"Heal Yourself: Body ~ Mind ~ Spirit will inspire you to explore your inner world with kindness, practical guidance, and clarity. This is a must-read book for anyone who is ready to experience change and transformation from a place of Love. Sandie’s work is holistic and it will change the way you think and feel, but ultimately, your way to being." Valeria T., Goodreads
The body wants to return to balance. It just needs the tools to do so. Heal Yourself ~ Body ~ Mind ~ Spirit ~ helps you discover the messages your body is sending, and it also shares the tools to aid your body in healing itself.
"Part One: Body" covers Sandie's whole-body approach to healing: rebuilding and rebalancing the body, removing stress, and addressing the root causes of chronic illness. All key systems in the body are covered, including functional laboratory test analysis to determine what support your body needs, and the forms of supplements that are right for you. Because everything in our body is connected, we must also focus on our mind and spirit in order to heal. When we change our negative thoughts, beliefs, and responses to ones that serve us, we remove a huge burden of stress from the body.
"Part Two: Mind" dives deep into all areas of personal growth, from empowering language to the Laws of Attraction, building healthy relationships to wealth consciousness, and so much more.
"Part Three: Spirit" is focused on meditations to help further your spiritual journey. Through meditation, you learn to become the observer of the body. From here suffering becomes optional, allowing you to shift to a vibration of peace where the body, mind and spirit can heal.
Meditation: Myth vs Reality
For most people
meditation is a myth. It is something
they want to do but the reality is, doing it rarely happens. We know meditation is good for us because the
benefits are touted everywhere. It helps
lower stress, decrease anxiety, lower blood pressure, promote peace and joy,
improve focus, tap into creativity, boost endorphins, relieve pain, improve
sleep, and increase energy. Even though
it has so many advantages it is such a struggle to take ten to twenty minutes
of our day to do it. Yet we can spend
hours on our phones or watching TV. Blaise Pascal says, “All of humanity’s
troubles stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
Why is it so hard for
most people? It is because what people
think meditation is and what it is in reality, are two different things. Most
people believe that to be successful meditating they must clear their mind of
thoughts and achieve inner peace. If
they sit down to meditate and don’t achieve this, they become extremely
frustrated with themselves for not being able to be in control of their
thoughts. This is not what meditation truly is.
Meditation is the act of becoming the observer of the environment, the
body, and one’s thoughts. The thoughts will always be there unless someone has
achieved a high degree of mastery of the mind through years of dedicated
practice. Most people have no desire to attain this mastery so letting go of
the expectations that the thoughts will stop allows a person to set the
intention to meditate and let go of the fear of failure. The fear of failure is the true block. We
remove the block by changing our beliefs about what meditation is and realizing
there is no failing as long as we set the intention to sit quietly for a
designated time and just do it regardless of how it turns out.
So how do you make
meditation a reality in your life? To begin a meditation practice setting the intention
is the first step. Just setting aside
the time to sit quietly with oneself is enough. Anywhere from five to twenty
minutes is a good place to start. Once you have the intention to meditate the second
step is to commit to creating a new habit. To create a new habit, we need to do
something daily for thirty days. For
some people that may be a bit longer or shorter. You know you have created a new habit when
you miss a day and really desire to go back to it the next day.
The third step is to find
some meditations that you like. You
don’t have to just sit in a room listening to your thoughts. There are hundreds
of types of meditations like Zen, Samatha, Chakra, Qigong, Mantra, Vipassana
and Mindfulness meditation. There is a meditation out there for everyone and
most will find many types of meditations that they enjoy. It is often easier to start with a meditation
that includes visualization or sound.
These are easier to follow without getting distracted. When you can successfully finish a meditation
without your thoughts taking off on you for the entire time you set aside to
meditate it brings a sense of accomplishment.
This accomplishment brings the desire to do it again the next day.
Listening to guided meditations really aid in this too. Once the habit is firmly established you can
always try some meditations that require more focus. In my book Heal Yourself, I include twelve of
my favorite meditations. These come from
various traditions and types to help promote peace and healing in the body.
When getting started on supplements, it is of the utmost importance to begin with only one supplement at a time. When a person is very sensitive, it is best to start with a sprinkle. If you are not ultra-sensitive, it is best to start at a quarter or half of a capsule then slowly work up to the dose the body tolerates. Increase by a quarter to a half capsule per day. If ever there is a reaction, return to the last dose you tolerated without issue, then add in the next supplement. A good rule of thumb is adding in one to three new supplements per week. It is good to take a couple days off from taking supplements each week to give the body a break. Some supplements are must-haves, and those can be done daily. For me, magnesium is something I take every day.
Through this process, I place great emphasis on learning to listen to the body. It is never just about getting the supplements in; it is learning which ones the body needs and when it needs them. I am able to tell exactly what my body needs most of the time by the messages it gives me, but it has taken years of practicing and listening. This pertains to food, as well. We will go over that in more depth in the next section.
While we are talking about having gratitude for supplements, we cannot forget having gratitude for the body. So many times, people who are suffering from symptoms or illness are mad at their bodies. They are upset they cannot eat what they want or do what other people are doing. Your body is doing the absolute best it can to deal with every stressor that has been thrown at it. I cannot say that loudly enough. Your body wants to be functioning optimally. Your job is to figure out the message it is trying to send, and has been sending, for a long time. Can you imagine how frustrated it is with you because you have not figured it out? Luckily, it never actually gets frustrated with us. It just keeps on trying to heal. Show some love to your body and thank it for still being here and putting up with all the stress you put it under. Learn a lesson from it and just keep on trying.
About the author:
Sandie Gascon is a Health Coach who has helped guide hundreds of people from over twenty-five countries on their healing journey. After suffering severe side effects from medications during her twenty-year battle with chronic migraines, when she was diagnosed with Lupus she committed herself to healing naturally. Through her experiences, she developed a whole body, mind, and spirit approach that addresses the person in a truly holistic manner. She takes the guess work out of the equation by running functional lab work to see what the body needs. She healed herself of migraines, depression, lupus, interstitial cystitis, and cystic acne. Her purpose is to help educate others on the importance of shifting focus to rebuilding and rebalancing the body and removing internal and external stress so the body can heal itself.
Sandie lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband Eric and son Kaiden. She has a passion for riding horses and spends much of her free time at the barn with her horses Bee and Vala. She loves playing with Kaiden, spending time with family and friends and hiking with her dogs.
Sandie is available for speaking engagements, workshops, and personal coaching. Find out more at
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