First Responders and Mind Wellness.

They said that 90% of people that walk into a doctor’s office have medical issues related to stress and anxiety. So if you really want to address wellbeing, health and wellness, you have to factor in your mind state and shifting from a state of stress and survival into a state of calmness, serenity so that you are not just surviving but you are thriving within your lives.

Read the article of our CEO Julia published on the October/November 2021 Edition of Canadian Paramedicine magazine: https://canadianparamedicine.ca/take-charge-of-your-mind…/

First Responders it is time to calibrate yourself

First Responders it is time to calibrate yourself

It is amazing waking up in the morning and having that kind of energy that pushes us to create, to help, to go out there and do our First Responders’ duty.

In my personal experience I learned that too much of that feeling does not allow you to understand when it is time to step back, to slow down and taking care of yourself.

First Responders need to sit to “tend the garden”

In the Zen tradition they say that there are only 2 things: you sit and you sweep the garden.

No matter how big your garden is, you sit. You quiet your mind, you dive into your heart. You learn how to center yourself and stay in touch with those qualities of love and compassion that are inside us. Those are our birth gift, and you extend it in the garden of the world. And even if you cannot take care of the whole garden, you pick up your personal lot to plant your seeds in it. And there is an endless list of lot in that garden to take care of: maybe serving your community in a better way; maybe taking care of your own family and kids; maybe put the best of yourself in your own business; maybe fighting some kind of injustice you see around yourself.

You need to find what is important to you and tending that lot with those qualities you develop and are in touch with when you sit.

So, we need to calibrate between sit and sweeping the garden to better tending it. And when we sit and we touch our deepest layer within ourself, we use our body to constantly transcend its physical limits and we empower our boundless self. 

In that moment we can alter traditional modalities that may be wrong: the way we eat, the way we think, the way we act and react, the way we work, the way we love.

Endless Streaming of Pure Consciousness

The sitting moment is a thought-provoking moment. The moment when we calibrate our body-mind system to awaken the seeds of transformation inside ourself. It kindles the understanding of our identities and the mistake we do when we identify our self with them. It pushes us to stay in touch with that Boundless Self that is all that we are: an endless streaming of pure consciousness.

Sasy, F.R.Y. Director

Turn your “one day” into the day one for your mind-body wellness: F.R.Y. is First Responders’ wellness toolbox.

F.R.Y. is the First Responders’ wellness toolbox

Julia Long, F.R.Y. CEO & co-founder, has been interviewed as woman-owned small biz. Here is the link to Go Solo Subkit website to read the interview and get inspiration about it: 
Julia Long, F.R.Y. CEO & Co-Founder interviewee

Thanks to Subkit for recognizing our Co-Founder as an entrepreneur with purpose: Giving Back to Those Who Serve.

First Responders Rejoice. How to!

First Responders Rejoice. How to!

This COVID 19 journey is becoming a little frustrating for everyone, especially for Police Officer, Firefighters, Paramedics and Dispatcher because of their line of duty.

No gathering even for intellectual reasons and not only for a coffee; restriction within the workspace and business limitation that are leading to money limitation. Putting your mask on? Always a forgetfulness I need to put attention on in order to follow the rules. Everything is starting becoming complicated to accept.

I try to rejoice in me being alive. I try to rejoice in my breathing and my healthiness. In the Bible it is said “Rejoice in the Lord always”. I simplify and I say “rejoice always” as everything is an opportunity to develop your attitude to be happy. Yes, it is an attitude. It is an ability and as all the abilities it is not accomplished automatically. I decide to be happy no matter what the other say.

Life can be burdensome sometimes and rejoicing doesn’t seem to be a natural response to what we are facing, to what we encounter during this journey called life. I learned that out of some sad and difficult moments that happened to me, I gained something new: I developed a new quality, a better insight, deeper wisdom. So, no reason to be bitter about what you regret in your life: everything that is knocking at your inner door has a teaching available for you. Treat your being human as a guest house where every day you welcome honourably a new arrival: joy, depression, awareness, a sweep, a smile. Each of them has been sent as a guide from beyond.

Sasy, Director of F.R.Y.

Podcast with Lyfe Boost

Our Director Sasy has been interviewed by Rian Barrieau the Founder of Lyfe Boost. Below the link to the podcast.

We need more people who have the will to spread the path of awareness and gentleness. We always have choice in our life, ultimately the two things that you are always free to do, despite your circumstances, are to be present and to be willing to love, for our wellness and for the benefits of the others. Thank you Rian, we need visionary people like you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRvgApyRsOo&t=1s

The cue-routine-reward loop

Have you ever heard about the cue-routine-reward loop?

First, there is a trigger that activates your basal ganglia (a group of clusters of neurons in the brain located deep beneath the cerebral cortex) pushing you into an automatic mode. It is called the “cue”.

Second there is the “routine”, which can be physical,mental or emotional. It is a repetitive action performed unconsciously.

Third there is a “reward”, which helps your brain to label this particular loop cue-routine-reward as “worth-remembering”. Over time, this loop is enhanced by a sense of craving; you do your routine knowing that it will give you a reward.

So if you want to be healthy, nourish your mind with healthy thoughts, be strong in your body and mind then choose a positive “cue”, such eating well, meditating, doing yoga or doing breath-work as a first thing in the morning. Then after reward yourself with some healthy and tasty food (F.R.Y. The APP has dedicated sections for mindset and recipes by the way).

Allow yourself to anticipate the reward by thinking about the physical rush and mind benefits you will receive from it. Crave that positive reward as it will make it easier to push through your practice and your new healthy routine.

Fear of failure.

I did not enjoy failing, and that dislike put an eclipse on my motivation to succeed. 

False self-confidence, over-personalization and a damaged mindset due to some painful parenthood experiences have sabotaged some aspect of my life. I dedicated it to my love-relationship and when that relationship felt apart I felt apart either.

My identity was unconsciously intertwined with my Police badge and my gun and my inner self – maybe my ego – rejected that condition. What a contradiction. I was completely off-the-grid and not aligned with the everyday environment around me.

When love relationship and what I planned didn’t go as I expected, I shut down, my body collapsed and mind went all over the place.

Fear is part of our human nature and I faced it many times in my life. Today I am starting a new chapter of my career in a Country that is not mine, with a new project that is requiring a lot. Do I have fear? Yes I do, but it is not the same fear as in the past. It is not sabotaging anything. It transformed in a boost for the motivation to succeed, the same motivation that was eclipsed by the fear of failing.

Transforming is the key. Nothing stay the same: we change, our mind change, our body change, situations and relationship change. If you are able to catch the deep meaning of this ever changing aspect of your live, you are successful as no fear will take place and no attachment will take place. 

Be foolish, be hungry said Steve Jobs. I agree. I add “be love”.

Sasy

Thank you for your service.

A very thought-provoking reflection on the service of our First Responders: what might lead a person not to say “Thank you for your service” when he sees a Police Officer, a Firefighters or a Paramedic?

I have to say that I felt hyperconscious for my job as a Police Detective, as I always had to be on my best behavior offering my best availability even off duty. I ended up to be constantly alert and aware of my actions. That became a kind of extra stressor to add to the ones my duty normally brought into my life. 

And I felt great to be thanked when I was on active duty. It was great to me receiving that acknowledgment and it made me feel proud of what I was doing, even if I faced up so many difficulties and challenges during my services in the crime and narcotics field. Yes, to be thanked by someone who I didn’t know was a reward to me, an extra bonus to go through the rest of my long day smoothly. I felt honored to serve. And the job-related stressors in that moment faded away, just with a simple “Thank you for your service”.

Please when you cross a Police Officer, a Firefighter or a Paramedic simply say “Thank you for your service”. Do not hesitate, do not allow something to hold you back to thank him. Those few words are like medicine for all front liners, more than the pay-check believe me. 

I will do the same: Thank you for your service!

Sasy