The Power of Change: Step by Step
Sometimes we feel inspired to make a change. At other times, what we perceive as “negative” circumstances or conditions motivate us to change. However, often, despite our best intentions to change, we can be carried – or dragged – along by the momentum of our daily habits, like a raft following the powerful currents of a wild river.
Even simple changes require time, energy and focus. In short, they require discipline.
Take, for example, something as simple as taking care of one’s teeth – some people brush daily, some twice daily, some floss, some don’t, some have regular dental checkups, others avoid the dentist like the plague – until a problem shows up! Some people eat consciously, trying to avoid sweets, others eat lots of sweets and sugary foods.
However, the bottom line is we all want good oral health. Nobody likes to have a toothache, or worse, a filling. Nobody wants to lose a tooth, or suffer from gum disease or gum erosion, particularly as this erodes our trust in our own bodies and our self-confidence simultaneously.
Habits as simple as brushing are formed from very early on. Yet we’ve been taught to use toothpaste which has fluoride in it – even though this particular mineral is controversial to say the least. Whilst many dentists support its use, are they right? Fluoride is now officially classed as a neurotoxin, and it prevents DNA repairing itself over the long run. So, doesn’t it seem insane to use a product that actually damages our health?
Brushing with a hard toothbrush can damage your gums, particularly if you use too much pressure and brush against the gumline (up and down), rather than using a circular movement. A soft toothbrush usually isn’t up to the job of cleaning one’s teeth, often leaving stains on the teeth. If you smoke, then it’s a known fact that your teeth will become stained yellow over time, and you will also suffer from bad breath.
The best toothbrush is an electric one – which vibrates the bristles at the right speed to clean your teeth effeciively.
Using a fluoride free toothpaste and the right kind of toothbrush is a choice – and it is one you have to actively take in the face of commercialism, which doesn’t actually safeguard your teeth and gum health.
What if there was a toothpaste that remineralised your teeth and prevented decay? Would you use it?
Finally, what about substituting rising your mouth with chemicals for an ayurvedic technique called ‘oil pulling’? This is meant to be done for 10 to 20 minutes each, and preferably twice a day. Would you incorporate it into your routine? How much effort would it take?
All these changes seems simple enough but I’ve found it is a step by step process. You can’t suddenly make all these changes at once. Well, you can – but it’s likely you will drop some of your good intentions when life gets busy and you ‘forget’.
First, I had to build up my consistency with oil pulling on a daily basis. Sometimes I would run out of organic coconut oil, and have to use another oil, like organic sesame oil. That was fine. But if I didn’t have oil n my house, my practice could easily lapse.
My intuition guided me to swoosh my mouth with water which had himalayan salt or sea salt in it – over 80 minerals are in the salt, and through intention the body CAN absorb the minerals over time.
Then I had to order the toothpaste which worked to heal my teeth.
In my own journey, I also discovered that gum erosion isn’t just down to “brushing too hard”. Unbeknownst to most people today, if your gut lacks hydrochloric acid, this can cause the gum problems over time. So, buying a juicer and drinking celery juice on an empty stomach every day will repair gut health, and also your teeth and bums.
Similarly to not having enough hydrochloric acid, eating wrong combinations of foods can create noxious gases which will also cause gum erosion, as well as digestive issues. So it’s also vital to eat the right combinations of foods, particularly before you go to sleep.
Again, this is another step.
In closing, positive change is something we all want at the end of the day – nobody wants bad health, or to stagnate. However, to succeed over the long rnn, we have to go step by step, and maintain our new focus in a joyful way. If it ever feels like ‘hard work’, stop and re-evaluate. Have you made too many changes too soon?
If you have, you will drop your new routine as soon as life gets busy and you get pulled into your dominant patterns of being and doing.
Go back to simplicity, as Lao Tzu would say.