higher power, you feel connected to something greater than yourself and your situation. It’s often the main differentiator in a transformative life experience or a miraculous healing experience. Trust in something greater than yourself can lift you up out of the darkest of moments or keep the light of hope alive as you move forward in your healing journey.

Case Study: Casey

Our caller, Casey, talked about symptoms ranging from fibromyalgia, dysautonimia, food allergies, weakness, heart spasms, and dissociation. She felt that she may have some collagen-related challenges (affects bones, skin, hair, nails, heart, digestive organs, energy levels, eyes, joints, and more).

  • Drop Folic Acid and substitute with Methyl folate (this is a good suggestion for everyone. Most people do not do process folic acid well, so it can build up and create symptoms). Methyl folate (in the form of 5-mthf) is the active form of folate. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate and is not recommended because a high percentage of people can’t process it properly, so it builds up, creating unpleasant symptoms. Some good brands are: Thorne 5-mthf or Seeking Health Liposomal 5-mthf. Start low with 1 mg or less, and increase as needed.
  • Emphasize Minerals for Energy – this energizing mineral cocktail is helpful for orthostatic intolerance, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, and dysautonomia. One energizing mineral cocktail at 10:00 am can be very helpful. If you feel fatigued in the afternoon, have another one at 3:00 pm.
  • Energizing Mineral Cocktail Recipe
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 – 2 tsp honey
    • 1 TBL fresh squeezed orange or lemon juice
    • 2 TSP 40,000 Volts
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Consume Bone Broth – bone broth helps to build collagen, reduce inflammation, repair leaky gut (helps with food allergies), increase energy and boost immunity. Learn more about the benefits of bone broth. Two cups per day can help with fibromyalgia and collagen issues.
  • Include Organ Meats – Organ meats contain all of the B vitamins, vitamin C and minerals to help boost your mood and energy. Here’s a recipe for The Best Liver Pate ever.

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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!