In an autopsy report released on Monday, May 7th, it was revealed that the death of famous painter, Thomas Kinkade, resulted from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose.
While there was much debate among art critics through the years about whether Kinkade’s “paintings of light” qualified as art, there is no doubt that many people loved and embraced his images of charming cottages in idyllic settings imbued with soft, fairytale-like lighting. There were many people who were shocked and saddened to hear of his sudden and untimely death and mourned the loss of his life and his gift.
And yet, how many others have met with a similar fate? How many people continue to medicate their pain – whether physical and/or emotional – with a deadly cocktail of drugs and alcohol? Such a combination really is a time bomb. Ingesting the wrong amount of either can result in one having their life cut short far too soon. Such tragic deaths are brought immediately and directly to our attention, front and center, when it happens to a celebrity or high-profile person. But they are just the tip of the iceberg. No doubt, there are hundreds, if not thousands of “people next door” – ordinary citizens, who are not famous and that we never hear of who suffer such a fate. Losing someone (famous or not) to an accidental overdose leaves friends and families (and fans) reeling from shock and sorrow.
We may not be able to avoid some of the painful situations that come up in our lives, but we can certainly find healthier and more empowering methods of dealing with them than using drugs and alcohol. There are no shortages of horrific experiences that humans have suffered at the hands of another, and some things, though not horrific, still leave people feeling raw and vulnerable. It is understandable why people would want to numb their pain. But that never leads to a better place. The numbness eventually wears off and one is still left to deal with the feelings they have been trying to escape.
The pain of our emotions (anxiety, fear, worry, irritability, etc.) creates “noise” within our bodies. This noise disrupts our comfort (physical and emotional), resulting in symptoms which can range from mild to excruciating. That noise also interferes with the healing process and impacts our quality of life.
The opposite of anxiety is calmness. Calmness, which is a prime determinant of quality of life, can be achieved through a variety of techniques, including meditation, biofeedback, massage therapy, spending time in nature, progressive relaxation, and tranquil music, among other things. Reducing or eliminating internal noise improves calmness and quality of life, which then allows the harmonious cells to go to work accelerating healing.
Infratonic Therapy has the ability to quiet noise in the cellular system of the body, as well as the nervous system. And it provides healing with no side effects. Do you know someone who would like to experience a better quality of life?
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