Don’t hide your heart but reveal it so that mine might be revealed, and I might accept what I am capable of- Rumi

176431326This past summer my beloved Debra and I are celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary. In the summer of 93 our minister planted a seed that has inspired our commitment—she told us that day that our union was a mystical marriage—when the soul and the personality become one. Take a moment to breathe in that image and the experience of your marriage of soul with your personality. You have an unlimited opportunity to experience and express mystical marriages of all kinds and all/many of them can be transformational in heart, mind, body and soul.

You can experience a mystical marriage of optimum wellness by bringing the right foods together as one to boost their nutritional power and deliver transformational vitality. Your heart experiences greater love in the form of circulation when you “marry” tomatoes with olive oil. Cancer and heart disease-fighting compounds called carotenoids are abundant in tomatoes and when paired with olive oil they are made much more readily absorbable to perform their magic. Add lemon to your daily green tea ritual and you augment their innate antioxidant excitement by making the powerful cancer fighting and mind protective catechins available to rock their power. Love to have a glass of pinot or cab as part of your evening’s commitment to commune with your soul or soul mate? Add a handful of almonds and together you have served to make for a marriage made in heart health heaven. Resveratrol, researched and proven to be one of the “sexiest” antioxidants because it can protect the heart and fight premature aging is made even better under the influence of the Vitamin E from the good looking almonds-amore’!

The body and mind that move together-stay together. All motion creates positive emotion and when you choose to make movement an every morning ritual “its” marriage with positivity, performance and success is sealed when you sweat. Morning exercisers are far more likely to be healthier, stronger, smarter, successful and happier than those who choose to not marry their mornings with movement and go it alone. Choose to connect yourself to community and you may find yourself being connected to a growing number of centenarians. When we join others in friendship we up level our chances to mount a stronger immune system response to viruses and bacteria-we are more likely to survive cancer when we have a heart to heart connection with tribe-mates. Being together promotes vitality and resilience; creativity and power.

Marry thought with action and you have become ONE with all power and possibility to create and express your idea of optimum well-being. Choose to say “I do” to a life-long love affair with awesome!

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.