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The 7 Doctors of the Body

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Have you noticed?

People like complicated things to cure their sickness.  They opt for radical surgery.  Expensive medicines.  Cutting-edge medical treatments.

Even “natural” health isn’t exempted from this tendency for the sophisticated.

When people come to me and ask for “natural” health advice, they still expect something complicated.  They expect me to say, “For your disease, you need to eat this rare fruit from the Galapagos island combined with the raw liver of a lizard that you can only find in the Himalayan mountains…”

They get so absolutely disappointed when I tell them, “I think you need to drink more water every day,” or “I think you need to walk more…”

Bewildered, they ask, “Uh, my disease is serious.  Is there anything else you can tell me?”

I tell them, “Oh, serious, huh?  Okay, seriously drink water.  And seriously walk every day.”

Obviously, there are health issues that do need serious medical attention.  But even as you take the path of modern medicine, you need to strengthen your body to heal itself.

I urge you.  Before you consult other doctors, I want you to see these Seven Doctors of the Body.

Here they are:

  • Dr. Sleep
  • Dr. Breath
  • Dr. Drink
  • Dr. Food
  • Dr. Move
  • Dr. Sun
  • Dr. Green

1. Dr. Sleep

Fact: Today, most people don’t sleep enough.

People ask me all the time, “Bo, you do so many things.  How many hours do you sleep at night?”

They think that because I do a lot of stuff, they guess that I probably sleep only three hours a day.

Not true.  I love my sleep.  I sleep seven hours on average, and when I’m extra-tired, I listen to my body and sleep earlier.  In fact, studies show that highly successful individuals in various fields (musicians, athletes, scientists) sleep an average of eight hours and 32 minutes.

When I get enough sleep, I love waking up in the morning totally refreshed.  I love feeling strong in the morning.  This is the special gift of sleep: A fantastic day!

Get Your Recharge Every Night

Think of your cellphone.  If you don’t recharge it, it goes “Low Bat” and it becomes useless.

One of your most important recharge aids is sleep.  Be sure that your bedroom is as dark as possible—so that your body produces melatonin.  (Even the smallest night light will stop melatonin production, which is very important for a sound sleep.)

Most people think sleep isn’t really so important.  They think it’s just “down time”.  They think it’s when their brain and body shut down.  That’s why they cut down on sleep to cram more stuff in their evenings.

But sleep is not just “down time”.  Sleep is hard work!

Your brain and body are hard at work during sleep.  Your brain is creating memories and insights.  Your body is restoring, recuperating, and recalibrating.  Your body is healing!

Not only that.

Sleep Heals

Here are three important healing functions of sleep:

  • Sleep removes stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and thus normalizes your blood pressure.
  • Sleep releases growth hormones, boost muscle mass growth, and repairs cells and tissues.
  • Sleep regularizes your blood sugar levels.

So here’s my warning: If you lack sleep, you put yourself at risk of developing obesity, diabetes, infections, and heart disease.

When I meet people who are overweight and they want to lose weight, I ask, “How many hours do you sleep at night?”

Some 90% of the time, they’ll say, “Not enough.”

Because of lack of sleep, their body is on “conservation” mode, slowing down their metabolism.  Thus, the extra pounds.  If you want to lose weight and lower your risk of diabetes, listen to your body and sleep more.

Real Rest Is Spiritual

But at the end of the day, I believe that real sleep doesn’t come from sleeping pills or an expensive bed. I believe real sleep comes from trusting God. Do you trust in the Lord for all your worries?  When you trust Him deeply, you can sleep.  The Bible says, It is useless to work so hard for a living, getting up early and going to bed late.  For the Lord provides for those he loves, while they are asleep. (Psalm 127:2)

2. Dr. Breath

One of the great secrets to your health is right under your nose.  Literally!  If you really listen to your body, your body will tell you, “Breathe slow, breathe deep, breathe long.”

Let me shock you: Some people are sick because they don’t know how to breathe.  Their breathing is lazy.  Their body is starved of oxygen!  Most diseases are linked to the lack of oxygen in our cells.  Remember that germs can’t live in a highly oxygenated environment.  But without enough rich oxygen entering our system, we allow more germs and toxins to populate our body.  In Scripture, breath is God’s Life in you. Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live. (Genesis 2:7 GNT)

Here’s the problem with advice like this: We don’t do it because it’s so simple.  We like complicated solutions.  We like buying an expensive pill or getting expensive treatment in a hospital.

But breathing is so simple, you don’t need anything.  No contraption, no gadgets, no special clothes, no pills, no treatments…

How much does it cost?  Zero.

So subconsciously, people think, “If it’s that simple, it may not work…”

Wrong.  I’ve come to believe that the simplest solutions are the best solutions.

Chances are very high that like most people I know, you may have forgotten how to breathe well.  I know I did.  For decades, I was breathing wrongly.

What is “real” breathing?

Watch a sleeping baby and you’ll see healthy breathing. When the baby inhales, her abdomen puffs up like a balloon.

Most likely, you don’t do that anymore.  Constant stress has trained you to breathe in the wrong way.

Research says that as we get older, our breathing becomes quick and shallow.  Some people call it lazy breathing.

There are three types of breathing:

  • Upper Chest Breathing: Do you take short, quick, shallow breaths in your upper chest area? Many smokers have this kind of breathing.  Very old and sickly people breathe this way too.
  • Middle Chest Breathing: Do your lower ribs expand with each breath?  Put your fingers on your ribs and breathe.  If they move, that means your breathing is Middle Chest Breathing.  Many fall in this category.

Abdominal Breathing: This is “real” breathing.  Also called diaphragm breathing.  It’s easy to find out if you do it or not.  Lie flat on your back.  Put your hand on your abdomen.  Inhale and check if your abdomen rises (like you’re pregnant).  If it does, that’s abdominal breathing.

What ‘Real’ Breathing Can Do for You

When you breathe properly, wonderful things happen:

  • You increase blood and lymph circulation.
  • You detoxify your body. Yes!.
  • You oxygenate your organs.
  • You relax.
  • You release tension.
  • You remove stress.
  • You clear your mind.
  • You increase your vitality.

All that from simple breathing done rightly?

You bet.

Do you see what you’re missing?

Let me teach you how to breathe in the right way.

Practice

Let’s do a simple breathing exercise which you can practise throughout the day.  It has three simple steps: Inhale-Hold-Exhale.

Using your nostrils, inhale deeply for 5 seconds, expanding your abdomen like a balloon.  Hold for 5 seconds.  And through your mouth this time, exhale slowly for another 5 seconds.  I call this the 5-5-5 Breathing Exercise.  (You deepen your inhalation by exhaling completely.)

Repeat for 5 times—and that’s it!

Don’t be too obsessed with the exact number of seconds.

Once you get used to it, and your abdominal, chest, and back muscles get used to “real” breathing, you’ll be able to increase the time intervals.  After doing a 5-5-5, you can do a 7-7-7, or a 10-10-10.  Some Yogis who work on their breathing can even do a 20-20-20.  That means they only take one breath per minute!

And make your breathing exercise a prayer.

So not only does breathing exercise have a physical power, it has an emotional and spiritual power to it as well.  The combination is fantastic.

Here’s how I do it.  When I inhale, I imagine breathing in God’s Love.  God’s Peace.  God’s healing.  God’s power.  I let my body be overwhelmed by God’s presence.  And when I exhale, I imagine breathing out my stress.  My tension.  My worries.  My fears.  I feel all that negative stuff drain out of me.

3. Dr. Drink

Because we’re so busy, we don’t hear our body say, “I’m very thirsty.”

Many are constantly dehydrated—and they don’t know it.  You see, there are two thirsts—mouth thirst and body thirst.  When your mouth is dry and thirsty, sometimes, that’s too late.  Your body has been thirsty for a longer time.

Dr. Renato Paragas has written a book titled, #1 Reason Why You Are Sick. 

He says, “Most people are not sick, they’re just thirsty.”

He’s healed people with hypertension, headaches, arthritis, diabetes with water.

But what do we do?   Instead of hydrating our body, we give it  pills, surgery, and expensive medical tests.

Ever since we’re kids, our mother have told us, “Drink 8 glasses of water a day.”

But one person has a different body from another person.

Here’s the problem: Some people are big and tall, others are thin and small.

Dr. Paragas prescribes that you multiply your weight in kilos times 50 milliliters of water.  For example, I weigh 68 kilos.  That means I should drink 3.4 liters of water —and fresh juices— per day.  (Obviously, this is the “general” guideline.  Some may have specific health conditions that will need more specific guidelines.)

But do we drink enough?  I doubt it.

Because of my meetings, I eat out a lot.  And I noticed that waiters are trained to ask customers, “Drinks, sir?”  Sometimes, they even have a separate menu for the drinks.  Later, I learned why.  Restaurant owners told me that 40% of their total profits come from their drinks.  That’s why they push people to order drinks.

The problem is that many of these drinks are very unhealthy.

When waiters ask me what I want to drink, I tell him my #1 Drink of Choice: “Water, please.”

It’s actually liberating.

It’s one less decision I have to make.

Listen to your body and drink more water.

4. Dr. Food

When people ask me about my food advice, I give them two instructions: Fruitify your breakfast and Veggify your lunch and dinner.  That means eating fruits only for breakfastAnd making veggies your main dish during lunch and dinner.

If you’re battling a serious disease, I advice you to go radical and have a pure plant-based diet.  If you’re generally healthy, you don’t have to be a vegetarian, but you still need to make vegetables your main dish.  Plants were the first food God gave us:Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. (Genesis 1:29 ESV)

By eating a plant-based diet, Daniel and his friends became healthier.  Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,  Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.  At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.  (Daniel 1:11-15)

Listen to your body and nourish your body.

5. Dr. Sun

When you were a newborn baby, your mother exposed you to the morning sun every day for at least 15 minutes.

If a neighbor asked her why she was doing it, she’d echo what her mother told her, “Para tumibay ang buto…”  (To strengthens my baby’s bones.)

And she was absolutely right.  Because the body needs the sun’s rays to produce Vitamin D, and Vitamin D strengthens our bones.

But think about it: If babies need it, why not adults?  Why have we stopped going under the morning sun for at least 15 minutes?  As the Bible says, The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun. (Ecclesiastes 11:7 NASB)

Many people are sick because they lack Vitamin D.  Here are few diseases when a person lacks Vitamin D: heart disease, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, breast cancer, depression, diabetes, and obesity.

Why do people lack sunlight?  Because no one is marketing sunlight as medicine.  Because no one can earn from it.  No one can bottle sunlight and earn from it.   In contrast, there are many companies making sunscreen lotion—and they’re telling you to protect your skin from the sun.  Yes, I agree, staying under the sun for many hours is bad. But don’t protect yourself from the sun completely—or you get sick.

Note: Osteoporosis is more common among African Americans because people with dark skin have more pigment, making it harder for them to absorb the sunlight.  So they need to stay longer under the sun to get their daily dose of Vitamin D.

Get 15 minutes of morning sun everyday.  The rule is the longer your shadow under the sun, the longer you can stay under the sun—15 to 30 minutes.  The shorter your shadow, the shorter you stay under the sun—5 minutes is enough.

Henry Ward Beecher said, I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.

Listen to your body and get some sunlight every day.

6. Dr. Move

Every morning, I do 10 minutes of Tai Chi.  And during the day, I take 10,000 steps.  I also try to have as many stretch breaks as I can.  My rule is to stand up every 20 minutes and stretch.

 

Fact: Sitting for too long causes many diseases.  When your body lacks movement, it starts to complain.

At first it could just be a feeling of tiredness, especially after you go up a short flight of stairs. Or lethargy. Or feeling heavy. Or a headache.  Or insomnia.

Important: A lack of exercise is often the cause of body pain.

Weak lower back muscles are often the reason behind lower back pain.  And if you work at your desk the entire day, without exercise, your muscles and connective tissue around your neck area will weaken, causing pain.

Face it.  You sit down for long stretches of the day.  Your muscles pay the price for this constant sitting.  Your joints get stiff.  Your muscles get weak.  And this is not because of age.  It’s simply because you’re not using your muscles.

I don’t think God designed us to sit down the entire day.  Hint: He gave us legs.

Centuries ago, we used to hunt for our food, till our soil, plant our farms, harvest our crops, and fish our fish.  We used our muscles constantly.

Today, the most strenous thing we do is tap our phones and type our computers.  Worse, some people’s only exercises are  carrying grudges, pushing their luck, and jumping to conclusions.

Here’s a law of the universe: What you don’t use, you lose.

Haven’t you noticed?  People are getting old at a young age.

Here’s a fact: When you hit 50 years old, you lose 1.5% of your muscle mass every single year.  That’s scary.

This is the reason you find old people who can’t even lift up a glass of water.  They simply allowed their muscles to atrophy because they haven’t used them.

Use your muscles.  Do some push ups.  Crunches.  Dips.  You don’t want to look like Mr. Universe.  But you want to walk tall, walk straight, and walk fast.

Here’s a goal: Be strong at 90.  Strong enough to carry your own luggage.  Strong enough to climb the stairs on your own.  At 100, I still want to have the strength of a normal 50-year- old today.

Do you want that too?  Or would you want to grow weaker and weaker— just like other old people you know?

Choose your future!  Be strong at 90.

Even the Bible says, Physical training is good… (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT)  Regular exercise will stretch your blood vessels, and eventually, improve blood circulation.  It also improves bone growth.  It decreases your stress and strengthens your immune system.   And you fight one of the dreaded epidemics spreading around the world today …

Adult-Onset Diabetes

Moving your body will not only decrease your stress and strengthen your immune system, it’s also one of the biggest things you can do to fight type 2 diabetes.  It’s also called adult-onset diabetes because majority of people acquire it at 40 years old and above.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes affects 346 million persons.

Here’s the wonderful truth: It’s preventable.

How?  If you’re a healthy person, and if you have excess glucose, it’s stored in your muscles.  Now, let’s assume you don’t have very much muscle tissue. This means you lack glucose storage sites. This can cause your blood sugar level to be abnormally high, which in turn stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin.

And that is how type 2 diabetes starts. The pancreas is worn out from overuse, so its ability to manufacture insulin gets weaker and weaker.  Which means the body’s ability to store glucose is damaged.

So what does walking have to do with diabetes?  Walking is one of those exercises that can build muscle faster than any other form of exercise.

Listen to your body and move!

7. Dr. Green

Nature is a powerful health ‘tonic’.

Cost?  Free.

And it’s better than many expensive drugs out there.

Enjoy nature in three specific ways: Look, Hear, and Smell.

First, Look at Green

Here’s what scientists have found out: Simply looking at a view of nature can be healing.  In the 1980s, numerous studies proved that looking at “nature views” gave several health benefits, such as lower blood pressure and less stress-related headaches. Walk in a cemetery with wide green lawn.  Plant a small garden in your home.  No space?  Put a potted plant on your desk.  Sit in front of your aquarium and watch the fish.

Second, Hear Green

The entire universe is full of sound. And every sound has an effect on your body.

Here’s what scientists found out: The sounds of nature impacts your body chemistry.  You know what I’m talking about because you’ve experienced it.  The sound of a gentle flowing stream.  Or the splash of waves on the beach.  Or even the rustling of leaves.

The beach or forrest too far?  Download sounds of nature from the internet and play it in your room.

Third, Smell Green

Scientists in Japan have a term for their forest walks: Shinrin-yoku. I love what it means: Forest bathing trip.

When the Japanese walk among trees, they believe they’re breathing in the phytoncides that trees naturally give off—and they believe phytoncides will increase the capacity of their immune system to fight off all sicknesses—even cancer.

What are phytoncides? These are the plants’ defense armor. Plants give off phytoncides—natural antibiotics that protect plants from microorganisms.

Regular trips to green spaces, breathing in the phytoncides, can lower your stress—the number one cause of disease.

Listen to your body and go back to nature.

The Seven Doctors Speak Through Your Body

Health is within your grasp.

Because these Seven Doctors don’t charge a consultant’s fee.

Nor are they working faraway that you have to travel a long distance to get an appointment.

They’re available anytime.  For free.

Because these 7 Doctors are in your body.  And if you listen carefully to your body, you’ll hear these 7 Doctors speak through your body—and you’ll know how to heal yourself.

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez

Doctors of the Heart

May 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Love Is Your Food

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. (Proverbs 15:17 ESV)

This is such a powerful verse.

Let’s Filipinize this passage:  “Letsugas with love is better than Lechon with hatred.”

The world is telling you, “You need Lechon to be happy.”  The world is telling you, “You need success, money, achievements, fame, pleasure to be happy.”

There’s nothing wrong with Lechon if you eat it once in awhile.  But it’s not what you really need.  At the end of the day, the Bible says you need love.

And you know what?  Your soul isn’t the only one that needs love.  Your body needs love as well.  Medical research today confirms this.  Test after test after test prove that love makes our physical body healthier.

Here’s God’s message for you: Love is your food.

People Are Love-Malnourished

In the previous articles, I introduced to you the 7 Doctors of the Body: Dr. Breath, Dr. Sleep, Dr. Drink, Dr. Food, Dr. Move, Dr. Sun, and Dr. Green.

In another article, I introduced to you the 3 Doctors of the Mind: Dr. Laughter, Dr. Trust, and Dr. Purpose

In this article, I’ll introduce to you the 2 Doctors of the Heart: Dr. Commitment and Dr. Forgiveness.

When you are in love, medical research says that you body is healthier and your immune system is strong.

By the way, do you know how to know if a person is in love?  There are four signs.

First, he’s always laughing, no matter what happens.  Someone asks him, “Was there a lot of traffic coming here?” and he says, “Oh yes, there was a lot of heavy traffic, Haha…”  Another person asks him, “I heard your grandmother is the hospital.  Is that true?” and he says, “Yes, the doctor says she’s dying, Haha…”

Second, he’s always on the phone.  When he’s talking with his beloved, they can’t seem to put the phone down:  He says “Bye!” and the other person says, “Bye!”  And they laugh and they repeat, “Bye!  You put the phone down first…” and the other person says, “No, you put down the phone first…”  And they laugh again.  And guy says, “Okay, let’s put down the phone together.  1, 2, 3…” and then more laughter.

Third, he’s forgetful.  He forgets his eyeglasses, his jacket, his book, his wallet.  And he still laughs.  “Oh, I forgot my laptop, haha…”  But if he’s angry and says, “Darn it!  I forgot my laptop!” he’s not in love.  He’s just ulianin (forgetful).

Fourth is…  Hmm, let me see… Gee, I forgot.  Hahaha.

But medical research says that any kind of loving relationships—not just romantic love—makes your body healthier.  Love in your family.  Love among friends.  Love for God.

Here are the two doctors of the heart…

1. Commitment

Love is your food!

Look around you.

Many are starving to death.

Recently, I met a very lonely man who stayed most of the time at home with only a maid taking care of him.  His wife left him, his adult children don’t talk to him, and he had very few real friends.

Here’s what I noticed: He was not only lonely, his body was slowly dying.  When he described his sicknesses to me— and they were many— it was like all his internal organs, one by one, were just signing off.  It was like his kidneys, his liver, his gallbladder, his heart were all submitting their resignation papers to him, saying, “We don’t want to function anymore.”

Why?  Love is our food.  If we don’t get love, we die.

According to Dr. David Mclelland, one of the most well known doctors in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, people who enjoy loving relationships are two times healthier than people who dont.

And people who lack loving relationships increased their risk of early death by 50%— almost the same risk as those who smoke 15 cigarettes a day.

And among adults with heart disease, those who don’t have loving relationships are 2.4 times more likely to have a fatal heart attack.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the label in cigarettes that says, “Warning: Surgeon General has declared that smoking is hazardous to your health.”  Well, I think we should have another label pasted in every human being on planet earth: “Warning: Spiritual General has declared that lacking love is hazardous to your health.”

Do you want to be healthier?

You need to be in loving relationships.

But loving relationships don’t just happen.

You have to make them happen!

Loving relationships take a lot of work.

Are You a Chicken or a Pig?

The only way for loving relationships to happen is through commitment.  Unless you put top priority to your relationships, they won’t work.

I remember the classic story of the pig and chicken.  One day, the pig and the chicken were walking on the road, and the chicken said, “Hey, let’s open a restaurant!  We can call it Ham-and-Egg Restaurant.  I can see it already.  It will be very successful.”

The pig thought about it and shook his head. “I’d rather pass.”

“Huh?  Why?” the pig asked the chicken.

“Because you’ll only be involved, while I’ll be committed.”

The chicken is involved.  The pig is committed.

The reason relationships don’t work is simple: We just want to be chickens— not pigs.  We just want to give our eggs— not our body.  We want to give a part of ourself— not our entire self.

Loving relationships require selfless sacrifice.

Are You Willing The High Price?

Love costs something.

Are you willing to pay the high price?

When I got married almost two decades ago, there was no skype then.  So when I went on a mission trip abroad, I had to call my wife long distance.

I had very little money then so I had to really calculate how much I could afford.  I was going to Indonesia for 6 days—so I researched.  The Ad says I needed to pay P20 per minute.  So I calculated if I called up my wife for 25 minutes, that’s P500.  If I called her up for 6 days, that’s P3000.  I could handle that.

So I went to Indonesia and called up my wife everyday.

Every time I called her, after around 10 or 15 minutes of talking, my wife would say, “Hey, this call is already expensive.”  I’d say, “Sweetheart, nothing is too expensive for you.”  But actually, I had a stopwatch on my right hand, counting the seconds—hoping that it won’t reach 25 minutes.

And I made my wife very happy.

But a few days after I arrived home, I received the phone bill—the phone company was charging me P28,000.  At that moment, I had a heart attack, a stroke, and a miscarriage all at the same time.  And my soul left my body.

My wife, who was standing beside me, read the phone bill and almost cried.  “Oh no, you’re spending P28,000 for me!”

I looked at her, held her hand, and said, “You’re worth that amount and more.  Speaking with you is priceless.”

My message?  Love is expensive.  I’m not talking about money.  I’m talking about dying to your comfort, convenience, and selfishness—for the other person.

And one of the biggest things you must sacrifice is your time.

Put More Love On Your Calendar

So do it now.  Put more love on your calendar.  Fill up your calendar with regular time with the people in your life.

People me ask me all the time, “Bo, what’s your secret?  How can you do all that you do?  You’re preaching, writing, running businesses and leading ministries, yet you still have time for your family.  How do you do it?”

There’s only one secret: Priority.  The first thing I put in an empty calendar is my relationships.  I fill my calendar with love.  When they’re written down, I then put my other activities—work, meetings, etc.

Right now, if you look at my calendar for next year, big chunks of my year are already booked.  With what?  Meetings with the most important people in my life.

  • Weekly date with my wife
  • Weekly date with my two sons
  • Weekly date with siblings and their families
  • Dates with my friends and fellow-leaders
  • Small groups (I’ve got lots of those.)
  • Vacations with the same people above

Here’s what I learned: If youre not going to design your future, someone else will.  Oh, believe me, other people have many designs for your life—and these things may not be what God wants you to do.

Go do it.  Deepen your connections.

That’s your food.

Stop starving yourself.

Especially your connection with the most important Person in your life.  Each day, have your date with God. Spend time with Him in the best way you can.

And throughout the day, always connect Him.  As the Bible says, Pray without ceasing.  (1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV)

2. Dr. Forgiveness

Once, I met a drug addict who looked like he just walked out of a horror movie.  He was a walking skeleton with some clothes on.

Here’s why: Shabu will make you not eat for days.  But aside from starving from real food, he was poisoning his body through his drugs.

That’s exactly what happens to people who don’t forgive.  Bitterness is a drug.  Remember that love is your food.  Bitterness not only prevents you from receiving love, it actually poisons your body.

I say this because each week, I pray for a lot of sick people.  I cannot count the number of sick people who are sick because of unforgiveness.  Cancer, heart disease, hypertension, lung problems, ulcers—you name it—many of them are simply manifestations of the bitterness poisoning their entire system.

Jesus said, Happy are those who are merciful to others;
 God will be merciful to them!  (Matthew 5:7 GNT)  Haven’t you noticed?  You cant be hateful and happy at the same time.

Let me give you my favorite analogy for chronic anger: It’s like holding a knife to stab your enemy—except that you hold the blade instead of the handle.

So each time you stab, you give your enemy a dull pain—but your hand is mutilated.  The tighter you grasp, the fiercer you stab, the deeper you cut yourself.

Sometimes, people ask me: What is hell like?

I tell them, “Have you ever met a bitter person?  That’s hell.”

Never Wait for the Other To Deserve Forgiveness

“But Brother Bo, that person who hurt me hasn’t asked for forgiveness yet.  He hasn’t repented.  He doesn’t deserve to be forgiven!”

Have you heard that line before?

I have. Many times.

And it’s foolishness.  Because you don’t depend on the other person to do something before you drain out the poison of anger out of your body.

Let me give you an analogy.  If an evil person pushed you into a giant vat filled with toxic chemicals, do you say, “I’m not getting out of this pool of poison until that person says sorry to me.”

That’s nuts.  But that’s what bitter people do.  They wait for the offender to repent before they forgive them—not understanding that they are swimming in a vat filled with poison—the poison of their bitterness.

Don’t wait.  Get out of the pool of poison that you’re swimming in right now.

I tell people, “You forgive not because they deserve to be forgiven but because you deserve to forgive.  You deserve the inner happiness, spiritual freedom, and if I may add, the robust health that comes from forgiving others.”

This is how God forgave. Man didn’t deserve forgiveness.  St. Paul said, he saved us. It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us. (Titus 3:5 GNT)

And that’s how we should forgive too.

Forgiveness Is a Decision

Jesus said, If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  (Matthew 6:15)

Forgiveness is a command.  Because forgiveness is a command, it follows that forgiveness is not a feeling—because you can’t command yourself to have feelings of forgiveness.  Forgiveness is not an emotion but a decision.  Yes, it’s possible that when you decide to forgive, you’ll still feel the hurt deep in your heart.  But don’t worry.  When you decide to forgive —and keep deciding—God’s power will work in your heart, and the feelings of forgiveness will follow in due time.

Forgiveness and Friendship Are Different

Note: Unconditional forgiveness doesn’t mean, “going back to the close relationship that we had before…”

You don’t have to accept your unrepentant, philandering husband into your life again.  You don’t have to become business partners again with someone who stole money from you.  You don’t have to become best friends with someone who double-crossed you and is a chronic liar.

That’s not the meaning of forgiveness.  Forgiveness means releasing that person from any debt, giving up any desire for revenge, and actually blessing that person.

Forgiveness Must Be a Lifestyle

Do you take a bath every day?

I hope so.  Why?  Because we get dirty every day.

In the same way, we are also emotionally dirty because people are not perfect.  That includes you too.

And it’s very possible that you’ll hurt someone and you’ll get hurt by someone too.

So at the end of the day, before you sleep, bathe with forgiveness.  Daily, release the poison of vengeance from your heart.  So that forgiveness becomes a lifestyle.

Bitterness is poison.

Don’t swallow poison.

Instead, eat your food regularly.

Love is your food.

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez

Listen To Your Body

May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

I believe when God designed Man’s body, He designed it to be healthy.

How do I know?

I have two boys.  And as their father, I want them to be brimming with health.  If they have cough or colds, I do everything I can to make them recover.

Think about it: God is our Abba. Daddy. Tatay.  And I know He wants us to be healthy too.  And this is the reason  He created our body with an amazing capacity for self-healing. 

Yes, your body can heal itself.

Have you ever had a wound?  Notice how it heals by itself even without you applying any medicine on the wound?

When I was a kid, I was sickly.  I would get sick every other month.  At first, I loved being sick— because I hated school.  But after being sickly for many years, I felt it wasn’t fun anymore.  Especially when I had a crush and I couldn’t see her lovely dimples.

Because I was sickly, I used to take pills like they were candy.  I probably financed the drugstore owner’s Mercedes Benz.

But one day, I learned the power of self-healing.  And I stopped becoming sickly.  And for almost 15 years now, during the rare times that I get sick, I don’t take synthetic drugs anymore but simply allow my body to heal itself.

Listen, I’m not imposing this on anyone.  I’m just sharing my experience to you.

And here’s what I realized: When I do get sick, the reason was I wasn’t listening to my body.  And sickness was actually a message from my body.

Sickness is your body shouting to you.  Normally, your body doesn’t shout.  When it needs something, like water, or sleep, or vegetables, or love, or laughter, or peace, it whispers.

But because we’re busy listening to the noise outside, we do not hear the whispers from within, and consequently, our body starves.

So the body starts to shout.  That’s what we call sickness.

And if we drown out its voice by swallowing a pill or resorting to invasive medical treatments, our body starts to scream.  That scream is a chronic disease trying to wake us up— or we die.

Today, I’d urge you: Listen to your body.

Why listen?  Why love your body?  Why protect your body?  Why care for your body?  Answer: Because it’s God’s House.  If I love God, I need to take care of His house.  The Bible says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:19–20 ESV).”

Ask yourself: Am I glorifying God in my body?

Today, we begin our destiny-changing series, Whole Again.  As we dive into “natural” health, I’m praying that “supernatural” healing will flow into your body, mind, and spirit.

Right now, your body has been telling you something.  Listen to your body.

The Seven Doctors of the Body

Have you noticed?

People like complicated things to cure their sickness.  They opt for radical surgery.  Expensive medicines.  Cutting-edge medical treatments.

Even “natural” health isn’t exempted from this tendency for the sophisticated.

When people come to me and ask for “natural” health advice, they still expect something complicated.  They expect me to say, “For your disease, you need to eat this rare fruit from the Galapagos island combined with the raw liver of a lizard that you can only find in the Himalayan mountains…”

They get so absolutely disappointed when I tell them, “I think you need to drink more water every day,” or “I think you need to walk more…”

Bewildered, they ask, “Uh, my disease is serious.  Is there anything else you can tell me?”

I tell them, “Oh, serious, huh?  Okay, seriously drink water.  And seriously walk every day.”

Obviously, there are health issues that do need serious medical attention.  But even as you take the path of modern medicine, you need to strengthen your body to heal itself.

I urge you.  Before you consult other doctors, I want you to see these Seven Doctors of the Body.

Here they are:

  • Dr. Sleep
  • Dr. Breath
  • Dr. Drink
  • Dr. Food
  • Dr. Move
  • Dr. Sun
  • Dr.Green

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez

P.S. It’s time for you to listen to your body. We’d love to tell you more about this. My health mentors and I are going to whisk you off to a quiet place in the South, so that together, we can all learn how to truly heal.

The slots are all but taken, but I’d like to invite you one more time. You can still join us.

Yes, Bo, I’d love to join you in the retreat this coming April 3-5, 2017. I’m ready to be healed!

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