Recently I made it back onto the golf course after a pretty long layoff and naturally this made golf a topic of conversation with a few of my clients this past week. One of my clients, Carol, and I were talking about golf, and I happened to mention to her that in the fall I had worked with a local golfer who had won the All-Area Player of the Year Award despite having an abnormal curvature of his spine known as scoliosis.
Carol said, “that reminds me of Stacy Lewis, she was number 1 in the world and she’s had scoliosis most of her life.” I had never heard Stacy Lewis’ story, so I did a little homework and found out some pretty cool stuff about her.
Stacy was diagnosed with a severe scoliosis at age 11 and she was forced to wear a restrictive back brace 18 hours a day for over 6 years. When her problem persisted, Stacy was given no medical option other than spinal fusion surgery.
Stacy had a 5 hour surgery where doctors removed a rib and drilled rods and screws into her spine. She couldn’t bend or twist for 6 months, but once her initial recovery period was over, she got right back out on the golf course.
Long story short, Stacy overcame this problem and went on to become the LPGA Player of the Year not once but twice (2012 and 2014). Stacy proved that despite overwhelming adversity, persistence and dedication to a goal can eventually pay off big time. We can all take a lesson from Stacy about how we can succeed at reaching our goals too….if we don’t give up in the face of challenges and setbacks.
Here’s a great 2 Minute interview with Stacy Lewis:
Click here- Stacy Lewis Interview
Something else that I’ve been sharing with my clients recently is a deep breathing method that helps calm the mind, relax the body and promote a more tranquil state. Sadly many people don’t realize how therapeutic oxygen is and how much deep, focused breathing can help all aspects of their mental and physical health.
I recently watched a great TED Talk that was given by renowned breathing expert Max Strom and I highly recommend watching the entire 18 minute lecture. However, if you want to skip right to the breathing technique itself, it begins at “14:30”. I encourage you to make deep breathing like this a part of your everyday routine and I think you’ll be glad you did.
Check it out here- Breath to Heal
One last thing I want to pass along is a link to a documentary series that I have recently been watching. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but I’ve found it to be a surprisingly thorough examination of the healing powers of a very controversial plant. There are interviews with patients, doctors, researchers and historians and they discuss how this one plant can effectively treat over 32 different diseases and why so few people know about its potential.
Go here to see the documentary- The Sacred Plant: Healing Secrets Exposed
I hope you enjoy these things as much as I have. Please feel free to share them with friends and family that can benefit also.
God bless you!